This week sees a reprise of our infamous Divide & Conquer week, as we go it alone for six of the seven films showcased. Cal was forced to abandon Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines" due to illness, so Pete handles the Ryan Gosling vehicle himself, as well as dishing the dirt on Greek themed Brit film "Papadopoulos & Sons." After Cal highlights the dated politics in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," he has to stem a tirade of abuse for Paul Dano with some kind words about the actor's performance in "For Ellen," while Pete represents for world cinema with takedowns of the Olivier Assayas-directed "Something in the Air" and Polish drama "Closed Circuit." We finally unite for a discussion of Tom Cruise sci-fi flick "Oblivion," in which Andrea Riseborough is besmirched, Melissa Leo's southern drawl is mimicked, and The Huston Problem rears its ugly head. Why Olga? Why?!
Opening Segment: Discussing what constitutes an "acclaimed" film, the issue with Rotten Tomatoes, and the importance of critics [2:25 - 14:05]
Reviews of: â¢"The Place Beyond the Pines" â¢"Promised Land" â¢"Papadopoulos & Sons" â¢"For Ellen" â¢"Something in the Air" â¢"Closed Circuit"
[20:20 - 1:01:40]
Closing Segment: Our take on Joseph Kosinki's "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise, and discussing age-gap relationships on film [1:01:45 - 1:17:05]