Siblo and Whalen continue Lynne Ramsay month with a discussion of perhaps her most widely admired film, 2007’s troubling and hypnotic We Need To Talk About Kevin. But first, as an aggressively dumb palate cleanser, your Carpeteers subject themselves to the easy-ridin’ mid-life-crisis road comedy Wild Hogs in a new segment called Bad or Rad?
In a mini-Carpet episode, Siblo and Whalen key off a particularly insightful piece of listener feedback to present a mid-year movie going roundup for 2018. Your Carpeteers take the temperature of the year’s box office numbers, wonder why so many movie-goers subject themselves to the diminishing returns of the Jurassic World franchise, discuss what effect (if any) the failure of Solo will have on franchise tent poles, recommend their favorite theatrical releases of the year as well as some streaming deep cuts, and much more.
Siblo and Whalen trade their summer blues for the grey skies of Glasgow in their first foray into the work of Scottish auteur Lynn Ramsay, covering her youth squalor debut Ratcatcher (37:15) and her impeccably soundtracked grief essay Morvern Callar (1:03:10). But first, your Carpeteers punch their Rad Ticket to discuss the new Ant Man film, the unexpected Sicario sequel, the “once in a lifetime bad” Gotti, and more (4:15) before shaking out the Rad Carpet mailbag for some Carpetspondance regarding moms, dads, and John Waters and further, pizza-themed explorations of the biopic (27:20).
Whalen and Siblo wrap an incredible month of Brad Bird by filling in the gaps of the Disney heavyweight’s filmography. First they wrestle with his poorly received live-actioner Tomorrowland (4:00) and then fry up some takes on his strange unlikely hit Ratatouille (30:20) before wrapping Bird at large in their big-picture segment, Wall To Wall Carpet (47:50).
We’ll be emptying the listener mailbag next episode, as well as beginning Lynne Ramsey month with Ratcatcher and Morvern Caller. Thanks, as always, for listening–stay rad!
Siblo and Whalen sink their giant dino teeth into the new Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (34:50), and they genetically engineer a new Rad Carpet segment, Carpet Stain, revisiting the complexly titled, critically maligned 1997 Spielberg joint The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4:15).
In anticipation of this week’s Incredibles 2, Thom and Tom take a giant metal bite out of the films of Brad Bird, beginning with his beloved 1999 feature debut The Iron Giant (32:40). But first, your Carpeteers tear a few Rad Tickets, doling out takes on the re-re-boot Oceans 8 (3:30), the college heist film American Animals (20:00), the Paul Schrader’s critically lauded First Reformed (23:30), and the sci-fi thriller Upgrade (29:50).
Poke around in this feed for a special bonus episode, where we go full spoilers on Ari Aster’s super hyped and divisive debut feature Hereditary.
Let us know how you reacted to the many films that we covered this week: hit us up on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), throw us a thumb on Facebook and a follow on Instagram. And get stoked for a super two-fer next week, when we cover Bird’s 2004 smash hit The Incredibles and it’s upcoming sequel. Thanks for listening–stay rad!!!
Thom and Tom log on to talk in depth with full spoilers about Hereditary, the debut film from Ari Aster that comes with much critical hype, divisive audience reactions, and a seemingly instantaneous rep as one of the most unsettling horror films in recent memory. Needless to say, you’ll want to have seen Hereditary before you tune in–we pull no punches with plot details here. But if you have seen the film, you’re probably itching to talk about it, so tune in and get rad!
Write to us at email@example.com to let us know what you thought of Hereditary and of our spoiler takes. And keep an eye on this feed for another new episode of the Carpet, where we discuss Brad Bird’s Iron Giant, with spoiler-free discussions of several other new releases, including First Reformed, Oceans 8, American Animals, and Upgrade.