#294: Memory Machines Pt. 2 — Reminiscence
Where Michel Gondry’s ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND used the conceit of a memory machine in service of a science-fiction romance, Lisa Joy’s new feature debut REMINISCENCE uses a similar device in service of a science-fiction noir, but despite their different genre footholds, both are naturally fixated on the idea of revisiting memories and what they can tell us about ourselves. Despite a high-style approach reminiscent of Joy’s work on WESTWORLD, her REMINISCENCE hasn’t been particularly well-received, and we talk a bit about why in this week’s half of the pairing, before bringing it into conversation with SUNSHINE to discuss where these films align and where they diverge when it comes to memory and subjectivity, asynchronistic storytelling, and the intersection of style and substance. Plus Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your radar.
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Your Next Picture Show:
Tasha: Alain Bidard’s BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE
Scott: Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s RESTREPO
Keith: Hsiao-Hsien Hou’s FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI
Outro music: “Memory Machine,” by Dismemberment Plan
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