Author: James Ruzicka

Episode 23: Popcorn Counter: Colonialism

Okay, no-one’s really sure how this happened, but bear with us. Somehow, somehow, in a logical, progressive fashion, we set out to discuss the legacy of colonialism and in the end managed to segue from an examination of Victorian museum design to the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Yes, yes, it could have happened to […]

Episode 22: RRRiotous Fun with Gunga Din

This episode we’re PUNCHING TIGERS IN THE FACE with the incredible Indian breakout hit RRR.  And if that’s not overpowering enough, we’re also watching 1939 adventure movie classic Gunga Din.  Join us for a measured discussion of colonialism, nationalism, cinematic idioms, and LITERALLY THROWING A MOTORCYCLE OVERARM AS A WEAPON WHILE EVERYTHING ELSE ON SCREEN […]

Episode 19: Hammer Time

Ancient gods meet the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this episode, as Thor: Love and Thunder clashes with 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts. Join us for epic tales of the Quest for the Three S’s: swords, sandals and semi-naked men.  But it turns out there’s more than just escapism on screen, as the two films also […]

Episode 17: Elvis the Baz Singer

We’re All Shook Up this episode by the frenetic gyrations of Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic Elvis, another example of style trumping substance. But it’s hardly the first Hollywood film about white people making money out of black music – that might be The Jazz Singer, famously the first talkie (except it isn’t…) from 1927. Has […]

Gojira (1954)

I was sent to review Gojira when it was rereleased in the UK in 2005, by film site I’m looking forward to seeing it again for the pod next week, but in the meantime I thought I’d dig out my old review, below: …. ‘What you see is not a movie. It is utterly […]

The Two Reel Cinema Blog

So the Two Reel Cinema Club is a podcast. Every episode we watch two movies, a brand new one and an old one that visits some of the same territory, and then we try to connect the dots. There may also be some random chatter in between the dots. In fact sometimes we wander far […]