7/31/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 44

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Director Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock, Part 1 (1:36)
  • Trivia Question: Smallest Movie Set (19:16)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Frame Rate, Undercranking, Overcranking (19:41)
  • Top 6: Great Remakes (25:51)
  • Pitch: Harry Potter 7 (46:39)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (55:00)

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7/31/2007

Top 6: Great Remakes

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

In Episode 42, our Top 6 list was about movies you’d like to see remade. Now, in Episode 44, we’re going to cover remakes that did happen and were great.

Stephen and I took slightly different takes on the topic, as we sometimes do. Stephen compiled a list of six great remakes, regardless of whether or not they improved upon their originals. Sam restricted himself to superior remakes, in some cases picking remakes that are not actually great films but do improve upon their originals in some significant way.

What are your favorite remakes?

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7/28/2007

Blooper: Well So Anyway

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

This blooper is sort of a culmination of a bunch that I’ve never posted. Even after this many episodes, Stephen and I both have trouble starting segments off. The natural impulse is to segue into the subject with a word like “So,” as in, “So, we’re going to talk about Christopher Nolan now.” Ever since before the show started airing, we realized how we always kept wanting to say “So” to start segments off. We’d catch ourselves sometimes, and other times we edited the segue out, and still other times it made it into the show. Eventually we mostly kicked the “So” habit and then quite naturally used other equally useless words like “Well.” Commonly, a recorded segment would start out like this: “So…no, wait, don’t say ’so’…*clear throat*…Well, we want to talk today about….”

This is me, recording for Episode 38, still wrestling with this. I’m going to go ahead and blame Stephen on this one. He’s the one that started catching himself saying “So” all the time, and that made me conscious of it, and I think it infected me.

 
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7/27/2007

Blooper: Stunt Man Star

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Appropriate that, when talking about a movie about movies in Episode 40, he makes a verbal blunder that it takes a movie fan to appreciate.

 
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7/26/2007

Vintage: Independent Film

Posted in Vintage at 5:00 am by Sam

We think of independent films as being a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of cinema. John Cassavetes came along in the sixties, made great movies outside the studios, and eventually others followed suit. But independent film has been around all long. In fact, Hollywood exists as the center of filmmaking today because the early filmmakers wanted to get out from under the corporate thumbs of the Motion Picture Patents Company in New York, which held so many patents over so many facets of the filmmaking process, even on the raw film itself, that they essentially owned the industry on paper.

In Hollywood, major movie studios formed, and eventually they became the institution that independent filmmakers would be independent from. It was tough. The studio system was powerful, especially before their monopoly over exhibition was broken up. But there were a fair number of independent filmmakers working, especially before the advent of sound ramped up the costs and technical requirements of filmmaking.

This week, I thought we’d take a look at some early ads for independent productions. It’s fascinating to me how differently movies were advertised compared to today’s well oiled process. It’s also interesting, as I’ve said before in this series, how all these titles are unrecognized today. For all the movies I’ve seen and read about, I’ve never even heard of these. Probably they’re lost.

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7/24/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 43

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Director Spotlight: Terrence Malick (1:37)
  • Trivia Question: Teddy Bear (22:42)
  • Top 6: Movies That Play With Perspective (23:23)
  • Good Bad Movie: Alone In the Dark (45:18)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (62:59)

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7/24/2007

Top 6: Movies That Play With Perspective

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

For Episode 43, our Top 6 list is about movies that play with perspective. Of all our Top 6 topics, this is probably the one Sam is personally most interested in and fascinated by. One of the great powers of the medium of film is that it can show us different perspectives. Normally in real life, we’re locked into our own bodies and confined to viewing the world through our own eyes. Movies can release us from that and show us things through other perspectives.

All movies are dependent upon their perspective of the subject matter, but some movies take it a step further and delve into the vast potential of deliberately using perspective to achieve some kind of effect. There’s a huge diversity of things you can accomplish doing this, and we’ve covered a good portion of that range with our picks.

What are your favorite movies that play with perspective?

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7/21/2007

Blooper: What’s My Name?

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

Man, you know it’s bad when you start forgetting your own name. I must have been recording this in my sleep or something.

This is from Episode 40.

 
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7/20/2007

Blooper: Life Is Just a Game

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

I suppose this one actually isn’t all that funny, but it struck me funny at the time. I was trying to think of the name of Groucho Marx’s game show and wound up saying a totally different classic game show.

 
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7/19/2007

Vintage: Ballyhoo, Part 7

Posted in Vintage at 5:00 am by Sam

Time for the next entry in our series on ballyhoo — wild advertising stunts actually used by local theaters in the 1920s to advertise their movies. If you don’t already know what this series is all about, I recommend backtracking to Part 1 first.

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