Top 6 Words: Eyes

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

I’m going to start a new experiment that I hope will be fun. It’ll be a challenge to myself while providing an avenue to discuss some interesting movies. Hopefully it will also inspire discussion from you folks, too, as I’m sure you can think of things I miss.

Here’s the set-up. I wrote a short script to sift through a very long database of movie titles and pick out a single word at random. The word will be one that appears in several different titles but not a great number. Once I have the randomly-chosen word, the challenge to me is to come up with a Top 6 list of movies whose titles include that word. I’ll start out posting these weekly but probably slow down after the first several.

For this first Top 6 Words post, the word I drew was “Eyes.” My Top 6 list after the jump. If you want to play along, try to think of titles on your own before looking at mine. Chime in with your favorite “Eyes” movies in the comments section.

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Blooper: Achoo

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

We don’t record in a fancy studio or anything, so sometimes environmental sound leaks into our recordings. During the recording of Special Episode #4, that source of sound was my wife.

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Bonus Top 6: The Olympics On Film

Posted in Top 6 at 1:25 pm by Sam

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver are underway, so it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Olympics in film. I have a quick unofficial Top 6 list for you of the best Olympics movies, and then a more extended look at the first ever film coverage of the Olympic games.

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Blooper: This Week

Posted in Bloopers at 2:06 pm by Sam

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said things like “last week’s show” or “next week’s show” during recording sessions of these non-weekly special episodes. This blooper from Special Episode #3 is one of many such instances I’ve had to edit out.

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The Hitchcocks That Never Were

Posted in Links at 2:04 pm by Sam

Back in Episode 21, we did a Top 6 Movies We’ll Never Be Able To See list, which discussed movies that were lost or never completed. When I made my list, I hadn’t seen this list of 13 aborted Alfred Hitchcock projects, or I’d probably have picked some of them. The list is interesting not so much for the plot synopses (which say little to nothing about how the finished film would have been) but Hitchcock’s stated reasons for why they didn’t get made.

Learning about stuff like this, especially from a director I love so much, is always interesting and a little sad — because, wow, some of those projects look great and might have turned into masterpieces. Ultimately, though, it’s hard to have any regrets. If Hitchcock had made No Bail For the Judge with Audrey Hepburn (a fascinating prospect), we wouldn’t have had Psycho. On the other hand, I’d have taken Mary Rose for Topaz in a heartbeat.


All Movie Talk, Special #4

Posted in Episodes at 9:19 pm by Sam

This episode is All TV Talk, as we recap the history of television, as it relates to the movie industry, and talk about how cinematic it’s become in the last few years.

Show contents:

  • The Early Days of Television
  • Competing With Movies
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Three Camera Setup
  • The Stigma of Working On Television
  • Art On Television Abroad: Scenes From a Marriage, Fanny and Alexander, The Decalogue.
  • Film Directors Who Started Their Careers In Television: Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman.
  • Forerunners of Serialized Storytelling On Television: The Fugitive, The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • The Sopranos
  • The Wire
  • Why Television Had To Change
  • 24
  • House
  • Mad Men
  • Dexter
  • Lost

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