Welcome back, treasured humans, to The Cage Match—the monthly comparative movie review podcast! Behold in wonder as I join forces with my good friend Justin McArthur (of Three Word Slogan fame) as we discuss the latest box office heavyweight alongside a comparable indie unknown.
The concept linking these works on this particular month is ‘wish fulfilment’. We were going to discuss how British cultural antecedents have shaped popular media, but we ditched that! We threw that in the GARBAGE BIN. Next to the GARBAGE.
The box office hit we discussed this month is Spectre (2015), the fourth film in the Daniel Craig reboot of 007, and the 24th James Bond film overall. Written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Jez Butterworth (based on characters created by Ian Fleming) and directed by Sam Mendes, this film had both gunfire AND explosions. How novel! (Wikipedia, IMDB)
And then, continuing our trend of bringing you film festival fare, we dipped our toe into the BBC First British Film Festival! In doing so we watched Absolutely Anything (2015), a sci-fi comedy featuring the voice acting of the Monty Python crew, as well as the final performance of Robin Williams. Written by Terry Jones and Gavin Scott, and directed by Terry Jones, it brings a surreal (and VERY problematic) touch to the ‘be careful what you wish for’ trope. (Wikipedia, IMDB)
Some of the topics we discuss this month include:
- misogyny & sexism
- the contrived schemes of villains
- the problem with serialised fiction
- wishing for more wishes by wishing for more genies