Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.

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May 6, 2021 61 min
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom was the beginning of his modern style, which surprisingly was his first throwback to an earlier time.

Two child leads defy the odds and find a way to be together. But did they find a way into the audiences' heart?

Listen to hear our take.
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Wes Anderson's first foray into animation was a joy and a delight. It connected with critics and fans but not to a general audience.

George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their gravitas to an otherwise quirky and whimsical mashup of humor and danger.

How do you view this film 12 years later?
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Darjeeling Limited was a great collection of moments but was it a great movie?

This week, Houselights takes a ride on the Wes Anderson rails and tries to figure out what went right and what went wrong.
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou swam into our hearts but sadly not into box office gold or critic adulation.

This movie is full of whimsy, family drama, Jaguar sharks, and even stop-motion animation. We're here to dissect it this week.

How do you feel about this movie 17 years later?
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Your favorite Wes Anderson dysfunctional family is front and center in today's episode!

The Royal Tenenbaums holds a special place in many people's hearts and shows the director's growth in balancing whimsy, humor, as well as personal drama.

How do you feel about this film 20 years later?
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Houselights transitions from Christopher Nolan to Wes Anderson!

Prepare for music from the 70s as well as the color yellow. This week we tackle "Rushmore" but open with a few thoughts on his first film "Bottle Rocket."

What do you think of Rushmore this many years later?
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March 26, 2021 54 min
Houselights tackle Christopher Nolan's latest with "Tenet."

Many believed it to be too confusing for its own good. Others had a hard time even understanding what they were even saying. But a good portion of the audience was blown away.

What did you think of this mind-bending sci-fi epic?
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March 11, 2021 72 min
Dunkirk is over an hour shorter than Interstellar but packs an incredible amount of action in a short period of time. Being his first movie based on a true story, he was still able to find a way to cut in a non-linear fashion.

How do you feel about this WWII epic?
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March 4, 2021 73 min
You can't quantify how much we love Nolan's "Interstellar," but we're going to try.

After finishing the wildly successful Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan refused to stay grounded and made his own 2001.

How do you feel this movie holds up today?
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🔥THE FIRE RISES!🔥

Houselights is here to discuss the ending to the greatest superhero trilogy of all time "The Dark Knight Rises!"

In this hotly contested film, but beloved by many, we dissect what worked, what didn't, and what needed to be streamlined.

How do you view Nolan's TDKR nine years later?
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February 18, 2021 75 min
BWAAAAAM!!!!!

"Inception" barrels in this week just like a train at an intersection. With DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan's only collaboration to date, your Houselights hosts dissect what's real, what isn't, and what's good.
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February 11, 2021 99 min
This week your hosts discuss what is arguably the greatest superhero #film of all time!

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" flew into theaters, broke box office records, and was a great story on top of it.

How do you feel about this #Batman #movie13 years later?
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February 4, 2021 36 min
Following up after the success of "Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan brings his now mind-bending signature to the magical masterpiece "The Prestige." Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine bring their A-game and so do your hosts this week.
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January 28, 2021 67 min
Batman Begins is finally here on Houselights!

As Christopher Nolan fans as well as Batman fans, your hosts have the best time analyzing what is arguably the start to the best superhero trilogy of all time.

Listen to hear us talk about this film's impact on moviemaking as well as pop culture.
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January 21, 2021 48 min
When you think Christopher Nolan, you don't immediately think of "Insomnia" starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank.

This week, your Houselights crew analyzes why this does and doesn't feel like a Nolan film.
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January 14, 2021 76 min
Memento is Nolan's second directorial work and it's a huge upgrade from his first. Costing less than $10m to make and earning back almost four times that. This story told in reverse continued the non-linear trend that Nolan will keep for most of his career. Tons of film students thought it was the greatest movie ever but what did you think?
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January 7, 2021 53 min
Switching directors to the one and only Christopher Nolan. We explore his first feature film "Following." Joel Schumacher saw this film and knew great things were coming from Nolan. Did you when you watched it?
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December 10, 2020 72 min
We top off our journey through David Fincher's directorial works with his first streaming motion picture: Mank. This movie is his first motion picture in six years since Gone Girl, a stark contrast in themes, subject matter, and accessibility. Following the life of Herman Mankiewicz and primarily his path to writing Citizen Kane. Please join us as we dissect this throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. Did you get the feeling...
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David Fincher returns to the director’s chair in the second season of
Mindhunter, and your hosts explore what that might say about the
closer connection to the material as compared to House of Cards. They
also discuss expectations and surprises, their reaction to the season
overall, and that famous Manson scene.
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Based on the real work of the FBI agents who defined the special
crimes unit that analyzed serial killers to assist with their capture,
David Fincher returns to the world of the murderers that chilled the
latter part of the Twentieth Century with Mindhunter. These cases
continue to fascinate people to this day and your hosts examine how
Fincher’s approach to the material displays all his growth since
Se7en.
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