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Dakota Arsenault and Sammy Feilchenfeld decide to revisit Sydney Lumet’s landmark debut film, 1957’s 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda.  There are no photos with those IDs or post 80718 does not have any attached images! The idea for this episode stems from Dakota and Sammy who requested a list of their favourite movies for a friend. Dakota mentioned 12 Angry Men as one of his favourite films and called it a drama/thriller, which Sammy had initially rebuked.  Upon a rewatch, the guys realized just how prescient the subject matter is, especially in the current political climate where xenophobia and racism, especially in privileged white male culture pervades thinking.  For a “bottle episode” film that takes place entirely in one location the film is remarkable in building tension and fleshing out an ensemble of characters who all get their time to shine. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 64: A Revisit of 12 Angry Men appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this Episode Dakota Arsenault and Sammy Feilchenfeld recap and review the 90th Academy Awards that were handed out on Sunday March 4th, with the Best Picture being awarded to The Shape of Water. Some thoughts discussed include: Dunkirk became the 17th film to win both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing Netflix won it’s first full length feature award when Icarus was awarded Best Doc Jordan Peele is the first black person to win Best Original Screenplay for Get Out Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar after 13 previous nominations for Best Cinematography The Jet Ski gag was probably the best bit of the night Among many other topics! If you have any thoughts on the Oscars let Dakota know what you think! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 61: 2018 Oscars Recap appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this week’s episode Sierra Nutkevitch joins Dakota Arsenault and they talk about the latest DC film Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. In the second part of the episode the two discuss their favourite films directed by women and the importance of female fronted movies.  Sierra wrote an excellent review of the Wonder Woman film that is worth reading before listening to the pod. Sierra recommends a few great Wonder Woman stories fans of the movie should check out. Anything by Gail Simone who is probably the most influential female comic book writer ever having also penned stories for Birds of Prey and Batgirl. New 52 was a series that Brain Azzarello contributed to, which is a new take on the origin story.  For fans of Batman check out WW’s crossover with him in The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones. JLA: A League of One where WW fights a dragon by Christopher Moeller! Superman: Sacrifice an arc that features WW also written by Greg Rucka.  Let us know what you thought of Wonder Woman and what your favourite female directed films are @liveinlimbo, @dgapa and @FictionalizedMe. The post 45: Wonder Woman and an Appreciation of Female Directors appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
After all the craziness of the Oscars Dakota Arsenault and Mehek Seyid needed to talk about what transpired.  – La La Land was accidentally named Best Picture because of an envelope mixup – Jimmy Kimmel making fun of non-white names isn’t cool – John Legend performed both La La Land songs – Mahershala Ali was the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar – Damien Chazelle is the youngest Best Director winner ever – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won the first Oscar for a Potter-verse film – All five directors of the Best Foreign Language Film signed a note deriding Trump’s Travel Ban  Based on the guesses Dakota, Rachel Gordon and Mehek made during the two part predictions episode Dakota ended up with 16 right, Rachel with 9 and Mehek with 14.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 41: Post Oscars Recap 2017 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This is the last Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about The Favourite and Roma. I categorize all nominations as either Frontrunner’s (FR) meaning they most likely to be the winners, Dark Horse (DH) candidates could pull off an upset if momentum swings their way, and Just Happy (JH) to be nominated as they stand no real chance this year. There can be multiples front-runners to each category. The Favourite has 10 nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Director (JH) Best Actress – Olivia Coleman (DH) Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz (JH) Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone (JH) Best Cinematography (FR) Best Film Editing (FR) Best Original Screenplay (FR) Best Production Design (FR) Best Costume Design (FR) *Editor’s note, The Favourite is not nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing The Favourite looks to snag about 4-5 wins for sure and could be in the running for 1 or 2 others. Roma has 10 nominations: Best Picture (FR) Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (FR) Best Actress – Yalitza Aparicio (JH) Best Supporting Actress – Marina de Tavira (JH) Best Foreign Language Film (FR) Best Original Screenplay (DH) Best Cinematography (FR) Best Production Design (JH) Best Sound Editing (JH) Best Sound Mixing (JH) If you missed last week’s episode breaking down the odds for A Star is Born, Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody, listen to the show HERE. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 75: Roma’s Favourite appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This is the third Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode once again as he talks about The Revenant and Spotlight. Unfortunately due to my illness last week I was unable to talk about Brooklyn and Room, but you should still totally check those films out because they are great.  This is the last Oscar Primer Podcast, but you can check out my first and second ones to refresh your memory on who is likely to win.  These are the nominees for The Revenant. – Best Picture  – Best Actor- Leonardo DiCaprio  – Best Supporting Actor- Tom Hardy  – Best Directing- Alejandro González Iñárritu  – Best Cinematography- Emmanuel Lubezki  – Best Film Editing- Stephen Mirrione  – Best Costume Design- Jacqueline West  – Best Makeup and Hairstyling- Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert A. Pandini  – Best Sound Mixing- Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek  – Best Sound Editing- Martín Hernández and Lon Bender  – Best Visual Effects- Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer  – Best Production Design- Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy  These are the nominees for Spotlight. – Best Picture  – Best Supporting Actor- Mark Ruffalo  – Best Supporting Actress- Rachel McAdams  – Best Directing- Tom McCarthy  – Best Original Screenplay- Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy  – Best Film Editing- Tom McArdle Make sure you check out the latest written Oscar Primer where Dakota discusses Ex Machina, Trumbo and Creed. These primers come out every Monday with next week’s being the last of the season! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 17: Spotlight on Bear Attacks appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
While it is March, the guys finally get around to discussing their ten favourite films of last year. Mehek Seyid who is just as passionate about movies as Dakota and Andreas joins them. Andreas moderates this episode as he had already made a post back in December talking about his twenty favourite films of last year. Also if you missed it, Andreas did a post about the twenty best performances too! Andreas’ Top 10 films of 2015 10. Ex Machina 9. Love and Mercy 8. Room 7. Mad Max: Fury Road 6. Carol 5. Inside Out 4. Son of Saul 3. The Revenant 2. Spotlight 1. Anomalisa Dakota’s Top 10 10. Creed 9. Mustang 8. Carol 7. Brooklyn 6. A War 5. Inside Out 4. Spotlight 3. What We Do in the Shadows 2. Ex Machina 1. The Big Short Mehek Seyid’s Top 10 10. Jurassic World/Star Wars: The Force Awakens 9. Dope 8. Room 7. The Martian 6. Mustang 5. Angry Indian Goddesses 4. Ex Machina 3. The Lobster 2. Sicario 1. Spotlight Make sure you check out Mehek’s personal blog What the Mehek and follow her on Twitter @WhatTheMehek Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show@ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 21: Top 10 Films of 2015 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
In this episode Dakota and Andreas review the new Marvel movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and then rank all 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films from worst to best. The discussions touch upon casting, scripts, direction, themes and execution.  Here is the list of films ranked in order of when they came out (you will have to listen to the show to find out where they placed!) Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel’s The Avengers Iron Man 3 Thor: The Dark World Captain America: The Winter Solider Guardians of the Galaxy Avengers: Age of Ultron Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom: • Subscribe via iTunes • Subscribe via RSS The post 4: Marvel appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this episode the guys start talk about the forth edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. The years are 1968-1977 (the 40th-49th Oscar winners). Our photographer Katrina Lat joins us to talk about her favourite movies. – Down With Love – Singin’ In The Rain – Big Fish Here are the bottom five pictures in our rankings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Andreas’ second next to each film. 10. Oliver! 6/10 5/10 9. Rocky 6.5/10 6/10 8. Patton 7.5/10 8/10 7. The French Connection 8/10 9/10 6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest 8.3/10 8/10 Music from this week’s episode comes from Silas Fiction an indie pop duo from Indiana. We had premiered their song Bad Company back in July. Their newest album Pairs, which comes out on September 27th with a pay what you can formula from Bandcamp where all the proceeds are going to the fantastic organization Teach for America. You can also find the album on Spotify, Tidal and iTunes and where every else you get your music from. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 28: From Wings to Birdman 1968-1977 Part 1 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this second episode of this year’s breakdown of the Best Picture nominated films Dakota Arsenault talks about Hidden Figures and La La Land. On last week’s episode of Contra Zoom he discussed Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival.  These are the nominations for Hidden Figures Best Picture  Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer Best Adapted Screenplay- Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi These are the nominations for La La Land Best Picture  Best Actor- Ryan Gosling Best Actress- Emma Stone Best Director- Damien Chazelle Best Original Screenplay- Damien Chazelle Best Cinematography- Linus Sandgren Best Film Editing- Tom Cross Best Production Design- David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Best Costume Design- Mary Zophres Best Original Score- Justin Hurwitz Best Original Song: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”- Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Best Original Song: “City of Stars”- Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Best Sound Mixing- Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steven Morrow Best Sound Editing- Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Florence Foster Jenkins, Kubo and the Two Strings and The Lobster. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 36: La La Figures appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This is the third year in a row that Live in Limbo has attended the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and the second year that Contra Zoom has done a pod and interviews on the great weekend. Here you can listen to last year’s episode, which features interviews with David S Goyer and Mara Brock Akil. Links: This is Part Two of our TSC coverage at Contra Zoom. On Part One there were interviews with Glen Mazzara and Stephen Falk. Make sure you read the recap of the weekend, Day 1 done by Andreas Babiolakis and Day 2 done by our special guest Nathaniel Roizen. Andreas got the chance to interview two of the amazing speakers in this episode. – Emily Andras is the creator of Wynonna Earp, a producer and writer for both Lost Girl and Killjoys. – Moira Walley-Beckett was an Executive Producer and writer for Breaking Bad and Creator of Flesh and Bone. Follow Dakota @Dgapa, Andreas @AndreasBabs and Nathaniel@RathanielNoizen and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS     The post 25: TORONTO SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE WITH Emily Andras and Moira Walley-Beckett appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
Dakota Arsenault is proud to announce that Rachel Gordon will join Contra Zoom as the permanent co-host along with her new role as Associate Film Editor! – You can check out Andreas Babiolakis’ Top 25 Films of 2016 and Top 25 Performances of 2016. – You can find the top grossing films of 2016 HERE.  – Dakota’s thoughts on trends: Great child acting this year (Sing Street, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, etc), DC movies suck but Marvel movies are still great, obsession with Letterboxd (Dakota’s profile), Jeff Nichols dominates 2016 with Midnight Special and Loving.  Rachel’s thoughts on trends: Hidden Fences mistakes at The Golden Globes, adult superhero films (Deadpool, Logan), Netflix series are better than movies. – Read Dakota’s review of Patriots Day if you want a good laugh. – Movie watching goals for 2017: Dakota wants to watch more female directed films and Rachel is starting a personal film journal. – Old movies that Dakota watched for the time and loved included The Killing, The Asphalt Jungle and Frankenstein while Rachel loved The Long Good Friday. – Most disappointing films of 2016 for Dakota it was Triple 9 and American Pastoral for Rachel it was The Bad Batch. – Movies we are excited for in 2017 (click for trailers) Dakota: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver (no trailer or teaser) Rachel: Get Out, Wonder Woman, Logan, The Dark Tower (no trailer or teaser) Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter and Rachel on Instagram.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 34: Best Moments of 2016 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
Just in time for your last minute Oscar pool’s Dakota Arsenault and Rachel Gordon host the second annual Contra Zoom Oscar Extravaganza! Your hosts are joined by film buff and Capsule co-host Mehek Seyid. Here are the final predictions for Part 1 of the two part special.  Best Live Action Short Film Dakota- Enemies Within (not on pod) Best Documentary Short Film Dakota- Joe’s Violin Best Animated Short Film Dakota- Blind Vaysha (not on pod) Rachel- Pearl Best Sound Mixing Dakota-La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Sound Editing Dakota- La La Land Rachel- Hacksaw Ridge Mehek- Hacksaw Ridge Best Original Score Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Original Song Dakota- “City of Stars”- La La Land Rachel- “City of Stars”- La La Land Mehek- “City of Stars”- La La Land Best Makeup and Hairstyling Dakota- Suicide Squad Rachel- Suicide Squad Mehek- Suicide Squad Best Editing Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Costume Design Dakota- Jackie Rachel- Jackie Mehek-La La Land Best Production Design Dakota- La La Land Rachel- Hail, Ceasar! Mehek- La La Land Best Visual Effects Dakota-The Jungle Book Rachel- Doctor Strange Mehek- Doctor Strange Best Cinematography Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Stay tuned to part two coming on Thursday with the rest of the predictions. Special thanks to Mehek Seyid for joining Rachel and Dakota on this episode. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 39: Oscar Predictions 2017 Part 1 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
I know, it is more than a full week since the 91st Oscar’s aired, in which Green Book somehow won Best Picture over the far more deserving Roma, but Dakota and Sammy talk about the winners, the losers and how the show went.  Also joining the episode was Stephanie Prior and Scott Murdoch, who recorded their immediate reactions to the ceremony. It was a lot of fun having them both on, and with Scott’s past as a sound engineer, this won’t be the last time you hear from him on Contra Zoom! Dakota decided to throw out all five Best Actor nominees, and instead create his own list. Ethan Hawke for First Reformed Lakeith Stanfield for Sorry to Bother You John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman Joaquin Phoenix from You Were Never Really Here Tomasz Kot from Cold War While I watched it after I recorded, I would also throw Robert Redford from The Old Man & the Gun in the mix too. Rolling Stone named the Best, Worst and WTF Moments from the Oscars.  Vogue listed the 15 best-dressed attendees at this year’s Oscars.  If you missed it you can see that Dakota predicted 16 correct categories on the last episode, while Sammy only got 8 right. You can revisit that episode HERE.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 77: 2019 Post Oscars Analysis podcast appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
The Academy Awards are changing the way their ceremony will be run in three drastic ways over the next two years. Dakota goes over the pros and cons for each of these changes. First- The date of the ceremony will be changed from the end of February to the beginning of February starting in 2020. What this means for when nominations are announced to what other awards shows will do is still up in the air, but this impact will be felt across the industry. Second- The show will be capped at a hard three hours, meaning that some things will need to be cut out with the Academy already announcing that some categories (at the moment unnamed) will be handed out during commercial breaks and will be shown in a montage at the end of ceremony. Other changes to ensure the time length have not been announced yet. Third- There will a Best Popular Film award handed out next to the Best Picture award. As far as the rules surrounding what makes a film “popular” have not been announced but the fall out from this will be felt as it will change the landscape of what the award means, what types of films will be nominated and how it will affect smaller films. For further reading check out Vulture “The Oscars Made Some Dumb Decisions Today” and Forbes “New Category For Popular Movies Will Help Disney Rule The Oscars”. You can also check out Box Office Mojo and their list of highest grossing films of the year so far to see some potential nominees. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 68: New Oscar Rules appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
I’m often asking for movie recommendations both from fellow movie buffs and from people who want to expand their knowledge about cinema. After having a friend ask for a list of important films to watch I decided to put together a curriculum of great films that every budding cinephile should watch. This list is a starting off point for people who want to have a base understanding of cinema’s greatest achievements. All the films follow linear story lines and have one or two specific components that highlight their greatness. I also picked all English language films, not because English films are better or anything but specifically because this guide is intended for native English speakers that might find subtitles daunting when they are getting into film. The plan is to make this a progressively more intense curriculum, with Film History 102 delving more into complex films, thematically, language wise and what they might excel at. This is part 2 of a 2 part series featuring 25 total films. The movies in this episode are from 1977-2016. If you missed part 1, listen HERE. For a full slideshow of the films and what makes them important click HERE. Annie Hall (1977) directed by Woody Allan Amadeus (1984) directed by Milos Forman Before Sunrise (1995) directed by Richard Linklater Fargo (1996) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen The Truman Show (1998) directed by Peter Weir The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella Gosford Park (2001) directed by Robert Altman The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) directed by Wes Anderson Lost In Translation (2003) directed by Sofia Coppola The Departed (2006) directed by Martin Scorsese The Social Network (2010) directed by David Fincher Moonlight (2016) directed by Barry Jenkins Music from this episode is from Callahan. We premiered his video for Milk and Honey recently on Live in Limbo. Be sure to check out and buy his music from Bandcamp. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.   The post 66: Intro to Film 101: Part 2 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
In the latest edition of make/remake Dakota Arsenault and Stephanie Prior talk about George Orwell’s novel 1984 and two different cinematic adaptations of it.  In 1949, George Orwell published his landmark novel detailing what the future might look like if we allow our civil liberties to be eroded and for extreme ideologies to take hold so strongly that the very fabric of society would crumble. It only took eight years for the first film adaptation of the book to be made directed by Michael Anderson and staring Edmond O’Brien as Winston Smith. The 1984 version of 1984 directed by Michael Radford and staring John Hurt as Winston, portrays communism just as dangerous as right wing authoritarianism. Dakota and Steph discuss what similarities both films employ to tell the same story along with what differences the filmmakers decided to diverge from each other. Both contexts are looking at the pros and cons of the director’s choices. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 63: Make/Remake 1984 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this last episode of this year’s breakdown of the Best Picture nominated films Dakota Arsenault talks about Manchester By the Sea and Lion. On last week’s episode of Contra Zoom he discussed Hell or High Water, Fences and Moonlight.  These are the nominations for Manchester By the Sea Best Picture  Best Actor- Casey Affleck Best Supporting Actor- Lucas Hedges Best Supporting Actress- Michelle Williams Best Director- Kenneth Lonergan Best Original Screenplay- Kenneth Lonergan These are the nominations for Lion Best Picture  Best Supporting Actor- Dev Patel Best Supporting Actress- Nicole Kidman Best Adapted Screenplay- Luke Davies Best Cinematography- Greig Fraser Best Original Score- Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Jackie, Loving, Doctor Strange and Zootopia. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 38: Manchester by the Lion appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This is the first Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge. These are the nominations for Arrival – Best Picture  – Best Director Denis Villeneuve  – Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Heisserer  – Best Cinematography Bradford Young  – Best Film Editing Joe Walker  – Best Production Design Patrice Vermette  Paul Hotte  – Best Sound Mixing Bernard Gariépy Strobl  Claude La Haye  – Best Sound Editing Sylvain Bellemare  These are the nominations for Hacksaw Ridge – Best Picture  – Best Actor  Andrew Garfield  – Best Director Mel Gibson  – Best Film Editing John Gilbert  – Best Sound Mixing Kevin O’Connell  Andy Wright  Robert Mackenzie  Peter Grace  – Best Sound Editing Robert Mackenzie  Andy Wright Make sure you check out the first written Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over some first thoughts on the nominations for this year. These Primers will be posted once a week.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 35: The Arrival of Hacksaw Ridge appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This week Dakota is joined by Rachel Gordon to talk about the passing of TIFF founder Bill Marshall, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 on January 1st, 2017.  Dakota and Rachel share some great quotes and stories that emerged in a fantastic obituary from TIFF, which include stories from the people who knew him best.  TIFF while a massive film festival also celebrates Canadian film like no other including every ten years naming the best Canadian made films of all time.  The People’s Choice Award has also gone to 5 eventual Best Picture Winners and an additional 9 nominees showing that Toronto is the first spot in awards contention. Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter and Rachel on Instagram.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 32: In Memory of Bill Marshall and Praise of TIFF appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
This is the third year in a row that Live in Limbo has attended the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and the second year that Contra Zoom has done a pod and interviews on the great weekend. Here you can listen to last year’s episode, which features interviews with David S Goyer and Mara Brock Akil.  Make sure you read the recap of the weekend, Day 1 done by Andreas Babiolakis and Day 2 done by our special guest Nathaniel Roizen.  Andreas got the chance to interview two of the amazing speakers in this episode.  – Glen Mazzara was the show runner of The Walking Dead for several seasons starting with season 2; he also is the show runner and creator of Damien.  – Stephen Falk is the creator of You’re the Worst and also wrote for Weeds and produces Orange is the New Black  Follow Dakota @Dgapa, Andreas @AndreasBabs and Nathaniel @RathanielNoizen and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS The post 24: Toronto Screenwriting Conference with Glen Mazzara and Stephen Falk appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped a few weeks ago and Mehek Seyid makes a return to Contra Zoom where she talks about the 28 (!) films she saw at this year festival.  The films that won top honours were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, which won the People’s Choice award, with I, Tonya and Call Me By Your Name being named as runner ups. The top Canadian film was Les Affamés. We also talk about the ethics of having the audience vote on People’s Choice and why it might be a bit of a flawed system.  Here are the 28 films Mehek saw and I linked all the films that had trailers released so far.  Stronger I, Tonya  Mary Shelley  Killing of a Sacred Deer  Mom and Dad  Roman J. Israel, Esq.  What Will People Say  Lady Bird  Euphoria  Downsizing  The Mountain Between Us  Darkest Hour  Ava Oh, Lucy!  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  Kings  Mudbound Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sheikh Jackson Woman Walks Ahead  On Chisel Beach  The Current War  The Shape of Water  I Love You, Daddy  Papillon  Unicorn Store  Three Christ’s  Disobedience Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. The post 49: TIFF 2017 Wrap Up appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this week’s episode Dakota Arsenault is joined by Zach Sokol, host of Radio Camp Half Blood a Percy Jackson read-a long podcast. The two talk about director Alfred Hitchcock one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. They talk about his legacy on cinema history and their favourite works by him. If you were to recommend a Hitchcock film to introduce someone to his work the guys have a few options. Zach rec’s The Birds or Psycho while Dakota suggests Rear Window.  While breaking down Hitchcock’s films into tiers they try to make a Mount Rushmore of his work. They agree on Psycho and Vertigo while Dakota suggests Rebecca and Rear Window to round it out contrasting with Zach wants Strangers on a Train and The Lady Vanishes. Zach informs Dakota that a sequel to The Birds exists called The Birds II: Land’s End (“directed” by Alan Smithee like Zach assumed it was). Surprisingly Tippi Hedren, also in this sequel but not as the same character.  You can watch the original Psycho trailer where Hitchcock gives the audience a tour of the Bates Motel HERE. In a fun game of over rated/under rated the named some other picks. Dakota- Over rated: Notorious and The Birds Under rated: The Wrong Man and I Confess! (honourable mention Rebecca) Zach- Over rated: Rebecca Under rated: Rope Check out Zach’s podcast Radio Camp Half Blood: A Percy Jackson Read-A-Long Podcast. You can also follow Zach on Twitter @suda41.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. The post 67: Contra Zoom Presents… Hitchcock appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
After more than a year off from continuing the Best Picture Ranking series, it is back with a vengeance! Stephanie Prior steps in to join Dakota to review the Best Picture winners from the 1978-1987 Oscars (the 50th-59th winners). The series also got a much overdue name changing dropping the Birdman for the most recent winner Moonlight. If you missed the last time the series was discussed click HERE. Site photographer Cole Leuthel joins us to talk about his three favourite movies. Do The Right Thing Apocalypse Now 12 Angry Men Here are the bottom five pictures in our ratings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Stephanie’s second next to each film. 10. Terms of Endearment 6/10 5.5/10 9. Gandhi 6.3/10 6.5/10 8. Out of Africa 6.8/10 7/10 7. Chariots of Fire 6.5/10 6/10 6. Platoon 7/10 7/10 Tune into the next episode where Dakota and Stephanie count down the top five Best Pictures from the decade. Music from this week’s episode comes from Brooklyn Doran, a Toronto based singer songwriter. Brooklyn challenged herself to perform 100 concerts in 2017 and she completed that task just in the knick of time! Her debut full length album These Paper Wings made our top 50 albums of 2016 list last year and expect big things from her next year! Follow Brooklyn on Twitter @brooklyndoran and on Facebook. If you have seen any of these films let Dakota know what you think! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.   The post 53: From Wings to Moonlight 1978-1987 Part 1 appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
On this special episode, Dakota Arsenault is joined by Sammy Feilchenfeld as they discuss the greatest aspect of Canada- our filmmakers!  From talking about their favourite Canadian produced films like Incendies, Men With Brooms, C.R.A.Z.Y. and many more to just plain talking about their favourite Canadian directors like Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Marc Vallée, David Cronenberg and Deepa Mehta.  Let us know what you favourite Canadian films and filmmakers are @liveinlimbo and @dgapa.  The post 46: Canadian Filmmakers appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
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Podcast Details

Started
Apr 21st, 2015
Latest Episode
Mar 21st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
78
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No

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