Directors of Cinema: Episode 18 – Brad Bird

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Greetings and welcome to yet another episode of Directors of Cinema. If you’re unfamiliar with our podcast, this is a show dedicated to the discussion of selected works of prominent filmmakers. Each week, host Matt Goudreau and guest talk about a particular director chosen by the co-host.

On this episode, Matt is joined by Alex C. and Sean N., podcast hosts of Sabers, Phasers & Lasers Oh My! Given their show is focused on the happenings in the world of sci-fi/fantasy, the director they choose is somewhat in line with the genre. While the director in discussion, Brad Bird, has dabbled in sci-fi a few times, he’s not entirely a director who’s easy to pin down into a certain genre. Bird’s first few films were all animated before he made his live action debut with the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. With his newest film Tomorrowland sparking plenty of debates already, don’t expect anything different here.

The films discussed in this episode:

  • The Iron Giant
  • The Incredibles
  • Ratatouille
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Tomorrowland

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Directors of Cinema – Episode 18- Brad Bird

Matt is a 21 year old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age. After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the afficinado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mindbending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don't worry; he's still one for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren't the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.