3/13/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 24

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • How To: Win the Girl (1:28)
  • Trivia Question: The Spy Who Loved Me (9:15)
  • Movie Books: If Chins Could Kill (10:02)
  • Top 6: Plane Movies (15:55)
  • Director Spotlight: Billy Wilder, Part 2 (33:29)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (53:30)

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Show Notes:

How To: Win the Girl

Winning the girl (or guy) is all about carefully contriving every moment the two of you spend together, starting from the very first time you meet to the big romantic gesture when you finally win her (or his) heart.

Many so called relationship experts will tell you that a good relationship is all about communication. This is complete and utter balderdash. In reality, you should communicate as little as possible. After all, if you do not have a big miscommunication at some point, it will be that much harder to have a giant romantic gesture.

Instead, you should be focusing your efforts on controlling every situation in which you find the two of yourselves together. Spend money as though you’re being financed by major Hollywood studio, and you will be guaranteed to end up with the girl (or guy) of your dreams.

Trivia Question: The Spy Who Loved Me

When the cinematographer’s eyesight was not good enough to see the entire gigantic set created by Ken Adam in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), this legendary director stepped into light the set.

Movie Books: If Chins Could Kill

This book, by famed B movie actor Bruce Campbell, is a fascinating look at the world of acting. Unlike most Hollywood memoirs, which are written by the very successful, this book focuses on what it is like to be a “working stiff” in movies and television.

The book begins with a look at Campbell’s life as a kid, and how he began making Super 8 movies with a group of his friends including Sam Raimi. In perhaps the most interesting sequence, Campbell details the creation of the first Evil Dead film. He describes how the filmmakers came up with the idea, raised the money, cast the project, created special effects for almost nothing, and eventually found distribution and considerable profit for their investors.

The rest of the book is concerned with Campbell’s later career as a successful actor despite never having starred in a mainstream hit. While no Tom Cruise, Campbell has been able to earn good living as an actor in small supporting roles and in leads in small movies.

It’s a good read even if you’re not a particular fan of Campbell and his work. Though Evil Dead fans will probably find it the most interesting, anyone was interested in the way Hollywood works will find it hard to put down.

Top 6: Plane Movies

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

Director Spotlight: Billy Wilder, Part 2

Billy Wilder’s films:

 
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4 Comments »

  1. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    March 14, 2007 at 1:43 am

    I never thought Bruce Campbell was a particularly good actor (a bit on the theatrical side - though it worked for Evil Dead 2 & 3) but I was always noticed him popping up all over the place and I admired him for somehow managing to find a consistent job. I’ll have to grab that book (and put some money in his bank account!)

  2. SplishFish (29) said,

    March 15, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I agree that Bruce Campbell can be a bit hammy, but he is really under-appreciated for his physical comedy skills. In Evil Dead 2, his possessed hand grabs him by the back of the neck and he does a standing forward somersault. If you watch the special edition, you can see that he did the flip all on his own — no camera tricks or wires.

  3. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    March 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I do agree with you there SplishFish. That’s the scene I remember the most and it was very funny!

  4. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Hey,

    Here’s a fun little clip with Bruce Campbell about his roles in the Spider Movies. Go Bruce!
    http://gameinvasion.comcast.net/gameinvasion/show/#1744767_spiderman_3/1859806_spiderman3_sd_brucecampbell_clip1

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