This week, we’re comparing the most beloved movie ever made by William Friedkin and one of the last movies made by William Friedkin. That’s right, The Exorcist: Believer came out recently as a reboot sequel of The Exorcist, which ignores all the subsequent sequels in true Halloween (2018). In addition to our review of that film, we discuss Friedkin’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, an adaptation of a 50s play (originally a novel and also a film) set in the modern day. Despite being a “TV movie,” it’s actually fantastic?
The Exorcist: Believer was directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Sattler and story credits that include Green, Scott Teems, and Danny McBride. The cast includes Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Olivia O‘Neill, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Ann Dowd, and Ellen Burstyn. The film came out on October 6 through Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, and it has a 111-minute runtime.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial was directed and written by William Friedkin, based on Herman Wouk’s eponymous 1953 play, itself based on Wouk’s 1952 novel The Caine Mutiny. The cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Clarke, Jake Lacy, Monica Raymund, and Lance Reddick. Additionally, the film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3 and came out on Paramount+ with Showtime on October 6. It has a 109-minute runtime.
- 00:00:00 – The Exorcist: Believer
- 00:30:15 – The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Our intro music this week is “Which One?” by Glimlip & .multibeat.
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Synopsis for The Exorcist: Believer:
DO YOU BELIEVE? Since the death of his wife 12 years ago, Victor Fielding has raised their daughter, Angela on his own. But when Angela and her friend Katherine disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil. [Source: Letterboxd]
Synopsis for The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial:
A naval officer stands trial for mutiny after taking command from a ship’s captain he felt was acting in an unstable fashion, endangering both the ship and its crew. [Source: Letterboxd]