I don’t think you have this under control anymore

Diewelle_posterAh, school. Best days of your life. What’s strange is how you find the same sort of people and stories in every school: the ‘cool’ teacher, the misfit kid, the bullies, the couple who acted like they were practically married, the neo-fascistic school project that everyone in your class gets way too involved in, eventually leading to a violent showdown in a hall…

Yes, this week Lewis and I take a look at 2008’s The Wave (or Die Welle in Germany). Recommended by listener Jason Morgan, The Wave is a German film based on a social experiment from 1967. Ron Jones, a teacher in California, created a quasi-fascist group in a school to show how totalitarian beliefs can take root in Western society. The experiment had to be shut down as it proved too successful, with students taking the system much more seriously than Ron predicted.

The Wave transports the premise to modern-day Germany, and follows a group of typical teenagers during the course of the week-long experiment, showing how it changes them and the way they relate to each other and others outside the group.

Lewis and I found the idea of the film fascinating, but found the film as a whole a bit ‘TV movie’. Still, the performances are great and the idea has such power that there’s much to enjoy and find interesting.

Our Secret Sponsor for this week is yet ANOTHER Film Blog/Podcast. We’re fools to ourselves. Still, we recommend you check out Love Your Movies. You can follow them on @thedvdgen or read their blog at loveyourmovies.com.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy The Wave DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance)

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 060 – The Wave

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Director: Dennis Gansel  Year of release: 2008  Studio/Distributor: Rat Pack Filmproduktion  Country: Germany

Podcast 060: The Wave (Die Welle)

This week’s film, The Wave, is a disturbing look at how autocratic and fascistic ideas can take hold in modern society. Not the easiest of subjects for a lighthearted film podcast, so Lewis and Ian are a bit more series than usual. Don’t worry though, there’s enough ramble-y nonsense for you regular listeners.

101 Films Podcast 060 – The Wave

Star Trek Into Darkness: 101 Films Extra #01

StarTrekIntoDarknessWhat’s this? 101 Films ‘Extra’? Something new from 101 Films? Yes, our empire just keeps on growing with another flavour of podcast added to our roster. Our latest innovation? A podcast about a film. Ah.

But it is different, as the 101 Films Extra podcasts will take a look at films or anything else that catches our eye that doesn’t quite belong on one of our Specials or on our holy list of 101 films. The Extras will be stripped down; shorter, no Trivia Quiz and no Secret Sponsor.

For our first Extra we have two exciting differences to our regular run of podcasts. Firstly we’re covering Star Trek Into Darkness, a film still showing at the cinema! Although there’s no official rule against us covering currently showing films in the sacred 101 Films Rule Book, we have until now avoided doing so. Just felt… wrong.

Secondly, with Lewis still away searching for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, I’ve drafted in my flatmate Paul as temporary co-host. Flatmate Paul (as he shall be known) is a confirmed Trekker, and I was keen to chat with him about Star Trek Into Darkness to try to get to the bottom of why I was a bit ‘meh’ about it. Flatmate Paul quickly got into the 101 Films spirit, and he was soon rambling and umming and ahhing just like Lew and I always do. Enjoy!

One last thing, the podcast is extremely spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet I would wait until you have before listening to the podcast.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can pre-order the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-Ray from Amazon by clicking here or pre-order the DVD by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director:  J.J. Abrams  Year of release: 2013  Studio/Distributor: Bad Robot Productions; K/O Paper Products; Skydance Productions; Paramount Pictures Country: USA

101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness

Something a bit different this week. While Lewis is away, sunning himself on the beaches of Northern Scotland, Ian has taken the opportunity to have a chat with his flatmate Paul about Star Trek Into Darkness. This chat does not count as one of the official 101, but instead is an extra. WARNING! LOTS OF SPOILERS!

101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness