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Dead Beat Film Society

We are the Dead Beat Film Society. Every meeting someone picks an important film. We all watch the film then meet back up to discuss it. Along with a discussion of why the film is important, we analyze the film making, acting, directing, and discuss our personal thoughts and opinions.
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May 16, 2022

It stands for Child Of Deaf Adults!
Join the DBFS as we continue a tradition of talking the Best Picture Oscar winner, the Oscars television broadcast and whether people actually watch it, the importance of winning Best Picture, the Will Smith slap (only briefly!), our newly invented "Premiere" award, ASL and sign language in the mainstream, accessibility, coming of age stories, fishing and singing in the same movie(!?), similarities with children of immigrants and the interpreter role they play, deaf people navigating a hearing world, some possible statutory rape(?), the unneeded boyfriend character, similarities to a Hallmark movie, art reacting to the times its made in, and how we need hopeful movies now more than ever.
So put on closed captioning and smash that play button for an in depth Coda film analysis!

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May 2, 2022

We're not happy till you're not happy!
Join the DBFS as we discuss Dustin Hoffman's non traditional leading man, Mike Nichols, surprising Spicoli vibes, cougars, identifying with Ben, revisiting it at Mrs. Robinson's age, cute lil Mr.Feeney, quarterlife crisis, Simpsons references, movies that stress you out, anxiety, awkward sex, MILF, the predator/prey dynamic reinforced through costume and set decoration, a possible gay theory, Simon & Garfunkel, Ben's move from awkward to stalker, the sadness behind the ending, malaise, the terrible sequel 'Home School', the generation divide of the 60's and boomers vs. millenials today, Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, and feeling trapped in life without purpose.
So grab some parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme cuz we're cooking up an in depth The Graduate film analysis!

(Special Guest: Black In The City)
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Apr 18, 2022

It truly was a shawshank redemption!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss the number 1 film on IMDb, the Stephen King novella, Morgan Freeman's voice, Tim Robbins, Schindlers List and The Green Mile, the definition of "redemption", jailbreak, Roger Deakins, rehabilitation vs. punishment, the prison industrial complex, Red as the unreliable narrator, the Christ allegory, tax fraud, Andy turning into Red, overthrowing the system, becoming a criminal in prison, the gay subtext, the tragedy of Brooks, no Oscar wins, bombing during its initial theatrical run, watching TNT, and how this is the most American film of all time with an in depth The Shawshank Redemption film analysis!

(Special Guest: Find Me In Seattle)
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Apr 4, 2022

Lemme ask you a question: How long is too long?
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss famous Jewish actor Robert DeNiro, the surprisingly great James Woods, Sergio Leone, capital 'F' film, Jewish gangsters, the unreliable narrator, doing opium, graphic rape scenes, unredeemable anti-heroes, our interpretations, the ambiguous ending, essentials of gangster movies, reckoning with art, watching this on a plane, the end of the gangster movie, the treatment of women, the end of the New Hollywood era, how crazy was prohibition?, the different 2 different edits and why this bombed, whether long films should ever exist, unraveling the timeline, Ennio Morricone and the best and worst film of 1984.
So pour a glass of that illegal hooch and smash play for an in depth Once Upon A Time In America film analysis!

(Special Guest: No Wristbands! podcast)
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Mar 21, 2022

It's time for the Podcastinator!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss James Cameron's attention to detail, Arnold Schwartzenegger vs. Orson Welles, the 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, low budget practical effects, very 80's hair and music, paranoid fear of A.I., the duty of film critics to be objective, Jonathans 8th grade essay, time travel, sentient robots, Arnie impressions, cyberpunk essence, T2 possibly surpassing this movie, the later sequels and why they're bad, no voiceover(!!), Boston Dynamics robot dogs, gritty 80's action flicks, the chicken and the egg plot, our suggestion for a metaverse sequel, evil corporations as stand-ins for evil robots, and ask Are we still scared of technology?
Give me your clothes and hit play for an in depth The Terminator film analysis!

(Special Guest: Jonathan Zwickel)

 

Mar 7, 2022

Double Indemnity? In this economy?!
Join the DBFS as we discuss insurance fraud and how to do it, the origins of noir cinema, the dreaded voiceover and why it's necessary here, smoking, so much smoking, all the time with the smoking, dictaphone, sexy anklets, dames and detectives, venetian blinds, snappy 40's dialogue, the clever plot, dumb dumb Walter Neff, Edward G. Robinson, Billy Wilder (real name Sam?!), Law & Order, common men caught up in a life of crime, neo-noir, WWII America, the Hayes Code, the influence of German Expressionism, drive-in beer joints, bowling alone and why you're a serial killer if you do that, the influence on TV shows, and the femme fatale as a strong female character or mysogenistic device to illustrate the downfall of man with an in depth Double Indemnity film analysis!

(Special Guest: Brad Holden)
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Feb 21, 2022

The birth of twee!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss Hal Ashby, Cat Stevens, Bud Cort as rejected Tiger Beat coverboy, ageism, suicide jokes, the visual style, music, line delivery, and heavy themes that clearly influenced Wes Anderson and started an early 00's indie movement, the connection to Fight Club, our feelings about the ending, setup and breakdown of the manic pixie dream girl,
the Richard Pryor prequel that almost was, the military uncle from a different movie, drinking mushroom tea, whether its possible to gender swap this film, our recast sequel: Harold & Mom, whether Maude is sexually and emotionally manipulative, another crazy theory- Is Maude a figment of Harold's imagination?
Grab another slice of ginger pie and then smash that play button for an in depth Harold and Maude film analysis!

(Special Guest: K from Den tapes)
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Feb 7, 2022

Maybe the 36th chamber was the friends we made along the way!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss the Master Killer, the history of Hong Kong kung fu films, the rise and fall of the Shaw Brothers, Gordon Liu, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Wu-Tang Clan, genre films and why we love them, Asian masculinity on screen, comedy sequels, our favorite chambers, fighting oppressive governments, the true story behind the film, the real Shaolin Temple, no Rotten Tomatoes score(!), the martial arts lineage of this film, the famously bad dubbing, and how these movies struck a chord with black America in the 70's and 80's.
So start training now for an in depth The 36th Chamber of Shaolin film analysis!

(Special Guest: Sean Gilman)
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Jan 24, 2022

Apocalypse Now? Like NOW now? Oh come on I just made a plate of nachos!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss a very different type of war film, Francis Ford Coppola, a bloated Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, surfing Robert Duvall, the Vietnam War, the Heart of Darkness novella, actually good voiceover, surreal fever dreams, the weird plantation scene, the even weirder Playboy bunny sex scene, Charlie don't surf!, the differences between the Theatrical Cut, the Redux, and the Final Cut, local grave diggers selling real corpses, the infamous water buffalo sacrifice and draw parallels with Alice in Wonderland.
So grab your board and crank the speakers the chopper leaves in 5 for an in depth Apocalypse Now film analysis!

(Special Guest: Corey J Brewer)
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Jan 10, 2022

Happy New Year! Here's one from the vault!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we unearth a specialty episode recorded originally for the 2021 North Bend Film Fest discussing the mysteries of David Lynch's Mulholland Dr with legendary musician Prom Queen.
Hit play for an in depth Mulholland Dr film analysis!

(Special Guest: Prom Queen)
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Dec 27, 2021

What is love! Baby don't hurt me! Don't hurt me! No more!
Join the DBFS as we celebrate Christmas and love discussing what makes a good holiday movie, the different types of love, ugly dudes getting babes, the treatment of female characters, Richard Curtis need to constantly fat shame, our love for Emma Thompson, the surprising amount of nudity, predatory men and the women who work for them (and apparently fall in love with their bosses??), the terrible sequel Red Nose Day Actually, British people, ensemble vignette films, Hallmark movie love, the lost idea of Mr. Bean as the Christmas angel, and a discussion of which holiday deserves an "Actually" version.
So pick out a gift for your mistress and hit play for an in depth Love Actually film analysis!

(Special Guest: Escape Into Film)
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Dec 13, 2021

Shaving Ryan's Privates!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss the troops, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg (agaaaaiiinnn), FUBAR, the 45 minute Omaha beach Normandy invasion scene, the pass gore gets in war movies, a WWII movie not about nazis, casual banter and dark jokes in the military, inaccurate shirt sleeve lengths and other military nitpicks, the ethics of the plot, Matt Damon, setting a new precedent for war films with bleached out color palette, shaky cam, gritty realism of the battlefields, unexpected Meg Ryan slander, our Vietnam reboot idea, a belated Veteran's Day salutean, and dragging a typewriter through a warzone with an in depth Saving Private Ryan film analysis!

(Special Guest: Thom Cruz)
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Nov 29, 2021

Podcasters here! We got podcasters here! See nobody cares!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss the dinosaur craze of the early 90's, Steven Spielberg (again), Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson holdin' on to our butts, Newman! and the "fat slob" archetype, how boring archeology actually is, the metaphors and great subtext, playing God, capitalism, the great practical effects and how the early 3D effects still holdup, the differences between book and movie (again), how truly great Jeff Goldblum is in this but how he can't really hold a sequel on his own, the reboot Jurassic World movies, lots of Chris Pratt talk, and accepting that at some point this will all become real with an in depth Jurassic Park film analysis!

(Special Guest: Save The D8 Podcast)
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Nov 15, 2021

Lemme ask you a question: Are you team Montague or team Capulet?
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss Shakespeare in high school, Baz Luhrmann, a beautiful young Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, those who are good and bad at the old time language, the unforgettable visual style, the best characters: Tybalt & Mercutio, the iconic soundtrack, the Shakespeare remake boom of the 90's, the queerness of the performances and visuals, the costumes, question the impact of such an overplayed plot, and Roger Ebert vs. punk.
Now draw thine sword for an in depth Romeo + Juliet film analysis!

(Special Guest: Mike Hipple)
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Nov 1, 2021

We're painting the town PURPLE!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss our love for Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah's first film role (and an Oscar nom at that!), the brutal story opening and eventual rise of the main characters, the novel, the music of Seattle legend Quincy Jones, the controversy around a white man (Steven Spielberg) directing, color theory and the meaning of purple in the film, the interplay between religious and secular life in the film, 11 Oscar nominations and no wins, the idea of a new hero's journey, the importance of a black female focused story, and of course offer up 2 great sequel ideas (Steven call us!).
Put on something purple and smash that play button for an in depth The Color Purple film analysis!

(Special Guest: Purpelle Tramble)
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Oct 18, 2021

Corn syrup, red food coloring, and coffee!
Join the DBFS as we celebrate the 40th birthday of Producer Matt as well as a horror classic talking Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi's car, the necronomicon, horror gore in the 80's, the disregard for windows, give some hot takes on the sequels, Ash Williams as the "final girl", the regrettable tree rape scene, a possible female centric reading of the films story and themes, haunted Airbnb's, how it got to the Cannes film festival, Stephen King's involvement, the Coen brother's involvement, the terrible filming conditions, Raimi's scrappy DIY hustle, cult films, and the zooming through the woods.
So rent out a theater and have them play this podcast for an in depth The Evil Dead film analysis!

(Special Guest: Matt the Producer)

 

Oct 4, 2021

This podcast kills fascists!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we celebrate our 5 year anniversary talking Woody Guthrie, his singing style, his guitar playing, his speaking cadence, his jokes, his mannerisms and David Carradine's complete inability to act out any of them on screen, along with discussions on folk music history, Bob Dylan and the 1960's folk scene, the Dust Bowl, unions, solidarity with the working class, whether prior knowledge of Guthrie makes this a better film, unstreamablity, the first use of the Steadicam, selling out, This Land Is Your Land, our recasting with Luke Perry, and our proposed sequel.
So grab a guitar and get to gettin' for an in depth Bound For Glory film analysis!

(Special Guest: Greg Vandy)
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Sep 20, 2021

Hello Gorgeous have we got a podcast for you!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss Barbra Streisand in her film debut, our first William Wyler film, Ziegfeld Folies, the life and fame of Fanny Price, Don't Rain On My Parade, Jewish representation (not holocaust related!), the sequel Funny Lady, the amazing costumes, fragile masculinity, the Broadway musical, the length the length oh my god this movie is so long, strong female characters, and Barbra's insecurity about her nose as if she isn't crazy beautiful and talented.
Smash that play button for an in depth Funny Girl film analysis!

(Special Guest: Jane Don't)
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Sep 6, 2021

We're not as think as you drunk we are!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss old Hollywood, whodunnit murder mysteries, drinking like pretty much nonstop, cute little actor dogs, movies that set a precedent, snappy repartee, the famous dinner scene and the films it inspired, feminism on screen, the incredible chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy, what deserves to be in the National Film Registry, who the thin man actually is, the Dashiell Hammett book, rotting oysters, pre-code films, rewatchability when you know the killer, the demands of modern audiences, and all the Thin Man sequels.
So lineup 5 more martinis and catchup with an in depth The Thin Man film analysis!

(Special Guest: Sara M Fetters)
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Aug 23, 2021

The Hollwood version of a Goosebumps book!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss the rewatchability of movies with twist endings, rate the quality of M. Night Shyamalan films, Bruce Willis with hair, Haley Joel Osment's excellent acting, the $3 million script, kids with old souls, the poster design and spoilers back in 1999, Donnie Wahlberg actually doing good acting in tighty-whiteys, Toni Collette thinking she's in a different movie, our need for fun Hollywood movies nowadays, the symbolism of the color red, turning a 12 year old into a ghostbuster, and accepting our love of cringe movies with an in depth The Sixth Sense film analysis!

(Special Guest: Emalie Soderback)
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Aug 9, 2021

Lemme ask you a question: How can you not be romantic about baseball?
Join the DBFS as we talk sports, argue Brad Pitt's best films, taking Jonah Hill seriously, back when Chris Pratt was good, Phillip Seymour Hoffman's baseball manager body, baseball statistics, math, nerds, the necessity of the Robin Wright and Spike Jonze scene, the depiction of sports in films, a list of the best baseball films of all time (Rookie of the Year), sharing Seattle Mariners stories, the daughters guitar song, other sports that used the moneyball technique, hanging at the movie theater all day while your mom's at work, Billy Beane's career and journey towards billionaire and possible 3rd rich guy in space, and debate who's better: Brad or Leo?
So join us after a 7th inning stretch for an in depth Moneyball film analysis!

(Special Guest: Dae)
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Jul 26, 2021

Dujour means jerkin' is the new fetch!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss pop punk, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, how cult films are made, teen sex comedies of the late 90's, Archie comics, Riverdale, Things Only 2000's Kids Will Remember, box office bombs, cartoons made into movies, subliminal messaging, advertising and product placement, the amazing cast of characters that made the soundtrack, the Avril Lavigne conspiracy, how Beyoncé and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez were almost cast, the influence on women in punk, and we offer up 2 great ideas for sequels.
Put on your mind controlling cat ears and press play for an in depth Josie and the Pussycats film analysis!

(Special Guest: Jill Morris)
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Jul 12, 2021

It's the night of the living dead beats!
Join the DBFS as we discuss the birth of the zombie, George A. Romero, having a black lead character in the 60's, the meaning of the tragic ending, watching the full movie on Wikipedia, COVID allegory, hiding in the basement vs. boarding up the house, what makes a good horror film, a review of the sequels but especially Dawn of the Dead, the realism of the news footage, the metaphors for racism, a vain search for some feminism in the movie, and share our strategies for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
So smash that play button right between the eyes for an in depth Night of the Living Dead film analysis!

(Special Guest: Jessica Baxter)
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Jun 28, 2021

Lemme ask you a question: Is Nomadland the best picture of 2020?
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we name our vans and talk the Academy Award Best Picture winner, Chloé Zhao and her rise to Marvel movie director, Francis McDormand's alter ego, #vanlife, the great recession, working in an Amazon warehouse, workers rights, unions, poverty, exploitation of the elderly, travelers, using non-actors, the vast beauty of America, living in your car, grief, dealing with death, the gig economy, pooping in a bucket (and the importance of deciding on size), ok being alone, houseless vs. homeless, whether this movie will stand the test of time, and question the motives of this movie and what it's all really about.
Smash that play button for an in depth Nomadland analysis!

(Special Guest: Mechanical Freak Podcast)
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Jun 14, 2021

Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House!
Join the DBFS as we talk the Korean War but like really the Vietnam War, M*A*S*H the tv show, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould's sweet 'stache, local boy Tom Skerritt, Robert Altman and his trademarks, the counter-culture in Hollywood, the start of Vietnam movies, ensemble casts, the misogyny, bro comedy, using humor to cope with the horrors of way, the amazing story of the theme song, adult television shows, whether this film earns its spot on the AFI top 100 list, the weird football game, the racism, the sexism, Hawkeye, Trapper, Radar, Hotlips, and how in god's name they made this into one of the biggest shows in TV history.
So pour another dry martini and smash that play button for an in depth M*A*S*H analysis!

(Special Guest: Watch It Pal)
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