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May 14, 2010 7:25 AM   Subscribe

'The Conversations is a monthly feature in which Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard discuss a wide range of cinematic subjects: critical analyses of films, filmmaker overviews, and more. Readers should expect to encounter spoilers.' Including: Passion of the Christ vs. The Last Temptation of Christ, Mulholland Dr., Pixar, and others.
posted by shakespeherian (10 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
The House Next Door has been one of the best film blogs out there for a long time IMHO. They just recently moved over to Slant. Good to see they're still doing good work.
posted by HumanComplex at 7:38 AM on May 14, 2010

The Passion/Last Temptation conversation is great reading. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Shepherd at 8:32 AM on May 14, 2010

This is pretty darn good.
posted by grubi at 8:32 AM on May 14, 2010


There's a quick scene early on where WALL-E notices that his treads are getting worn. He stops by a fallen robot and then there's a jump cut to his newly replaced treads motoring along. It instantly reminded me of a ubiquitous scene that appears in many war movies or films about poverty, where a downtrodden man finds a corpse and takes the opportunity to strip off its boots, replacing his own with somewhat nicer ones. That's basically what WALL-E does here, though it happens so fast and is glossed over so quickly that it's easy to miss.

Really? Is that type of scene "ubiquitous"? Because I can't think of two examples of it beyond WALL-E. Sometimes film people get caught up in being a film person, failing to realize we didn't all watch 200 French films about suffering in World War II.

Or maybe he isn't using 'ubiquitous' correctly, I dunno.
posted by grubi at 8:44 AM on May 14, 2010

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way:
    Finding Nemo, a picture so simplemindedly sweet that it's only as interesting as its visuals and thus is often boring
(Also: Man, this Pixar article is long!)
posted by StarmanDXE at 10:48 AM on May 14, 2010

SPOILER: They're all really long.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:02 AM on May 14, 2010

Joy! Discussion of Mulholland Drive that begins with David Foster Wallace musings on David Lynch. My culture receptors are overloading with goodness.
posted by Babblesort at 3:30 PM on May 14, 2010

oh man, they love Mulholland Drive. Am I the only Lynch fan in the world who thought he was treading water on that thing? Really, every time I see someone talk about experiencing "a lynch film" when talking about mulholland drive, I think "so it's like blue velvet or lost highway, except not as good."
posted by shmegegge at 7:02 PM on May 14, 2010

These are great, thanks for bringing them to my attention. I like the shoutouts to Henson in the Pixar one.
posted by marble at 7:36 PM on May 14, 2010

I've been waiting to read something contrasting the Passion with Last Temptation and this conversation did the trick. Thanks.
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