January 17, 2022
There are cult movies, and then there are movies about cults. We enjoy both, but this week, we have a conversation about a movie that falls into the latter category. It's called "Sound Of My Voice", and it's sort of a response pick to the podcast we did a few months ago on "The East".
How does Sound Of My Voice stack up against the bigger budget and more complicated plot of The East? Is depicting a cult leader in a nuanced way something to be praised, or something to be scorned? Just how full of shit is Maggie (Brit Marling) in this movie? And how does the central relationship in Sound Of My Voice play into the dynamics of a cult?
January 10, 2022
We welcome Kelly Jewett back into the Haven't Seen It lair to discuss a movie that she stumbled across at random on Netflix. That movie is called "Hold the Dark", and what a movie it is. Tangents, back-and-forths, and grand unified theories abound in this conversation about a movie that demands interpretation.
What is the main theme of Hold the Dark? Is it explicitly about local Alaskan tradition and the mystical relationship between people and animals, or is it just a bunch of psychos with a misguided and brutally violent take on what it means to enact revenge?
January 3, 2022
We kick off the new year in style by talking about our first ever double bill! First up is "Fanboys", a movie about Star Wars fans. Next up is "Free Enterprise", a movie about Star Trek fans. William Shatner appears in both. William Shatner melted our brains in one.
December 27, 2021
Matt and I began what was a fantastic and rewarding year of podcasting by talking about Where the Wild Things Are, which is about a child. We end 2021 by talking about Phantom Thread, which is also about a child. This child happens to be played by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Why is Phantom Thread such a darling of critics and Film Bros? What does its portrayal of co-dependence and the struggle for power in a toxic relationship ultimately add up to? A romance? A comedy? A drama?
This film also features 3 powerhouse characters. Which one did we find ourselves rooting for? Strong disagreement ensues.
December 20, 2021
On this week filled with Christmas tradition and yuletide cheer, the Haven't Seen It podcast is proud to bring you a movie about a brutal and visceral home invasion!
As we do our second toe dip into the pool of Mike Flanagan movies, we chat about what makes his films so taut and skillful. "Hush" is a movie that we both liked, but for relatively different reasons. What were they, and why?
December 13, 2021
We've got our new stuff memorized and we try to avoid bombing as we chat about The Opening Act, a movie about stand up comedy made for the comedians, by the comedians.
We get into the weeds about the specific intentions of the movie, what some of the scenes are a response to, and whether it was able to capture the atmosphere of a live comedy show, something many movies have failed to accomplish.
December 6, 2021
Every once in awhile on this show, we get to share our experience of watching a movie that just WORKS for us. The Rocketeer is one of those movies. Groundbreaking technology, mobsters, corrupt feds, Old Hollywood, Nazis, an American love story ... The Rocketeer has it all. And it's a Disney movie!
How does The Rocketeer take tried-and-true Hollywood formulas and turn them into something fresh? Do the histrionics in this movie check out? And, since we both watched this movie with our kids, what was THEIR favorite part?
November 29, 2021
Oh yes. The time has come, ladies and gentlemen, for us to talk about Chuck. For years, I had heard Silent Rage described as "the good Chuck Norris movie". When I finally saw it, did I agree with that statement? Did Matt?
Just what the hell is it about Chuck Norris that made him into an action star? Can it be chalked up to the 80's action movie craze, or does he possess some inherent "Chuck-ness" that defies description?
Also, does Silent Rage successfully meld genres to create an interesting film, or is it just a bunch of sloppy homages that caused us to facepalm?
**SPOILER ALERT: The answer is "both"**
November 22, 2021
This Thanksgiving week, we hone in on our gratitude and gab about some of the details of film that we're both grateful for. What kinds of details do you mean, you ask? Well ...
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November 15, 2021
My old pal Jason Threlkeld was gracious and game enough to join me to chat about Sorry to Bother You, the surprise debut hit from avowed Communist and hip hop legend Boots Riley (The Coup, anyone?). Matt and I both love this movie, and showing it to someone for the first time was very exciting, to say the least. Did Jason like it, or were there too many "WTF"'s and shifts in tone for him to chew on at once? What is the main theme here? Is it race, or is it more about the labor movement and decrying the excesses of capitalism? What does the movie want us to think about Cassius Green?