January 1, 2018
This week, filmmaker Graham Skipper joins Amy to pit Monty Python’s two greatest comedies against one another: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” vs. “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” Graham details a brief history of the sketch group before they get into “Holy Grail,” nothing its hilarious teardown of the Arthur legend and how it frames its own subversions within the movie. Then, they tackle “Life of Brian,” discussing its relevant social politics and how it nails religious satire. Finally, they make their closing arguments as to whether “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” or “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” should enter The Canon. Which Monty Python film wins out? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!
July 15, 2018
We asked, and you nominated! For the final episode of the season, Amy and Engineer Sam take listener calls to hear arguments as to which of these films should enter The Canon: David Fincher’s 2007 thriller “Zodiac;” the first film in the Cornetto trilogy, 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead;” or the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson drama “Magnolia.” Which film will round out this edition of The Canon? Head over to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!
July 2, 2018
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson joins Amy this week to discuss the 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens.” They break down the film’s more difficult moments, examining the relationship between Big Edie and Little Edie as well as the undercurrent of latent sadness. Plus, they consider the direction and vision of Albert and David Maysles, themes of capitalism and decay, and how “Grey Gardens” encapsulates the central question of documentary. Should “Grey Gardens” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!