FW Presents: Siskoid’s Mad (Movie) Theories

Professor Siskoid uses his special decoder ring to expose the true meanings locked inside Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Sex and religion and madness as only Fire and Water Presents can, uhm, present it.

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Theme: “Mad Science” by MK2.

Bonus clips: “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” featuring Francis Ford Coppola; interviews with Quentin Tarantino and Terry Gilliam; “G&G Whiskey ad” starring Orson Welles; “Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb” by Stanley Kubrick, starring Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, and Peter Sellers; “The Revenant” by Alejandro González Iñárritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Forrest Goodluck.

Peer review available through comments sections!

5 responses to “FW Presents: Siskoid’s Mad (Movie) Theories

  1. I love the theory that Leo is a ghost in THE REVENANT, functionally or metaphorically anyway. Great little episode, Siskoid!

  2. Not having seen THE REVENANT I can’t comment on it one way or the other.

    Regarding DR STRANGELOVE, it’s kind of amazing that Kubrick was able to get that movie made in 1964. Seeing Sterling Hayden send up all his tough guy characters took some real faith in his director (Keenan Wynn does this too, though his movie persona was much less defined).

    There’s a truly awful movie called THE STARFIGHTERS from around this same time, about Air Force recruits being put through their paces. It makes ham-handed attempts at characterization and melodrama, but its heart is really in the gritty details of flying (lots of dialogue about 909s and bomb tonnage). Anyway, it also features a jet refueling scene, set to similarly inappropriate “romantic” music (the bots on MST3K comment as such when they spoofed the movie in SSN 6 of that show). Kubrick’s intention is of course comic, I wonder what these guys were thinking.

    Fun show Professor!

  3. A fun episode. I’ll have to go back and rewatch Dr. Strangelove with your theory in mind. It’s been a decade or two since I last watched the film (which is a shame given my childhood love of Peter Sellers), but my memory of it certainly jives with your interpretation.

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