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"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"It's confessed fletch. And it is X Thai west did not come up. No, here. I like the pro more than X personally, but I know that's a divisive take. Do you want to do 6 through ten? Do you have 6 through ten in front of you? I don't have 6 through ten. I have just a list of movies that I didn't put on my list. Okay. And basically I have all the beauty and the bloodshed, which I guess would be number 6. And then I have a list of movies that I wouldn't even put on 6 through ten, but I really had a lot of fun at which are the woman king, she said, take it to Paradise as previously discussed, Bros. And Jennifer Lopez halftime. Oh, yeah. The documentary. That's a pretty good documentary. Yeah. What was your favorite movie set in Los Angeles where a drone flies under an ambulance? I'm gonna have to go with ambulance. I'm looking at my list right now, I've got ambulance at 20. I'm gonna have to bump that up. To one. I've got Armageddon time fable man's barbarian banshees. And then an open ten slot that I'm trying to figure out. I like crimes of the future. I like pearl. I like to turning red quite a bit. The animated film. Everything everywhere at once, that's a movie I liked. Okay. Nobody else here liked that movie, I guess. Adam, you're on the record about it. And I was not an actually, I should say, the best thing I saw a year, which I not argued, but I couldn't put because it's not technically a movie, but it's more of a movie. And other things is the kingdom. Kingdom X to this, which is the funniest thing I saw all year. And probably you can make a case more of is a movie than like Irma vep, which I also loved, which is pretty clearly a TV show. Anyone else watch kingdom yet or no? No. I actually just revisited the second installment on MUBI to prepare, but I haven't watched sex at us yet. It's extremely funny. You will laugh. You spoke to Lars? I spoke to Lars for The New Yorker, which was a pretty big encounter because he's letters von trier. And, you know, people have been using him as a pretty easy way to take shots and all kinds of bad attitudes and behaviors among certain filmmakers, but they will miss him. They will miss him when he's gone, I think. We'll miss you and you're gone Adam, which is imminently. Thank
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"And I don't even know, I don't think I failed to ask him about this, but close encounters is a movie that people keep pointing to. And this one Adam, I don't know how much you've thought about this with the relationship between Spielberg and peel. Someone was writing about how the paradox of nope is that it's about wanting to get an image of something, but you also can't look at it and the only way to sort of stay safe is to not make eye contact and that sort of the Spielberg thing is interesting because Spielberg is all about raising your eyes, whether it's to the screen or to the sky. I mean, that's the close encounters trying to see. You know, trying to see it. I mean, this is what I meant when I was sort of not struggling, I think, but what I was trying to say earlier about peel is I'm so glad it's not just hype because it could have gone either way I think after us, which is there's a mantle that gets thrust upon filmmakers like this. It's what happened to shyamalan, who, by the way, has come out the other end to me better in M 90 ear than than ever, and I love that guy, but it's like when people are like, you are the next Spielberg or you are the next something. Man, what does that do to a filmmaker? You have to live up to that mantle. Us was a movie of someone trying to live up to that to me. And this is a movie where he just lives up to it through force of talent and the originality of the idea. And you don't want to overuse words like guts because he's a big budget filmmaker getting carte blanche, like he's not a war hero or something. But there's a certain guts in making this movie and casting it this way and pacing it this way and as you say, being willing to maybe lose being willing to maybe lose some of that audience. I just hats off to a guy who I think is an even better filmmaker than we thought he was when he seemed to be the next big thing. It also doesn't hurt that it is tremendously modern because he's a black filmmaker making movies about representation, but making them entertaining genre movies, like this is not a lecture, you know what I mean? It's really thrilling, but if you think about what he's doing, which is originating a family that is or maybe is not related to the black jockey that we see in the Edward weybridge, original film strip. And then use that as the launch point for 100 years of film history and all of the people whose names we don't know who participate in it. It's like a, that's a genius idea for a drama. Let alone a UFO move. Yeah. So I'm kind of amazed by him in the way that he is pushing himself to try to do something beyond because really no one else does this now. Like maybe Christopher Nolan is the only person you could say who's like, okay, you have a $100 million check, blow my mind. Interesting in ten or 15 years, whether or not Jordan Peele is making his phantom thread or Jordan Peele
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"I watched it again last night. I was just texting people. Like, Tom Cruise just threw the rule book in the trash can, you know? Like, I don't know what else to say. That's so stupid. And so amazing. And perfect. And it's a relic and also fresh and exciting again. And I just, I love it. Thank you. Can we get a real show to Jennifer Connelly for this movie? Yes. Of course we can. She's great and the idea that she just acts like she's been there the whole time is the funniest thing. Ever. I love it. It's like, you know, maverick ever since we met three seconds after the first movie ended. Yeah. Most important person in your life. She's amazing. I noticed last night, she parks that Porsche on the street? Yeah. Well, it's a nice San Diego Hamlet. It's fighter town USA. I know Bill was like that poor Scott's like $45 million. But I don't think that they're lifting catalytic converters. That's true. Good Miramar, you know? Pointed it out. I think she belongs to a protected class. Sure. As the daughter of an admiral. Top Gun: Maverick is great. Last night when I was watching or this morning when I was watching it, I was thinking about how one of the things I really like is the won't get fooled again sequence. The dog's sequence. Push ups. Just dumb as hell. And that song is dumb as hell, but it's also one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time. And it's just been festooned away on car commercials and on CSI for years. And I was like, this is what this is what this song is for. It's not for a fucking car commercial. This movie is what happens when the second half of stairway to heaven hits, which is once out of every a 137 times you listen to stairway to heaven. You can watch a 136 movies that are blockbusters, and then on the 137th fucking Tom Cruise plays two
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"She's quite young and so the idea of telling a story when it's much fresher in your mind, I think is kind of a fascinating contrast to a lot of what's out in the world right now. It's a good pick. I'm glad it's on someone's list. See our number one Top Gun. Top Gun. Okay. And put together. Top Gun. They just shook hands. Yeah, yeah. Like mav and rooster. Saw it twice in the theaters. Once in its entirety on a plane, one and a half, another half time on a plane. Once watching two ex naval pilots do commentary across the entire film on YouTube and then several times sequences from the film on YouTube. And it's still fucking rocks. There's no degradation to the quality of this movie. I can't believe how much it delivered and we talked about it for two years. We were like, Adam mentioned in the beginning, it was like, I'm kind of tapped out on these project movies where we're just like, oh, we're anticipating this anticipating this. I can't believe how much it delivered. It's better than the first one. Oh, for sure. I also just like, sometimes, you know, you hear us talk about the experience of seeing movies in the theater with other people. I'm never going to forget the screenings I saw this, especially the dude at the end of this movie who went,
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"You guys talk about this because I almost wonder whether this is a bit of a failure of marketing on the part of this movie. Oh, me. Nature. Look at that poster. That poster is not what this movie is. They have pitched. This movie, but I was in kind of in no rush because I was like, I know what you guys are doing here. You know what I mean? But this is a very, very, I wish this was on the poster. I think it's pitched at a good frequency for you and not that you and I share, which is like, let's make this a little more sharp elbow, you know? Like this isn't just like my dad was a hero and my mom was a hero. It's complicated. In a good way. In a way that I think you'll appreciate. Okay, number three for me. Yes. Oh my goodness. What is my number three? My number three is movie called Top Gun: Maverick. Wow, you're a traitor. It wasn't my favorite film of the year. It was close. It was very close. I rewatched it again this morning, as I said, to you before we started recording. This is a film directed by Joseph kosinski, it's based on the previously existing intellectual property Top Gun, which is the film that was released in the 1980s starring Tom Cruise. This is an absolute scintillating film. One of the most brilliantly engineered blockbusters in the history of movies and it is extremely satisfying and very fun and does not necessarily require. Further examination. And that I'm okay with that. I'm okay with the fact that it is a beautifully designed vehicle and every time I watch it, I slip right into the passenger seat and I let it take me on a ride. Amazing performance from Tom Cruise, who is embodying the entire idea of stardom for the entire two hours. Wesley Morris wrote an amazing piece about him in the times and really wrote about Top Gun: Maverick very well. And essentially indicates that the only person who really walked away with 2022 in his pocket is Tom Cruise, which is true. This movie is one of the amazing box office successes of all time. It's also like a testament to his will, but he is just a weird not putting this up on paramount plus. He held it and held it and held it and he was paid off and he will likely be paid off in more plaudits for the next few months.
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Based on Octavia E butler's bestselling novel. FX's Kindred centers on Dana James, a young black woman and aspiring writer. Dana begins to settle into her new home in Los Angeles and is violently pulled back and forth in time. She emerges at a 19th century plantation and is confronted with secrets she never knew ran through her blood. FX's Kindred, all episodes streaming December 13th, only on Hulu. Okay, my number four is a movie that Adam mentioned earlier, which is all the beauty and the bloodshed. And new film that I think is somehow in keeping with the films that she's made in the past about outsiders and the way that media is disseminated and also an incredible reimagining I think of what's important to her as a filmmaker. Nan goldin photographer storyteller activist voice in the world. She's been focusing on the opioid epidemic and the Sackler family in recent years. The film starts out in what I thought was going to be a very conventional contemporary telling of how a very successful artist like uses their power to deconstruct other reams of power in our society and it is that, but the way that nan goldin makes herself vulnerable to poitras and tells her story, I thought it was just a remarkable and the way that the film creates this DNA strand of storytelling about how you figure out how to become an artistic person and honest in that space. But then also do something that you believe in that you think is decent, even after you could, you know, Ann golden could just like retire. She could just go move to Massachusetts and hang out in Cape Cod and not do anything. And she is so personally and emotionally committed to this activism and her work is amazing in the film like forefront her work. It literally puts her photography right in the center of the frame.
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"It's more just like respect. He very talented. And I hadn't really liked any of his movies for a long time until the handmaiden, which I liked for a lot of reasons. It's an unbelievably sleazy, Prairie and sexy lesbian scissoring kind of movie and also very clever and very sociopolitically apt. It was like the first park movie I'd like in a while. And then I liked this one as like his base instinct, you know? Like, this is a perfectly directed little romantic noir. I don't know how much worth, I think there isn't it, but the form of it is just flawless. I've watched it twice now, and there is not a boring shot in two hours and 40 minutes. So it gets the vote for me just on how well put together it is, how spectacularly photogenic Tang Wei is. I mean, what a performance she gives. She just magnetizes the camera. And there's images in it that I think are stunning and that will kind of hold up and endure. I can't even say I was moved by it, but I was just impressed by it off the charts as craft. And I wonder if he will sneak into some critics group or even some big awards body for a directing nod because just you got to recognize you got to recognize the skill. I think that so I spoke to director park last week in the interview we're on the show later this week. First time I saw the film, I had a hard time wrapping my mind around it a little bit. I needed to think better understand the plot so that I could appreciate everything else that was happening. We actually saw together Amanda. It's a real how did they do that kind of a movie? I think it's actually been interesting looking back at some of the making of and behind the scenes and the blue screen and green screen work that he does that doesn't look like absolute garbage because there are a handful of mind-blowing sequences. Chris, I think you would really, really appreciate this movie. Yeah, I can't wait to see it.
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Oh, interesting. We haven't talked about this. I know, Adam speaking of the beloved auteur project and the number 5 slot. Joanna hogg, who wrote and directed this, is my gal. I think every time she has a movie, it's on my top 5 list. I'm sorry for boring everyone. But I slept on this a little bit myself. I think in part because I saw it with Sean at the New York Film Festival, which was a really lovely experience, but Shawn didn't really respond to it. I wasn't a big fan. I let the boys get in my head. But no more. This is. This is a COVID film. Not about COVID but it was filmed during COVID and one of the rare examples I think of using the constraints of COVID to the film's benefit. Stars Tilda Swinton, I don't want to spoil that much, but told us what is a very crucial part of this film gives an amazing performance. And it's about a mother and a daughter who you do learn during the course of the film. I mean, I'm like, sorry about spoiling this, but I think it's okay. It's very subtly handled and I was delighted when about halfway through the film. It's revealed that the character's name is Julie and that this is a part of her souvenir, I guess, trilogy now or like the project. This sort of seems like a coda to that project, even though I don't think it's truly done, she might keep going. But it jumps forward a bit anyway. This is sort of a ghost story, which is I think part of the reason Sean didn't like it without speaking for him, though I'm just going to keep doing it. Don't worry about me. Speak your truth. But because I'm not a horror enthusiast or a person who really cares about ghost stories, the way that it was using those tropes worked for me. There's just kind of also an emotional and visual aesthetics like literally wallpaper world that Joanna hogg can create that I respond to and this is a movie about mothers and daughters and I realize I still watch movies as a daughter, primarily, even though I guess I aged into the other category this year. And I thought that it was very, it was beautiful and it's still a dynamic like I don't see explored in
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"It's fucking good, right? Thank you. It's very good. And it was in my top 20, but not my top 5. So my kicking my kick in this off then? Yeah, why don't we get started at it? Why don't you give us your number 5? So my number 5 is a movie that I think Sean and I discussed briefly at the halfway point and which I'm happy to see kind of held up this end of the year, which is crimes of the future. And I'm giving cronenberg sort of the beloved O tour bump where it was always going to be in my top ten. You could maybe make a case there were some other films bubbling just underneath it for me like earwig by Lucille has a hill of it and all the beauty and the bloodshed, which I saw late, which I think is a really good film, the Laura poitras Doc on nango and almost in my top 5. But in this case, I'm going to give it to cronenberg, there's just that mix of endurance and rigor and principle and humor. And a lot of the a lot of the images and just the setups of ideas for scenes have stuck with me. You know, I happen to profile him this year for The New Yorker, which meant a lot to me personally, and a lot was kind of riding on that film for me, right? It's like, I hope it's good. It's going to be pretty hard to interview him or profile him and not only did I end up enjoying it, but when I caught back up with it a second time more recently to kind of see where it, where it sat for me, you know, I had just the same kind of happy, positive, grateful reaction. I don't know how often you guys put gratitude in your personal viewing matrix, but I'm just like, I'm so happy for his career and for his films.
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"I mean they talked about that. We got to sync the music with this. So then they finally got the right to use the had to re cut stuff. I mean, it was just they're making it up as they went along. And it's one of those things that one of those films that some sometimes you're in a moment and it can never be recreated, and as we know, the subsequent movie to try to recreate that spirit was totally just a complete just a disaster. When we talk about the gambles and the wins and the losses that was a loss for stupid, but for a moment, he caught lightning in the bottom. It shows. It's an interesting sustained moment where it's happening over a period of years, and then the projects don't work are also pretty profound and you touch on those a little bit at the end. One other thing I was curious about is are there benefits to making a film like this about someone who is no longer alive? They all have their unique challenges. I think, yes, the short answer is yes. There's a lot of benefits. We got the approval from the quote unquote estate, which such as it is from a guy who had been a longtime assistant to Robert Patrick by wall ski and he bought in early, which was a huge help. I think that opens some doors to other archives and things. The advantages didn't have to show to Robert. Which I think as we all know is tricky when you have a living artist and you show them a cut and they don't like it you have all these it's like there are boundaries editorial boundaries and that we face every day. And I think we try to make try to please people within reason we never give up final cut. That kind of stuff. So I didn't have to deal with any of those issues. Well, that's not true. I mean, we had to deal with some issues around the beaches music, but for the most part, it was a pretty easy lift on the right parts. And yes, to your point, I think it was easier that he was no longer around and that his estate played ball. So it was an easier lift. John, we end every episode of this show by asking filmmakers, what is the last great thing they have seen? Have you seen anything good? Jeez. The last great thing I've seen, I've got to be honest, it was the veil documentary by Val Kilmer. Yeah, what did you like about that? I've seen a lot of docs. It's like a really great.
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Any kind of bits of ephemera go and find anything, stories. And we met this from a bunny curse who just by total luck, her and her brother had been in the film. They won the dance contest. They literally put on a dance contest. And the winners got to be extras in the film. And then in the film, they win the dance contest if you recall, and they cut bunny and Joey cursey on they go up on the stage. So we found them. And so they were able to add this kind of very local flavor because that's really what cone discovered in bensonhurst was this tribalism, you know? And I was drawn to that as an Italian American was super tribal people. And I understood that story he tells about going there with his black, the black dancer, a friend of his and he got preyed upon instantly. One out of the dance floor danced with a woman for like 5 minutes and then was preyed upon. So all of that, all of that darkness to your listeners to your viewers, rewatch that on a fever. It's one of the darkest American films. It is. Of the era. I mean, it is, it's not a lighthearted, we think about the film we think about Travolta in the great dance scenes. But underneath this, a dark, dark story about a very tribal group of people. And the yearning to get out. And the time in America when it was really hard for working class Americans to go out, they literally lived for they lived for Saturday night. And they had this little moment. But the language of the film, there's rapes. There's suicides. There's just, it's not something. I think they did a cleaned up version. I was talking to Bill about that. He saw the clear. I think he saw the cleaned up version as the kid who was his mom. So it's a really dark place. I wanted to start there. I actually really started there just to find out what that community was like. Having an understanding of how cloistered it was. So I sort of interestingly key down the darkness at first. I knew everyone knew the iconic stuff. And I think they had great color to the film we talked about the regimes and all the different characters and the Argo and the hole. They really nail the help kind of create that picture. So I knew I had McCormick a head cone and then I thought this other sort of implement supplement to the story, which was actually quite key was the on the ground, the people that had experienced it. And just took over that neighborhood. It was the biggest thing that ever hit that place. I mean, bay ridge Brooklyn bensonhurst today is not the best of neighborhoods. And back then, it was all broken down warehouses. It was such a far cry from the studio 54s. It was the exact opposite experience. But yeah, so just finding all those textures, all those notes that I thought would bring the making of it. And then, like I said, the Kevin was 21 when he made as a producer of that film for Paramount, it was a huge deal, and I think it was only like stigwood while he was a gamble, but I think he put up 3 million bucks or something. And so they were doing like makeshift smoke machines..
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"And be like, let me tell you a story. You won't believe. That's kind of where we went. That's a great way to frame it. The movie though does not one single linear story. You have kind of a big rema here because you're telling the story of this fairly mysterious, but hugely successful person, but you're also telling the story of the acquisition of a property and a production of a huge movie and you're talking about kind of the birth and life cycle of the whole genre of music and pretty condensed frame of time. So like how did you attack that? You know, did that evolve out of the production? Is it something you always set out to do? How did it take over? Well, great question. I think it's definitely an evolution. When I start these projects, I have a vague idea. I was just talking to somebody about this about journalism practices. And it's often that I have an idea and I'm like, well, can we say this? Is this really how it went? And I think one of the keys to that, the entire story structure of the story, revolved around Nick cone, the author of the New York magazine article the original York Maxine article, which was written like a novella. It's an incredible piece of new quote unquote new journalism. When that was really beginning, maybe it was in the middle. We were post gay talis. Right. Wolf. But Nick was in that spirit. And so that was one of the first pieces I read. And incidentally, having done a film years ago on the Italian American immigration, I had learned, there were rumors that that story was made up that he hadn't actually gone to the disco that he writes about in New York mag. So that was always in the back of my head and I was like, oh, interesting. That could be a really interesting element to the story of wrinkle that maybe people have never heard of before or whatever. So a Nick cone is an unbelievable character. You know, he's been the quintessential rock music writer, cultural writer. Busted for heroin possession and distribution and has lived underground largely. And I really wanted to find him. And I don't even remember to be honest with you how it was. It was like a whole series of events through New York old New York mag people, whatever we found him upstate, living in this barn. And he just kept saying no, no, no, no, no. I just was relentless. I called him remember having this phone conversation with them. And he forgot what the key to it was. I just was appealing to his sense of this is an important story and you're a fascinator, whatever. He agreed to he was like, all right, and it was literally come up the next day. So I was like, done. So I drive up there. He's in this big really cool old barn. And he's incredible rock on tour. And he didn't hold back. He just told us the whole story. And he really, the beautiful thing was, he did go to the club. It's just that he manufactured the characters because he's such a good writer. And he based it on. He based it on the mods. He grew up with in London and the people that he'd seen. And so that helped kind of like you had Kevin McCormick, then you get a Nick cone and then some of you have this really interesting sub story, origin story..
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"And old musicians and that kind of stuff today. I don't know why. It's just like some people do. I mean, it has its place. But I also wanted to celebrate the music. You guys, for the series, we had a good budget for music. And I was like, let's drop people in. You know, I love this guy. I love that music. And I'm not ashamed to say it. And so I really wanted it to be this kind of like I said, like, super immersive experience. And it also then, in addition to all of that, COVID had happened. So, you know, reaching out to Travolta and be like, you know, I want to bring I want to come in with a camera. Nobody was serious lockdown sort of scenario. And to get the kind of number of voices we wanted, I just felt like this was the better approach. And incidentally, which was cool, was that one of the biggest key people in the storytelling was Kevin McCormick. He's a big Hollywood producer now. But he was like a 20 year old kid. He was executive producing Saturday night fever. He didn't admittedly you see in the film. He doesn't know what the hell he was doing. They were making this everything up as they were going along. So, but he was super generous with this time because he was actually making the film with Tom Hanks. Remember when Hank announced that he got COVID. The whole world was like, oh, my God. Tom Hanks got COVID. This is real. Well, that was on the set of his movie that McCormick was produced at the Elvis film. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. And so Kevin was stuck in Los Angeles. Hanks was stuck with COVID in Australia. And so Kevin and all this time on his hands. So I called him up and shoot the shit and really was able to dig into his memory because he was there with Robert from the beginning. Like when in London and then came over from London when Robert started his empire in New York. You know, without the sort of like that kind of formative bedrock interview, it would have been a lot harder. It made stitching the archival together a lot easier. But yeah, and also someone like Travolta, who also, I think, sort of in the middle of COVID, his wife died. And I think all of our best efforts to be aware of that cut a wide berth. We went out to him and just wasn't up for it. You know, which I totally got. But we had all this great archival. So I didn't need it. So at every turn where I was questioning myself, is this the right approach? Is this the right approach? All of those pieces were falling in place, and it just suddenly was like this, as my editor, Seth and I were always talking about it. Like, it's a really great yarn. I mean, it's the kind of story we set out to do. To your point, this wasn't a film. You know, I've done films at president Obama and other presidents and stuff. It wasn't that approach. This was like a story you'd run a sit in.
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"Of those guys that was with him on the back then took a ton of footage, video camera footage, like in the late 70s, early nascent, those giant VHS cameras, whatever. And he was living in Bermuda. And he reached out to us and said, look, I've got all this stuff here. And it was during COVID, so it was sort of like, wait, so you're going to make this happen? And we're able to get a flight. We sent my producer Carolyn cannon to Bermuda. And she had a quarantine there for ten days. It was a tough assignment firm. I'm sure. But he gave us this incredible amount of personal footage of stigma on the boat. All the stuff you see in the foot toward the end of the film. He really, the post stayin alive, sergeant peppers, era. And I think that really helps, I think, because we sort of cut back to that moment and you're like, oh, there he is. And he also had photographs that we'd never seen before. Because Robert didn't have any children. His estate is a little all over the place. So there are people like this guy that we met who have pieces ephemera that nobody else has seen that you've got to go to bring me to get. So that was a huge help. When you look at some of the Clapton archive cream archive, if you see stick with the Bee Gees, of course, he really took them under the ring and they became like a family. I think they definitely had financially some issues that they were at each other's throats over the massive success satellite fever accidentally. But there's some good photos there that we got through beaches archives and stuff, so we're able to piece it together a little bit. What we do, the approach of the film, which was from the beginning, it was fortuitous because it was a style choice I made to not do interviews. I felt like I didn't want to see these old time rockers anymore. I wanted them to be sort of in a way encased in amber, a way to sort of just see the beautiful Travolta not the weird LEGO hair Travolta or whatever. Really live in the moment, have it be super immersive. But that required us to have a ton of archival to stitch that together and do we were doing audio interviews and all this stuff. So it was, it made it a little bit more challenging to sort of piece together. But in the end, I think force us to really dig deep into the archive and find those those moments that we could sort of tease out and to paint the picture. Tell me a little bit more about doing that because some of your films have featured extremely high profile people on camera over the years you've talked to presidents for your films. So when you're doing it this way, when you're trying to create a visual language using photography, maybe some footage, maybe some personal archival footage, how hard is that? What goes into doing that? Yeah, it's definitely a challenge because you're really circumscribed to the extent archive. And we did some decent kind of phone interviews with people like I was able to augment the archival stuff with the voice chair in the film. But it was a challenge that I wanted to try because I thought for me there were two things. The first one was I don't love seeing old rockers.
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"Yeah. I wrote one of the first things that I ever wrote an image. The first thing that I ever wrote for the ringer, a piece that I'm very proud of that I don't think many people have read is a piece about the song sincerely by the moon glows. And Harvey fuqua. Well, you are from Ohio. I believe I wrote it for live I wrote it. Cleveland week. There we go. Oh, Cleveland week. And am I right? My life peaked with Cleveland week, man. It's been all downhill from Cleveland. Rob that was literally the third week of the ringer. But since the first time I heard sincerely, which is a beautiful song, a fascinating kind of artifact of that transition that I'm talking about. The music that was popular in America before rock and roll kind of came to dominate. And that's a big part of the story that Scorsese is telling in Goodfellas. You know, it's this transitional story where you're shifting from 50 60, 70s, 80s, and the way that crime and human desire and impulse is changing over that time. And it's seen through the eyes of these gangsters, but he's using music to kind of shepherd us through these decades and you know this soundtrack is certainly these are very popular songs Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin and cream and director of Domino's. This is an obscure stuff. But it is so expertly deployed. And I used to use soundtracks as like a training devices for learning about musical history. And of course, it's a very idiosyncratic point of view of filmmaker like Scorsese, but rags to riches by Tony Bennett is not a sinister song, but deployed at the beginning of this movie. It seems almost evil the way we see Henry hill in that freeze frame. So yeah, I did used to listen to it. I don't know if I need to listen to it a lot..
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"There are sequences that are huge homages to films like lady snow blood, these sort of Japanese samurai films. And there you'd hear score from those films. There are western style themes, maybe there you'd hear Sergio, a Sergio Leone score, other spaghetti western composers. And he treats scores like pop music, which is how I tend to treat score. I tend to just listen for fun. And I've seen filmmakers obviously pull preexisting score apply to their film, but never in this kind of aggressively collage like way that is additive to the experience. I mean, the theme from the TV show the green hornet is like one of the key sounds of this movie, and that's such a weird twist. Imagine if the theme to, I don't know. What's the equivalent of the green hornet in 2021? Air wolf. Perfect. Imagine if air wolf just appeared in one of your favorite films in 2035. That would be totally rad. That'd be weird. It would be bold. It would be fun. So I just think I just think the decision making in kill Bill is really, really cool, and there's a lot to discover there. It's literally over 50 songs that were selected for this. So that's my number three. What was the was it homecoming, the Sam esmail series where all the music is scores from other movies? Yes. Three days of the condor and stuff. That's the only thing I can think of that's kind of like that. But I know what you're saying. Because yeah, the Tarantino moment that resonates for me is Jackie Brown is the Delphine X and Jackie Brown. That's my the shins will change your life, right? But what the kill Bill is very different in that way. The higher degree of difficulty is the right way to frame that. Okay, what's the next? My number two is the harder they come. From 1972. First of all, there's just a total emotional sort of gut level. Like every song starts and I just go yeah, it's like it's like being hugged by every person you pass on the street. Like everyone gives you a hug and gives you a warm cup of coffee and then you have three minutes later you meet somebody else. It's very funny to me, you and I here at the ringer like everything we're doing about movie soundtracks, like being built around Saturday night fever, right? Which is like a movie that 85% of our colleagues were not alive to experience as a present tense phenomenon. I feel like you grow up with like 15 to 20 movies that you're told are the best soundtracks ever, but they predate you. You know, and they are, but like I said, you didn't experience them as new when you were 5 to 20. And it's just different. Like even something like The Breakfast Club now, like kids have to go back and seek it out and like work to understand it in a way that you and I don't. And so I think that the harder they come is on that everybody knows this is the best list, but this is the one where I get the purest emotional reaction. It's the gateway drug for reggae. For generations of people now, just the plot arc of the Jimmy cliff songs alone, right? You can get it if you really want to many rivers to cross to the harder they come..
"five movie" Discussed on The Big Picture
"I also love sort of the random ass grab bag quality of it. As you said, Aaron hall and salt and pepper. There's a lot going on. And there's sort of a whiplash aspect, but it does all hang together, even though it is, you know, there are some practicalities behind how it was put together. Because he's not here, our friend and colleague Justin sales would want me to say that his personal favorite rap soundtrack from the 90s is high school high. Oh, sure. From 1996, he said there's a pace one record on that song on that track. Yeah. He says that the best a tribe called quest song post midnight marauders is on there. Deangelo Erica badu Scarface, some Wu Tang. That one is also chaos in a very pleasing way. I've always been an above the rim guy. Myself, like maybe that's regulate an Afro puffs. Of course, there's a couple Tupac songs, SWV, the dog pounds. It's the 90s rap soundtrack field is so crowded with absurd excellence. You know, you got a Friday and there's a lot to pick from, but I think you picked the right one. Thank you. We should maybe this is a whole episode unto itself. 90 movie soundtracks. Give me your number four. My number four is waiting to exhale. Also from 1995, this is easier to explain than Angus, you'll be relieved. To hear. So the bodyguard, right? I think the bodyguard stands alone in terms of objective, hugeness of eye will always love you in particular. As a full soundtrack, it's great, but I think I will always love you is way up here and the rest of the soundtrack is sort of down below. Like in terms of the full scale of the luscious and like the radness of 90s R&B I think waiting to exhale is just sort of a murderer's row. You know, we got baby faced orchestrating this. We got Whitney Houston to start, of course, you know, exhale, shoot, shoot, but then let it flow by Tony Braxton, like not going cry by Mary J. Blige, which might be my favorite of her songs. Sitting up in my room by brandy. That Aretha Franklin Patti LaBelle, Shaka Khan, even like the back, the back end is like, wow, TLC, faith Evans, SWV, like it's this front to back. It's just such an emotional and like a generational journey. And again, it functions as a movie. A full arc of a movie, whether you've seen this movie or not. Really good pick. This is kind of The Avengers of fairway black female soul and R&B singers..
Johnny Depp exits "Fantastic Beasts" franchise
"Depp. It the road johnny. And don't you come back no more warner and saying because he's out as his character for fantastic beasts three fantastic beat three was also very quietly. Shock upon all shockers moved to twenty twenty two at the same time they announced warner brothers and johnny. Depp have parted ways. So i want to hear your thoughts on johnny depp. No longer being part of the fantastic beasts series. You know. it's it's interesting because like we. A lot of people predicted this was going to happen. I wonder if warner brothers is kinda waiting to see where that's slander lawsuit wince. Before they really like made a move with that. But i'm curious of like all with all the controversy that has been surrounding members of that franchise. I wonder like the whole johnny depp. Scenario was supposed to be like them going. Hey look we're doing something about this and not to not to defend johnny depp. In any way. I don't really i. I didn't think he was at great of colonel. I don't really even. I'm not a huge johnny depp. Fan like i like the jack sparrow's we talked about in parsa carribean. But i've never really been a fan of anything else. He's been in not that i don't respect the work he's done but you know so. There's just a huge deal for me. But i'm curious like with all the other things that happened. You know with a lot of those actors. Like why was johnny depp. Like prioritized out of all the other bad things that have happened there. Do you have any thoughts on that. Well the fantastic be serious remember. The sequel underperformed at the box office. And they wanna make six of these or five. I think five live so the three more to make. And i at this point like they can't just say hey. We're not going to finish this because there's already so much money invested in this property. So they're kinda like stuck. They have to finish whether or not people watch him. I was equating this the other day. I was talking to my daughter and equating this to the hobbit series the hobbit series. Nobody seem to really care about or nobody really seemed to want it going back on the screen you know when it came out neighbors a little bit of interest as far as lord of the rings coming back and then after one after the other de other people really didn't seem to saying. Oh okay it's something to see on the screen. And in fact i believe i'm just off the top of my head of the numbers. I think that the hobbit series either just about equaled or gained more over its trilogy than the lord of the rings trilogy. Because i think they both had around. Riding around three billion dollars both trilogy so and ended up being a success for the hobbit. But do you really remember the hobbit movies. I don't and i know the people as well. And i think the same thing is going in the direction for fantastic apiece were after the series of five movies are going to be done to say. I didn't really care. Yeah i mean in. That's not to say though that they're not going to make you know some amount of money that's going to make it worth making another one because i'm sure it will eat fantastic beasts to underperformed. It's still obviously made enough to justify moving
New Borat Movie Coming Soon
"Another movie that was announced this week out of nowhere and will be arriving in our homes in. Two days is. A new movie the name of this borat movie is Borat Colon Gift of pornographic monkey to vice premier Mikhail pens to make benefit recently diminished nation of Kazakhstan. We just saw trailer for this movie this of course, the Sasha Baron Cohen vehicle in which he portrays a Cossack man who is visiting America to learn about it's I don't know it's it's trials it's tribulations it's rituals it's it's fallacies it's difficulty it's humor and I don't know if we needed another borat movie either I think the first Borat movie is one of the great movies of twenty-first-century at least one of the great movie stunts of the twenty first century that being said I I would happily receive this today I really have a problem with it I think it's interesting. The Sasha. Who is about to begin an Oscar campaign for his role as Abbie Hoffman in the trial of the? CHICAGO. Seven. has also decided to almost simultaneously release a Borat Movie I. Think that could work in two directions for him. Certainly, it will make him more famous. Again, it will put more people. A brighter light on him at this moment but also it could work to undermine his seriousness as a performer because. Or at is Borat. Yes I my reaction to this was on the one hand I'll take any new movie that I can get at this point in two thousand twenty but on the flip side. Do, we need this particular movie right now and. Recently, I, guess I'M GONNA announce this on this podcast. I made a letterbox profile. Everyone. You broke me I. Did it okay. Congratulations. Is your is your top row just Borat four times. So instead of watching. Recent, live news events. I just like hit in a room and indexed on my letterbox profile every single movie that I've watched I. Think I think I made it back to like may anyway one of the movies that I put on that profile was resistible. Jon Stewart movie and I did not give it a great rating and I was thinking about that movie and just how of its time it felt by by which I mean two, thousand, six, two, thousand, seven like that. Jon Stewart era and how much that rubbed both of us the wrong way and I can't help. Feeling that Borat. which was released in two thousand and six might just be a two thousand, six cultural product that doesn't really speak to twenty twenty in the same
She Dies Tomorrow Review
"Welcome to film spotting. So if you're the kind of person who used to stay on top of new releases, maybe you saw two or four or even more new movies every month this new paradigm that has new releases popping up on various platforms with little or no warning can be frustrating. Probably, it is hard for us even Josh to keep up with isn't it miss the days of the studio release calendar that was nice. Never thought we'd say that that being said while the world waits for major titles like tenant or There are smaller films being released all the time every weekend. Later in the show, we're going to get to a few of them I though I review of a movie that had its own unique release plane drive in theaters for a week before becoming available on demand on August seven. How? Can you come over? Are you. Okay. I. AM going. Mar.. Is Not Marin for me. All right listen I'm really freaking right now. I feel like you put this idea of dying in my head can can you just call him back? Adam as the title suggests she dies tomorrow is about death. This is the second feature from writer. Director Amy Simon She's probably also familiar to send a files as an actor in the likes of upstream color and wild nights with emily and here she is specifically focusing on characters who come into let's just say a heightened awareness of their mortality caitlyn she'll plays amy a woman in. The wake of break-up who we watch and the opening section of the movie spending listless lonely night trying to unpack in her new home at one point in the evening, a pulsing blue and red strobe. Light effect seemingly invades the space casting amy under a spell. When she comes out of it, she calls a friend played by Jane Addams and tell Sir I'm going to die tomorrow. Now, that's a line or at least a variation on it that characters might speak in many of your favorite films atom fair to say mortality is a pet theme of yours You and Matty did a top five movies about mortality list back in two, thousand, eight, all that jazz wild strawberries. Those films were among your choices so I couldn't help lender after watching. She dies tomorrow. If you found the movie satisfying in the way, it explicitly presents plays with the idea of our impending deaths. Does it deserve retroactive consideration for a top five list of movies about mortality in terms of subject matter and the way it's explored regardless of my personal reaction to it, you'd absolutely have to consider it for such a top five and. I think about Jane addams character in the movie she's a friend of Caitlin shields, amy, and this is a film where almost every character in the movie not all but almost every character has the name of the actor portraying them just in case you were wondering whether or not. There was meant to be any crossover into the personal lives of this cast in the film makers Caitlyn. She'll is playing amy right named after. Presumably. Amy Siamese and whenever Jane is confronted by dubious when she starts her spiel about how she too is sure she's going to die tomorrow. She has a habit of trying to express what she's feeling that certainty with examples right there's multiple times where she says things like it's like when you're going for a walk and something happens and I'm GonNa follow her lead here Josh to start every single one of us knows. We're going to die right we walk around with that knowledge on some level every day but that doesn't carry the same terror with it as those times when it does really hit you
Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism
"Locum to film spotting on May Twenty Fifth in Minneapolis George Floyd. A black man was killed when a white police officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. As we've all seen protests broke out in the twin cities the next day, and then in cities across the country in the days of the followed as we record this Adam, it's more than a week after they started and the protests do continue, and all of this during a pandemic, that has killed over one hundred thousand Americans a disproportionate number of whom are people of Color. Color. Josh, of course we're so privileged in so many ways, but also in having this platform that is film spotting and to be honest with everyone. We weren't sure the best way to use it this week. One thing we knew we could do was share with our listeners the ways they could support the protesters, and we will put a link to some of those resources in the notes for this show over at film spotting dot net. Ultimately we settled on this top five top five movies that educated us about racism and I think listeners at casting. A good perspective on why this may be a fruitful topic. He says films can teach us so much. The introspection I've gained in life through films is incalculable. I grew up in a small rural town films Roth in my only glimpse into a larger world outside of the news empathy, compassion and understanding can all be gained if you look at movies as an expression and take the time to consider the film's point of view and Zach did share some of the titles that have had the biggest impact on him I think you're gonNA. Hear all if not most of them come up over the course of this show Zach continues in all honesty I don't think I have grasped the scope of. Of Institutional. Racism in the systems that support until I watched the George. Floyd video the Eric Garner Video Floyd Video. These are wrenching documentaries of another type. They are unvarnished documents of the cause of fear, and so many of our communities like other powerful films. They can't be turned away from, nor should they be thank Zach I. I think that's that's well said and yeah. Just back to what you're saying at the top atom about trying to figure out what the show should look like this week I I think we've both been trying to do a lot of listening this week. More listening than speaking and in doing that I've heard people of color just encourage others to amplify black voices so. I think that's kind of one of the motivations behind this list, for us, obviously I'm going to be doing talking on this show as usual, but but what I hope to do is turn the focus on these great films, and the necessary voices behind them, so speaking to email you know to my shame I've only had two real ways into the African American experience in my life, I would say one of those is my church tradition. It's absolutely a white church tradition for sure, but it has included partnerships with black churches. That's helped me understand what Christianity looks like for folks with different experiences than minds, so that's one avenue. Another avenue has been. In an avenue into the black experience has been. Are you know it's been books? It's been music. It's been TV, and of course it's mostly been movies, so this list is a reflection of where things stand now. It's not a comprehensive list. I don't pretend that my education on this is even near complete. So that means this time. If we get emails from listeners saying, how could you forget this or you include this rat rather than kind of Bristle? I'm going to be grateful because they'll be providing ways for that education to continue so so that's kind of where I'm at with this list right now. The best thing I think we can do is listen and learn I've heard that. This past week as well we don't always as white people have to feel compelled to comment or to interject ourselves into someone else's struggle, and that raises the question then. Should we do a show at all right now? At the same time you understand that to be silent seems to be complicit, and then if you decide to do a show, you have to consider what the substance of it is, and certainly I think I speak for both of us when I say that our objective is not to try to tell anyone that these are the five movies that define your experience. But to try to express what we've learned from cinema. How movies have informed our worldview and informed our alignment with the notion that should be self, evident and indisputable that black lives matter,
Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences
"From Chicago. This is film Spotting Josh. Larsen and I met HIM DR. Get stuck on a movie line with a guy like this behind you a free country. You have to give it so loud to shame to pontificate like that. And and the funny part of it is. You don't know anything about McLuhan. We miss the movies so much. We even miss the Marshall McLuhan pontificators this week on the show. We mourn the current closure of movie theaters with our top five movie going experiences listeners. China into that more. That's funny because I happen to have Mr McLuhan right here ahead on film spot. Welcome to film spotting with Josh. I'm Adam and as we record this. Josh movie theaters are closed. They've been closed for a month or more and they'll continue to be closed for the foreseeable future which means this week's top five movie going. Experiences is either perfectly timed or it's the last thing people want to hear right now. Yeah could be either an act of morning or celebration curious Adam. Is this the longest you've gone sense? You started going to the movies when you were young Without being out of theater because I think it might be for me. Actually it has to be right. When would you ever be away from movies? Maybe when my first child was born but even then we'll get into this a little bit with our lists. I remember going to a Lotta movies when Holden was very young. That's what that was my thought too is. It must have been when we had a new baby but no because in both cases I was working as a fulltime film critic so I would have gotten back to work within a month for sure and Bannon a theater so yeah. This has been a long stretch. If you were anticipating are ghostbusters versus Gremlins throwdown. We have decided just to move that to next week. So if you didn't get those viewings in you have a little bit more time. That part of our eight from eighty four series. This was a top five that our producer Sam suggested in fact he's been suggesting it for many months. Maybe a couple years ago Josh annually. Yeah for some reason. We have always resisted it. We talk about our apprehensions a little bit. And now it's gone from the top five. We both vowed maybe never to do to a segment that I vowed to Sam would never be more than about twelve to fifteen minutes to an entire show. While let's just for the record that happens almost every time we do a top five where they'll say this is only going to be twelve minutes and it could be an entire show so that's nothing new But yeah resistance to this list. is is proven. There's historical basis for that but times have changed. It's a different time. Adam and get does call for this list before we get to that though we want to once again mention the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund and then also the art house America campaign. The arthouse America campaign is co sponsored by the criterion collection. And it's already raised over five hundred thousand dollars for independent cinemas across the country so again keeping this on the mind not being able to go to theaters like these independent cinemas and really worrying about their future. More information on both of these funds again. The Chicago Cinema Workers Fund and then the Art House America campaign will be in the notes for this show at film spotting dot net on twitter invited listeners to write or call in with the names of family and friends who are working on the front lines during this pandemic and we heard from a friend of the show. Kenny Meyer also longtime listener Tom Morris and they called in with some shoutouts. We WanNa make sure that Jamie and Jennifer gets them. Well deserved attention responding? Kannemeyer back and Pump does our California and Just wanted to call and response to the tweet about the front line workers. Doing Cook Nineteen You guys know my sister Jamie She works in respiratory therapist. Linda Hospital Big Hospital here in southern California and Is on the front lines as they say. But if you follow around letterbox. She's still finding lots time to keep up on movies. She's already seen blow the man down so she's one ahead of me right now so just shut my big sister Jamie Thanks for doing what you do. Keep up the hard work and thanks to everybody. Who's out there working on our behalf. I don't funny Adam. Josh Sam Levy Guys. Thanks for the show in a long time to get any feedback So all the ones happy holidays. Happy Fifteenth Anniversary. Thanks for the Bette Davis Marathon and I right talk to you soon. Hey signing this. Is Tom Morris of the good the bad and the nerdy movie podcast? I just wanted to call and give a shout out to a very special person. Says dear to me who is a front line worker. That would be my wife. Jennifer sheet is a unit secretary at a hospital in my area. Hers is actually a little more complicated jobs and she. You know if you hit if a patient hits the help button. She's the first person they speak to. She's the one that organized the handles all the assignments. She gets the nurses to to alert them. When something's going wrong. She is basically the person probably speaks the most of the patient with them ever realize it and I feel like that her and others in her position should get many shout outs is. They're the UNSUNG heroes. Just like you know editors are and so forth and film anyway Let's get all those healthcare workers fighting save everyone's suffering for a couple of nineteen. Thanks thank you Kenny. And Tom for your thoughtful voicemails and of course thank you. Jamie Jennifer for everything you're doing and our thanks as well to everyone out there working on the front lines. If you have a friend or family member you want to give a shout out to. You could drop us a line. Three one two two six four zero seven four four or send us an MP three file or an email feedback at film spotting dot net. We're going to get into our top five now. Josh movie going experiences with some poll results that you could argue completely contradict the spirit of the top five. We asked listeners to vote on their favorite type of movie going experiences. We came up with these four opening night full house for a comedy opening night full. House for an action movie or opening night full House for a horror movie. You could also go. I'm not into crowds weekday alone at my favorite art house. Finally if none of those fit the bill for you you could vote other and right in your choice. How did it come out Josh? This is incredibly revealing? I think Adam other is in last place with six percent and then packed pretty tightly together. Are the three communal options. So ten percent of the vote went to opening night horror movie eleven percent opening night comedy and eighteen percent opening night action movies so you see some differentiation. There among those options but easily winning this poll. We're Buncha loners in film. Spotty Nation Weekday alone at my favorite art house took it with fifty five percent of the vote. That's also how you and I voted. Yeah it is though in fairness we could say that instead of being a bunch of loners film spotting nation is actually just a bunch of snobs. And it's not so much the day of the week or going by yourself or with a group it's the type of movie and they just loved the art house fare donors. Snobs you say potato. Yeah exactly we heard from John Dempsey. Who said I voted alone slash art house though? It's really a tie of extremes for me the other being full house slash blockbuster the alone arthouse preferably daytime experience really put you in a trance. There's nothing quite like seeing for example. The APU trilogy at Film Forum than leaving the dark theater for the bright bustling streets of New York and wandering literally and in your mind with one foot still in the world of the film on the other hand. The communal anticipation in line. The urgency of getting a good seat and the roars of laughter and gasps during an opening weekend showing of say a fast and furious film. It's the type of shared energy. Most people search for music festivals or sports stadiums. I need both in this stem dearly. And I think that's the case I think even us and the people who voted the fifty five percent who said Weekday alone of the art house. We want both and we do crave both and we're going to reflect back on some of the best communal experiences that we've had going to the movies. Yeah that makes sense to me. My my vote in favour of being alone was not in opposition to those other options. Because I do love all of those other options as well. So that's fair. John Characterizes it. Well
Top Five Mark Wahlberg Movies: Say Hi to Your Mother for Us | The Big Picture
"Unfortunately this Shithole has more fucking leaks in the Iraqi navy. Fuck Yourself. I'm tired from fucking your wife. How's your mother good? She's tired from fucking my father. You have a job Tom. I'm a firefighter. Oh God bless you a hero. I'm not hero. We'd all be here. We could use the petroleum. No excuse me Christmas. Utah a lot of fucking money. What did you do? I mean if you take away nothing else for my class from this experience let it be this. If you're not a genius don't bother right. The world needs plenty of electricity and a lot of them are happy and they can help. It really can't be that we can always do. Better let me keep trying. If you guys keep trying I'm shawn fantasy and this is the big picture. A conversation show about Mark Wahlberg. This episode may break the all time record for big picture dissonance later in the show. I have an interview with Kelly. Reichardt the writer and director behind independent film classics. Like old joy. Meek's cutoff in the new film. First cow which might be the best movie of Two Thousand Twenty so far. I hope you'll stick around for that but I were joined by the frog. Sheriff Chris Ryan. I heard that Mark. Wahlberg actually dropped out of first cow. He was gonNA play the cow Alao. But you're already doing animal. Humor here on driver too is calling. Chris. You're here because you're a fan of Mark Wahlberg work. He's The star of a new movie. That is hitting Netflix. This Friday called Spencer confidential. I think gets his fifth film with Peterberg. The actor turned director of such films as lone survivor and deepwater horizon. This is a very strange movie but I think it's going to be a a very watched movie because the corona virus is scaring America into staying inside their house. And so I think that there's a potential for a lot of viewership of this movie. So we're talking about Mark Wahlberg one of the most resilient and persistent movie stars. I guess of the past twenty five years so let's just start with WHO is Mark Wahlberg. How did this happen? That Mark Wahlberg became one of the signature figures of movies in the twenty first century. I would not say I'm a fan of Mark Wahlberg as like I'm a I'm agnostic as a citizen. Yeah I would say that. I am very interested in the way that he has conducted his career. Which is kind of a weird throwback to a studio systems our he makes three to four movies every eighteen months somehow and just releases them at like a hugely prolific rate at. I'm fascinated by all the little pockets of his career that he has created where he repeats. You know he goes back to these little micro genres that he and he works a lot of people over and over again by the way he kind of has conducted his career to me is almost unique among Hollywood movie stars anymore. I mean most of the time when people achieve a certain level success. They just like see in three years for my next blockbuster or award fodder and he's just like nope. I'm grinding out. Family movie violent action film and then every once in a while Raunchy comedy and it's just like pretty pretty like unique among all Hollywood stars so I'm fascinated. What do you make them Amanda? I was fascinated when going back to you. Remember how many great directors he's worked with and how many actually excellent movies he's been in. Chris was asking me how much we watching I had to do for this podcast and the answer is a lot. Because I wouldn't say that Mark Wahlberg stays with me besides certain shots that will certainly be discussed on this podcast but he especially I guess in the first decade of this century just goes on a tremendous run. I really from Boogie nights on and works with a does a lot of really great movies and then kind of decides to just become like the Peterberg comedy guy in the second decade of the century. And I it's a really interesting shift. He just Kinda decides no. I'm going to do this now. And it's very fascinating to me I can't really make sense of. I also is Christmas talking about his efficiency. Just pulled up his daily schedule. Do you guys remember the days? Will he wakes up. Like four o'clock in the morning posted this on his own instagram typical daily scheduled to thirty. Am Wake Up. What don't you forty five prayer time. Three fifteen am breakfast. There's a lot of work work. He's golfing from seven thirty to eight. Which is the golf people? And there's a chamber recovery at nine thirty that takes more time than golf workout number two lunches and our so our meeting slash work calls also an hour and he goes to bed at seven thirty PM and which in Los Angeles for. I'd say six at least six months of the year. That is still broad daylight. Yeah Yeah Su. There is real efficiency baked into this. He's clearly very deliberate guy. He's making choices. And I think that pertains to his daily life and also his his career. There is clearly thought going into this. It's not a type of thought. I can access. I still don't know why you would wake up at two thirty and I don't know why you would do like five deep water horizons. There's a rumor that he has a routine. I think you. I'm speculating here. But I think he's a member of Wilshire Country Club here in Los Angeles. My husband told me this last night and he likes to play alone. He likes to play. And that's why he's playing so early in the morning and he's trying to get in like a quick nine or quick eighteen. I don't know five days a week which I'm who among? Us would love to do that if I could wake up before five. Am I would do it. I'll tell you I would love to do that. I'll tell you something else I am. I find golf to be social and I get crippled like when I play by myself. I'm like all the neurosis is creeping like. Should I take another shot now like it really playing golf? If you're not playing with anyone can just tell you. He's got three snacks on the schedule. Including one that takes an hour and a half from eight to nine thirty. Am is snack after seven. Thirty to eight am golf. Probably a euphemism. Oh Okay so you think. His sessions are ninety minutes. So you're saying to jump off something. Amanda said You know who? He reminds me of a bizarre way Cruz. Where it's like that run. Where cruises like I'll just work with Barry Levinson Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg and every great director at it seems like I'm just the most important factor in the whole world and then one day he wakes up and says I'M GONNA make action movies for the rest of my life? It's very unlikely though. I mean his origins restraints obviously member of this very well known family. He's from Massachusetts. He starts out as a a rap artist and ultimately becomes a Calvin Klein M. C. An. Mc Yes we watched the vibrations video. Recently I took my top five twenty two. Would you make of good vibrations? And and how did you feel about the funky bunch all these years later? It's just really bizarre that this was a thing that we lived through. Who is the funky bunch? I I still don't know who's in it. Were you in a Chris? Thought it was the backup dancers. I mean yes. That's who they were but like do you know anything about them and where they are now. I was pretty. Yeah I was pretty. I was pretty authentic back then so I was. I was already listening to deep deep newer. Grab I love talking about the early nineties with you. Can we talk about the Calvin Klein ads for a second really really important? You're almost put these on my list. And it's and my honorable mention boxer briefs. Yeah I was still a boxer sky back then that was not interested in the product. Would you just tear the ads out of the magazine? Crumpled them up and throw them in the garbage. I think that the those are the signature moment in his career without the advertising campaign he would not have become weirdly Tom Like sub Tom Cruise but he you know. He soared to a of fame on that ad campaign. They're just extremely important. Ninety s imagery obviously came as also in them. And that's where the whole K. Moss thing starts Them Hating each other. Great early celebrity feud they're very important that's all and also it looks great. I mean he and his image was of basically like a tough guy with a bad attitude whether that was true or not he obviously got into some altercations and his his personal history is pretty complicated. We're not gonNA spend too much time talking about on this show. But I think that he basically leveraged his complicated persona in the public into a movie career and if you look at the first few movies that he makes replays these kind of like weird intimidating Undeveloped YOUNG MEN. You know in the basketball diaries in. Ryen Russillo favorite movie fear And even in boogie nights. There's something like violently adolescent about his his persona which is very different from the kind of actor and movie star that he is right now so a lot of times. I think that we could. You could write like a series of essays about how much actors of his generation have attempted to mimic the kind of like rough and tumble blue collar upbringing. That Walberg apparently had like how how often like DiCaprio Damon or these guys have tried to be like no I'm Jim Carroll and he's just a function Carol I'm the real thing but it's weird like even in his authenticity. If you WANNA call it that he still lacks like any kind of emotional intelligence or psychological depth to portraying those things and you could write all these essays. But you could just watch the departed. Because that's what this does that. Do you need that from an actor? Do you need to feel like this person is like in control and has that depth that Chris was talking about? I think I do ultimately. I think that there is a reason that I gravitate to Matt Damon instead of Wahlberg. And I think that you not just because of the departed and the Boston. Bill will talk about that a lot as a comparison but I like I said I really remember a lot of Walberg performances. Even though he's been given a lot of great ones and I think that's because they have a I don't WanNa say surface level. That's unfair. They're actually a lot of depth but they aren't the emotional depths and I think I personally don't hang onto those. I think I'm always wondering how in command of the Ark of his career. He is because you pointed out he makes he's. I mean he's just been a lot of great movies a lot of movies that are going to stand the test of time and it always seems like he's being cast the way that a lot of young actresses or cast as the. Nayef as the like the naive and innocent who gets corrupted when put into a system and like did someone in a room. Say That to him. This is your lane man will early like you think so. Well I just don't think that he I think he's largely in charge of the movies that he makes. Now he's like. I think that the movies that we see our movies that Mark Wahlberg once made for the most part and my suspicion is the reason he made that transition. Amanda was referencing about just mostly doing action. Comedy movies now is because those movies are more fun and easier to make for him there either like a physical challenge there like a day on the set whereas making boogie nights as hard Russell Smart. Yeah I think that he is both like sinking very strategically as the schedule would suggest and also like not over thinking it i. That's the VIBE. I guess sometime at the end of the day he's going like it very much is what it is. He is a very Surface level or just immediate actor. That's that's what you're getting and so I think he wants. He gets to produce the movies himself and make the decisions. You just kind of like. Yeah action comedies. Got There before we get into our top fives and I think we should figure out what we mean. When we say top five if it's five performances or his top five movies because there's some complexity. There is a very strange celebrity. The the nine eleven thing is you're staring right at. It's just hanging over my head as I think about him as a public person. So in twenty twelve Walberg was quoted in a magazine interview regarding. What would have happened if he had flown aboard American Airlines Flight? Eleven on September eleventh. Two thousand one. He'd been booked on a flight on flight. Eleven but his plans changed the day before the scheduled flight and he cancelled his reservation. Walberg received public criticism for stating quote. If I was on that plane with my kids it wouldn't have went down like it did and there would have been a lot of blood in that first class cabin and then me saying okay. We're going to land somewhere safely. Don't worry Warburg apologized for those statements. But they're actually the sort of thing that kind of inform his public persona and when we watch him in an action movie. We think that he's the kind of guy who's like I would have kicked some ass on nine eleven which I don't know if you like complicates the quality of the films that he makes but I can't get stuff like that. Outta my head once I've read or heard about it and I feel like we've referred back to it even in a joking fashion over the years right. Yeah it is definitely one of the top three things that I think about. When someone says Mark Wahlberg schedule yeah nine eleven yeah and the last night of prosthetic but like you know. I'm human beings. It's the point of the movie full movie as leading to that so yes I agree. It's funny he is both. I think very funny as a comedic actor like entirely humorless and it's that some things he's in on the joke on some things he's just kind of being like no I would have save. I would have stopped nine eleven. Which is just a ridiculous thing to say. And that's the joke of Andy Sandberg's say Heidi Mother for me. Yeah you know portrayal of him is this is like he's kind of total rube but also not. There's something very elusive about. Whatever's going on with an entourage thing it's like. Do you watch entourage because you think it's completely ridiculous or do you watch entourage because you think it's like six awesome representative drama and I dare to say that Mark Wahlberg is like Yup? That's how it went. I you probably think you're right. Insulin entourage Ari comes on and it's really like Whoa but most but he's like that's accurate me. Like Vince is very much living my experience. He's like we should make a show about it. I think. I think that you guys are right. Do you think that this should be five performances or top five movies I choose? I don't know I don't know where I landed. I think I did I tried to be interesting here but I I wouldn't say that any of these performances leap out at me except for my number one and number two as like excellent performances. They're more like movies. I really like was he ever given a truly great performance. Yes I I think. There's one and a half great performances on this movie and it's just a half is the end of boogie nights. No no I. Well that might be the case now. There's another movie I still did performances but I think they are. They are a little bit also an award for the movie knowing how best to use him right. Okay well then let's get into it. Let's go into our top five Mark Wilbur performances slash movies number five Amanda. Why don't you start us off? This goes out to Bill Simmons and apparently to right who I still have never met. Hello Ryan. I'm going with fear. Why not whow revisit? Yes I did okay okay seen Djing
The Best Movie Soundtrack Songs Of 2019 | Movies
"I have a very special show today later. In this podcast I have an interview with Robbie Robertson one of the founding members of the band a significant figure in movie history as well. Who HAS COLLABORATED WITH? Martin Scorsese over the years. He has a new documentary that he participated in the basically tells the story of his life and the work of the band called. Once were brothers so I hope you'll stick around for that and inspired by that conversation. I had to invite on Ringer Staff Writer Rob Villa. Who is one of the funniest and smartest people I know about music? I Rob She's we'll thank you. It's an honor to be here of course alot rob you write about music and movies at the ringer as well and quite deftly and I think the use of music in movies has always been frankly an obsession of mine and I suspect that you are also a sophisticated thinker about this idea. Is that fair to say? Sophisticated is a strong word. But let's go with your role with your a guy who has a functioning brain that watches movies with music in them. Is that fair to say Aisha's? Amd during sonic the HEDGEHOG. That's the way I would describe my relationship with music and movies me I was that guy I feel like there's a lot we know there's a there's a conscientiousness about choosing songs in movies now because we grew up watching scorsese movies and then the movies of all the people who watched. Martin Scorsese movies and start making movies of their own and so the use of the pop song. We're not talking about score here. We're talking about pop music appearing in films you know what is your. What is your sense of? Who Does it well and sort of what goes into making a good choice for something that's really obvious or really obscure. I think the obviousness I see a lot more in prestige. Tv generally like that's the plate. Like any use of radiohead. Almost across the board. Like I I like a lot of Westworld but just the way that Westworld is uses those pop songs you know the old style piano version of pop songs. It's just you're just sort of leaching off that songs energy like the the cash that it already has and you're just sort of stealing and implanting it into your TV show or your movie like it's there's a difference between stealing a song soul and like taking a song and building a new universe around it like sort of recreating it in re-energizing it it's a it's a great point. I'll never forget the moment I watched the pilot of Ozark. Which is the last the last episode of ours. Ozark that I've ever watched and at the end of it Decks dark by radiohead began playing and I was like. Oh this is that JOE now. I mean no disrespect to say Chris Ryan. Who's a huge fan of that series but actually that choice indicated to me what the creators of the show thought they were doing and it wasn't for me you know it just didn't Didn't click with what despite liking radiohead and Jason Bateman and. I knew that there was a pretentiousness that I was not going to connect with their What do you think makes for a good song choice in a movie? I think it has to be at least a little unexpected. It has to re- contextual. Is it a little bit like I? There are instances where obviousness is what you need and I think there are a few of those and my list here but I I think. In general you need some element of surprise some just more gratuitous are just more surprising way of using it than what you would expect. Do you think it's important to saying something about character or the scene itself or because one of the things that that Robertson said when he and I talked which I thought was interesting was the he really likes the contrast he moments. That's the moment when you take a very sweet song. Said it against a very violent moment or you take a very sweet moment and give it something more braces and that's obviously a hallmark of a lot of the people that are best known for choosing songs and movies you know. Think of Quentin Tarantino or fincher. Scorsese are all these people that I talk about endlessly on this show. Do you think that the that music can play such a profound role in telling a story in that way? I think so. I mean you can go too far in that the phenomenon of every movie trailer now using like a really slow down creepy version of a pop song like you think. Fight THE FI. The fifty shades of grey beyond say series. You know like I suicide squad. I think did that. You know you can go too far in that direction and and just use it entirely as irony like. Here's a really sweet song to contrast with an ugly thing. But Yeah I mean. That's that's sort of an overused tropes at this point at the time in the heyday in the early reign of those people those directors like. Yeah that was a really effective use of contrast. So we're here to do a top five list. You'RE GONNA share your five favorite needle drops in movies and I'M GONNA share my five favorite needle drops. Now I don't know your picks and you don't know my picks you almost ruined this podcast by accidentally sharing those picks and I would like you. I'm I apologize profusely and I apologize for my choices. I think this is going to be yelling at me in the next twenty minutes. That's my concern. You know what my concern is is just being too basic right. There are some things that are sort of undeniably signature moments in movies and music especially in the last twenty to twenty five years when when I think this phenomenon has really picked up. Steam and my choices are not songs that were written for movies. They are entirely songs that had previously existed before the film came along. Is that true for you too? I think in all but one case my number five. That's not true but I think that's an important thing that you have to have a prior. Ideally you have a prior relationship with that song that the movie changes. That's what makes a really good moment for me. Not all of them but that's the platonic ideal. I absolutely love that. I probably have one song that that is out runs an opposition to that idea. But that's a great
Our Alternative Academy Awards The Oscars Show
"Guys. Welcome to a very special conversation. Nations show about the Academy Awards but not just any Academy Awards are Academy Awards. were changing things up in the big picture this week. We've invited wisely from the New York Times we think for being here. Thanks for having me. Three Person Person Academy that makes us the Grammy Selection Committee. Hopefully less fraught less racist racist sexist and complete Taylor swift at Ed. Sheeran her part of my mom and I want the academy to tell the truth about who it is fun. Fact Taylor swift and Ed Sheeran had movie moments in the last twelve months. If you recall cheering yesterday Taylor Swift. Of course Miss Americana could forget. we're not going to be nominated for you said Miss Americana Either GonNa cats. That was yeah. That's very generous of you sir. I've locked that out we. We're not talking about that on this. PODCAST CAST now. We got the part right. Okay guys so every year the Oscars come around get very angry because they don't represent all the movies that we want to to be celebrated this year I would say it's been an unusually positive Oscar year in terms of nominations. However we got stuck in this conversation about why are there no female directors in the best director category? Why are there so few actors of color? Why are there so few uncut gems nominations are there so many things here we may? They disagree with that. We will discuss. I'm I'm your evolving. I'm evolving exactly the way to put it all evolving. Wesleyan a minute can you guys. Just give me coming some big picture feelings about where the Oscar nominating process is before we dig into our own awards well Without going into the Math Jeff on how the nomination determined at least in the best picture category whatever they did to make them less foreign needs to change because in addition just like I just wrote a piece for the paper Abou a complicated problem I have with. This year's show is the first time more. I'm I feel like the homogeneity among the best picture nominees just superficially is Kinda monotonous to me. What do you mean but up I mean basically what I mean. Is that lake. There are nine move. Eight movies about white people And like the the white experience yes there is a wide experience. PODCAST is often expanding on and in one from Korea or South Korea. And I I like all of these movies except for one and a half of them and so so. The thing that I am annoyed about is that there isn't it is not as though there's one movie that didn't get nominated that should have that also featured Richard people who are not white so my problem is more of an industry. Problem in the Oscars of course is a symptom of this larger thing. And so I'm Kinda just. I went back just to do some math on on on. How many movies among the nominees for best picture since they expanded ten were set the present and usually I mean the thing? That's thrilling about the best picture. Nominees every year is that you do get some really interesting story that gets told about the movie industry but also just the movies and something about this collection of movies as a collection as a class of films kind of bores me and but again like I like most of the nominees and so I don't know it's a weird place but they they have to change them. I think the man is part of this like even I don't like Hustler's that much but you this. This group of movies needs it. Needs it needs needs like a blindside. It needs a district District nine yeah. It needs a district night but you think that so. That's I think it's math don't you because don't what's the one film that would have resolved some of that feeling. Is that the farewell. Like what is it. I don't even see that's the weird thing also. I don't even care care what it was because I don't like any of the alternative. This is weird year for for the solution to this problem. There isn't one. There's no main waves. Waves would be a movie that would that would be more interesting but every year since they expanded ten has had just more interesting stuff. It I have a theory and it's not about math and I think your point about math is good and also your point that this is these are eight movies about white people is also important. uh-huh any everything we're about to say is not going to change that but I do just and it's not GonNa Change the industry and it's not GonNa Change. WHO GETS to make movies? Unfortunately but I do wonder if some of it is also like our expectations and our relationship to the nominees because we're used to being dissatisfied and we're used to findings something that to be mad about and since they've gotten to ten and especially in the last couple of years years. There are more movies that I'm excited about that are nominated for best picture. And even this year I would say they're five movies like jazzed about same same here and I'm not used to that and so I do think and and we're part of doing this podcast and talking about the Oscars is arguing talking about what was snubbed. And what the economy isn't representing. and I wonder if some of the boringness is just kind of. I don't know where to put all of that energy for what interesting that I hear that that particular aspect of this year's race though I think is an anomaly. I think there's two reasons for at one. We we just happen to get a couple of films from a couple of people who kind of always make big noisy special films. Martin Scorsese Quentin Tarantino. We got a couple of movies marriage story and the Irishman that probably would not have been financed by any other studio that got a lot more money than they would have gotten and so those movies got pushed up to the top. You know I know you guys probably not huge joker Fans but that's a highly unusual kind of movie to have been made in the way that it was position. Marketed the success that had had and also the parasite thing is. There's just no literally literally no precedent for a movie like this getting this much awareness appreciation potentialities to win The the fact that this is impossible right now is was utterly unpredictable. Even even in September I ran so I think accounting for this year in particular as a bellwether of any kind and is a little bit difficult long term. But the point that you're making one hundred percent right which is that you know. There's a certain kind of movie that still is always going to get made in Hollywood and there's a certain kind the movie that it's still really hard to get made that's movies by women's moving movies by filmmakers of color starring people of color about different kinds of experiences in the world. So that's not going to change. I think some of what we're we're GONNA do here accounts for that. I think some of the categories that were creating accounts for that. Yes I think. In general though the public perception of the Oscars is it's a little bit. Stodgy it's a little bit boring self-satisfied but also it doesn't really understand what's fun about movies no well that's part of I mean to the degree agree that there is a selection committee. It's People's self consciousness about their with. They want their tastes to be. Yes yeah and that to me is part of what I'm sensing about this group. The best picture nominees though I feel like I do feel like despite the fact that I actually could not subtract one of these movies or there's a ten slot at the tenth movie like what I mean. You could additive movie proud interesting lake. Ed Lee said in the president and at least about the thing that is seemingly the problem by gathering these movies together race Which member of the knives out family is each? That's a good game that somewhere. Oh I like that. We don't have to answer that right now but just trying to think of the Google anyway I but I but I also think that part of the problem. I think some of the things that I'm feeling is this. I mean I don't know it seems like a revenge against the way things seem to be going. Otherwise yes but you can't prove that a and I mean I'm arguing against my own myself right now but it's unprovable. It's just a feeling that I have a feels like every time they do these blind surveys of these academy members. There's always somebody who's like well. I don't think we have a diversity problem. I just think the movies that Star Wall you know other people uh-huh aren't as good as the ones right or even just that was nice. But it's not an Oscar film which covers all manner of sentence and that shows up in. Everyone knows that there is an Oscar film which there's been an Oscar film since like nineteen thirty nine like that's part of the problem. Yeah I don't know when it got so not. How did you no one team seventeen despite how much I love? It smells ker movie. It is twenty when I was fifteen. I did not think that was pejorative. In fact I thought that that was was meaning really really meaningful. My perception of it is changed or self conscious about it. That's an parasite actually wins. I'm going to feel really freaked out. Because does that mean that I'm basic because is the movie that I want to win also won the Academy Award. I just called aging. Yeah well I don't know I don't feel the way by moonlight. Yeah now more so feels like the exception and to me even though I mean in a weird way. Here's a good test of this of this question. The departed. I always think about the idea that departed is a best picture winner. You know what I mean. I think if the departed was directed by Guy Ritchie though it would have had no chance at the Oscars yes of course. The Scorsese. Only the Scorsese UNISOM did that but just looking at it. As a movie rate lake. That was the best picture of what was it. Two thousand six six. I just it just kind of. It's a funny thing. It's a funny thing that wasn't i. I wasn't the best movie of that year. Obviously are not obvious. It's funny that you bring that up. We actually just talked talked about that. Exact movie a couple of days ago show in that movie yeah. It's a totally fun and slightly. You need us. Yes Oh sure. Yeah what what other the way. I don't know actually actually. Actually what's going on with Matt Damon in that movie. Congratulations him okay. So if we were going to change James the telecast a little bit What what there was talk of this last year? About modifying the telecast. But I don't want to modify the telecast per se but I think that there's some categories that maybe we don't needed some categories and maybe we do need okay. I'm personally I just don't believe that. The shorts need to be in the Academy Awards No one watches them their unseen by the by the public at large. Are You mad at that. You want the short sustain gas. I do why I don't know but the idea. We will not a part of the rest of the conversation but is that really how it works. I mean I'm but you're talking to the wrong person and a win aware like I actually wish they had brought. I want to see the best bluegrass album winter. I WANNA see best. Okay I WANNA see best. Best Ja- best traditional jazz album. I WanNa see that person person win. You're in dangerous territory women. I personally would like there to be a nine hours. Oscar ceremony right. Amanda wants to get through this fairly quickly vision show. You're saying it's its own not work of art. But it's least its own entity that needs to have a start and a finish on a structure and momentum and energy we can't just like trot got out every single movie clip that Sean is like for the past seventy years and then let's talk about this cinematography. I'm and this one's like to the telestrator up with the old Oscar broadcast that were nobody really. There was no Internet for people to run to and complain. I mean it just ended when it ended and it was full of supporting clips. I mean for a lot of America. They didn't know who Pauline Collins was. They wanted to see like surely Valentine. What does that clip? This is good so you get a clip Pauline Collins Acting Shirley. Valentine know what you get is a weirdly spliced moment of an actor doing the most over the top contacts list part of a movie you have. If you don't know where Iran Iran remember. What Julia Roberts Best Actress Clip West Pretty woman? It was her singing kiss in the Jacuzzi.
Our Top 10 Films of 2019
"Last week on the show we focused on our out liar pixies or movies that were unique to our individual top ten list this week. It's what we're calling the consensus picks though as you'll hear in a moment a little bit of a misnomer because these things can never just line up perfectly. We do want to quickly recap the the movies we talked about last week on the show Tasha. You're the big winner with five movies as outliers. You were the only one who loved these movies that much which is to say. Some of US didn't appreciate these films but we didn't appreciate him quite as much as you did. Those titles were I did not realize I was winning but I will take this win They were wild rose the drama about the Scottish woman who wants to be a country and western singer. I lost my body. The French animated drama about a severed hand. Making its way through Paris Chris. The Documentary Hail Satan about the rise of the political group the Satanic Temple. Honey boy the style of movie where he plays his own father and tells his own. The story and the nightingale a harrowing rape revenge drama from Jennifer Kent Director of the Obama Duke tied for second place. Michael and Josh Michael Will Start with you. Four titles else that were outlined four titles ashes pure swathes Uson case great gangster film one child nation a terrific documentary About a filmmaker who goes back to her home village in China to explore the consequences of the government's one child policy that affected everybody in her family and her village waves the drama Rahmah from trae Edwards Scholtz his third feature and a great streak of threes on NFL. Nobody saw nobody knows present. Perfect from school of the the art institute graduate and it's a wonderful Colli picture of about a youtube stars in China and just come into the lives we learn about through all this phone footage Josh. You're foreign. I had Clerides highlife. Joanna Hogg's the Souvenir Takeaway. TD's Joe Joe. Rabbit and Pedro Element over Spain and glory so my top ten list. Apparently very boring and predictable. I only had three outliers. Safdie brothers Uncut Gems starring. Adam Sandler. Her was my number nine choice. Alex Perry's her smell starring Elizabeth Moss one of the best performances by an actress. This year I think was my number seven choice and I had James. Gray's Astra Astra starring Brad Pitt at number six.
2019 in Film: A Critical Disappointment?
"Are you've upset about the movies. Twenty and nineteen or did you feel inspired by what we saw on the big screen. It was it was amazing. It changed my life. No now is the time of year where you start asking that that question I think on balance the urine. It certainly got better than it was when Sean did this at the halfway point I don't know if you remember that Sean we were Kinda finally this year Could could stand to improve and they did yeah. I thought it was pretty scary bad year through six months even though there was some films that I really liked Chris what about you. Are you feeling about the where we ended up in two thousand nineteen. I think it's a pretty good year. I don't think I can't claim to have seen as much of the great stuff that's coming in the next six weeks as the other panelists Europe. But I've enjoyed by self at the movies this year The big thing that I thought was really interesting is that the theme seems to be the thing that we often talk about on. The big picture is like how they don't don't make them like they used to how they don't make these kinds of adult dramas or like interesting genre movies and it seems like we had an abundance of those this year but we kind of realized that sometimes times those movies are just okay and that was pretty interesting. I thought wow. So what do you want to throw dirt on right now no no. It's nothing in particular as much as like like a movie like dark water which I haven't even seen but seems to be being met with like solid job and it's like that's how we regretted those movies in the nineteen nineties to Pelican. Brief came came out. We were like way to go. Nice one good movie but it's not like a game changing life changing experience. Amanda what about you. Are you feeling having traversed three hundred sixty five days of Shawa thing about me is that I love movies. Yes yes we know. Yeah I I would agree with you and Adam that the first six months and even venture to say the first nine months were pretty tough in there there were highlights and I think even two of my top five movies from pre-september which is pretty good but you know we. We effectively have like good movie season and it starts with the festivals in September and it goes through the end of the year and that has been like pretty joyful for me because it is fun to go and see these movies that you anticipate and you're like Oh. This is really good or hard. This is this is solid and there is more attention on them and people are actually talking about them. We've kind of in the same way that Disney and that made her studios have event ties the movie going process. I do feel like we have all event. Is the good movie season. Yeah I feel like that was changing changing a little bit in the last five years but for some reason everything feels very backloaded this year. And there's been a lot of conversation and I think a lot of the movies that we'll talk about here most of which are available to people. There's not a ton of have stuff. We'll be identifying. You can't see right now Avatar to Avatar to just missed semi the link with Jim Cameron alone in a room for nine hours and we watched the first cut together and Look pretty good. I would say that this was a year. That's top-heavy because that that was one thing I noticed when I was kind of going through a mandate the five at the top because I was going to do a bit. Were my top five. We're going to be minus the five. That are obviously the best to me. It was gonna be like kind of the next grouping but I found that there's a really significant drop off to the point where where I would have a hard time with a straight face saying like yeah like long shot that that deserves to be like in the conversation here. I'd like to pitch it to Adam because adamant I did a top ten list. The Ringer Dot Com and we did some negotiation back and forth but there was a kind of presumptive four or five movies that we felt like we couldn't avoid fair to say Adam. Yeah I think it's fair to say You know so much speaks overlap of taste. And sometimes it's Kinda just recognizing in a given year that between critical consensus and what people people are talking about. What's inspiring interesting? Writing their movies and that last category I think is important is also the time of year the best. Some of the best film writing happens because you have movies that have the the the capacity to invite that. But yeah you and I were pretty solid on about half and I thought that it was also interesting when we did this thing at the the halfway point year. I've Kinda stubbornly held onto two to one or two those movies but I didn't respond with Chris was saying I'm not having the same kind of hard time time filling out a top ten or fifteen that I was worried that I worried that I might. I was telling friends back in May or June. This was the worst year of going to the movies I've ever had and that's that's changed.
Antonio Banderas is mesmerizing in 'Pain and Glory'
"What I think's the performance of his career it's just a terrific performance in a movie that you should all saying you know and look at that I've done my work here I've said no but Antonio I have to say yes you did win an award as best actor Con Film Festival there's nothing award buzz is about all this has that effect you when people are telling you how great you are every time you turn around it's not bad he's you had tolerate think I know you have to put everything in perspective when you are successful also when you have and failures this is the story of our professional life and you had to take it to both both sides of the spectrum the sexually in which we obtain as says in this particular case it's very special to me I've been working with forty years met him for decades ago we have done aid movies together for me has being a pleasure to be invited to with a man that never betrayed himself and there has been absolutely loyal to his personality you may like movie you may not like smooth that's a different deal but today especially in today's world into the cinema to have somebody with that personality without change and just you know being loyal to himself is yeah it sure is and I should say in order to just set this up correctly that in pain and gory you're playing director who doesn't have the name Pedro Almodovar but very much like it looks like you to the point of is here you are in a movie basically playing this man who gave you your start those years ago yeah well the thing is is difficult to play all with somebody who actually lived if the person is still alive leaving more complicated but he's a person is actually giving you action on cut is just behind the camera situation becomes a little bit more complicated because I think wait a minute what are you doing but you know I think the way I've been saying but he's too you know this character. I started creating without knowing about nine years ago and why's that because I work in five movies with better than in the eighties and then for twenty two years with it didn't work we kept our relationship friendship but word so when I went back to him to do a movie called the skin I live in I came with twenty two years of experience and I went to him and said look you know I feel more secure in front of the camera I can do this now complete with my voice I can do that and after a week rehearsing and he laughed hers for like a month before principal he said to me you know all of those things you learn from this twenty two years then a very useful to me well okay so what are you really and time I know confronted him but he just got stuck in my own story and I said no I am you know what I can do with this character video for me and so it was a little tension on the set during the time that we shot movie nothing really dramatic because we're friends but it was dangerous I it got an idea of what the current issue be he got another one when I finish and we opened moving the Toronto Film Festival and they watch it and I thought Oh my God how these men managed to just get this character out of me etc that I didn't even know I had inside and so you know what affliction about being humble started me an eighty known if I was going to have another opportunity to work with him and to go to do that in a completely different set of mine so he came ninety s after he called me incessant on you have this project you're going to see very familiar colored characters painted van in the script and read it and let me know so I read it and I said him. I'm going to go now trying to use all of those things that I used before the table clean slate Afrim zero degree in this character from that point of view he says that's a good idea let's do it later also you know I had impersonal issues during all these years it had attack two and a half years ago and I mentioned this because it was his for for this movie I mean we actors who use the happening in our personal life relied everything we apply that to our Colloton so he said you know that is something in you scenes had a cardiac event that has changed and I don't want you to hide it I want you to show that in this character in this movie in industry off the pain not glory but the paying of the connectivity is very important that you actually are very sincere very honest so I I knew exactly he was talking about and so we provided the cutter too with all of those personal experiences that I have a heart attack does slow you down karate he's he's beset by a lot of physical problems you know he just everything to assistant back pain everything and so that even tries heroin in order to alleviate this thing that he's going to do it so what it's done in this movie and your performance and and everything is it doesn't look on the surface like an film his in have that flamboyance no is slightly different to lower films doe that he's elements of for bio graphic elements movies over never was supposed in this way many people asked me and I think it's good to talk about that ah how much of the movie is real how much of the movie actually happen those events probably not everything that you see on the screen actually happen but you have to think him you know what are we really are the things that we have done and the things that we said or are we also the things that we wanted to say but we didn't say that we wanted to do but we never did I think I'll move over us this movie to actually say do these that he never did but he wanted to do his family to his lovers drew actors us to cinema to life itself in a way the movies basically about reconciliation while coming to terms with live and forgiveness unforgiveness yeah in playing him the question that went through my mind after I saw this was how much of your performance comes from watts in his screenplay and how much comes in from the man you knew for those forty years it's interesting question because this has been one movie that actually came in a completely different way than other works sometimes the information came emotionally and it's kind of difficult explain let me try. various Pacific so he came the morning and read the part of my mother finally gave him the replica and then he was going to read my part he's part he was going to he says he tried again
'Avatar' and 'Avengers' trade compliments as 'Endgame' becomes box-office champ
"Twenty nine minutes past the hour and if there was any doubt that the twenty nineteen box office belong to the Walt Disney company this weekend put an end to that not only did it's photo realistic remake of the lion king devour opening weekend records for the month of July and the P. G. rated films but Avengers endgame also crept past avatar to become the highest grossing film of all time the line king this weekend roared into four thousand seven hundred twenty five movie theaters and grossed an estimated and stunning one hundred eighty five million
Mark, Disney And Two Billion Dollar discussed on KDWN Programming
"And avengers. Endgame is crossed the two billion dollar Mark at the global box office in record time. It's leaving newcomers in the dust Walt. Disney estimated on Sunday that the marvel blockbuster added a hundred and forty five point eight million from North American theaters two hundred eighty two point two million internationally so in its second weekend in theaters the total two point two billion endgame one of five movies ever to reach that Mark not accounting for inflation. It's. Now, the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind avatars two point eight billion avatar reached two billion in forty seven days of release compared with just eleven for
Phil, Simone And New Stadium discussed on Rocket
"And now we are going to transition. This is your big siren warning into avengers endgame. Spoiler talk. I'm going to be dropping out of the call to let my darling co hosts go wild. For however long they want without my adult supervision on that ferry leave. Yeah. I was disappointed. Did not see. I am disappointed in me too. We'll have to do will you can talk about it without me next week a little bit. But smoked you need to see it like ace because it's really good as soon as I woke up this morning. I realized what a mistake I had made. I mean, it's only made like one point she billion dollars at the box office, not off me baby. I'm keeping my money. Okay. And try your talk guys. I'll talk to you later. Bye. All right. So a little bit of a note here we recorded fantastic commentary for a good twenty minutes about s- avengers in game. And I was not recording. And because Simone is not on the call. We do not have a call record a copy of it. So we are starting over there were six student talk to you for twenty minutes about marvel movie, the ultimate marvel movie. So all right. Okay. All right. So so so free. I wanna get your your thoughts. What what did you think of game? Okay. So overall, I really think this is something we've never seen before in film. Right. Like, they took a twenty two film series. And put an end Kaplan it in gave the audience an emotional like cook Tharcisse to all of these you don't like Christina. They're about to put out ways JAMES BOND, which as well. On movie is at the new stadium. Crack went right on twenty five or something the kid even keep the same actor much like a single story, and it's been going for like more than fifty years. You know? Yes. And get in twenty five movies. I believe at this point. So for this to go through into us. Time travel's a plot device to to give everyone a moment to like lick meet every character or most of them and go have a moment to go back and visit with people that died and let all of the core ventures have like a a moment of emotional catharsis in the audience. I just I really think it's an artistic achievement. Like we've never seen before. And phil. Yeah. No. I totally agree. And I I was just I loved it. I had a great time. I saw a couple of days early in Stockholm. And so it was kind of cool to see it on opening night there. Where in speeding? It was an English with with Swedish subtitles, and it felt like just a great culmination to like you said that kind of everything kind of builds up, and what I really appreciated was that even though and in our first conversation we talked about this little bit. But we'll talk about it again. Even though there might be some handwriting that we didn't get to see as many of some of the ancillary characters people, we've come to know and love what happens with these movies because you know, like there are so many people in this thing that you literally people will come in for like a day, and they'll get like a scene, you know, maybe in sometimes it'll even be cut. I really liked the focus on this was just on our core adventures. Like, that's what I really appreciate. It got definitely. So I initially thought that like if he had not seen most of the movies before it, maybe wouldn't be lost. But it would just it would be hard to connect with this rather convoluted plot, but you saw you saw this with someone who had not seen all the movies. And they said they were okay with it. I know. Yeah. Totally like. You know, like you said like, I think that there's probably an emotional connection with some of the Indian some of the deaths some of the ways that characters concluded that you wouldn't have that same sort of emotional resonance if you hadn't seen the others.
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies at 74
"Died. Peter Mayhew the actor behind the beloved Star Wars. Chewbacca who is seventy four years old. The Star Wars universe universes. Morning is news broke today. The death of one of the franchises most beloved and most towering cast members. Peter Mayhew guy was seven to play Shebharghan five movies died on Tuesday at the age of seventy four. He wore the conic suit. They call the fuzzball suit is Hans solo hairy and unintelligible Wookey sidekick. In the first three Star Wars
Why Are Some Words Funny?
"In the nineteen seventy-five movie, the sunshine boys, an aging vaudeville, comedian explains a classic truism of comedy to his nephew the case. Sound is always funny. The comedian played by Walter Matthau said fifty seven years in this business. You learn a few things, you know, what words are funny. And which words are not funny. Alka seltzer is funny. You say alka seltzer. You get a laugh, Casey Stengel. That's a funny name. Robert Taylor is not funny. Cupcake is funny tomato is not funny. Cleveland is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then there's chicken chicken is funny. Pickle is funny. And it's true. If you need a place name for a punchline, you're guaranteed to kill with Kalamazoo, connected key or Rancho Cucamonga, but why psychology professor Chris Westbury at the university of Berta has a fascinating theory. And it's based on perhaps the two unfunny est words in the English language statistical, probability Westbury. Published a paper in October of two thousand eighteen in the journal of experimental psychology with a first rate title, Wrigley, squeaky, Lennox and boobs. What makes some words funny in his research? He started with the list of the five thousand English words rated funniest by real humans and constructed a working with medical model for predicting the laugh factor of nearly every word in the dictionary. When Westbury applied his model to a data set of forty five thousand five hundred and sixteen English words, it decided that these ten words were the funniest of all up Chuck bubbly Baath wriggly. Yes, giggle. Kuch Cafa puffball and gigli runners-up included squeaky flappy and bucco and the perennial favorites of every eight year old on the planet poop, puke and boobs on the other end of the spectrum the word found to be the absolute least funny was harassment. In his paper Westbury explains that philosophers have been trying to unravel the mystery of humor for millennia Plato and Aristotle we're big fans of humor seeing it mostly as a way of denigrating and feeling superior to others Casero introduced incongruity theory, a writing that the most common kind of joke is when we expect one thing and another is said in which case our own disappointed. Expectation makes us laugh while the incongruity theory of comedy makes perfect sense of even rainy tins. Find switcheroo tricks high. Larry's Westbury says that it's not a true scientific theory in the clearly not every incongruence event is as funny as another a random coughing fit in a crowded movie theater isn't nearly as comical as a random farting fit. I mean, just try to say random farting fit without smiling. So the goal of Westbury's modeling experiments was to go beyond philosophical theorising and come up with a truly quantifiable scale of funny to do it. Westbury analyst words. In two different ways by their meaning and by their form for the first analysis. The researchers looked at semantic predictors. That group words with similar meanings. Using a free tool developed by Google that identifies words that are commonly used for one another aka co occurrence Westbury mapped out the semantic relationships between two hundred and thirty four of the human picked funniest words from this correlation plot, the researchers identified six different clusters or categories of funny words, insult sex party animal bodily function and expletive. Now. This is where things get dangerously mathematical since many of the words on the human rated funny list fell into more than one category. Other researchers needed a more precise measurement of how a words being translated into comedy using the Google tool. They came up with lists of words most closely related to each of the six categories, then they came up with the average values for each of those word categories. Using something called linear regression analysis. Those average values for each category. You know, insult expedited cetera became known as category defining vectors. When looking specifically at meaning it turns out that the funniest words don't necessarily fall cleanly into the most categories, but are the words whose mathematical values are the closest on average to those six category defining vectors. Here's how Westbury summed it up in a press. Brief the average similarity of a words meaning to these six categories is itself, the best measure, we found of a words funniness, especially at the word also has strongly positive emotional connotations. But meaning is only one type of measurement Westbury and his team looked at the form of funny words, a things like word length or the individual sounds or phonemes that make up each word in the second analysis the data fit nicely with the incongruity theory of humor. It turns out that the fewer times a word or its phonemes appear in the language. The funnier we think they are that helps explain why there are so many K and use ounds in funny word lists. There's typically improbable where it's ending in L E. Like Waddell in wriggle or another source of funds suggesting as the study, put it repetition usually with diminutive aspect. So why are we laughing? Now, this is where things get really weird the human brain seems as running all of these complex mathematical models all the time without any of us knowing it as we watch TV and read and talk to people our brains are constantly parsing language for subtle semantic, cross-connections and statistical probabilities and the result, at least on this basic one word level is what we call humor Westbury said if asked which letter is more common p or be I think the average person would have no clue consciously, but unconsciously they are sensitive to that. And we know that because they're funding this judgments are reflecting. Exactly that kind of fine tuned calculation. In other words, said Westbury people are using emotions to do math. Westbury argues that all of this makes perfect sense. Abolution airily our brains had been hardwired over millions of years to identify anything that's out of the ordinary as a potential threat and human emotions, including humor likely developed as ways of responding to improbable events and environments Westbury summed it up people laugh based on how improbable the world is. Of course, it's a long conceptual leap from predicting the funniness level of individual words to modeling the comedic mechanics of knock knock joker salty Limerick. But whispers, work points the way, maybe someday we'll finally understand why that chicken crossed the road. One thing's clear, though, a frog wouldn't have been half as
25 movies added to National Film Registry
"Archie zaraleta? The library of congress is preserving another twenty-five movies because of their cultural historical or artistic importance this year's list includes Jurassic Park Brokeback mountain and my fair lady also making the list the shining, HUD, and broadcast news days of wine and roses from nineteen sixty two and bad day of black rock Rita. A Foley AP radio news.
Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie gets 2019 release date
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