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#629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:16:25 PM »

In 2014, first-time writer/director Charlie McDowell made a big impression (on Adam, anyway) with THE ONE I LOVE, a movie about a troubled marriage with surreal, Charlie Kaufman-esque flourishes. McDowell’s follow up - THE DISCOVERY, which stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Robert Redford, also has a provocative sci-fi premise, this one about the consequences of scientists proving the existence of an afterlife. The film debuted to some acclaim this January at Sundance and is now being distributed exclusively on Netflix.

This week on the show, Adam and Josh mostly agree about the movie's failings, but still manage to get into a fight over Jesse Plemons. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Final Four results (The Godfather v 2001! Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back!) and the Agnes Varda Marathon continues with the director's 1985 masterpiece VAGABOND.

I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.


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Re: #629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 07:26:56 PM »
I watched The Discovery literally 2 hours before listening to your review. I agree with several of the points that were made. Segel was incorrectly cast in this role. I never once bought into his moral dilemma or felt his desperation to overcome the problem of his father. There was a point with the groundskeepers where I thought they would become part of the experiment, which is why Redford's character had them there participating in cult like activities. Nope. That seemed to go nowhere.

The Discovery was one missed opportunity after another. It's a bleak film with no real grief.

Anyway, good observations. Movie was very disappointing. I appreciated the review.