Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Instant Reaction: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)



I remember leaving the theatre after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and I turned to my  
girlfriend at the time to ask her what she thought of the movie. She shrugged, and we continued our walk in silence, secretly reflecting on what we had just witnessed. After another minute of walking, the tension inside her boiled over and she let her feelings fly: “That movie is so beautiful that it makes me mad", she said, with genuine passion in her voice. "It’s so bad, but I’m so moved by it that I have to love it." She looked seriously distressed, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Tears were almost in her eyes as she recalled some of the film’s greatest moments; like the opening scene that sees a pirate boy hanged or an astonishing ship battle in a whirlpool that left her in a state of awe. I share her sentiment completely; there’s so much to dislike about this film in terms of story, plot, and Johnny Depp antics. But when you focus on the score, the photography, and the truly fantastic special effects, it’s difficult not to lose yourself in the spectacle.

Once I was hooked in by the overwhelming quality of the score and visuals, I couldn’t help but love the characters and the witty dialogue. Further, once I began to let loose my rational inhibitions and let the film wash over me, the crazy antics, such as a marriage conducted during a sword fight, began to reveal their uniquely cinematic charm.

At World’s End
strikes me on a purely aesthetic level and compels me to love it, even though the logical side of my brain can't stand it. And its successful in its mission, forcing me into its world despite my resistance. Even seven years after its release, I find myself still watching it and enjoying it. You could say it’s a guilty pleasure of mine, yet I feel no guilt nor shame for loving it. It’s a technical masterpiece, one that's truly awesome to be behold.


Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Cinematic Tangent: Episode 10 - Top 10 Films Of 2013 (Part 2)



Brad and Chad conclude their discussion of the top films of 2013. 





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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Cinematic Tangent: Episode 9 - Top Ten Films Of 2013 (Part 1)





Chad and Brad list their top films of 2013.



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Cinematic Tangent: The Lost Superbowl Movie Trailer Reaction Episode




Originally deemed not worthy of distribution. A brief discussion of the summer blockbusters teased during the Superbowl.



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The Cinematic Tangent: Episode 8 - Nicolas Winding Refn; 'Drive' and 'Only God Forgives'





A discussion of Drive and Only God Forgives leads to a larger talk about director Nicolas Winding Refn.




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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Most Underrated Movies of 2013


Despite all the negative press, some of the "worst" films of 2013 may actually be worth your time. Here’s a short list of "bad" movies that you should judge for yourself.

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The Cinematic Tangent is Now on the iTunes Store!


The Cinematic Tangent Podcast is now available on the iTunes store! More episodes will be added this week.

Just a reminder, we will be abandoning Podomatic and SoundCloud for good. So, please subscribe to the show via the new RSS feed or on iTunes.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Cinematic Tangent Update!


The Cinematic Tangent is officially leaving Podomatic and SoundCloud for good. Simply put, it's just too expensive to pay for hosting when I make absolutely no money on the show. While SoundCloud is a wonderful service, I just don't feel comfortable paying a monthly fee.

The workaround for avoiding hosting costs is that all episodes will now be hosted on the Internet Archive, and then collected on a new WordPress Blog.

Eventually Brad and I will add movie reviews and post updates to this new blog site. But for now, the blog will only be used to host the RSS feed for the podcast. Still, I invite you to follow it.

We want to THANK YOU so very much for listening! The show has grown way quicker than I expected. Paperwork has just been filed to get The Cinematic Tangent onto the iTunes store. Now that the show is being hosted in a stable location, there's no reason why we should be denied. So, look for it there in the near future.

We'll be posting 3-5 episodes this month. The best way to get new episodes is to subscribe to the show below.  Again, thank you for listening. 

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The Cinematic Tangent's New Logo


Here she is, people! The new logo for The Cinematic Tangent.

A special thanks to Anthony Montanarella for designing this logo for us. Anthony was kind enough to make it for free.

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