Ep. 63 – Swiss Army Man

My score: 10/10. The debut feature film from “Daniels,” aka directing duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, has a lot of people talking: mostly good, a tiny percentage bad, all expressive because this is an atypical movie that emanates expression. These guys are known for their quirky short films that reveal a human side struggling in a dark society. Swiss Army Man falls right into that category only in a feature length.

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Swiss Army Man
Cast

Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Directed by

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Duo Credited as “Daniels”)

Written by

Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Other Info

Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Rated R
1hr 37min

Swiss Army Man is a story about Hank who is stranded on a desert island. He is trying to hang himself when he sees a man wash up on show, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). He rushes over to him to find him dead but the dead man keeps farting. He discovers it isn’t a loss that the man is dead, he has farting powers that make him function like a jet ski for Hank. Hank is able to use the dead man to get to the other side of the island. As Hank continues his quest to “get back” to civilization, he discovers Manny has all sorts of special functions that help him survive. This is where the title comes from: “Swiss Army Man.”

I want to address the film’s use of farting, since it has become a point of criticism online and it print. Apparently, a small percentage people walked out of the theater at Sundance during one of the farting scenes. I find that laughable that critics would walk out on any movie, much less one screening at film festival. The Daniels addressed this as an exxageration. They say of the 1500 people in the theater, maybe 12 walked out which was 1% of the occupancy. I had a completey different reaction to the fart scenes. I saw them as representative of life. Fart sin this film are the things that bind Hank (Paul Dano) and Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) together. This film doesn’t concern itself with the cool things that usually make up a popular movie. Instead, it points out that things like farts separate us from dead bodies. If a dead man can fart that much, it’s like he is alive. The use of farting to make a point is minimal in my opinion and shouldn’t be criticized … listen to the podcast for the rest.

Ep. 53 Movie Review of ‘Most Beautiful Island’

This is a last minute surprise for thriller/horror of 2017. I watched it in utter delight, a really great film. Of course, I decided to share my enthusiasm with my voice, here on the podcast. I hope you enjoy. Comments are welcomed!

Most Beautiful Island (2017)
1h 20min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 3 November 2017 (USA)
Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.
Director: Ana Asensio
Writer: Ana Asensio
Stars: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little

Brief Film Review of ‘The Red Turtle’ – Ep. 49

This film brings the tide of humanity into the shore. I put ocean sounds as the bed for my review because they are so peaceful and run throughout the entire film. Without speaking these few characters deliver peace and relaxation while at the same time conveying a powerful story about the passing seasons of life. I hope you enjoy listening. Please, if you have time leave me a review on itunes of other service you listened at. Those reviews help get the word out on my project. This is episode 49.

The Red Turtle (2016)
La tortue rouge (original title)
PG | 1h 20min | Animation, Fantasy | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Writers: Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy

“Funny Games” In-Depth w Guest Vern

You may have heard my episode on Funny Games where I gave a “non-spoilers” review to my listeners. This is a continuation of that episode where have a guest, The Vern, with me to really get into the plot and discuss the director’s possible intentions. We hope you enjoy our discussion of this masterful film. Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments. I wish to send a big thank you out to The Vern for being my guest on this show! Our minds are warped similarly :)