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48. The Vast of Night (2019)

Released Monday, 10th August 2020
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Will & Jes return to discuss the indie breakout hit, THE VAST OF NIGHT, in which two ambitious small-town go-getters find themselves on the increasingly mysterious and disturbing trail of a signal that invades the airwaves on the night of the biggest high school basketball game of the year. What makes this film so incredibly and unexpectedly compelling?
Topics include:
  • how the film's treatment of UFO lore excels despite it being a much-used subject
  • the film's expert use of suspense
  • how the cinematography -- sometimes unconventional but always deft -- enhances the story
  • how the script meticulously builds character to make the ending (and every crazy story beat) feel compelling and breathlessly realistic
  • the ambiguity of the finale
  • how the aliens of CONTACT (1997) compare to whoever or whatever is behind the mysterious signal in THE VAST OF NIGHT
  • how Jes will get his teenage children to watch the movie
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