10/24/2006

Top 6: Definitive Adaptations

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

In Episode 4, our Top 6 list is on movie adaptations that are more definitive than their source material. That is, when you think of one of these titles, you think about the movie first, and the prior work the movie is based on second, if at all. What movies do you keep forgetting were not originally movies?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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10/23/2006

Spoiler-Free Prestige Review

Posted in Reviews at 12:30 am by Stephen

Way back in Episode 1, Sam and I talked about the works of writer/director Christopher Nolan. His latest film, The Prestige, opened Friday (at #1 in the United States). I caught it Saturday and found it a good, though not quite great, film about obsession and trickery, full of interesting twists and turns. I promise this review won’t spoil a thing, but if you’ve not seen it I caution you about reading other reviews: it’s a tough movie not to spoil.

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10/20/2006

Trailer Remixes

Posted in Side Topics at 10:14 pm by Sam

Ever since “Shining,” it’s been an online fad to make joke movie trailers that switch genres on well-known titles. Most of them out there actually aren’t that good, but the best ones are great. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the best way to learn is by example:

Amidst the humor value is the compelling demonstration that studios’ marketing arms can make a new movie look like whatever they want it to. And, indeed, the trailers you see are purposely cut to make the movies look a bit more like whatever marketing thinks is saleable than they actually are. It’s not uncommon for movies to have multiple trailers, each tailored for a specific demographic and sold in the corresponding ad spaces that cater to those demographics. The effect is subtler than these fake “remix” trailers, of course, but it’s there. And many a movie has flopped because it was sold as the wrong kind of movie, and the audience that made it to the theater was expecting something else and told their friends about their disappointment.


10/20/2006

Blooper: Out There

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

This week’s blooper, a failed take for the introduction to Episode 3, demonstrates that Stephen really is out there.

 
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10/19/2006

Black and White and Gray

Posted in Side Topics at 10:13 am by Sam

Continuing from the discussion of color from the last two weeks on the podcast, there’s a pretty interesting movie trailer out there right now. Normally when we say “black and white,” we really mean “black and white and any shade of gray in between,” but this movie seems to take “black and white” quite literally: “Renaissance” Trailer

A more traditional black and white movie that also looks terrific: “The Good German” Trailer


10/18/2006

Movie Seasons

Posted in Side Topics at 10:32 am by Stephen

The leaves are changing color in places that aren’t Southern California, and you know what that means. Yes, it’s Fall, which I like to refer to as “That Season Where Allegedly Leaves Fall But We Get a Lot of Good Movies.” Since Oscar voters apparently have a long-term memory that’s even worse than mine, the studios save their best films for release between October and January in the hopes that members of the Academy will be able to remember the title of the new Scorsese movie long enough to not vote for it.

I don’t want to sound unexcited — I really do have a good time following all the Oscar hype, though I know it’s all silly — but I can’t stop thinking that this way of dumping all the good movies into a three month period kind of stinks.

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10/17/2006

All Movie Talk, Episode 3

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Series Spotlight: James Bond, Part 1 (1:55)
  • Trivia Question: Best Picture Winner With No Other Nominations (18:35)
  • Industry Trend: Color, Part 2 (19:16)
  • Controversial Take: Spider-Man (32:19)
  • Top 6: Train Movies (37:46)
  • Double Feature: Big Fish and Secondhand Lions (49:49)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:48)

Press the Play button below to listen to the podcast, or the Download link to save it. Here’s how you can download new episodes automatically.

If you don’t mind an audio file twice as large, you may prefer to hear this stereo mix of the podcast instead of using the player below.

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10/17/2006

Top 6: Train Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Our Top 6 topic for Episode 3 is about movies that take place on, or at least prominently feature, trains. Visually dramatic, trains are rife with cinematic possibilities, from chases to robberies, action to comedy. What are your favorite train movies?

As always, we recommend you listen to the show first, before spoiling our Top 6 lists for yourself, which follow.

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10/16/2006

Super Ultimate Deluxe Collector’s Box

Posted in Side Topics at 10:23 am by Sam

It’s not even news anymore. Standard practice for DVD releases seems to be to throw out a “regular” version of a movie on DVD first — ideally but not necessarily with restored picture and sound and anamorphic widescreen unless it’s not a widescreen movie to begin with, the trailer, blurbs on the cast and crew, and a worthless 10 minute promotional doc — and then release a collector’s edition later with extra goodies, and then maybe even *more* goodies as part of a boxed set.

Remember the days of VHS tapes, and how, when you bought a movie, you got the movie? That was it, and that was the end of it. Oh, once in a while a restoration effort would warrant a subsequent rerelease, but the inferior quality of VHS tapes in the first place didn’t inspire a need to replace an old copy.

Somehow, media companies figured out how to turn what should be a static product into something you have to stay “current” with, upgrading periodically over time, if you want to own the best. Stranger still, they did this with DVDs when they could not do this with tapes, despite tapes being the product that degrades over time, while DVDs seem to have more permanence.

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10/13/2006

Blooper: Computer

Posted in Bloopers at 5:12 am by Sam

One thing we’re going to start doing, as a bonus for listeners who visit our web site, is provide a weekly blooper — an outtake from our recording sessions for All Movie Talk. We’ll post these on Fridays, as a way of tiding you over until the next episode.

This week’s is one of mine, taken from the Sympathetic Villains segment of Episode 2. The line I was trying to say was about HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): “He behaves evilly, but he’s a computer. He’s just doing what he was programmed to do.”

Sometimes I think what I actually said is closer to the truth.

 
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