Finally! A proper unmitigated disaster of a recording! Finally! Something to struggle against! Something to win! This was the episode…that almost wasn’t!
I went to see Taika Waititi’sJojo Rabbit with Jon and Brooke, and a couple of Brooke’s friends, and we were all excited to record, but couldn’t get it done that evening. We converged in the Dayton Upstairs Recording Studio a few days later and set up to record with a template that I’d made so I wouldn’t have to set the project up fresh every time. And I firmly believe that’s where things went to shit.
This time around we look at Robert Eggers’ sophomore picture, The Lighthouse, starring Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson. It’s an absolutely crazy picture. Some are calling it the best film of the year. What did we think? Actually, our opinions were pretty divided!
I forgot to post this before. Whoops. We talk about the scariest movie I’ve seen since It Follows, the enigmatic and deeply sad Lake Mungo, directed by a man no one seems to know how to find, and starring a bunch of wonderful actors you’ve never heard of, which is what makes them such great fits for this sort of film.
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I’m excited to finally get this thing recorded and released, and I’m even more excited to announce that I seem to have identified and resolved the issue of audio interference that has plagued a couple of our recent episodes. It seems to have been caused by some electrical cables being intertwined with the XLRs connecting our mics to the audio interface.
I don’t have much to say about this episode, except that the buzz came back which I’m not pleased about, and we may have committed an audio sin after the episode by trying more random snacks from the Asian grocery down the street.
On Jon’s suggestion, and later vote, I was finally sat down to watch Jacob’s Ladder, the movie that, among other boasts, inspired the aesthetic and experience of the Silent Hill series. And what did we think?
For better or worse, Downton Abbey is… Downton Abbey. But for its feature-length runtime, this film is no more and no less than precisely what you think when you hear “Downton Abbey“.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for me, it was at least a little disappointing. When I think of a television show getting a feature-length film, I expect it to be a little more. Animated programs like Pokémon and The Simpsons come to mind: there is an immediate, obvious difference in production value between the television shows and their full-length movies. Not only that, but when a 22-minute (or whatever length) TV show gets a long-form movie, the self-contained plots of these usually involve higher stakes.
And sure, on paper the stakes of Downton Abbey are high. At least, by the standards of a show where fancy dining making or breaking reputations can be considered high stakes.
Actually, there is something else that happens, or almost happens, rather, but it is dealt with so swiftly, and so early in the film’s runtime that it’s rather a laugh to even look back on it as an important moment in the film because the film itself doesn’t even bother to think that much of it.
I don’t want to poo-poo the movie. I love Downton Abbey too much to do that. But I still expected at least a little more.
I’ve been trying to finish writing this for like two weeks. I wish I had more to say about it. But it’s just a long episode of the TV show. It’s warm and fuzzy and pleasant and ultimately trivial.