TGB Breakdown Ep 3: Shane Carruth's Primer (Guest: Alan Cerny)

April 6, 2012

TGB Breakdown Ep 3: Shane Carruth's Primer

On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, Tim & Jeremy are again joined by Alan Cerny aka "Nordling" from AICN (just on TGB Episode 103) to go over an extremely spoiler-filled discussion on Shane Carruth's sci-fi time travel cult hit Primer, released in 2004. The main purpose of these Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more talk than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plot devices, theories and endings in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully to challenge listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.

Extra episodes of TGB Breakdown will be arriving about every month, and will appear here in addition to all of our regular weekly Golden Briefcase episodes. Beware - every episode of TGB Breakdown will contain MASSIVE SPOILERS for the film in discussion (this one is for Primer). You have been WARNED!

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The Movie:

Primer (2004) - Directed by Shane Carruth

Our Guest:

Alan Cerny: @NordlingAICN

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What it Is? What it Is? AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!!!

DAVIDPD on Apr 6, 2012


I'm mostly commenting because I don't want you guys to think nobody listened. I've only seen Primer once and liked it. I'm not a big fan of films that are open to interpretation unless I feel there's enough intelligence and effort behind it to make even your interpretations feel like part of the plan. I was thinking about buying it on DVD and your breakdown pushed me over the edge to do it.

Snev De la Fontaine on Apr 7, 2012


It's been a while since I've seen Primer...I remember thinking it was OK but that it was a huge mistake casting the director as one of the characters.

Geoffrey Shauger on Apr 7, 2012


This was a great discussion of a movie that made me feel like a real mental midget.  Thanks for taking the time to discuss it.  I would love to see you guys talk more about "real sci-fi" movies, as there aren't a whole lot of them.  Keep up the great work.

greedo on Apr 7, 2012


They were trying to make a new kind of new superconductor (which can cause levitation) on the cheap. They talk about some corporation spending big money and they're experimenting if they kind find a cheap short cut. They talk about the space program as an analogy, NASA's search for the zero G pen costing millions when the soviets just a pencil. (Which actually isn't true, but fun story.)

theig on Apr 9, 2012


A sequel is needed. 

RunningStills on Apr 9, 2012


Thank you so much for doing this. I blind bought this movie years ago at Circuit City and it's haunted me ever since. I've made friends watch it and nobody gets as excited as I was the first (and second and third and....) time I saw it. I love that scene where Aaron's looking through the binoculars and he sees the other Abe walk by. That's an incredible scene and it deserves to be a classic, right up there with "You're gonna need a bigger boat." It's nice to know there are other nerds out there who put this movie on a pedestal like I do (and like it deserves to be). And I was checking his IMDB page every month. At long last it's great to know Carruth is finally working on something else. Ok now excuse me. I have to go rewatch Primer again.

FrightTherapy on Apr 9, 2012

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