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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Show Notes:

Year In Review: 2006

  • Oscar 2006 Nominations Note

    The nominations were announced today. We’ll have more on this in next week’s show.

  • Oscar 2005 Controversy

    When Crash beat out Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture, it caused considerable controversy. Some felt that Crash was a horrible movie, while others felt that Brokeback was denied because of homophobia among the Academy (Annie Proulx, who wrote the story the movie was based on, complained about the experience in an article for The Guardian).

  • A Year In Transition

    This was the year that Blu Ray and HD-DVD hit the market, offering the latest format war for consumers. Bubble became one of the first movies to be released on DVD just a few days after it was (barely) released into theaters. Apple and Amazon got into the movie download business. What’s it all mean? We don’t know exactly, but it doesn’t seem like anyone does.

  • Disney and Pixar

    On Jan. 24, Disney announced it was buying Pixar. This put some key Pixar people in management positions at Disney, and it is our hope that Pixar will be able to maintain its strong creative output while also helping to get Disney back on track.

  • Summer Movies

    Superman Returned, the X-Men did their thing, and the Brett Ratner film was perceived to be more succesful than Bryan Singer’s.

  • Snakes On a Plane

    We quoted imaginary dialogue from it for more than a year before it came out, but who actually went to see Snakes on a Plane? Whether it’s an example of how to screw up marketing buzz by holding something back for too long or just an example of people not being all that interested in watching Samuel L. Jackson fight snakes, the movie didn’t really light up the record books the way some thought it might.

  • Fall Movies

    We’ve discussed fall movies heavily in our Oscar Watch segments (and in our Oscar blog entries; we’ve also reviewed several of them).

    Of particular interest was the surprise success of Borat, a movie based on an obscure TV show. The other really interesting story is the release of Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, two movies released within months of each other, that cover the same war.

  • Necrology

    We lost a lot of greats this year, including:

Sequel/Remake Round-Up: 2007

See this RinkWorks Message Forum post for the complete list of sequels and remakes.

 
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15 Comments »

  1. wintermute (157) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I think the Ultraviolet High Def joke that Sam referenced had been edited out. I’m not entirely sure, but it didn’t sound familiar…

    Also, I don’t have an issue with animated menus on DVDs, but I do have an urge to do harm to whatever marketing genius thought that “Animated Menus” (or worse yet, “Interactive Menus” - I mean, what good is a non-interactive menu?) belonged on the special feature list. It makes about as much sense as saying that Dolby Sound is a “special feature”.

    Stupid marketing geniuses.

  2. Sam (405) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I was trying to remember where I heard Stephen make the Ultraviolet joke, and I couldn’t. It wasn’t this episode, though. It was either an earlier episode or possibly, dare I say it, a cross-contaminated memory of Stephen making that remark in Darien’s podcast.

  3. wintermute (157) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I created an All Movie Talk page on Wikipedia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_movie_talk

    Hopefully, it won’t get deleted as non-notable, or some such. But people ought to add more information. That would probably help.

  4. Aaron (35) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    I’d get behind a remake of Fahrenheit 451, given that I liked the book somewhat but didn’t really think all that well of the movie. There were just some sequences that were just ridiculous. “What do you think, LINDA???!”

  5. Sam (405) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Fahrenheit 451 is imperfect, but I think I have a higher opinion of it than most. Even the opening credits are inspired, and the final scene is wonderful. Maybe my mind focuses so much on the moments of brilliance that I’m distracted from the rough patches.

    Still, it does seem like the kind of movie that might be fun to remake. I think book adaptations are, in general, better suited to do-overs than original cinematic works. Even then, as we explored in one of our earlier episodes, there are a number of “definitive” films that were originally books, so there are exceptions all over the place.

  6. Grishny (156) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    I just noticed that the usual link to the latest podcast did not appear on the RinkWorks home page yesterday. Is that because this one didn’t follow the usual pattern, or is it just an oversight?

  7. Sam (405) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Just an oversight.

  8. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Is it Ebert that points out interactive menus that have spoilers in them? That’s plain idiotic.

    I love it when special features include the booklet and/or foreign language subtitles, especially when that is all there is for special features. “We have to put SOMETHING!”

    As for theatre prices, does it seem to be a regular trend for theatres to get rid of the matinee price? I just can’t believe that an industry that complains about dwindling ticket sales would get rid of the matinee price. Maybe it is limited to a few larger theatres, but one of the multiplexes near me now charges $11 for all movies at all times. Even the children and senior prices aren’t much lower. I only go there when I have my discount tickets for that chain that I pre-purchased.

  9. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Also, my compliments on the episode. Your productions have gotten smoother and you seem very comfortable in your chairs. Not that episode one was bad but it has come a long way over the months now. Bravo.

  10. Stephen (221) said,

    January 25, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Theaters in San Diego and Orange counties seem to still have matinee prices, generally speaking. The one exception that comes to mind is a fairly nice, big multiplex in Irvine that only has a matinee until about 2 p.m. on the weekends, which is a real pain. The Arclight in Hollywood, on the other hand, has a matinee that costs $11, because the evening shows are $14. The funny thing is, if I lived closer to it, it would be the only theater I’d bother going to.

  11. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 25, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I have heard that the Arclight is exceptional, that they still use ushers as ushers and that the price is worth it for what they do. I don’t think it would be the only place I would go but I would want to see certain movies there.

    It is a Regal theatre here that has eliminated the matinee movies. However, it is only at a huge Regal and not at the other Regal theatres around here.

    Century Theatres around here (not sure where all they’ve expanded to beyond the Bay Area) have matinees that change on the weekend. For weekdays, matinees end at 6 p.m. On the weekends, they end at 2 p.m.

    Speaking of Century Theatres, their original theatres were built in the ’60s and ’70s and the buildings were domes. They still have some of the domes around here but they don’t build them any more. But the biggest domes would show the 70mm movies on huge screens with tons of seating. I saw many a blockbuster on those screens!

  12. Eric (44) said,

    January 27, 2007 at 3:36 am

    I have to say, I’m looking forward to Halloween. I’ve never seen the original (it’s on my list), but the two movies Rob Zombie has done so far just left me astounded (even if I can’t watch them half the time).

    I actually just saw Bubble a week or two ago. It’s a strange movie, but it works. I think it’s a keeper.

    Apparently this “Star Trek: World Enough and Time” is a fan movie, which I don’t think really counts. Star Trek XI comes out in 2008, I think, and I am very excited about that.

    And Grindhouse. I will need to see this.

  13. Eric (44) said,

    January 27, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Also, I just have to say that New Hampshire’s state motto works way better than California’s for a movie like this. No one is going to go see “Eureka Harder”.

  14. Dave (130) said,

    January 30, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    This episode rocked. I like the freeform format a whole lot. Do more like this. I command it.

    The structured format is good too, I wouldn’t suggest abandoning it by any means, but the more freeform conversational format really keeps my interest more somehow. Maybe doing a show like this once a quarter or something would be a cool little treat.

  15. siochembio (82) said,

    February 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Go NH motto.

    I was listening to this today and your commenting on Eastwood’s “duology” of Iwo Jima films, and I thought of another “duology.”

    Kenneth Branagh’s epic four-hour interpretation of “Hamlet” came out in 1996 to much hub-bub, but the previous year, he released a movie called “A Midwinter’s Tale” or “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which is a very small movie about a group of misfit actor’s staging “Hamlet” at Christmastime with no money. Taken together, these two movies obviously speak volumes about Branagh’s feelings toward and relationship with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. On the one hand, he filmed the play himself and interpreted it as he believed; on the other, he made an intimate portrait about what it’s like to actually STAGE the play and the guts and glory of the theatrical experience.

    I love both movies, and they are different vantage points on the same subject.

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