If you’ve listened to this month’s episode, then you’ve heard the big news: this is, sadly, our last episode with Sophie. And if you haven’t listened to it, then spoiler alert.
Sophie joined the show back in September 2015 when Paul took his leave, and she brought a whole new energy – and hemisphere – to the show. It’s sad to see her go, but you can be confident it won’t be the last we hear from her. For sure, follow her on Twitter to learn what she gets up to in the future. Whatever it is, it’s undoubtedly going to be great.
But it’s not all goodbyes, and we have a show to do. This month Hyphenates welcomes guest Britt Hayes (also someone you should follow on Twitter) whose writing we’ve long admired. She brings her film journalist expertise to this month’s reviews, which include Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama Dunkirk, Sofia Coppola’s civil war era remake The Beguiled, the Planet of the Apes prequel-sequel War For the Planet of the Apes, and the Marvel Studio’s new iteration of the Spider-man character, Spider-man: Homecoming.
Then, Britt takes us through the films and career of her favourite filmmaker, American indie writer-director Wes Anderson! If you’re a fan of Anderson’s films, you’ll want to listen. If you’re not a fan, Britt’s articulate passion may well convert you.
And once you’ve listened to the show, we’ll grab a couple of burgers and hit the cemetery.
- As referenced by Sophie, here’s Jane Campion talking to The Guardian about being done with the movies.
- Britt’s ingenious article about how to locate Harry Styles in Dunkirk can be read here.
- A summary of the controversy surrounding the lack of African American characters in The Beguiled can be read at the Washington Post.
- And you can read Sofia Coppola’s response to the criticisms in a piece she penned for Indiewire.
- Lee wrote about the complicated chronology of the Planet of the Apes films and the concept of the Splintered Sequel for Birth. Movies. Death.
- Speaking of Christopher Nolan and Matt Reeves, here’s Reeves talking about Nolan’s take on Batman ahead of his own upcoming Batman film.
- You can watch Wes Anderson’s 1994 short film Bottle Rocket, the precursor to the 1996 feature of the same name, on YouTube here.
- The Reddit about “real life” Wes Anderson locations mentioned by Britt can be seen here.
- “Someone’s gonna re-edit The Shining as a Wes Anderson film and I’m gonna have to murder everyone.” When Britt said this, we couldn’t resist doing a search to see if anyone had actually done this already, and you’ll never guess what.
- If you want to read up on the concept of the Uncanny as described by Sigmund Freud, you can find a English translation in pdf form here.
- Britt’s article about her love of The Royal Tenenbaums and the meaning of lies can be read here.
- You can check out the interview Britt conducted with XX director Karyn Kusama here.
- Ten years ago, Jason Schwartzman was in Australia on a promotional tour of Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Lee co-interviewed him for The Bazura Project’s Christmas Special, and you can watch that interview here.
- If you want to see some of Wes Anderson’s distinct commercials, you can watch Castello Cavalcanti (featuring Jason Schwartzman as a race car driver in Italy), Come Together (featuring Adrien Brody as a train conductor), and a broad selection of other TVCs via this list on Mental Floss. You can see his elaborate American Express ad here:
Outro music: String Quartet in F major (second movement) composed by Maurice Ravel, from The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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