The Filmlings – Update

Hello filmlings!

This is just a quick message about the current state and location of the Filmlings Podcast. For the past three months since we started the podcast Alex and I have been hosting the show here on my blog mainly out of convenience, since I already had a blog, but also as a temporary home while we figured out if it would be a lasting thing or not.

Well it seems like its still going strong, even though its only been a couple of months. So we have decided to create a new blog dedicated to the podcast. From now on the show will be posted on thefilmlings.wordpress.com (with a dedicated domain coming in the near future most likely).

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to posting the weekly podcast as we have been, the new blog will also be home to the occasional article write up by Alex and myself and even guest writers. So if you like the show go over to the new site and check it out!

Thanks for your support!


The Filmlings – Samurai and Sombreros

Don’t bring a six-shooter to a katana fight.

Samurai and Sombreros won our recent Twitter poll so Alex and Jonathan take a look at Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and its western adaptation The Magnificent Seven (1960). We talk about archetypal stories, cultural influence on art, and using inspiration to create a new and distinct work.


Also on iTunes

Skip to: Seven Samurai (5:29), The Magnificent Seven (25:54), Overall (50:51), Coming Attractions (1:11:45)

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Next week we take a look at some of John Hughes’ most iconic high school films.

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick


The Filmlings – Mystical Miyazaki Feat. Hayden Chauffe

In our first exclusively animation episode, friend of the podcast Hayden Chauffe joins Alex to talk about three films by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and The Wind Rises (2013). We discuss the unique possibilities of animation, children’s entertainment that doesn’t sugar coat the world, and reflection of Miyazaki’s life in his films.

Also on iTunes

Skip to: My Neighbor Totoro (8:56), Spirited Away (31:30), The Wind Rises (45:50), Overall (58:35), Coming Attractions (1:08:00)

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Next week Jonathan returns and we take a look at the winning category from our recent twitter poll, Samurai and Sombreros.

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick


The Filmlings – The Whimsy and Woe of Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson takes a perfectly framed center-stage this week as Alex and Jonathan talk Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). We discuss self-aware storytelling, how style can divert criticism, and the recycling of iconic art.


Also on iTunes

Skip to: Rushmore (6:36), The Life Aquatic (24:18), Moonrise Kingdom (43:10), Overall Notes (57:46), Coming Attractions (1:13:59)

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Next week Alex invites Hayden Chauffe to the show to talk about three films by Hayao Miyazaki. They will be watching the Disney dubbed versions of the movies.

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick


The Filmlings – Oscar Bait or (The Unexpected Virtue of Tragedy)

In honor of the Oscars this past weekend Alex and Jonathan take a look back at the last three Best Picture winners at the Academy Awards: 12 Years a Slave (2013),  Birdman (2014), and Spotlight (2015). We discuss what kinds of films tend to seek out and win awards, the techniques these films employ, and in what ways we should think about award shows and award winners.


Also on iTunes

Skip to: 12 Years a Slave (2:12), Birdman (20:28), Spotlight (37:53), Overall (47:44)

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Next week we’re back to looking at a director’s career with Wes Anderson:

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick


The Filmlings – Holy Reboot, Batman! Feat. Aaron Johnson

What makes sound, and is informative?

The Filmlings film analysis podcast!

Alex and Jonathan welcome their first guest, Aaron Johnson, to the podcast to talk about four major reboots of the cinematic portrayal of Batman: Batman: The Movie (1966), Batman (1989), Batman Begins (2005), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). We talk about how the comics influence the films (and vice versa), changing visual styles, and the steady darkening of tone over time.


Also on iTunes

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Next week we take a look at the last three Best Picture Oscar winners:

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick


The Filmlings – Pride and Prejudice (x3)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a film buff in possession of some film knowledge must be in need of a film analysis podcast…

Alex and Jonathan get a little sappy in this special Valentine’s Day episode where we take a look at three (very) different film adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: Pride and Prejudice (2003), Pride and Prejudice (2005), and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). This week we talk about period adaptations, how “modern” adaptations age, and how changing audience demographics dictate the way classic stories are adapted.


Also on iTunes

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Next week we welcome Aaron Johnson to the podcast to discuss four (yep, four) Batman film reboots:

Intro/Outro Music:
Ash by Mike Braudrick