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Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson is a verge Film Critic, former senior editor at The A.V. Club and The Dissolve, general pop-culture writer, podcaster. She co-hosts The Next Picture Show Podcast and freelancer at NPR and other sites.
Recent episodes featuring Tasha Robinson
#200: Family Matters, Pt. 2 - Parasite
The Next Picture Show
Bong Joon-ho’s new PARASITE feels weirdly similar to his 2006 film THE HOST, even though there’s no monster in sight — unless you count entitlement, inequality, and greed as monsters, which given how they shape PARASITE’s story, maybe you should. But it also features the return of Song Kang-ho as a father figure, albeit a more capable and traditional one, and a story shaped by Bong’s obsessions with family bonds and duty. In this half of our Bong pairing, we look at all the other things these two films share, from their thematic and visual fixation on high and low spaces, to how they utilize humor ranging from the slapstick to the ultra-dark. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about THE HOST, PARASITE, or anything else in the world of film, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730. Show NotesWorks Cited:• “Bong Joon-ho on Weaving His Personal Memories Into Parasite,” by Karen Han (polygon.com)Your Next Picture Show: • Scott: Pedro Almodóvar’s PAIN & GLORY• Keith: Craig Brewer’s DOLEMITE IS MY NAME• Tasha: Nick Tomnay’s THE PERFECT HOST• Genevieve: Dexter Fletcher’s ROCKETMANOutro Music: Ray Charles, “Them That Got” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#198: Watching Watchmen
The Next Picture Show
Inspired by our recent pairing of THE DARK KNIGHT and JOKER, we’re diverging from our usual format this week to look at a new TV show that stems from the same era of comic-book history as those films: HBO’s new Damon Lindelof-helmed “remix” of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal superhero deconstruction WATCHMEN. In this one-off episode, we dive into the series to discuss the promise it holds, as well as its potential to run screaming off the rails, based on the first two episodes that have aired so far. Plus, we dip into the deep well of JOKER feedback we’ve already received to discuss how the film and its reception represents the “festival effect” in action.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about WATCHMEN, or anything else in the world of film (or television, or comics), by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#196: The Man Who Laughs, Pt. 1 - The Dark Knight
The Next Picture Show
The narrative and tone of Todd Phillips’ latest is heavily inspired by TAXI DRIVER and KING OF COMEDY, but given the attention paid to the work of Martin Scorsese on this podcast of late, we decided to look at Phillips’ new JOKER in tandem with a more literal cinematic predecessor: Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT, featuring Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar-winning performance as the Clown Prince of Crime himself. In this half we consider Ledger’s Joker in the context of a film that took a radically different approach to the comic-book movie and its villains, debate some confounding plot specifics—and whether they ultimately matter that much to one’s enjoyment of the film—and try to remember what it was like experiencing DARK KNIGHT independent of the subsequnt superhero movie deluge it helped spawn. Plus, we respond to some feedback on our recent episodes looking at CASINO and HUSTLERS.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about THE DARK KNIGHT, JOKER, or anything else film-related, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Outro music: Hans Zimmer, “Why So Serious?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#195: Vice Principles, Pt. 2 - Hustlers
The Next Picture Show
Lorene Scafaria portrays the criminal scam at the heart of HUSTLERS with a sort of cinematic brio that has earned the film comparisons to the work of Martin Scorsese, in particular the similarly flashy Vegas epic CASINO — and not just because both prominently feature chinchilla fur coats. In this half of our vice-ridden pairing, we talk over what works and what doesn’t about HUSTLERS before diving into the two films’ shared preoccupations with destructive trust and capitalist systems and compare the filmmaking flourishes Scafaria and Scorsese use to draw viewers into their seductive worlds. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about CASINO, HUSTLERS, or anything else in the world of film, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Show NotesWorks Cited:• “The Hustlers at Scores,” by Jessica Pressler (thecut.com)Your Next Picture Show: • Tasha: Takashi Miike’s FIRST LOVE• Scott: Jim Jarmusch’s THE DEAD DON’T DIE• Genevieve: Anthony and Joe Russo’s AVENGERS: ENDGAMEOutro music: Britney Spears, “Gimme More” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#194: Vice Principles, Pt. 1 - Casino
The Next Picture Show
The big question at the heart of Lorene Scafaria’s new HUSTLERS — one about the corrupting force of American capitalism and who is allowed to rip off whom — is the same one that drive’s Martin Scorsese’s 1995 Vegas gangster epic CASINO, a question both films address with no small amount of verve and flash. In this half of our vice-ridden pairing, we dig into CASINO’s reputation as a GOODFELLAS retread and how its characters conform, or don’t, to our expectations about Scorsese characters. Plus, a couple of otherwise unrelated feedback letters get us talking about the expectations we bring to films and how they can shift the viewing experience.Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about CASINO, HUSTLERS, or anything else film-related, by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.Outro music: Devo, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Location
Chicago, IL, USA
Episode Count
239
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
1 week, 2 days