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Adjust Your Tracking was produced through the facilities of the Northwest Film Center Newsroom and was a part of The Playlist Podcast Network. The show was hosted by Joe von Appen and Erik McClanahan, with production assistance from Drew Wallner.



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Jul 26, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik realize just why it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. That’s right, dear listeners. This. Is. The. End. AYT is closing up shop after more than 200 episodes. We start things off by explaining our absence on the podcast since March, and why we’re moving on. It’s mostly just time to try something new, and, in fact, Joe will be launching a brand new show soon (that Erik will help produce and edit). Look for an announcement on...
Topics: Midsommar, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Too Old To Die Young
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Mar 5, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik dig into  Gaspar Noe ‘s latest, “ Climax ,” so far one of the most exciting big screen experiences of 2019, with sequences of dance choreography so spellbinding, all set to a nonstop beat of killer ’90s dance tracks, that it’s almost a shame when the film, in classic Noe fashion, descends in to hell. Nonetheless, this just may be the perfect gateway film for anyone curious about this provocative filmmaker. In short, AYT...
Topics: Climax, Gaspar Noe
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Feb 15, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik dig into what proved to be a bruising, doomed double feature in “ Birds of Passage ” and “ Donnybrook ,” two films receiving small releases that totally belie the towering filmmaking and thematic weight on display in both. The theatrical reach may be small, but these films  feel  big. That’s where we find so much to appreciate and recommend, despite both films being a hard sell for audiences (both included on  our list of the...
Topics: Birds Of Passage, Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego, Donnybrook, Tim Sutton
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Feb 1, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik dig into two new horror movies that infuse the genre with humor and oddball, off-kilter twists and turns. Or, at least, they try. There’s the latest from “ Nightcrawler ” writer/director  Dan Gilroy , “ Velvet Buzzsaw ,” launching on  Netflix  today, the art world satire mixed with “ Final Destination ” like slasher cliches. And on the back half of the episode we dig into “ Piercing ,” the sophomore feature from ...
Topics: Christopher Abbott, Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mia Wasikowska, Nicolas Pesce, Piercing, Velvet...
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Jan 19, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik officially dig into the 2019 cinematic release calendar with a chat about “ Standoff At Sparrow Creek ,” a small but well-made one-location thriller that’s packed with a great bunch of character actors chewing up tough-guy dialogue and spitting it out with verve, but not too much overt stylization. The Playlist review out of TIFF  (where the film premiered as part of the popular  Midnight Madness  section of the fest) found the...
Topics: Dead-Bang, Don Johnson, Henry Dunham, HOLD UP, James Badge Dale, John Frankenheimer, The Standoff...
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Jan 9, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik discuss tough sells at the cinema and kick off the new year by cleaning up a few more titles from 2018. We wanted to make time for both “ Cold War ” and “ Destroyer ” as they make their way into more theaters in the coming weeks. Things kick off as we focus on “Cold War,” an uncompromisingly beautiful romance about two people who just can’t make things work, despite their obvious passion for each other. When the film...
Topics: Cold War, Destroyer, Karyn Kusama, Nicole Kidman, Pawel Pawlikowski
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Jan 2, 2019 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and Erik look back at another strong year for cinema and compile our lists for the best films of 2018. We go through them rather quickly, as we’ve discussed most these films on previous episodes already. We also find time to highlight some of our favorite and/or most memorable moments in movies near the end. In between, we discuss a new release in theaters that made both our lists:  Barry Jenkins ‘ “ If Beale Street Could Talk .” Needless...
Topics: Barry Jenkins, Best of 2018, Burning, If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here
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Dec 11, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik search for meaning in the thematic concerns of two surprisingly connected films from different times. We look at the new movie, “ Vox Lux ,” starring  Natalie Portman  and directed by actor turned serious auteur  Brady Corbet  (“ The Childhood Of A Leader ,”  discussed on AYT #135 ), and compare it to my HOLD UP of “ 25th Hour ” by  Spike Lee . Both films find a hypnotic manner of weaving 9/11 and other tragedies so...
Topics: 25th Hour, Brady Corbet, Natalie Portman, Spike Lee, Vox Lux
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Nov 28, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik once again find ourselves gushing over  Netflix  movies. My oh my, how things have changed this year! We can’t deny the pleasures of “ The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs ” (Playlist review  here ) which, even though it may be mid-tier  Coen Brothers  (mileage will vary for all of course), is still a lot of fun and another feather in the cap of Netflix’ recent, bold partnerships with great auteur filmmakers. Speaking of which, holy...
Topics: Alfonso Cuarón, Coen Brothers, Roma, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
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Nov 20, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik open things up with a brief look at the top movies in  last weekend’s box office , most of which we have no interest in even seeing, so we use it as a launching point to implore you, dear listener, to see our two films of interest this week, “ The Favourite ” and “ Shoplifters ,” both of which open in limited release this week and open wider (we hope) in the coming weeks. For us, these are two of the very best films to come out...
Topics: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters, The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
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Nov 15, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik focus entirely on  Steve McQueen ‘s new film “ Widows ,” an extremely rare thing at the cinema these days—a serious genre film made by and for adults—that we both highly recommend you seek out this weekend when it opens. This may just be the most impressive cast assembled for one film in recent memory, and everyone is doing top notch work. But we still find some faults in the film, somewhat overlapping with The Playlist’s...
Topics: Steve McQueen, Widows
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Nov 3, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Everything comes in threes on this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , but that may not always be a good thing. Joe and Erik start things off with some thoughts on the newly released Swedish fairy tale film “ Border ” (Playlist review  here ). “Border” will expand to more theaters in the next few weeks. As will our two main films of discussion, “ Burning ” and “ Suspiria .” 21st-century South Korean cinema has provided us with some landmark movies and several of the most...
Topics: Border, Burning, Lee Chang-dong, Luca Guadagnino, Suspiria
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Oct 26, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Everything old is new again on this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking . Joe and Erik cross generations of horror trends as we link  John Carpenter ‘s 1978 horror masterpiece, “ Halloween ,” starring  Jamie Lee Curtis , with 2018’s pretty solid if not slightly overhyped but also surprisingly empathetic and thematically ambitious “Halloween” directed by  David Gordon Green  and starring Jamie Lee Curtis. If you’re still paying attention (audiences certainly  were this past...
Topics: Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Halloween, Iko Uwais, John Carpenter, Netflix, The Night Comes...
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Oct 16, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik riff at the open and catch up on recent screenings old and new, finding common ground in a pair of  John Carpenter  classics, “ Halloween ” and “ The Thing .” We then briefly transition into some talk of “ First Man ” and realize we’ve neglected director  Damien Chazelle  on the podcast until now. Keeping in line with recent AYT concerns and talking points, eventually we land on a discussion of theatrical and streaming....
Topics: Apostle, Dan Stevens, Gareth Evans, The Guilty
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Oct 6, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik eschew the theatrical route for a discussion on two recent high profile  Netflix  releases. With the streaming service’s current release mode set to full-on tidal wave, it can be overwhelming just thinking about what to watch and even keeping up on what’s new and worth your time. Hopefully, we can be of service, as both items on this show’s talk sheet are worth your time. But we like one more than the other. Director  Jeremy...
Topics: Cary Joji Fukunaga, Hold The Dark, Jeremy Saulnier, Macon Blair, Maniac (TV), Netflix
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Sep 19, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik use the release of “ The Predator ,” the third direct sequel in the alien hunting humans for sport series, to dive into all four movies. (We ignore the “ Alien Vs. Predator ” movies because we just don’t care. Deal with it.) “The Predator” has mostly been beat up by critics (though The Playlist’s  review from TIFF was one of the more positive takes ) yet it took the top spot at the  box office this past weekend . If...
Topics: Predator, Predator 2, Predators, Shane Black, The Predator
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Sep 11, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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We can’t stress it enough, you really should go see this movie. On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik do what we love doing most on the podcast, gush our little movie nerd hearts out over a new film. We devote this whole episode to “ Mandy ,” an insanely enjoyable witches brew of pure genre exorcise mixed with arthouse moods and pretensions. It’s equal parts revenge narrative, love story, psychedelic drug movie and brooding dark fantasy with movie touchstones like “...
Topics: Beyond The Black Rainbow, Mandy, Nicolas Cage, Panos Cosmatos
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Sep 5, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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A challenging film is not inherently interesting or, you know, enjoyable. On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik dig deep into our beloved 1970s-era cinema, but we find out the hard way that not all auteurs of the era made one blazing masterpiece after another. We use this realization, and the episode that follows, as a way to check our own, often misplaced and highly curated nostalgia for the movies of that time. Of course, it was an exciting time, but lost works like “ The...
Topics: Arbelos, Dennis Hopper, Hal Ashby, Oscilloscope Laboratories, The American Dreamer, The Last Movie
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Aug 30, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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It’s a curious time to be a good movie. On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik dig into two smaller indie releases that use comedy for different purposes but still have some overlap in their settings amongst strip malls, cheap and depressingly cardboard-cutout-like housing, and the ever-shrinking middle class. We first dive into “ Support The Girls ,” the latest from director  Andrew Bujalski  (“ Results ,” “ Computer Chess “) that sees lead  Regina Hall...
Topics: Andrew Bujalski, Arizona, Support the Girls
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Aug 18, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Yet another reason why we need more feminine filmmaking voices… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik come of age (yet again) and put ourselves into a female perspective with indie releases ‘ Madeline’s Madeline ‘ and “ Skate Kitchen .” Those films are slowly rolling out to arthouse theaters this month and soon after on VOD. And you should really pay attention to them and watch! But the Summer movie season all but wrapped, blockbuster-wise, you say? So, now’s...
Topics: Madeline's Madeline, MoviePass, Skate Kitchen
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Aug 15, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Welcome back Spike? Shit, he never left… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik are excited to big up the one and only  Spike Lee , a filmmaker we don’t deserve but we obviously still need. His latest release, the thrilling/funny/messy/didactic “fo’ real shit” “ BlacKkKlansman ,” just opened last weekend to solid returns and audience responses. It’s being widely discussed in film circles, for good reason. ( Read our review from the  Cannes  premiere .) We...
Topics: Blackkklansman, Spike Lee, The Captain
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Aug 9, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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We love it when two movies from different eras speak to each other… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik compare and contrast the new indie “ Blindspotting ,” an Oakland-set gentrification melodrama in the vein of 90s era socially conscious crime dramas  like “ Boyz n the Hood ” and “ Menace II Society ” but also Spike Lee pictures, not least of which his 1989 masterpiece “ Do The Right Thing .” All those films, and even a few more that overlap with...
Topics: Blindspotting, Menace II Society
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Jul 17, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Everything in its right place… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik get back on mic for the first time since our  “ Hereditary ” episode  last month. But it’s for a damn good reason, as we dive into the truly oddball and singular world of  Boots Riley ‘s “ Sorry To Bother You .” The film, a bizarre satire with sci-fi/fantasy elements that skewers our modern existence with the force of a blunt strike to the head while also being incredibly silly (not a...
Topics: Boots Riley, Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry To Bother You, Tessa Thompson, The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer...
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Jun 12, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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We just can’t get enough of the all-consuming cinematic high that only comes from a really good horror film…On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik talk about horror cinema as a vessel for dealing with difficult subject matter, and how that can actually be entertaining. The new  A24  release “ Hereditary ” has already made waves, first as a  Sundance  sensation (read The Playlist’s glowing review from the fest  here ) and new entry into the often highly praised...
Topics: Ari Aster, Hereditary, The Stepfather, Toni Collete
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Jun 8, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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“B-movie” shouldn’t be a dirty word, and they deserve screens and your attention at the cinema… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik reunited after a monthlong absence—just not much worth discussing for us lately—and we dig into a topic that’s near and dear: lower-budgeted genre movies that actually get to screen at movie theaters. Believe it or not, movies like “ Upgrade ,” our main topic of discussion on this episode, we’re easier to find at the cinema...
Topics: Class Of 1999, HOLD UP, Joe von Appen, Upgrade
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May 3, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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We don’t entirely ignore “ Avengers: Infinity War ” here but we do our best to move on fast… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik try to deepen our perspective and see things from the female gaze. In doing so, we naturally find similarities in seemingly polar opposite films that we attempt to loosely connect under the umbrella of women in crisis movies. They are “ Revenge ,” a nasty piece of French genre cinema, released by  NEON , that excitingly updates and...
Topics: Charlize Theron, Coralie Fargeat, Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman, Revenge, Tully
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Apr 28, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Rule #1 if you’re choosing to tell a story: choose the appropriate medium, the one that tells your story the best… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik get lost and attempt to find ourselves in the cult of nonfiction filmmaking. We find rewards, new meaning in our lives, but that’s before things got dark. That’s right, it’s another documentary special episode of the podcast! We start this show off with a few brief thoughts on  William Friedkin ‘s “ The Devil...
Topics: Garry Shandling, HBO, NetFlix, The Devil And Father Amorth, The Director and the Jedi, The Zen...
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Apr 10, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Here lies another of our director-centric episodes… The incomparable  Lynne Ramsay . On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik gush about a longtime podcast favorite. Back in our early days, even before the podcast started, we bonded fast over Ramsay’s work, having a shared affection for this still underappreciated filmmaker. And so today we dive into all four of her features, with a heavy focus on her latest, the  Joaquin Phoenix -led arthouse thriller “ You Were Never...
Topics: Joaquin Phoenix, Lynne Ramsay, Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher, We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were...
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Apr 3, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Sometimes you just gotta call bullshit on a movie. Even — hell, especially — if you enjoy the film… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik wade into the murky land of modern film discourse. In the end, we may be messier, more haggard, but overall much better for it. We open on everyone’s favorite hot topic  MoviePass , and while we’re nothing if not suspicious about the app-based ticketing deal that’s been fast making waves and ruffling feathers in the industry,...
Topics: Isle Of Dogs, MoviePass, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson
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Mar 29, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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There was a time not long ago when movies like this weren’t just low budget “indie” efforts… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and I reflect on a bygone era of cinema when different kinds of movies could more easily land on the radar of the masses. For this discussion, we use new releases “ Unsane ” and “ Gemini ” as our launching point and are two main reviews at the top of the show. We wrap things up in the third act by revisiting “ Bad Influence ,” from...
Topics: Aaron Katz, Bad Influence, Gemini, HOLD UP, Steven Soderbergh, Unsane
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Mar 9, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Nihilism loves consequences, even if a movie does not… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik discuss “ Thoroughbreds ” and “ Flower ,” a pair of new smaller release films led by strong young female performances. Both films go to some deeply troubling, dark places but they each handle that always tricky edgy/comic balance differently. The Playlist has reviewed both of them at different 2017 festivals ( here  and  here ), but we get into depth as to why one is much...
Topics: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Flower, Focus Features, Loveless, The Orchard, Thoroughbreds
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Mar 7, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Finding connections from totally disparate films can be thrilling… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik put our knack for comparing different films to test as we discuss two new works coming to theaters in “ Foxtrot ” and “ The Death Of Stalin .” On the surface these films have nothing to do with each other. Dig even just a little below that, though, and they start to speak to each other. Either way, after last night’s  Oscar  ceremony, which we open on...
Topics: Foxtrot, The Death Of Stalin
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Feb 28, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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It’s thrilling to see a bold work of genre filmmaking succeed, but depressing to see an equally ambitious picture fail so miserably. On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik find plenty of interlocking themes in two films that refract and overlap, with the aim of giving us something fresh. One is far more successful than the other. “ Mute ” from  Duncan Jones  (“ Warcraft “) is the latest splashy release from  Netflix . Spoiler, it’s another big swing and a miss...
Topics: Alex Garland, Annihilation, Duncan Jones, Mute, NetFlix, Paramount
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Feb 21, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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All movies should be put in context, and reviewed as such… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Erik leap in to hyperbolic fray of admiration for the latest,  record-breaking   Marvel  movie “ Black Panther ” (see our fair, even handed B+ review  here ). We both find lots to admire and enjoy about the movie, but it’s still a Marvel product and suffers accordingly. Especially in its action heavy climax. And so, we discuss the film and its reaction around the globe —...
Topics: Black Panther, Brick, Michael B. Jordan, Rian Johnson, Ryan Coogler
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Feb 9, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Forget everything you just heard, and go back to sleep… On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and Eric get back on mic after a two-week break, and we run into the damn apocalypse of all things. Hate it when that happens. Mostly, though, we’re catching up on past titles (including, briefly, the year’s most ironically titled film in “ Happy End ,” from icy/austere genius  Michael Haneke … see it, but only if you’re a fan) and skipping over whatever forgettable new...
Topics: Black Mirror, Miracle Mile
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Jan 18, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik discuss two movies on different ends of the modern exploitation cinema spectrum: Mom and Dad + The Road Movie.
Topics: Mom and Dad, The Road Movie
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Jan 11, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik put the 2017 movie year to bed on this episode, in the first half discussing their respective top 10 favorite films and then shifting gracefully over to Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Phantom Thread.
Topics: Best of 2017, Phantom Thread
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Jan 3, 2018 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik are back on mic after the holiday break, and start the new year by catching up on more 2017 titles: World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden Of Other People's Thought, Bright and The Post.
Topics: Bright, The Post, World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts
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Dec 20, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik start off with brief thoughts on Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, then get into their main review for Guillermo Del Toro's latest The Shape Of Water.
Topics: Adam Driver, Benicio del Toro, Fox Searchlight, Guillermo del Toro, Michael Shannon, Rian Johnson,...
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Dec 12, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and Erik come of age (again) at the movies; we cut open our chests—”mother!” style—to reveal our still-beating, but wounded hearts as we praise the masterful new film “Call Me By You Name.” Don’t worry too much, though, we’ll be alright in the end, stronger for the experience of falling in and out of love, just like the lead characters in director Luca Guadagnino‘s (“A Bigger Splash,” “I Am Love“) latest, and in our opinion,...
Topics: Call Me By Your Name, I Tonya, Luca Guadagnino, Timothée Chalamet
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Dec 6, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik take a deep dive down rabbit hole of meta comedy, cult fandom, potentially insane people's artistic visions and so bad it's good cinema with a double feature chat on The Disaster Artist and Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.
Topics: James Franco, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Jim Carrey, The Disaster Artist, The Room, Tommy...
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Nov 21, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik talk about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and bring back the HOLD UP segment, where we discuss David O. Russell's 2004 comedy I Heart Huckabees.
Topics: David O. Russell, HOLD UP, I Heart Huckabees, Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing
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Nov 14, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Erik and Joe dive into a more free flowing, open chat on this episode regarding heroes in movies, and much more. But they do recommend and discuss some new releases in Jane, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Wheelman.
Topics: Brawl In Cell Block 99, Jane, wheelman
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Nov 7, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik discuss The Square and Lady Bird.
Topics: The Square, Lady Bird
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Oct 31, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik discuss Yorgos Lanthimos' latest surreally comic nightmare, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. They also discuss the horror genre and where it's at in 2017.
Topic: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
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Oct 18, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Of Your Tracking, Joe and Erik talk about the career of Noah Baumbach, a filmmaker we’ve mostly enjoyed through the years. The chat was inspired by his latest feature, the Netflix original “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected),” which we talk about in the first half of the show while also examining which films from the writer/director work and don’t work for us. He’s a vital voice in cinema, making adult comic pictures with real edge, but this latest may...
Topics: Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)
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Oct 11, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Of Your Tracking, Joe and Erik gush about two wildly different movies and find solace in simple pleasures, like enjoying weird movie days (Joe explains on the show), the genius of Roger Deakins, and remembering that even played out songs like Kool & The Gang‘s “Celebration” can sound amazing again with just the right amount of cinematic verve thrown over the track. Though Erik has already talked in depth on The Playlist Podcast about Denis Villeneuve’s...
Topics: Beyond Fest, Blade Runner 2049, Spielberg, The Florida Project
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Sep 27, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and Erik discuss the coming-of-age indie thriller "Super Dark Times" for our main review. In the back half we dig into some Laptop Cinema recommendations for films that are streaming.
Topics: Dark Night, Death Note, Hello Destroyer, Super Dark Times, The Bad Batch, The Karate Kid
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Sep 19, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik dig into the career thus far of one Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaker behind last weekend's Mother!, a fascinating film that's swiftly divided audiences and critics even after a less-than-stellar box office haul.
Topics: Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, HOLD UP, Mother
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Sep 12, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik discuss the massive success of It and also find plenty to gripe about the movie, even though audiences and most critics seem to be taken with this latest adaptation of Stephen King's seminal book. We also find time to catch up on Twin Peaks: The Return as well as some new Netflix titles—Nocturama in particular comes highly recommended.
Topics: Bojack Horseman, It, It (Stephen King), Message From The King, Nocturama, Twin Peaks
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Sep 7, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik reflect on the summer movie season that just ended, then use it as a gateway to champion two smaller, but bizarrely similar, indie releases in Good Time and Ingrid Goes West.
Topics: A24, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Safdie, Elizabeth Olsen, Good Time, Ingrid Goes West, Josh Safdie, Matt...
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Jul 20, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik reflect on the Summer movie season so far, catching up on some of the big and small films—Baby Driver & Okja most prominently—we've seen. Our main review comes in the second half of the show where we discuss director David Lowery's A Ghost Story.
Topics: Baby Driver, Okja, A Ghost Story
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Jun 21, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and I discuss two new films from exciting auteurs and find plenty of overlapping elements between them, beyond the fact that, yes,  Sofia Coppola  and  Ana Lily Amirpour  are women working behind the camera. The latter’s sophomore feature, “ The Bad Batch ,” is a film that’s gotten mixed responses since premiering at  Venice  last year (read our review  here ), but we find much to love about it. Before we get to that, though, we...
Topics: Ana Lily Amirpour, Sofia Coppola, The Bad Batch, The Beguiled
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Jun 7, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and I open the show with “ Wonder Woman ” and the film’s enormous success over the weekend. (Only I’ve seen it, though, and agree with  Rodrigo Perez’ review .) From there, it’s onto our larger topic, writer/director  Trey Edward Shults ‘ sophomore film (after AYT favorite “ Krisha ” from last year) “ It Comes At Night ,” which despite its misleading marketing (it’s not a monster movie, more a European-flavored...
Topics: A24, David Michôd, DC Films, It Comes At Night, NetFlix, Patty Jenkins, Trey Edward Shults, War...
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May 24, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and I open the show with brief appreciations for the return of both “ Master Of None ” and “ Twin Peaks .” After that, we discuss at length  Ridley Scott ‘s latest entry in his “ Alien ” prequel series, “ Alien: Covenant .” Even though the film  underwhelmed at the box office  and received mixed responses from critics, there’s a lot to dive into. Even though we don’t really spoil much at all, this episode is still probably...
Topics: Alien: Covenant, Aziz Ansari, David Lynch, Master Of None, Ridley Scott, Twin Peaks
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Apr 21, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I open with more talk of repertory cinema, in this case the recent 4K restoration of “ Donnie Darko ” currently playing in some arthouses around the country (and also getting a gorgeous new  blu-ray release from  Arrow Video ). From there, I recommend you see “ The Lost City Of Z ” in a theater, and soon (also check out Rodrigo’s great  interview with director  James Gray  on his new podcast ). The majority of this episode is...
Topics: Arrow Video, Ben Wheatley, David Lynch, David Lynch: The Art Life, Donnie Darko, Free Fire, The...
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Apr 7, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I start things off with more chatter about the state of going out to the movies, and how things are rapidly evolving in this streaming era. We then move on to our two main reviews: new  Netflix  speculative sci-fi drama “ The Discovery ” and  Neon ‘s new release in theaters, “ Colossal .” The back half of this episode features a grab bag of recommendations, starting with the latest from Romanian master  Christian Mungiu , “...
Topics: Colossal, Fargo Season 2, Five Came Back, Graduation, Other People, Stretch & Bobbito: Radio...
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Mar 29, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I start the show off with brief appreciations of various media on streaming services: two new  Netflix  releases of  Dave Chappelle  standup specials (“ Deep In The Heart Of Texas ” and “ The Age Of Spin “);  BET ‘s “ The New Edition Story ” and also  Alice Lowe ‘s directorial debut “ Prevenge ,” available on  Shudder . The main thrust of this episode is taken up by a deeper chat on “ T2 Trainspotting ,” where we...
Topics: Alice Lowe, Danny Boyle, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Dave...
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Mar 17, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode of  Adjust Your Tracking , Joe and I discuss the importance of going out to the movies and preserving the theatrical experience (especially as  streaming outlets are seemingly devaluing it ). Then it’s onto the main discussion of new genre mashup films “ Personal Shopper ” (the ghost story and mystery starring  Kristen Stewart  from director  Oliver Assayas ) and “ Raw ” (the cannibal coming-of-age horror), with the latter film already an early AYT favorite for...
Topics: Julia Ducournau, Kristen Stewart, Oliver Assayas, Personal Shopper
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Mar 16, 2017 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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After a much-needed breather from podcasting after a crazy last few months, Joe von Appen and I have gotten back on mic to continue with  Adjust Your Tracking . We talk about our absence and looking for meaning again in cinema. A few new titles out there come up, most notably  Jordan Peele ‘s wonderful box-office hit “ Get Out ,” and  Macon Blair ‘s  Sundance -winning, already-streaming-on- Netflix , and perfectly titled, “ I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore .” Also,...
Topics: Amazon Studios, Get Out, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Jordan Peele, Macon Blair,...
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Oct 27, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Adjust Your Tracking is back and, while we apologize for our absence from the mic the past month, we’ve returned at a great time for new cinematic releases! And so, we play catch up on this episode and focus entirely on new indie releases from various distributors of note in this realm, from  A24  to  Amazon Studios . The four films are: “ American Honey ,” “ Moonlight ,” “ Christine ” and “ The Handmaiden .” Andrea Arnold  is a favorite director around these parts, and...
Topics: A24, Amazon Studios, American Honey, Andrea Arnold, Antonio Campos, Barry Jenkins, Christine,...
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Sep 23, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Adjust Your Tracking  is back to talk about cult movies and the often tepid results from attempting to catch lightning in a bottle again. While the box-office and critical reception for “ Blair Witch ” was underwhelming, to say the least, we still find other aspects around the film and the franchise to dig into. All of which nicely ties into the latest edition of our special segment HOLD UP: “ Donnie Darko .” My co-host  Joe von Appen  and myself have often championed the work of...
Topics: Adam Wingard, Blair Witch, Donnie Darko, HOLD UP, Richard Kelly, Simon Barrett, Southland Tales,...
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Sep 16, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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After some recent episodes of AYT, in which me and my co-host Joe von Appen have bemoaned the rather weak state of movies for most this year (though all this recent festival coverage has us excited for the coming months of big releases), we’ve turned a corner and on this episode highlight two smaller releases well worth seeking out. Our main review is about “ Kicks ,” the debut from director  Justin Tipping  (a director we’ll certainly be following closely now) that’s a blast of...
Topics: Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Justin Tipping, Kicks
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Sep 12, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Adjust Your Tracking  is back and ready to put the nail in the coffin of 2016 summer movies. With that in mind, I’m joined as usual by co-host Joe von Appen to discuss two recent additions to the ever-growing subgenre of horror titles that specifically use Detroit as a setting: newly minted box office hit “ Don’t Breathe ” and already obscure VOD title “ Antibirth .” We also find potential parallels from the terrible recent events in that city to that of Hollywood’s recent...
Topics: Antibirth, Don't Breathe, Fede Alvarez
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Aug 21, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this latest episode of AYT, Joe and Erik look at some recent documentary releases that've gained some attention, but focus mostly on the excellent 7.5 hour ESPN doc OJ: Made in America. The last part of the show sees Joe's pick for Hold Up get discussed: Richard Linklater's oft-forgotten SubUrbia.
Topics: OJ: Made in America, Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World, Tickled, HOLD UP, SubUrbia
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Aug 10, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this episode, we take a huge hit of nostalgia off of new Netflix series Stranger Things. There's also time to talk briefly about Brady Corbet's austere, slightly unhinged directorial debut The Childhood of a Leader while Joe announces his next pick for HOLD UP: Richard Linklater's SubUrbia.
Topics: The Childhood of a Leader, Stranger Things
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Jul 11, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Have you been bored with most the movies this Summer? Does it feel like things are changing, but not necessarily towards making better movies? Well, AYT is back and we got your anxieties covered. We don't really have a traditional review on this episode. This show is what we like to call a state of the industry discussion.
Topics: Swiss Army Man, Ghostbusters, The Neon Demon, Alex Ross Perry
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Jun 27, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik open with a brief discussion of crazy South Korean genre mashup The Wailing, then it's on to a lengthy chat about The Neon Demon and director Nicolas Winding Refn's career to date.
Topics: The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn, The Wailing, Na Hong-jin
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Jun 12, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik dig deep into the career of filmmaker Brian De Palma, in honor of the new documentary out in theaters about his work, De Palma. We also add in a new edition of HOLD UP, looking to see how Carlito's Way looks with modern eyes.
Topics: Brian De Palma, De Palma, Carlito's Way, HOLD UP, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
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May 25, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this latest episode of AYT, Joe and Erik discuss the career of writer/director/actor Shane Black, especially focusing on his latest work The Nice Guys. Later in the show is a chat about Lethal Weapon 2 to see if it holds up.
Topics: The Nice Guys, Shane Black, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Lethal Weapon 2, HOLD UP
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May 17, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik are reunited for an episode recorded old-school, in the same room together. They talk about The Lobster and High-Rise.
Topics: HOLD UP, The Lobster, High-Rise, Ben Wheatley, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lethal Weapon 2
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May 2, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Joe and Erik remind listeners to seek out Green Room, talk about their disappointment with Keanu and finish with the latest edition of HOLD UP: Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
Topics: Keanu, Key & Peele, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Hold Up, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
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Apr 16, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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Adjust Your Tracking is back to talk about Jeremy Saulnier's latest film Green Room. The film is compared with another recent genre release, "Hardcore Henry" since they represent polar opposite extremes on the spectrum of modern exploitation cinema, and that's where the conversation is focused for most this episode. Erik also mentions his pick for the next HOLD UP segment: Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
Topics: Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier, Hardcore Henry, Hold Up, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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Apr 11, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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We start this episode with a followup on Midnight Special. The main section of the show is dedicated to Richard Linklater's latest film Everybody Wants Some!! We dive into a deeper discussion about the film's specific, mostly-white male perspective and what that means in an era of #OscarSoWhite movie culture. The final segment is our latest edition of HOLD UP, in which we discuss Mathieu Kassovitz' brilliant 1995 film La Haine.
Topics: Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater, La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hold Up
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Apr 1, 2016 Erik McClanahan & Joe von Appen
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On this latest episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe von Appen and Erik McClanahan can't help but open with some ranty feelings on Batman v Superman. It turns out to be good context for the meat of this episode, discussing the power of Jeff Nichols' latest film, "Midnight Special." Listen to the podcast to hear why we love it so.
Topics: Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols, Batman v Superman