S03E08: Unveiling Shadows: The First Omen and the Legacy of Fear

S03E08: Unveiling Shadows: The First Omen and the Legacy of Fear
14 apr 2024 · 52 min. 33 sec.

**Host:** Alex First **Guest Critics:** Greg King, Peter Krauss **Episode Summary:** In this gripping episode, host Alex First dives into the tumultuous world of war-torn America with a blockbuster discussion...

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**Host:** Alex First
**Guest Critics:** Greg King, Peter Krauss
**Episode Summary:**
In this gripping episode, host Alex First dives into the tumultuous world of war-torn America with a blockbuster discussion on "Civil War," a film that paints a harrowing picture of a nation divided. The conversation then shifts to a journey through history, mythology, and the depths of the church's secrets with reviews of "La Chimaera," "Origin," and "The First Omen."
**Highlights:**
- **Civil War:** An in-depth analysis of Alex Garland's latest film, showcasing America's internal conflict. The critics are united in their praise for the film's stark portrayal of war, with standout performances from Kirsten Dunst and Wagner Moura. The episode delves into the film's themes of civil unrest and the role of journalists in documenting the brutality of conflict.
- **La Chimaera:** A discussion on the whimsical tale of Italian grave robbers and their quest for archaeological riches. While the critics differ in their engagement with the film's pace and characters, they agree on the strong performances and the film's ethereal charm.
- **Origin:** A contemplative look at Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson's explorations into humanity's oppressive histories. The panel debates the film's effectiveness in translating complex social theories into a narrative format, with mixed reactions on its execution.
- **The First Omen:** The critics dissect this prequel to the classic horror franchise, examining its connections to the original and its exploration of the church's dark secrets. Opinions are split on the film's success in delivering a fresh perspective on the iconic tale.
**Episode Chapters:**
(00:00) Introduction to the episode
(02:48) Civil War: A nation's internal battle brought to life
(19:25) La Chimaera: Grave-robbing adventures in Tuscany
(34:17) Origin: Dissecting the roots of oppression
(51:03) The First Omen: Unveiling the church's hidden past
(1:05:36) Final thoughts on the films' impact and their storytelling prowess
**Closing Note:**
This episode of First on Film and Entertainment offers a rich tapestry of narratives that explore the human spirit's resilience in the face of adversity, the allure of the unknown, and the shadows that linger within institutions. Whether it's through the lens of a war photographer or the eyes of a novice nun, the critics provide a nuanced perspective on the power of film to confront and captivate. Join us next week for another round of in-depth film analysis and spirited discussions.
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Episode Chapters
(00:00) First on film and entertainment, we discuss a blockbuster that left an impression
(01:54) Civil War is about America at war with itself in this bloody war
(03:59) Alex Garland's new film about documenters of war is incredibly powerful
(07:25) Peter Howell gives civil war a nine out of ten rating
(10:11) Alice Rocker has woven what I think is a rather intriguing comedic adventure
(14:02) Gregory King found the film interesting but stretched
(16:01) Rohrwaxer's film has a dreamlike quality to it
(18:12) Okay, so let's start with Greg. I think Greg will give it the low lowest score
(19:45) Monkey man is an action thriller inspired by the Hindu legend Hanuman
(27:10) Greg gives monkey man a score of six out of ten
(29:59) Greg: I thought it was too long and repetitive for what it did
(30:25) The film follows Isabel Wick Wilkerson after the Trayvon Martin shooting
(34:28) Greg King: This film struggles to connect emotionally or with the audience
(36:07) Eva Duvernay is an underrated african american filmmaker
(38:48) Peter Frum: Turning esoteric material into a narrative feature is challenging
(40:05) Greg: I struggled to connect with it on a lot of notions
(40:46) Peter: Gregory Peck starred in first omen from 1976
(41:13) One of the great horror films of the seventies
(41:48) The first omen is a prequel to the 1976 classic horror film
(47:35) Peter: I felt this film was much more exploitative than the previous one
(49:32) Greg King went to see West Side Story in Sydney last week
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