Last Chance!

Posted in Oscars at 10:44 am by Sam

The Oscar nominations get announced tomorrow morning. That means the Academy Awards Predictions Game for guessing the nominations will close tonight sometime (not earlier than 11pm EST). Log in now to make your final guesses in the game!

Also, remember that there is a prize you can win if you enter the code supplied in All Movie Talk, Episode 11.


Blooper: Stinkle

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

In this blooper from the Top 6 segment of Episode 13, I unwittingly coined a term that was arguably much more appropriate for the film under discussion than the word I intended to use.

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Lost and Found

Posted in Side Topics at 11:15 am by Sam

It’s always a pleasure when a film thought lost turns up in some random place. A pristine print of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929), presumed lost, turned up in a mental institution in Oslo. The Rules of the Game (1939), a French film and one of the greatest of all films, was banned by the French, then banned by the Nazis after they took over, then was incinerated by Allied bombing, but somehow enough fragments survived that the film could be pieced together, with only one minor scene missing.

One of the most interesting recovery stories, however, is about Shadows (1959), by director John Cassavetes.

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Blooper: Talkies

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

From Episode 12’s segment on sound, here’s a blooper best left unexplained.

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Vintage: The Onrush of Sound

Posted in Vintage at 5:00 am by Sam

This is a lengthy article from the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook that does a wonderful job of comprehensively covering the development of sound and its impact on the film industry. Since it was written just after most of the primary technological progress and the landslide success of the earliest sound films, but before the industry’s complete conversion to sound films and adoption of sound standards, it provides a unique insight into this radical transitionary period.

I apologize in advance if this entry in our Vintage series is unsuitably dry. I said at the outset that I would try to avoid being too scholarly and focus on breezy trivia of more general interest. (To me, though, and hopefully to others, it’s fascinating.) But in this case, the length and wordiness is unavoidable. The article is of great educational value, especially in conjunction with our ongoing series of podcast segments on sound, and can’t conveniently be broken down into smaller units. I will, however, annotate each page so that those not interested in reading the full article can skip to portions of interest.

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Golden Globe Winners

Posted in Oscars at 11:05 am by Sam

Here are the Golden Globe results from last night. In terms of Oscar prognostication, they probably don’t affect the race at all, so I’ll let the results speak for themselves.


All Movie Talk, Episode 16

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Controversial Take: Tron (1:51)
  • Trivia Question: First CGI (11:21)
  • Industry Trend: Sound, Part 2 (12:02)
  • Top 6: Computer Movies (24:33)
  • Series Spotlight: Antoine Doinel (39:42)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:13)

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.

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Top 6: Computer Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Our Top 6 list for Episode 16 is about the best movies about computers. Computers are not normally cinematic, and sometimes ridiculous things are done to make them so (see the great programming scene in Swordfish, wherein a swivel chair turns programming into a spectator sport). But once in a while, a great movie is made about computers, and, as we’re nerds, they have a particular appeal for us.

What are your favorite computer movies?

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

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‘Children of Men’ One of 2006’s Best Films

Posted in Reviews at 3:59 am by Stephen

Children of Men (2006), directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is a stunning, surprising film about a future world where humans are all infertile. For this review I’m trying something a little different: rather than writing out my review, I’ve recorded it. You can listen to it below, and please let me know if you like this little audio experiment.

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Blooper: Popular

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

A classic case of word rearrangement from the introduction to Episode 13.

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