All Movie Talk, Episode 1

Posted in Episodes at 9:53 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Director Spotlight: Christopher Nolan (1:12)
  • Trivia Question: Franchise With Future Stars (15:03)
  • Industry Trend: Cliffhangers (16:19)
  • Top 6: Romantic Movies That Aren’t Sappy (28:22)
  • DVD Preview: October 2006 (44:00)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:54)

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Show Notes:


People who use the metric system don’t eat Quarter Pounders.

Director Spotlight: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan’s films:

There is a trailer for The Prestige that we think is pretty cool.

Mulholland Dr. may or may not make sense. But Brian De Palma is definitely a Hitchcock rip-off artist.

Industry Trend: Cliffhangers

The condensed version of our timeline:

  • Jaws came out in 1975 and burned up box office records. Three years later in 1978, it was released again but called Jaws 2 (technically they changed a few things but it’s basically the same movie). The film world was changed and the cash-in sequel was solidified as acceptable practice.
  • In 1977, Star Wars was released. It would make more money than anything. In 1980, The Empire Strikes Back comes out and sets up one of the first big movie cliffhangers.
  • The first Superman movie came out in 1978. Most of Superman II (1980) was filmed at the same time.
  • Back to the Future in 1985 ends with a cliffhanger and makes a ton of money. The studio then allows director Robert Zemeckis to film BTTF 2 and 3 at the same time. They will be released in 1989 and 1990, respectively.
  • In 1999 The Matrix is a surprise hit. In a move taken from the Back to the Future playbook, Warner Bros. films both Matrix sequels at the same time. They are released only a few months apart, in May and November of 2003.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the Lord of the Rings series, is released in 2001. All three movies were filmed at the same time and were released a year apart.
  • Disney scored a big hit in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and followed it up with the (now standard) “film two at once” trick for parts two and three.
  • Eragon, a movie to be released Dec. 15 of this year, is advertising itself as the “first chapter of the Inheritance Trilogy.” A trailer is available.

Top 6: Romantic Movies That Aren’t Sappy

Top 5 lists come from High Fidelity, and we do one more as an homage to a famous gag from This Is Spinal Tap.

See our separate Top 6 post for more info about our picks.

DVD Preview: October 2006

Sam’s Picks:

Stephen’s Picks:

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  1. Eric (44) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    That was a great piece, you guys. Looking forward to future episodes (and to A Prairie Home Companion, which I missed in the theaters).

  2. Nyperold (116) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Very interesting. In a good way.

  3. Ticia (6) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    Very nicely done. You two sound good together and play off each other very well. Very interesting commentaries and fun and witty banter.

  4. Randy (21) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    I think that I want to see “Thank You for Smoking”. It seems like a good dark comedy.

  5. Randy (21) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    Also, great show Sam and Stephen! But we need some disagreements! FIGHT!

  6. ThePhan (128) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    Okay. So here are five thousand pages of comments.

    -Very proud of myself for having seen all four Nolan movies. Memento was my favorite.
    -I had trouble with Insomnia. I had been hearing it was nothing like Memento, so I couldn’t have been expecting Memento 2. HOWEVER. My main difficulty with Insomnia could have been that I kept falling asleep. I got so tired watching him be tired that I kept trying to vicariously help him or something. But aside from that, I felt like I never really connected to it in any way.
    -I like the Batman character, and therefore liked Batman Begins, although not nearly as much as Memento. Helped establish in my mind Cillian Murphy as the scariest person ever (mostly because of his EYES, which are DEAD). Christian Bale was quite good.
    -No real thoughts on the trend bit. I’m pretty indifferent.
    -It Happened One Night is a truly marvelous movie.
    -Lost In Translation also, although I only liked it in hindsight.
    -I’m watching High Fidelity this evening and might actually be able to comment on it then. I know the book was incredibly non-sappy, so I’m interested in seeing how it transfers to movie.
    -Punch-Drunk Love, huh? I really am leery about Adam Sandler movies, because I kept having people tell me “Oh, you should watch this, it’s not at all an Adam Sandler movie” and then it totally is. But… we’ll see.
    -Adam’s Rib… I love Tracy and Hepburn, but I’m really not fond of this one. I shall have to rewatch it and see if I like it better knowing what to expect.
    -For anyone who doesn’t know: My Fair Lady originally had a song called “Shy” in it that was a blatant love song, and then Lerner & Loewe removed it when they thought about it and realized Higgins and Eliza never spoke of their love. It was replaced with “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
    -I wish to see Thank You For Smoking. It looks quite amusing.
    -Although I like musicals, for some reason I never really got into Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
    -I’ve heard people say that A Prairie Home Companion will be enjoyed by those who like the show, and not by those who don’t. I was pretty indifferent toward the show, so we’ll have to see.
    -No, I have not seen the movies the trivia question refers to. (For all those who read the comments before listening to the podcast, I shan’t give it away.)
    -Is it just me or did it end abruptly? I got “So tune in t-” And it’s over.

  7. Grishny (156) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    I downloaded the podcast at work as soon as I saw the new feature announcement at RinkWorks this afternoon. Enjoyed it thoroughly, and I’m looking forward to the next installment(s).

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to figure out when I can free up an entire day and get rid of the kids so I can follow up on Sam’s idea to watch Following, Memento, and Insomnia as a triple feature. And then I might throw in Batman Begins for good measure.

  8. Stephen (221) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    ThePhan: I promise you, Punch Drunk Love is not at all in any way like the other Adam Sandler movies. Except that Sandler plays a similar character (I think he’s only capable of the one character) everything else is different. It’s an art-house Sandler flick, I promise.

    I don’t really like the A Prairie Home Companion radio show, but the movie is brilliant.

    Randy: We’ll have some disagreements coming up, but the show isn’t one of those AM sports talk shows where each host pretends to take a different side so they can yell at one another.

  9. Randy (21) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    Stephen: Thats cool. I was being a little silly. I do appreciate real disagreements over fake morning DJ fights. And knowing you two it won’t be like that anyways.

  10. Sam (405) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    ThePhan, the show is definitely not supposed to end that abruptly. How were you listening to it? I noticed that some browsers routinely cut off the last few seconds of MP3 audio, but if played the podcast through the little Flash player on the site, or downloaded it to your iPod, or something, you should certainly have gotten the whole thing. Is the download incomplete? The file should be 27,320,662 bytes.

    Edit, 10/9/06: After adding/fixing MP3 tags on the Episode 1 audio file, it is now 27,320,684 bytes.

  11. ThePhan (128) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    I’m pretty sure the whole thing downloaded, but apparently not. If nobody else commented on it, it’s probably just my computer being odd. And it didn’t sound like anything absolutely vital was going to be said.

  12. Eric (44) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 2:06 am

    I listened to it through the Flash player and I got the whole thing.

    You guys need to be like John and Ken, and both argue the same thing. And scream all the time. And only talk about illegal immigration and Scott Peterson.

  13. Ellmyruh (20) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    First of all, I’m not a huge movie buff but so far I like this venture. I put the first episode on my MP3 player and went running with it this morning, and the result is that I ran pretty darn fast. So, by my standards, that means you guys did something right.

    Regarding movies and sequels, I was wondering if you’d mention the Chronicles of Narnia. Though they’ve only made one film so far, Prince Caspian is supposed to be released in 2008 with the same actors. I was worried about how Wardrobe would turn out, but I wound up loving the movie and really want to see more Narnia movies, assuming they turn out as well.

  14. mollye mo (7) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, that was really cool. There are some movies I’m really looking forward to watching now. Will this be available through iTunes? I like my podcasts where I can remember them without having to actually *remember* them, and I don’t use an RSS reader anymore.

  15. Sam (405) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    mollyemo: Yes! Check back later today or tomorrow or so.

  16. Jaguar (22) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    Hey guys, great broadcast… er podcast. I enjoyed every bit of it. I especially enjoyed the top 6 list, when movies I watched and enjoyed were mentioned, like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It Happened One Night, and My Fair Lady. (Although somehow, I haven’t seen any of the other nine.)

    Thanks for posting the top 6 outside of the broadcast itself. Would it be possible to post the DVD releases you said to watch out for?

  17. grimblegromble (5) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Great first show. One thing, though. A Prairie Home Companion was around for quite a while here in Minnesota. It even premiered at the Fitzgerald. Then again, Minneapolis is pretty artsy.

  18. Stephen (221) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    mollye: Actually you can manually set iTunes to subscribe to podcasts without going through the iTunes store (check out the Advanced menu) but we’d prefer you subscribe via the iTunes store once that becomes available.

    Jaguar: That’s something I hope to get up soon. I’ve been having some wrist problems due to typing so I’ve had to take it easy on the writing for right now. Expect detailed show notes for each episode eventually.

    grimble: Yeah, I sort of figured it would play the Fitzgerald. But by and large it was a very limited release, sadly.

  19. Stephen (221) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Elly: Yeah, I get what you’re saying, but the Narnia stories aren’t really cliffhangers. Each is pretty self-contained, so that’s why I didn’t mention it.

  20. Sam (405) said,

    October 5, 2006 at 12:00 am

    Jaguar, and all: Stephen posted Show Notes for this episode. Note the additions to the original post.

  21. mollye mo (7) said,

    October 5, 2006 at 12:55 am

    Stephen: Oh sweet, thanks!

    And the show notes are awesome.

  22. Stephen (221) said,

    October 5, 2006 at 9:03 am

    And by the way, we are now in the iTunes store (though we have to fix the way our logo looks and stuff). Click here to open our page and subscribe!

  23. ThePhan (128) said,

    October 5, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    YAY for show notes!

  24. whitehelm (1) said,

    October 6, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I liked Episode 1, though I couldn’t tell which voice was Sam and which was Stephen.

  25. mollye mo (7) said,

    October 12, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    I just saw the trailer for The Prestige, and …… wow.

    I was going to watch it just from what was said on the podcast, but now I will watch it for sure.

    re whitehelm’s comment: I heard Stephen’s voice at the beginning and thought “hmmm… I didn’t think Sam would sound like that…” Also, I think that the more you listen to podcasts (the ones with more than one person speaking, that is) the better you get at voice recognition. Pretty obvious, I guess, but still kind of cool.

  26. wintermute (157) said,

    October 26, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    I know I’m late to this tread, but I just want to comment on Punch-Drunk Love:

    fAmy is something of a fan of Adam Sandler movies; I am emphatically not. I don’t have a problem with slapstick comedy, I just think it gets very boring very fast if it’s the sole comic device. Billy Madison was watchable and Big Daddy had its moments, but every other Sandler movie ever should be buried in a dig hole in White Sands, and then nuked repeatedly until we create a mutant Adam Sandler movie that rises from the grave to destroy Las Vegas.

    So, this was the situation, when we sat down to watch Punch-Drunk Love. And you’re right. It’s not, by any definition (other than the obvious) an Adam Sandler movie.

    It’s probably the most confusing, pointless and dull story ever commited to celluloid. I spent the next several hours trying to invent a time machine so that I could go back and not watch it, thus regaining the entire week that it seemed to last. Amy, as an Adam Sandler fan, also hated it, to the extent that we were considering using the threat of it as punishment, if our daughter misbehaves, until we discovered that it’s banned by the Geneva Convention. And probably also the Ten Commandments.

    If anyone out there is thinking about watching this, then, please don’t. You’ll thank me in the end.

  27. Modem Voice Fax Speaker said,

    November 29, 2006 at 2:03 pm

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