51: The Films of Andrew Dominik (with Ashley Naftule)


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The writer and playwright Ashley Naftule returns to the pod from Scottsdale Arizona for a look at the work of the ambitious Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik, who has made only 4 films so far, each of high quality, each in their own way about outlaws.

Chopper (2000), a comedic biopic of the notorious and unrepentant Aussie criminal / tabloid folk hero Mark “Chopper” Read, with a starmaking performance from Eric Bana

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), a revisionist epic Western starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck (badly mishandled by Warner Bros.)

Killing Them Softly (2012), a crime drama that serves as an allegory for the 2008 financial crisis and one of the first mainstream films to offer any kind of leftist critique of the Obama era

One More Time With Feeling (2016), a music documentary about Nick Cave made in the wake of the death of Cave’s son

We also discuss Dominik’s upcoming film Blonde, and the fights he is currently having with Netflix over final cut.

Plus: Tony Leung joins the MCU!

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"Andrew Dominik on 20 Years of Chopper: 'Ethics have nothing to do with it'" - Luke Buckmaster, for the Guardian, August 18, 2021

Trailers for

Chopper (2000)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

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