Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 4: ‘Batman Begins’
Jun16

Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 4: ‘Batman Begins’

In 2005, Christopher Nolan completed his transformation into a director of big-budget spectaculars with Batman Begins. Ali, Alex and Gautham (no relation to the city) talk about the gritty realism and psychological detail it takes to envision a man trained by Himalayan ninja assassins to dress up like a bat and punch crime in the face. Is there any humor to be had here, or is the movie as rough and grim as Christian Bale’s...

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How To Beat the I’ll-Never-Look-Like-Wonder-Woman Blues
Jun12

How To Beat the I’ll-Never-Look-Like-Wonder-Woman Blues

The world has just been re-introduced to girl power all over again. Let’s be honest, women everywhere want to be happy that an out-of-this-world, mega beautiful, kick-ass, empowering woman who is supposedly funny and charming is about to be broadcast worldwide, but deep down inside, another part of us is freaking out. Why? Because the beauty standard just got a little higher. We’re still suffering the repercussions of Kim Kardashian...

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Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 3: ‘Insomnia’
Jun10

Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 3: ‘Insomnia’

Insomnia, Christopher Nolan’s 2002 remake of a Norwegian thriller, is his first film with major stars. Al Pacino, Hillary Swank and Robin Williams play cops and a killer in a sun-flooded Alaskan setting. With a jump in budget and acting prestige, does Nolan sacrifice any of the stylistic ambition of his first two films? How much of Nolan’s structural complexity survives in a remake he had no hand in writing? How much of...

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Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 2: ‘Memento’
Jun02

Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 2: ‘Memento’

The mission: To take a retrospective look at each of Christopher Nolan’s films in advance of the release of his newest movie, Dunkirk, on July 21, 2017 (Be sure to check out the first episode, which covers Nolan’s first film, Following). Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 follow-up to Following was a popular success and even more structurally complicated than his debut. Alex, Ali and Gautham discuss whether Guy...

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Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 1: ‘Following’
May31

Nice Nolan Ya, Episode 1: ‘Following’

Christopher Nolan is prolific…but is he good? Welcome to Nice Nolan Ya, the podcast where we discuss the works of the famed British-American director. In the podcast, our three hosts – Ali, Gautham and Alex – will take a retroactive, movie-by-movie look at Nolan’s filmography, from Following to Interstellar and, eventually, Dunkirk, all the while trying to determine how, exactly, Nolan should be considered. Is...

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The Test of Time: ‘Space Jam’
May31

The Test of Time: ‘Space Jam’

Space Jam is, by most accounts, a classic. It made $230 million at the box office against a budget of $80 million (a ton for 1996). It starred beloved actors from multiple generations – Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, and the Looney Tunes. It was popular enough that it still gets played on random Saturday afternoons on cable (in this case, VH1, right after White Men Can’t Jump, which is the best basketball movie of all time,...

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