TGB Episode 17: Twiharder (Guest: Journalist Charlotte Cook)

July 1, 2010

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On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by special guest Charlotte Cook from Film Junk and The Documentary Blog to discuss their Picks of the Week, new DVD & Blu-Ray releases, trailers for David Fincher's The Social Network, David Michod's Animal Kingdom & Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2, re-recommend John Carpenter's Vampires and much more. The main topic of the night was all things Twilight (in honor of the release of Eclipse) as the team talks about what makes this franchise so damn popular, with Charlotte providing the rebuttal to Tim & Jeremy's (negative) comments.

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Picks of the Week:

Jeremy: The White Ribbon
Tim: The Lost Room
Charlotte: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

Segment Times:

Picks of the Week: 2:46
Latest DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 13:36
Trailer Watch: The Social Network: 25:11
Trailer Watch: Animal Kingdom: 30:47
Trailer Watch: Paranormal Activity 2: 36:01
In Case You Missed It: Vampires: 45:20
Main Topic: Twilight: 48:25

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Loved the guest this week. She was really smart. I'm a guy and I didn't like the first two Twilight movies, but the backlash against them irritates me for all the reasons Charlotte said. It's a double standard. The standard of the movies compares with Transformers 1, yet many male movie geeks gave that a pass as fun escapism. Then they hate on Twilight. One thing I've noticed is that not only do male movie geeks hate Twilight, but they are actually uncomfortable talking about it. It is as if any admission of liking any element of the films is akin to coming out as gay. It was good to hear an intelligent conversation of the phenomenon that got past the quality of films themselves, because the phenomenon itself is interesting.

arjay on Jul 1, 2010


I've more to add. Charlotte said that it was unfair to compare Twilight to Star Wars or Star Trek because those things are actually good. This is an excellent point. So how about this comparison - Professional Wrestling. It's aimed squarely at boys, it's completely ridiculous, but it's also escapist fun for young males. It's escapist fun because it's violent and at heart most guys are just frustrated cavemen. What most Twilight haters don't understand is that Twilight is satisfying an equally primal need in girls. That doesn't mean the haters have to like it, but it's more helpful if they at least try and understand it.

arjay on Jul 1, 2010

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