Film Review: Same Boat

same-boat-3Not enough is made of how insane cruises are as a concept. Think about it. According to The Independent, 3 out of 10 people have, at some point, paid exorbitant amounts of money to sail a behemoth across the ocean with roughly 3000 strangers, consumed obscene amounts of ostentatious-but-mostly-mediocre food and entertainment, slept in tiny boxes, and tried to make the most of the stuff that’s included (like free soft serve ice cream) whilst getting nickel-and-dimed to death over the stuff that isn’t (alcohol). My brain has so much trouble reconciling this phenomenon that after going on a cruise 10 years ago, I have had countless recurring dreams set on an ocean liner.

Like with filmmaking, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on a cruise in a short amount of time. That’s what makes the concept of Same Boat – Chris Roberti’s debut shoestring romantic sci-fi comedy – so fitting. Roberti, cast, and crew, utilized their time on a Key West cruise to craft a narrative and shoot it guerilla style during their week on board. It’s kind of surprising that no one has thought to do this before. Same Boat is The Love Boat meets Grosse Pointe Blank with an early Linklater vibe to the naturalistic patter and time travel thrown in to give the hired gun pause over completing his latest assignment…

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Paid in Puke S2E10: Ghost World

In our final episode of Series Two, we fan girl all over Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 film, Ghost World, based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Amy shares some personal correspondence with Mr. Enid Coleslaw himself.

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We also have what may be the longest Eskimo segment since Heathers, and our Lunchtime Poll turns into a discussion about problematic favs, but we do our best to end on a high note.

Paid in Puke returns in May with a Mother’s Day episode about Terms of Endearment! In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and try not to puke!

Paid in Puke S2E9: Josie and the Pussycats

In this episode, we let the cats out of the bag with 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, written and directed by Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait) and starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid. This one’s a bit tough on us oldsters, as it’s targeting pre-teens and hits you over the head with it’s anti-consumerism message (whist occasionally shooting itself in the foot). It’s also a bit of a throwback to a very specific point in music economic history that requires some unpacking. Still, it promotes body positivity (as long as you’re not above 120 lbs) and chicks in rock and roll. So that’s…something.

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It also inspires some more t-shirts! Check out our store if you like any of the fictional power pop bands we invent in our Lunchtime Poll.

Girl Power! (Wait…wrong movie?)

Film Review: The Carnivores

the-carnivoresThe Carnivores isn’t about meat. But it’s not, not about meat. The plot of Caleb Michael Johnson’s (Joy Kevin) sophomore feature involves a couple who struggle to maintain their relationship because of their terminally ill dog, Harvie. Brett (Lindsay Burdge, The Invitation) is more emotionally invested in keeping Harvie alive for as long as possible despite the fact that his treatments are taking them beyond their means. Meanwhile, Alice (Tallie Medel) obsesses over their negative finances and how often she and Brett are intimate (not very). Flesh is a recurring theme in this surreal psychological romantic horror film co-written by Johnson and Jeff Bay Smith. What does it mean that we both consume flesh and are made of flesh? Why is some meat precious and other meat food?

The Carnivores also explores how a pet can be a major point of contention in a relationship. Brett has had Harvey the dog for 2 years longer than she has known Alice. The fact that she even mentions this to Alice speaks volumes, since Alice is painfully aware of the hierarchy. Harvey has been sick for a long time. But he is undergoing expensive life-prolonging treatments because Brett can’t bear to let him go. She isn’t even considering how much of a strain his ailment is on their lives. Alice secretly tracks their finances, her sleep, and their sex life, all of which are woefully sparse. To make matters worse, Alice has started to sleepwalk and crave meat despite her longtime vegan diet. Alice keeps her disconcerting thoughts from Brett, but appears to confide in a loquacious, know-it-all co-worker – he references details of her life despite their seemingly one-sided lunch conversations…

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