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113. Junun/High Concept

October 12th, 2015

This week's episode is a sort of double A-side in which the first half is largely given over to a discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's new documentary Junun, and what its release via the streaming service MUBI could mean for future idiosyncratic releases from major filmmakers (or major works from idiosyncratic filmmakers). The second half concerns the idea of High Concept filmmaking, and the many permutations of that term, from '80s blockbusters to indie films with interesting, easily sellable back stories.

Matt and Ed also find time to express cautious optimism (Ed is cautious, Matt is optimistic) about the trailer for the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, explain why Rope is one of their least favourite Hitchcock films, and pay brief tribute to Chantal Akerman, who passed away this week.
00:00:00 - 00:11:04 - Intro & discussion of the week's news.
00:11:05 - 00:18:52 - Discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun.
00:18:53 - 00:54:36 - Discussion of High Concept filmmaking.
00:54:37 - 00:59:58 - SRS Recommends & Outro