1/31/2007

Crying

Posted in Side Topics at 8:00 am by Sam

Here’s an interesting rule of thumb for filmmakers: never show a child crying. I had never heard of the rule until watching some of the documentary content on the DVD for The Sixth Sense, in which M. Night Shyamalan discusses the choices he made when he directed Haley Joel Osment in certain key scenes in the film. He took great care not to have Osment ever giving in to the despair of his predicament with tears.

I thought that was an interesting rule, something I had not thought about, but it wasn’t until years later that I experienced first-hand why that’s a good rule.

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1/30/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 18

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Oscar Watch 2006: Reactions To the Nominations (1:42)
  • Trivia Question: Double Nominations (15:46)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Pan, Tilt (16:16)
  • Top 6: Movies That Play With Time (19:08)
  • Industry Trend: Sound, Part 3 (38:19)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (55:36)

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1/30/2007

Top 6: Movies That Play With Time

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Our Top 6 list for Episode 18 is about movies that play with time, excluding actual time-travel movies. Movies have a freedom to play with time in various ways. Most obviously, a movie can mix up the chronology of a narrative, so that events occur out of order. But there are other ways movies can play with time, and we think our Top 6 lists cover the bases pretty well.

What are your own favorites?

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1/29/2007

SAG Awards

Posted in Oscars at 11:17 am by Sam

The results of the SAG Awards are in. The four individual acting awards all went to the frontrunners in their respective categories. But the “ensemble acting” award, the closest thing the SAG has to a Best Picture award, went to Little Miss Sunshine, bypassing The Departed, which many hoped would take it. That makes the second major guild win for Little Miss Sunshine, as it won the PGA earlier. The DGA and WGA will chime in over the next couple weeks.

Normally, about three of SAG’s four individual acting awards line up with Oscar’s acting awards. But the SAG Ensemble matched Oscar’s Best Picture only five times in the last ten years, although it did go to Crash last year, when all the other precursor awards were going to Brokeback Mountain. The thing to remember about the actors is that they make up the largest branch of the Academy, a bit over 20% of its membership. They aren’t the same actors in the Academy and the Guild — the Academy includes only the most accomplished actors in the field — but the voice of the acting branch carries a lot of weight.


1/27/2007

Blooper: Drunk

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

If you listen carefully, you can just barely hear what interrupted me during the recording of Episode 8’s segment on Casino Royale. But the interruption was much longer and louder, and I’m rather shocked that my super-sensitive microphone didn’t pick it up better than it did.

 
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1/26/2007

Sequel-Laden Summer

Posted in Side Topics at 3:09 pm by Sam

This summer is likely to be a box office record breaker, thanks mostly to an assortment of sequels from astronomically successful film franchises and then some. It’s not cool to talk about sequels in a favorable light, but I have to admit that I’m intrigued by an unusual number of them.

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1/26/2007

Blooper: D Acronym

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

In this outtake from Episode 17, Stephen gets a little carried away with an acronym.

 
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1/25/2007

Vintage: Ballyhoo, Part 2

Posted in Vintage at 5:00 am by Sam

It’s time for the next batch of marketing hijinks, actually used by exhibitors to market films in the 1920s. At the time, not only was the culture different, but the industry was young and untrodden. Some of the stunts they pulled are absolutely hilarious. Others — and we’ll see an example of that this week — make us cringe. Either way, it wasn’t as boring as the familiar patterns practiced by movie marketing today.

If you missed the first installment in this series, you can catch up on it here.

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1/23/2007

Oscar Results

Posted in Oscars at 11:32 am by Sam

Editor’s Note, 2/26/07: The winners have been announced. See our listing of the winners and discussion.

The Oscar nominations are in, and so are the results for the Oscar Nominations Game. User “jkjuice” placed first, correctly guessing 23 of the 26 selected nominees. But the top player whose account had been activated with our prize code was “trip,” who placed fourth overall and correctly guessed 22 out of 26 nominations. Congratulations to both of you!

My initial thoughts on the nominations follow.

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1/23/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 17

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Year In Review: 2006 (0:23)
    • Oscar 2006 Nominations Note (1:03)
    • Oscar 2005 Controversy (1:55)
    • A Year In Transition (5:33)
    • Disney and Pixar (20:53)
    • Summer Movies (26:36)
    • Snakes On a Plane (33:54)
    • Fall Movies (37:05)
    • Necrology (41:08)
  • Sequel/Remake Round-Up: 2007 (50:00)
  • Closing: Preview of Next Week (60:13)

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