Aug 31 2009

What’s Up, Hollywood?

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As we approach the end of this decade, many filmgoers appear to be asking the same question: “Is it me, or are Hollywood films getting worse?” It’s a difficult question to answer, since Hollywood’s big blockbuster events have produced an even number of hits and bombs, both critically and financially, in the last 30 odd years. However, in the wake of films like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra, it is becoming clear that the bigger the budget, the louder it’s going to suck. Continue reading


Aug 28 2009

Paper Heart: Benn’s Rebuttal

You may remember James’ Early Bird review of Paper Heart, and if you didn’t go ahead and read it at your leisure.  Or just trust that he generally liked it even if he wasn’t passionate about it.  Well since then, Benn has managed to catch the film and has a few opinions of his own.  In fact he felt strongly enough about it to write an entire review as a rebuttal to James’ thoughts.  So, because we always want to give you a well rounded opinion at Two Film Geeks, please enjoy Benn’s review of Paper Heart.

Paper Heart
Year: 2009
Dir.: Nicholas Jasenovec
Written by: Nicholas Jasenovec and Charleyne Yi
Starring: Charleyne Yi and Michael Cera
Genre: Comedy

Benn’s review follows after the jump. Continue reading


Aug 26 2009

13 Tzameti

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week Benn and James tackle the french thriller, 13 Tzameti. You can’t blame them for having to get a little cryptic with this one, they’re only trying not to spoil the movie for you.

13 Tzameti
Year: 2005
Directed by: Géla Babluani
Written by: Géla Babluani
Starring: George Babluani
Genre: Thriller

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Aug 23 2009

The French New Wave

If you have watched a movie from the past fifty years or have been excited for the newest Steven Spielberg film, you have the French New Wave to thank.

To really appreciate the importance of this movement, we must take a look back to the Golden Years of Hollywood and the structure of films.

The 1930’s & 40’s saw the rise of the studio system in Hollywood and traditions of quality. This was a system were the screenwriter was king of the picture and had more influence on a film than the director because the director position was just that: another position to be filled. Few directors, such as John Ford and Howard Hawks, were able to stand out with importance.

Coupled with the screenwriter’s power, many films were adapted from classic literature and featured a formulaic cast of highly publicized actors from the studio’s stables. The studio system also utilized massive production studios that were fantasylands of past, present and future. Continue reading


Aug 23 2009

Podcast 5: Directorial Debuts

Note: if you downloaded this episode on iTunes you may have downloaded a file titled Episode 5 that was in fact our fourth episode. We have corrected this and hope that if you have the incorrect file, you will re-download the newest episode for your pleasure.

In our fifth podcast episode James, Benn, and Dylan discuss three different directorial debuts. Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, the Cohen brothers’ Blood Simple, and Kevin Smith’s Clerks. Yes you heard that right, Citizen Kane and Clerks in the same podcast.

As always the easiest way to get the podcast is through our iTunes page, but feel free to listen to it straight from the web page below. We greatly appreciate any reviews that are left on iTunes or Podcast Alley.

Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks Podcast

 

Aug 19 2009

The City of Lost Children

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we take on the strange French fantasy film The City of Lost Children. It looks like Benn and James actually may have a difference of opinion on this one so it’s worth a read for the novelty of that, if nothing else.

La Cité des Enfants Perdus
Year: 1995
Dir.: Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman
Genre: Fantasy

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Aug 14 2009

It Might Get Loud

This is simultaneously an Early Bird Review and a Film Duel. In partnership with the Edwards University Towne Center 6 in Irvine, one of the few Southern California theaters showing the film, Benn and James watched the first showing of It Might Get Loud, the new documentary about three legendary guitar players: Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge. What follows is in our traditional Film Duel format, in which we both review the film and then comment on each others’ reviews.

It Might Get Loud
Year: 2009
Dir.: David Guggenheim
Starring: Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge
Genre: Documentary

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Aug 12 2009

(500) Days of Summer

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. While we meant to get to this one a lot sooner, we are finally able to give you our review of (500) Days of Summer. This movie is currently in theaters, so this review might be more relevant and you should jump on it fast if you haven’t seen it yet.

(500) Days of Summer
Year: 2009
Dir.: Marc Webb
Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Starring: Joesph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel
Genre: Comedy

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Aug 8 2009

Podcast 4: Top 10s

In our fourth episode of the podcast: James, Benn, and Dylan discuss their top 10 movies and go in depth on Pulp Fiction, Clue, The Sting, A Clockwork Orange, The Maltese Falcon, and High Fidelity. They’re movies we love, and we have a lot of fun talking about them so don’t miss it.

As always the easiest way to get the podcast is through our iTunes page, but feel free to listen to it straight from the web page below.

In the podcast we go over our top tens rather quickly so we’re posting them here for your reading pleasure.  You’ll find them after the jump.

Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks Podcast

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Aug 7 2009

We Want You

Hello everyone.  We’d love to have more discussion with our readers and listeners.  I noticed today that previously, you had to be registered with our site to make a comment, so I changed that in the hopes that more people would readily feel like they could give feedback.  Now it’s simple, just click the “leave a comment” link at the bottom of any article and you can let us know what you think.  Also keep in mind we as a podcast have an email that you can contact us at, it’s podcast@lockstockandtwofilmgeeks.com.  We’re open to suggestions for topics, movies we should watch, and general criticism.  Just try not to be too mean about it.

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