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Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 079: Where's the Renaissance Fair?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 35:53


Minute Seventy-Nine: From Two Secret Agents to One Doubting Thomas Joining us to dig into the arrival of the Warriors Three and Sif – for the Renaissance Fair? – in the small town of Puente Antiguo are Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie from the podcast Thor: The Lightning and the Storm. In the seventy-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We meet Agents Cale and Garrett working covertly across from Smith Motors on the roof eavesdropping on Thor and the Scientists Three. We play the IMDb game with the actors playing these roles. There's also discussion about the extended bit with them in the deleted scene where they're talking about the eggs Thor makes. It's kinda funny. Loki sets the Destroyer loose to send to Midgard and destroy Thor. Did Loki have this in the back of his mind all this time? Seems like a brutal way to take out his brother. What pushed him to take this turn? How well does the Destroyer understand commands like this? Loki's commands seem awfully emotion-driven and very broad. Or is there a sense here that part of this is he's working to gain his mental connection to it like in the comics? The Warriors Three and Sif arrive in Puente Antiguo. There are some comedic beats here as this group arrives in town and walks through it looking for Thor while everyone gapes at them. Yes, they do look like they're here for a Renaissance Fair. But do their weapons and outfits need to look so artificial? Or is there something there that hints at their being from another Realm? We discuss the deleted scene which includes several additional bits. The first of which, which we all really like, is Volstagg lifting a car to get a baseball some kids threw. This scene would've added to his character in a wonderful way, giving us a sense of who he is. It also would've helped clarify that the Asgardians, in fact, do have superhuman strength when not broken by Odin's spell. That would've enhanced the fight with the Destroyer. The second part is the Warriors Three and Sif talking about the last time they were on Midgard 1,000 years ago. So that would've been 1011, 46 years after Odin's battle with the Jotuns in Norway. So how old are these characters exactly? And in relation to Thor and Loki? The last bit is Volstagg separating from the group because he smells something tasty. As it turns out, it's the Burger King product placement Agents Cale and Garrett are eating on the roof. It's a silly scene and again focuses on Volstagg's appetite. It's a bit much. But this is why the scene we do get of the four Asgardians marching up Main Street is actually a composite shot with Volstagg digitally added in walking ahead of his friends. And why the Agents on the roof don't give Volstagg a nickname when they call it in. The minute ends with Erik doubting Jane's research yet again. Sheesh. It's the Renaissance Fair! Oh, no, wait—it's us talking with Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie about the townies' reactions to the Asgardians in this minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men on Twitter Thor: The Lightning and the Storm podcast Elisabeth on Instagram Elisabeth on Panel on Panels podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 078: When Did Thor Learn to Make Breakfast?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 41:40


Minute Seventy-Eight: From Loki Watching the Bifrost to Thor Delivering Breakfast Joining us to discuss a busy minute with Loki, the Warriors Three & Sif, and Agent Coulson & his SHIELD agents, all while Thor and Jane make breakfast, are Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie from the podcast Thor: The Lightning and the Storm. In the seventy-eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... So the Warriors Three and Sif take the Bifrost to Midgard, and lo and behold! Loki's watching. But that begs the question – how long has Loki been standing on his balcony waiting to see Bifrost open up? Is Heimdall watching Loki watch the Bifrost? The Warriors Three and Sif arrive on Midgard It looks like the same spot where Thor arrived, so is this really the local Bifrost junction? Turns out SHIELD notices them arrive, and they now have handy computer modeling programs to show it. So do they know it's some form of wormhole travel happening here? Agent Coulson sure doesn't have many questions. He's raring to go out to the desert to investigate. With everyone else is so busy, Thor and Jane make breakfast. It's a very quiet moment – maybe the quietest in the film? – as Thor and Jane make breakfast for a hung over Erik and smiling Darcy. When did Thor learn to make breakfast? What do we think of the deleted scene where Thor delivers a new mug to Isabela to replace the one he broke? So many things are put into action in this minute – must be nearing act three – and Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie are here for it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men on Twitter Thor: The Lightning and the Storm podcast Elisabeth on Instagram Elisabeth on Panel on Panels podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 077: Who's More Grim, Hogun or Heimdall?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 33:22


Minute Seventy-Seven: From The Plan to The Bifrost Joining us to discuss Hogun's words, the decision the Warriors Three and Sif make, Heimdall's reaction, and the Observatory kicking into high gear are once again Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie from the podcast Thor: The Lightning and the Storm. In the seventy-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor… Was it meant to be a moment of comedy between Sif and Hogun the Grim? Or did Sif have a different plan than Hogun? Regardless, the moment plays in a comedic way. There's also the fact that Hogun speaks again. Is that why everyone turns to him suddenly when he speaks? Could it be that they're surprised to hear from the Vanir that he feels they need to lay their lives down for the Asgardian prince? We pine for the lack of facial hair on Hogun. And where is all of their fantastic headgear? We discuss Hogun from the comics a bit as well. And we point out that they cast the actor who played Genghis Khan in the film Mongol to play Hogun, which seems to fit his look in the comics. Fandral seems to be the one more focused on following orders. To that end, it certainly fits the single traits they're each given. Fandral came close to death on Jotunheim. We wonder why we don't get any acknowledgement in this scene from him that it may be affecting his decisions here. Sif says Thor would do the same for them. But didn't he ignore their pleas on Jotunheim to leave? Or is it that she means he'd break the rules for them? We comment again on how much we'd love to see the Asgardian high school show to see all of these characters when young. Heimdall's been watching as it turns out. What rank is Heimdall as it concerns the Warriors Three and Sif? Are they on the same level? Does Loki as king change that? Again, we love Idris Elba in the role, even if he doesn't get to do much. We dig into Heimdall a bit more from the comics as well. We wonder why Heimdall does his strange fake-out things so often in this film. There certainly is an element of a dangerous game that Heimdall plays with them here as far as his loyalties because he's essentially committing treason as they are. It's a fun minute with Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun the Grim, Sif, Heimdall, Miles, and Elisabeth. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men on Twitter Thor: The Lightning and the Storm podcast Elisabeth on Instagram Elisabeth on Panel on Panels podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 076: Who Else Can Stress Eat Like Volstagg?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 35:19


Minute Seventy-Six: From Drawing Yggdrasil to Stress Eating Joining us to chat more about Thor's attempt at drawing and explaining the Nine Realms, as well as Fandral's yelling at Volstagg about his stress eating are Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie from the podcast Thor: The Lightning and the Storm. In the seventy-sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We're closing out the RomCom rooftop art session between Thor and Jane. There's also a production code tried-and-true transition to the moon, then see the two of them sleeping next to each other. We discuss how far they went or not. Have people in Asgard ever seen a romantic Thor before? This really may be Thor's first time to explore this side of himself. How interesting to see them so chaste in their sleeping on the roof. We debate about the Nine Realms some more because there's always more time for this. To that end, there's plenty of room for inconsistency in the comics, so it almost makes sense that there's a continued inconsistency in the films as well Patrick Doyle's romantic theme continues here and we continue our adoration for it. To that end, we're fans of romance in the MCU and wish there was more. Yggdrasil comes up again, this time talking about literal versus metaphor versus thematics. But does Thor get any of the positions of the realms correct within Yggdrasil? And does it matter? What is Thor thanking Jane for? We discuss possibilities. Time to return to Asgard into the Healing Room. We debate why Branagh decided to cut into this scene with a shot of the pattern on the floor that then tilts up. Volstagg does some serious stress eating. Should Fandral be so demeaning to Volstagg about it? To that end, it's really not fun to watch Volstagg eat the way he does. It's... disgusting. Plus, you have a beard! Has no one taught you eating etiquette? We debate the strengths and weaknesses of the Warriors Three. Could the filmmakers have done more with them to make them more interesting characters? By simplifying them to single traits each, how much does that diminish them? And is that why they're completely written out by now? We comment how Volstagg may be less a dwarf archetype and more of a dwobbit. Our guests bring perspective on the Warriors Three and Sif from the comics, and it makes us really wish we had better from them. The god's eye view shot... does this signify that Heimdall is watching them? It's the end of the romantic scene (but not the end of the romance!) and some fighting in the Healing Room (if only it had been the War Room!). Miles Stokes and Elisabeth Allie are here for all of it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men on Twitter Thor: The Lightning and the Storm podcast Elisabeth on Instagram Elisabeth on Panel on Panels podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 075: What Grade Did Thor Get in Asgardian Art Class?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 38:26


Minute Seventy-Five: From Thor's Motivation to Thor's Art Joining us to discuss the handing over of the journal and Thor's art attempt at drawing Yggdrasil is Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast. In the seventy-fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We really focus on Jane here as she and Thor talk. He's such a cheerleader for her, and we totally believe it. She's really at her lowest here, so it's amazing to see how he turns her around. This is where the whole science/magic conversation happens. It's interesting because magic still seems to exist on Asgard. Perhaps, they know what Midgardians view as magic is actually science, but on Asgard, there is still something magical, even beyond that? Or perhaps Loki's magic is some form of hacking he does with their advanced science? Why does Jane have what ends up being Thor's Yggdrasil in her journal? It doesn't look like our solar system. What was she working on? And how does Yggdrasil work? Are we meant to believe it's a metaphor? Or some weird space thing? How do the Nine Realms work? We spend some time going through all nine of the Realms and trying to figure out exactly how it works, as compared to how they work in Norse myth versus the comics. We also discuss a few other areas that are sometimes incorporated into the Realms. Why are the Frost Giants from Jotunheim when it sounds like Niflheim – a planet of primordial ice – would be more natural for them? Again, Andy is really not impressed by Thor's art efforts here. How does Thor know about the Hubble Telescope? Bubbawheat brings some great research about Icelandic and Norse accents and how they'd actually be pronounced. They're very interesting. We go into pronunciation because of how Thor says ‘Hubble Telescope.' Is it just a fish out of water joke? Or is there some other joke with language? It wasn't scripted, so perhaps it's a joke they came up on set. Maybe it's how Australians say it. (Just kidding.) We dig into the Hubble Telescope a bit as far as it's history, and point out where you can look online to see images from the Hubble Telescope. It's been a week of romance by the fire, and now Thor's drawing some funky tree. It's our last chat with Bubbawheat. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Icelandic Pronunciations! Bubbawheat on Twitter Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Facebook Group Filmwhys podcast It's Time to Rewind podcast Images from Hubble

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 074: How Many RomCom Tropes Can They Squeeze Into This Minute?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 25:48


Minute Seventy-Four: From A Fireside Connection to Some SHIELD Frustration Joining us to discuss the RomCom Tropes-filled relationship between Jane and Thor, Jane's journal, and her anger at SHIELD is Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast. In the seventy-fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Wow, is this minute overloaded with RomCom tropes! Matthew runs through a list of many of them. They make for great conversation topics for sure. Interesting that Jane says, “I'm really glad that you're safe,” instead of, “I'm really glad that you're okay.” There's an interesting irony there, particularly knowing what Loki's plotting for Thor. Thor seems to have working on looking internally here. One of the tropes? That special something she's been looking for that he's found and gets for her. We all love Jane's 4-color BIC pen so much. The firelight... so romantic... The only trope we're missing is the ‘I feel like I've known you forever' trope. Again... Patrick Doyle's score... so good... We talk about how Thor really has so much empathy now. It's great to see. Jane's struggling about something that has nothing to do with him, and he's interested. Another trope. Jane's afraid SHIELD won't let her research see the light of day. Is it that they'll hide it? Or use it for their own evil purposes? This does feel like that element of SHIELD that's run by Hydra agents. We debate any potential storyline with Jane's father and Erik and connections to SHIELD they may have had in their past. We've got more romance, a special gift, and some anger at the government to talk about with Bubbawheat today. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Icelandic Pronunciations! Bubbawheat on Twitter Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Facebook Group Filmwhys podcast It's Time to Rewind podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 073: Do They Need a Permit to Have a Fire on the Roof of Smith Motors?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 32:43


In this minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film ‘Thor,' drunk Erik seems to be friends with Thor again, Jane gets embarrassed with her messy kitchen, and she and Thor retreat to the roof of Smith Motors to sit by the fire, stargaze, and talk. Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast joins us on this episode!

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 072: How Drunk Did Thor & Erik Get?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 26:46


Minute Seventy-Two: From Loki's Warning to Thor's Delivery Joining us to discuss the working relationship between Loki and Heimdall, as well as the arrival of Thor with a drunk Erik over his shoulder is Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast! In the seventy-second minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Heimdall takes a long time to reply to Loki about his loyalties. And Loki looks unhappy about that. Is Heimdall feeling guilt now that he earlier betrayed Odin to let Thor go down to Jotunheim? Or was that a situation where the ends more justified the means? Is part of the reason Loki asks this now is because he knows Heimdall disobeyed Odin earlier and wants to make sure he knows so Heimdall doesn't obey now? We debate this point for a bit. Very interesting moment here. Loki walks out with a comment about Thor's mess. What's he mean by that? Is he afraid Heimdall will open the Bifrost to Thor? Or is he worried that Heimdall may bring Thor back? Meanwhile, back on Midgard... Jane's now reading Erik's library book. Kinda distracted, but still reading it. We see she eats GoLean Crunch! Thor shows up with a drunk Erik thrown over his shoulder. How drunk did Erik get? Does it matter that we didn't get to see the bar fight or Erik passing out in the street? Erik seems to be buddy-buddy with Thor now. So does that mean Thor can stay? Thor's metabolism is Asgardian but he's mortal. Why is he handling his liquor so well? When Thor says Erik made his ancestors proud, what would it have been that made them proud? But where did Thor get this plaid coat? It was laying on the bar. Did he steal someone else's coat? It's kinda a lumberjack flannel chique... in other words, fairly ugly. We identify Jane's shirt, thanks to people online. It's not Miss Minutes though. It's called Wandering Sun designed by Marc Jacobs. And Bubbawheat points out a few of the movies that Jane has on DVD in her trailer. It's a fun minute full of kingly warnings and drunk deliveries with Bubbawheat. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Icelandic Pronunciations! Bubbawheat on Twitter Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Facebook Group Filmwhys podcast It's Time to Rewind podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 071: Is Loki Looking for a New Gatekeeper Yet?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 29:41


Minute Seventy-One: From Loki's Icy Dealings to Heimdall's Suspicious Leanings Joining us to discuss Loki's plotting and planning, and how he treats Heimdall, is Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast. In the seventy-first minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki and Laufey continue their conversation about Loki's involvement in the raid on Odin's Vault, and Loki's plan to get Laufey into Asgard to kill Odin. He says they'd look down on him if he were the one to kill him father, but wouldn't that fit perfectly with this Shakespearean story? Loki also says he'll return the Casket of Eternal Winters to Laufey. Does he mean it? Why does Loki not reveal to Laufey that he's his son? We stew on that some more. Bubbawheat theorizes about the three frost giants and how Loki may have mind controlled one to tell two others he knows of a secret passage to Asgard. Laufey stands up when Loki presents his offer. Is he playing his cards a bit too quickly? We theorize some more about the possibility that this planet is falling apart and the Jotuns are actually weakened as a species right now. It does seems Laufey knows his power is fading. Loki digs on the way Jotunheim looks. Is that part of his plan, or could he just not help throwing in another dig at this place? After all, Loki is in a power position to piss Laufey off with the idea to get him to agree to this plan. Laufey's “I accept” is so slow and drawn out. It's interesting how his pattern works. So is Laufey then trying to downplay his “I accept” after he showed his hand too quickly when he stood up. It does read as very deliberate. Loki returns through the Bifrost to Heimdall's Observatory Loki stepping off the Bifrost weirdly looks like he's getting off the subway. Very strange. Loki and Heimdall have such a a battle here. A battle with words. That being said, Idris Elba still barely gets to move in this scene. Would Loki be able to put a new gatekeeper in this role now that he's king? Or is this a perma-role for Heimdall because of his vision? There's a bit of a sense that Heimdall is observing more with his super-eyes. Was he watching Loki with Thor? To that end, did Loki change clothes so Heimdall wouldn't recognize him? If only there were a way to see when Loki is shrouding things. Loki plays a bit of three-dimensional chess with how he sets up Heimdall to admit he's king and has to do what he says. To that end, is Heimdall even playing the same game that Loki is? It's a minute full of cold plotting and suspicious gatekeepers with Bubbawheat. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Icelandic Pronunciations! Bubbawheat on Twitter Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Flights, Tights & Movie Nights Facebook Group Filmwhys podcast It's Time to Rewind podcast

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 070: Why Doesn't Loki Tell Laufey He's His Son?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 44:06


Minute Seventy: From A Cold Stroll to An Icy Reception Joining us to discuss Loki's solo visit to King Laufey is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts. In the seventieth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... It's very difficult to figure out where we are here in Utgardhall. Has Jotunheim just continued crumbling to pieces? Because other than the tower, none of this really looks like something we've seen before. For instance, where's the crevasse caused by Thor's lightning? It's possible the vast quantities of snow covering everything just make the landscape look different. Loki is brought forward to speak with Laufey. Loki and Laufey talk. What did Loki say to get this audience in the throne room? Earlier, Laufey seemed fine addressing them from above with them below in the plaza. Laufey's first words are “Kill him,” but no one moves. Is that a sign of Laufey losing control over his Jotuns? Why doesn't Loki reveal his nature as a Jotun right away? As Laufey's son? Is Laufey ineffective or is it that the Jotuns are so weak with the loss of the Casket? Do we get any sense from this conversation that Laufey was in on the Jotun invasion in Odin's Vault? With the line “There are traitors in the house of Odin,” does that mean Laufey assumed it was Loki? Does he now Loki is the trickster god? Does he know other Asgardians are witches and can cast magic? We finally hear that the Jotuns in the Vault was all something Loki put together just for fun, “to ruin his brother's big day.” Does that change any thoughts on what's happened since? Loki plans to have Odin killed. Should Laufey be more wary of Loki's plan, knowing he's the trickster god? To that end, is there any surprise that essentially Loki is plotting killing both his real father, not Odin? Laufey did leave Loki to die as a child. Perhaps this is why Loki wants to kill him. But was Loki abandoned? Was he left somewhere during the war and Odin assumed he'd been abandoned? We feel it's intentional that there's not a clear emotional throughline for Loki in the film. Laufey may feel this is a trap, but he may recognize that this is his last chance, right? We compare the script of this scene between Loki and Laufey. Wow, much more interesting. Loki reveals his origins to Laufey. Laufey also reveals that Loki was abandoned. It's interesting hearing the plan put in place between Loki and Laufey, that it seems like they put a plot in place to get the Jotuns ruling the nine realms. This plays so much better and gives reason for Laufey to trust Loki! Why did they cut this back? Matthew prefers Loki remaining more obfuscated with his motivations, but Andy and Bryon really like this scripted bit. But is there something to Matthew's point that it works better not having Loki ever acknowledge Laufey as his father? Or is it even more Shakespearean if Loki reveals his heritage then kills his father? That could've been quite powerful. Why is Loki here? Will he reveal his heritage? And what have the frost giants been doing since we last saw them? We dig in with Bryon Lockheart today. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Marvel Events Timeline Podcast on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 069: Why Boilermakers, Erik?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 30:17


Minute Sixty-Nine: From Protective in the Pub to Lonely on Jotunheim Joining us to discuss the wrap-up (and boilermakers) between Thor and Erik in the bar as well as the figure arriving on Jotunheim is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts. In the sixty-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Erik's protective feelings for Jane really kick in here as he tells Thor he needs to leave town tonight. Does that make sense? Is he overstepping his bounds as far as Jane and any possible relationship with Thor? Is Erik a bit of the Culver University Godfather? Should Erik be meddling in Jane's romantic interests? Does that diminish Jane as a character that she needs someone to control her love life? Or is there something more in relation to how Jane's father lived and/or died? And is it a problem that this story point never comes back? We sure hope that Erik shows up in Thor: Love & Thunder. As it looks now, neither he nor Darcy are in the credits, which hurts our hearts. Again, Thor very much takes in what Erik says about leaving town and speaks in a 100% honest way as he agrees to the deal. This is a side of Thor we just love. Chris Hemsworth plays Thor with such authentic honesty. It's an important element in his character. Perhaps it's that Thor very much believes in honoring a debt. Erik did help him get free, after all. Is it odd that Erik orders them boilermakers to seal the deal? Perhaps it's just because of how Stellan Skarsgård says the word ‘boilermaker.' We go through the history of boilermakers a bit. Did you know they're from Montana? These glasses seem ridiculously large. Like these characters are hobbits marveling at how ‘they come in pints!' The unspoken drinking contest is very funny. The deleted scene of Erik smashing the glass and screaming for “Another!” works well. It's a shame we didn't get it. Erik also gets rip-roaring drunk. We see him and Thor singing outside on the streets. Erik passes out. Thor carries him back to Jane's trailer. It's a fun scene and in a way, helps us buy that Erik's more comfortable with Thor sticking around. The scene with Erik really reminds us that not only is Thor handsome, but he's incredibly charismatic and everyone wants to be in his presence. Erik's clearly having a good time with him. Great bonding. Who is the mysterious figure arriving on Jotunheim? We see the bifrost drop off a single figure at the Bifrost junction on Jotunheim and they start walking toward Utgardhall. Who could this be? And why does the landscape look so different again? It's important to know someone is arriving through the Bifrost. It's not some magical other arrival through a back door. Interesting... From the warmth of the bar in Puente Antiguo to the icy realm of Jotunheim, we've got a lot to discuss today with Bryon Lockheart. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Marvel Events Timeline Podcast on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 068: Why Is Erik So Protective of Jane?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 22:56


Minute Sixty-Eight: From Not Having All the Answers to Only Caring About Her Joining us to take a stop in the local bar with Erik and Thor as Thor introspects and Erik acts protective of Jane is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts. In the sixty-eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... This is yet another long talky scene in the film, which hasn't had many of these. Erik and Thor converse in the bar, and we really like it. But why is Erik so protective of Jane? Thor learns to embrace his own humility here. It's great seeing him finally look within. Is his looking within still too self-focused to make him worthy? Would it have been more valuable to focus on the loss of his father? Or is it that the self-reflection really comes from from the loss of his father? Should an Asgardian more than 1000 years old be wiser than Thor is? Does it make sense that he's only as wise as a twenty-something? Do Erik's lines sound like wisdom or drunk wisdom? Erik and Thor seem to each be having their own conversations, but they tie together well. Erik getting serious and focusing on Thor possibly being delusional, it's clear he cares about Jane. The scripted bar scene has a lot more meat to it. We find that the extended conversation in the bar has a more logical flow and we think it would've worked better to develop the emotions between these two characters. But did we need the drunk townies Pete and Jake starting a fight with Erik? That being said, it's important that Thor isn't one who gets involved in the fight. That's another moment showing his growth. Does Erik's nature to be so protective of Jane make sense? He's just her mentor from school. Sure, he knew Jane's father, but is that enough? Thor tries to look inward, possibly for the first time in his life, and Erik's here to help... as long as it doesn't hurt Jane. So much to discuss with Bryon Lockheart. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Marvel Events Timeline Podcast on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 067: Just How Bad Is Erik at Lying?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 22:45


Minute Sixty-Seven: From Erik Paltering to Thor Reflecting Joining us to discuss more of Erik lying, his ‘escape' with Thor, Thor taking Jane's notebook, and the trip to the bar is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts. In the sixty-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Erik pivots and pivots again with his lies. Stellan Skarsgård carries the humor here and delivers. It's clear to us that Agent Coulson doesn't buy into Erik's lies at all. Does Erik believe it works? Or does he know Coulson's playing him? We find it so interesting that Coulson's role was written to be Nick Fury in the film. This makes so much more sense to us to have Coulson here. But should Coulson have let Erik walk through their command center to the holding cell? What about all the sensitive information everywhere? Erik's lines to Thor are hilarious. “Donnie, Donnie, Donnie...” Does Coulson see Thor take Jane's journal? What about the Agent literally standing right in front of Thor facing him? They have to have intended for Thor to take it to Jane so they can let her continue her work while now watching her. The bar joke makes us laugh. Did you know they filmed this in a strip club? Does that matter? Erik takes Thor to the bar for a drink... and a talk. Foo Fighters “Walking” plays as Erik and Thor drink and talk. The music video is a spin on Joel Schumaker's Michael Douglas movie Falling Down. The only connection we can find is they sing “Learning to walk again” which seems to fit with Thor's place in the world now. Thor's hair looks terrible here in the bar. But we like Thor's introspective moment. It's impossible to identify any of the background actors here unfortunately. And we talk about product placement versus just getting a release. Film talk! Erik lies, Coulson follows, Thor reflects, and Bryon Lockheart's here for all of it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Marvel Events Timeline Podcast on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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Thor 066: Why Doesn't Jane Come With Erik to Help Free Thor?

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Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 33:42


Minute Sixty-Six: From Loki Leaving to Erik Lying Joining us to discuss Loki's departure from Midgard and Erik's struggle to convincingly lie to Agent Coulson to free Thor is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts. In the sixty-sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki looks up at the sky. Is he imagining he's looking at Odin or Heimdall? And how interesting that this is a moment Branagh doesn't cut to a god's eye view shot for this moment. It's interesting that they opt to just have Loki walk out of the shot instead of showing him depart in some magical way. We debate if it works or if we'd rather see him using one of his back doors. Did Loki really hope he could pick up the hammer? Or was it just for fun on the off chance he could have lifted it? Agent Coulson watches Erik lying through his teeth to free Thor, but does he believe it? Before that, Agent Sitwell moves into the room to talk to Coulson, and he goes from dark to light. Is there a chance they were already thinking about him being a HYDRA agent at this point? It sure feels that way. The SHIELD Crater Base is currently under repair, and was that the 1st Assistant Director we hear call “Set”? Sitwell lets Coulson know he has a visitor, and it's Erik. Why is it Erik who comes? Why not Jane? Or both of them? Perhaps Erik worries that Jane is too hot-headed. Did Jane have Donald Blake's driver's license lying around with his clothes when they broke up? Or did Darcy whip up this whole license? How funny that the New York driver's license actually has Excelsior on it. Is that why they went with it? Coulson clearly doesn't actually believe Erik lying, but seems to know he can use the situation to get more information out by following them. Erik lying about steroids is hilarious, but his comedic bit about ‘Donald' being upset about SHIELD's jackbooted thugs is great and really shows his feelings about SHIELD. Matthew takes a deep dive on the address on Donald's address. It's a kooky rabbit hole he went down. The photo of Thor on the driver's license? It's the photo Darcy took of him in Isabela's Diner. It's a comedic minute watching Erik try to spin lies to Agent Coulson so that they'll release Thor, and Bryon Lockheart's here for it all. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Marvel Events Timeline Podcast on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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Thor 065: How Blind Is Thor to Loki's Gaslighting?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 26:51


Minute Sixty-Five: From Gaslight Success to Hammer Fail Joining us sadly for the last time to discuss Thor's apology to Loki due to Loki's gaslighting tactics and Loki's failed attempt at picking up Mjølnir are Kyle Olson and Rob Kubasko from Marvel Movie Minute seasons 2 & 3! In the sixty-fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki's gaslighting has pushed Thor to a place where he is the one who apologizes to Loki. Wow, that's dark. What we read from Thor here is again how genuine he is. He's been so broken that this is the point where he can start rebuilding himself. Thor's “thank you for coming here” is really the turn for Thor. But again, it's also a sign he's been taken by Loki's gaslighting. Victims look at themselves as the problem. That tear on Thor's cheek leads us to a Waterworld reference. Loki's turn to leave and closeup shows us that he does not smirk. Is this because the door is mirrored and he doesn't want Thor to see him smirk? Or is it because he knows that there's a glimmer that Thor could still make his way back? To be honest, though, a smirk would've made the moment worse. Is it possible this moment is what plants the seeds for how Loki gets us to the Loki TV show? Would anyone have thought that Odin actually died and Loki is actually telling the truth here? The Odinsleep isn't that clear after all. How does Loki actually leave? Thor's goodbye feels like he's really saying goodbye to his life in Asgard. After Loki's gaslighting, Coulson finally returns. So did Loki actually control Coulson or is his return here coincidental? Again, what would Coulson see before coming in? And back to Loki's outfit, why is he wearing this? Meanwhile, Loki heads straight to Mjølnir. What have the SHIELD agents and scientists been doing since nabbing Thor? There clearly has been quite a bit of work in here since he was trying to pick up his hammer. Great hand shot of Loki's hand as he gets ready to try picking it up. Did we need Loki trying with two hands? Is Heimdall watching Loki? It's a week of Loki's gaslighting success, Coulson's return, and Loki's failed attempt at picking up Mjølnir, all while Rob and Kyle chat with us about it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Kyle on TruStory FM Rob on TruStory FM The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society

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Thor 064: Why Is Loki in the Fancy Midgardian Duds?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 23:14


Minute Sixty-Four: From Blame to Apology Joining us to dig into Loki's lies – aka everything Loki says to Thor, and everything Loki means – are Rob Kubasko and Kyle Olson from MMM seasons 2 & 3! In the sixty-fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We've got so much to break down with Loki's lies throughout this minute. While we do, the music that plays is called Loki Lies. Too bad Loki doesn't have anyone to talk with about what he's done. We take each sentence Loki says to Thor and discuss what he's actually saying. All of this is really Loki twisting the knife that he stuck in last minute. Loki's great at putting things out there that gets things put into people's heads. But should Thor know better about his brother by now? So Loki brings up Odin and tells Thor Odin wouldn't acknowledge Thor's love. He brings up Frigga and tells him she doesn't want him to come home. Truly, he's just the meanest. “The burden of the throne has fallen to me now.” So he's even blaming Thor for him having to carry the weight of the throne? Again, he's the worst. Tom Hiddleston plays each sentence in such unique ways. Kudos to both him and Branagh for directing him this way. Thor finally speaks. Now that he knows Loki is king, Thor asks (kinda begs) Loki to come home. But Loki once again has excuses. Ouch. Loki's lies really make him seem like he's the only one who will deal with Thor at this point and those lies hurt Thor. It's all gaslighting. Loki's lies push Thor to a place where he feels he's actually responsible. It comes across even meaner now that he knows he's also the Jotun prince. Again, though, the big question we debate is if Thor should know better when things like this come from Loki. We certainly feel like it's Thor's blind spot. It's a juicy minute of Loki's lies as he lays into Thor with all the reasons he can't come home. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Kyle on TruStory FM Rob on TruStory FM The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society

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Thor 063: Who Planted the Fart Joke?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 25:01


Minute Sixty-Three: From a Probing Coulson to a Dead Odin Joining us to discuss Coulson's continuing probing of Thor when Loki shows up, Loki's dark message, Thor's reaction, and a fart joke are once again Kyle Olson and Rob Kubasko from seasons two and three! In the sixty-third minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Coulson's having a very one-sided conversation. Thor gives him nothing. That being said, Thor does react when Coulson asks him who he is. Still, it's just a look. No speaking. In the script, however, Thor did reply, “Just a man.” Wow. We're all glad they kept that out. But is Thor's look a reaction to Coulson? Or perhaps just to his place at rock bottom? Chris Hemsworth performs so well through this sequence. He really carries this moment. So much more weight than his silliness we've had earlier. What's interesting is that in the script, Coulson brings up Hydra. Why was that cut? We have our theories... Before Loki shows up, Coulson gets a text. He pulls it out in the coolest way possible, then he has to step out. But who calls him? Is it Fury? Or is Loki involved in some way? The script – which isn't canon – certainly leads us down one path. And this is where Loki shows up. What a slick way to have Loki appear. But before Loki show up, we actually see a report about methane hanging up outside the sliding glass door. Is this here as a fart joke? Possibly the first and only fart joke in the MCU? Back to Loki – Thor sees him and reacts. Do people in the command center see Thor by himself? Is he talking to no one? Obviously, Loki's invisible. So if he's invisible to everyone on Midgard, why is he in Midgardian garb? To that end, did you know that the scarf is the one thing Tom Hiddleston kept from this shoot? Wow, Loki brings dark fake news for Thor. He clearly works his machinations through this conversation. And with that, we'll be talking about this conversation for a few episodes. It's fart jokes, Coulson's in-and-out as Loki shows up, and Loki's bad news, all with Kyle and Rob in the guest chairs. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Kyle on TruStory FM Rob on TruStory FM The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society

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Thor 062: Why Isn't Thor in Cuffs?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 27:20


Minute Sixty-Two: From Arthur C. Clarke to South Africa Jane and Erik debate while Agent Coulson interrogates Thor, and Kyle Olson and Rob Kubasko from seasons two and three are here for all of it! In the sixty-second minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Erik continues pressing Jane about science. Jane presses right back about Arthur C. Clarke, but does she quote him correctly? Turns out most people don't! They each have great points but again, it feels like Erik has shut off his scientific mind simply because of the nature of the myths Thor represents to him and his childhood. It's Darcy, though, who pops in with some surprising smarts that surprises both Jane and Erik, and ends their conversation. Once again, we have yet further proof about how many laughs there are in this film. Sure, Darcy's at the heart of many of them, but Natalie Portman certainly holds her own here. We return to the SHIELD Crater Base where Agent Coulson interrogates Thor in the holding cell. Yeah, so apparently the holding cell is yet another room they trucked in as a part of this quick-assembly job at the crater. We start in the Command Center where we can see Agent Sitwell and Techie, but there are so many other SHIELD agents here who we just can't identify. It's frustrating. To that end, while we're in the Command Center, we can see that they're still monitoring the hammer and it's still glowing in the monitors. So why is it no longer causing electromagnetic interference? Agent Coulson interrogates Thor. Is there a reason he's approaching the interrogation as if Thor is from Earth? Does he know Thor's from space and is just toying with him? Or does he really not know yet? Thor remains not just tight-lipped through this interrogation but also does everything he can to avoid Coulson's eyes. He's very sullen here. But why isn't he in cuffs or tied up in some capacity? Is Coulson that trusting of him? Agent Coulson interrogates Thor but not before Darcy drops some smarts on Erik's and Jane's debate. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Kyle on TruStory FM Rob on TruStory FM The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society

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Thor 061: Is the Watcher Watching Heimdall Watching Thor?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 48:40


Minute Sixty-One: From the triquetra fading to Erik raging Joining us on the show as Heimdall gazes upon Thor as he's arrested while Jane and Erik fight about it are seasons 2 & 3 hosts Kyle Olson & Rob Kubasko! In the sixty-first minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Before we dig into this minute, we reveal that we figured out who played Huge SHIELD Agent in last week's fight. It's Jamal Duff! We talk through his work both in the NFL, the MCU, and what he's known for on IMDb. Thor gets taken away by SHIELD agents. Heimdall gazes upon him. The triquetra disappears. Does Thor now know what this is all about? Has Thor completely given up? He doesn't have any more fight in him, that's for sure. The script had a moment from Jane who starts running in to save him but who turns back after hearing guard dogs coming her way and seeing searchlights looking for her. We're fine with this not being shown. Plus, it allows the moment last week when she hears him scream to be the last thing she takes away from here. What we do see instead is a beautiful shot of Heimdall's eye with a reflection of the SHIELD Crater Base in it. Heimdall gazes upon Thor, unable to do anything. To that end, we debate if Heimdall should have lowered his head as he does in the script or if by not doing that, he's acknowledging that all of this is what Thor needs to become a better king. Meanwhile, back in Puente Antiguo... Jane and Erik argue about Thor having been arrested. How do they know he's been arrested? All Jane knows is that Thor screamed to the heavens. Last thing she actually saw of him was him running in. It feels like script machinations to have them assume he's been arrested. Darcy points out both Mjølnir in the book Erik apparently checked out from the library and Loki. We have a great time reacting to the write-ups for these. But wait... does that mean Erik got himself a Puente Antiguo library card after he realized Jane took off without him? Jane and Erik argue about science versus magic. Jane seems right here. Erik seems to have really closed himself off to any possibilities of the unknown as soon as he connected all of this to myths from his childhood. Thor gets taken by SHIELD agents, Jane and Erik fight about it, and Heimdall gazes upon them. Lots to discuss with Kyle & Rob! Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Kyle on TruStory FM Rob on TruStory FM The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society

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Thor 060: Is Thor Screaming at Odin or Coulson?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 29:58


Minute Sixty: From Odin's-Eye View to Odin's Triquetra Joining us to discuss Thor's scream of agony and confusion as well as Coulson's possibly sympathy for him are Andrew Darowski from Disney Animation Minute Essentials and Joe Darowski from The Protagonist Podcast. In the sixtieth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Thor screams at the heavens. It's sad. It's powerful. It's heartbreaking. It's all of his emotional weight coming out in intensity. Thor clearly knows he's looking up at Heimdall and maybe Odin. But it's kinda funny that Coulson is right there too. We like to think maybe he's screaming at Coulson. Who's literally staring at him from above. Thor's scream feels like a child melting down. He still has no understanding as to what's going on. Or at least it may be slowly starting. We break down parental responsive quadrants and discuss where Odin perhaps falls. And Frigga too. She was awfully permissive of Thor. Was there a switch in Odin's parenting style after everything he did with Hela? Did that leave Frigga to carry the load? We cut to Jane and see her reaction. It's shot like she's seeing this which makes no sense but it does make sense that she's reacting to Thor's scream. Coulson also seems to be reacting to Thor's scream. Or maybe he just wishes something happened. Hawkeye doesn't look at all. At least we don't get a shot of him. But to that point, we do determine that all the clips of Renner were shot after the fact to fit in to this scene after the fact. We hope the guy who Renner replaced doesn't feel too bad about being replaced. Thor falls to his knees in defeat. Patrick Doyle's music works so well here and doesn't make the scene feel too much. The slo-mo scream feels a bit Peter Jackson but when he's on his knees, the slo-mo of the water dripping off his face works really well. That Doyle shift to the hopeful/sad theme as the triquetra appears on the hammer is incredible. Between Thor's scream and this moment, this minute if filled with emotional power. It's likely seeing the appearance of the triquetra on the side of Mjølnir that signals to Thor that this is by design. Last but not least, we discuss the place of Thor in the MCU. It's not the favorite or least favorite of anyone. But how interesting that it has such a substantial footprint throughout the MCU. It's an episode of Thor realizing the reality of his situation for the first time, and he screams it out. Joe and Andrew Darowski are here to dig into it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Andrew Darowski on Twitter Disney Animation Minute Essentials Joe Darowski on Twitter The Protagonist Podcast

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Thor 059: What's Wrong With Mjølnir?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 29:32


Minute Fifty-Nine: From Rainy Triumph to Rainy Failure Joining us to discuss Thor's failure to move Mjølnir and Coulson's and Hawkeye's reactions to it are Andrew Darowski from Disney Animation Minute Essentials and Joe Darowski from The Protagonist Podcast. In the Fifty-Ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... This is a big minute for Thor. He just can't pick up Mjølnir. It's the low point for Thor on his hero's journey. But it's great that Thor's failure doesn't have to involve a funeral like Spider-Man. This story is so big and fantastical, but this moment of Thor's failure is so human and internal. Does Thor get it? Does he understand yet? We think it's likely the next minute when he finally will start to understand, but here, the hammer won't budge and Thor's failure breaks his brain. Thor's failure is very relatable. We've all had moments like this. It's great seeing Thor go from believing he can pull the hammer to complete confusion from his failure. Wow, did Chris Hemsworth really work out for this scene. He really looks like the strongest man in the world. Did any of us think that he would be able to lift Mjølnir and the story would continue from there? Unfortunately, few of us remember but this moment of Thor's failure really makes sense for this particularly hero's journey. Patrick Doyle's score already has such power, pride and strength in it. This moment shines for Doyle as it carries such a range of emotions. Early on, we have a great god's eye view shot. Is this Heimdall's perspective as he watches what Thor's going through? Unrelated to that, what are all these chemical tanks around for? Are they meant to imply the sorts of experiments they're doing on Mjølnir? Barton's starting to root for Thor. What does this mean? He's beating his own team's agents. Is it a rebel thing? Coulson wants to watch what's going to happen, but what if Thor got his powers and flew off? This certainly feels like the naïve character from the show. The script had a lot of electricity coming off the hammer. Here, it's just a... feeling?... that Coulson has? Honestly, it must just be the sheer determination that Thor has that makes Coulson want to see what's going to happen. Would Coulson think Thor might just be another drunk townie? Interestingly, there's a dutch angle that almost looks like Thor's hammer pull is actually moving the shot. This is seriously a powerful piece of set dressing. It really just doesn't budge. How many of these agents have tried by now to pull the hammer? Last thought: “Lavender.” We really want to hear Coulson say this. It's the bottom of the barrel for Thor today as he can't pick up Mjølnir. Where will we go from this big moment of Thor's failure? Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Andrew Darowski on Twitter Disney Animation Minute Essentials Joe Darowski on Twitter The Protagonist Podcast

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Thor 058: So Thor's the Sort Who Kicks a Guy When He's Down?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 31:40


Minute Fifty-Eight: From Coulson's Entrance to Mjølnir's Shadow Joining us to discuss Thor's fight tactics against the huge SHIELD agent and Mjølnir's shadow are Andrew Darowski from Disney Animation Minute Essentials and Joe Darowski from The Protagonist Podcast. In the fifty-eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Thor finally sees Mjølnir. Great dutch angle again as Thor swaggers on his walk to his hammer. But then he's punched from out of nowhere by the huge SHIELD agent. But where did this guy come from? We just saw a wide shot and he wasn't there. He would've had to be running in to get here. We try to figure out if there's any rhyme or reason for the dutch angles in this film. We think it's largely Branagh's desire to make a film that looks like a comic book. Do that many comics have dutch angles in their frames? Andrew and Joe point out a few examples, including the comic Silver Age as well as the Batman TV show. Release the dutch cut! Ha! How many people understand what a dutch angle is? Is it a common bit of knowledge? There's certainly a sense of love of dutch angles here, and we talk about them in relation to Orson Welles' The Third Man. The huge SHIELD agent who punches Thor may just be the first person who can hold his own against Midgard-bound Thor without his powers. They really feel more on the same level. Unfortunately, we can't figure out who plays the huge SHIELD agent. (Check back next week when we figure it out!) Thor's cockiness remains as he seems excited to have to fight this big guy, who sadly is only known as ‘huge SHIELD agent,' as we've been calling him. Thor and the huge SHIELD agent take the fight outside. Well, not intentionally. They end up bursting through the plastic wall of the hamster cage and land in the mud. Great mud wrestling fight! It's a frustrating fight, though, because we really never get a great shot of this agent except at the start. He's left as nothing more than an obstacle for Thor to overcome. Thor does a great speed ramping slo-mo double leg kick to the huge SHIELD agent's chest. Well, really his clavicle. Ouch! Is this really an effective move? Or would your momentum push you opposite and slow how much you hit your opponent? After Thor takes huge SHIELD agent out, why does he kick the guy while he's down? Is it just to prove how great a fighter he is? Does he think this would make him a more worthy king? Seriously, though, this last kick on huge SHIELD agent feels like a dirty move. No wonder Thor's not worthy! It's written even worse in the script though. Ouch! What's funny is that Clint is just sitting here watching this whole fight between Thor and huge SHIELD agent from his bucket. Talk about the Watcher! It's a minute full of pugilism as we all debate Thor's tactics. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Andrew Darowski on Twitter Disney Animation Minute Essentials Joe Darowski on Twitter The Protagonist Podcast

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Thor 057: When Did They Decide to Include Hawkeye?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 39:30


Minute Fifty-Seven: From Thor Fighting in the Tunnel to Coulson Entering the Tunnel Joining us to discuss Hawkeye, his weird placement in this film, and Thor's sense of direction are Andrew Darowski from Disney Animation Minute Essentials and Joe Darowski from The Protagonist Podcast ! In the fifty-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Thor runs through the hamster cage for a while. Is he lost? Or is there some strategy? Andy reveals he mapped out Thor's entire run through the hamster cage. Unfortunately, there's a moment where they hide in the edits that he runs down the stairs to the lower level then suddenly is on the higher level again. Hrm... We see the shot of Coulson next to the crashed ATV from the script. Clearly they cut this early from the film because it's not included as a deleted scene. There's quite a bit of hand shots throughout this film, as Andrew points out. Is this a Branagh thing? Something to find a way to ground the story with these more tactile moments? Why does Coulson ask for someone to go up with a gun into the bucket. Didn't he know he was calling for Hawkeye? Should Hawkeye be chucking the bow into the bucket? Wouldn't he be taking more care of his gear? Why does the sniper go into a bucket hanging from a crane in a rainstorm? Wind... lightning... visibility... This doesn't seem like a safe plan. Interesting that they choose to go slo-mo when Thor kicks the guy through the wall of plastic. Thor may be confused, but there's a moment he's literally down the hall from Mjølnir. Sure, there are agents between him and it but that hasn't stopped him up to this point... When Hawkeye's up in the bucket, you can again see the broken hamster cage tunnel from the unseen ATV crash. Coulson goes into the Command Center. Oooohhh... electric static on the monitors... Barton's lines are so great here. Too bad we get so little of him here. As always, Coulson does a great job acting confident against things he completely doesn't understand. We meet Hawkeye! We talk through our histories with Hawkeye and what we think of his introduction here. Why do they do the whole gag of him reaching for a gun before reaching for a bow? Are we meant to think that this may very well be the moment he decides to switch to the bow, making this his origin story as well??? Does Hawkeye design his own arrows too? There's something about him that feels very Batman as a non-super who has mad bow skills. It's great to watch what Jeremy Renner does with him, even if this feels a bit last-minute. Was it a surprise when he showed up? Turns out, they released this footage before the movie came out. Perhaps they were excited they had a recent Oscar nominee... It's scripted as someone grabbing a gun. Did they film this with someone else then replace the footage with Renner, filming him later when making The Avengers? As always, we break down Renner and his movies IMDb says he's known for. And of course, we talk about his comic book origins. It's Hawkeye's official introduction into the MCU! Meanwhile, Thor's lost in the hamster cage. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Andrew Darowski on Twitter Disney Animation Minute Essentials Joe Darowski on Twitter The Protagonist Podcast

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Thor 056: Do Thor and Mjølnir Sense Each Other?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 35:54


Minute Fifty-Six: From Red Alert to White Tunnels Joining us on the show today to discuss Jane's message, Erik's last name, and Thor's mission are Andrew Darowski, host of Disney Animation Minute Essentials, and Joe Darowski, host of The Protagonist Podcast. In the fifty-sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Dutch angles? We don't need no stinkin' dutch angles! Actually, it seems to be that Branagh slows the dutch angles down during fight scenes. Holy cow! Natalie Portman's so funny! Her monologue as she leaves a message for Erik is hilarious. Great comedy from Portman and Jane's message. Ever thought about E.T. when you see the SHIELD Crater Base? We call it the hamster cage but it feels an awful lot like what the governmental figures set up at Elliott's house. This hamster cage feels very flimsy and cheap. They were clearly going for something that could be set up quickly, but does it work or does it end up feeling more like something from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? It also feels like they're trying to keep things sterile, but what and why? And if so, why aren't the people in sterile suits? What changed with Thor that got him sneaking so much instead of just running in and fighting? Back to Jane's message for Erik. Does Erik actually pronounce his last name as Selvidge? Or is it just that it crackles while he's talking? It's hard to tell and we're likely wrong, but there is a bit that makes it sound that way. Regardless, the focus is Jane's message, not what Erik says for his message. Why does Jane assume Erik knows where they are? So much is revealed in this call about Jane's relationship with her advisor. It's so impulsive of her! Back to the hamster cage. Andy spent far too much time mapping out where Thor was through this whole chase in the hamster cage. Thor clearly loves the fact that lightning strikes and thunder rumbles. Does that mean he and Mjølnir have some psychic connection? To that end, is that ringing sound from Mjølnir something everyone can hear when they grab its handle? Or only Thor? Regardless, there's a great hum that starts with the shot of Mjølnir and it reminds us how much we love all the sounds that connect to it. Thor works his way around the complex and finally runs into the hamster cage entrance. But what happens to the guard who runs in after him? The first fight in the entrance to the hamster cage feels a bit generic. Nothing too special, but nothing wrong with it either. Was that move that pulled his rain slicker intentional? Or accidental and they kept it in? Thor really feels like a secret agent, not a god fighting men, in this hamster cage fight sequence. It is a great contrast seeing him fight mano a mano without his hammer. In the script, there's a moment where Thor picks up a rifle then throws it at an ATV's headlights. This is why there's an ATV crash seen throughout these next few minutes! We're really glad they didn't give him a gun. That would've seemed strange. These aren't bad guys, after all. We've got Jane's message of hilarity and Thor's journey into the hamster cage with Andrew and Joe. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Andrew Darowski on Twitter Disney Animation Minute Essentials Joe Darowski on Twitter The Protagonist Podcast

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Thor 055: Does Agent Sitwell Ever Smile?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 27:29


Minute Fifty-Five: From Thor's Punchline to Thor's Punch Joining us today to discuss Thor's joke about flying out, Agent Sitwell's first appearance in the MCU, and Thor's break-in into the SHIELD Crater base is Scott Carelli, founder of Dueling Genre Podcast Network and host of Franchisography. In the fifty-fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Thor has a great line delivery on his punchline, and the fact that he just walks away is perfect. If we stayed on him as he walked away, he totally would be smirking about having said the cool line. We jump to a Mjølnir-eye view to see that it's starting to rain. Is this because Thor is getting close to Mjølnir? There didn't seem to be a lot of interference when the townies were here so it feels like it must be the two of them. This storm came in very quickly. It wasn't that long ago that Thor and Jane were driving under clear skies. It's time to introduce Agent Jasper Sitwell into the MCU! Is it telling that every shot of him is a dutch angle? Or is that hard to read since so many shots in the film are dutch angles anyway? Sitwell was first introduced in Strange Tales with a Nick Fury storyline. He's served with Tony Stark. But was he nice? He sure seems serious here. Were they already planning his HYDRA role? We look at Maximiliano Hernández with the IMDb game. It's harder than we thought it would be! We also do the IMDb game for the Techie and some of the Agents. We're glad the Techie's extra lines were cut out. These characters really shouldn't be fun or funny. We dig into Southwest Flight 5434 as Agent Sitwell diverts it. But it doesn't go anywhere. We call it the Easter egg that wasn't. What's interesting though is that the screen shows the Event Zone, but it's near northern New Mexico. So that breaks our thinking about where Puente Antiguo is. Now, we're thinking it's closer to Las Vegas, NM. Thor breaks in. SHIELD seems so low-tech. It's strange and feels more Agents of SHIELD. Thor does go in stealth-mode here as he dons an Agent's rain slicker. Tension builds as Thor works his way toward Mjølnir. But why are there barrels of toxic chemicals here? Thor reveals his intentions to fly out, Agent Sitwell diverts a Southwest flight, and Thor knocks two SHIELD agents out. It's a busy episode. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dueling Genre Podcast Network

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Thor 054: How Long Were Jane and Thor Driving?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 31:14


Minute Fifty-Four: From Odin's Purpose to Thor's Response Joining us today to discuss Loki's reaction to Frigga's comment about Odin's purpose, as well as Jane and Thor starting to figure their plans out at the SHIELD Crater Base is Scott Carelli, founder of Dueling Genre Podcast Network and host of Franchisography. In the fifty-fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We have a final bit of Loki & Frigga in Odin's chamber discussing Odin's purpose in banishing Thor, as well an extended/deleted scene to discuss. It seems like Odin's purpose was to intentionally ban Thor to Midgard to make him a better person. Loki doesn't seem happy about any of this. We discuss the deleted/extended scene here in Odin's chambers. The conversation is longer and covers the same points so we don't need it, but it's nice. They certainly make the Odinsleep seem more like a coma though. Is that what we're meant to see it as? We debate about the Einherjar essentially crowning Loki as king. It's a great scene but does it fit with the rest of the films as they exist now? How does this play into the earlier scene when Loki was on the throne? They clearly aren't using the story about Gungnir only being usable by Odin here in the MCU as they are in the comics. Loki feels less scheme-y in this deleted scene. He actually seems like he might be a good leader. Except for that last look. Again, it really seems clear that Thor would've been a terrible leader. We've seen Party Thor in What If...? after all. We return to find Jane and Thor arriving at the SHIELD Crater Base. We find some interesting moments of symmetry we have found in the film. SHIELD's set-up here sadly looks like a hamster cage. It feels like something from Agents of SHIELD. Sure, it seems like something that could be assembled quickly, but for what purpose? Couldn't they just walk around? And why is the area over Mjølnir under open sky? We try to delineate between the SHIELD agents, techies, and scientists. Does Thor know when he hears thunder that he's close to Mjølnir? Or is it because he's the god of thunder? Jane doesn't buy into Thor's promises like the Warriors Three and Sif bought into him earlier. It plays well. What was Jane thinking would happen when she got here? Loki's rankled about Odin's purpose, and Thor's cocky about his plans to escape from the SHIELD Crater base. So much to discuss! Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dueling Genre Podcast Network

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Thor 053: How Does the Odinsleep Work?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 30:11


Minute Fifty-Three: From Hope for Sanity to Hope for Thor Joining us today to discuss Jane and Thor continuing their drive under the New Mexico sunset and Loki and Frigga talking about Odin and Loki's parentage while Odin's in the Odinsleep is Scott Carelli, founder of Dueling Genre Podcast Network and host of Franchisography. In the fifty-third minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Jane really hopes Thor isn't crazy when he says “More like a rainbow bridge.” Is it because she really wants him? Or because he's her only shot to get her research back? Or a little bit of both? What would her future intentions be with Thor? Bringing him in front of the board to discuss where he came from? We enjoy how much Jane keeps pulling back to her science. She doesn't feel like she can't exist unless he's in love with her. With all of that, though, how long does it take to drive from Puente Antiguo to Mjølnir's impact site? It's fifty miles to the west and there are dirt roads, but shouldn't it be a bit over an hour? Why is the sun already going down? We return to Asgard and find Odin in the Odinsleep in his bed. Loki and Frigga watch Odin while he sleeps. It's a beautiful still shot that almost looks like a painting. Or more aptly a pane in a comic book! We love the golden force field glow over Odin but what does it represent? Is it the Odinforce? Is it prayers from his believers? We love the dutch angles here, no matter what other people say. Fie on thee, naysayers! Bo Welch's production design is impressive here. It's great that he worked to build a lot of these sets so the actors had space in which to work and perform. When Loki says he never gets used to seeing Odin in the Odinsleep, when would that have happened? If he's in the Odinsleep, who rules Asgard if not Thor or Loki? Is there a regent? Perhaps it happened when they boys were young? The Odinsleep is frustrating and feels like a plot device used to just get Odin out of the film as long as the story requires. Frigga doesn't realize that Loki may have been who pushed Odin into his state here. Would the guards have talked? So what is Loki thinking in this scene? He covers quite a bit of emotions as he talks to Frigga. Again, Tom Hiddleston plays him so well in these sorts of scenes. The moment when Frigga tells Loki that Thor may be back and Odin works in mysterious ways says so much. There are so many interesting angles Loki plays here. What did Odin say to Frigga about bringing this baby back from Jotunheim? We look at the extended version of this scene while Odin stays in the Odinsleep. We really can tell that Huggin and Munnin, Odin's ravens, are here while the Odinsleep continues. Jane and Thor go off in search of Mjølnir while Loki and Frigga talk about Odin and parentage. Lots to discuss! Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dueling Genre Podcast Network

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Thor 052: How Rom-Com Is This Drive?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 26:34


Minute Fifty-Two: From 'Anything Like This' to Einstein-Rosen Bridge Joining us today to discuss the Rom-Com ride is Scott Carelli, founder of Dueling Genre Podcast Network and host of Franchisography. In the fifty-second minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... This is very much the Rom-Com moment of the film. We have a sweet, quiet conversation between these two characters talking in a car. And it goes on for over a minute! How great is that! The Rom-Com nature certainly speaks to how quickly this couple has to connect. How well does it work may be up to the viewer, but it mostly works for us. There's a bit of a sense of the fish-out-of-water element ending as Thor gets closer to Mjølnir. We have yet another example of Jane not being a great driver. They really have pushed to make her the worst driver in the MCU. But it also checks several Rom-Com boxes – the clumsy but smart scientist and steering off the road because of being starry-eyed over the passenger. We talk about the romance relationship in the MCU and try to come up with any examples that are as romantic as this pair is in this film. Perhaps the closest is Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter in the next movie Captain America: The First Avenger. Patty Jenkins wanted to add more romance when she was discussing directing Thor: The Dark World. It's a shame we didn't get it. We have questions about SHIELD's plan here. Clearly not part of the rom-com. Why didn't SHIELD just block the road off at the highway entrance? Clearly, it's just a need by the writers. Back to the people in the car, why doesn't Thor just tell Jane who he is? How does Thor know she's seeing a bridge? Is it just that he knows she's looking for how he got here? To that end, when you are very far advanced science, what words do you use to explain it? Her excitement about an Einstein-Rosen Bridge is adorable, but Thor's comment about a Rainbow bridge is one of the best lines in the movie. Even if we only get half of it here. Portman and Hemsworth play so well opposite each other. It's a cute conversation with a cute couple as they drive across the desert, and we're here to talk about all of it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dueling Genre Podcast Network

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Thor 051: Where's the Fan Art of Thor Riding a Tiger Out of Pet Palace?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 28:26


Minute Fifty-One: From Library Books to Flirtatious Looks Joining us today to discuss Erik reading a library book, Thor asking a man about a horse in Pet Palace, and Jane offering Thor a ride is Scott Carelli, founder of Dueling Genre Podcast Network and host of Franchisography. In the fifty-first minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Erik finishes his email but gets distracted by some books. We go through all the books on the cart he looks at, but was there intention to what the production design department picked? Erik finally settles on the book Myths and Legends from Around the World. It's a fake book and even though it says it's stories from around the world, Erik sure seems to hone in on the pages about Norse mythology. The book ‘The Long Christmas' makes us pine for a Thor holiday special. It's interesting to read Erik's reaction when he reads through the pages about Thor. As a scientist, it's like seeing a ghost and trying to wrap your head around this. What's funny is that the writing about the Bifrost says the red of the bridge is fire that would burn their feet. How great would that be to see that! Regardless, it does feel like a detail that came from myth and legend. Thor visits Pet Palace to see a guy about a horse. Meanwhile, Jane idles in the Pinzgauer outside waiting for Erik. Anyone know where Darcy is? And weirdly, Thor is still wandering the town going nowhere for a long time, because Jane sees him and she spots him walking into Pet Palace. The misunderstanding in Pet Palace is why Scott wanted to join us because it's such a great fish-out-of-water moment. Kyle, the employee, quickly tells Thor that they don't sell horses. It's a priceless reaction. All the animals perk up when Thor comes in. Clearly he's a man of animals. We will now call him the Puppy Prince. Jane interrupts Thor's quest in Pet Palace to offer Thor a ride. She's clearly over Erik's issues and asks Thor if he still needs a lift. How much of this is the romantic comedy element? Or is it all scientific inquiry? Clearly, she's a bit fascinated by this guy who just doesn't make sense to her. To that point, where were she and Erik heading? Once Thor agrees to come along, what is she hoping will happen? Thor's reaction to Jane is telling as to whether he's done stuff like this before. Interesting Easter egg here – Jane has a Culver University parking tag on her windshield and a badge for the school as well. But why doe they have her working in the Experimental Particle Physics department. Why this and not astrophysics? Is that video shop across from Pet Palace Stan's Video? Another nod to Stan Lee? Erik's having flashbacks to his youth, Thor's confusing the pet shop employee, and Jane's feeling like doing something she's never done before. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Dueling Genre Podcast Network

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Thor 050: How Much Do Loki and Sif Hate Each Other?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 25:45


Minute Fifty: From Odin's Last Command to Erik's Library Stop Joining us to discuss Loki's ascension to the throne, the shared disdain he and the Warriors Three & Sif share, and Erik in the library is Matt Carroll, one of the two co-hosts of the award-winning MCUCast and founder of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. In the fiftieth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki seems like he's being insincere with his friends when he says he can't change Odin's last command, but he also seems somewhat right in what he says. But to that end, politicians change things all the time. Who would judge Loki if he went back on Odin's last command and brought Thor back, ending his banishment? What's with the lens flare in this scene? Sif clearly is the emotion character here. Her reaction is full of anger toward Loki. Clearly, he's already cut her hair. Fandral and Hogun hold Sif back when she rises up to attack Loki. That is very much a parallel to Erik holding Jane back from the SHIELD agents. No one looks thrilled about Loki being on the throne, or about the fact that he won't change Odin's last command, but they largely all start acting as if he really is king. Volstagg comes at Loki from a different direction, one that's more affable. But even this doesn't work to change Loki's mind about reversing Odin's last command. Is Volstagg laughing because he's being sincere or because he's nervous? We try to gauge what he's doing there. Interestingly, this moment of Volstagg's isn't in the script, and we're very much glad it is. What a look Sif gives Loki before she departs. And what's with Loki's interesting (and slight) move toward Sif? They both play this so well. Jaimie Alexander and Tom Hiddleston square off perfectly. This should be a showdown in the Old West. Where are their departing salutes? Because Odin's last command stands, Thor's still on Midgard and we join Erik in the Puente Antiguo library. No idea who the background actor is here in the library. So this email Erik sends is to Hank Pym! There was a scene with a librarian reading Norse mythology to kids. It was a bit on the nose. We're glad we don't have that. We try to figure out where this is in Puente Antiguo. It seems like it's in the Greyhound Station...? Last but not least, we look at the Read Campaign poster and its history. There's a lot to unpack with Loki's comments and the Warriors Three's & Sif's reactions to them. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Matt Carroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stranded Panda

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Thor 049: How Great Does Loki Look on the Throne?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 27:58


Minute Forty-Nine: From King Loki's Appearance to Kneeling Sif's Request Joining us to discuss the iconic appearance of Loki on the throne and King Loki's reaction to ‘his friends' is Matt Carroll, one of the two co-hosts of the award-winning MCUCast and founder of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. In the forty-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki is on the throne. So is he King Loki? Is he just a regent while Odin is in the Odinsleep? He clearly thinks he's king, and earlier, it seemed like Odin was about to make Thor king. So how does this work exactly? Do King Loki's initial words ‘my friends' speak to him trying to find a place to belong or does it speak more to him expressing his disingenuous feelings towards these four? He kinda reeks of insincerity here. This all makes us wonder again what exactly were Loki's initial plans. Does the fact that he now knows he's a Jotun make him struggle all the more here? All of this speaks to how fascinating a character Loki is over the course of the MCU. The friends have such a great reaction when King Loki announces himself. Loki's voice even seems like it drops an octave when he says “your king.” The initial shot of Loki on the throne is so iconic in the comics. Sif clearly doesn't like that Loki is on the throne. Wow, does she reek of irritation. How is Loki holding Gungnir? In the comics, only Odin can hold it. Clearly, they're different universes. Regardless, the echo ringing out after Loki stands and strikes it on the ground is fantastic. The friends really have to be surprised. It was only a few hours ago they were all in the healing room together. Sif's daggers with her eyes as she calls him her king dig in deep. So great! Again back to that leap in logic – why did this group jump so quickly to the idea that Loki was behind all of this? Maybe they pushed him into this? Is he only the god of mischief because they bullied him? Would this have played better if Hiddleston didn't play it so strongly? Or are we reading it wrong? As Matt says, maybe he's just uncomfortable with being in this role. Did any of them know his origins? Or do they just sense something more menacing with him? What's funny is that Loki ends up making Thor into a better leader by everything he does in this film. It's a mental shift for the Warriors Three and Sif as they come up against King Loki. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Matt Carroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stranded Panda

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Thor 048: So Erik Knows Bruce Banner and Hank Pym?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 31:28


Minute Forty-Eight: From Three Scientists on a Roof to Three Warriors (and Sif!) on a Mission Joining us to discuss iPods, Erik's connections to Bruce Banner and Hank Pym, and the horny shadow in the throne room is Matt Carroll, one of the two co-hosts of the award-winning MCUCast and founder of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. In the forty-eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... The rooftop location wasn't in the script, which makes us think there's more of a connection to the moment in Iron Man 2. But perhaps it was just a location Branagh wanted to use to give the scene a bit more flavor. Remember iPods? Those were the days... Darcy's moment about her iPod does feel very much like the Darcy we see later in WandaVision where she gets distracted from the big thing by her smaller personal thing. It's amazing how well the writers created Darcy in this script and how hard a time they had developing the Warriors Three. Could it simply be that those characters are based on the comics? By the time the Warriors Three die in Thor: Ragnarok, we just don't care. That's frustrating because we should have cared. At this point in time, however, did Kevin Feige have enough of a handle on everything? And then Erik drops a hint about Bruce Banner. Or is it Samuel Sterns? On top of Darcy's concern about her iPod, Erik drops the Easter Egg that he knew Bruce Banner. There's some debate if it may be Samuel Sterns instead but we end up locking in on Banner. To that end, it's crazy how much retconning Feige and team did to shift The Incredible Hulk‘s, Iron Man 2‘s, and Thor's timelines so they all line up. We talk about this as we learn how much history there was with Erik, Bruce, Betty, and Jane's father at Culver University. There's also an Easter Egg that ties Hank Pym to Erik here as he references sending an email to a friend who knows about SHIELD. In the script, it's called out as Pym. So why did they change that? We come up with our own theories. Darcy has that last great moment when Erik mentions emailing Hank Pym, and she reminds him they took his laptop. Great rack focus here and more great dutch angles. Leaving conversations about Bruce Banner and Hank Pym for later seasons, we return to Asgard. Is it morning? Evening? Hard to tell, but you can see amazing stars when looking up to the heights of Valaskjalf. Fandral, Sif, Hogun and Volstagg seem to be running to get to the Allfather on their throne. They're also all saluting. We try to piece together more of the architecture of this space. We think we've got it figured out now. They each have their own reactions when they see who is sitting on the throne. Clearly, it's not Odin. We end on a great shadow on the wall of Loki on the throne. It's a conversation about dutch angles, rooftops, iPods, gamma studies, and the Asgardian throne room – and Matt Carroll's here for all of it. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Matt Carroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stranded Panda

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Thor 047: Why Doesn't Agent Coulson Recruit Jane?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 28:06


Minute Forty-Seven: From Jane's Frustration to Rooftop Depression Joining us to discuss Agent Coulson's gentle appropriation of all of Jane's research and gear is Matt Carroll, one of the two co-hosts of the award-winning MCUCast and founder of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. In the forth-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Agent Coulson works well as the distraction point person, keeping Jane's attention focused on himself so his team can continue taking all of her gear. Again, how does Erik know so much about SHIELD? Does he know who Agent Coulson is? Or is it simply the word SHIELD puts him in such fear? SHIELD and Agent Coulson really act like a shadow government organization here. It's interesting how Coulson acts, particularly as his character (and SHIELD) continue moving forward. There is that sense of personal rights versus the collective good here. Which side are we on? SHIELD isn't quite at the point where they want to bring the actual scientists into their fold yet, and when they do bring the scientist in charge of this information into the fold, why is it Erik rather than Jane? Granted, Natalie Portman likely was less interested in playing in bit roles across the MCU than Stellan Skarsgård was. But in context of the story, it would've made so much more sense to bring Jane along. We revel in how much comedy flows through this film in so many beats. That bit when Jane comments on her journal holding everything then Agent Coulson signals one of his agents to take it? Great comedy. Erik, as usual, stands and absorbs most of the time. Until Jane needs him. And we try to identify as many agents in here as we can. But what's with all the female agents that aren't listed anywhere? Very frustrating. Last but not least, we talk about the departing convoy and the lone truck that left way earlier. Agent Coulson and SHIELD is gone. The Scientists Three retreat to the roof. Is this meant to create a bit of a rooftop connection with the donut moment in Iron Man 2? In the script, the scene with the Warriors Three and Loki would've separated these two scenes. Clearly, the editors found a better way to create a flow in the film. No matter how you slice it, this is another great Branagh dutch angle. SHIELD raids Jane's lab and we're here to talk about it with Matt Carroll. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Matt Carroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stranded Panda

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Thor 046: Why Does SHIELD Feel So Sinister?

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 29:08


Minute Forty-Six: From Thor's Valediction to Coulson's Appropriation Joining us to discuss the royal and polite way Thor says goodbye and Coulson's own polite way of appropriating all of the Scientist Three's gear is Matt Carroll, one of the two co-hosts of the award-winning MCUCast and founder of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. In the forty-sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Jane has no idea what to do after Thor kisses her hand. Her flustered behavior is adorable. Matt struggles with the fact that Thor falls in love with Jane by the end of the film but it does feel like they pull a lot of the romantic comedy tropes here to make this work. So to that end, if you can't buy into the rom-com nature and their meet-cute, you may struggle with this relationship. But is Thor interested in Jane at this point or just kissing the cute girl's hand? Regardless, Darcy and Erik curtsey and bow, respectively, and it's adorable. Especially Darcy. Which certainly holds true with her reactions so far in the film. Erik's bow is a bit more awkward and uncomfortable, but it's as if he feels compelled. It's great. In the background, you can see the paved road turns to dirt, giving away a bit of the old west town in which this was filmed. And have you ever noticed the Christmas Every Day shop on Main Street? Wow, does this feel like real small-town America. Let's not forget the Liquor Locker! The Scientists Three find SHIELD agents raiding her lab. Agent Coulson and SHIELD seem a bit more like a threat in this film. That feels new in the MCU. Well, there was a bit of that in Iron Man 2. But did you know that this was originally scripted to be Nick Fury? They couldn't get Samuel L. Jackson, though, so it was rewritten as Agent Coulson, which may be why he feels a bit different here. Erik clearly has heard of SHIELD though. Where? Will we find out in the future? The rest of the Scientists Three don't seem to have heard of them. This film really sets up this idea of a shadow government organization. Does that work for SHIELD? To that end, how hard is it to come up with acronyms for business names? Erik may say to Jane to let it go but Jane says no – this is her life's work up to this point. She's not ready to let it go. Was there a point in Erik's life when he was less professorial? Why does Agent Coulson say they're investigating a security threat? Is that a lie to create their cover-up? Or do they feel there is a security risk at this point? Why doesn't he call it out as an 084? But what was SHIELD looking for? We see some SHIELD agents. There are a lot. A lot more than the Scientists Three. But we can't really see any faces here. Perhaps it's an intentional feel where they all blend together as ‘agents.' The script says the back of the truck is loaded with Jane's Dark Matter analysis machine. Was that meant to tie into Malekith's dark matter dagger in Thor: The Dark World? What's funny about that, though, is that it looks like it's just loaded with camera gear from the crew. It doesn't look like scientific equipment from the Scientists Three. The Scientists Three go from saying goodbye to arguing with SHIELD agents, and we're here to talk about it all. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Matt Carroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stranded Panda

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Thor 045: Myeu-muh? What's Myeu-muh?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 26:33


Minute Forty-Five: From An Offer for Jane to A Kiss for Jane Joining us on the show to discuss Thor's offer, Erik's warning, Jane's giggles, and Darcy's ‘myeu-muh' is Austin Tichenor, creator of The Shakespeareance, co-artistic director of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and producer & host of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. In the forty-fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We talk about how Thor finally seems to notice that these Midgardians around him want something and if he strikes a deal with them, he could get what he want. He also seems to notice Jane's desire for him but ignores Erik's suspicion. That's interesting that he never pushes back against Erik. Is it that Jane's just dazzled? Or is Erik feeling that his childhood myth couldn't actually have come to life? There is certainly a paternalistic nature to Erik here as well, as far as the professorial care he shows. What's great about how grounded the film works to make Thor seem and how great Erik's heritage plays opposite that. Meanwhile, Darcy's attempt at saying Mjølnir – myeu-muh – cracks us up to no end. And then Erik says Mjølnir and it sounds perfect. But it's not myeu-muh. Matthew references Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance and the romance as it comes to Jane's fascination with Thor. Is Thor eavesdropping when Erik pulls Jane aside to warn her? It's hard to tell. What does Thor think is going to happen when he finds Myeu-muh? Thor says his goodbyes to go find Myeu-muh as Jane acknowledges Erik's warnings. We love how Thor continues to act in unexpected ways, whether it's smashing mugs or giving a genuine goodbye kiss. Thor is present. He's genuine. He pays incredible attention. His active listening is great. It's amazing how well that works. But why does he ignore Darcy when he says goodbye? Is it just that he's so taken with Jane? Maybe he sees Darcy like a servant? Or that he called his hammer Myeu-muh? No matter how you slice it, the Shakespearean parallels are all through this minute and this entire film. It's a thrill and clearly, Branagh knows what he's doing. Thor's genuine, Jane's flustered, Erik's hesitant, and Darcy's confused about ‘myeu-muh.' Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Austin Tichenor on Twitter The Shakespeareance on the web and on Instagram The Reduced Shakespeare Company on the web, Facebook, and Twitter

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 044: How Does Thor Know Which Direction to Go?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 24:23


Minute Forty-Four: From Satellite Talk to Middle-of-the-Street Talk Joining us on the show to discuss the mysterious satellite Jake and Pete tell Izzy about as well as Jane stopping Thor in his pursuit of it is Austin Tichenor, creator of The Shakespeareance, co-artistic director of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and producer & host of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. In the forty-fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Jake and Pete tell Izzy about the satellite they found in the desert and the big party that took place. It's great how Erik and Jane are drawn to them talking about a satellite and Thor is drawn in when they say how heavy it is. We're glad these townies don't play to the tropes of how townies so often are there just to bully our heroes. Darcy takes pictures of Thor for Facebook. A few years earlier, it was MySpace in Iron Man. So much of these stories is about identity, as Austin points out, including our identity as watchers. Darcy, Coulson, Wu – so many characters speak to the nature of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare's works, though perhaps more in Tom Stoppard's “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” This type of storytelling has grown in popularity so much. Fool. Wicked. Maleficent. It's walking in someone else's shoes. The villains are the heroes in their own stories. It's all a type of fan fiction to an extent. Even the Bible comes into the conversation. That's all to point out that Darcy has little interest in the conversation about the satellite. She's in her own space here. Thor gives such a great goofy smile here. But Thor catches the satellite conversation, albeit only when they talk about how heavy it was. And that sends Thor on his quest to find Mjølnir. Thor leaves Isabela's Diner to find the satellite, aka Mjølnir. How does Thor know which direction is west? And who paid the bill? We decide they have a tab here. We love that Thor clearly sees himself as essentially the focal point of every place he goes. Shakespeare popularized the use of the word ‘swagger.' Who knew? Where did all these cars come from suddenly? We laugh about the possible connection between Donut Land here and the donut shop in Iron Man 2. Is the OK Furniture a nod to JMS's storyline in the Thor comics involving Thor landing in Oklahoma (where the wind goes sweeping through the plains)? Radioactivity and a satellite and government, oh my! There's plenty to talk about with Austin in this minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Austin Tichenor on Twitter The Shakespeareance on the web and on Instagram The Reduced Shakespeare Company on the web, Facebook, and Twitter

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Thor 043: How Much Mug Smashing Goes On in Asgard?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 32:02


Minute Forty-Three: From One Gentle Touch to Two Excited Townies Joining us on the show to discuss Thor's appetite, mug smashing, and excitable townies is Austin Tichenor, creator of The Shakespeareance, co-artistic director of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and producer & host of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. In the forty-third mug-smashing minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Loki's moment with Odin after Odin collapses is incredibly touching. He clearly loves his father and is shocked by his collapse, despite being left in the middle of this fight. It's also at least a bit of a relief to see that Odin is breathing, so we know he's alive. But what did the guards hear? As we find out, they were in earshot just on the other side of the doors. Do they tell their partners all about what they heard at work each evening? Write notorious memoirs down the road? Too bad there wasn't a chance for some mug smashing in this scene. We return to Midgard for Isabela's Diner and some mug smashing. Our tour of Puente Antiguo gives us a bit more insight into this corner of the town. But still, over 2000 people live here? Hrm... There's something magical about small town diners, but they can be gambles. The fish out of water comedy is great in this scene with Thor's dopey alien in America bit. Kat Dennings' lines about Pop Tarts and Thor's eating is great. So are the cuts showing Thor eat. It's ridiculous and absurd and so perfect because of it. Branagh handles comedy well even though he doesn't do comedy that often. Much Ado About Nothing and Dead Again both have great comedic bits. Again, we have more to complain about with Thor's wig and eyebrows. Jane, Darcy, and Erik feel like the Midgard versions of the Warriors Three. Erik is a great character to help ground Thor's mythology and history in Nordic cultures. The mug smashing moment. Seriously. One of the greatest moments in the MCU? It has to be. They even repeated the mug smashing in the Loki tv show. The mug smashing feels like a great celebratory joy for how great the coffee was but it scares off a customer and forces Isabela and Melinda her employee to clean up the mess. Thor's royal mindset is so funny here, but his sincerity with Jane afterward and promise to not smash any more is full of honesty. We dig into the traditions of smashing dishes. And Isabela shows up so we get to play the IMDb game with Adriana Barraza. But why was she given so little to do here? There's a truck that drives by. It's Stan the Man's truck with no bed! Pete and Jake enter and start talking with Izzy about the day they just had at the crater. The local rustics is very much Shakespearean. Pete and Jake fit very much in that model. It's a fun minute that still feels full of Shakespearean elements. Plus mug smashing. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Austin Tichenor on Twitter The Shakespeareance on the web and on Instagram The Reduced Shakespeare Company on the web, Facebook, and Twitter

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Thor 042: Does Odin's Reasoning Make Sense?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 38:00


Minute Forty-Two: From Odin's Reasoning to Odin's Collapse Joining us on the show to discuss baby Loki, Odin's reasoning to take him from Jotunheim, and the Shakespearean argument between Odin and Loki is Austin Tichenor, creator of The Shakespeareance, co-artistic director of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and producer & host of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. In the forty-second minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Odin lays out his reasoning as to why he took Loki from Jotunheim, but does it make sense as a way to unite the kingdoms? And why does he say it no longer matters? Perhaps he shouldn't have disguised him all these years? Has Odin never realized that this maybe wasn't the best way forward? Or had he been lying so long that he got past the point of figuring out how to talk to him? We certainly feel that Odin's twisting his own words. When Odin brought Loki back, did he have to send Frigga off Asgard for nine months with the baby then have her come back, acting as if she delivered him? Can Heimdall see past Odin's spell? Does he know Loki is a Jotun? But the biggest issue is the fact that Loki isn't big, and when the Casket reveals his true nature that he doesn't also change size. What's up with that? We know that Odin says he was small for a frost giant, but does that mean he's Asgardian sized? According to What If...?, he's definitely taller. All told, though, Odin is gaslighting Loki a bit. As Loki continues to develop his villainy, Austin points out the charming villain lineage he shares in Shakespeare's works. Loki pushes Odin into the Odinsleep after not buying into Odin's reasoning. It's interesting to us that with everything going on, it's this fight with Loki that pushes Odin to fall into the Odinsleep. Marvel created the Odinsleep in the comics as something Odin needs to do every few millennia to restore his Odinforce. It's a little similar to the trance that Odin would go into in Norse mythology, but it's different enough to bother people who study Norse mythology. Loki's anger doesn't abate when Odin falls, perhaps because his fallibility and weakness feels to Loki like another power play, albeit not one in his control. And to that end, perhaps that's why it takes Loki so long to look at Odin on the ground before he does anything (in the next minute). Austin points out how so many of Shakespeare's stories could take place in high school settings, and how the heightened emotions in this film feel that way as well. It's a heavy minute with Loki not buying Odin's reasoning then pushing him into the Odinsleep. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Austin Tichenor on Twitter The Shakespeareance on the web and on Instagram The Reduced Shakespeare Company on the web, Facebook, and Twitter

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 041: So It's Odin's Magic That Makes the Frosty Baby Look Asgardian?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 40:31


Minute Forty-One: From Frosty Baby to "Tell me!” Joining us on the show to discuss frosty baby Loki and the Shakespearean argument between Odin and Loki is Austin Tichenor, creator of The Shakespeareance, co-artistic director of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and producer & host of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. In the forty-first minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We see elements of King Lear in here, but Austin also points out elements from Henry IV Parts I and II, particularly conflict between Hotspur and Prince Hal. There's certainly an element of big acting that works so well in Shakespearean heightened language, and we certainly see that when Loki screams “Tell me!” Austin calls it the intensity of intention, which we definitely see. When Odin told young Thor and young Loki about how they're both born to be kings but only one gets to be king, was he debating if he would tell Loki about his heritage? Being born to be king paired with identity is such a core part of Shakespeare's plays. Yet no one debates if this type of hereditary monarchy should still exist. Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins deliver such strong performances here. So at this point, where do Loki and Odin feel about who is next in line for the throne? Does Loki think this frost giant past has removed him from the line? Or is Loki thinking about the possibility of being king of Jotunheim, the place he just nearly destroyed with the raid? But Odin had to have seen what terrible king Thor would've made, right? That being said, do you give the throne to the god of mischief? There is a bit of Caliban from The Tempest in Loki too. We do talk about the frosty baby, at some point, right? How does Loki feel knowing that he was slaughtering Jotuns earlier? We bring in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry VI in as well. And Cymbeline too! How much of Odin rewriting his own history are we getting in this conversation? So much feels retconned. We finally talk about the frosty baby. We talk about the Loki baby, who starts as a frost baby and changes at the hands of Odin to normal looking. So that's his spell we guess? Was baby Loki abandoned? Left in a temple? A bit of both? Or is this all just from Odin's perspective? The lighting in this scene is stunning, as is the production design. Do the marks on the frosty baby change over time? The idea of masters of magic still confuses us – Odin's in this category now for sure. Does Loki know what he wants to hear from Odin? Odin freezes when Loki confronts him. Truth versus comfort. It's a tough line for a parent. From King Lear to Henry IV Parts I and II to The Tempest to Richard II, we cover all sorts of Shakespearean elements in this minute – plus a frosty baby – with Austin. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Austin Tichenor on Twitter The Shakespeareance on the web and on Instagram The Reduced Shakespeare Company on the web, Facebook, and Twitter The Hollow Crown Season One on iTunes, Amazon, or both seasons on JustWatch

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 040: Why Doesn't Loki Change Size?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 38:15


Minute Forty: From Talk of Treason to Talk of Heritage Joining us sadly for the last time this week is Jessica Plummer, author and contributing editor at Book Riot, as we discuss treason with the Warriors Three and Lady Sif as well as Loki's slowly growing need to know what's going on with his tranformations. In the Fortieth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... We complain about the fact that we have so few great moments like this with the Warriors Three. Jessica gives us some history on the Warriors Three and Jack Kirby's character types, showing how these largely pull from a set of archetypes he used often. Did Josh Lucas want more comedy and didn't get it so didn't come back, or could he see where the treatment of Fandral and the Warriors Three was headed when he opted to not return? It speaks to what Marvel's done with characters and actors now that they largely don't want to drop out because a small role can become so much more. There's even more of Fandral, Volstagg, Hogun and Sif in the script here and it's great material, but in context of the film, it's not necessary. Still, it speaks to how great they could have been as characters if they weren't used strictly as jokes so often. Could it be that they're also upset because they know Loki is now lined up to be king? Fandral seems to realize the line between mischief and treason. Was Loki meaning to be treasonous and committing a coup d'état? Loki approaches the Casket of Ancient Winters to find out the truth. Hiddleston is terrific in this moment as he debates whether to pick the Casket up or not. It seems clear to us that he knows the truth but does this to confirm what he knows. It's almost like Odin is drawn here at this moment as well. It's clear that it's too late for Odin to tell Loki the truth here, though perhaps it would've been a better option to have been cursed and not to have been stolen after the Battle against the Jotuns. We debate the spell on Loki and how it reveals his frost giant heritage but doesn't change his size. Odin's “Stop!” was scripted as stopping the Destroyer from blasting the person picking up the Casket. We talk about how the delivery feels like there's an intensity behind it so we debate if Hopkins thought he was acting against Hiddleston here or the Destroyer. But how does the Destroyer know when the wrong person is touching the Casket? Unrelated, Odin's outfit is so beautiful and it's finally not armor! And what about those marks on frost giant Loki? When we say baby Loki, we'll have to compare markings. Last but not least, we complain some more about the blue nature of both the Casket and the Tesseract, particularly how they came out in such close proximity. From treason talk with Thor's friends to frost giant heritage arguing between Loki and Odin, we have a lot to discuss with Jessica. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jessica at Instagram, Twitter and BookRiot Jessica's podcast Flights and Tights: A Superman Movie Podcast Buy Sword Stone Table at Amazon or BookShop

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Thor 039: Why So Suspicious, Hogun?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 36:18


Minute Thirty-Nine: From Loki's Reveal to Hogun's Suspicion Joining us in the Healing Room all week is Jessica Plummer, author and contributing editor at Book Riot. We talk about Hogun the Suspicious and his suspicions. In the thirty-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... It turns out Loki was paying attention to the conversation after all, not just staring at his hand with thoughts of his heritage. We debate Loki's reveal to the group here in the Healing Room. So he told the guard but it was to keep them safe. And like Thor, Loki reveals his royal heritage with the comment about flogging the guard. Hogun's healing massage of Volstagg's arm stops, which may be the sign that he's shocked. It's hard to tell with Hogun. We agree completely with Loki's comments on Thor as a terrible option for king. Why do Thor's friends seem to disagree? Are they just too close? This conversation makes us realize that without all of the happenings in this film, Thor really would've become the party Thor from What If...? show. We debate what Loki's full intentions were. Where is Loki's head in this moment? We truly see the origin story for Loki in moments like this. Loki isn't a full-on evil villain yet but we can see elements of that here now. How much is this frost giant blue element he's seeing in himself that's throwing him off in this conversation? The conversation about flogging the guard also speaks to distract his friends' attention from everything else he's saying. Loki storms out of the Healing Room and Sif, Hogun, Fandral, and Volstagg debate his intentions. Each of the friends has their own reaction to Loki's reveal. Who is right? Their immediate suspicions of Loki make us wonder if Loki has ever been good at manipulating them or is only good at manipulating Thor. Or perhaps their jealousy of their friends with the royal blood shines through here? The Warriors Three and Sif seem as hot-headed as Thor, so perhaps they value this trait whereas Loki sees it as poor for leadership. Hogun's comment speaks to his supposed wisdom and plays with the concept that he doesn't speak much, but it also comes across as a huge leap in conclusions to say Loki or a master of magic could have brought the Jotuns to Asgard. The logic becomes Watsonian vs. Doylist – this suspicion of Hogun's feels like it has to be there simply so these characters are suspicious in the story. Would this scene have played still if they weren't suspicious at this moment? And to that end, how many masters of magic are there on Asgard? Is it just Loki and Frigga? But Odin uses magic too... So where is the line? Regardless, we struggle quite a bit with this leap – even if they're right – because it just seems too much a device by the writers. All in all, though, it's a debate with Loki while in the Healing Room. So much to discuss. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jessica at Instagram, Twitter and BookRiot Jessica's podcast Flights and Tights: A Superman Movie Podcast Buy Sword Stone Table at Amazon or BookShop

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Thor 038: Thirsty, Anyone?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 37:56


Minute Thirsty-Eight: From Healthy Muscles to a Healing Massage Joining us again is Jessica Plummer, author and contributing editor at Book Riot. We discuss more about thirst, Thor's attitude, how he speaks to people, and the Asgardian healing room. In the thirsty-eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... The thirst factor is still high as we kick off this minute with Jane still having a hard time not blatantly staring at Thor. Meanwhile, he gets ready to put the shirt on that she loaned him, only to find a Hello, My Name Is... sticker still attached. Turns out, we have another Easter egg buried in the name on that sticker – Donald Blake M.D. Marvel enjoys dropping Easter eggs in their films, which is a different perspective than the DC films use, where they largely avoid dropping them. But why? This shirt, however – does this mean Jane's had it for a long time but hasn't washed it? Or was it a recent break-up? Does the fact that this Thor fits perfectly so well imply that Jane has a type and Thor fits it perfectly? There was a point in development where the Donald Blake persona would be in the film and they were talking about Kevin McKidd playing him. Despite his hotness and Jane's (and our) thirst for him, Thor is rude. He clearly acts like royalty and treats everyone as if they're servants or commoners. Thor's comments about needing sustenance come off sounding like he's having an out of body experience. His mortal form? Could it be that he hasn't had a golden apple from Asgard in far too long and is actually feeling more mortal than he's ever felt before? Thor is hungry. Darcy is thirsty. But she and Erik share a look when Thor speaks the way he does. Clearly, they're tuned in to his crazy jabberings. We leave the thirst behind to journey to Asgard where we visit the Healing Room. It's Asgard at night! So they do flip around like a pancake in space! The striking difference between the rural and rundown look of Puente Antiguo and the opulence of Asgard stands out strong with this transition. Bo Welch's incredible production design gives so much weight to this scene. And did you know that's an enormous ram's head over the fire? We lay out what Hogun is actually doing here because it's never quite clear. Volstagg, Sif, and Fandral discuss why they shouldn't have let Thor go, but also how Thor saved them. Fandral seems the one we should be thirsty for but are we? Is there any thirst factor for him sitting here with his vest on and no shirt underneath? They know now that a guard told Odin where they were going but there still seems some debate if their journey was a smart idea or not. Loki seems to only be focused on the fact that his hand had turned blue earlier. With all his planning, Loki clearly struggles with this new information. Again, the opulence here – both in the production design and in the costumes – stands out as something to pay attention to. Meanwhile, in the MCU... We're still on June 10th and we talk a bit about what's happening in both The Incredible Hulk and in Iron Man 2. It's a conversation about hot bodies and the thirst that goes along with them, royal attitudes and how people react to them, and discussions in the healing room. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jessica at Instagram, Twitter and BookRiot Jessica's podcast Flights and Tights: A Superman Movie Podcast Buy Sword Stone Table at Amazon or BookShop

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Thor 037: How Many Townies Does It Take to Pull a Hammer Out of the Ground?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 33:19


Minute Thirty-Seven: From Stan the Man to Bare-Chested Thor Joining us to discuss Stan Lee as well as Thor's perfect body is Jessica Plummer, author and contributing editor at Book Riot. In the thirty-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... How strong does that chain have to be to rip the bed of a Dodge pickup truck right off the frame? Or is it that the truck itself was not made well? In a minute of perfect bodies, this truck proves it does not have the perfect body. If they chipped the rock away from under Mjølnir, would they be able to pull it away? Look! It's Stan Lee in his cameo! Turns out, Stan the Man is driving the pickup that gets torn apart. It's been disproved that Stan's one of the Watchers now that What If...? has been released, but we explore what he would be up to if he were the Watcher during this crossover period between The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2 and this film. Agent Coulson finally arrives. And it looks a bit familiar as we've seen a bit of this at the end of Iron Man 2. He's very stoic as the SHIELD agent, and as his first foray outside of the Iron Man films, it really feels like he's starting to step into his own here. But he doesn't have Thor's perfect body. They do make him feel more menacing though. Is that because for this film, they're meant to feel more of a threat during the continuing sequences with Mjølnir? This moment again speaks so well about what Kevin Feige had been setting up with this crossover universe that becomes the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk about a few of the other actors playing townies at the crater as well. Back at Smith Motors in Jane's workshop, and we find Thor shirtless, showing off his perfect body. Thirsty, anyone? Thor is putting on clothes and we find him with jeans on. And that's it. Clearly, Hemsworth is happy to show off his body here because those months in the gym seriously paid off. Jessica wanted to discuss these minutes in particular because of the concept of thirst and how these films have subverted a bit of the trope of featuring women in moments simply included for thirsty male viewers by featuring these super men in super shape usually topless to satisfy fans. We discuss the male gaze versus the female gaze a bit. We also discuss the challenge of a male director filming the female gaze. Does that negate it? Though perhaps that's why it's so important to have Darcy and Jane both staring at Thor's perfect body. Darcy's apology/non-apology to Thor about tasing him feels like classic Darcy. Jane does a great job of averting her eyes, oh Lord. Thor fiddles with the computer mouse and Jane stops him. And she realizes how close she is to that perfect bod. And we realize just how much taller he is than she. But while Thor's body may be the perfect body, that damn bleached eyebrow thing and terrible wig. They almost make his entire face disappear. Oh, and we haven't even mentioned the other beautiful thing to look at – those incredible New Mexico vistas through the enormous windows of Smith Motors. Wow, what a beautiful part of the world. We've got Stan Lee's cameo as well as a whole conversation about the thirst everyone has after seeing Hemsworth look the way he looks. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material Jessica at Instagram, Twitter and BookRiot Jessica's podcast Flights and Tights: A Superman Movie Podcast Buy Sword Stone Table at Amazon or BookShop

Arthouse Garage: A Movie Podcast
068: Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, A24’s The Humans, and an exvangelical discussion of Martin Scorsese’s Silence

Arthouse Garage: A Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 91:55


"Don't you think it should cost less to be alive?" Today on the show we've got a review of the new Netflix film The Power of the Dog from writer/director Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. After that a look at the fascinating new Thanksgiving film from A24, The Humans, directed by Stephen Karam and Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Jayne Houdyshell, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb. Continuing the new series, The Art of Deconstruction: Faith, Doubt & Film, filmmaker Chad Hill stops by the podcast to tell about his experiences and break down the 2016 film Silence from director Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. I also give a quick reaction to some of the other films I've been watching, including a few that played AFI Fest 2021. Films (and TV) discussed include: Holy Emy (AFI Fest)Paris, 13th District (AFI Fest)Petite Maman (AFI Fest)Squid GameShiva BabyAll Too Well: The Short FilmSpencerBelfastUndine Links Holy Emy review on ArthouseGarage.com Chad Hill's short film, Invitation, free to watch on Vimeo What is an "exvangelical"? - “Exvangelical” – a working definition. Podcast segment about the adaptation of the Silence novel Trailer for Don't Look Up Trailer for The Hand of God Connect with Arthouse Garage Instagram Facebook Twitter Letterboxd Email us at Andrew@ArthouseGarage.com Subscribe to the email newsletter: arthousegarage.com/subscribe Try Opopop popcorn! Get 10% off your first order Theme music by Apauling Productions

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Thor 036: Is Jane the Worst Driver in the MCU?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 31:02


Minute Thirty-Six: From Empty Bed in a County Hospital to Chained Hammer in an Impact Crater We're digging deep into the movie as well as the impact crater in the thirty-sixth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Before we get back to Mjølnir's impact crater, we return to the County Hospital. Even the god's-eye view shots that Branagh uses in this film end up as dutch angles. They're so great! Jane really wants to find Thor specifically for the science. He's evidence. He can tell her all about what it was like in that event. They really focus on Jane and her science in this film. And it works well. Thor is hot, and for a lot of people that's why they'd return to him but we talk about how there's an entirely possible reaction from Jane that it's really all about science here. Even if he wasn't hot but was gross with a beard down to his knees, she'd likely want to talk to him. Erik really seems to be getting a better sense of what's really going on. He's a scientist also, but brings the older wisdom. But is Erik starting to get a sense that this person may be somebody from his storybook tales? At least Erik is trying to keep everyone alive. Darcy is fine tracking him down, but apparently ready to tase him again. But why does she cock her taser like a gun? They don't work that way. First she forces Darcy to drive into an atmospheric disturbance, then hit Thor, and now back into Thor. Jane clearly shouldn't drive. Jane backs up, and even though we can see Thor walking through the side windows, Jane apparently can't and backs into him. To be fair, she's rather worked up so maybe isn't paying attention that well. But if Thor had his powers, would he dent the Pinzgauer? It's a lot of mass... would it at least push Thor back a bit or knock him over? In the script, this is when he finally realizes where he was. Oh – and Dawn the admissions nurse makes an appearance in the script again. It's so much better than her earlier moment. Too bad we get the bad spelling/slow typer version of Dawn instead of this scripted version. Meanwhile, back at Mjølnir's Impact Crater... Apparently, JMS told everyone in the area and they told all their friends because there are now several dozen people at the impact crater and they're having a great time. One unnamed guy – we'll call him Grilling Townie – has his popup tent and is busy grilling hot dogs. That means it's a serious party! But where the heck is he set up? We never see him again. Billy Swan's “I Can Help” plays throughout this scene. We dig in a bit on him and his career, including his daughters Planet and Sierra. We talk about Pete played by Matt Battaglia and Jake, aka Drunk Townie, played by Joel McCrary. They ham it up quite a bit as they try pulling Mjølnir from its spot but it won't budge. And this is, of course, free entertainment, so it's obviously something all these townies want to be at. But there's a bicycle there. That's one heck of a bike ride to get here! And did we mention everybody is dressed for winter weather, even though this takes place on June 1st according to the MCU's official timeline? Regardless, the townies finally come up with a plan to pull Mjølnir free with a chain wrapped around a hitch in the back of a pickup truck. But whose truck could it be? And did we mention how much Matthew loves JMS's Babylon 5? And he's still out here watching what's going on. Jane, Erik, and Darcy find Thor and the rural New Mexicans try to free Mjølnir at the Impact Crater. So much to talk about! Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 035: Will Jane Find Her Spaceman?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 34:11


Minute Thirty-Five: From a Missing Constellation to a Missing Patient ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard joins us for the last time to discuss Jane, Erik and Darcy realizing that Thor is basically a spaceman, as well as Thor's escape from the hospital. In the thirty-fifth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Jane and Erik continue their conversation about how our constellations are missing and seem to have been replaced with different constellations. They're getting closer – but aren't there quite yet – to realizing that Thor is a spaceman. Darcy calls them over to point out the obvious-to-us but apparently-not-obvious-to-them-until-just-this-moment shape of a man in the atmospheric disturbance. Jane realizes finally that the man they hit with the Pinzgauer is, in fact, a spaceman. But how do they get photos of the stars during the atmospheric disturbance? It's awfully bright. Regardless, we love how Branagh and his editors chose to edit from the shot of the shape of a man in the sky to the overhead shot of Thor strapped to the bed. Meanwhile, back with the other spaceman and his wife in Asgard. Odin fumes on his balcony. Frigga enters, upset that Odin's banished her son. She's Frigga'n furious. Again, Anthony Hopkins just rules in this role. Rene Russo delivers a great accent that doesn't distract at all. Their age difference does distract a bit though. We look at Odin's armor. He only has four discs on his. Does that change our thoughts about these as rankings? Odin says Thor pushed them to the brink of war. Was he not there when Laufey pretty much said war has begun? And Frigga references mortals again. So are they immortal? This scene largely feels superfluous so we're glad they cut it. Plus, it wouldn't allow for the fantastic transition from the last scene to the next one. And we now find our spaceman tied to a hospital bed. Did you notice the red crocs at the end of his bed? Chris Hemsworth handles his bewilderment at his lack of strength perfectly. This is why he's perfect for this role. But damn those eyebrows! They practically disappear on his face in this location! #theeyebrowcut. We want it, Feige! Thor's yellow wristband says he's a fall risk. Would something else have made more sense? We couldn't figure out the information on his wristband other than his name. Maybe his age? Are they estimating him to be 38 years old? Thor can't break out so he slips his hand out. This feels like a move he would have pulled from his brother Loki. WWLD? Gotta get that spaceman! Jane, Erik and Darcy run back into the hospital to find Thor, now that they know he's essentially a spaceman. Nurse Rob and Nurse Terry talk to security about what happened the night before. Erik realizes what this means and they put it in high gear. Unfortunately, all they find is an empty hospital bed. We have a great chat about Jane's spaceman in this minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard at MCU:Location Scout and Retrozap

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 034: Where Are All the Residents of Puente Antiguo?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 36:52


Minute Thirty-Four: From a Cameo to a Day Off ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard digs around in the impact crater with us in this minute as we talk about wormholes and Puente Antiguo. In the thirty-fourth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... The townie who finds the impact crater turns out to be none other than J. Michael Straczynski. The connections are strong with this one as they relate to the Thor comics, Babylon 5, and more. We also talk about the nature of comic book creator cameos and how it's nice to see. (We don't get into the issues that these creators are having with Marvel over their creator rights, which is a huge topic for another day.) He runs down to the base of the impact crater and finds Mjølnir embedded in what looks like a block of cement. We debate the look of this prop because on the one hand, it allows the people interacting with it to really struggle but on the other hand, it looks manmade, not like something that would happen naturally from impact. To that end, it does allow for comparisons with the sword in the stone and the fact that no one can pull it free. But then we also now can judge each of these people trying to lift Mjølnir. Apparently, this town ain't worthy. As Straczynski tries to lift Mjølnir, the sound design kicks in with that sound we've come to know and love that we hear when Thor wields the hammer. But is it diagetic? Is this townie hearing the ringing sound too? We leave our time with the townie as he gives us a little ‘huh,' which is played so well. Kudos, Straczynski! Welcome to Puente Antiguo. Finally. As we bid adieu to the townie and Mjølnir for now, we find ourselves in the small town of Puente Antiguo, which means ‘old bridge' in Spanish. Turns out, they named it this because of how it works as a reflective opposite of Asgard. They built this town of Puente Antiguo at the Cerro Pelon Ranch, aka Cooks Ranch Filming Studio in Galisteo, NM. Turns out Tom Ford owns it and if you're on the market for your own movie ranch, you can buy it from him right now! The elevation of Puente Antiguo matches that of Galisteo. That doesn't track at all based on the mileage from Albuquerque we saw in the One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer. The population of Puente Antiguo doesn't make sense at all either. It's over 2000 people which, for this small a town, makes no sense. Even Galisteo only has a population just over 200 people. Where do all these people live? Were they just trying to make it seem like more lives were in danger here in Puente Antiguo when the Destroyer arrives? Hey, they've got at least one big chain! The town is big enough to have a 7-11, but it really feels like a Flying J would make more sense. Then again, why would people drive here? It feels so isolated. We point out the newsstand, the liquor store, and a very prominent billboard advertising the great state of New Mexico while also dropping another comic reference. And of course Smith Motors stands at the end of the main drag, essentially filling in for Valaskjalf in this small town. It's a fantastic design as a defunct car dealership here in Puente Antiguo with a star on top. We love it! The billboard looks like some information has been redacted. Was that left accidentally as something they forgot to clean up? Or was it intentional and meant to be something perhaps graffitied on there? Jane, Erik and Darcy busy themselves in Smith Motors at the end of Puente Antiguo's main street. We join them here where clearly Jane has made her temporary workspace. But is that a crew person in a hammock we see in the next building over? Darcy works overtime in this scene as our audience surrogate because Jane and Erik talk about the possibility of an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, or a wormhole. Erik explains to her what that means, so he's essentially explaining it to us. Are superhero films science fiction? Or are they their own genre that happen to be pulling science fiction elements in to enhance the story? The dialogue here feels like the screenwriters had some scientific conversations with people who understand this stuff far better than we do to make sure it sounded somewhat accurate and possible. We talk about impact craters, Straczynski, Puente Antiguo, Einstein-Rosen Bridges, and more in this minute. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard at MCU:Location Scout and Retrozap

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 033: How Much Damage Does Thor Do to the Triage Bay?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 32:07


Minute Thirty-Three: From Triage to Townie ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard from the MCU: Location Scout joins us again to discuss Thor destroying the Triage Bay and a townie discovering Mjølnir's impact crater. In the thirty-third minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Nurse Terry kicks things off as he tries to draw blood from Thor. Thor will have none of it and proceeds to tear the Triage Bay apart, along with all the nurses, orderlies, security guards, and patients as well. Who styled Thor's hair so perfectly? Terry Dale Parks plays Nurse Terry. We run through the IMDb Game with him. Great face here, particularly from that worm's eye view shot we get. Parks likely lives and works in New Mexico, and we bet is not a utility stunt player as he pretty much avoids the action and stays at the back of the Triage Bay while Thor takes on the medical staff. We love Nurse Terry, but Nurse Rob just might be working for the Time-Keepers. Rob Mars just may be one of our new favorite stunt workers. He not only works hard to tackle Thor in this scene but he plays Ray Stevenson's stunt double as Volstagg in the film! That means we likely saw him already on Jotunheim. Rob has been a utility stunt player in so many of the MCU films but has also performed in small roles in some of the films and TV shows that we've seen him enough times to be convinced he perhaps works for the Time-Keepers. Thor doesn't have his powers but he's still powerful as he tears the Triage Bay apart. Until he's taken down with the same gag. We struggle with picturing Thor with no strength considering the body he has. Muscles and fighter tactics are still part of his everyday life. Odin only stripped his Asgardian powers from him after all. Considering the damage during this fight, we believe more strongly that this is a soundstage they've built for this fight. Plus, it likely made it easier for them when they did the original single long shot of the fight before it was cut down for the edit. Did you catch Thor's reference to his comic book title? He nearly calls himself ‘The Mighty Thor.' Chris Hemsworth plays the dumb oaf so well here. He also slides down glass like no one else in the MCU. Why does it work so well to have Thor taken down using essentially the same gag we just saw a few minutes ago? We revel in how well this still works. To that end, if you count him getting hit in the parking lot in a few minutes, they're doing their comedy in threes which has always been known to work. Thor calls them savages and demands healing stones in the extended version of this scene. Branagh's decision makes sense as perhaps in a world of super-science, healing stones seem too magical. We leave the Triage Bay and join a townie on a drive to an impact crater. As Thor gets tranqed in the Triage Bay, we leave him to follow a townie in a red Dodge pickup driving over a rise where we see an impact crater. We can tell that this is where Mjølnir landed, but our townie either heard it the night before and investigates or just happens upon it here. Who knows which? Why does he drive all the way around to the far side of it though? It's not really clear. We discuss a bit about how this could've been CG but with all the work that's going to happen here in the next act of the film, we figure it was actually dug out to look this way. Not only does this location not look like the same flat area Jane and her team were driving on last night, but also it turns out it wasn't even the same state where they filmed. Jane, Erik and Darcy crashed into Thor in New Mexico. They filmed this impact crater, while meant to be close by, in the Santa Clarita valley in California. To that end, did Odin specifically select this place for Mjølnir to land? Perhaps he wanted it close enough to Thor so he can find it but not too close? Or as we surmised a few minutes ago, Mjølnir perhaps slipped out of the Bifrost on its way down. From destroying the Triage Bay and everyone in it to a mysterious townie finding Mjølnir's impact crater, we fill this conversation with all sorts of juicy tidbits. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard at MCU:Location Scout and Retrozap

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 032: Does Darcy Feel Bad About Tasering Thor?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 37:26


Minute Thirty-Two: From Tasers to Triage Back with us to discuss Darcy's Taser and Kat Dennings' awesomeness, plus a sweet but ditsy admissions nurse, is ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard from MCU: Location Scout. In the thirty-second minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Thor tries to figure out what Realm he's in, but he goes with Alfheim and Nornheim first, neither of which is populated with human-looking beings. Why start with those? This raises an interesting question for us – are we meant to believe that this is Thor's first time to Midgard? Based on conversations he has in later films, it's clear he's been to other Realms but perhaps not here? Is this how myths perpetuate? The Asgardians came down in 965 A.D. and then not since, leaving the stories to get passed down to create those myths? And it certainly seems more logical now for them to have cut the representatives from the Nine Realms from Thor's coronation scene. That would have raised so many more questions. Darcy pulls out her taser and she's not afraid to use it. It makes total sense to us that Darcy carries a taser. Which kind of taser is this? There are a good number of them, and the kind with the wires that hit the victim like this? They're not just for police. Thor's reaction to Darcy's taser shows that he still has no idea he has no powers anymore. This is something he'll have to learn the hard way over the next few minutes. Darcy's reaction to Erik and Jane after she's tased Thor is classic. “What? He was freaking me out!” Such classic Darcy. Jane's complete and utter shock leaves her with her jaw practically on the ground. It's a great moment if you catch it. Jane decides to join them. But not until they've loaded the post-tasered Thor into her Pinzgauer. It's a bit odd because in the last scene, she told them to go and that she would stay. There's a scripted line that Erik has telling Jane that he won't leave her behind in the desert at night. Which is smart. Did they need that? Maybe not. But it does seem a bit like a change of heart on Jane's part. What's funny is that she doesn't help them at all get the post-tasered Thor into the Pinzgauer. It's Hammer Time! As they drive away, we see Mjølnir fall from the sky. But the Bifrost doesn't act the same way as it comes down. Why is that? Perhaps Mjølnir fell out of the Bifrost on its way down? Another reason it ends up in a different spot? It's hard to be sure. We debate about why they don't turn when it comes through the sky because it's quite the site. Maybe it's because they're looking forward, not back, as they drive. To that end, we describe Mjølnir as a gutter ball. Odin didn't get quite the right spin on it as he sent it into the Bifrost and so as it got close to Midgard, it landed in the gutter. Off to the County Hospital! Having shot Thor with the taser, they decide to take him to the hospital. As it turns out, this location is one that Jay found for his site and was the first person to pinpoint it online. It's actually a government building called the Toney Anaya Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This hospital looks particularly great with Branagh's and his cinematographer's dutch angles. It has a great comic book look but also allows for more of the location to show up. We see the hosed-down parking lot as they pull in with their Pinzgauer. We talked about this filmmaking technique the last few seasons and see they're still using it here. Let's talk about Dawn the Admissions Nurse. Before we get to Dawn, just another note about how much we love Darcy. Her “Yes I did,” line about having shot Thor with the taser is so perfect here, and it still allows her to have a unique character. We really want the Wu and Darcy show now. And all of this really started with Agent Coulson back in Iron Man. Juliet Lopez plays Dawn the Admissions Nurse. No fault of hers, but why did they go this ditzy angle? It makes so much sense why they cut the scene down so drastically. Perhaps they wanted to show this hospital dealing with so many people from rural New Mexico to be a place populated by employees who weren't that smart? We do play the IMDb game with Juliet to see what they list as what she's known for. One of them is Breaking Bad. Makes sense for New Mexico. We end with Nurse Terry preparing to draw blood from Thor. We don't see much here. Just a hint, but we find it intriguing that Branagh chose to film this from Thor's POV as he comes to and finds himself in the hospital. Thor gets tasered and taken to a hospital. it's a busy minute and ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard is here to chat about all of it with us. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Original Material ‘Jovial' Jay Shepard at MCU:Location Scout and Retrozap

The Top 10
The Top 10 - Movies with Narration

The Top 10

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 84:46


Thanks to the release of Belfast from Kenneth Branaugh, we here at The Top 10, hosted by John Rocha and Matt Knost, wanted to sit down and discuss our favorite movies with narration in them. This doesn't mean a movie that's fully narrated like March of the Penguins, but rather one that uses narration to better tell the story of the film and characters within. We each had a difficult time with this list because of the multitude of choices. There are so many that one host just stopped compiling his list because the numbers became practically overwhelming. We'd love to know what makes your list. Give us a shout at any of the social media links below. Remember to SHARE the podacst on your social media. Also, leave a COMMENT/RATING and SUBSCRIBE to the show today! Follow on twitter: John Rocha: https://www.twitter.com/therochasays Matt Knost: https:/www.twitter.com/mattknost The Top 10: https://www.twitter.com/top10show YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thetop10podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetop10podcast Facebook: https://bit.ly/39m9Nbf Patreon: https://bit.ly/39sNb9b Merch: https://bit.ly/2WQBDtO