Show contents, with start times:
- Second Take: Casino Royale (1:34)
- Trivia Question: Lillian Gish (10:39)
- Film Buff’s Dictionary: Jump Cut (11:12)
- Best of the Year: 1927-1939 (14:24)
- Top 6: Disappointing Movies (28:38)
- How To: Survive an Action Movie (43:11)
- Closing: Trivia Answer, Letters, Preview of Next Week (56:41)
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Second Take: Casino Royale
It’s a slimmed-down, darker, more realistic Bond. And it works really well.
But at this point, how much more about Bond can we say? We both liked this movie quite a bit, and it’s a good bet even if you weren’t a fan of earlier Bond movies, though you may appreciate some of it more if you understand its heritage. Luckily for you, your favorite movie podcasters have talked all about Bond for the last several weeks. Hear the rest of our James Bond series: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Trivia Question: Lillian Gish
Film Buff’s Dictionary: Jump Cut
The jump cut is ridiculously hard to describe without seeing it in action. It’s a jarring edit where the middle part of a continuous action is cut out. As with so many editing techniques, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein helped define the jump cut. It was brought to prominence in modern film with the start of the French New Wave with the release of Breathless (1960) by director Jean-Luc Godard.
It is used in television a lot, especially in police dramas (those scenes where the cops are roughing somebody up in the interrogation room and everything looks choppy are achieved through jump cuts), and in reality TV shows to show progression, often with the added help of time-lapse photography.
Best of the Year: 1927-1939
- Best Picture Oscar: None, due to the staggered awards year.
- Sam’s Pick: The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Best Picture Oscar: Gone With the Wind
- Sam’s Pick: Multi-way tie that’s too close to call.
Top 6: Disappointing Movies
How To: Survive an Action Movie
Sam and Stephen are experts at surviving action movies, having lived a combined 21 hostage situations, 43 Mexican standoffs, 96 high-speed chases, and no fewer than 201 last-minute bomb defusions. Listen to their advice closely or else you run a real risk of being the comic relief.