Episode 61 – Random Reflections

A re-direct from last episode on the value of comedy is followed by talk of Baby Driver and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Also, from cushy chairs at a high price to cushy chairs that shake, are you tired of “luxury” theatre gimmicks yet? Bring back Smell-O-Vision!

Episode 60 – Fighting Words

After a … passionate (Chad was raging.) battle over Fist Fight that leads into a larger discussion about film criticism and philosophy, Brad and Chad talk Wonder Woman, Lovers, and It Comes at Night.

Episode 59 – Mel Gibson

From the brand new Cinematic Tangent production studio (a laptop and a mic), Chad and Brad talk the complete filmography of writer/director Mel Gibson: Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, and Hacksaw Ridge.

Episode 58 – Let’s Do This, 2017!

Yeah, The Cinematic Tangent is late to the party – so what?

Chad and Brad have a detailed, spoiler-ridden discussion of The Circle, The Lost City of Z, and Alien: Covenant. Also, hear Brad talk about Rock Dog!

Episode 57 – 2016: The Top 10

After a long hiatus, The Cinematic Tangent returns to talk some of the noteworthy films of 2016.

Episode 56 – ‘Live By Night’, ‘Silence’, and ‘A Monster Calls’

It’s 2017, and the year already sucks. Because Donald Trump is President.

After a lengthy apology for The Cinematic Tangent’s unreleased blogs and lost episodes, Brad and Chad start the year fresh by discussing a couple of films sure to earn Oscar buzz – A Monster Calls and Silence. And one that won’t – Live By Night.

Day 5: ‘Christmas Vacation’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

Christmas Vacation is a holiday tradition for me, and for that reason I am in no position to judge the film. There are certain movies we all associate with memories, and so they transcend quality and stand outside of criticism and comparative analysis. Regardless of what arguments we hear or better films we see, some movies will always have a special place in our hearts.

For me, Christmas Vacation is one of those films. I have watched it all my life, and I associate it with Christmas – and so, it always works. Nothing can change that.

This year I decided to be a little more critical as I watched it, if only for the purpose of this blog post. I can be honest and admit there are some flaws; in an alternate universe where quality matters, Christmas Vacation wouldn’t mesh well with the part of me who demands something well-crafted and coherent. That said, it’s still a genuinely funny movie, one that makes me laugh despite having seen it dozens of times. Continue reading Day 5: ‘Christmas Vacation’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies