Blow Out

“I got the whole thing on tape.”

Anyone who listens to the show knows that we have a love/hate relationship with Brian De Palma. With his 1981 film Blow Out, he makes one of his strongest films and lands squarely on the side of ‘love’ for us (thank the heavens since neither of us had seen it recently and we couldn’t remember it well enough). Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our 1981 series with De Palma’s Blow Out. We talk about the tone of the film and why it worked so well for De Palma. We chat about the opening sequence and if it starts the film on the wrong tone or if, perhaps, it gives a sense of the irony at work within the film. We discuss the actors — notably John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz — and how well they work for us (except Nancy Allen who plays her character in a way that might not work as well for some). We chat about the brilliant production work by the DP, the sound team and the production design team, building a film that films haunting and tragic. And we talk about the nature of De Palma, what he’s doing with this film, what techniques he employs and why it works so well. We loved this film and we have a great time talking about it. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: What We Do in the Shadows — “Take anyone from 'Flight of the Conchords' and put them in anything else and, even if it sucks, I'm bound to find some enjoyment in it. That certainly looks like it'll hold true with Jemaine Clement's comedy vampire docu-drama film. The trailer already has me giggling with glee.  I can't wait for this one.”

Pete’s Trailer: The Congress — “Robin Wright gets scanned by Miramax so they can have their cinematic way with her identity. This looks like an intensely fun timely film from Ari Folman.”