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  1. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    A lot to unpack here.
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Paul and Amy talked about how perhaps Lucas and Spielberg's divorces influenced the more negative portrayal of the female lead in Temple of Doom (probably true). I'll also point out that George Lucas' wife at the time of Raiders had a big hand in making Marion the character she was: "[Marcia] was instrumental in changing the ending of Raiders, in which Indiana delivers the ark to Washington. Marion is nowhere to be seen, presumably stranded on an island with a submarine and a lot of melted Nazis. Marcia watched the rough cut in silence and then leveled the boom. She said there was no emotional resolution to the ending, because the girl disappears. ... Spielberg reshot the scene in downtown San Francisco, having Marion wait for Indiana on the steps on the government building. Marcia, once again, had come to the rescue." Source: https://www.syfy.co.uk/news/3-ways-which-marcia-lucas-helped-save-star-wars-0 Can you imagine that? If you never saw Marion again? I think Lucas' early work (Star Wars and Raiders) would not have had the same kind of spunky, smart women they did if Marcia had not been in his life. (And as I noted in the Taxi Driver episode, she was also a great film editor in her own right.)
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Yes, I think you can definitely take away from this that Indy was kind of an asshole. It's unclear as to whether or not he was a pedophile.
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    This seems grosser in retrospect, not just in a post-#MeToo era, but also after having read some of the early discussions between Lucas/Spielberg/Kasdan and also the novel/comic-book adaptations that actually peg her age. In the movie itself (absent any outside information), I'd argue that the "I was a child" line reads as more ambiguous. I know that when I originally saw the movie, I took the "child" line as meaning that she was maybe college-aged or late high school (18 or 19) and he was mid-20s. Maybe a little skeevy and you could see why her father would be angry, but not as bad as Indy deflowering Marion at fifteen. Harrison Ford and Karen Allen are actually about eight years apart in age, which doesn't seem wildly out of line for a romantic couple. In some cultures the age of consent is as young as 15 or 16 -- something that you might have to consider given the time period and the globe-trotting nature of this movie. You know, this was also my interpretation when I first watched this scene, but since then I've reconsidered. First, it's maybe a little patriarchal to assume that Marion can't still be the same tough personalty while sometimes also dressing more feminine. Secondly, the way the scene plays out is that she's going along with Belloq's request so she can try to escape. It almost works, too, but then those damn Nazis show up. I don't think this reflects poorly on Marion's intelligence or spunk. There's almost always something in a more than 20 year old movie that does't quite play as well to modern social consciousness, but I'm not sure Raiders is especially bad in this regard.
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    I think the issue here is that a podcast is an audio format, and most of what is special about Raiders is visual: the framing of the shots and how they are cut together. It's a masterclass in how to construct an action-adventure movie for visceral/emotional pleasure. It's hard to get that across in audio. I know that I didn't fully see the "specialness" of Raiders (especially over the other Indiana Jones movies) until it came out on DVD and I got to watch it in widescreen. Good Lord, this movie is gorgeous, and always beautifully framed. I'd say it's deserving of a place on the list just because of how well-made it is.
  6. sycasey 2.0

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Anyone who thinks Paul and Amy are actively praising Melania Trump . . . has not followed their politics very well. "Love it" means they are enjoying how stupid her choices are.
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    This might be my all-time favorite Simpsons movie parody scene:
  8. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    I've got some slip-on sandals that I keep by the door for such occasions.
  9. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    WHAT ABOUT HIS CLOTHES?!!!
  10. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    Interesting. The patriarchy holds even in male strip clubs.
  11. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    Some more big questions: 1. At what strip club can strippers actually kiss their customers live on stage and no one gets in trouble? I'm pretty sure that's a big no-no in that business. 2. I was confused about the time line near the end. Rick has sex with Faye in the hotel room, then she leaves, and then she returns after what seems like a short time to find Rick already having shower sex with his other girlfriend. How quickly did he manage to set this up? And how quickly did Faye's husband get to that hotel after having just talked to her on the phone? Is everyone just hanging around in the vicinity of this hotel all the time? 3. Let's take a look at this poster: Is there any scene in the movie that looks even remotely like this? Who is that woman supposed to be?
  12. sycasey 2.0

    Episode 199 - A Night In Heaven: LIVE!

    No question, the sister and the husband were totally fucking.
  13. sycasey 2.0

    Psycho

    Another correction: Psycho was the highest rated Hitchcock on the original AFI list in 1998. On the 2007 list, Vertigo is higher.
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    Psycho

    I don't think the skull dissolve was specifically mentioned, no. I'm not sure this podcast tends to get into specific filmmaking techniques like that very often.
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    Psycho

    There also a subtle hint after it fades out from Norman's face in the last scene -- you can faintly see the skull of his mother's corpse superimposed over his own face.
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