I’d like to welcome you to the newest incarnation of The Cage Match! For you see, I have decided to change this monthly comparative review from a written review into a podcast, hosted through my Bandcamp on the ‘intersweb’. It stars both myself and my good friend Justin McArthur! It contains the same insights I would normally spew out, but now they’re fresh from the horse’s mouth. Which is to say, I’ve got a face a little bit like that of a stupid horse.
Also, Justin says things! He’s so smart and great.
(Trigger warning—we touch upon topics of mental health in this particular podcast, such as depression, and manic behaviour.)
(Spoiler warning—I spoil Wild Tales in several ways. Bit hard not to, given that it’s an anthology piece. But don’t let that stop you from going out and seeing it, if you can!)
This month, the box office hit I’m discussing is Inside Out (2015), an animated comedic drama about the role individual emotions play in the psychological process of growing up. It was written by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, and directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen. (Wikipedia, IMDB)
The indie hit I’m pitting it against is Wild Tales (2014), an Argentine-Spanish black comedy containing six individual unconnected stories that all have the unifying theme of revenge. It was written and directed by Damián Szifron, whom I accidentally pluralise in the podcast, because whoops. (Wikipedia, IMDB)
Don’t worry, Justin is discussing these movies too! He’s not just a piece of hirsute furniture. But he hadn’t seen either film at time of recording, so he discusses them through me. This month he’s more of a facilitator, whom I have lashed to my sled at the very last minute. Next month, he’ll be permitted to see some movies. And maybe have a little bit of my popcorn.
But not much.
Some of the topics we discuss this month include:
- emotional maturity
- the thematic influence that Pixar and Disney have had on evocative storytelling
- cultural distance in foreign cinema
- Amy Poehler, and the unconfirmed allegations that she was once a fascist dictator
- how certain rambling statements should be cut out of our podcast recording (but, as you can see, were not cut at all)
Because poo is funny.
Oh, you mean why has this written article turned into a podcast? Well.
Due to my focus on other upcoming projects, my weekly workload has become primarily writing-based. Which is fantastic! I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But, this does mean that my wordbrain is completely tuckered out when it comes time to create things like The Cage Match. But you see, I don’t want to put it on hiatus again! I love it too damn much. I want to keep it alive, while simultaneously keeping it exciting. I don’t want no zombie article.
So, this! Ta-daaa! Podcasts with Justin are the new paradigm. It is my fond hope that you will like what we’re making as much as I do.
Ah! But will this be a permanent change, you ask? Well, honestly, who knows. We’re leaving this format open for experimentation, so that it may remain fresh. And fly. And dope.
And perhaps baller. (Is ‘baller’ good? Or is it ‘balla’? My finely tuned ears are densely packed with the ashen waste of untold centuries. Makes parsing youthspeak a little tricky.)
Regardless, good or ill, your feedback on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Tell us things! Hit up the comments box below, or on Facebook even. We’re more than happy to have a discussion about our works. We’re talkative gents! We most definitely look forward to hearing from you.
You…and your opinions.