All Movie Talk, Special #1

Posted in Episodes at 10:47 am by Sam

We’re back, with a new full-length reunion episode of All Movie Talk! The format is a little different this time: a single long, free-form discussion of key movies released since our finale episode aired over two years ago.

Show contents:

  • Movies released since the weekly run of the show ended:
    • No Country For Old Men
    • Burn After Reading
    • Gone Baby Gone
    • There Will Be Blood
    • The Lives of Others
    • The Dark Knight
    • WALL*E
    • Quantum of Solace
    • The Happening
    • Inglourious Basterds
    • The Room
  • The new crazy European action genre.

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  1. anhquan (4) said,

    October 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much for being back. I miss you guys so so much, my first film teachers. It’s an honor to listen to you guys, you’re one of the few podcasts that I have to “listen to”, not just “hear”.
    I’m in the middle of the podcast, and I think I have to watch The Live of Others before I finish it, I wonder you guys are “back” back, or just be back for special cases. Anyway, always have been and will always be your loyal student.
    Thank you. It’s such a nice surprise.

  2. Stephen (221) said,

    October 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I think the plan is just to record and post them as we feel like it. We have a few more episodes planned but not recorded, and I think they will be much looser than they used to be.

    One big problem with the weekly schedule is we did a lot of segments that required a fair amount of research, and then time to record, edit, etc. And then having to get it done every single week placed a real burden on us — especially Sam, who did way more editing than I ever did. It led to us just both being burnt out.

    Not only that, but we covered a ton of stuff, including most of the major film movements, the “best” film of each year, a whole lot of jargon in the dictionary segments, etc. After a while you just run out of new ground. And since neither of us are professional film critics, we can’t see the 3-5 new movies per week that is required to really discuss new movies.

    So all of that is a long way of saying, “We’re not coming back for weekly segments, but if we keep having fun doing them irregularly and in a looser format, we will do them from time to time.”

    I’m glad to see people are happy to have us back. I think Sam and I would have fun even if nobody listened — our endless movie discussions even without a podcast are what prompted us to say, “Hey, we need to just record some of this.”

  3. anhquan (4) said,

    October 28, 2009 at 6:24 am

    No, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy every minute of your discussions, and I take every new episode as a gift.

  4. siochembio (82) said,

    October 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    OMG, OMG, OMG.


    I have really been wondering what you two thought of No Country. I looooooved it hardcore, but it’s hard to see how it fits within the rest of the Cohen bros. oeuvre.

    I’m so excited. I can’t wait to listen to this new episode. I’ve missed it so much. I have NOT been able to find another podcast to replace you guys!! I’ll take whatever you give us!

  5. Mark (1) said,

    October 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised to see a new episode pop up in iTunes. I discovered your podcast just as you were finishing up your run and quickly made my way back through your archives. Very happy to see you posting again, even if it’s only on a limited basis. Can’t wait for more!

  6. Stephen (221) said,

    October 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I should probably just do a post on No Country (with bonus feature on Burn After Reading). We didn’t really get to do it justice, especially given the previous Coen discussions.

  7. megsterjules (9) said,

    October 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    YAY!!!! I’ve listened to all the old podcasts and I’ve really started to miss this! Thanks for getting a new episode out!

  8. FilmFanMan (1) said,

    October 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Wow….I thought there was something wrong with iTunes! I have kept AMT subscribed and every day when I refreshed my podcast page I scan things and I always saw the 9/25/07 date as the Release Date (I keep the list collapsed). I did a double-take today (I missed a day) and saw the Release Date had change to 10/27/09 !?! I expanded the list and there it was…the first new AMT in a couple of years. I haven’t even listened to it yet. I rushed right to the website to say, “Welcome back!”.

    I discovered your podcast a couple of months after your last show. Sorry I was late to the party. I have enjoyed listening (and re-listening) to your entire catalog. An occasional AMT is much better than no AMT. Looking forward to anything you will be releasing in the future.

  9. Ferrick (140) said,

    November 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    It was good to hear that intro music again.

  10. ThePhan (128) said,

    November 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Finally sat down and listened to this. I’m all for you guys occasionally recording new ones and just talking about new movies you’ve seen. Heh. Gives *me* time to listen to them, given my slackerness.

    Also… I am going to be the one person on planet Earth to sorta defend The Happening. Well… not really defend it, but I liked it. Mostly because the thing that scares me the most in this entire world is loss of control - physically, mentally, whatever. It’s why I’m fascinated by abnormal psychology… I find it the most terrifying thing EVER when your body turns on you. So this movie scared the CRAP out of me. But, nah, I am not going to claim it was at al a good movie. The acting was indeed very strange, and the cause of the whole thing was extremely silly. But Shyamalan’s got a fairly good sense of atmosphere, and this time it tapped into something I am genuinely terrified of (FAR far more than ghosts or aliens or serial killers or… well, anything else). So not a good movie, no, but an effective one for me.

    Enjoyed the episode overall. WALL*E is my favorite Pixar movie at this point (although Monsters, Inc. is a very close second). Can’t wait to see what happens with Toy Story 3.

  11. Stephen (221) said,

    November 24, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I watched The Happening again this weekend (with the RiffTrax) and it was worse than I remembered. I get how those scenes might creep you out — if you ignore the acting the first scene actually has a pretty spooky vibe — if that was your fear, but boy does it not work for me.

    Now that I think of it, Shyamalan has never been good at scaring at me. I like The Sixth Sense quite a bit, but I’ve never considered it scary. There are a few jump scares, but for the most part I think of it as a sort of macabre character study more than I do a horror flick. Maybe I could call it a thriller, but not in the traditional sense. The climax of Unbreakable, however, works amazingly well as a classic thriller.

    You know what might be a great fit for Shyamalan? To produce a cable TV sci-fi/horror anthology, a la The Twilight Zone. He could work with writers on ideas, direct some episodes, and help maintain the overall vibe. But at 30 or 60 minutes, I think his stories would be a lot more effective.

    Oh, and regarding ThePhan’s Pixar list: how is it possible that no two people have the same Pixar ordering?

  12. ThePhan (128) said,

    November 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Shyamalan doesn’t scare me in general. I like his movies overall, but I’ve never found them scary. He just managed to hit the single most terrifying thing I could think of with The Happening. I don’t think he’d have to even put much effort into it - just showing it to me at all would probably have scared me.

  13. Grishny (156) said,

    November 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I had no idea you guys had done a new episode until it popped up on the Rinkworks home page yesterday. I listened to it last night; I had forgotten how much I enjoyed hearing you two jabber about movies. I hadn’t forgotten how much I used to rely on you guys to keep my Netflix queue full of movies to see. Fortunately I share the service with my wife and kids and we’re on the 1-at-a-time plan, so it takes a while to get through them; I only just got around to seeing Jackie Brown a week ago.

    Anyway, thanks for the new ep; I have a couple new movies in my queue thanks to you. Keep ‘em coming as often as you like!

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