Oh, It’s a Podcast presents…The Second Annual Podcademy Awards B-Sides: The Categories They Rejected. Brian and Noah are back from the 100th Episode festivities to school the Oscars on the awards they should be giving out.
by Brian Surber
Unfriended is an unusual type of horror film. It’s unusual because it’s a mainstream horror film, being given a wide release, which feels so very independent (and it is, being made for $1 million). It’s a specific premise that, on premise alone, doesn’t cater to conventions of its genre. It’s different. And in the midst of the supernatural ghosts/exorcism tenure of horror films that we are currently in, Unfriended feels like something that isn’t released in every theater. What that says about our current cinematic state is something I won’t get into but it is surprising. And it’s refreshing that this type of horror film exists and is playing nationwide. It also helps that Unfriended is pretty damn good.
by Brian Surber
The past few years have had at least one outstanding horror film: from 2009 on we’ve had The House of the Devil, Let Me In, You’re Next, The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead, and The Babadook. I am pleased to say that this year we may have found our new addition. It Follows, while possibly steeped in social context, is elevated by its technical skill. This is a film that doesn’t cause nightmares; this is film that is birthed from them. It is the old school kind of horror film that is bent on making you frightfully uneasy the whole way through. The tension in It Follows does not build, it lurks.
Oh, It’s a Podcast presents…Podcast News. This week, we discuss Key & Peele’s new feature, Emmy categorization, and the impending reality all Game of Thrones book readers face, plus much, much more.