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Video Game Developer (Issei Ogata) shares his beliefs on life and human fulfillment in Edward Yang's

On this week’s 2000 retrospective episode of That’s the Thing, Alex and Nick look at Edward Yang’s highly acclaimed final feature Yi Yi. Plus in their recommendations of the week, Nick picks a rediscovered Iranian classic and Alex dives deeper into Tarkovsky.

Hitman's best friend. Local vagrant and assassin El Chivo (Emilio Echevarria) keeping watch on his latest target with help from his furry companion in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's

On this week’s 2000 retrospective episode of “That’s the Thing,” Alex and Nick take a look at Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dissection of class, violence, desire, loss and redemption in his Oscar-nominated feature debut, Amores Perros. Plus, a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman.

Christopher Nolan, the fastidious fabulist of the thinking man’s blockbuster, has established a distinct corpus which revels in the mechanics of spectacle. His penetration of the mainstream is all the more remarkable for an auteur who is equal parts Georges Méliès and Stanley Kubrick in his clinical showmanship. If part of his extravagant flair lies in a constant experimentation with chronological storytelling, then it should come as no surprise that Tenet, his eleventh feature film, is a big-budget, multi-genre hybrid tribute to time travel. While this isn’t Nolan’s first foray into the subject (it played a crucial role in the climax of his 2014 sci-fi weepie Interstellar), Tenet nevertheless does to the space-time continuum what Inception did to the realm of dreams. Whether you find that comparison exciting or aggravating will depend entirely on how much of Nolan’s quirks you can stomach, yet even the most stalwart devotee might find themselves tested by Tenet.

Other reviews you may want to check out!

  • That’s the Thing 2000 Podcast – “Yi Yi”
  • That’s the Thing 2000 Retrospective – Amores Perros
  • That’s the Thing 2000 Retrospective – The Circle
  • Tenet (2020)
  • That’s the Thing 2000 Podcast – George Washington
  • That’s the Thing 2000 Retrospective – Traffic