Single Serving Cinema looks at one critical scene in a movie every other week. We explore how the scene is constructed, what the scene achieves, and what it can tell us about the movie as a whole. Hosted by Tim & Tay.
SSC 46: When Harry Met Sally (Reiner, 1989)
1:22:26Tim & Tay talk about the Oscars, rom-coms, and a lot more in this discussion of When Harry Met Sally. SynopsisMaybe more-than-friends Harry and Sally navigate the dating world through their thirties, learning whether there really are any true rules defining the relationships between men and women. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, written by Norah Ephron, and directed by Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally hit theatres July 21, 1989. Where to watch When Harry Met Sally.Scene: 59:55-1:04:06After running into his ex-wife Helen, Harry and Sally visit Marie and Jess who ask them to settle a domestic debate regarding a living room table. Boiling over, Harry snaps, and selfishly chastises them by relating the issue to his past issues with Helen. Cooling down outside, Sally confronts him on his rudeness. LinksChest FeverRecommendationsTim: In The Cut (Campion, 2003)—where to watchTay: A Lot Like Love (Cole, 2005)—where to watchNext episode: Stay tuned!Follow:SSC on InstagramSSC on TwitterTim on LetterboxdFollow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 45: Spider-Man (Raimi, 2002)
1:24:48Tim & Tay talk Spider-Man and the beginning of a new cinematic era. This episode covers the idea of post-9/11 New York as a character, Willem Dafoe's arch take on the comic book villain, and much more. SynopsisWhen unpopular and unassuming high schooler Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, he gains miraculous powers that soon throw his life into disarray.Starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man hit theatres May 3, 2002. Where to watch Spider-Man.Scene [1:25:02 - 1:29:50] MJ, Aunt May, and Norman join Peter and Harry for Thanksgiving in the city. Peter narrowly avoids revealing to the group that he is Spider-Man, but during the dinner, Norman notices a conspicuous cut on his arm, giving away his secret. Norman rudely excuses himself, insulting MJ as he leaves. LinksSpider-Man Twin Towers TeaserFincher's preference for CGI bloodRecommendationsTim: A Simple Plan (Raimi, 1999)—where to watchTay: Super (Gunn, 2011)—where to watchNext episode: When Harry Met Sally (Reiner, 1989)Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
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SSC 44: Signs (Shyamalan, 2002)
1:18:21Tim & Tay discuss Signs, the changing trajectory of Shyamalan's career over the past two decades, and what we talk about when we talk about "coverage". SynopsisA former priest comes to terms with his loss of faith as strange phenomena on his farm and around the world suggest the arrival of an invading alien species on earth. Starring Mel Gibson and written, directed, and edited by M. Night Shyamalan, Signs was released August 2, 2002. Where to watch Signs Scene [1:09:30 - 1:18:42 ]Graham, Merril, Morgan, and Bo settle in for an extravagant last supper on the eve of the alien invasion.LinksThe Fear (via @kurtyboyy)The Big Picture ft. M. Night ShyamalanKnock at the Cabin's two cinematographersRecommendationsTim: Altered (Sanchez, 2006)—where to watchTay: The Fourth Kind (Osunsanmi, 2009)—where to watchNext episode: New York movies!Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 43: The Sixth Sense (Shyamalan, 1999)
1:10:23Tim & Tay dive into the often unfairly-maligned filmography of M. Night Shyamalan. We talk about iconic twists, patient child acting, and much more in this episode on The Sixth Sense (1999). SynopsisBruce Willis plays Malcolm Crowe, a child psychiatrist struggling to connect with his wife in the fallout of a traumatic home invasion. Colm attempts to help Cole Sear, a young boy haunted by visions of dead people. Released August 6th, 1999, The Sixth Sense was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and stars Hayley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, and Toni Collette.Where to watch The Sixth Sense. Scene [1:31:06 - 1:36:15]Cole and his mother Lynn are halted in traffic due to a road accident. Cole uses this time to tell his mother his secrets.RecommendationsTim: Doctor Sleep (Flanagan, 2019)—where to watchTay: Devil In A Blue Dress (Franklin, 1995)—where to watchNext episode: Signs (Shyamalan, 2002)Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 42: A La Carte — A Selection of 2022's Films
1:19:44In this special episode, Tim and Tay highlight a few notable movies from 2022. Not necessarily the best or our favourites, but certainly worth seeing!DisclosuresAftersun (Wells, 2022)All Quiet On The Western Front (Berger, 2022)TimThe Fablemans (Spielberg, 2022)Speak No Evil (Tafdrup, 2022)Tar (Field, 2022)TayCrimes of the Future (Cronenberg, 2022)Triangle of Sadness (Östlund, 2022)Everything Everywhere All At Once (DANIELS, 2022)Links:Fat Elvis by The FernsCinemascope aspect ratioNotes on a Scene by DANIELS & Michelle YeohWriters' RoundtableAs always, please leave us a review on iTunes and spread the word to your friends!Next month: The films of M. Night Shyamalan! Keep an eye on Instagram for our selection and the Listeners' Poll.Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 41: Our New Year's Resolutions
1:16:13Tim and Tay kick off the New Year by reflecting on movie trends from 2022. The two hosts share concepts from the previous cinematic year that they hope will continue in 2023 and beyond. Tune in for our Pick 3 episode in 2 weeks!Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 40: Potluck—Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) w/James Stacey
1:37:10Tim and Tay are once again joined by James Stacey (The Grey Nato) to talk about our final Denis Villeneuve pick for our potlucks: Prisoners. We discuss to what degree this movie has aged well, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, and the consistent cinematographic mastery that Roger Deakins brings to the movies he shoots. SynopsisWhen two young girls are kidnapped in the Pennsylvania suburbs over Thanksgiving, their parents and a local police Detective are pushed beyond their limits to find them. Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall, Prisoners was directed by Denis Villeneuve and released Sept. 20, 2013.Where to watch Prisoners.Tim's Scene [28:10 - 32:50]During a routine follow-up with known sex offenders in the region, Dt. Loki discovers a hidden basement in an ex-preist’s house containing a dead body. James' Scene [33:49 - 36:31]When Alex Jones is released from police custody, Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands.Tay's Scene [2:14:15- 2:19:48]Detective Loki visits Holly Jones’ property and discovers that she is the child abductor he has been pursuing. After injecting Anna with a fatal concoction, Holly is shot dead by Loki, wounding him in the process. Loki then rushes Anna to the emergency room before the poison takes effect. LinksExpedition 16610Bad Education (Finley, 2019)RecommendationsTim—Memories Of Murder (Bong, 2003) [where to watch]Tay—The Clovehitch Killer (Skiles, 2019) [where to watch]James—The Rescue (Chin, 2021)[where to watch]All links are verified at the time of publication and based on availability in Canada.Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 39: Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg, 1998)—"Earn this."
1:11:33Tim & Tay attempt to talk meaningfully about one of the most iconic war movies of all time. Dig in for a discussion of J-cuts, audience surrogacy, and Tom Hanks' onscreen presence. SynopsisAfter surviving D-Day, an army rangers squad is tasked with finding a paratrooper in wartorn France in order to escort him safely home. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Stephen Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan was released July 24, 1998. Where to watch Saving Private Ryan.Scene [1:24:00- 1:43:05]En route to Private Ryan, the company decides to assault a nearby German watch post. Medic Wade dies in combat and the group faces a difficult set of circumstances with the surviving German POW.LinksLA Times' Oral HistoryRecommendationsTim: Munich (Spielberg, 2006)—where to watchTay: Hearts and Minds (Davis, 1975)—where to watchNext episode: Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013); Potluck with The Grey Nato's James Stacey.Follow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 38: Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017)—Nolan's greatest film?
1:27:55Tim & Tay are joined by Kyle Snarr to discuss Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk. We talk about time strata, IMAX, and more. Our guest this week is Kyle Snarr, a gear guy, auto enthusiast, and film buff. He’s the Head of Partnerships at Worn & Wound, the co-founder of Cantonment Co. (a TGN favorite), and a big fan of SSC. SynopsisAllied soldiers cornered by the German threat in Dunkirk, France must survive as a daring civilian rescue is mounted to get them home safe across the English Channel. Starring Fionn Whitehead and directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk was released July 19, 2017.Find out where to watch Dunkirk.Scene [1:02:17 - 1:10:30]As storylines converge, Collins' plane crash-lands in the sea as Mr. Dawson, with his son, Peter, races to save him. Back on the beach, Tommy and a group of English soldiers take refuge in a beached Dutch ship, which quickly turns into a new kind of hell as the Germans begin using the hull as target practice. The scene stars Jack Lowden as Collins, Mark Rylance as Mr, Dawson, and Fionn Whitehead as Tommy.LinksMemento at SundanceThe Rewatchables discuss Dunkirk with TarantinoVox's explainer on the "Shepard tone"Musical analysis via MediumDrowned IMAX cameraRecommendationsKyle: Insomnia (Nolan, 2002)—where to watchTim: La Jetee (Marker, 1972)—where to watchTay: 71 (Demange, 2014)—where to watchFollow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd
SSC 37: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)—Introducing Leatherface
1:16:07Tim & Tay close out this year's month of horror with a bonafide classic: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They discuss the film's legacy, how its horror functions, and more. SynopsisA group of five friends travels by van across rural Texas to visit a grandfather’s grave site. They stop at an old farmhouse where they face an unimaginable terror in the form of a deranged cannibalistic family and the chainsaw-wielding maniac, LeatherfaceStarring Marilyn Burns as Sally, Jim Seidow as The Cook, and Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface, Texas Chainsaw Massacre was directed by Tobe Hooper and released October 1st, 1974 (in Texas).Click here to see where to buy, rent and stream Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Scene [31:45 - 40:20]Looking for gas to refuel their van, Pam and Kirk wander across the grounds of an old farmhouse. Upon closer inspection, the two get more than they bargained for as they come face-to-face (to face) with Leatherface.LinksThe original posterThe Big Picture podcast on TCM"11 Things You Didn't Know About The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"Banned Exorcist trailerAlluvion (2021)Jackie Chan editing a punchRecommendationsTim: The Hidden (Sholder, 1987)—where to watchTay: Hatchet ( Green, 2006)—where to watchFollow: SSC on Instagram SSC on Twitter Tim on Letterboxd