We're back into podcasting. This time we're making a run of film reviews. Now, we're not sticking to the rules of talking only about what is popular or hot in the cinema. We have a responsabilty to find all kinds of films, especially those that may be slipping through the gaps, or movies that we loved that nobody seems to remember. So from old to the new, from the bizarre and the downright bad. We're going to sit through all that we can, and on a weekly basis, you can listen to our banter: coming from not only film fanatics, but lovers of the craft.
Now we have several things that we look for in a film:
1) Bechdel Test: To pass this test, for each film reviewed, we can ascertain that at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. It is believed that most films will fail this test (as a direct reference to sexism within the film industry)
2) A scare is delivered on the E of the 3. When you count in for a scare, the ones that get you or make you jump are not neccessarily delivered on a true count of any specific number of beats. The scare is most affective when it hits you off the beat, hence the E of the 3 reference to music. (rule created by Andrew Lewin)
ADDITIONAL NOTE: We have lately given the term: syncopated jump scare.
3) Working with the Fear: this is something we look at when we decide whether directors and or actors are giving themselves over to the project or merely, aware of their status as a money magnet and decide to "lay it out" or "Phone it in" and just give an average performance for what can be described as an overpaid effort.
First time directors often work WITH the fear, so they work hard enough that you can see the vains popping in their work. Actors who work with the fear can be new or veterans. They tend to perform above and beyond as if living in fear of never working again.
4) The AP (+#) certification rule: Bad films are often better watched with a group, and sometimes a crowd. Some bad films simply shouldn't be watched. Where most films are rated by age and content restrictions, the AP+# rating provides information that states, that it is a film that requires AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, (in other words, its fun to experience it by screaming at the screen). The number determines the recommended ammount of people needed for the film to be enjoyable.
Example: "Birdemic" is an aweful film but should be studied to learn what not to do when trying to make a bad movie. AP+3 (meaning audience participation of 3 or more people) in order to enjoy this film.
However, "The Room" would have an AP+20 which means you need to enjoy this film with a crowd. This rule only applies to films that require audience participation. A film that does not qualify? When what the director has put on the screen is enough to be enjoyed no matter how many people are watching it. In any other case, keep quiet and enjoy the film as delivered.