Elitist Bastards: Of Marmaduke And The Gorgon

This week, Asheville’s most elite of film reviewers: discuss Marmaduke, Splice, The Killers, Get Him to the Greek and Casino Jack and the United States of Money; exchange thoughts on the Asheville Film Society screening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan; delight in the dated effects of the Hammer horror flick The Gorgon; consider a reader question about directors whose recent work have earned them a fresh look; and consider soon-to-be-released films The A-Team, The Karate Kid and The Secret In Their Eyes. This week also marks the first week the Elitist Bastards podcast is available on the iTunes store as a free download.

This week’s theme music: “Out for a Shrink Pink Drink” by Apes on Tapes. Art by Jeremy Dylan. Podcast produced by Steve Shanafelt.

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6 thoughts on “Elitist Bastards: Of Marmaduke And The Gorgon

  1. Ken Hanke

    My, don’t I look all butch! And doesn’t Justin look…well…

    Thanks again to the ever-inspired Mr. Jeremy Dylan for his art work! I live in hopes that one day we’ll be seen on ostrich-back.

  2. Jim Donato

    I can see the real work in this podcast will be in Mr. Dylan coming up with enough simian movie poster to insert our heroes into.

  3. Ken Hanke

    I fully expect to find my head on King Kong’s body while holding a Justin-headed Fay Wray before this is over. Or vice-versa.

  4. Thanks again to the ever-inspired Mr. Jeremy Dylan for his art work!
    You’re very welcome sir, and thank you Dr. Shanafelt for the credit.

    Another great episode – I think there’s a definite upward curve in terms of quality over the series so far.

    I’m definitely with Justin in terms of CGI v. dodgy practical effects. At least with a shonky rubber mask, it looks like there’s something actually in the frame for the actors to interact with – a tangibility that’s not there with CGI.

  5. Ken Hanke

    I’m definitely with Justin in terms of CGI v. dodgy practical effects. At least with a shonky rubber mask, it looks like there’s something actually in the frame for the actors to interact with – a tangibility that’s not there with CGI.

    Yes, but actors in movies spend so much time acting with people and things that aren’t actually there that that advantage seems fairly minor. My biggest problem with CGI is its tendency to not look solid, to look cartoonish. I didn’t find that to be the case in Splice, though most of the time the film seemed to be a mix of rubber suit and CGI augmentation.

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