11/21/2006

All Movie Talk, Episode 8

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Second Take: Casino Royale (1:34)
  • Trivia Question: Lillian Gish (10:39)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Jump Cut (11:12)
  • Best of the Year: 1927-1939 (14:24)
  • Top 6: Disappointing Movies (28:38)
  • How To: Survive an Action Movie (43:11)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Letters, Preview of Next Week (56:41)

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11/21/2006

Top 6: Disappointing Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 5:00 am by Sam

Our Top 6 list for Episode 8 is about movies you were excited about seeing but ultimately disappointed you. They may not necessary be bad — all of Sam’s picks are of bad movies, but some of Stephen’s are actually good, just less than what he was hoping for. What’s interesting about this topic is it says more about our expectations than about the movies themselves.

What movies disappointed you?

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11/20/2006

Supporting

Posted in Oscars at 5:00 am by Sam

One of the strange things about the Academy Awards is how arbitrary qualification for the supporting acting awards is. The supporting acting categories were created in 1936. The rules of eligibility have evolved over time, but the bottom line is that there is no bottom line about what constitutes a lead performance and what constitutes a supporting performance. The decision is made by the studio, which decides on its own which category it wants to submit to and campaign for.

This can lead to oddities, like Frances McDormand going lead for Fargo (1996) with 28 minutes of screen time, while William H. Macy went supporting with 32. But McDormand dominates memory of the film, so maybe it makes sense. On the other hand, some performances seem even too short for supporting. Beatrice Straight won supporting for Network (1976), for less than six minutes of screen time. But it was a brilliant performance, and that’s what counts.

Anyway, this year in particular, there seems to be more than the usual amount of unpredictability about who goes where. Oscar prognosticators are stuck until the respective studios make some decisions. Here’s a brief rundown:

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11/18/2006

Blooper: And Finally

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

We’re accumulating bloopers at a slightly faster rate than one per episode, so to keep up, we’ll start sometimes posting a blooper on Saturdays in addition to the regular Friday bloopers.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s from the introduction of Episode 5. Stephen did just fine recording his bit, right up until the end.

 
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11/17/2006

Here, There, and Everywhere

Posted in Side Topics at 12:00 pm by Sam

Ever notice how some sequels are really remakes in a new setting?

Speed was on a bus. Speed 2 was on a boat.

Gremlins was in a small town. Gremlins 2 was in a skyscraper.

Die Hard was in a skyscraper. Die Hard 2 was in an airport.

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11/17/2006

Blooper: Casino Royale

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

Casino Royale opens today, and to commemorate that, here’s a blooper about it from Episode 007 of our podcast. In this blooper, Stephen tries to say “Casino Royale,” but what comes out is a completely different movie that nobody had been talking about the whole recording session.

 
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11/16/2006

Borat and Offensive Comedy

Posted in Side Topics at 12:30 am by Stephen

I saw Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan a while back and I have to agree with the consensus (surprisingly this is one of the best reviewed films of the year) that it’s the funniest movie in recent memory. It’s also one of the most offensive, a flick that gets its humor from both scatalogical and social jokes, trying to offend us every way it can. So what is it about comedy and outrageousness that makes them work so well?

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11/15/2006

Adapting “Gulliver’s Travels”

Posted in Side Topics at 5:00 am by Sam

It’s not uncommon for movie adaptations of literature to make changes to the source material. The transition to the screen is not always an easy one, and what works on the page sometimes doesn’t work on the screen, and vice versa. Some people are upset by movies that alter one iota of their beloved literary stories, and sometimes I’m like that myself. But in general, I’m ok with that. A movie isn’t going to change the book, so why not let the movie be its own thing?

What’s weird about Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, though, is how virtually all its adaptations make the same changes to the source material. If all you know about Gulliver’s Travels came from the movies, you probably think it’s a children’s story about a guy who visits a land of tiny people.

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11/14/2006

All Movie Talk, Episode 7

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Series Spotlight: James Bond, Part 5 (1:39)
  • Trivia Question: Commissioning the Authors of “Les Diaboliques” (16:50)
  • Film Spotlight: Jackie Brown (18:00)
  • Top 6: Surprisingly Good Movies (31:59)
  • DVD Preview: November/December 2006 (44:17)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (56:12)

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11/14/2006

Top 6: Surprisingly Good Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Our Top 6 list for Episode 7 is about movies you thought would be bad but turned out to be good. Unlike prior Top 6 lists, this topic says not so much about the movies themselves as our expectations for them.

What movies did you think were going to be terrible and wound up being a pleasant surprise?

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