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#008 Denis Villeneuve: Incendies vs. Enemy

In today’s episode Nate and Austin compare Denis Villeneuve’s best and worst rated films, Incendies (2010) and Enemy (2013), respectively. Nate spends 15 minutes just trying to explain the god damn movie, Austin clearly doesn’t care about the issues in the Middle East, and seriously just go watch Nightcrawler, you’ll thank us later.

Check back next Sunday at 7pm PST where we will compare Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Bottle Rocket (1996), his best and worst rated films.


And seriously, check out Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in Nightcrawler, it’s amazing :


Incendies Notes

PLOT: Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes.

  • Ratings: IMDb 8.2 | RT 92% C / 92% A
  • Released: 2010
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario)
  • Writer(s): Denis Villeneuve, Wajdi Mouawad (play), Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne (collaboration)
  • Cinematographer: Andre Turpin
  • Notable actors: Remy Girard, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin
  • Budget: $6.8 million
  • Box office: $6.8 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • Incendies is French for “fires”
    • Shot in Jordan, but left in unnamed country

Enemy Notes

PLOT: A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

  • Ratings: IMDb 6.8 | RT 75% C / 61% A
  • Released: 2013
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario)
  • Writer(s): Jose Saramago (novel), Javier Gullon
  • Cinematographer: Nicolas Bolduc
  • Notable actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rosellini
  • Budget: N/A
  • Box office: $3.4 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • The cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn’t allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.
    • According to the director, Denis Villeneuve, Javier Bardem was offered the lead role but the actor felt he didn’t suit the character. Christian Bale was also offered the role and he wanted to do it but couldn’t due to scheduling conflicts with other projects.
    • The quote which precedes the film’s opening – ‘chaos is order yet undeciphered’ – is taken from the source novel ‘The Double’ by José Saramago.
    • The song played inside the video store is called “The Cheater”. The lyrics are telling a story of a guy who can’t control himself with his temptation of sleeping around.

 

Intro music by: Calm The Fuck Down (Broke For Free) / CC BY 3.0

The Best and Worst of the Best Podcast is a show where host’s Nate and Austin compare a film director’s best and worst rated movies to see where they went wrong.



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