The Super 70 Podcast
The Super 70 Podcast
Dylan Davis
The Super 70 Podcast is a commentary you play along with the film for scene by scene analysis, or you can just listen in your car. Dylan Davis is the author of "FLYNN!", Dating Virginia, Buffalo Seine, and Threshold. He is a reader, listener, and appreciator of culture. Find him at www.thatdylandavis.com and on Twitter @thatdylandavis #super70podcast
34.8 You Did NAZI This Episode Coming
My son took a course in Fascist Cinema in college. I was aware of his workload since that was an area of my study in grad school. Join us as we talked about the fucked-up values of National Socialist films and why their beauty makes them so dangerous. Be prepared for an opening statement with a lot of requests and qualifiers. Works Cited: Hoffman, Hilmar. The Triumph of Propaganda. Providence Press. Berghahn. 1996. Hull, David. Film in the Third Riech. University of California Press. Berkeley. 1969. Frieden Ed. Et al., Gender and German Cinema. Berg, 1993. Rentschler, Eric. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife. 1996. Rentschler, Eric. German Film and Literature: Adaptation and Transformations. 1986. Chapoutot, Johann. The Law of Blood: Thinking and Acting as a Nazi. Belknap Press. 2018.
Jan 28
1 hr 8 min
34.7 King Kahn And Bollywood In 2023
One year ago, I saw a trailer on YouTube, showed it to my son, and he said hell yes! Let’s see Pathaan! We were blown away by this action powerhouse with Hindustan’s most famous actor Shah Ruh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Since then we’ve seen a handful of Bollywood films, all from 2023, and we were greatly impressed with what we saw.
Jan 21
1 hr 9 min
34.6 2023 Year In Review
Dave and I go over the biggest releases in 2023 and hit our letterbxd to see what worked, what didn’t, and why we keep going back to the theatre. We also discuss the most important topics of the day, such as watching Fincher’s The Killer with no sound, the merits of Friedkin, and who’s Letterbxd is more impressive.
Jan 13
2 hr 58 min
34.5 Godzilla And Trauma
Takeshi Yamazaki shook the American movie market last month when Godzilla Minus One became the highest earning Japanese film in history. The lizard has always been popular but placed against the backdrop of the tragedy of the Second World War and entwined with the lives of survivors Noriko and Koichi, Godzilla Minus One captures the heart as well as the eyes. Luke and I sit down and discuss the edge of your seat drama, the eye-popping special effects, and the metaphor of it all.
Dec 29, 2023
56 min
34.4 The Holdovers Holiday Special Part Deux
My good friend Dave Anderson went to go see the Holdovers on my recommendation and he listened to my last podcast episode with great envy. Jealous that he could not participate, he texted me, begged me, pleaded with me, to come back into the Hacienda to discuss what must be the first Christmas Classic in 20 years, and what may be the last one in a very long time.
Dec 23, 2023
24 min
34.3 The Holdovers Holiday Special
Alexander Payne had not made a single film that I like until I went to see The Holdovers for Tightwad Tuesday. Masked by the period piece setting, the story is more about how broken people find peace than it’s outward image as a Christmas film. Teaming up with Paul Giamatti and using David Hemingson’s first script for the big screen, Payne avoids the rom-com holiday fare by pitting the veteran Giamatti’s cantankerous private school professor against first time actor Dominc Sessa, an actor literally from the drama class at the school used as a set. Balancing the two is Da’Vine Joy Randolf, an inspired casting decision who turns in a revelatory performance. Join my son Luke and I as we discuss this surprising holiday hit that has a chance to become a drama to come back to every December.
Dec 9, 2023
44 min
34.2 Ridley And Napoleon
34.2 Ridley And Napoleon by Dylan Davis
Dec 3, 2023
1 hr 58 min
34.1 Freakin' Friedkin!
After wrapping up the Sorcerer commentary, Dave and I sat around, consumed mass quantities, and as much as we tried to focus on Hurricane Billy Friedkin and his work, we quickly descended into how we consume cinema, soundtracks, and Friedkin’s fellow auteurs. We go all over the place but you can follow along. You can find me on Threads, Letterbxd, and www.thatdylandavis.com.
Nov 16, 2023
1 hr 49 min
34 Sorcerer (1977)
Hot off the success of the ninth highest grossing movie of all time, William Friedkin abandoned a film about the Bermuda Triangle to focus on a re-interpretation of the George Arnaud novel “The Wages of Fear.” Every possible thing went wrong during every stage of production. Stars dropped out. The budget ballooned. Friedkin fired needed personnel. The shoot stretched past 90 days. Largely ignored in the wake of the release of Star Wars a month earlier, Sorcerer has in the decades since been re-appraised as one of Friedkin’s best films. Ostensibly about four criminals in hiding delivering unstable dynamite to an oil well on fire, Friedkin uses the parable to convey how the different nations of the world have to join together to get the job done... or die in the process. Join me and Dave Anderson as we break down the rhyme and reason of the film that derailed “Hurricane Billy’s” career. Works Cited Friedkin, WIlliam. The Freidkin Connection: A Memoir. Harper 2013 Segaloff, Nat Hurricane Billy. William Morrow 1990
Oct 15, 2023
2 hr 6 min
33.2 The Specialist, Hannah Arendt And The Banality Of Evil
I sent my friend Dave Kinnaman Hanna Arendt’s famous book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Study in the Banality of Evil. Dave became so engrossed in Arendt’s history of the Holocaust and her philosophy of murder that I then sent him an Israeli documentary of the Eichmann’s trial called The Specialist by director Eyal Sivan. Using original footage of the trial, Sivan reconstructs Arendt’s arguments of why the trial was a failure though it still rendered justice, and through her work she constructed a theory of how the Shoah occurred. Join Dave and I as we sift through the darkest part of the 20th Century using Sivan’s sly masterpiece of truth and Arendt’s arresting idea that the worst mass murderers use droll paperwork instead of bullets. Works Cited Hanna Arendt Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil The Origins of Totalitarianism On Revolution The Human Condition On Violence Films The Specialist (1999) Eyal Sivan Eichmann (2009) Robert Young Operation Finale (2018) Christ Weitz The Eichmann Show (1961) Paul Andrew Williams Hanna Arendt (2012) Margarethe von Trotta The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) William A Graham The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (1997) Michael Prazan Operation Eichamann (1961) R. G. Springsteen The Devil Speaks (2022) Yariv Mozer Other Books The Desk Killers, by Dan Gretton On Killing, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by its Perpetrators and Bystanders, by Ernst Klee You can find me, my books, and my blog at www.thatdylandavis.com.
Sep 15, 2023
1 hr 39 min
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