Film Formally
S3E07 - The Bourne Series and Chaos Cinema

S3E07 - The Bourne Series and Chaos Cinema

March 10, 2021

Extreme ways are back! In pog form! This week we’ve got a wonderful little discussion about the evolution of the Jason Bourne film series. In particular, we’re here to dissect how Paul Greengrass transformed it into the 21st century’s foremost example of Chaos Cinema. Handheld camerawork, fast editing, questionable focus? It’s all here, and we’re here to sift through the wreckage.

S3E06 - Wes Craven’s Meta Horror with Mike Thorn

S3E06 - Wes Craven’s Meta Horror with Mike Thorn

February 23, 2021

Geez, it’s been a while since we got spooky on the show, hasn’t it? High time we brought back Mike Thorn to talk about how Wes Craven fused meta storytelling and horror in two franchises: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. We’ll permeate the membranes of reality, disassemble Craven’s views on horror’s social and political value, and laugh about how Matthew Lillard yells “BOO-GAH” when he imitates a gunshot.

Mike has a terrific new horror novel, Shelter for the Damned, that you can check out in print or e-book format directly through Journalstone, or you can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart.

S3E05 - After Last Season and Outsider Art with Bram Ruiter

S3E05 - After Last Season and Outsider Art with Bram Ruiter

February 16, 2021

An Anti-Masterpiece is, as defined by our own Will Ross, is “an astonishing, essential work of art in spite of a distinct lack of conventional competence on the part of its makers”. After Last Season by Mark Region is one such film, and we’ve invited filmmaker Bram Ruiter to discuss it with us. In what is very much not a “bad movie” episode, we attempt to grapple with the nature of outsider art.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The value of different competent cinema.

  • The many, many mysteries behind the production of After Last Season

  • More realism in cinema: Mark Region’s seeming insistence on pushing the boundaries of acceptable cinematic ‘reality’.

If you’d like to support the show, here’s a link to our Patreon.

Additional Resources:

Jason Coffman’s Article on After Last Season

Jason Coffman’s Follow-Up Oral History with the Cast and Crew

Filmmaker Magazine’s interview with director Mark Region

 

Works discussed during this episode:

After Last Season (2009)

The Room (2003)

Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

Inland Empire (2006)

The Treasure Planet (1982)

S3E04 - Eighth Grade and the Internet with Bronwyn Henderson and Brietta Stewart

S3E04 - Eighth Grade and the Internet with Bronwyn Henderson and Brietta Stewart

February 9, 2021

For this episode our Associate Producer Paige Smith has relieved Devan and Will of hosting duties so that she can talk about Eighth Grade’s depiction and use of the Internet — and she’s brought on two friends who survived eighth grade with her, Bronwyn Henderson and Brietta Stewart. It's both a dive into how the film interweaves screens and scrolling with its characters and dramatic presentation, and a personal reflection on how strange and hard it is to grow up — and how much "growing up" has changed.

S3e03 - Documentary Verite with Sophy Romvari

S3e03 - Documentary Verite with Sophy Romvari

February 2, 2021

In part two of our Verite series we discuss truth in documentary filmmaking with returning guest Sophy Romvari. Sophy’s films have increasingly blurred the line between fact and fiction and are often classified as ‘hybrid’ documentaries. What can we learn from this type of fusion cinema? We go deep on the existential questions that inevitably ensue when one claims to be telling a ‘truth’ and explore the various ways different filmmakers have sought to build ideological frameworks for reaching their truths.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Documentary, the genre: a contract?

  • ‘Hybrid’ documentary and the mix of fact and fiction

  • Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema: they’re different!

  • The Ecstatic Truth and Werner Herzog

  • Errol Morris’ epistemological meat grinder: is truth connected with style?

  • Kirsten Johnson and Cameraperson

  • Ethical representation of documentary subjects.

If you’d like to support the show, here’s a link to our Patreon.

Additional Resources:

Media:

Werner Herzog’s Minnesota Declaration

S3E02 - Narrative Verite with Whit Stillman

S3E02 - Narrative Verite with Whit Stillman

January 25, 2021

We're doing two episodes on truth in cinema, starting with one on standards of reality in narrative films. Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco, Love & Friendship) joined us, largely to register his animosity towards the idea of making stylistic decisions based on realism, and shared his thoughts on aesthetic decline, pretension, and the meowling cat sound in Damsels in Distress.

S3E01 - Film Preservation and Home Video with Blake Blasingame

S3E01 - Film Preservation and Home Video with Blake Blasingame

January 19, 2021

Welcome to season 3! To kick things off, we’ve brought Duplitech Film Services Manager Blake Blasingame in to discuss film preservation and mastering for home video. Are you ready for 88 minutes of unadulterated shop talk about grain structure, bit depth, oversampling, color grading, and vinegar syndrome? Of course you are! This is Film Formally, after all.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The process of preserving and restoring films for Blu-Ray and DVD releases.

  • Scan resolutions - 4k, and the value of oversampling.

  • Vinegar syndrome: the silent killer.

  • How film elements are sourced for scans - negatives, IPs, IBs, and release prints.

  • Robert Richardson and revisionism.

  • William Peter Blatty and the restoration of the lost Legion cut of The Exorcist III

  • More audio restoration!

If you’d like to support the show, here’s a link to our Patreon.

Additional Resources:

Works discussed during this episode:

Snow Falling on Cedars

The Exorcist III / Legion

The Thing

The French Connection

The Big Lebowski

Blade Runner 2049

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Heartbreak Kid

Playtime

Tree of Wooden Clogs

Army of Shadows

Ran

The works of Wong Kar-Wai

Inter-season Special 2 - Listener Q&A

Inter-season Special 2 - Listener Q&A

December 22, 2020

It’s our second SEASON BREAK SPECTACULAR! You sent us some great questions, and we answered them.

Per our answer early in the pod, you can check out https://native-land.ca/ to see which indigenous territory you might live on (bear in mind it’s not comprehensive or “official”). There’s a good explanation of land acknowledgments there, too. If you’d like to support the show, here’s a link to our Patreon.

AMA Announcement - Plus HOT TAKES with Devan

AMA Announcement - Plus HOT TAKES with Devan

December 13, 2020

Film Formally is on hiatus, but that won't stop us from taking your questions! Take our quick survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7HV6CM to submit questions that we'll answer on our podcast in an upcoming episode.

Plus, Devan comes in with some HOT TAKES.

S2E10 - Colour in the Films of Wong Kar-Wai

S2E10 - Colour in the Films of Wong Kar-Wai

December 1, 2020

For our season 2 finale, we keep it simple and discuss none other than the use of colour across the works of Wong Kar-Wai. In particular, we discuss the use of colour to evoke emotions, mood, and symbolism in his 21st century masterpieces In The Mood For Love and 2046.

We’ll be taking a break for the holidays, but our regularly scheduled programming will continue in January 2021. And who knows, there might be some bonus episodes coming…

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The different ways in which colour is utilized and created in cinema: lighting, production design, grading.

  • Wong Kar-Wai’s evolution as an artist and his highly instinctual and intercultural approach to colour.

  • Cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s approach to colour.

  • The new restorations of Wong Kar-Wai’s cinema, and the possible issues therein. AKA: “In the Mood For Love: was it always this green?”

If you’d like to support the show, here’s a link to our Patreon.

Additional Resources:

Works discussed during this episode:

By Wong Kar-Wai:

Days of Being Wild

Chungking Express

Fallen Angels

Happy Together

In The Mood For Love

2046

By Others:

Apocalypse Now

Dick Tracy

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