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High and Low (Brow) – Series 4 Episode 3 – At the Movies

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 by | 8 comments

High and Low (Brow)

And we’re back! Thanks to my busy work schedule we’ve had quite a bit of a lay over between episodes of High and Low (Brow), but that only makes it all the sweeter, right? Right? Anyways, this time we come to you bearing gifts, those gifts being a new segment of James Gillham: Pop Culture Guru and huge political tangents all while trying to analyze this episode’s theme, At the Movies, provided for us by one Angela Fabbrini of The Film Confessional Podcast.

The theme of this episode of High and Low (Brow) covers movies about making movies, and first up we have the Mumblecore film Baghead from the Duplass Brothers. Moving on from there we also watched the French New Wave film Day for Night from legendary director François Truffaut. But those films are hardly all that we discuss, as we touch on Star Wars Episode VII, gun violence in the United States and why James doesn’t know more elderly French female impersonators. It’s kind of a packed show.

If you have any recommendations for films we could watch for High and Low (Brow), or want to suggest a potential theme for us to use, or simply want to tell James how awesome he is, feel free to email us and tell us your ideas. If you enjoy the show make sure to subscribe through iTunes or our RSS feed so you can catch every new episode. Also, please friend James on Facebook, Letterboxd and his second attempt at Twitter. Because it will frighten and confuse him. And while you’re there be sure to join our relatively new Facebook group devoted to Where the Long Tail Ends.

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Opening Theme – Adonai/ by Ennio Morricone
Closing Music – Roadie by Tenacious D

High and Low (Brow) – Ep 4.3 – At the Movies by Matt Gamble on Mixcloud

Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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  1. I think if you watch more Truffaut that he has a fairly light touch. The Bride Wore Black (Truffaut’s Hitchcock tribute) and Stolen Kisses are certainly lighter movies. Heck, even Fahrenheit 451 stays fairly low key.

    Rohmer doesn’t strike me as particularly heavy, either. Rohmer isn’t making flat out comedies, but he strikes me as an influence on Woody Allen. Melville obviously was making crime films.

    Maybe the two of you should put a French New Wave High and Low (Brow) in the list of ideas.

    • I’m a big fan of Melville, Army of Shadows is one of the truly great films of all-time. French New Wave certainly wouldn’t be a bad option at some point, I’d certainly enjoy it more than an Italian Neo-realism episode.

  2. I don’t Melville would be considered part of the New Wave. In fact he was big influence ON the New Wave from what I know of the film movement. Godard cast him in his first film and makes many references to his Melville’s films in his pre-68 cycle of films.

    I also want to say that I loved this episode. You guys have the best podcast on the web. It’s so unique and different from anything out there. I’m so happy that I be a part of the fun movie discussions on this website.

  3. This has to be one of my favorite episodes you two have done. Great movie discussion, but more importantly we get to know you both in ways I don’t think you normally let your audience see. James, bravo for bringing such intriguing questions to the discussion!

    • Thanks, Angela! 🙂 I was trying to spice things up a little bit this time ’round. Matt is a easy interview subject; he’s open and opinionated. He made my job easy.

  4. Yeah this was a great episode and any and all tangents are welcome.

    I wanted to back up Matt on the violence thing. At least when it comes to video games, the brain is a really powerful thing and is aware that when you do something in a video game you are doing it through a level of abstraction through the controller and it is very easy to differentiate that from the real thing.

    In 2007 Call of Duty 4 came out which was one of the first of the big budget shooters to make the jump from WW2 to Modern Combat and it featured a level in which the player is operating a gun on an AC130 as it does a fly over, and you are tasked to take out specific targets. A gaming podcast I am a big fan of was talking about it in 07 & one of them before the recording had shown the others a link to an actual military mission where the level was modeled from and the real one turned their stomachs in knots and the video game while having the look did not.

    Those with mental health issues can take violent media too far but healthy minds know the difference.

  5. Is there an issue with this episode and the latest (the Twilight commentary) and iTunes? I’ve been trying constantly to download them to my iPhone, but it fails all the time. All other podcasts work just fine.

    Anyone else had this problem?

    • Ever since I migrated away from Feedburner my RSS feed has been acting all wonky. Working on it but I don’t have any short term solutions for it at the moment.

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