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  1. joshg

    City Lights

    Amy marveled at how the audience applauded for 90 seconds when Chaplin received his honorary Oscar. But that clip on Youtube, posted on the Oscars Youtube channel, is highly edited. The ovation in real life lasted TWELVE MINUTES! The longest in Academy history....that is crazy. It was great that they got a true Chaplin expert like Dan Kamin; I hope they can bring him back for the remaining films.
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    City Lights

    He talks in his later films, including Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight (both good films, though departures from his Little Tramp silent films). I believe Great Dictator was the only time he talked as some variation of the Little Tramp character.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    I believe they did the same thing at the end of Sweet Home Alabama. Because apparently being out in Toronto in 2018 is still as much of a novelty as it was in the deep south in 2002.
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    In The Heat Of The Night

    Well that film got notoriously ignored by the Oscars in its year. Moral of the story: bringing the Academy Awards into the discussion is an exercise in frustration.
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    In The Heat Of The Night

    Paul talked about how this was a perfect "bridge movie" for the Academy Awards, smack in the middle of The Music Man and the subversive Bonnie and Clyde. First of all, it wasn't The Music Man, it was Dr. Doolittle (the Music Man was 5 years earlier). But Paul and Amy gave major short shrift to how epic that year's Oscars race was. You guys HAVE to read what must be one of the best books written about Hollywood: "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood" by Mark Harris. (for what it's worth, Quentin Tarantino calls it "one of the best books I've read in my life", as quoted on Amazon) When I read it I didn't know which film had won for Best Picture, and it was riveting to see how the race played out, and what those five films said about Hollywood and America at the time. Looking back, 1967 was the pivotal moment when Hollywood started to shed the old-fashioned Biblical epics and movie musicals and moving toward socially relevant, auteurist fare. So in 1967 you had two revolutionary films, still considered classics, that captured the Vietnam-era American malaise: Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate two films starring Sidney Poitier that tackled contemporary issues of race and prejudice, albeit in different ways: In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and a film that "old Hollywood" shoved down that Academy's throat, just because they wasted so much money on it and wanted to at least reap some critical self-acclaim even if no one paid to see it in theaters: Dr. Doolittle From what I remember of the book - in addition to incredible stories about Stanley Kramer, Arthur Penn, Mike Nichols, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, etc. - was that it was wide open season for Best Picture in 1967. It could have gone to any of those films (except for Dr. Doolittle). It turned out to be a perfect triangulation between the ballsy, forward-looking The Graduate or Bonnie and Clyde and - not the musical, but the more audience-friendly depiction of idyllic race relations, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? And so In the Heat of the Night won. I don't know which AFI list this is, or how it differs from the list Unspooled is using...but here you've got 3 of the Oscar nominated movies from '67 on the Top 100 list and In the Heat of the Night, the Best Picture winner, ISN'T INCLUDED. https://www.afi.com/100years/movies.aspx I don't know if Guess Who's Coming? is on Paul and Amy's list. I'm assuming The Graduate is. But with 3 or 4 Oscar-nominated films, 1967 might be the winningest year for movies on the list, at least tied with 1939.
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    Schindler's List

    A couple personal stories to add, in keeping with the theme of Schindler's List as an entry point into not only the Holocaust for the uninitiated, but also Jewishness. The first two stories tangentially have to do with me liking nice non-Jewish girls in college in the nineties. Undergrad: I asked a girl to join me to hear Elie Wiesel (author, Nobel peace prize winner, Holocaust survivor) speak on campus. He gave a profound talk on the nature of evil and how to confront it. After the talk, students lined up to ask questions. My female friend got in line, but once someone else stepped up to the mike and asked "What did you think of Schindler's List?" she sat down. "That was going to be my question," she said. Grad school: I asked a freshman girl out, who I didn't realize was Mormon. She somewhat naively didn't realize I was Jewish, despite certain facial features and my last (and first) name. Once I explained that I was Jewish, literally her first reaction was to ask, "What did you think of Schindler'sList?" As for context in which to watch this movie, it probably wasn't the best timing when I returned back to the dorm after seeing it for a second time in theaters, this time with several non-Jewish friends who were shocked to their core. SNL was playing in the student lounge, and it happened to be this skit with Heather Locklear as host, during this exact moment: Needless to say, I wasn't in the mood to find it quite funny at the time. I've since come around and can appreciate it within the context of an absurd SNL skit...but in 2018 it sadly doesn't feel quite so much like a comedy bit any more.
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    Schindler's List

    I don't think that is a realistic "task" of this film. A film can't convince you of a historical event if it doesn't fully describe what that event is. The film can add detail, realism, empathy, and insight to our understanding of the event. But I'm not sure that Schindler's List conveys the essential, stipulated facts about the Holocaust to the novice or skeptic. Without any context, one might think that the Holocaust was a series of random violent acts and perhaps a concentration camp here or there. Only when I visited these camp sites did I fully realize how this was a state-sponsored death industry, as efficient as steel or automotive factories. By the same token, "Twelve Years a Slave" is not the ultimate "slavery story" that can be appreciated without knowing about America's history of endemic racism and institutionalized human trafficking. "Schindler's List" might be treated as the ultimate telling of the Holocaust because of the movie's ambitious scope and pedigree, but it is still just one story. This theme of context (the context in which we watch a movie) is brought up in this excellent story from This American Life about "Schindler's List". I highly, highly recommend it. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/644/random-acts-of-history/act-one-5
  8. I'm guessing that whoever was responsible for the "Bruce Willis: Tulip Expert" article read by the audience member was also responsible for this: (credit where credit's due: IMDB trivia)
  9. The thing that jumped out at me was why Halle Berry would leave her cell phone in her coat when she went to the bathroom. We've already established that she's super devious, able to entrap a senator and catch him on tape. And gain entry into a job as a covert employee with a fake identity. And, as we learn at the end, elaborately frame the wealthiest and most powerful man in the city with a murder that she committed. So why is she so dumb as to get her ass drunk on a crucial sting operation and leave her phone in the pocket of her coat at the restaurant table? These days, no one ever leaves their cell phone outside of their possession. You go to the bathroom, you take your phone with you. Wasn't that always a thing? Especially if you're trying to frame your boss for murder?
  10. I assumed those were from a self-timer. It's already established that journalists are expert hackers, so to show they are also gifted at self-portrait photography isn't too much of a stretch.
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    Listener Questions Special

    I'm feeling an old-man, get-off-my-lawn rant coming on...so apologies, disclaimers, and thanks-for-indulging me in advance. But...I really lost my patience with this episode. I suppose it's fun to rank our favorite things. The premise of this podcast is based on a ranking. But then, do we have to obsess about ranking within that ranking? Which movies could be pushed out, which should be pushed in, your ranking of an arbitrarily 25 movies selected from someone else's equally arbitrary top 100 list, how it compares with my top 25... Is anyone else just a little tired of all the constant ranking? Not from this podcast per se, but in general. I feel like it has become magnified through the internet, like so many things. If there is a new Coen Brothers movie review, people will comment on the review by ranking every Coen Bros. movie. Every time a new Bond, Star Wars, Pixar or Marvel movie comes out there has to be a new click-bait list so we know where the new one falls within the existing pantheon. There are entire Youtube channels like WatchMojo that just publish Top 10 lists. Buzzfeed is all about Top 10 lists. People have such short attention spans that they can't read a full analysis, but they can quickly skim through a ranking. They're short and provide a distilled opinion that can be easily digested and then argued about online. Every Youtube video of a cover song or anything else that exists in multiple versions is immediately deemed superior or inferior to an alternate version. It's all harmless fun, fine. But personally I've hit my threshold with all this constant comparison. It's just gotten old for me. There's a Top 100 list...can't we just watch these films, enjoy them, argue about them, and appreciate them on their own terms? Nothing can just be. Obviously this podcast does go deeper, to discuss historical context, themes, significance, etc. It's just a little dispiriting that the conversation will inevitably lead to assigning a number, as if that was ultimate point. And comparing Duck Soup to Titanic to The Sixth Sense is apples and oranges, anyway. Thus endeth the mini-rant.
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    Episode 200 - Action Jackson: LIVE!

    And just in time for the 200th episode, we FINALLY answered the question How Did This Get Made?!
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    Episode 200 - Action Jackson: LIVE!

    I would love it if this movie was the result of a long-gestating attempt to make a live-action movie version of the Mego action figures. Sorta like how it took over two decades to adapt G.I. Joe into a theatrical release. But with years of script edits and studio interference, the team of scuba diver, Aussie marine (is that what he said?), karate expert, etc. was whittled down to "demoted Detroit cop with superhuman physical abilities" and the only thing that remained was the title.
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    Episode 200 - Action Jackson: LIVE!

    It's really true that June doesn't remember the movies she's watched. This was the 3rd Vanity movie (after Last Dragon and Never Too Young To Die) they've covered with her, not the 2nd.
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