Ever since Sofia Coppola released The Virgin Suicides in 1999, she has been one of the most consistently talked about directors in the world of independent cinema. Arguably the most prominent female director of her generation, her films incorporate a variety of personalities and span from 18th century France to 21st century America, all while retaining a signature style that remains all her own. From the rococo Versailles of Marie Antoinette to the dreamlike 1970s Michigan of the Lisbon sisters, technicolor modern day Tokyo and Hollywood’s lush Chateau Marmont, her atmospheres are just as much a part of the films as the characters themselves. For the fourth installment of Team Video’s Directors Series, Allan and Nicole discuss a mutual favorite and her impressive body of work. Download, stream or listen via iTunes.
2011 was filled to the brim with a great selection of high quality films, television shows and albums. While this was beneficial to the Team Video staff in terms of the entertainment we received, it also made it a little difficult to compile our end of the year best-of lists. Never fear, for we took this task quite seriously and have combined forces to present you with a comprehensive account of the things from the past twelve months that you absolutely must watch or listen to. Bethany and Allan clash on Midnight In Paris, Allan and I lose our minds over Drive, and opinions on Bridesmaids are all over the board. Bonus points to me for including three entries involving David Tennant! Check out the podcast streaming, download it or listen via iTunes. Happy New Year, and here’s hoping 2012 is even better!
Grab a cup of eggnog (or smoking bishop, if you’re really keen to set the proper mood), curl up next to a cozy fire and listen to Team Video’s holiday podcast. Alex and I take on the most famous holiday tale of them all, Charles Dickens‘s A Christmas Carol. Get set for all the festivities as we guide you through nine major adaptations of the beloved story, from the high-gloss MGM version to the famous Alastair Sim portrayal, to the big budget CGI effort from Robert Zemeckis and more. Which ones bring classic Dickensian holiday cheer, and which ones are like a big lump of coal in your stocking?
Director Alexander Payne has made quite a mark on the world of film since his 1995 debut Citizen Ruth, then growing immensely as a filmmaker with his follow-up, 1998′s Election,and maintaining that high standard of quality ever since. With his latest film The Descendants generating plenty of Oscar® buzz for Payne’s directing, Best Picture, and star George Clooney, Journey and I decided now was the perfect time to take a closer look at the films of an auteur known for mature films about immature characters.
I hope everyone out there had a fun and safe Halloween this year! To celebrate, Journey, Nicole and I sat down to talk about the movies of a director who just seems to embody the spirit of Halloween; Tim Burton. We didn’t talk about his short films (none of us had seen them *shame shame*), but we went through his career starting with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure through his two upcoming projects Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows both due in 2012.
And for an extra treat I asked Journey and Nicole to tell me their top 3 Tim Burton Moviesmovies so you can check them out for ourselves, and listen to the podcast here, download it here, and subscribe via iTunes to hear everything we said about why these came out as the top 3 for each of us!
There were two movies that each of us had on our lists which where:
The Nightmare Before Christmas: (Burton wrote and produced but did not direct. ) Which appeared first on my list and Nicole’s and second on Journey’s.
Ed Wood: Which got a solid 3rd place rating from all 3 of us.Then we each picked another of Tim Burton title to finish off the lists
Nicole’s 2nd pick:
Journey’s Top Pick
Alex’s 2nd Pick
Clearly The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ed Wood are favorites around here! Check out the podcast and check back often for more reviews, movie updates and news about podcasts!
In a little less than a week, my favorite holiday Halloween will be upon us when witches and ghosts, ninjas and princess walk the streets together with pillowcases, buckets and pails to collect candy of all colors, shapes and sizes. To lead up to that most awesome of days, Journey (writer of some awesome blog entries and general cool and knowledgeable movie guy) and I sat down to discuss our picks for some of the most Horrible Horror Movie Sequels.
Our picks: (in no particular order)
We focused primarily on the sequels with some background from the originals, and a mention of the remakes. But, I’m not going to give too much away here, because you can go stream the podcast here or you can download it here and you know what? If you like our podcast you should totally subscribe via iTunes to Team Video so you can get the latest of the entire teams movie opinions, reviews and more!
And – be sure to check out our next Podcast which will have me, Journey and Nicole in the next in the director series where we’ll talk about Tim Burton.
Recently, the Team Video crew decided to begin the endeavor of discussing various directors and their bodies of work. Given the excitement around here for the upcoming Blu-ray releases of Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino seemed the natural choice for our inaugural episode. Sit down with Allan, Journey, and Nicole as they examine the man with a cinematic flair like no other. From the groundbreaking Reservoir Dogs to the epic Inglourious Basterds and everything in between (like the oft overlooked Four Rooms), no stone is left unturned in the analysis of Tarantino‘s directorial output. Check out the podcast download, streaming or on iTunes.
Allan and I sat down to discuss who we thought should’ve been nominated for an Emmy this year, and it turns out that we both have mad love for Community, Parks & Recreation and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If you don’t share the same enthusiasm for these shows as we do, that’s totally okay, but listen to the podcast and hear us out on it – we have reasons!
Do you agree or disagree with us? Who do you think should’ve been nominated for an Emmy? Leave your answers in the comments!
You don’t need great songs to have an amazing film, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! In the latest episode of the Team Video podcast, Allan, Nicole, and Journey discuss the highs (Tarantino) and lows (anything involving Linkin Park) of soundtrack history. From Saturday Night Fever to the Twilight Saga, the T.V. gang spans the years to uncover the musical gems of cinema past and present. Listen here or on iTunes.
We all knew that kid growing up who was forbidden from watching The Simpsons, Beavis And Butt-Head, Small Wonder, etc. Maybe you were that kid. Bethany was. So after repeatedly hearing her utter the phrase “I wasn’t allowed to watch that,” Allan and Journey decided it was time Bethany was allowed to watch that. In “The One About The Bethany,” (Part one of a two part series), Allan and Journey recommend childhood favorites that they believe to be essential viewing. Will Bethany agree? Check out this episode and come back in two weeks for our conclusion.