Movies and Tea #39 -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Welcome to the next episode of Movies and Tea as we continue with the David Fincher season and discuss The Curious Case of Benjamin Button! Head over to the blog to give it a listen!

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Taking a break from his now trademark dark urban landscapes and the darker intentions of those inhabit them, with this adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story of the same name he brings his visual bag of tricks to a unique love story in which we follow Benjamin Button a man who is aging backwards and his relationship with the dancer Daisy over the course of his life.

Further Viewing

Age of Adaline
Wait ’til You’re Older
Big Fish
Ash Is The Purest White
Forest Gump
Brokeback Mountain
The Time Travellers Wife

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #28 – Zodiac

The next episode of Movies and Tea is here! We move along with the David Fincher films as we discuss Zodiac! Head on over to the blog or any of the podcast platforms to give it a listen! Hope you enjoy!

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On this episode we are joined on this episode by Nicholas Rehak (French Toast Sunday) to breakdown the True Crime Thriller Zodiac following not only the hunt for the illusive serial killer who taunted the police with cryptic cyphers but also the men who tried to track him down and the effect the case had on each of them.

Further Viewing

Seven
All The Presidents Men
Spotlight
Wolf Creek
True Detective (Season 1)
Natural Born Killers
Memories of Murder
Cardinal (Season 1)

Music on this episode

Three Dog Night – Easy To Be Hard
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man

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Movies and Tea #27 – Panic Room

Next up for Movies and Tea Podcast as we continue through David Fincher season is Panic Room! Head on over to Movie and Tea blog to give it a listen! Hope you enjoy!

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Our season long re-evaulation of David Fincher’s filmography continues with “Panic Room” in which a mother and daughter move into a new house with a very unique selling point…. it’s panic room which certainly comes in handy when a trio of men break into the house. The only problem is what they want is in the Panic Room.

We look at the problematic making of, the last minute casting changes and Fincher ever evolving visual style and more!!

Further Viewing

Phonebooth
Don’t Breathe
Flightplan
Inside Man
Escape Room

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #29 – Hulk

The next Movies and Tea episode is live as we continue through Ang Lee’s filmography of Hulk! Head over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen and share your thoughts with us!

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As we reach the halfway point for our Ang Lee filmography re-evaulation we come to Hulk which saw Lee choosing to follow up his critically acclaimed and genre reviving Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a comic book movie. Certainly this was a unique choice despite the fact he’s never been restricted to any perticular genre and certainly it was this unrestricted world view that he brough to his unique adaptation of the popular Marvel character.

Released before the superhero boom, here his sins of the father style approach to the Hulk origin story brought a unique spin on the character but with most comic book movies having largely forgotten this adaptation, was it ahead of it’s time or just plain missing the mark?

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Movies and Tea #26 – Sense and Sensibility

Back to regular programming on Movies and Tea as we continue on with Season 4 as we take a look at Ang Lee’s filmography. After the Father Knows Best Trilogy, Ang Lee heads over to make the Jane Austen adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Taiwanese director adapting Classic English Literature is definitely an interesting combination. Head on over to Movies and Tea to listen to our latest episode as we discuss Sense and Sensibility. While you are there, tell us your thoughts on the adaptation.

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Having captured the attention of the mainstream studios with his Father Knows Best Trilogy Ang lee would now set himself the challange of adapting the classic Jane Austin novel “Sense and Sensibility” while working from a script from first time scriptwriter / actress Emma Thompson.

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Movies and Tea #25 – The Father Knows Best Trilogy

Movies and Tea has officially begun its SEASON 4! This season we are doing a retrospective of Ang Lee’s films. The first episode is our heavier one as we dive into his debut films which make the Father Knows Best Trilogy: Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman.

Head over to Movies and Tea blog to listen to our discussion of these films. Let us know whether you’ve seen these films and your thoughts on them!

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Season 4 kicks off with a Lee’s first three films which are commonly refered to as his Father Knows Best trilogy with the three films connected by thier themes rather than characters.

Pushing Hands – Moving from Beijing, elderly tai chi master Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) struggles to adjust to life in New York, living with his Americanized son Alex (Ye-tong Wang) and daughter-in-law, Martha (Deb Snyder), a writer who seems to blame him for her own paralyzing inability to focus. But when Chu begins teaching tai chi at a local school, his desire to make a meaningful connection comes to fruition in the most unexpected of ways.

The Wedding Banquet – Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) and his boyfriend (Mitchell Lichtenstein) are living happily as a gay couple in New York City even though Wai-Tung has not come out to his Taiwanese parents (Sihung Lung, Ah-Leh Gua). To get his…

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Movies and Tea #22 – Somewhere

Next up in Season 3 of Movies and Tea in the Sofia Coppola films is 2010’s indie drama film Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. Its one that definitely feels like its less talked about probably because its less known than her other works.
Head over to Movies and Tea to listen to our discussion of Somewhere. While you’re over there, drop us a comment on whether you have seen this and your thoughts on it.

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After the mixed reception to Marie Antoinette returned with Somewhere a film similar in style to Lost In Translation while also working memories of her own childhood growing up on her father’s sets as she here we follow Upcoming badboy Actor Johnny as he reconnects with his daughter Cleo and perhaps in turn finds what’s missing in his own life.

Further Viewing

Wonder Boys
Nowhere
The Rules of Attraction
Jersey Girl
Definitely Maybe
We Bought A Zoo

Music on this episode

Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset Part I
The Police – So Lonely
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #21 – Marie Antoinette

The next episode for Movies and Tea is here as we look at Sofia Coppola’s third directorial film with a jump back into history as she does a loosely based film on Marie Antoinette, leading the role with Kirsten Dunst. Head over to Movies and Tea blog to listen and while you’re there, leave us a comment on your thoughts of the film and whether you have seen it or not before.

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Originally envisioned as her second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Sofia Coppola to begin work on a parallel project which evolved into Lost In Translation whose success would inturn revamp this project.

Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life

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The Other…

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After Hours – Love, Death + Robots (Season #1)

Season 2 officially wraps up with our final After Hours pick. This time, Elwood picks our first anthology series, Netflix Originals, Love Death + Robots. We try to touch on all the little stories here as well as talk about the ones that impressed us the most.

As Season 2 wraps up, you can already see that the banner on Movies and Tea has already changed with our next feature director, Sofia Coppola for Season 3. With that said, guests are always welcomed to join us if any of the movies interests you. Just drop me or Elwood an email or leave us a comment. Its almost completely unfamiliar territory for myself so it’ll be a fun dive into her filmography as we change not only film genre and our first female director highlight.

With that said, head over to Movies and Tea to check out our latest episode and share your thoughts on Love Death + Robots!

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Wrapping up season #2 our final bonus episode has us looking at Love, Death + Robots for our first boxset binge.

A project from David Fincher and Tim Miller whose initial plans to
remake Heavy Metal were mophed instead into this anthology of short
animated tales with seemingly limitless scope for the stories which can
be told as we discover from this first season.

So get ready for alternative histories, monsters, shocking twists and of course love, death + robots!!

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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After Hours: Europa Report

The next After Hours episode for Movies and Tea is here. This time, its my pick for Europa Report, a found footage sci-fi of sorts.

Head over to check it out and tell us if you’ve seen this one (or even heard of it)!

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On this episode we check out the indie sci-fi found footage movie “Europa Report” which recounts the fictional story of the first crewed mission to   Europa, one of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.

We question if sci-fi can effectively be done on a budget as well as the effectiveness of the found footage genre plus more.

Further Viewing

Life
The Martian
Moon
Event Horizon
Gravity

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Bear Mccreary – Theme from Europa Report

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