2/27/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 22

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Oscar Watch 2006: Reactions To the Winners (2:06)
  • Trivia Question: Fan Mail (15:07)
  • Film Spotlight: A Bridge Too Far (15:39)
  • Top 6: Movies Where the Cut You See Is Important (29:14)
  • Good Bad Movie: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle (47:58)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:32)

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Show Notes:

Oscar Watch 2006: Reactions to the Winners

Congratulations to one of America’s finest directors — not that Martin Scorsese really needed an Oscar to validate his body of work, but nonetheless it was wonderful to see him win.

RinkWorks has the complete list of winners, both for the Oscars and also the Academy Awards Predictions Game.

Congratulations also go to “jebediah,” regular commenter “siochembio,” and “automator” who took the prizes in our Oscars game.

Trivia Question: Fan Mail

Our mystery person today holds the record for the most fan mail ever. It probably helps that he’s been working around the world for nearly 80 years.

Film Spotlight: A Bridge Too Far

Richard Attenborough’s 1977 film A Bridge Too Far is in many ways a remarkable war picture, a World War II film that focuses on a major setback for the Allies. Epic in scope, the movie features a tremendous cast, full of huge stars. With acting salaries what they are today, it is unlikely you could see a movie with stars of the caliber of Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, and Robert Redford all at once.

The script, by William Goldman, is worth mentioning as well. It’s a war movie that takes quite a bit of time getting to the action, and we feel the best stuff in the film is the build-up to the military action that is the movie’s centerpiece. Many war movies skimp on the set-up, but here Goldman is able to introduce us to the gigantic cast of characters while seamlessly providing a ton of exposition.

It’s not a perfect movie, though we disagree a bit on what the weak parts are, but compelling and worth watching.

Top 6: Movies Where the Cut You See Is Important

See our separate Top 6 entry for more information about our picks.

Good Bad Movie: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Do you like Tarzan? Would you prefer it if Tarzan were Tanya Roberts and the story were completely ridiculous? Then Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is the good bad movie for you: a jungle movie so lame that even Sam doesn’t like it!

 
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7 Comments »

  1. wintermute (157) said,

    February 27, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Just one little niggle: “Attenborough” is pronounced -burra, not -burro

  2. siochembio (82) said,

    February 27, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Eee! I was so surprised when I found out I won this morning. When I was watching the awards, and what felt like guess after guess of mine was wrong, I thought I was out for sure.

    Oh, and Sam, you’re spot on with the name. My real name is Siobhan (pr. shi-vawn), but my college major/career is biochemistry. My college buddies quickly rhymed the first bit of my name with biology, but I insisted that chemistry come first because I am more interested in chem than bio. So, siochembio. And it’s been my online moniker ever since.

    Email should be on its way… huzzah!!

  3. wintermute (157) said,

    February 27, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, and in reference to the Sheena segment, kissing isn’t universally practised - many oriental cultures consider kissing to be disgusting, for example.

  4. Stephen (221) said,

    February 28, 2007 at 1:36 am

    So is it pronounced sigh-oh-kem-bye-oh?

  5. siochembio (82) said,

    February 28, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Yes! Long I, long O, hard K sound.

    And it’s easier to both pronounce and spell than my real name.

  6. Sam (405) said,

    July 10, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Oh, and in reference to the Sheena segment, kissing isn’t universally practised - many oriental cultures consider kissing to be disgusting, for example.

    Way back when you posted this, something bothered me about the logic of the point, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then, just randomly today, I thought of this again and figured out what it was.

    My comment was about Sheena not knowing what kissing was. I forget my exact words, but something about how kissing is instinctual. You say here that some cultures don’t practice it because they consider it disgusting. Hey, if they consider kissing disgusting, that means they know what it is. Furthermore, I’d bet you anything that even if the culture as a whole looks at kissing as disgusting, there were still individual couples that did it. Cultural influences are powerful, but so is biology, and it’s not coincidental that kissing involves an area of our bodies where the nerves are most sensitive.

    It would be too much for me to believe that Sheena wouldn’t have known what kissing was, but even if I give you that, it’s a further stretch still to believe that she wouldn’t have known what the guy was doing by doing it to her.

  7. wintermute (157) said,

    July 10, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Fair point.

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