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1Mar/180

Actual Sunlight (2013)

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Around this time a year ago, I was on a special kind of antidepressant that accelerates the effects of the three antidepressants I was already on.  It's easier for me to joke about now (accelerating an antidepressant feels like a contradiction in terms), but at the time I was either sleeping or dealing with massive headaches as I got used to the medication.  A year before that, I was struggling to keep my dignity while taking samples of my feces for a medical test.  The year before that, I was crying at work because I could barely keep my impulse to throw my computer and scream at length.  Thankfully, a coworker saw me as I tried to leave quietly and could tell how terribly I was doing, and my therapy started two weeks from that point.

I had a breaking point with my depression cocktail (depression, anxiety, and PTSD) that made me uncomfortably close with Actual SunlightSo close I had nearly direct parallels to everything that happens.  Quit a job because of a girl?  Yup, I ended my theater job shortly after my girlfriend there broke up with me.  Seething loneliness in my apartment?  Been there too, though I call it "getting existential in the shower."  Breaking all the things I thought were weighing me down?  Stupidly so, after a horrible few weeks involving losing my promotion, getting walking pneumonia, and a different girlfriend of then a few years I sold off all my videogames and anything "nerd" related.  Member of the Something Awful forums?  "I am protected."

15Sep/170

The Shivah: Kosher Edition (2013)

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There are two questions guiding the gameplay of The Shivah: Kosher Edition (TS:KE moving forward), the remake of the 2006 adventure game The Shivah.  First question, "Why would former synagogue member Jack Lauder leave Rabbi Russell Stone money in his will?"  The second, "Who killed Jack Lauder and why?"  That first question, which has grave implications for who Rabbi Stone is as a person, forms the intriguing web of long-held grudges and questions about the usefulness of faith in initial acts of TS:KE.  The second question brings TS:KE to the sort of bog-standard conspiracy thriller that feels out-of-place in the grounded struggle with faith that comes before.

While TS:KE is grappling with the first question it's excellent.  I was raised on a steady diet of Sierra adventure games with their varying degrees of punishment for using specific items or information in ways that would prevent a no-win state.  TS:KE is considerably more forgiving than those poorly aging titles, and - to my surprise - if you're studious in surveying the information and items available then you can solve the mystery using logical connections made through one of TS:KE's great investigative gameplay tools.

13Apr/170

Changing Reels Episode 14 – Upstream Color

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In episode 14 of Changing Reels, we dive into Shane Carruth’s experimental science fiction drama Upstream Color. The film is a love story revolving around two individuals who find themselves inexplicably drawn together after being the victim of an unthinkable crime. Exploring themes of memory and identity, and featuring brilliant sound design, there is plenty to discuss in this film. As is custom, we also take a few minutes to highlight our two short film picks of the week: Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo and Alberto Roldán’s Everything & Everything & Everything.

Show Notes:

  • 5:22 – Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo by Shinji Higuchi
  • 15:43 – Everything and Everything and Everything by Alberto Roldán
  • 26:09 – Upstream Color by Shane Carruth

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29Mar/170

Changing Reels Episode 5 – The Bling Ring

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It can be argued that Sofia Coppola is easily one of the most respected female directors of this generation.  Growing up within the film industry, it is no surprise that many of her films touch on themes regarding the nature of fame.  In episode five of Changing Reels we weigh the merits of The Bling Ring, Coppola’s 2013 ripped from the headlines film about celebrity obsessed teens whose love of fame leads to them stealing from the very same stars they adore.  We also discuss our short films picks of the week:  Hiro Murai’s Clapping for the Wrong Reasons and David Raboy’s The Giant.

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Show notes:

  • 1:22 – Clapping for the Wrong Reasons by Hiro Murai
  • 10:05 – The Giant by David Raboy
  • 22:13 – The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola

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13Jul/160

Denis Villeneuve Podcast: Prisoners (2013)

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Prisoners

Courtney Small of Cinema Axis joins Andrew for a conversation on the moral complexity and gorgeous photography of Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners.

Both the introduction and outro on the podcast come from composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario ("The Beast") and Prisoners ("Through Falling Snow").

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