What's worse than a tone-deaf movie about police that bungles its handling of issues of race and systemic violence? Two white guys talking about one! This week, Jacob and Nathan tackle 211 (2018), in which Nicolas Cage plays a cop saddled with a juvenile ride-along passenger, who end up in the middle of a bank robbery. Many questions will be asked in this episode including: What the heck is going on in this movie? How does a director's lack of viewpoint inform a film's meaning? What do two privileged white boys know about anything? And why has Nathan started watching anime?? These questions and more answered in this episode, which was recorded one year, and proves yet again that racial prejudice and police brutality have yet to be fixed.
011 Guarding Tess
Jacob is sick and Nathan is annoyed in this week's secure episode of Cut the Chit Chat! The boys talk about Guarding Tess (1994), a laughless comedy in which Nicolas Cage plays a Secret Service agent charged with keeping safe the former First Lady of the US. Talking points include the difficulty of completing one's Masters while being in the Secret Service; the optics and tactics of toupees at the Opera; how severe tonal shifts can further sink a humourless comedy; and the mysterious power of a single tear. Will the President phone in to get the conversation back on track? Join us for an episode with more laughs than the ostensible comedy we discuss! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ctccpod. Like us on Facebook at Cut the Chit Chat. Email us at email@example.com. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for our intro and outro music, and Daniel Labonté for our tech support.
In this week's aviary anomaly of an episode, Jacob and Nathan discuss Alan Parker's 1984 feathery film Birdy! After gliding back to the early '80s to investigate what makes this Nicolas Cage's first serious stab at method acting, they squawk about: Birdy's place in the Vietnam movie canon; Modine and Cage's dissimilarly unhinged performances; birds as metaphors for liberation; and overgrown mammory glands. Come fly with us this week in this white swan of an episode that claws deep into a weird, fascinating, and cuckoo film—either you'll enjoy it, or we'll eat crow! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ctccpod. Like us on Facebook at Cut the Chit Chat. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for our intro and outro music, and Daniel Labonté for our tech support.