Last Cab to Darwin VS Trainwreck

Aloha peeplets! Welcome back to The Cage Match, the monthly comparative movie review podcast, in which my good friend Justin McArthur and I discuss the latest box office heavyweight alongside a comparable indie unknown.

This month, the box office hit we discuss is Trainwreck (2015), a romantic comedy about one woman’s evolution from carefree sexual explorer to sober monogamist. It was written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow. (Wikipedia, IMDB)

Interestingly enough, the indie film we have going up against it is something I predicted would rank poorly at the box office because of the cultural cringe. However it made a packet on its opening weekend–it’s the impressively popular Last Cab to Darwin (2015), an Australian drama about a man seeing legal euthanasia. A film that’s as comedic as it is dry, it was written by Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims (based on the play by Reg Cribb), and directed by Jeremy Sims.  (Wikipedia, IMDB)

(Trigger warning—we touch upon the racial inequality suffered by indigenous Australians in this particular podcast.)

(Spoiler warning—we spoil both movies a little, but not much. Just enough to discuss their content. I mean come on, it’s not as if Trainwreck thrummed with the latent promise of a baffling twist ending.)

Some of the topics we discuss this month include:

  • Processes of personal growth and change
  • Racial discrimination against indigenous Australians
  • How editing together a long improvised spiel sacrifices natural emotional progression
  • How the portrayal of land relates to Australian identity
  • Honesty in sexual exploration
  • Austrailan piss-taking humour
  • ‘We’ll edit that out’
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