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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 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 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 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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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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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 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)
Click here to listen to Greg's show The Roadhouse on KEXP!
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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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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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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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May 31, 2021

We want our Asian American film revolution now!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we talk Amy Tan, turning a book into a movie, Chinese American culture, mother/daughter relationships, the immigrant experience, generational trauma, playing mahjong, respond to the criticism of this film, women finding self worth, family, the meaning of the swan feather, all 8 women's stories, playing chess, playing piano, being stuck in a loveless marriage, splitting the ice cream bill, dumping soy sauce on someone's food, Asian American stories in Hollywood, and the impact of this film on future filmmakers.
So dish up some best quality crab and hit play for an in depth The Joy Luck Club film analysis!

(Special Guest: Vivian Hua)
Click here to checkout what's happening at the NW Film Forum!

 

May 17, 2021

Yes we are talkin' to you so listen up!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss our first Martin Scorsese film, talking Bobbie D, a 12 year old Jodie Foster, the iconic "You talkin' to me" line, mohawks, the jazz soundtrack, right wing news media, Travis Bickle as Uber driver, Q Anon and breaking up imaginary pedophilia rings, incels, PTSD and veterans of the Vietnam war, voiceover, cheese on apple pie (wtf?), NYC as a character, buying a girl a record she already has and taking her to a porn film, New York in the 70's, the antihero, Taxi the TV show, and debate the ending: real or a dream?
Smash that play button for an in depth Taxi Driver film analysis!

(Special Guest: Allen Almacher)
Click here to read Allen's film reviews on The MacGuffin and follow him on Twitter here!

 

Apr 5, 2021

Lemme ask you a question: Do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we talk The Dude, the Coen Brothers, the magical casting and whether this movie works without Jeff Bridges, intellectual comedy, the soundtrack, masculinity, the purpose of the narrator, symbolism in the dream sequences, the tropes of noir and the birth of the Stoner Noir genre, the Donny's Not Real theory, the religion of the Dude, Roger Deakins, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the Gen X slacker, what makes the Dude such a popular character, bowling, White Russians, the pointless plot, MacGuffin, lots of hot takes and of course recite our favorite quotes.
So pour another Caucasian and hit play for an in depth The Big Lebowski film analysis!

(Special Guest: Kristen Grote)
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Mar 8, 2021

It's like Anarchist Cookbook the movie!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we talk the people's liberation, imperialism, terrorists vs. freedom fighters, some history of the French occupation of Algeria, how they achieved a documentary feel, the ethics of torture (spoiler alert: it's bad), the lack of a central focus or character, sympathy towards both sides, violent vs. nonviolent protest, the role of women in the revolution, the power of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack, the city as a character, the incredible impact the film had on revolutions around the world, and why we didn't see the same kind of overtly violent revolution in 1960's America with an in depth The Battle Of Algiers film analysis!

(Special Guest: Mechanical Freak Podcast)
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Feb 22, 2021

Lemme ask you a question: Would you fight Gandhi?
Join the DBFS as we break the first rule of Fight Club discussing David Fincher, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham-Carter, the book, voiceover, toxic masculinity, Proud Boys, the films of 1999, Tyler Durden's amazing style, insomnia, mental health, the allure of cults, the symbolism and allusions to the dissociated personality, glorifying violence, getting stuck in an office job, contemplating our own mortality, anti-materialist value system of Gen X, domestic terrorism and the links to current events.
Smash that play button for an in depth Fight Club film analysis!

(Special Guest: Baso)
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Feb 8, 2021

Death to false cult films!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss our first Brian De Palma film, Paul Williams songs, Faust, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Phantom of the Opera, true cult film, metal teeth, what's going on in Winnipeg, selling your soul for rock 'n' roll, being obsessed with a girl you met once, Beef's influence on Rocky Horror, old school synths, musicals about performing music, the Juicy Fruits, getting smashed in a record printing press (for real tho), Sha Na Na was at Woodstock, cameras, surveillance, and signing a deal with the devil!
Fire up your room full of synths and plug in for an in depth Phantom of the Paradise film analysis!

(Special Guest: Design Freaks Podcast)
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Jan 25, 2021

Cher this podcast with a friend!
Join the DBFS as we discuss maybe the most Italian movie ever made with Cher, love and romance, Nicolas Cage chewing up the scenery, Italian stereotypes, superstition, bowling without a hand, family drama, the possible origin story of Sal's Famous, choosing passion over stability, women with power, Frasier's horny dad, long faces, going to the opera, Lady Gaga, JLo, and question why more romantic comedies aren't on the AFI Top 100.
Snap out of it and press play for an in depth Moonstruck film analysis!

(Special Guest: Matt Erspamer)
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Jan 11, 2021

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Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we talk Jake Gyllenhaal's method acting, the mighty return of Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and the Riz Test, psychopathic behavior, TV news, the Seattle's Dying controversial documentaries, fake news, where to draw the line morally, the stark soundtrack and how it was created, negotiating, the desperation of unemployment, analysis of the antihero, modern media consumption, surviving in a post-capitalist hellhole, urban crime creeping into the suburbs, parallels with the cutthroat nature of American business empires, the American Dream and our own thirst for blood with an in depth Nightcrawler film analysis!

(Special Guest: Seattle Sucks Podcast)
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Dec 14, 2020

Party on deadbeats!
Join the DBFS as we discuss SNL movies, Mike Myers primadonna attitude, Dana Carvey's long and distinguished career (not!), Penelope Spheeris's punk and metal roots, Al Bundy, heavy metal in the suburbs, fully realized female characters, the comeback of Alice Cooper, the famous Bohemian Rhapsody scene, not understanding the jokes at a young age, a young Rob Lowe, the multiple endings, the relationship arc of Wayne & Garth, the holy grail guitar, and our love for the sequel!
Grab your buds and hit play for an in depth Wayne's World film analysis!

(Special Guest: Ryan "Fluff" Bruce)
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Nov 30, 2020

One flew east, one flew west, one listened to the DBFS!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss faking insanity, question the evilness of Nurse Ratched, the Netflix show, Kevin gives a really really good Jack Nicholson impression, lobotomy, the history of mental institutions in America, a moment of honor for Danny DeVito, respectful portrayals of mental illness, rebelling against authority, the almost Shining (p)reunion, the Chief reveal, the very weird fishing scene everyone forgets about, and how it stacks up against the bestselling novel.
So take your pills and smash that play button for an in depth One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest film analysis!

(Special Guest: Chase Hutchinson)
Click here to listen and subscribe to Scratch Cinema podcast!

 

Nov 16, 2020

If you had invented podcasts, you'd be the inventor of podcasts!
Join the Dead Beat Film Society as we discuss Mark Zuckerberg, David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, social media, the fiction in biopics, silicon valley, suing people, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, how this might be one of the few movies that demands a sequel, growing up online, Trent Reznor's soundtrack, the rise and fall(?) of Justin Timberlake, Harvard, the breakneck pace, making computer coding interesting, Myspace, Livejournal, BMEzine, Friendster, Hot Or Not, Napster, AOL Instant Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, oh and a little bit about Facebook.
Log in and poke play for an in depth The Social Network film analysis

(Special Guest: Jasmyne Keimig)
Click here to read Jasmyne's writing in The Stranger!

 

Sep 21, 2020

How I learned to stop worrying and love the dead beats!
Join the DBFS as we revisit Stanley Kubrick for the 4th time, talk the alternate title, Russia, the absurdity of politics, impending doom, the apocalypse, the existential threat of nuclear annihilation, Peter Sellers 3 roles in the film and his failed 4th role, Slim Pickens, what makes a comedy, how Kubrick attained the realism of the war room & the bomber plane, Fail Safe, the title credits by Pablo Ferro, fake news, misinformation, communism, bogus sports predictions, the hierarchy of insanity in each of the locations, America as the villain, COVID-19, wildfire smoke, and other light themes of our imminent demise!
Bomb that play button for an in depth Dr.Strangelove film analysis!

(Special Guest: Brendan)
Click here to check out Brendan's art!

 

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