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Apr 14, 2014

I think if we could all dress like Michelle Pfeiffer, we all would. Myself included.

Tobi Ogunyemi

By God, That Pen Had a Family! - Contextualization of WrestleMania XXX, The Undertaker and the End of The Streak, Daniel Bryan, Wrestling Metaphysics with Nathan Rutkofske

by Tobi Ogunyemi, Nathan Rutkofske
Located at: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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The Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania XXX, took place on April 6, 2014 and it was one for the ages; the Ultimate Underdog (sorry, Rey Mysterio) in Daniel Bryan defeated Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista all on the same night to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Also, and even more of a stunning turn of events, the immortal (there's that word again) Streak held by the legendary Undertaker turned out not to be so immortal after all. The Streak ended at the hands of Brock Lesnar, bringing the record to 21-1.

Needless to say, there's a lot more that happened at the show and within this podcast as well! We are joined by Nathan Rutkofske to discuss all of WrestleMania, what we expect to see going forward, the metaphysics of the sports and much more on the card for this episode!

Categories Discussion Podcasts Tags WWE World Wrestling Entertainment WrestleMania XXX The Undertaker Brock Lesnar Daniel Bryan Randy Orton Triple H Batista John Cena Bray Wyatt WWE World Heavyweight Championship championships Richard Gray Jim Ross David Shoemaker metaphysics contextualization Ultimate Warrior

Apr 10, 2014

Cocaine Fashion, Chanel Bags, Her, American Hustle Will Not Go Away, The Debate of Television and Cinema, Geeking Out Over Rebecca

by Tobi Ogunyemi, Emily Schwartz
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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It's a new podcast! And we walk about a lot of stuff in this one! If you haven't kept up with television lately, well why not? And two, there's a lot of great material and properties out there. So much so that there has been a debate if 'television is the new cinema' (especially with cinema's increasing reliance on internationally-minded blockbusters). There's a problem with that narrative, in that it pits two separate mediums against each other that are capable of producing great works but also it becomes a counterproductive narrative that disregards both of those mediums.

So, our good friend Emily Schwartz (of Livin' Vintage as always) joins us to talk about the television/cinema debate and a number of other topics as well; Spike Jonze's HerPaul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, fangirling out over Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and much more.

Emily also fills us in on her take on the fashion industry and those glasses that Jennifer Lawrence wore in American Hustle, which we talk about (again) here. She also coins the term 'cocaine fashion,' so don't forget that you heard it here first!

Categories Discussion Podcasts Tags podcast discussion cinema television debate Her Spike Jonze Joaquin Phoenix Scarlett Johansson Amy Adams Paul Thomas Anderson The Master fashion fashion industry American Hustle American Horror Story women in media awards AMC Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca mainstream

We love this thing we make of the past. In some bizarre twist of accepted collective delusion, our cultural machines render the past a canvas of mythology more fecund for fiction and fantasy than even our most visionary futurisms.

Hunter Vaughan, 'Inside, Not There'

Mar 10, 2014

He Could Have Directed That In His Sleep - The 2014 Oscars, The Wolf of Wall Street, Andy Garcia, Au Revoir to the Legendary Alain Resnais with Professor Hunter Vaughan

by Tobi Ogunyemi, Hunter Vaughan
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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With the 2014 Academy Awards behind us, and a league of material to talk about of what has happened in film recently, we are joined by Professor Hunter Vaughan of the Cinema Studies Department in a lively chat over an assorted number of topics.

First there is breaking down the Academy Awards telecast (Karen O! Pizza! Montages?) along with the films that were represented and won accordingly, followed by a discussion of two different viewpoints (which is touched on a bit in our notes section of the podcast) in relation to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Is it a harsh critique of the culture and people it is depicting, or is it a failure on that front and actually reveling in that lifestyle that it wants to shine a light on but can't do so? Both sides have equal weight, so come on in and listen to the arguments for and against!

We also touch on a variety of other topics from there; such as the differences between American and European filmmaking, films with messages and the passing of the legendary artistic filmmaker Alain Resnais. It's another great podcast which we are always grateful to have Professor Vaughan on as always!

Categories Discussion Podcasts Tags podcast discussion cinema films Oscars Academy Awards The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio American filmmaking European filmmaking Her Spike Jonze Alain Resnais Grantland Molly Lambert The Playlist Empire Magazine Helen O'Hara David Poland The Hollywood Reporter Gold Derby Andy Garcia

Mar 3, 2014

The Diverse Times of the Academy, Kevin Spacey as Host, the Rabid Fandom of Leonardo DiCaprio, 12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture - After the 2014 Academy Awards

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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We'll talk about the Oscars, just as soon as we're done with this pizza that Ellen had delivered. Oh man, can't believe we got this and Brad Pitt is passing out plates!

But afterwards, there is much to discuss; the consensual split between Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuarón’s GravityDallas Buyers Club cleaning up with three awards, a number of prominent films going home empty handed and the actual ceremony itself. There is also the concept of looking ahead of what this awards season means for the future, as the Academy seems to be embracing diversity from its and of its filmmakers. The type of films that are being embraced around the world are being represented quite well within the Academy and much more. 

There's also the fact, we have to talk about this again, in the very loud reaction to Leonardo DiCaprio's winless sojourn to the Oscars. It's all about history.

Categories News Speculation Anthology Blog Entry Feature Humor Notes Videos Tags Academy Awards Oscars Best Picture Best Director 12 Years a Slave Gravity Dallas Buyers Club Steve McQueen Alfonso CuarĂ³n awards history Ellen DeGeneres Cate Blanchett Lupita Nyong'o Matthew McConaughey Leonardo DiCaprio awards season

Feb 28, 2014

Change the Channel, Jennifer Lawrence - 2014 Academy Awards Final Predictions with Justin Edwards and Salma Siddiqui

by Justin Edwards, Tobi Ogunyemi, Salma Siddiqui
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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We're at the final stretch of the 2013 awards season, and that means we have our final predicitons and talks for the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday. Listen in as Tobi, Justin and Salma hash out their final picks on each category to see what they expect to shake out at the awards ceremony. How is the race going to break down between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity? Does Matthew McConaughey have a solid hold on the Best Actor race, or could there be an upset in play there? How will the heated race between Best Supporting Actress nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o reach its conclusion? Can anyone besides Cate Blanchett win the Best Actress award?

That last one is a solid 'no,' but all the other question? Those are in play for sure! Check out our discussion and place your bets accordingly!

Categories Discussion Podcasts Tags podcast Academy Awards Oscars awards season awards shows films movies predicitions 2014 The Playlist Best Picture Grantland Awards Daily diversity

Feb 20, 2014

Inside, Not There

by Hunter Vaughan
Located in: Cinema Studies Program - The Professors

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What does the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, say about film? Time? History? Our place in history and different moments in history? With the setting of the film, the folk scene in the 1960's before the arrival of one Bob Dylan, how does the story we see and the journey of Llewyn Davis coincide with actual history taking place at the same time? Professor Vaughan looks into those ramifications while using Todd Haynes' 2007 allegorical identity film, I'm Not There, to touch on the same parallels the two films have with their respective, and similiar, subjects.

Categories Analysis Film Thesis Tags write-up thesis Inside Llewyn Davis Joel and Ethan Coen film cinema history I'm Not There Todd Haynes

Feb 18, 2014

Dr. Strangelove and the Act of Laughing at Ourselves


by Bradley Cooper
Located in: Cinema Studies Program - The Student Spotlight

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Stanley Kubrick's landmark black comedy of the Cold War from 1964, Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary (last month actually) and Cinema Studies major Bradley Cooper fortunately, and conveniently, has a great analysis he wrote for class on the classic film. Looking at the hilarity of the film itself, and the subjects it takes to task, the essay looks at how the film was received during its time from the New York Times to The Hudson Review

We also have included a 45 minute inside the making of documentary that looks into the behind the scenes of the film with all the principal players mentioned behind and in front of the camera, which is highly recommend for any fan of the film. 

Categories Film Research Paper Thesis Tags analysis thesis Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Stanley Kubrick Cold War film history reviews New York Times Film Quarterly The Hudson Review