All Movie Talk, Special #3

Posted in Episodes at 4:40 pm by Sam

This episode’s theme is “no theme.” We talk about a wide variety of topics, freely changing the course of our conversation without notice.

Show contents:

  • The Room (follow-up to the discussion from Special #1)
  • The Children of MST3K: RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic, and The Film Crew
  • High and Low (1963)
  • Horror In 2009: Saw VI and Paranormal Activity
  • Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Metropolis: Lost and Found
  • The Warner Archive Project
  • Blu-Ray and Digital Downloads
  • Remaking “Blood Simple”
  • The Coens: Great American Filmmakers
  • Renaissance (2006)
  • Sin City (2005) and The Spirit (2008)

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  1. Nyperold (116) said,

    January 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Talking about haters on every subject… there are certainly stranger examples, simply because there are stranger subjects, but…

    In one episode of Azumanga Daioh, the class’s chosen theme for the culture festival is a stuffed animal exhibit. One character makes a pair of stuffed animals: two nondescript blobs that are supposed to be a cat and a dog, and even she is unsure which is which. One is sold. The other is examined by a little girl, but when its maker offers to give it to her, she turns it down.

    On the site MyAnimeList, there is a club. Most of the clubs I’ve seen there are for fans of an anime or manga, of a genre of anime or manga, of a character, or of a character type. Well, one club is for haters of that little girl. I mean, sure, they’re allowed to have such a club, I guess, but… it’s weird to me.

  2. joem18b (231) said,

    January 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    You mentioned Otto Preminger and the Hays Code. I happened to be watching Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder the other night, the first movie to use the word “panties.” I was shocked - shocked! - when Lee Remick admitted on the stand that she sometimes forgot to wear them. Strong stuff for the time.

  3. wintermute (157) said,

    January 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Not actually finished listening yet, but I have two comments to make:

    1) RiffTrax, etc:
    There was a British thing (it might have been a series of 10-minute TV spots, or it might been direct to DVD; I’m unsure) called Director’s Commentary. It starred Rob Brydon as the fictional director Peter de Lane. Each episode was a scene from Bonanza, Mr & Mrs, or some other similar show, with de Lane offering his director’s commentary. It’s almost all entirely banal (”And here we have my trademark shot of someone standing by a window…”), but it winds up being quite funny. And one of the DVD extras is an actual commentary by Rob Brydon on the making of.

    2) Digital movie libraries
    I’ve actually done this, with a moderately large library (about 1,000 DVDs, almost 7TB of data), without too much inconvenience.

    I’d recommend DVD Fab (http://www.dvdfab.com/) for pain-free ripping; one disc takes about 20 minutes, and it seamlessly strips out all the DRM and copy protection without you having to do anything. It even gets rid of most of the FBI warning cells, and sets playback to start at the main menu. It claims to be able to handle Blu-Rays just as seamlessly, but I’ve no experience of that. It will also make mobile versions formatted for any device you can name (a dozen or so built in, and you can define custom formats).

    For playback, I use XBMC (http://xbmc.org/) which can play ISO files as if they’re actual DVDs, and pulls metadata from a dozen different sources (imdb.com, thetvdb.com…) to build a library with cover art, plot synopses, et cetera.

    Anyway, while it took a while to rip them, I’m very happy with the result, and if you’re seriously interested in getting a digital library, I can recommend this setup.

  4. Stephen (221) said,

    January 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

    wim, you’re the first person to tell me that:

    1. This can be done and (crucially!)
    2. With what software it can be done.

    Everyone else just says it can be done and links me to some ridiculous tutorial that involves fifteen different open source programs and some light OS X kernel hacking. I’m curious as to whether the software is legal in the US (confusingly it may be legal to possess but not to distribute), but if it works that’s enough for me.

    I’ll definitely nab the demo and see if it works for me, thanks.

  5. wintermute (157) said,

    January 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Yeah, it took me a while to figure out how to do it, but this is a set up that works nice and smoothly. WinXP, one-stop ripping, automatic indexing, and every movie or TV show is just a click away.

    If you’re married to OSX, I understand DVD Fab will work under DarWine (but you might need to hack the DMA drive settings manually if you want decent speed), but as this is probably going to want its own computer hooked up to the TV, that’s probably less of an issue. Certainly, XBMC can run on OSX, or on an AppleTV box. And there are plenty of other media players out there you could use.

    My library is currently on a half-dozen external drives, which I’m thinking of moving to a NAS, but for the time, it’s fine being locked into the TV. Maybe when I get a more powerful laptop that can run full-frame video without shutting down…

    Anyway, feel free to drop by and check it out, next time you’re in Ohio.

  6. Nyperold (116) said,

    April 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Updating a bit of information on one of these subjects…

    You may already know this, but for those who don’t, The African Queen is now on DVD, “meticulously restored”. I just happened to notice it at Wal-Mart.

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