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.
Jon, Mike and I saw It: Chapter 2 this weekend, and did some podcasting about it. I’m afraid something funny is going on between our headphones and the headphone amplifier I use. I don’t know if it’s the amp or the 3.5mm to 1/4″ adapters I’m using, but things are very finnicky.
I want to address something I said on the show and am still debating with myself about going back and removing if I can. I don’t feel good about the way I described the character Beverly’s abuse at the hand of her father. Content warning about that sort of thing before I continue.