Special thanks to our twin commissioners, Steven S. and Mozbeet for commissioning one of my very favorite films, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, directed by Peter Weir and based on the Patrick O’Brian series that is my very favorite books of all time. Thank god Jim thinks it’s awesome too, or there might have been bloodshed. We discuss the film’s historicity and verisimilitude, the unique relationship between Captain Jack and Doctor Maturin, life aboard an 19th century Man o’ War, and I make a pitch for reading the original novels towards the end. Thanks again Steven and Mozbeet, this was a real treat!
Thanks once again to Andrew “The Commissioner” Mount for ponying up for our coverage of the wonderful 2003 film, “The Station Agent”. Staring a murderer’s row of Bald Move stars; Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, and Bobby Canavale among others, and directed by The Wire alumnus Thomas McCarthy, it is many things… A slow burn, life affirming, a study of loneliness and isolation, and the effects on being truly different on your perception and interfacing with everyday life. I highly recommend everyone watching it, and it’s free on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant!