The Boy Downstairs – A widescreen comedy disaster

Jim here, you all know me. You know how I earn a livin’. Always on the hunt for a film that breaks Jimmy’s cardinal sin, one shot in the wrong aspect ratio! Okay, so film is a subjective medium, and I guess it is a filmmaker’s call to decide what aspect ratio their movie should appear. But I find, time and time again, filmmakers these days tend to lean on the widescreen 2.35:1 format as if the ghost of David Lean were guiding their independent film epic.

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Shadow in The Cloud and Wolf of Snow Hollow

It’s a week of genre excitement as Jim and Teal break down the horror comedy film, Wolf of Snow Hollow by Jim Cummings, and then take a dive into the ‘jump the shark’ waters of c-grade movie entertainment with the action/horror WW2 bomber-themed Shadow in the Cloud. What starts out as an intriguing bottle movie quickly dissolves into an over-the-top action film that defies all levels of believability. Chloe Grace Moretz tries her best to salvage the wreckage, but there is no pulling this plane out of the nose dive. And if things weren’t bad enough, Jim and Teal discover the film’s screenwriter is Max Landis, bad boy son of director John Landis. You don’t want to miss what Jim and Teal have to say about that. But here is one vessel that wasn’t sinking, Captain Phillips. Teal caught up with the 2013 Paul Greengrass action thriller, and Jim did

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