Double Feature is a podcast from Eric Thirteen and Michael Koester that looks at two films with a common theme every week, breaking down the themes and motifs in movies that haven’t received much of a critical eye. This week is a special episode comparing the cult-status of Southland Tales to David Cronenberg’s overlooked film Spider.
Shortly after Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly put out a quickly dismissed big budget sci-fi clusterfuck called Southland Tales. Many scratched their head at it and it was mostly forgotten in the years that followed. Suddenly, in the last three months, it has risen again. Is it the moment? What provoked this? Double Feature looks at events in the film and the real world that created a new interest in Southland Tales.
David Cronenberg’s work is often divided up into eras. Audience view his early films as body horror. A History of Violence and Eastern Promises get looked at as some kind of mid-2000s crime thriller period. Films like Maps to the Stars and Cosmopolis represent his more recent tone and audiences are often split on what to call them. When you really look at Cronenberg’s complete work, you’ll notice more than enough films fall through the cracks to completely disrupt this easy categorization. Spider represents one of these transitional moments.
This is the last episode of Double Feature before a brand new season begins next week. The all new exploration with all new films starts with a one-off episode taking a complicated look at the extremely accessible and widely seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Two multiverse films as discussed by keepers of the most contrived slasher franchise lore.
Double Feature has no reviews, no fluff — this is a deep dive into the content. Themes, patterns, and occasional genre-nerdery! It’s an alternative look at big films and an undercover investigation of small ones. All with ZERO ADS.
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