The Canon 9 | 12/29/14
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Devin & Amy debate which 2014 movie is already worthy of a slot in the canon. Amy is ready with her choice: The Grand Budapest Hotel, which she argues is not just the best movie of the year -- it's Wes Anderson's best movie ever. Devin sorts through his potential choices. Will he nominate Jodorowsky’s Dune, Citizenfour, Snowpiercer or Guardians of the Galaxy? Can Ralph Fiennes trump Groot? Tune in for the discussion -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote for both films!


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discoshark
discoshark
3 posts

I like Guardians a lot (the opening credits are probably my favorite cinematic moment of the year), but there's no way in hell it belongs in the canon. Half of the action is garbage, Quill's mom arc does not work at all for me, and stupid villains continue to be the death of the Marvel movies (that's actually one of the reasons why Amy is kind of right about Thor: a lot in that film doesn't work, but Loki is the best thing in the MCU by a mile). Yeah, the canon should have movies of all kinds on it, but one thing should unite them: their total greatness. Guardians has too many simply bad aspects in it to even support a great argument.

I'll copy-paste this in the forums later, I guess.

oneofmanyians
oneofmanyians
1 posts

Guardians is easy? Making a list of unknown characters resonate with an audience is not easy. James Gunn made it look easy with a lot of hard work.

dbmillerphoto
dbmillerphoto
8 posts

The better Marvel film was Captain America 2, and the better Chris Pratt film was the Lego Movie, so using Devin's logic at the start of the show ("if there are two choices from the same source than only the superior one goes in the canon") one of those is a better pick than Guardians.

lucasmolteni
lucasmolteni
2 posts

Amy got a point about the end of the korean film... Snowsomething got some nice ideas just like Moonraker had but one "la crema" and the other is Camp?
Cant get that...

yojimbobillions
yojimbobillions
2 posts

Grand Budapest

no1says
no1says
4 posts

GUARDIANS! Grand Budapest does belong in the canon, but it can be added at a later date. I feel like this is the only episode wherein GOTG will be considered.

Amy, I agree with Devin entirely that your sin is underestimating the difficulty of pulling off a movie like GOTG. It's equal to calling Neighbors "stupid." It's the perspective of a viewer that takes functional storytelling combined with trope-defying elements for granted. And THEN combine that with a incredibly successful, populist filmmaking, and you have a film that truly does not come along very often.

ryanx86
ryanx86
1 posts

Love love love Grand Budapest, but I think GOTG is a huge watershed moment for Marvel and superhero movies in general. James Gunn was a super ballsy choice for director but he combined his weird and dark sensibility with a genuine crowd pleasing touch.
Guardians of the Galaxy.

kyle71
kyle71
5 posts

Guardians of the Galaxy gets my vote. I love Wes Anderson and Grand Budapest is one of his best films. If this were the Oscars I'm sure G.B. would win, but this is The Canon. In '77 Annie Hall got the statue but 40 years later people are debating on Podcasts which space adventure movie matters more.

trumpetnerd411
trumpetnerd411
2 posts

Guardian of the Galaxy gets my vote.

trumpetnerd411
trumpetnerd411
2 posts

is this how we vote?