Taking It Down 100! The Power of the Dog and Listener Questions

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It’s a stuffed but fantastic episode this week! Thanks to all who’ve listened as Taking It Down gets to Episode 100! In this week’s podcast, the group begins with a few comments on the Heisman before digging deep into the spectacular new Netflix film The Power of the Dog from director Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

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2 comments on “Taking It Down 100! The Power of the Dog and Listener Questions

  1. Outstanding episode and many thanks for answering my questions! Adam’s commentary on Bo Nix was quite possibly the single greatest 5-second segment in the podcast’s history.

    The Power of the Dog is definitely going to be in the running for award consideration. There’s just so much to analyze, one could spend an entire semester teaching it. And is this the rare case of a movie actually being better than the book? Definitely slow-paced, so you have to prepare to lock in if you’re attention span is like mine.

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays Phil Burbank, a wealthy, Ivy League-educated, self-loathing, closeted homesexual cowboy in 1920’s Montana with a disdain for personal hygiene and who has spent the past quarter-century grieving the death of his mentor/lover Bronco Henry. I’d say that qualifies as a pretty complex character. In an effort to conceal or protect who he truly is, Phil overcompensates with hypermasculine behavior that’s intended to fit society’s definition of a “man’s man.” Basically, he goes out of his way to be an arrogant, loudmouth bastard who’s good at cowboy stuff.

    Todd from Breaking Bad – or rather the portly version from the Breaking Bad movie – stars as Phil’s far less-interesting kid brother, who seems like a pretty decent, albeit boring, fellow. He marries alcoholic widow Rose, played by Kirsten Dunst, who happens to be engaged to Jesse Plemons in real life, which is…hard to believe.

    Peter is definitely a budding sociopath.

    The cinematography/scenery was incredible, but I didn’t really like New Zealand as a substitute for Montana. New Zealand looks like…New Zealand. I kept expecting the cowhands to be set upon by a pack of orcs before being rescued by Gandalf and the Rohirrim, or Gollum spying on Phil when he’s down at his private swimming hole.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the world’s greatest actors, but his American accent here seemed a bit forced and stilted. It wasn’t awful, by any stretch, but you can tell he’s an Englishman playing a Montana cowboy. Specifically, there’s one really awkward pronunciation of “tomato.” But that’s nitpicking on my part.

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    • Hell yeah! My feelings wouldn’t be hurt if the movie won Best Picture or the Golden Globe equivalent. It has grown on me more and more. And talk about a well-written, complex character!

      I like what you said about Cumberbatch. He had it all for that role except the accent sometimes. He does that a bit with his Dr. Strange character, too. It’s off putting but only for a second.


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