In the third episode of Threads, Danny, David and Pappy ask a pretty important question – what is Extreme Cinema? This question spirals into a conversation around genre and even tempts the boys into starting their own definition of “Dark Cinema.”
In the second episode of Threads, the guys discuss whether or not extreme movies are actually trying to make them afraid. And if not, what do they feel instead? Listen as they investigate the relationship between fear and the movies they watched during the first season.
For the inaugural That’s Dark Thread, the guys discuss laughter in hopes that they can understand how it relates to the films they watch. Acknowledging the range from innocent chuckles that claim no victim to mean-spirited laughter at the expense of others, the guys try to place the laughter moments that will materialize during the viewing and discussion of dark films.
David, Danny and Pappy find that their dream interview has been granted. Douglas Buck is the director of Cutting Moments, the very first film we discussed on our show. He talks to us about his origins and the films and art that influenced his particular brand of transgressive filmmaking and the reception his work has received. He shares his thoughts on the contemporary social politics climate and the relevance that transgressive art should maintain.
In part two of our final film analysis of the season, the boys try to determine if A Serbian Film contains any metaphorical substance. Pappy asks David and Danny to view the film through the lens of Aristotle’s ancient dramatic tragedy and see if it fits the archetype. David comes through (again) with some excellent Amazon and Facebook reviews of the film, possibly the best of the season.
For our season finale, we end with the big one. Danny is caught blindsided when he realizes Pappy and David’s red herring film pick — the fictional 2017 film What We’ve Done to Tyler, doesn’t actually exist. His fear of the unknown is immediately replaced with a sense of dread, knowing the rumours surrounding Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film. From the sounds of Danny’s voice, the film lived up to the hype. Pappy, David and Danny dispute whether or not the film has a message, as suggested by the director, or if it is simply intended to shock. Pappy is reminded of the brutality of this film, while David begins to see some artistic merit. The last Hot Takes episode of the season is ignited by an inflammatory shock piece.
This episode was a long time in the making. The initial conversation in this episode took place over half a year ago. What began as some friction over which genre this film belongs to, became an unlistenable argument between Danny and Pappy over Freud’s Pleasure Principle and Death Drive. The boys recently sat down to revisit the conversation and managed to replace the previous Freud discussion with a much more productive one.
Our Hot Takes on In a Glass Cage mostly revolve around how well executed the shock was in this artsy chamber thriller. The guys try to make sense of the deep perversion of some of the characters and discuss Angelo’s shortcomings as a nurse.
In our Cold Cut edition of Grotesque, we give some serious consideration to the all the violence that makes up this movie, and David regales us with one of the craziest stories from his past.
One of the more recent films notorious for its violence, we get into Koji Shiraishi’s 2009 Grotesque. This is Hot Takes where we give off the cuff reactions as we dive deep into Japanese torture porn. While opinions vary as to what the movie is about and how good it is, it definitely made all a little squirmy while watching.
Join us as we conclude our take on McNaughton’s film with some fresh Cold Cuts. In this episode, plenty Henry Lee Lucas facts abound as Danny dips into his inner true crime podcast and goes FULL Henry. Also, we take a suspect serial killer personality test to see who we’d be.
In this week’s episode, Pappy and David try to get to Danny with John McNaughton’s serial killer film. Due to Danny’s fear that he might fall victim to a home invasion at any given moment, Pappy and David are pretty confident this one will put a crack in the armour Danny has been building up. Join us for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Hot Takes – everything is off the dome, gut reactions at we make sense of this cult classic.
Hand-picked by Danny, the boys watch Bill Zebub’s Breaking Her Will (2009). David makes interesting claims about the effectiveness of torture scenes. Danny seems to defend the trained talents of Bill Zebub’s actors. And Pappy leads a discussion on the panopticon. An important term is coined that appears in the rest of the season, and Danny, David and Pappy are tested to come up with their own awesome director pseudonym.
This episode, we dive into the Bill Zebub’s low-budget psychological shock thriller Breaking Her Will. David struggles through his recap of the film we had finished moments earlier, and Pappy defends his character from “Who would you be?”. Danny continuously tries to force the conversation towards the films soundtrack and set.
In our first interview, we sit down with Mike Diana to discuss his recent documentary – Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana – and his unique story of art, the law and freedom of speech. Mike’s documentary is absolutely fascinating. There are a few screenings coming up. Please follow the link to find one near you.
Last week, we all took home an empathy quotient designed by Simon Baron-Cohen (affectionately known as Borat’s cousin). Listen in as we discover who is the least empathetic member of the podcast!
Time gets away from us as we dive into part three of Murder Set Pieces. This episode, Pappy leads a discussion on Empathy, we subject the killer in MSP to various psychopath tests and we all get a little homework – filling out individual empathy tests to see who's the least empathetic of the group. We promise this is the last episode on Murder Set Pieces.
Danny deals with pent up anxiety that’s built up since last episode. He almost goes Full Henry when explaining his reaction in part one. Pappy and David play everything from Devil’s Advocate and therapist to listening ears as Danny’s works out some guilt on the air. And we all get ready for a talk about empathy.
David and Pappy try to turn up the heat on Danny, but they’re all left somewhat speechless after watching Nick Palumbo’s Murder-Set-Pieces (2004) – for reasons they didn’t quite expect. They introduce a 3-Minute Drill plot summary in an attempt to make sense of a messy collage of extreme images.
The guys discuss the reaction in France to Martyrs, and begin to learn about European authoritarian censorship boards. Pappy drives a conversation about PTSD and how it’s represented in this film.