Author: CelluloidJunkies

This month we are profiling Lynne Ramsay’s 2011 mesmeric domestic drama “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

This episode was recorded before the February 14th school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As such, some research and statistics stated during the show do not reflect the severity of this school shooting. Our thoughts are with all of the victims, their families and friends.

See Never Again MSD for information on the #NeverAgain movement, created by students of Stoneman Douglas High School who wish for no students to experience what they went through in the future. The “March For Our Lives” rally is being held on March 24th, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

FILM
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) dir. Lynne Ramsay, USA

SONGS
“I Don’t Like Mondays” (2001) w: Bob Geldof, p: Tori Amos

 

Poster Design

Design is one of the recurring themes of “We Need to Talk About Kevin”. Eva’s sparse, childless life decisions are by design; her work is big on design in many ways, including the literal; and the movie takes these themes and transfers them to not only the screen, but also the publicity materials used in its promotion. Few recent movies have received quite as many markedly different poster designs as this film, and here are a selection of just a few of the best.

The reviews and awards poster.

The Kevin-centric poster.

This and the next poster use Neue Helvetica 97 Black Condensed, a blockletter variant of the world’s most popular font. Notice the use of colour, and its direct contrast to the next poster. The blue hues are similar to those seen during the film’s climax.

The Eva-centric variant of the same poster.

Notice that the first two quotes are the same as on the last poster, but in this variation the third quote is changed from one about Ezra Miller to one about Tilda Swinton. The colour, obviously, has been altered to the dramatic red tones that run throughout the movie when modern day Eva is on screen.

 

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next time with a close-up, in depth look at Fritz Lang’s 1931 German-language masterpiece “M”.

 

[to be continued]

We’re doing something we haven’t done before as we take a look back at 2017. We’ll review each of the Best Picture nominees for next month’s Academy Awards, each list our five favourite films of 2017, and each give away 10 awards in the inaugural Celluloid Junkies Oscars Preview!

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

FILM
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) dir. Charles Sellier Jr., USA
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) dir. Jonathan Demme, USA

SONGS
“American Girl” (1977) w: Tom Petty, p: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

In the first episode of 2018, returning guest host Cassandra Kane joins us as we look at Frank Pierson’s 1976 romantic musical drama “A Star Is Born”.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

FILM
A Star is Born (1976) dir. Frank Pierson, USA

SONGS
“The Man That Got Away” (1954) w: Harold Arlen & Ira Gershwin, p: Judy Garland
“Everything” (1976) w: Rupert Holmes & Paul Williams, p: Barbra Streisand
“Lost Inside of You” (1976) w: Barbra Streisand & Leon Russell, p: Barbra Streisand
“Evergreen” (1976) w: Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams, p: Barbra Streisand
“Evergreen” (1976) w: Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams, p: Henry Mancini Band
“The Woman in the Moon” (1976) w: Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher, p: Barbra Streisand
“I Believe in Love” (1976) w: Kenny Loggins and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, p: Barbra Streisand
“Finale: With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now” (1976) w: Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher, p: Barbra Streisand

INTERVIEW
Streisand 1976 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZanBEbho7ro

 

Read the New West article “My Battles With Barbra and Jon” by director Frank Pierson. A riveting read full of interesting facts with very healthy amounts of rumours and innuendo. Who you believe may come down to where you sit on the Streisand Scale.
http://barbra-archives.com/bjs_library/70s/new_west_battles_barbra_jon.html

Check out Pauline Kael’s full, five-page review of the film. You may disagree, you may agree, but either way you’ll appreciate the way she puts her thoughts into words.
http://celluloidjunkies.com/podfiles/asib-kael.pdf

We’ve spoken a lot recently about gender inequality in Hollywood, and in this episode we specifically discuss changes in the acceptance of gender roles due to Barbra Streisand’s producing, writing and directing. She won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Evergreen” from this movie, the first time a female had won that award as a composer. Her role in changing gender stereotypes cannot be understated, but there is still immense work to be done.

Zohar Altman David wrote specifically about Streisand in his research paper for Tel Aviv University, “The star as a Creation and the Star as a creator: The case of Barbra Streisand”.
http://iipc.utu.fi/reconsidered/Ravid.pdf

 

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In 1985 a cartoonist named Alison Bechdel wrote and illustrated a strip from her “Dykes to Watch Out For” series which included a ‘rule’ first posited by her friend Liz Wallace. It became known as the Bechdel Test, and started being used to judge the equality of acting roles for women. There’s three features of the rule, and to pass a film must meet all of them: first, the film must have two named female characters; second, those female characters must talk to each other; third, that conversation must not be about a man.

Does A Star Is Born pass The Bechdel Test? Unfortunately, that’s a big no. There’s only one named female character, and that’s Esther.
https://bechdeltest.com/view/3722/a_star_is_born/

Check out if your favourite films pass The Bechdel Test.
https://bechdeltest.com

Going back through our own archives, here’s how the films profiled so far by Celluloid Junkies performed on the test:

Film Pass/Fail (Score)
John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) Fail (0/3)
Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973) Pass
Peter Weir’s Fearless (1993) Pass
John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London (1981) Fail (2/3)
Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas (1990) Pass
William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971) Fail (1/3)
Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) Fail (1/3)
Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Pass
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) Pass
Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) Pass
John Huston’s Key Largo (1948) Fail (1/3)
Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) Pass
George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Pass
Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist (1982) Pass
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (2017) Pass
Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971) Pass

 

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s best-selling novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

This month the revised Celluloid Junkies line-up is cloistered in an Ursuline convent, profiling Ken Russell’s disturbing 1971 political horror film The Devils.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

Witchfinder General (1968) dir. Michael Reeves, ENG
The Devils (1971) dir. Ken Russell, ENG

“Devil’s Suite” (1971) w & p: Peter Maxwell Davies
“There is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1992) w: Johnny Marr & Morrissey, p: The Smiths

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