TGB Episode 98: Recruiting Using Cinema (Guest: Film Crit Hulk)

February 23, 2012

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On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by special guest Film Crit HULK (@filmcritHULK) to go through their latest Picks of the Week, the newest DVD & Blu-Ray releases, talk over new trailers for Stephen Elliot's Cherry and Darren Bousman's new musical The Devil's Carnival, and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on propaganda and recruitment agendas of films, in connection with the SEAL movie Act of Valor. The guys go over war films and other examples that truly represent how film is a very powerful medium and how it is often misused to showcase an agenda.

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Previous Episode: Taking The Reigns (Guest: Darren Lynn Bousman)

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Picks of the Week:

Jeremy: Grave Encounters
Hulk: Towelhead / Taxi zum Klo / ¡Three Amigos!
Tim: Bullhead + Soundtrack

DVD/Blu-Rays Released:

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Tower Heist
Anatomy of a Murder (Criterion)

Episode Timeline:

Pick of the Week: 6:21
New Releases: 20:19
Trailer Watch: Cherry: 32:40
Trailer Watch: The Devil's Carnival: 37:20
Topic of the Night: Propaganda in Film: 44:46

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Thank you!!    This is a great topic.

Matt in NJ on Feb 23, 2012


I didn't listen to the podcast so I don't know if you guys actually say it, but I don't think making a movie about real-life soldiers is mis-using film for an "agenda". Showcasing what troops do for us every day to a wide audience is using film in an educational way. 

Chazmonster on Feb 23, 2012


That wasn't necessarily the point we tried to make. We concentrated more so on the power that films have (not necessarily war films either). I'd recommend a listen! 

timbuel on Feb 23, 2012


Just finished listening, great discussion. Thanks for clarifying and keep up the good work. Love the website!

Chazmonster on Feb 23, 2012


Very true, especially with video games.

Dolivares03 on Feb 23, 2012


Hip-Hip Hooray Its Golden Briefcase Day! Great Show!!!

DAVIDPD on Feb 23, 2012


No thanks...I'm sure it's nothing but a libtard rant against anything that makes the US not look like Nazis

Geoffrey Shauger on Feb 24, 2012


It would be who of you to investigate things before making ignorant statements like that. We talk about no such thing and it actually was a great discussion on the power of films and the messages that they can convey to viewers. I hope you listen and hopefully adjust your thoughts. =)

timbuel on Feb 24, 2012


 why are you dumb?

Stopbeingdumb on Mar 1, 2012


A great example of the problems with subtle "propaganda" and the dangers of not being self-aware in Video Games:

Alex B on Feb 24, 2012


You meant they just figured out that a film about SEALS with RL SEALS as main players is a propaganda film??? All I can say is thank God Cruise did not stick his squirrelly little frame in it and ruin it as he did Valkyrie

DustyOR on Feb 24, 2012


Loved this episode. Especially you guys thinking outside the box and questioning what propaganda films are. Question: what's the difference (if any) between propaganda and cliché in the case of Romantic Comedies? Very interesting discussion about videogames as propaganda and of course I'm the biggest Inglourious Basterds fan. I'm also a Repo! (and Jeremy) fan 🙂 Hulk was a knowledgable guest, I hope you have the guys from the auteurcast back soon, it's the only other podcast I listen to (discovered them thanks to you of course). I guess what I'm saying is: Thanks for existing 😀

Davide Coppola on Feb 25, 2012


You all get major points for managing to review Martha Marcy May Marlene without giving anything away.  I watched it later that evening for the first time in large part because of the things you'd said about it.  (It was awesome, particularly the ending.)

la.donna.pietra on Feb 26, 2012


Repo is thoroughly entertaining, but pretty much completely unintentionally.

Liam Jameson Enright on Feb 27, 2012


I think every work is, intentionally or unintentionally, a self-portrait, a piece of the author that was shaped and shifted into a story, a movie, a painting. People have beliefs so anything that they put so much of themselves in will, inevitably, have beliefs. Ideas. A point of view. The question is: Do these works affect the way we think, or do they reflect the way we think? Someone who watches romantic comedies, do they get their misconceptions from the rom-coms, or do they watch rom-coms because they don't know much about relationships?

M Miles on Feb 27, 2012


hulk had me at "smash."  he's so dreamy...

Albright on Mar 1, 2012

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