In this episode of the show we discussed Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others, a supernatural horror film that came as part of the post-Shyamalan wave and eventually disappeared from the zeitgeist to become a pub quiz question or an entry in a listicle about films with cool twist endings.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for M. Night Shyamalan’s Old It took me longer than I would like to admit to come up with a title to this text that wouldn’t immediately ruin the film for anyone who has not seen Old yet. And although I think did a good enough job in remaining … Continue reading Can OLD Be Weaponized by Vaccine Refuseniks?
Over the course of his as-of-yet short but nonetheless intense filmmaking career, Taylor Sheridan has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the screenwriters to watch out for. In all fairness, thanks to his work on Sicario and Hell or High Water he has generated enough clout around himself to become more than just ‘a guy who wrote XYZ’, … Continue reading Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Film directors have inserted themselves into their work ever since they figured out that somebody else was able to keep the camera rolling. In fact, quite a few have become known for doing so (you can find a more or less comprehensive Wikipedia list here). While most of these instances of director cameos are barely … Continue reading The Shyamalan Cameo and Authorial Control
M. Night Shyamalan can be accused of many things: that his ego sometimes ruins an otherwise great story, that he’s a bit too precious about his writing, that some of his stories work in service of the twist and not the other way around… that he doesn’t let actors fully inhabit his characters. That his … Continue reading Old (2021)
I don’t think we often tie in the topics of what we cover on the show to a theatrical release. The closest we have ever come to acknowledging the outside world (though I might be wrong) was when we talked about Solo – A Star Wars Story around May the 4th and Alien 3 around … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 26 (The Village)
I wasn’t necessarily planning on writing this piece, but this topic has been consistently resurfacing in my surroundings, be it on social media, conversations I was having with my friends, and even in my own thoughts about specific films. And here I am.
Cinema constantly reinvents itself and finds new avenues of artistic expression. It’s in flux. Sometimes propelled by form-challenging visionaries and trend-setters like Godard (and you should check out an outstanding feature defending JLG’s work written by my good buddy Nicolò Grasso for more insight), other times prodded by technological advancements. Sometimes by both…
If you’ve ever bothered to listen to the show, you will know that we clearly don’t set any time constraints, unlike the absolute vast majority of podcasts out there. I know there’s a bajillion think pieces about making a successful show, just as there’s an even larger amount of ‘great advice’ aimed at creating a … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 25 (Joy Ride and Unhinged)
There’s no debate: the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world. It almost feels like an eternity ago when we didn’t have to worry about maintaining personal space, wearing face coverings, self-isolating and everything else that has since become a staple of our existence. I think it is undeniable that we are living through a paradigm-shifting … Continue reading Film Festivals in the Post-COVID world
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