This week’s film is the Jon Favreau live action/CGI remake of the 1967 film. After some opening reviews (and Sam admitting that he might have given the film too much credit), we talk — in one of our more cerebral chats — about selfishness, understanding, and change, particularly in our reading of the end of the film. Next Time Our next film is Rob’s favourite Disney film, which Sam (gasp) hasn’t seen: 1991’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Recent Media FIRST COW (2019): Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond, John Magaro ALL OR NOTHING: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2020): Anthony Phillipson, Tom Hardy, José Mourinho Recommendations IRON MAN (2008): Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993): Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley PACIFIC RIM (2013): Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam CLUELESS (1995): Amy Heckerling, Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash Footnotes Firstly, here’s an article on the art of playing the pantomime villain: www.thesimplethings.com/blog/panto-villains; I know Shere Khan in the 1967 film wasn’t one of these in the strictest sense, but he was something of a more risible stereotype figure certainly than Idris Elba’s incarnation. Rob mentions the POV shot at the beginning of the film, and there’s more on this idea here: www.premiumbeat.com/blog/power-point-view-pov-shots. This short response to a trailer from the film focuses on a particular moment of comparison between the two films: www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/jungle-book-2016-new-trailer-recreates-scene-where-kaa-tries-eat-mowgli-a6936251.html. When I was looking for content on the idea of individuality, I came across this video (not at all relevant to the film, but I can’t resist a TED video…): www.ted.com/talks/margot_amoyual_individuality_an_identical_twin_perspective. Finally, in another link that’s not entirely relevant...we mentioned the idea of transgression on screen, in talking about Mowgli and Shere Khan; this is a list of transgressive movies (see? I told you it wasn’t relevant…): whatculture.com/film/10-transgressive-movies-that-went-beyond-the-boundaries. Find Us On Podchaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-prestige-417454 Follow Us - https://www.twitter.com/prestigepodcast Follow Sam - https://www.twitter.com/life_academic Follow Rob - https://www.twitter.com/kaijufm Find Our Complete Archive on Kaiju.FM - https://www.kaiju.fm/the-prestige/
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The first film in our final mini-season of Season 4 (we’re getting old!) is the 1967 Disney animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. Our discussion ranges from animation styles to PAW PATROL, and anthropomorphism to racial stereotyping; overall, though, we spend the most time thinking about how much this film is about the familial, paternal relationships in evidence here. Next Time It’s déjà vu! Next time we look at Jon Favreau’s 2016 version of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Recent Media THE MANDALORIAN (2019–): Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers DA 5 BLOODS (2020): Spike Lee, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors ENOLA HOLMES (2020): Harry Bradbeer, Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown Recommendations ROBIN HOOD (1973): Wolfgang Reithermann, Brian Bedford, Phil Harris ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951): Clyde Geronomi, Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn THE VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960): Wolf Rilla, George Sanders, Barbara Shelley ROAD TRIP (2000): Todd Phillips, Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott Footnotes Firstly, as this mini-season is all about adaptations of Disney animations, this article is a good place to start: ohmy.disney.com/insider/2016/01/05/10-disney-movie-moments-that-changed-animation. And this take on technology and animation is interesting, too: memeburn.com/2013/06/how-technology-has-changed-animation-a-brief-history. (Then I got into a Google Hole [which is definitely what it’s called] finding out more about animation: 3d-ace.com/press-room/articles/twelve-animation-styles-you-should-know-about, www.bloopanimation.com/types-of-animation, blog.threadless.com/disneys-art-style-through-the-decades.) For the rest of this week’s Footnotes, I just want to list things to read about facial representation and literature and India, starting with this article: litreactor.com/columns/are-the-jungle-books-racist-or-not-and-why-you-should-read-them-either-way For balance, here’s the opposing view (although, to be honest, lots of this seems pretty far-fetched): sites.williams.edu/f18-engl117-01/uncategorized/i-wanna-be-like-you-racial-coding-in-disneys-the-jungle-book/#:~:text=Especially%20in%20The%20Jungle%20Book%2C%20animals%20depict%20different,forest%20in%20search%20of%20Mowgli%2C%20the%20man%20cub.) Anne McClintock’s book on imperialism is great: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imperial_Leather.html?id=OurtAAAAMAAJ, as is Kumkum Sangari’s: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Politics_of_the_Possible.html?id=t5eX8VRhSgEC&redir_esc=y. Benedict Anderson is still worth reading: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imagined_Communities.html?id=4mmoZFtCpuoC&redir_esc=y; and there’s always the father (pun intended) of all ideas about postcolonialism, Edward Said: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Orientalism.html?id=66sIHa2VTmoC. Finally, though I haven’t read it, this looks good: books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=kOzFBQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT22&dq=postcolonial+cinema&ots=fUVkBx_Wxd&sig=qvdoebSS9nQpoL8LTTPE2eqlDxE&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=postcolonial%20cinema&f=false Find Us On Podchaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-prestige-417454 Follow Us - https://www.twitter.com/prestigepodcast Follow Sam - https://www.twitter.com/life_academic Follow Rob - https://www.twitter.com/kaijufm Find Our Complete Archive on Kaiju.FM - http://www.kaiju.fm/the-prestige/
The final film in our mini-season of heist film’s is Steve McQueen’s 2018 movie WIDOWS. After (ultimately, to be expected) differing reviews, we talk about ways in which this film deals with a number of different manifestations of loss — doing so even through the cinematography — and ultimately shows a certain amount of escape or relief in the endings of some of the characters. Next Time Our next mini-season will be looking at Disney animations and their recent live-action adaptations, and we begin with the 1967 classic THE JUNGLE BOOK (‘I wanna be like yoo-oo-oou…’). Recent Media MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003): Peter Weir, Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany GET DUKED! (2019): Ninian Doff, Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (2020): Walter Tevis, Scott Frank, Anya Taylor-Joy Recommendations 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013): Solomon Northrup, Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015): Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer GET OUT (2017): Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams S.W.A.T. (2003): Clark Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018): Drew Goddard, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo Footnotes This is a good place to start, for facts about the director of this film: www.britannica.com/biography/Steve-McQueen-British-director-screenwriter-and-artist. Rob talks about the 7 stages of grief, and this is a good primer: www.medicinenet.com/loss_grief_and_bereavement/article.htm#:~:text=The%20seven%20emotional%20stages%20of%20grief%20are%20usually,be%20emotional%2C%20physical%2C%20social%2C%20or%20religious%20in%20nature. We don’t dwell on the awfulness of the killing of Marcus much, but this is a powerful interactive tool on police killings in the US: interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html. Looking for articles about 'moving on’ in cinema, as all the women have to do, I came across this list (not quite relevant, but it was interesting enough to include!): www.pajiba.com/guides/15-movies-about-moving-and-moving-on.php. Finally, here’s a link to our episode about a film which — as Sam discussed — shares a number of similarities with WIDOWS: www.kaiju.fm/prestige/3-17-21-grams-change-and-grief. Find Us On Podchaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-prestige-417454 Follow Us - https://www.twitter.com/prestigepodcast Follow Sam - https://www.twitter.com/life_academic Follow Rob - https://www.twitter.com/kaijufm Find Our Complete Archive on Kaiju.FM - https://www.kaiju.fm/the-prestige/
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