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The Popcorn Auteur

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The concept is pretty straightforward. We pick a famous filmmaker and watch every film that he or she wrote and directed over a short time-frame. Then, we research the filmmaker’s history and critical assessments of their work. Finally, we talk about the films, consistent themes throughout, and answer definitively: is this filmmaker a true auteur and do we like him?

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The concept is pretty straightforward. We pick a famous filmmaker and watch every film that he or she wrote and directed over a short time-frame. Then, we research the filmmaker’s history and critical assessments of their work. Finally, we talk about the films, consistent themes throughout, and answer definitively: is this filmmaker a true auteur and do we like him?

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Discovered during the most savage hours of work. Completely saved the day.

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14 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
0
0
1
1

women are 51% of the population...

By cmdm - Mar 17 2019
Read more
i guess that would be news to you guys...

Just what I needed in my life !!!

By river cobain - Jun 15 2017
Read more
Discovered during the most savage hours of work. Completely saved the day.

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Rank #1: Wes Anderson

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May 04 2020

1hr 58mins

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Rank #5: John Hughes

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John Hughes was a major figure in the mainstream films of the 1980s.  Writing films at a furious pace throughout the decade, his films have remained basic cable staples while finding a place in many a teenager's heart.  This episode, we dive into the eight films written and directed by John Hughes from Sixteen Candles to Curly Sue.  Join us for the laughs, the teen angst, and of course John Candy. 

Show Notes:

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/content/john-cusack-still-seemingly-hates-80s-and-john-hughes-movies

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88591800

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/get-over-ferris-bueller-everyone/240155/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/3-classic-movies-that-desperately-need-epilogue/

http://www.avclub.com/article/last-thoughts-on-john-hughes-31509?permalink=true

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/03/john-hughes-201003?currentPage=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/09/style/view-when-the-losers-ruled-in-teenage-movies.html?pagewanted=4&src=pm

http://film.avclub.com/john-hughes-uncle-buck-is-the-sentient-version-of-the-1798259620

https://thedissolve.com/features/exposition/952-the-adult-sympathies-of-the-breakfast-club/

http://www.cracked.com/video_18889_11-reasons-ferris-buellers-day-off-secretly-terrifying.html

http://www.cracked.com/article_20199_6-deleted-backstories-that-totally-change-classic-movies.html

http://www.cracked.com/article/18367_6-insane-fan-theories-that-actually-make-great-movies-better/

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/weird-science-1985

http://www.rogerebert.com/cast-and-crew/john-hughes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lambcast/id352164911?mt=2#

Sep 02 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #6: Brad Bird

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Brad Bird has worked with Steven Spielberg, consulted on the Simpsons, directed the cult classic The Iron Giant, won multiple Oscars with Pixar, and helmed a critically acclaimed chapter of the Mission Impossible series.  Is there anything Brad Bird can't do?  Perhaps a live-action film loosely inspired by part of an amusement park was a bridge too far.  

We are thrilled to be joined this episode by Jonathan Sundy, illustrator, character designer, and friend of the show.  Listen as we discuss the philosophical underpinnings in Bird's works, the strength of his cinematic storytelling, and whether the ending of Tomorrowland is redeemable.  

To find more about Jonathan Sundy, visit his website at:  http://jonathansundy.com/

Show Notes and Sources:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/brad-bird-words-144186.html http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/05/tomorrowland_and_ayn_rand_incredibles_director_brad_bird_s_key_influence.html https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/06/the-passion-of-brad-bird/394487/ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/brad-birds-objectivist-leanings-shine-brightest-in-tomorrowland/article24549785/ https://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/812-the-slippery-politics-of-the-incredibles-and-other/ http://www.avclub.com/article/brad-bird-faux-populist-14766 https://youtu.be/KiXZMujutI0 http://collider.com/brad-bird-iron-giant-signature-edition-interview-original-ending/ https://youtu.be/YOfhMPXSAQc https://youtu.be/aop2ShYJFXI http://taughtbyapro.com/podcast-brad-bird-interview-tomorrowland/ http://www.vox.com/2015/5/23/8647021/tomorrowland-review-disney https://youtu.be/p5xvBA3cyAw http://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/810-the-incredibles-incredible-focus-on-the-family/ http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/03/10/an-interview-with-brad-bird?page=3 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/damon-lindelof-s-persecution-complex-there-are-people-who-are-gunning-for-me.html http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Brad_Bird http://www.dailyinterlake.com/archive/article-f1f5632d-e179-5b34-934e-3368a3adaeae.html http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0083348/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Apr 25 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Armando Iannucci

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Armando Iannucci is probably best known in the US for the political satire Veep.  Across the pond, he also has a number of successful TV credits; however, this TV showrunner has also made two of the best reviewed comedies in the last ten years with In the Loop and The Death of Stalin.  We didn't get to him in our comedy episode, so we are remedying that now.  In this episode, we are joined by Mark Staron, to review the film works of Armando Iannucci. 

As always let us know what we got wrong on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at popcornauteur@gmail.com.

Show Notes/Sources:

https://film.avclub.com/in-the-loop-1798206635

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/418380.Essence_of_Decision

https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=111062899

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098mtzx

https://www.newyorker.com/podcast/the-new-yorker-radio-hour/the-death-of-stalin-and-tracy-k-smith-in-the-woods

https://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-forest-whitaker-and-armando-iannucci

https://film.avclub.com/the-50-best-comedies-since-2000-1798250301

May 20 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #10: Alfonso Cuarón

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Alfonso Cuarón is our first Oscar winner for best directing and we were certainly impressed with his talent.  Listen as we discuss the effectiveness of Cuarón's filmmaking technique, his worldview, and the potency of Children of Men in today's political climate.  Will Jon be won over by Gravity?  Will Chris understand how AIDs can be funny?  Listen to find out.  Note: We do our best with Spanish pronunciations . . . which are not very good.

Show Sources and Notes:

http://www.cracked.com/article_24342_8-times-studios-nearly-wrecked-your-favorite-movies.html http://www.cracked.com/article_24134_6-film-plots-directly-lifted-from-video-games.html http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-movies-that-put-insane-work-into-stuff-you-never-noticed/ http://www.rogerebert.com/cast-and-crew/alfonso-cuaron https://mic.com/articles/66473/alfonso-cuaron-how-the-gravity-director-saved-harry-potter#.iRxDxbkym http://www.rogerebert.com/chazs-blog/rogers-favorites-guillermo-del-toro-alfonso-cuar%C3%B3n-and-alejandro-gonz%C3%A1lez-i%C3%B1%C3%A1rritu http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/no-longer-an-inconceivable-future-the-vision-of-alfonso-cuar%C3%B3ns-children-of-men http://www.slashfilm.com/new-alfonso-cuaron-movie/ http://www.avclub.com/article/video-essay-illustrates-power-alfonso-cuarons-long-241610 http://www.avclub.com/article/ichildren-of-meni-35640 http://www.avclub.com/article/why-backgrounds-children-men-mattered-225093 http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/director-alfonso-cuaron-on-making-gravity.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/movies/awardsseason/alfonso-cuaron-discusses-his-films.html?_r=0

Nov 21 2016

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Rank #12: Neill Blomkamp

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For a while Neill Blomkamp seemed to inhabit a unique space in modern filmmaking - big original science fiction films.  Then Chappie happened. Listen as we dive into the three films of Blomkamp starting with District 9, the critical darling that garnered a Best Picture nomination, and ending with Chappie, basically a reimagining of Short Circuit.

Show Notes/Sources:

https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/chappie/49924/looking-back-at-chappie-with-director-neill-blomkamp

https://thedissolve.com/features/the-conversation/79-elysium-is-just-a-bigger-broader-dumber-district-9/

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/17/elysium-neill-bloomkamp-interview

Jan 03 2020

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: George Miller

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George Miller has a most curious filmography.  The same man responsible for four Mad Max movies wrote and directed the Happy Feet movies and Babe:  Pig in the City.  In this episode, we rank the Mad Max saga, discuss the merits of Happy Feet (winner of an Academy Award), and delve into the mythology and messages of Miller's films.  How did a low budget Australian action movie spawn a franchise?  How are dancing penguins criticized as being anti-Christian?  Listen as we try to answer these and more questions about this fascinating filmmaker. 

Show Notes and Sources:

http://www.cracked.com/article_23652_6-beloved-movies-that-are-secretly-autobiographical.html http://io9.gizmodo.com/you-may-never-see-a-better-video-than-mad-max-fury-roa-1786534726 http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/im-just-here-for-the-gasoline-an-overview-of-the-mad-max-saga https://youtu.be/CegN8_pn0-I http://www.npr.org/2016/02/08/465989808/mad-max-director-george-miller-the-audience-tells-you-what-your-film-is http://www.thewrap.com/mad-max-fury-road-george-miller-not-making-sequels-tom-hardy-charlize-theron/ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/mad-max-director-george-miller-889872 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/george-miller-mad-max-sequels-861549 https://thedissolve.com/features/exposition/1026-for-mad-maxs-george-miller-all-roads-lead-to-myth-/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ulYRPvja0 http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-lessons-all-movies-should-learn-from-mad-max/ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mad-max-beyond-thunderdome-1985 https://youtu.be/RoltZ7XjaAk

Oct 21 2016

57mins

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Rank #15: Ryan Coogler

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Ryan Coogler went from student-athlete and film fan to box office king in a little over a dozen years.  He's done three successful and critically acclaimed movies in his short career, from the potent and personal Fruitvale Station to the comic book grandeur of Black Panther. Listen as we gush and occasionally rant (mostly Chris) about the films Ryan Coogler. 

As always let us know what we got wrong on Facebook, on Twitter, or our email us at popcornauteur@gmail.com.

Show Notes/Sources:

https://thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com/post/173993600710/thirst-aid-kit-s2e08-ryan-coogler-bay-area

https://news.wttw.com/2018/03/27/people-vs-democracy-and-battle-our-political-future

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/earwolf/denzel-washington-is-the-greatest/e/49121750

https://maltinonmovies.libsyn.com/ryan-coogler

Sep 17 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #17: Andrew Stanton

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Andrew Stanton has been with Pixar since Toy Story and is responsible for some of the studio's biggest hits such as WALL-E and Finding Nemo; however, his attempt to make the transition to live action with John Carter fell flat.  Will we find a hidden gem in Stanton's flop?  Who will have more praise for WALL-E?  Does Finding Dory signal that Stanton is getting lazy?  Listen as we discuss the answers to these and more questions. 

Show Notes and Sources:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5892594/some-random-theories-about-why-john-carter-flopped http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/wall-e-2008 https://youtu.be/KxDwieKpawg https://youtu.be/-Kuk4ir54KI http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-dirty-truth-about-finding-nemo/ http://soundworkscollection.com/news/soundworks-collection-interview-series-director-andrew-stanton-finding-dory

Feb 23 2017

58mins

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Rank #18: Judd Apatow

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Sep 29 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #20: Debra Granik

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Debra Granik deserves to be included on any list of the best filmmakers of the 21st century.  That should give you an idea of what we thought of Granik's four films, which include the Oscar nominated Winter's Bone and last year's Leave No Trace.

Show Notes/Sources: 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/director-debra-granik-explains-why-been-eight-long-years-between-winters-bone-leave-no-trace-1123551

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/debra-granik-oscar-insider-leave-no-trace-1203101924/

https://tisch.nyu.edu/grad-film/alumni/debra-granik-

https://thedissolve.com/features/interview/1087-winters-bone-director-debra-granik-says-the-new-st/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/debra-granik-and-jennifer-lawrence-winters-bone/id417057875?i=1000092364504

http://www.shedoespodcast.com/listen/debra-granik

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/turner-podcast-network/filmstruck/e/55203585

https://www.metacritic.com/feature/film-critic-top-ten-lists

https://www.metacritic.com/feature/film-critics-list-the-top-10-movies-of-2018

https://www.tiff.net/the-review/tiff-long-take-ep-73-debra-granik-leave-no-trace-breakout

https://player.fm/series/indiewires-filmmaker-toolkit/leave-no-trace-director-debra-granik

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-public-radio/bullseye-with-jesse-thorn/e/58880875

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/02/debra-granik-marielle-heller-oscars-2019-1202044494/

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/movies/review-stray-dog-documents-a-complex-veteran.html

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/12/jane-campion-debra-granik-oscar-nom-best-director-leave-no-trace-1202029649/

Apr 23 2019

1hr 4mins

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