Monday, 29 May 2017

Footnote #1: Zodiac

A little extra treat for our devoted listeners.  A bonus 'mini' episode (by which I mean it's only 2hrs 40), featuring just Daniel and Jack talking about the 2007 David Fincher movie Zodiac.

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As usual, watch out for SPOILERS and TRIGGERS.

We may occasionally produce irregular 'footnote' episodes such as these. 

The so-called 'Zodiac' was a serial killer who haunted San Francisco and its environs in the late 60s and early 70s, and who was never caught or identified.  The movie is based on Robert Graysmith's best-selling book about the case, and purports to tell both Graysmith's own story and to (maybe) unmask the killer.  Listen to find out what Daniel thinks about these claims.

This episode is a compliment to a forthcoming episode of the They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! podcast (on which Daniel is also a co-host), which will also look at Zodiac, probably from a different standpoint.  Be sure to check that out, along with TMBDOS generally.

Zodiac, 2007, directed by David Fincher, written by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jnr., Mark Ruffalo, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, Chloe Sevigny, Brian Cox, and John Carroll Lynch.


Episode Notes:

Main Topic: Zodiac (2007). But first, a thirteen minute riff on superhero movies. Token. Is Jack the Zodiac? Aren't we all the Zodiac? Unsolved mysteries. "Curtain rods everybody." Not to interrupt. Jack projects. General thoughts of the film. Fincher as director. Quality pastiche. Empty. JFK versus Zodiac. "The look." The radian theory. Pattern-seeking behavior. Marrying Chloe Sevigny. No social turmoil. Daniel pours a beer. Misogynist Zodiac Killer. Daniel projects. DNA. The guilt of Arthur Leigh Allen. Lingering fascination with history. Ferrin and the painting party. Two previous victims. Avery's discovery of a possible Zodiac victim. Missing evidence. Evidence presented by the film. 1978 letter not real. ALA lived near the IHOP? Ferrin trying to get weed. Ferrin's humanity. Inaccuracies in the opening sequence. Verisimilitude. Fake docudrama. "Graysmithed." A Current Affair. Toschi the camera hog. Searching the trailer. Not a good guy. The Dick Cheney joke doesn't land. Graysmith is always wrong. An aside about Steven Knight. Paranoid Graysmith. Fleischer as Vaughn. Papering over mistakes. Gay porn. Alt-right and the serial killer. The trailer search. Why the fascination? Displaced interest in history. Prickle and salaciousness. Puzzles and connections. Storytelling as justice. The ciphers. Serious droopy. Escalation. Earlier victims? Paul Avery. Handwriting. Ambidextrous. Seven versus Zodiac. Figures of intense anxiety. Looking for a black guy. Johnnie Cochran reference. Daniel pours another beer. In the past. Pitiful. Pepe the Zodiac. Infodump education. Murderous retail. Police files. Siding with Graysmith. Wallace Penny/Penny Wallace. Reading Graysmith? Faces in the dark. Gay Ellroy. The ending. Graysmith the hero. The poster. Wrapping Up.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Episode Four: The Wolf of Wall Street & The Big Short

Wrong With Authority returns with the last episode in our first cycle, this time hosted by Kit.  It's a two-part episode this time, because... well... it's a long one.  But please stick with it, because it's a great show and we're all proud of it.  And we sweated blood over it.  Seriously, it's been a bastard, this one.  It's our Apocalypse Now.  A huge, bloated monster that has left a trail of nervous breakdowns in its path.

Downloads: PART 1 & PART 2

As ever, beware spoilers, and also beware triggers.  (Seriously, this one contains discussion of scenes of sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug use, racism, etc.)

Our movies this time are...

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Martin Scorsese's biopic of human garbage con-man Jordan Belfort, based on his two autobiographical book-type objects.  Written by Terence Winter.  Starring Leonardo "Sprout-Face" DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Joanna Lumley, and Kyle Chandler.


The Big Short (2015), the fictionalised movie version of Michael Lewis' book about how and why the financial crash of 2007-08 happened, and the gaggle of Wall Street guys who saw it coming, and heroically set about profiting from it.  Directed by Adam McKay, and written by McKay and Charles Randolph.  Starring Christian Bale, Steven Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marissa Tomei, Melissa Leo, and Brad Pitt.  And featuring celebrity cameos from Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, Selena Gomez and, er, Richard Thaler.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Episode Three: Shadow of the Vampire & Gods and Monsters

Wrong With Authority is back from the dead, hosted by James this time, with an episode looking at two movies about the creators of classic horror cinema.

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As ever, beware spoilers, and also one or two possible triggers.


Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is the fictionalised story of genius director F.W. Murnau, actor Max Schreck, and the making of classic silent horror Nosferatu, but with a twist...  

Directed by E. Elias Merhige, written by Stephen Katz, and starring John Malkovich, Willem Defoe, Caroline McCormack, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard, and Cary Elwes.  


Gods and Monsters (1998) is the fictionalised story of the last days in the life of James Whale, the director of classic Universal horror films, including Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.  

Directed and written by Bill Condon, based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram, and starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave and Lolita Davidovitch.  

Monday, 30 January 2017

Episode Two: A Beautiful Mind & The Imitation Game

This time, Wrong With Authority covers two movies about mathematicians!  'A Beautiful Mind' (Russell Crowe as John Nash) and 'The Imitation Game' (Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing).  High-octane excitement!  Sex!  War!  Espionage!  Madness!  Equations!  Inexplicable impromptu pen-giving ceremonies!

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This being Daniel's episode, effort has been put in, which means there are show notes:

Main Topic: A Beautiful Mind and The Imitation Game. Mathematics, male homosexuality, and mental illness. Three. Four Oscars. A Woody Allen digression. Synopsis. Content Warning. Spy movie. Boringly. Serious Oscar Bait. Drained of challenge. Not about John Nash. The Sixth Sense Thing. Twenty. Positive. "Shit's about to get real." A Dick recommendation. Cure with love. Fucks it up both ways. Not about math. Willpower and medication. A personal failing. A proper ubermensch. Medication and mathematics. Unaging little girl. Amorous. Visceral. Bird in a cage. Low tactics. Nicer. Transformed details. Illegitimate. Studio interference? Sincerity. Exactly two black people. Crowe's performance. Trousers and briefcases. Crowe versus Bale. Save the cat. Lesser mortals and charm. Mainstream audiences. Hogwarts. Attempting to explain the Nash equilibrium. Adam Smith was wrong. "Well, actually..." Nash's reaction to the film. Alicia Larde. The Phantom. If John Nash were black.... Anti-semitic? Preordained. An extended riff about pens. A Philip Glass Interlude. Moving on to The Imitation Game. Alright. Biopics kinda suck. The "Fuck Your Machine" bullshit. Epic fail. Ideologically opposed to fun. Writing ourselves into history. Midwesteners feel icky. Progressive and tolerant. Tumblr fodder. The inverse Nash equilibrium. Cumberbatch skeptic. Sheldon. Moments. Not neurodivergent. Gas masks and tissues. Barely closeted. 20% effort. Factual errors. William Goldman. Sidetracking onto Boogie Nights. Foundational WWII. A Ghost in the Machine. Secrecy. Not a traditional marriage. Implication of treachery. William Tutte. Swords into plowshares. "The lovely girls." Glorification. Burning of books. Cryptonomicon. German infallibility. Believing the hype. Jack has no thoughts. Big picture Cold War. Reaganesque machismo. "Nothing to eat but guns." Keystone Kops and intelligence operations. "It is now." Mornington Crescent. Double consciousness. Autism as alibi. Different people. Non-dualist, non-vitalist. Christopher. Capturing human intelligence in a machine. Indictment. Next week on the Alan Turing show. Nice but then. Commodities. Clever. Fake tits. Different people. Joan Clarke, physicist. Always more interesting. Forever World War II. Platonic and nontraditional friendships. The Easy Rider ending. Suicide? A damp squib. Reaching for a reference. As crazy as Stone. Snowglobes and superbrains. Why sanitized? Keeping Calm and Carrying On. Finally, Trump. Also, the USSR doesn't exist anymore. Old intelligence. The cold shoulder. Manpain. Churchill and moral ambiguity. Because fuck Isaac Newton. Wrapping Up

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Episode One: Murder by Decree & From Hell

The very first episode of a new podcast looking at movies about historical events, and how full of shit they are.

Your hosts are, in alphabetical order: Jack Graham (of Shabogan Graffiti), Daniel Harper (of Oi! Spaceman), James Murphy (of Pex Lives), and Kit Power (of Watching Robocop with Kit Power).  We do other stuff too.

This opening episode looks at the two movies telling the Masonic conspiracy version of the 'Jack the Ripper' murders, Murder by Decree (1979) and From Hell (2001).

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Obviously SPOILERS and TRIGGERS abound.  You'll enjoy our discussion more if you've seen both movies, and you won't enjoy it if you're distressed by talk of misogynistic murders.  Take care of yourselves.

If you like it, please tell everybody you've ever met. 

Also, you might like our unofficial pilot/s, the two-part podcast we did on the Oliver Stone movies JFK and Nixon, here and here.