Jun 8, 2020
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are doing some legally questionable things with the help of government agencies in the very tense Denis Villeneuve film, Sicario.
We open up with a quick overview of just who this amazing Villeneuve director guy is and all the amazing films he’s produced in his time. Sean gets on Steven’s case for not having seen his Blade Runner movie and then promptly gets a heaping dose of karma served to him when he can’t remember if it’s Blade Runner 2049 or 2048. That’ll teach him.
We then head off down another peculiar path and talk about how old we were when 9/11 happened. Spoiler warning (AAAAAAAHHH!): we’re getting old.
But then we’re back into this film and its crazy, insane, ridiculous opening. I mean, talk about starting a movie off with a bang! What other movie have you seen that begins with a giant armored truck crashing through the entire front of a house? And then it just doesn’t… let… up… at all. Even its quiet moments boil over with enough tension to leave your entire body clenched.
We tip our collective hats to the amazing performances from Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro! I’ve never wanted to piss off somebody less in my life than him. Whether he’s taking out some people at the America-Mexico border or killing an entire cartel boss’s family, he’s probably one of the most intense and dangerous people who have ever lived.
The sound design and music in Sicario absolutely floored us. The quality of the audio in a film is at least 50% of what makes it good and this movie was of the very highest quality. The expert cinematography by Roger Deakins does a great job of setting a tense mood in every single scene. It’s really a masterclass in stellar, groundbreaking lighting and camera work. And what do you know, Sicario earned Oscar nominations for sound, music, and cinematography!
We dug this movie a whole lot and can’t wait to see what Denis Villeneuve cooks up in the future.
(Recorded on April 22, 2020)
Links to Stuff We Mentioned:
If you haven’t seen The Exorcist before, know that this one’s probably not for weak stomachs.
This was basically Steven’s youth, as we find out.
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