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The Popcorn Auteur

Pretty straightforward. We watch all the movies of famous filmmakers and then discuss anything and everything that happens to interest us about them.

Mar 31, 2020

Sam Peckinpah is the oldest and surely the most violent filmmaker that we have covered to this point.  Listen as we discuss this iconic and influential filmmaker while grappling with the implications of Peckinpah's world view.  From the seminal The Wild Bunch to the polarizing Straw Dogs, join Chris, Jon, and guest Pete...

Mar 11, 2020

Alex Garland may not buy into the auteur theory (we may not either), but he's been at the helm of two of the most interesting science fiction films in the last decade.  Listen as we dive into Ex Machina and Annihilation.


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Jan 31, 2020

Jeff Nichols hasn't made a feature film since 2016.  Despite being Cannes-approved and critically appreciated, Nichols' films have never broken through to mainstream audiences or the major award circuits.  Listen as we delve into his films.


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Jan 3, 2020

For a while Neill Blomkamp seemed to inhabit a unique space in modern filmmaking - big original science fiction films.  Then Chappie happened. Listen as we dive into the three films of Blomkamp starting with District 9, the critical darling that garnered a Best Picture nomination, and ending with Chappie, basically a...

Dec 13, 2019

Oftentimes strange, consistently unpredictable, increasingly political and entirely fun.  Are we describing John Carpenter's second half or this podcast episode?  Listen to find out.  Paul Kowalski returns for the trip through Carpenter's later films.


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