February 29, 2016

Lost Weekend V: Sunday- Day 4

This is it folks, the last day of Lost Weekend V.  Our first film of the Day:

YOUTH
Sponsored by Web Strategies Internet Solutions
Italy | France | UK | Switzerland, 2015.  Language: English | Spanish | Swiss German.  Rated R.

A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

“Paolo Sorrentino, with Youth, delivers his most tender film to date, an emotionally rich contemplation of life's wisdom gained, lost and remembered - with cynicism harping from the sidelines, but as a wearied chord rather than a major motif.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Nominated:  Best Original Song | 2015 Academy Awards

Nominated:  Best Supporting Actress | Jane Fonda | 2015 Golden Globe Awards

 

Next up:

MUSTANG
Sponsored by Independent School of Winchester

France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar, 2015.  Language: Turkish.  Rated PG-13.

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

“The ensemble of young actresses is a constantly restless and real presence, the perspective filtered mostly through the cheeky Lale but also through the group as a loving crew.” – Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

Nominated:  Best Foreign Language Film | 2015 Academy Awards

Nominated:  Best Foreign Language Film | 2015 Golden Globe Awards

 

And the obligatory advanced screening for the day:

MEN GO TO BATTLE

Advance Screening

Sponsored by Devil's Backbone Brewing Company

USA, 2015.  Language: English

Men Go To Battle is the story of two brothers struggling to hold their crumbling estate together outside a small Kentucky town in the fall of 1861.

“This is a great example of a period movie  — and this should be the primary criterion for all period films — that succeeds foremost by evoking a real sense of the period it depicts.” – Philip Conklin, The Periphery

Nominated:  Audience Award | 2015 AFI Fest

Winner: Best New Narrative Director | 2015 Tribeca Film Fest

 

And just in time for the Academy Awards:

CAROL

Sponsored by Piccadilly Printing

USA | UK, 2015.  Language: English

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

“This is a great example of a period movie  — and this should be the primary criterion for all period films — that succeeds foremost by evoking a real sense of the period it depicts.” – Philip Conklin, The Periphery

Nominated:  Audience Award | 2015 AFI Fest

Nominated:  Best Actress + Best Supporting Actress + Best Costume Design | 2015 Academy Awards

 

And the final film of Lost Weekend V:

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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

Advanced Screening

Sponsored by Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Hungary, 2015.  Language: Hungarian | Japanese.  Unrated

Liza's a nurse, seeking love. Her only company is a long-dead Japanese pop star, who turns her into a fox-fairy out of jealousy. Now, every men who desires Liza shall die horribly. Can she overcome the curse?

“Károly Ujj Mészáros has created something very special here, a combination of sweet and sour, flashy and dreary, gross and sexy, intimate and spectacular. The end result is very addictive and very impressive.” – Ard Vijn, Twitchfilm

 

And that does it for Lost Weekend V!  Thank you for listening and if you couldn't make it, we hope that we gave you a taste of this truly awesome experience.  But most importantly, we hope you CAN make it to the next one in the fall! 

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The second half of Day 3 kicks off with yet another advanced screening!

SEA FOG
Advance Screening
Sponsored by ShenValley Window Cleaning
South Korea, 2014.  Language: Korean. Unrated.

A fishing-boat crew takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea.

Winner:  Best Film | Hawaii International Film Festival

 

Next up:

LOUDER THAN BOMBS

Advance Screening

Sponsored by Miller Honda
Norway | France | Denmark, 2015.  Language: German/English

Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Laura Freed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Laura’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return to the house he grew up in—and for the first time in a very long time, the father and the two brothers are living under the same roof. Underneath the affection and friction that is a part of restored family life between these three, we feel the striking loss that marks each of them. At the same time, the three have completely different memories of the exceptional woman who influenced their lives so profoundly. Did any of them really know her?

“Trier's sensibility for the dynamics of family, for the depiction of nebulous memory, and for the detail of life (the film's full of beautiful, complex scenes), means that I'm already eager to take a second look and see what else there is to unpack. ” – Oliver Lyttelton, THE PLAYLIST

Nominated:  Palme d'Or | 2015 Cannes Film Festival

 

Lost Weekend goes 3D!

MONSTER HUNT (in 3D)
Sponsored by Murphy Beverage Company
China, 2015.  Language: Mandarin.  Unrated.

In an ancient world where monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom, a baby monster, Wuba, is born to a human father and monster queen. When mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, Wuba's adventure begins. The cute baby monster Huba is the child of a human man and a monster queen, threatened by both monster-hating humans and monsters attempting to capture the new-born in an ancient world based on medieval China.

“This half-animated Chinese blockbuster is an agreeably bonkers, occasionally disturbing cinematic ride.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

The Highest Grossing Film in China

 

And I can think of no better way than to close out Saturday

VICTORIA
Sponsored by Sakura Tattoo
Germany, 2015.  Language: German | English | Spanish.  Unrated.

A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

“Hands down one of the best films of the year, Sebastian Schipper has directed a one-shot film that is truly a captivating cinematic experience.” – Gregory Ellwood, Hitflix

Winner:  Best Film + Best Direction + Best Performance by a Leading Man & Woman | German Film Awards

 

And that does it for Day 3! Sadly, only one day left.  But fear not, we've got that covered too! Stay tuned!

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Withwhat seems like  has become tradition at LW, we start Saturday off with an animatedfeature:

BOY & THE WORLD
Sponsored by HORSE & HARE: Hand Carved Art + Design
Brazil,  2013.  Language: Portuguese.  Rated PG.

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

“It's both the best children's animated film this year since “Inside Out” - you might call it “Outside In” - and, unexpectedly, a more stirring depiction of the deadening modern megalopolis than most heal-the-world documentaries. ” – Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

Nominated:  Best Animated Feature | 2015 Academy Awards

 

ITMODCAST SPONSORED A FILM!!! AND A PIE EATING CONTEST!!!

Next is a film that was sponsored by ITMODcast!  Not only that but we hosted a pie eating contest before the film, inspired by a scene in the film that see's Salma Hayak eating a large dragon's heart(yes)! 

A TALE OF TALES
Advance Screening
Sponsored by In The Mouth of Dorkness Podcast
Italy | France | UK, 2015.  Language: English | Russian.  Rated R

Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens, princes and princesses. One king was a fornicating libertine, another captivated by a strange animal, while one of the queens was obsessed by her wish for a child. Sorcerers and fairies, fearsome monsters, ogres and old washerwomen, acrobats and courtesans are the protagonists of this loose interpretation of the celebrated tales of Giambattista Basile.

“It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression. The secret is the deadpan seriousness with which everything is treated.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Nominated:  Palme d'Or | 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Winner: Best Costume Design + Production Design | 2015 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

 

And the last film before the break

AN HONEST LIAR
Sponsored by The Popular Outcasts
USA | Canada | Spain| Italy, 2014.  Language:  English.  Unrated.

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Winner:  Best Documentary | Newport Beach Film Festival + Napa Valley Film Festival + Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

 Of course there's the second half of Friday's programming so stay tuned for that!

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Aftera break Day 2 continues with ANOTHER advanced screening:

45 YEARS
Advance Screening
Sponsored by Edward Jones - The Office of Mike Cesnik
UK, 2015.  Language: English. Rated R.

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

“Anchored by a sensational Charlotte Rampling as its lead, the movie combines Haigh's perceptive style with shades of Mike Leigh's "Another Year" to create a quietly moving and deceptively tragic look at aging romance haunted by past mysteries.” – Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Nominated:  Best Actress - Charlotte Rampling | 2015 Academy Awards

 

Next up:

WILD TALES
Sponsored by Advance Planning Associates, LLC
Argentina | Spain, 2014.  Language: Spanish. Rated R.

Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

“Wild Tales is loose-limbed, rowdy, and exhilarating - in its vibrant lunacy, and with its cartoonishly brash violence, it's a little bit Almodóvar, a little bit Tarantino.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

Nominated:  Best Foreign Language Film | 2014 Academy Awards

 

PsychoCinema and the lovely Faye presented our next film:

NINA FOREVER
Sponsored by Psycho Cinema
UK, 2015.  Language: English.  Rated R

After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.

“Nina Forever is the film to follow, and with it, the Blaine Brothers have brought serious game to the screen. It’s clear the film world’s latest sibling tag-team has come to play.” – Michael Nazarewycz, Way Too Indie

Winner: British Independent Film Awards: Most Promising Newcomer

 

And finally, capping of Friday is ITMODcast favorite Mads Mikkelsen!

MEN & CHICKEN
Sponsored by D. Krauss
Denmark | Germany, 2015.  Language: Danish.  Unrated.

Men and Chicken is a black comedy about two outcast brothers, who by getting to know their unknown family also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

“A hybrid of The Three Stooges comedy and the lunacy of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau.” – RogerEbert.com

Winner:  Fantastic Fest - Best Director

 

Another solidline-up and still 2 more days to go! Stay tuned for more coverage! Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook@ITMODcast and don’t forget to leave us a review or comment!  As always, thank you for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 2 begins with another advanced screening!

THE VANISHED ELEPHANT

ADVANCE SCREENING

Sponsored by DeVito Contracting Services
“A trippy Peruvian mystery clearly inspired by Borges but touched also by NorthAmerican authors from Chandler to Paul Auster.” – John Defore, The HollywoodReporter

Peru, 2014.  Language:Spanish.  Unrated.

A tantalizing mystery in the vein of TheSecret in Their Eyes and Tell No One, The Vanished Elephant follows popularcrime novelist Edo Celeste after he receives a cryptic envelope on the eve ofthe publication of the final installment in his beloved “Felipe Aranda”detective series. The envelope, which contains a series of enigmaticphotographs, may be a long-awaited clue to the mysterious disappearance of hisfiancée seven years prior. As Celeste descends down a rabbit hole of strangeoccurrences, stumbling on a steady stream of new clues, his obsession becomesincreasingly more complex and dangerous, and the line between the fiction hecreates and the reality he lives in quickly blurs.

We follow that up with Michael Fassbender’s 2015 Macbeth. 

MACBETH
Sponsored by Water Street Design
UK, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives aprophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders hisking and takes the throne for himself.

“JustinKurzel's blistering, blood-sticky new screen version of Macbeth unseams thefamous Shakespearean tragedy open from the nave to the chops, letting itsinsides spill out across the rock underfoot.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Nominated:  British Independent FilmAwards:  Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film

 

Our first documentary of Lost Weekend V:

WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
Sponsored by Academy Data Consultants
USA, 2015.  Language: English.  Rated R.

To learn what the USA can learn from othernations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they haveto offer.

“Where toInvade Next is so heartfelt and sincere, it's tempting to say that Moore'smellowed with age. But beneath its innocent-abroad optimism, the film has astinging truth that's hard to ignore.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Winner: Best Documentary, ChicagoInternational Film Festival & Hamptons International Film Festival

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February 26, 2016

Fistful of Fourth Wall

Our favorite day of the week: Fistful Friday!  This week, in honor of Deadpool's release (and box-office domination) we've compiled our top 5 fourth wall breaking in film and TV.  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instgram and Facbook @ITMODcast and let us know your picks!  Don't forget to leave a review or comment and as always, thank you for listening!

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Lost Weekendreturns!  ITMODcast’s coverage of LostWeekend V begins with the opening night film:

THE LOBSTER
AdvanceScreening

UK, 2015.  Language: English | French.Rated R.

In a dystopian near future, single people,according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they areobliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed intobeasts and sent off into The Woods.

“A wickedlyfunny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates,by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness andoriginality.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

Winner: Jury Prize | Cannes Film Festival2015

 

As always, we’ve got you covered for all things Lost Weekend V aswe’ll be recording each day with a recap/highlights of the films!

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This week WifeDork talks graphic novels with "Fun Home" and "iZombie", MouthDork talks the Blu-ray release of I Come In Peace and also some Pam Grier action with Sheba Baby.  TheDiscoDork talks playing catch up on Justified and the most recent episodes of The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast.  Don't forget to leave a review or comment.  And as always, thank you for listening!

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This week WifeDork (@sidewalksiren) reviews the Coen Brother's (2013) Inside Llewyn Davis.  Having just seen The Coen's Hail Caesar, MouthDork felt it was the perfect time for WifeDork to watch Oscar Issaac get down with some good ol' folk music! This marks WifeDork's final homework assignment.  How will she rank 'em?  Was Leon: The Professional  her favorite homework assignment of the month?! Tune in to find out!  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast.  And don't forget to leave us a review or comment, and as always- thank you for listening!

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February 17, 2016

OSCARcast

The Academy Awards are almost upon us.  And what ITMOD Academy Awards discussion would be complete without our dear friend and returning GuestDork Lindsey?!  After acknowledging the #OscarsSoWhite elephant in the room, the dorks run down all the major categories (and some minor) with their "predictions and desires".  Are we all on the same page?  What are your picks and predictions?  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast and let us know!  Don't forget to leave a review or comment and as always- thank you for listening!

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Hey everyone! This FISTFUL FRIDAY we've got A Fistful of Films in Films.  Inspired by the Coen Brother's latest film: Hail, Caesar! - which centers around a biblical epic being shot at fictional Capital Pictures Studio, we've decided to come up with 5 films that featured a film within. 

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This week WifeDork reviews her home work assignment: Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional (1994). 

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The Dorks review the Coen Brother's latest: Hail, Caesar! starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johannson and more.

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This week Turtle Dork reviews issue #2 of the Batman/TMNT crossover.  WifeDork talks Hannibal  Burress' Netflix stand-up special.  MouthDork finally receives his Mondo Hellboy statue and Disco discusses catching up on some TV and the latest episode of Serial podcast.  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast and visit our website: https://itmodcast.squarespace.com Don't forget to leave us a comment or review and as always, thank you for listening!

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While our "Fistful" lists are nothing new, our "Fistful Friday" is.  Starting today, we're posting a Fistful episode every Friday: Fistful Friday!  For out first FF we've got a Fistful of Corpses.  Having recently watched A Perfect Day, which features a corpse acting as a catalyst for the film's drama, we felt compelled to compile a list of 5 dead bodies in film.  So here it is folks!  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast.  Got an idea for a Fistful list? Let us know on social media! Also please feel free to leave us a review or comment on iTunes or any of our social media sites.  And as always, thank you for listening!

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February 2, 2016

Dork Life After Snowzilla

Due to freakishly inclement weather, the Dorks had to skip a week, but we're back!  Movie-wise, we're talkin' Kung Fu Panda 3, Dirty Grandpa and Jane Got a Gun. On the comic front we've got the TMNT/Batman Crossover, Power Rangers, The Divine and more!  We of course Mingle On Social Media before wrapping up.  Follow the podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ITMODcast and don't forget to rate us or leave a review! Thank you for listening!

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