Movie Date: 'Act of Killing,' 'The Conjuring,' 'RIPD,' 'Red 2,' 'Turbo'

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:10 PM

In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."

But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing." Read the summary below to get a taste of how truly groundbreaking the film is.

When the military overthrew the Indonesian government in 1965, Anwar Congo and his gangster friends were enlisted to help kill one million alleged communists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese. Today, he is celebrated by the nation as a right-wing paramilitary hero, and he revels in his memories of violently killing people. In “The Act of Killing,” Anwar and his friends are offered the chance to relive their glory days with the death squads on film, in the form of their favorite Hollywood genres (western, gangster, musical) -- an opportunity they jump at. But as they write and perform their scenes, Anwar comes to see that he might not be the hero he’d always imagined himself to be.


Joshua Oppenheimer

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Comments [3]

Christina from Pittsburgh

I have never heard such cinematically ignorant people tasked with reviewing films. The Conjuring is a FRICKIN' HOMAGE to 70s horror. Seriously, you sound as if you know as if absolutely nothing about film. And all of the "phenomena" you ripped on for being ubiquitous horror tropes are (I'm not saying I believe this) standard signs of a haunting. So, I guess you complained about too many cowboys and guns in "Unforgiven"?
However, you do both admit how scary the movie is.

So, it's a horror movie that's very scary. Sounds like it acheived what it was meant to.
This segment is so disappointing. How are "pop culture experts" so clueless? It's not even about the particular films in this segment. The ignorance upon which your opinions are built is astonishing for public radio. May I recommend you both brush up on film theory and criticism by listening to Flimspotting or Slate's Spoiler Specials with Dana Stevens. I don't agree with either of them all the time, btw. But they have the appropriate knowledge base to have respectable opinions.

Jul. 25 2013 03:02 PM
Christina from Pittsburgh

Why do these people have a show? Nothing original or thoughtful whatsoever is said in this piece. "eeeew horror films! yuk!" "ooooh gender stereotypes" really?

Jul. 25 2013 02:39 PM
big pops from longo dont like anything...

Jul. 19 2013 08:53 PM

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