All Movie Talk, Special #6

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

This episode is Part 1 of our 2009 retrospective. In this first half, we recap the 2008 Oscars (which took place in 2009) and then talk about an assortment of noteworthy 2009 films.

Show contents:

  • LOLCATZ!!!!!!11
  • 2008 Oscars:
    • Slumdog Millionaire
    • WALL*E
    • The Dark Knight
    • The Reader
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Early 2009:
    • Watchmen
    • Taken
  • Summer 2009:
    • Unusually Noisy: G.I. Joe, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2012
    • Other Action Movies: The Taking of Pelham 123, Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek
    • Chick Flicks: The Proposal, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Time Traveler’s Wife
    • The Hangover
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    • Animated Movies: Up, Ponyo, and more.
    • Drag Me To Hell
    • The Hurt Locker
  • Fall/Winter 2009:
    • The Lovely Bones
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Invictus
    • Where the Wild Things Are
    • A Serious Man

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  1. Grishny (156) said,

    April 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Good episode guys. Lots of new movie suggestions have just been magically added to my Netflix queue. :)

  2. wintermute (157) said,

    April 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    In re: Your description of WWII as a “popular” war (a word you implied you were unsatisfied with): I’d suggest “uncontroversial” instead.

  3. Nyperold (116) said,

    April 14, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Okay, I can’t tell whether that email is more amazing than the one from India asking for permission to use that tooth story or not.

    I do believe the only time you’ve talked about Watchmen was as a Movie You’ll Never Be Able To See. (But I can’t remember if there was a criterion like “made by such-and-such” that makes it not count. I’d have to listen again.)

    I believe that’s “seer-sha”. Means “freedom”, if I remember correctly.

    I thought about Ponyo recently — maybe it was when I saw you were going to talk about it — and while I don’t remember any scenes of flight (as you’ve mentioned is common for Miyazaki on previous episodes), it occurs to me that in some scenes, they were above where they would normally be anyway.

  4. Sam (405) said,

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Nyp: I noticed the lack of flight scenes, too, but you’re right — the essence and feeling of flying is still present. It’s just that this story takes place in a different environment, so the flying thing manifests itself a little differently.

  5. joem18b (231) said,

    April 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Speaking of movies released during or just after a war: it may be because my father was a career Marine and spent a lot of time in Korea, or because I was living at Camp Lejeune and Paris Island, but there seemed to be plenty of war movies to be seen during the Korean War. I remember especially Retreat, Hell!, Flat Top, Sabre Jet, and The Bridges of Toko-Ri (a major downer). Also The Steel Helmet and Fixed Bayonets (Sam Fuller movies which I probably didn’t fully appreciate at the time. The Steel Helmet was the first Korean war movie and possibly the best. James Dean got his start in Bayonets). There were all sorts of stars in these movies, including Alan Ladd, Victor Mature, Lee Marvin, and my longtime favorite actress, June Allyson with the croaky voice. Later came films like Pork Chop Hill and War Hunt (which led me to believe for years that John Saxon was a good actor). I think the Red Scare and Joe McCarthy complicated things, giving rise to movies like The Bamboo Prison and The Manchurian Candidate. And Invasion USA, which scared the heck out of me. It’s funny now, but then, for a kid, a movie about the U.S. getting nuked, and Russian soldiers running around Washington in U.S. uniforms, was pretty spooky.

    I was also remembering that in the spirit of the 60s, MASH arrived in 1970, at the height of Viet Nam. Though set in Korea, it was the Easy Rider of war films.

  6. Nyperold (116) said,

    April 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I was thinking about this last night. It’s kind of too bad you don’t still close these with a “cut” of some sort, because Don Murphy, producer of the Transformers films — you know him, don’t you? — provided you with a great base for one. Thus:

    “LOL LOL LOL Uh Cut??”

  7. Sam (405) said,

    April 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Nyp: LOL

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