All Movie Talk, Episode 42

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Famous Frame: E.T. (1:54)
  • Trivia Question: Michael Bay Remake (7:47)
  • Second Take: Ratatouille (8:19)
  • Top 6: Movies You’d Like To See Remade (16:46)
  • Director Spotlight: Coen Brothers, Part 2 (38:10)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (59:50)

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Show Notes:

Famous Frame: E.T.

Remember that shot from E.T. with Elliot and E.T. on the bike in front of the Moon? Remember how we did this segment once before? Well, one of two ain’t bad.

Trivia Question: Michael Bay Remake

While not officially credited as a remake of a terrible film featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the episode is quite good), the producers of this big budget sci-fi flick (that Sam actually likes) settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with the filmmakers of the awful MST3K-featured film. The two are fairly different in execution but have strikingly similar stories.

Second Take: Ratatouille

Who’d have thought that a movie about a cooking rat could be such a delight? Actually, we did, but only because we expect so much from Pixar and writer/director Brad Bird. Whether this is the best Pixar film or not, we both agree it’s a stunningly great movie that should really be seen on the big screen to be best enjoyed.

Top 6: Movies You’d Like To See Remade

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

Director Spotlight: Coen Brothers, Part 2

Joel and Ethan Coen are responsible for one of the more interesting filmographies in history:

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  1. Grishny (156) said,

    July 17, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I really enjoyed your segment going through each of the Coen Brothers movies. Although I should probably watch Intolerable Cruelty again (because I never really finished it), I’ve now seen all of their movies, and so I was able to appreciate all of your comments and my own memories of the films.

    I saw them all in what you’d probably consider a rather odd order:

    1. The Man Who Wasn’t There
    2. O Brother
    3. Raising Arizona
    4. Hudsucker Proxy
    5. Fargo
    6. The Big Lebowski
    7. Intolerable Cruelty (unfinished)
    8. Barton Fink
    9. Miller’s Crossing
    10. The Ladykillers
    11. Blood Simple

    So I started with their most recent film (at the time; I saw TMWWT before Intolerable Cruelty came out) and ended with their first. I think for my favorite, I’ll align with Stephen and pick Fargo. For least favorite, I have to go with Big Lebowski; while it entertained there was just too much about it that I didn’t like. For someone unfamiliar with their work I’d probably recommend either the first one I saw as a starting point. The Man Who Wasn’t There still resides in my memory as a good blend of everything the Coens do well; dark, quirky humor with just plain great storytelling.

  2. Grishny (156) said,

    July 17, 2007 at 9:56 am

    …and I sort of lost my train of thought at the end of that comment; I was going to say either TMWWT or just start with their first movie, Blood Simple. It’s a good introduction, although with not quite as much of the weird humor as TMWWT.

  3. Aaron (35) said,

    July 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    The guy who made Clonus did sue and received a hefty hefty settlement, reportedly in the seven figures. So I think it’s safe to say it’s not a remake, it’s just plain plagiarism.

  4. Sam (405) said,

    July 18, 2007 at 9:56 am

    How about both? Unauthorized remakes are still remakes.

    The ironies here: Without knowing exact figures, I am quite sure (1) he made more off The Island than he did off Clonus, and (2) he made more money off The Island than its studio did.

  5. Jeffrey (84) said,

    July 18, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Regarding ET, in the original 1982 release the cape Elliot was wearing is drapped flatly.
    In the 2002 Anniversary Edition, the cape was CGI manipulated to make it look as if it was fluttering in the wind.

  6. Rifty (64) said,

    July 19, 2007 at 10:14 am

    And I don’t even want to go into the Shotgun/WalkieTalkie thing.


    Based off of this episode, I’ve decided to start watching the Coen brothers, simply because the movies sound like ones that I would like. Previously, I’d only seen Fargo and O Brother, but last night, I rented Hudsucker and Barton Fink (along with Primer, which I know isn’t a Coen Bros movie, but Stephen still made it sound interesting).

    I’ve only watched Hudsucker so far, and I thought I had guessed the twist ending you mentioned, but it turned out I was totally wrong, which was a happy thing for me, cause I hate when I can guess the endings.

    Anyway, thanks for spotlighting them and their movies. Barton Fink is up next, and I’m pretty excited about that.


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