TUMP [EP#199 - Under the Skin]

Under the Skin

It’s been a bit delayed but here it is, the 199th time out for us as we talk about Aliens and all sorts of otherwise tomfoolery. The audio quality on this one is a bit choppy — I admit — but hopefully you’ll see it as a meta commentary on the film we discuss. Enjoy: Continue reading

The Other Ghibli Marathon: The Cat Returns (2002)

QualitŽ: deuxime gŽnŽration.  Titre: Le Royaume Des Chats.

This is part of my Other Ghibli Marathon. While most of my posts will feel/read like full reviews this one is slightly different. I’d call this more of a reactionary posting than anything else, a short smattering of thoughts and just me ranting because this one didn’t start me off too well.

The Cat Returns feels more like a lazy repurposing of previous works than anything else. If you force one to create a random adventure story of a youth being thrust into a strange world — something that Ghibli is known for doing – but instead of making the world any form of interesting, are you killing your soul? Continue reading

Part of the Conversation: Criticism v. Review, TIFF, Jazz, PG-13

I’ve always struggled with community. Not just with the internet but with life as well, and I want to change that. I’ve had weekly link posts and they’ve fizzled. I do spend a lot of time stretching across the vast land of the internet and film criticism and discussion, but I never truly engage. Here’s hoping this will be that engagement I’ve been missing.

This post is going live on a Sunday, but it’ll really be a Saturday feature starting next week. I plan to post excerpts and links back to some of my most beloved pieces that I found time to read the week gone by as a way to give some love to some of the writers out there who inspire/affect me on a daily basis in my thoughts of how I perceive film and constantly find themselves as Part of the Conversations I end up having with myself as well as others.

This week’s offering includes

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AGAINST EVALUATIVE CRITICISM: A PERSONAL MANIFESTO
by Jandy

“I’ve been contrasting weekly reviewing to in-depth criticism for years now, though I never really considered the evaluative angle before. My shorthand has always been that reviewing is for people who haven’t seen the film (“is this worth my money”), while criticism is for people who HAVE seen the film (“what does this mean”). I still hold that view, and I prefer reading criticism. I’d rather find out more about a film I’ve seen than hear opinions about one I haven’t. If I read about a film I haven’t seen, I want to hear about something I haven’t heard of and why I should watch it.”  Continue reading

TUMP [Bonus - August Fantasy League Results]

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This month we talk about the return of the space opera to the cinema, when neo-noir didn’t work and how turtle nostalgia affected us as an audience as a whole. It’s time for more fantasy nonsense as we all agree this year is fantasy greatness. Continue reading