Eisenstein in Guanajuato VS The Martian

Welcome back, favoured beings, 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 linking topic betwixt these works for this particular sojourn is ‘stranger in a strange land’. This particular month it served as more of a springboard than a continuous conversational topic, but! Such is the nature of lively conversation.

The box office hit we discussed this month is The Martian (2015), a science fiction survival film, based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir. Written by Drew Goddard and directed by Ridley Scott, this film champions scientific competence while still remaining emotionally engaging. A true achievement! (Wikipedia, IMDB)

In looking for something to go toe-to-toe with this beast, we thought it would be most appropriate to select something from the superlative Adelaide Film Festival! And thus the indie film we have brought to your plate this month is Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015), a surreal biopic that is as brave as it is vibrant. Written and directed by British film maker Peter Greenaway, it tells us the story of an artist’s awakening in a world of sex and death. (Wikipedia, IMDB)

(Language warning—we recorded this at night, and apparently my profanity filter goes even further offline when the sun goes down. Whoops!)

Some of the topics we discuss this month include:

  • our woeful pronunciation acumen
  • Western philosophy versus Buddhism
  • the shameless plugging of Three Word Slogan
  • Astronaut Mike Dexter
  • portrayals of culture, gender and sexuality
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • the killability of Sean Bean
  • and, because it makes me SUPER angry, Southpaw
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