Plague/Schmague: Episode 3 of Pop Art-Monty Python and the Holy Grail/The Seventh Seal

What better time to discuss two films that take place during a plague?

For Pop Art, I ask my guest to chose a film from pop culture and I will then chose a corresponding film from the more arty side of cinema.

For this episode, my guest Jay Cluitt chose the brilliant comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail and I, in turn, chose the great Ingmar Bergman’s art house hit The Seventh Seal. And in this episode we answer such questions as: Who is the best Monty Pythoner; which movie has the best insult scenes; how does an acting troupe survive in a plague; where have all the existentialists gone; and what is the connection between Bergman and Twister?

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And check out my first two episodes: Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Goldfinger/The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.


ANIMAL CRACKERS: Tusk and Bird People

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tusk-movie-wallpaper-20Okay, I’m just going to say it and get it out of the way because if I don’t, I won’t be able to concentrate and write the rest of the review.
Tusk, writer/director Kevin Smith’s new horror film, is a…wait for it…are you sitting down…you really should be sitting down for this…Tusk is a…little long in the tooth.
There, I said it.
Whew. I’m glad that’s over and done with. Now to the gist of the matter. Continue reading