By Shaun Duke and David Annandale
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Totally Pretentious is a movie discussion podcast hosted by two movie dorks who would rather spend their weekends watching and talking about movies than taking out the garbage or just about any other mundane task. Of course, dorks though we may be, we’re still of the mindset that there are far too many great films that never get the awards recognition they deserve. Each episode, we discuss one feature film, exploring its historical context, themes, legacy, and/or its artsy-ness. Totally Pretentious is part of The Skiffy and Fanty Show podcast network. If you want to find out more about us and our other shows, go to skiffyandfanty.com.
||ExplicitEpisode 15. High Noon (1952): Masculine Heroes, the Old West, American “Values,” and Late Oscars||What do you get when you make a film that even John Wayne hated? The classic man-on-his-own Western, High Noon (1952; dir. Fred Zinnemann). This episode, David and Shaun discuss the history of High Noon, it’s treatment of classic Western tropes,||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14. The 2016 Oscars Nominees (a.k.a. GripeFest 2016)||GripeFest 2016 is here! In our 14th episode, Shaun is joined by Rachael Acks to discuss the 2016 Academy Awards. Which movies don’t belong? Which movies are sorely missed? What the heck is wrong with the Oscars this year?||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13. Near Dark (1987; dir. Kathryn Bigelow): The Vampire, the Western, and the Setting Sun||The Vampire, the Western, and the Setting Sun! In our 13th episode, David and Shaun play catch-up on films left over from last year with an intense discussion of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire western, Near Dark.||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12. A Christmas Carol (1951; dir. Brian Desmond Hurst): The Terrors of the Past, Present, and Future||A Christmas Carol (1951) and the Terrors of the Past, Present, and Future! In our final episode of the year, David and Shaun discuss the 1951 classic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (starring Alastair Sim).||12/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11. The People Under the Stairs (1991; dir. Wes Craven): Craven’s Legacy and an Unusual Mythic Terror||The People Under the Stairs: Wes Craven’s Legacy and an Unusual Mythic Terror David and Shaun return after an unnecessarily long hiatus to discuss Wes Craven’s work, with special attention to The People Under the Stairs. We cover the film’s his||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9. Last Night (1998): Finding the Self in the Canadian Apocalypse||Last Night and finding the self in the Canadian apocalypse. In our 9th episode, we talk about what we’ve been up to for the past month and dive into Don McKellar’s celebrated apocalypse film, Last Night. Given that David is a Canadian and Shaun||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) — the Pastoral and the Child||The Secret of Roan Inish, the pastoral, and the child!! Filling in for David, Jen Zink joins me to discuss the state of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and our main event film, The Secret of Roan Inish (1994). We explore The Secret of Roan Inish‘s||7/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7. Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic World (2015): Blockbuster Spectacle and Reconstituting the Family||Blockbuster Spectable and Reconstituting the Family! We take our first stab at a blockbuster hit — the incredibly influential Jurassic Park (1993). We discuss the film’s visual effects and influence, its treatment of corporations and family,||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6. The Wicker Man (1973) — On Christopher Lee’s Legacy and the Trials of Religion||On Christopher Lee’s Legacy and the Trials of Religion! In this special episode, we talk about the late Christopher Lee and his legacy, from Hammer Horror films to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. We also take some time to discuss The Wicker Man,||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5. The Swimmer (1968): The Surreality and Collapse of WASP Culture||The Surreality and Collapse of WASP Culture! In our fifth episode, we discuss what we’ve been watching lately — a little bit of Dredd and Abel Ferrara — and then head back to the 60s to discuss the recently-reappraised Burt Lancaster film,||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4. The Shop Around the Corner (1940): Romantic Fantasies, Cults of Personality, and the Chaos of Capital||Romantic Fantasies, Cults of Personality, and the Chaos of Capital! In our fourth episode, we drop back a decade to discuss Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan,||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3. It Follows (2014): Teenage Body Horror, Modern Decay, and It||Teenage Body Horror, Modern Decay, and It! Our third episode is a special one! We jump outside of our normal programming schedule to host an impromptu discussion of David Robert Mitchell’s acclaimed new horror film, It Follows.||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2. The Wages of Fear (1953): Playing Genre, Masculinity, and the Post-War World||Playing Genre, Masculinity, and the Post-War World! In our second episode, we open by discussing what we’ve been watching, how films “stand the test of time,” and the supposed problem with the Hollywood blockbuster. Plus,||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1. Dirty Harry (1971): The Vigilante, the History, and Beginnings||The Vigilante, the History, and Beginnings! In this inaugural episode of Totally Pretentious, David and Shaun introduce the show and discuss the iconic Dirty Harry (1971), from its influence to its underlying mythologies.||3/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun and interesting movie discussions
If like me you are a lover of movies - or let’s say ‘films' to sound a tad pretentious - then this is a podcast that you need to give a listen. Shaun and David make a great team together as they both bring huge passion to the armchair. Their tastes sometimes diverge, which is a good thing, getting to listen to them battle views out for supremacy. David has formal education/experience in film studies to add historical details, film/director comparisons, etc to the conversation. And Shaun has more of a ‘regular person’ perspective that is less academic, but still perceptive. Which I guess then means David a super person, though Shaun is still swell. But anyway, the show is a good mix of humor and seriousness and is ideal for people who’ve seen the films they’re discussing, but also could be used to discover an unseen gem you’ve not heard of.