Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks 2 GUNS, BLUE JASMINE and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

Jason Gorber, Featured Critic
Twitchvision is back after a week's hiatus, and Scott Laurie is back in the anchor chair. We chat about 2 Guns, directed by 101 Reykjavik's Baltasar Kormákur, a decent "Mexican Standoff" film with a refreshingly convoluted plot and fine performance by Bill "You should read my interview with him" Paxton.

Also got a chance to gush about Wood Allen's Blue Jasmine, with a sublime performance by Cate Blanchett. Also chatted about a film that I went into with high expectations only to have them mildly dashed, the stylish but soul-less Barberian Sound Studio.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Twitchvision is back after a week's hiatus, and Scott Laurie is back in the anchor chair."

    Now that´s great news.

    "We chat about 2 Guns,"

    So this was an ok film with other words....?

    It looked very entertaining.

    "Also got a chance to gush about Wood Allen's Blue Jasmine, with a sublime performance by Cate Blanchett."

    Cate Blanchett usually does a good job and her working with Allen, sounds very good to me.

    "Also chatted about a film that I went into with high expectations only to have them mildly dashed, the stylish but soul-less Barberian Sound Studio."

    I still haven´t seen it, but I think I might enjoy it more then you did...muhahahhahahhahah.

    Great work, thanks Mr Gorber.

  • Julian Lie

    you two have a great chemistry together.
    I can't decide what I would enjoy watching more; you two having a long conversation about films or you two on a date. I'm serious.

  • Harosa

    Thank god more people are being honest about Berberian, I truly found it more disappointing than others in recent memory for exactly the same reasons listed, the movie just starts off so strong and intriguing, but after 40 min I started looking at my watch and started thinking, is this all it is? Slavishly nuanced but just disappointing.

  • Cedric Chou Ya-Li

    Very good show, Jason!

  • Hey, that's kind of you, thanks guys for watching. I means a lot this little segment gets the support it does!

  • r0rschach

    Thanks for being honest about Berberian Sound Studio. I thought it was the biggest letdown at Fantastic Fest last year. It's one of those films that tries to trick viewers into thinking it's deeper and smarter than it really is, i.e. "I don't know what that meant so it must be something really profound that will be revealed to me on repeated viewings." or "I'll sound more intellectual if I recommend an poorly thought out and inscrutable film to everyone." In reality the film is just an empty, half-baked mess. It's good to see a reviewer who's not pretending they "got it".

  • I'm telling you, I'm a HUGE sound nerd... It was one of the few films at last year's TIFF I allowed myself to get excited about. Consider it partially a folly of expectations, which I always do (desperately) try to keep in check, but when moment after dreary, moody moment got tacked on to the end, it just lost me. I would have loved it as a 20 minute short.

  • r0rschach

    You're right, it might have worked as a short.

    Speaking of sound, I was absolutely blown away by the sound design in Only God Forgives. 90% of the tension and atmosphere in the film comes from sound. It plays more like a visual art piece than a narrative film but I'm ok with that.

  • Kurt

    I strongly liked both OGF and BSS, mainly for the atmosphere and extreme attention to detail. These films engaged me at a level that was different from brains, something more pure.

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