In the Cut
By Jesse Holden
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Watch the movie first, then get all armchair-expert with us as we pick apart what we thought worked (or didn't) and why. A no-budget labor of love – more info at www.inthecut.org
||Explicit Stalker: The Holy Fool||In our final episode of “Season 2” we enlist Yakov Grinberg to help peel back some of the many layers within Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece Stalker; a hard to describe — and equally hard to forget — meditation on the human … Continue reading||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Moon: There’s a Fun Zoo||Luke Christensen from Portland’s Hollywood Theatre joins us to talk about 2009’s “Moon” — Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey’s performances, Clint Mansell’s score, and the unique plot construction of this the artful,||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Showgirls: The Robocop of Sex||We welcome the amazing Jenny Benevento to help us wrap our brains around one of the towering cinematic wonders of our age: the anti-erotic madhouse Showgirls, in all of its contradictory, critically loathed, unforgettable glory.||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit The Serpent and the Rainbow: Now I Have the Power of the Jaguar||One of the lesser-remembered entries in Wes Craven’s oeuvre, The Serpent and the Rainbow is a bit less than the sum of its parts, sending Bill Pullman stumbling and snarking through Haiti in search of a substance that can turn … Continue reading →||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit The Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2: You Can’t Not Do That||Eran and Jesse talk about Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s landmark horror films that set such a high bar for the nascent Splatstick genre that they’ve yet to be dethroned thirty-plus years later. Groovy. … Continue readin||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Lolita (1962 & 1997): Obviously They’re a Bag of Dicks||Eran, Whitney and Jesse sit down for a chat about both the Stanley Kubrick and Adrian Lyne adaptations of Nabokov’s Lolita, and their respective approaches to the challenging source material. Watch Lolita (1962): ▸ Amazon ▸ iTunes Watch Lolita (19||7/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Finally Coming to Kwahng-Yi||Jesse and Whitney can’t get enough of talking about Hedwig: the characters, the songs, how it differs from the stage version, the difficult questions it raises, and those poor, poor Bilgewater’s patrons. Watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch: ▸ Amazon||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Starship Troopers: I Hope It Makes Up For Brainscan||With Eran back in the saddle with Jesse, and first-time co-host Jacob Henderson joining us as well, we talk about Paul Verhoeven’s visually amazing adaptation/sendup of Robert Heinlein’s military sci-fi classic,||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit RoboCop (2014): All Up In The Cut 45||Portland musicians and troublemakers The Cut 45 are here to kick off Season 2 with a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a frank discussion of whether or not you ever oughta reboot RoboCop. If you want more, you can … Continue reading →||6/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Season Finale Pt.2: You Can’t Lose Sight of the Building||Contains the shocking conclusion to Part 1's cliffhanger ending. You'll also hear Nunk calling from a fishing boat in Alaska to discuss the embarrassments of personal taste, and Jon talking with Jesse about the podcast and the nature of criticism itsel.||8/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Season Finale Pt.1: I Think We Can Get the Sponsorship Still||Part 1 of our two-part Season Finale. Jesse fails to convince Laura to record an intro, chats with Josh about Hellraiser and mission creep in horror movies, and Eran calls from his mom's house to explain why he hates Batman.||7/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Robocop 3: Sit On Its Back and Ride It Home||Jon again joins Eran and Jesse for our least insightful episode ever. We can hardly think of any useful points of analysis for "Robocop 3" so we mostly just yell about it.||7/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Brainscan: Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding And He’s Ringing the Doorbell||Josh Millard again joins Eran and Jesse, this time to commiserate over the deeply awful "Brainscan". In the process, we unlock a vast Aerosmith/David Fincher metanarrative and discuss whether Edward Furlong knows how to put milk in his mouth.||7/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Unbreakable: A Wizard Suppressed It For Him||Eran, Jesse, and first-time co-host Nunk discuss Shyamalan's "Unbreakable", superhero movies, the trappings of populist art, and Powerball.||6/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit An American Werewolf in London: You Know What, F*ck The Howling||Jon, Eran, and Jesse – the first three hosts – come together for the first time, to discuss the sometimes-flawed but profoundly enjoyable John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London, and what it pulled off that most movies still can't.||6/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Willow: Hoist by Her Own Magical Petard||In our first three-person episode, we settle in with some bourbon and Josh Millard to fondly discuss 1988's Willow – why it's still a total joy to watch, how it creates a refreshingly different kind of protagonist, and how it deserves to be remembered||5/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Attack the Block: Party at the Zoo||A 2011 favorite of both Jesse and Eran's, Attack the Block is a chance to explore how great characters, a kinetic script, and alien gorilla-wolves can come together to make one of the funnest, liveliest films in recent memory.||5/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Holy Motors: The Limo Isn’t The Limo Yet||Jesse and Eran talk about boners for an unreasonably long time before moving on to the rest of Holy Motors; an acclaimed and often-strange series of character vignettes carried off by an extraordinary Denis Lavant.||5/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Beasts of the Southern Wild: Pig Hat Specialist||Drunk, and together at last, Eran and Jesse discuss New Orleans, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and some juicy sponsorship opportunities.||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Watchmen: Rock Me Ozymandias||Alan Moore's acclaimed, "unfilmable" graphic novel comes to the screen, and Eran and Jesse discuss whether Zack Snyder was able to pull it off – and also, Eran's sad story about a dog. [Trigger warning for discussion of an attempted-rape scene.]||4/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Prince of Darkness: Stabbed With a Bicycle||"Prince of Darkness" isn't the first movie you think of when someone says "John Carpenter", but Eran and Jesse pay it a visit and see how a filmmaker's ingenuity can make a bad film, in some ways, pretty great.||4/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit [Special] Roger Ebert: The Measure of a Critic||A short special, impulsively recorded and released by Jesse on his own upon hearing about Roger Ebert's passing.||4/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Wizards: Two Days From Elf Retirement||Eran and Jesse get into Ralph Bakshi's 1977 epic "Wizards"; its strange appeal, major shortcomings, and its odd production serendipity with Star Wars.||4/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit [Special] Cabin Boy: The Whole Point of Pastry||Eran and Jesse struggle to grasp Cabin Boy, the unexpectedly dark 1994 comedy from Chris Elliott. A special mini-episode released on April 1.||3/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit This is England: Crumpet Months or Whatever They Call Them||A superb but sobering film, "This Is England" draws Eran and Jesse into a conversation about themes of adolescence, identity, fatherhood, and Stephen Graham's astounding performance as a skinhead in 1983 Britain.||3/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Drive: Shots Of That Guy Not Reacting To Things||Eran and Jesse chat about 2011's "Drive" – touching on how it treats violence, the occasionally terrible music, and the enigmatic Driver character – to try to see what worked and what didn't.||3/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Nightbreed: She Did See Past the Mullet Though||Eran wants to revisit Clive Barker's 1990 followup to "Hellraiser", the larger-budget studio disaster "Nightbreed". We talk about what went wrong, and why an ambitious failure is often more interesting to watch than a conventional success.||3/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit The Cabin in the Woods: This Majestic, You Know, Merman||Cabin in the Woods manages to stay surprising, even after putting the big twist in the first scene. Jesse and Eran talk about this, Joss Whedon's setups and payoffs, and what's different about modern horror movies.||3/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Robocop 2: Suck My Dick I’m Robocop||Jesse and Eran take a look at Robocop 2: how it compares to its predecessor, to other Frank Miller scripts, and to "Showgirls". We scratch off some lottery tickets to see if we can fund the show.||2/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit Prometheus: And That’s How Babies Are Made||In our first-ever episode, Jesse and Jon discuss xenomorph taxonomy, sloppy writing, and whether Prometheus should be held to the same standards as better movies are. Also, what Prometheus and Ninja Turtles have in common.||2/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Witty analysis and excellent company
This podcast has the delightful quality of being engaging on a few levels; it does what it sets out to do and gives the listener forty minutes of movie deconstruction & analysis. Rather than just a review (though there's plenty of that built in), it's an examination of a select few facets or ideas inherent in the movie, not necessarily what you'd expect but always interesting (seriously, what's up with the old guy in Prometheus?).
Jesse and co. keep things conversational, it's easy to get drawn into the discussion of movie minutia.
As a person prone to pausing audiocasts and never returning, I can give this one the finicky podcast listener seal of approval.
What a fun podcast to listen to! If you love movies you should be listening to In the Cut. It's the nerdy conversations you have with your friends :)
Fun and insightful
Great podcast. I eagerly await each episode, and then devour it immediately. Re-watching the movie before listening does make it more fun. The conversations are insightful and funny and I often find myself trying to join in by talking to my radio.