1/12/2007

Who Are You?

Posted in From the Editors at 7:30 am by Stephen

We’ve been doing the show for a few months now, and a lot of commenters are people I didn’t know personally before the show started, and it makes me curious about who some of you are. Since we do get such interesting discussion (I wish I had time to reply to more comments than I do) and we are developing a cool little community, I thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about each other. Consider this thread a place to share with all of us anything about yourself you think we’d find interesting.

44 Comments »

  1. Stephen (221) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 1:07 am

    I’ll get it started. I’m Stephen Keller (I feel like this is the point where Sam should chime in with one of our customary bad jokes) and I live in San Diego. I work by day as a technical writer for a software company, and my favorite movies are Rear Window, Singin’ in the Rain, Lawrence of Arabia, and Casablanca (though not necessarily in that order).

    Part of what made me interested in posting this thread was siochembio’s comment in the Episode 14 discussion about what made her absolutely enthralled with movies, so I thought I’d share how I became so taken by them. I had always liked movies, and when the very first AFI Top 100 list came out — along with a ton of fanfare — I was going through a rough time in my life and I spent a lot of time watching movies by myself as a sort of solace from my problems. Armed with that list and an Internet connection that had me plugged into the IMDb and Roger Ebert’s wonderful review archive, I ended up spending a summer watching all the great movies I could find at the local Blockbuster. I’ve never gone back.

  2. Grishny (156) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Well, Stephen and Sam already know who I am, but most people enjoy talking about themselves and I suppose I’m no exception.

    Though I’ve used the on-line nickname “Grishny” (it’s derived from the character Grishnakh in Tolkien’s The Two Towers, by the way) since 1995 or ‘96, my real name is John. I’m a native of Dayton, Ohio but I currently live in south central PA and commute about an hour to work in Maryland, about twenty minutes north of Baltimore. I’m a graphic designer who has recently transitioned into the arena of web design.

    I like too many movies to pick a favorite, but I definitely have a preferred genre and it is science fiction. I particularly enjoy a good time travel story. Thanks in large part to enthusiastic discussion about movies on sites like RinkWorks and now AMT, I have in recent years tried to expand my interests and become more apt to try other genres. In particular, I’ve been made aware of the role directors play in movie-making, something I never really paid all that much attention to prior to 1998.

  3. wintermute (157) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Again, many of you already know much of this, but for the others:

    I’m a Briton currently residing in Ohio. Sam is personally and directly responsible for me marrying an American, and moving over here.

    My DVD library is currently somewhere between 350 and 400 titles, and steadily growing. I don’t really remember how I became a kinophile - my parents aren’t into movies, so the only thing I can remember seeing in the cinema as a child was Octopussy, and to this day they don’t understand why someone might want to see a movie more than once.

    While I saw a good many movies on TV (thanks to the BBC, these were often commercial-free), I never really started building up a collection until… 5 years ago?

    I like to tell people that my favourite movie is Weekend at Bernie’s, because it’s easier than trying to come up with a real answer. In truth, I’m not sure it would make my top 10.

  4. Parker (16) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I’m Parker. I grew up and went to college in Florida, and I now reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’m a web designer and the so-called “mastermind” behind The Uncommon Walk. I enjoy music and soft carpet.

    I found AMT via RinkWorks, where I have lurked for many years and once upon a time, posted on the forum with a degree of frequency. My favorite film is The Princess Bride but my tastes are really quite varied. Like Grishny, I love time travel flicks of all sorts, the greatest of which are (in my opinion) the Back to the Future movies. My favorite director is Tim Burton, my favorite actress is Jennifer Connelly, and my favorite genre is suspense.

    I’m a poor bachelor libertarian with a head full of dreams and a pocket full of lint. I shamefully confess that I already listen to two hours of podcasts every day and can’t work AMT into my schedule at this time… but I do enjoy reading the text posts here and following the subsequent conversation. When I’m not surfing the web I can be spotted in the books of Orson Scott Card, Douglas Adams, Donald Miller, Roald Dahl, or George Orwell. I do enjoy name-dropping.

  5. Heather (11) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Well, this is at least one post that won’t begin with “You already know this, but…”

    I’m Heather from Milwaukee, and when I say that to people unfamiliar with a midwestern accent, they sometimes think my last name is actually “Fromawaukee.” Since my actual last name is darn near unpronouceable, I sometimes let it go. The joys of being ethnic.

    I spend my days as an office assistant, and my nights working for a clandestine government organization seeking to rid the world of evildoers. (No, wait, that last part’s definitely from something else.)

    Anyway, I was turned on to this podcast by a friend, and I have to say, I’m glad he recommended it. I’ve been learning a lot about both the art and the science of film. For awhile, I’ve had a list of those movies that everyone but me has seen, and this podcast inspired me to start on that list. (In the past week alone, I’ve seen Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodfellas, L.A. Confidential, and Pulp Fiction. Lots of free time, obviously.)

    I, too, have a top ten list of favorite movies, but the three at the top are Gosford Park, The Royal Tenebaums, and School of Rock. They’re wildly different, I know, but I could pop any one of ‘em in at pretty much any time and enjoy it.

    I also enjoyed the discussion about serialized television posted recently, as I’m quite the tv watcher. The fact that many shows are now returning after winter breaks (or longer, e.g. 24) does so help with the winter blahs.

    I do have to admit that one of my first thoughts on Tuesdays is “Oh, a new AMT podcast today!” Hey, it’s the little things, right?

  6. LaZorra (60) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    I am not Heather.

    I am, however, a college student at Fresno State (California), an equestrienne, and possessor of an odd sense of humor. I am one of those people who is interested in absolutely everything — jack of all trades, master of none (yet), as the saying goes.

    I came here from RinkWorks, where I’ve twiddled away extra hours for the past few years. I mostly lurk on AMT, since I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I do really enjoy the debates and coversation (and the podcast, of course).

  7. Eric (44) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    My name is Eric, and I am a film student at a community college in San Diego County, California. I love movies, and I have had a blast making the ones I’ve done so far. I have a particular soft spot for silent movies (although I haven’t seen a lot of them); I have yet to see one that I didn’t care for. Like every other film student in the world, I hope to one day write and direct.

    When I see a movie, it takes me a week or two before I can form a real impression about it. It’s like liquor: sometimes, something will taste great at first, but leave a horrible aftertaste.

  8. Mia (6) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    My name is Stephanie, but you can call me Miss Mia. I like movies, but probably not as much as half of your guys here. I really enjoy listening to the podcast, though, and reading the posts here.

    I live in San Diego, CA, but I grew up in Utah. I moved here almost two years ago (!!), right after being told my cancer was officially in remission. I know, I’m a trooper!

    I work for an insurance agent, and am getting my license this month…that is, if my boss can find the time to let me take the test. We’re really busy.

    That’s about it, I guess. Oh, and I’m Stephen’s girlfriend, so you better be nice to me. ;-)

  9. Stephen (221) said,

    January 12, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Heather: Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodfellas, L.A. Confidential, and Pulp Fiction all in one week? Wow. That’s pretty much a list of movies that I absolutely love.

  10. ThePhan (128) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 3:10 am

    To anyone who doesn’t know me. Or if you do know me but want to read this bit anyway. My name’s Hannah, or ThePhan, or whatever else you decide you want to call me. *shrug* Bit of background info on me - I’m currently taking classes at a community college, majoring in… well, I’m not entirely sure at the moment (theater seems the most likely end at the moment, but we’ll see). I live in Illinois and have a huge amount of younger siblings. I’m a musical theater fanatic. I’m also a transfer over here from RinkWorks, where I’ve been hanging out for six or seven years or something like that.

    Growing up, we watched movies ALL the time. Mom liked chick flicks and a lot of the older movies, and then Dad liked serious dramas, action, and thrillers. So I watched a fairly wide variety of stuff as a kid and then started watching movies seriously on my own about five years ago.

    Movie tastes: Although I watch a lot of movies, including critically acclaimed ones, there are a few opinions I hold that really freak out most avid movie watchers. For example, I’m much more interested in plot and characters than in just about anything else. Which means many of the politically significant movies don’t really hit the mark for me. No denying a lot of them are good, I’m perfectly willing to concede that. I just don’t like them. I also don’t like The Godfather. I have a super soft spot for musicals because of my love for musical theater. So I’m much more likely to forgive a horrid movie if I like the songs or singers. (*cough*Rent*cough*) I’m equally interested in comedies and dramas, psychological thriller trumps romantic comedy which trumps horror, and nearly anything trumps mindless action.

    And, just to wrap it all up, some of my semirecently discovered favorites, in apparently alphabetical order: Annie Hall, Adaptation, Awakenings, Before Sunrise, Chicago, High Fidelity, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Proof, The Silence of Lambs, and This Is Spinal Tap.

    http://scrambledegg7.flixster.com stores my movie reviews, if you find my thoughts simply fascinating and MUST read what I think of films. A few of them are super old, though, and need to be updated.

  11. Darien (88) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 3:52 am

    I’m Darien. I’m your worst nightmare. I hate all movies, and especially Stephen.

  12. Eric (44) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 4:13 am

    But Stephen isn’t a movie . . .

  13. Darien (88) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 7:03 am

    I know. I hate him that much.

  14. Rifty (64) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I’m Mike.

    I’ve been a regular at Rinkworks for nigh on 6 years now, and that was how I came across the AMT podcast. Before that, I stayed away from podcasts in general, because I don’t really have the patience to listen to people talk for extended periods of time. Sam and Stephen, though, are interesting talkers, unlike most of everyone else in the world.

    I’m an AMTEvangelist, having guided several people to the light which is All Movie Talk And A Little Bit Of TV, Too. One of them is a pretty good friend from Milwaukee, who’s obsessed with movies, television, and especially 24. Her last name has the letters M and R together in that order, as well as the letter C Z and K together, also in that order, which makes it hard to pronounce. I think it’s pronounced “Jones.”

    Anyway, I love Fridays and Saturdays, cause I enjoy the blooper reels.

    I’m also 26, possessed of a phenomenal sense of humor, and I’m single, but not by choice.

    And that’s me in a nutshell.
    (no, this is- help help! get me out of this giant nutshell!)

    *sighs* sleep. get to sleep.

    -Rifty

  15. Grishny (156) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    That’s not “Mroczka,” is it? I work with a woman with that last name, although I think the c and the z might be transposed.

  16. Heather (11) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Lest this topic veer any more wildly off course, my last name is Mroczkowski. It’s supposed to be pronounced something like mruch-KUSS-kee, but my Dad thought that was too hard for people and decided we should prounouce it mrose-COW-skee. Nothing like standing up for your convictions.

    And for anyone interested, I have Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Traffic, and Dog Day Afternoon lined up for this week. I’m getting a little worried, though, that I’m not really giving these films their due. As Eric mentioned, sometimes a great film (or even an ordinary one) needs to be savored. I know that when I see something in the theatre, I need a few hours afterward to digest. Sometimes longer. Last summer, I did one Hitchcock film a week, and that seemed to work out pretty well.

  17. Sam (405) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Heather: Wow. What an incredible roll you’re on right now (Reservoir Dogs notwithstanding, bah).

    I also often need a week or so to think about movies sometimes, as I previously wrote, but that doesn’t mean I can’t see other movies in the meantime. Although, yeah, that many great ones in a row means a lot to think about.

  18. Errica (2) said,

    January 13, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I’m Errica. I live in a small town in Virginia that people only know about because of the caverns+. I’ve been visiting Rinkworks for about five years now, but I don’t make myself known very often.

    My favorite movie genres are drama and crime, I suppose. I’m open to pretty much anything, and I’m a big fan of good bad movies. I’ve never really liked Westerns, though. I just can’t get into them. I’ve also halfway given up on 21st century comedy and horror. I just don’t see what’s funny about a movie where most of the jokes are about various bodily functions, nor do I understand what’s scary about a movie where the entire plot is based around people getting tortured. It just seems silly to me.

    I’d post a list of my top five favorite movies, but I think it would take a few days to choose which ones I wanted on it. I’ll just say that I love 50’s and 60’s movies and leave it at that.

  19. K.T. Slager (55) said,

    January 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    I haven’t been here in about five weeks (considering the last episode I listened to was number 10) because I’ve been enjoying my break from college. My name is Katherine, I live in Minneapolis, and I also am a film student. Unlike other film students, I’m not wild about directing but more along the lines of being a production manager.

    My family has watched movies together for my whole life, so I think that had something to do with it. I especially enjoy Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock, and really really bad movies.

    (Also a Rinkworks veteran.)

  20. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    January 14, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    My name is David and I currently reside in Seattle. I’m an actor up here and enjoy films very much.

    My favorite genre is Sci-Fi and my list of best movies in that category would be “Blade Runner - The Directors Cut”, “Contact”, “Bicentennial Man”, “Minority Report” and “RoboCop.”

    I began browsing Rinkworks back in the very late 90’s, mainly for “Computer Stupidities” and my movie tastes are very similar to our illustrious hosts so I enjoy the pod cast very much.

  21. Dave (130) said,

    January 18, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I’m Dave. That is all.

  22. Nevermore (17) said,

    January 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Greetings. My name is Austin and my pseudonym “Nevermore” is derived (as you can probably guess) from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. I reside across the ocean in Canberra, Australia, although I was born in Houston, Texas.

    I am what you could call a novice movie buff. I love them but am yet to experience the full scope of it all.

    Anyways, that is all.

    21 weeks, 5 days to go…

  23. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    January 19, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Nevermore - How long did you live in Houston? I lived in Houston for 8 years, in the Meyerland area (’95 - ‘03).

  24. Nevermore (17) said,

    January 20, 2007 at 12:50 am

    WarpNacelle - It’s barely worth mentioning. I lived there for about a year and a half. My parents were on a posting there (my mum grew up there, but my dad was born over here in Australia.

    21 weeks, 4 days to go…

  25. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    January 20, 2007 at 2:54 am

    Nevermore - Yeah, well my 8 years there were also barely worth mentioning also. :)

  26. SplishFish (29) said,

    February 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    My real name is Ann. Like Heather, I’m also a member of the “-ski” club and live in the Milwaukee area.

    I chose the screen name SplishFish after my mother’s Beta fish. I don’t have any particular affinity for aquatic creatures, I just like the name.

    I’m a technical writer for a professional staffing company (you need a writer, programmer, etc. we got ‘em!). I’m currently writing user manuals for a medical technologies company.

    Growing up in northern Wisconsin there isn’t a lot to do if you don’t drink, so my family embraced the movie rental wave when the Video-Rama opened up in town. We tended to watch action movies and comedies (older brother, you know). I’m trying to diversify into other genres. AMT has given me lots of movies to think about.

  27. siochembio (82) said,

    February 7, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Ah yes, I meant to fill this out.

    My real name is Siobhan. I’ve spent the past five and a half years pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry that ended up going, well, nowhere. My research project was a dud - no matter how hard I worked (and man, did I work), I couldn’t make any progress. So recently, just a few weeks ago, I started a program to get my teaching certificate. I always knew I’d be much happier teaching than doing research anyway.

    As I mentioned earlier here, “Schindler’s List” really changed the way I viewed movies, and I consider it a seminal moment in my love affair with film.

    For the past year, inspired by the book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” I’ve been watching TONS of older movies that I had always meant to see but never actually sat down and watched - especially foreign films! Although I certainly haven’t loved every movie I’ve watched, I’ve discovered so many great movies that I had never even heard of before I got the book. I also discovered that I just love love love love Ingmar Bergman.

    Right now I’m almost done with the major films of the 1950’s, but I also just found out that Google Video has all ten parts of the 1915 melodrama “Les Vampires.” I just finished Part Three. It’s so over the top, it’s magnificent.

  28. ShannieP (8) said,

    April 20, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Hi, looks like no one has added to this in a while but I just found AMT and never even heard of Rinkworks- so I figured I should share my unique perspective. My name is Shannon, I live in the burbs of Chicago. My mom started me out on old movies as a little girl and I never grew out of it. I loved all of them except the sad ones so I would always ask will it be happy or sad and she would always say it will be happy- oh sure A Place in the Sun is a laugh a minute… well, I got over that…mostly. I still prefer happy pictures but I am much more openminded.

    This week I watched My Name is Julia Ross, Sunset Blvd, The Lady Vanishes, And Then There Were None and The Big Sleep. It sounds almost high brow to list them but it wasn’t entirely by design. I just happened to catch My Name is Julia Ross and it’s only 65 minutes long- it was fantastic- never even heard of it before, a lucky break. And the other choices were more deliberate, things I heard mentioned that I needed to see again and some for the first time. My DVD collection is a split of old and new. I know almost nothing about silent movies and for some reason I have a strong aversion to films from the 70’s and most of the 80’s. I never noticed it before but I really avoid things from that timeframe. I have a tendency to fixate on certain people and collect most of their work, if I can. Alfred Hitchock, Cary Grant, Gracy Kelly, Katherine Hepburn. I find movies from the past, the studio era fascinating and I think TCM might be my favorite channel of all time. I actually suggested a movie and turns out they are playing it next month- how great is that. And to fulfill your curiosity it’s a little movie called the Reluctant Debutante- not on DVD sadly with Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, Angela Lansbury, John Saxon and Sandra Dee- hilarious and worth DVR’ing since they are playing it in the middle of the night.

    My top 6 movies of all time - in no specific order because that is asking too much. To Catch a Thief, State & Main, The Philadelphia Story, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Pride & Prejudice (BBC version), Bull Durham

    Well, I will stop rambling but since I am the first person to post on this thread in months I figured I better make it worth while.

  29. joem18b (231) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Hi, Shannon. Speaking of Pride and Prejudice, I had a Jane Austen attack a while back and watched two British versions of Persuasion. Very satisfying.

  30. Stephen (221) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Out of curiosity, if you didn’t hear about us via RinkWorks (still our biggest source of traffic, I think), how did you find us?

  31. joem18b (231) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 2:49 am

    Speaking for myself, I subscribed to AMT in the At The Movies section of iTunes.

  32. ShannieP (8) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 8:45 am

    iTunes- I was looking for something on movies and so I downloaded one show of several different podcasts just to see if any of them grabbed me and you guys won- well if you think having me subscribe is a win but the reason why was that you frequently referred to older movies and you two don’t always agree, it’s so boring when everyone always agrees with each other. I mean I don’t want argument but a good debate is great.

  33. ShannieP (8) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 8:49 am

    I had that same Jane Austen attack, it was before Netflix so I was hitting all my video stores in the area, some of those movies are hard to find. I lucked out at my library of all places and those were free so it was great. Was one of the versions the 1995 one with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds? I thought that was a very production.

  34. siochembio (82) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Oooh, I adore the Ciaran Hinds Persuasion. It’s my favorite of the mid-1990’s Austen adaptations.

    I found AMT through a podcast search engine website. I was getting ready to take an 8-hour car ride, and wanted something to listen to other than the Harry Potter books on tape. All Movie Talk was the very first one that came up, actually. There were only two episodes then (ah yes, I go way back), but I knew as soon as Stephen picked “The Lady Eve” for his favorite non-sappy romantic comedy that this was the podcast I was looking for.

    Edited by Stephen: siochembio originally asked a question about other movie podcasts here; I’ve given that discussion its own thread.

  35. joem18b (231) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Hey, Stephen or Sam, how about a comment link on the main page? I’m feeling guilty about discussing “Persuasion” on the Who Are You page…

    Having said that, to me Amanda Root could have been Jane Austen herself. I love that production. I live amongst a variety of terrific library systems, so I frequently hold dvds online and then go pick them up.

  36. joem18b (231) said,

    April 21, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    I was in the library today and picked up the DVD box for the ‘71 version of Persuasion. I stood there looking at the picture of Anne Firbank (Anne Elliot), trying to remember how she compared with/to Amanda Root. Couldn’t remember. On the box her expression resembles that look of surmise that Amy Pohler puts on (not a good sign).

    And speaking of Pride and Prejudice, I remember so looking forward to the Kiera Knightley version when it came out. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 85%. Couldn’t wait. But no, Ms Knightley did not do it for me. So wrong. And I don’t want to see Donald Sutherland or Judi Dench in a Jane Austen movie. Judi can be the queen or M, but not Lady Catherine de Bourg. Or is that just me?

  37. Nyperold (116) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    I am called Nyperold, and I am coming from Rinkland. Er, Rinkworks. It was Rinkworks that got me interested in watching movies (via the Film-Lover’s Checklist) and the Academy Awards (via the Academy Awards Predictions Game) in the first place. I’ve made three checklists, in fact: one which is personal, and gets updated every once in a while; one which is based on a list of the 100 best quotes at the time, compiled by the AFI (I believe); and one which tracks the weekly Top 6.

  38. Outatime (13) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 8:01 am

    I’m Chad Serhal. I’m a musician. Went to school for post-production. Worked at Signet Sounddelux in West Hollywood until i went crazy and moved to Indiana. I consider myself a VHS archiviest owning a little over 2000, and can safely say that i’ve completely dried out Indiana and it’s surrounding states of it’s VHS (Family Video, Half-Price-Books). I watch around 75 movies a month. My favorite movie is Back to the Future, or Groundhog Day depending on the time of the year. My favorite actor is Nicholas Cage which shows that MOST of my favorite movies are “guilty pleasures”. I also like Tom Cruise, Sean Pean, Arnold S., Bill Murrey, Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman, James Dean. I go threw phases with actresses but i don’t want to get into that. People i hate are George Clooney, Richard Gear, Sandra Bollock, Queen Latepha(?), and Ben Affeck. But over all i’m mostly a director kind of guy. I follow directors and i won’t name them all because most people here appreciate the same directors. But i will say that Wes Anderson, and P.T. Anderson are my favorite american director of the new movies coming out. Directors i don’t like; M. Night Samalamadingdong, Tarentino, Rodregez, and alot of action duchebags. My favorite (sub)genre is Time Travel Love Stories (Somewhere in Time, Terminator 1, Back to the future 3, Time after time). I always appreciate a creative love story (punch drunk love, Buffalo ‘66). I love early 80’s movies (Valley Girl, All the right movies, Racing with the moon). I first REALLY started to get into movies in 11th grade when i rented “The Buddy Holly Story”. The director did virtually nothing else worth mentioning, but this movie struck me like a lightning bolt. It was so raw, authentic, so real. It looked so good. I watched it over and over, dumbfounded by the mistakes and everyone talking over each others lines, and the obvious improv’s. I didn’t know people could make a movie like that. Then there was Vampires Kiss starring Nicholas Cage, and then THE GRADUATE and you can see where it goes from there. Genres i HATE. HIEST MOVIES! I hate nearly anything with a hiest in it. Over all Action movies are not for me. I only like old classic Horror movies. Carrie and Jaws are the last horror movies that i can get into. I love romantic comedies, stupid comedies, Dramas. There’s not a genre that covers the movies about “LIFE”. I call them Life stories. They always some the be in the wrong section. ADAPTATION that’s a life movie, love story, comedy, drama, action, but over all it’s about life. Those movies sum me up pretty well. I’m a James Dean enthusiest. I grew up near his hometown. I go to the James Dean festival every year. My wife and I’s first date was a trip to James Dean’s grave, where i smoked my first cigarette and left the rest of the pack there for him. That’s become an annual tradition. My favorite movies of the year 2006 were The Science Of Sleep, Stranger Than Fiction, Children Of Men, Departed, and The Break-Up. Time travel love stories??? Butterfly Effect 2 (i’m afraid to see it) and then i saw LAKE HOUSE… the number one most terrible time travel love story of all time.
    I hope to soon start some sort of a podcast because i’m going crazy listening to “all movie talk” and others like “watching the directors” and “hollywood salon” wanting to do my own. I would do one along the lines of watching the Actors. Where i just go threw the actors movies, have some what if’s or top 5’s, ya know.

  39. joem18b (231) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Hi, Outatime. Richard Corliss in the April 16 issue of Time writes that female stars, romance, and dramas are all disappearing from the movies today because most of the ticket-buyers are teenage boys who only want action. According to Corliss, you need to be armed and dangerous (Grindhouse) or willing to stab a guy (Lena Headey in 300) to get a decent part these days. Hope he’s wrong.

  40. Outatime (13) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Yeah know, it’s not just teenage boys, it’s freakin 40 year old men and it’s mom’s. I purposely failed to mention that i work at blockbuster. I’ve been there for a month and a half. I thought i could get into a job that allowed me to talk about movies and the low pay low stress would suffice. But when just about every customer comes in and asks, “What good action movie has come out?” or “What good horror movie has come out?” I got nothin to say to these people. Last night i got temporarily transfered to a blockbuster in a arts area and there was a HUGE difference in movie watchers. I talked my lips off, and my faith was restored.

    Who’s with me on “the Break-up” being a surprisingly good movie. I would love to type here and say i hate Jennifer Aniston(sp). But she’s in Along Came Polly (a really good romantic comedy) and the Break-up.

    Did you know their redoing The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller? It’s coming out soon. i hope it’s well done or i’ll be really really mad.

    Oh, and i thought Pride and Predjudice was the best movie of 2005.

  41. Outatime (13) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    I got into All Movie Talk threw the itunes store. Didn’t know any other way of doing it. All movie talk is my favorite one. The only thing i don’t like is the snoody sounding underminding you guys make under your breath before going to what you were gonna say. I’m sure it’s just your humor but it kinda get under my skin after 10 or 15 hours because i feel like you actually hate each other or just friends to do this podcast. My favorite part is the top 6 because i love to make lists. I was freaking out in the time travel top 6, actually screaming out loud, hopped up on coffee at 5 in the morning. I would have gone with T1 over T2 because of the love story time traveling parodox twist in the end… then the picture HE took… oh man! And i totally didn’t see Groundhog Day coming, that was awesome.

  42. Sam (405) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    . I’m sure it’s just your humor but it kinda get under my skin after 10 or 15 hours because i feel like you actually hate each other or just friends to do this podcast.

    We’re really friends. Stephen’s just impatient with me sometimes because I killed his dad.

  43. Outatime (13) said,

    April 28, 2007 at 7:24 am

    That’ll do it every time.

  44. joem18b (231) said,

    April 28, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Speaking of Hollywood pressures on female stars and romance movies, there is a column Friday in the Hot Blog (http://www.mcnblogs.com/thehotblog/) (a movie industry blog, for those who don’t know of it) on women as stars and as Hollywood executives. Includes the following:
    “As for the movies being made, I wish is was as intricate an issue as is suggested in this piece. But it is real simple… money = more of the same. Can anyone argue that Kate Hudson or Anne Hathaway or Drew Barrymore haven’t been given enough chances to prove to be box office stars? On the studio side, this is a business driven by stars, male and female. Amy Pascal tried to make women’s films for years… and has kept her job and secured her place at the table in recent years by not trying so hard to force what isn’t commercial into the marketplace. At the same time, Sony and especially Screen Gems, has made bank on the female audience for horror movies and girl thrillers.”

    Hard times for romances.

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