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  1. DanEngler

    West Side Story

    Note: I updated the poll to include the West Side Story vs. Singin' In The Rain rivalry proposed by Amy & Paul.
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    Episode 208.5 - Minisode 208.5

    Same, on all counts. To reiterate what Paul said, if anyone reading this needs someone to talk to (confidentially and for free) call 1-800-273-8255. Their site has resources for Spanish speakers and deaf/hard of hearing people too. And if you're trans and you want to connect with fellow trans people who understand what you're going through, the volunteers at Trans Lifeline are waiting. Call 1-877-565-8860.
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    Best of 2018: Listener’s Picks

    And if you (like me) prefer to receive all information in podcast form, 99% Invisible has a good episode about the Green Book from 2016.
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    Best of 2018 Poll Catchup

    After the first 10 episodes of Unspooled, @Cameron H. came up with the brilliant idea to include a weekly poll so we could determine, once and for all, whether each film belongs in the AFI Top 100. While the podcast is focusing on 2018's best films this month, I figure it would be a good time to add polls to the episodes we'd missed and allow everyone to exercise their democratic rights. Vote now! Polls are open until March 1. Citizen Kane Ben Hur The Wizard Of Oz Swing Time The French Connection Titanic 2001: A Space Odyssey Bonnie And Clyde Platoon The General All About Eve Double Indemnity Singin’ In The Rain The Sixth Sense Taxi Driver E.T. The Extra Terrestrial High Noon The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
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    Best Of 2018: Blockbusters

    If anything, Amy needs to be dragged for naming Rian Johnson as one of the most talented directors at taking a stagnant property in a radical new direction. Not because I disagree with her—Brick is one of my all-time favorite movies and I've been a huge fan of Rian's work ever since—but because Amy is a close friend of both Rian and his wife (and past guest) Karina Longworth. This is a horrible conflict of interest and is totally unacceptable in the high-stakes, contractually-binding world of movie podcasts!
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    Best Of 2018: Blockbusters

    I don't know if I consider it nitpicking because I agree with Amy & Paul: the majority of Black Panther is electrifying, which is why the final act feels so underwhelming in comparison. In fact, when I revisited what I remembered to be a deeply emotional cliff/sunset/death scene, I realized I was actually thinking about the end of War for The Planet of The Apes. I pray that Black Panther 2 really sticks the landing so counting it among the 100 best films of all time is a no-brainer.
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    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    In the event that there were no Simpsons references this week, The Critic had them covered.
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    I'd rank Johnny Guitar (1954) above all of the Westerns we've covered so far, although I'm not sure fans of the genre would even consider it a Western. Yes, it features cowboys and horses and gorgeous vistas and stagecoach robberies and bar room brawls and crooked lawmen and tense showdowns with menacing villains, but the protagonist is played by Joan Crawford and its dialog is as snappy as the best film noir and its theme is a torch song performed by Peggy Lee. All I know is, if Karina Longworth (host of You Must Remember This) and Millie De Chirico (TCM and FilmStruck programmer) and Fresh Air's Terry Gross have all independently recommended a film, it's a guaranteed classic. Here's a trailer that arguably gives away too much of the plot:
  9. The current rotation (and members' past picks) can be found at the top of this thread.
  10. Someone asked Paul on Twitter whether there would be a new minisode this week and he responded "Nope but about 15 min intro with June, Jason and I that might be one of my favorite things we didn this year." So it sounds like a rebroadcast of an old episode with a new intro? (I'd link to his response, but Paul is using some tool that automatically deletes all of his old tweets, and it's already been scrubbed from his account.)
  11. All of the episodes recorded at PeeCast are dropping Friday on Stitcher Premium.
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    Mac and Me

    I have some good news for you. Mac and Me was HDTGM's 10th episode. The bad news is that this episode is behind the paywall and available on Stitcher Premium. Use offer code HDTGM for a free one-month trial.
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    A Clockwork Orange

    (I also made it so that people can change their votes until the poll closes, because this probably should've been enabled all along.)
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    No 2018 Halloween Special?

    On October 26, Scott tweeted:
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    Duck Soup

    Just added the weekly poll. Sorry for the delay!
  16. Two songs were posted to Superego's Soundcloud in April. You can get them via the RSS feed or download directly: ALL THE WAY TONIGHT (THE LOOK OF THE LION) Live at Largo 4/2/18 THE BALLAD OF BERLIN (A POOR MAN'S SONG) Live at Largo 4/2/18
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    The African Queen

    I'm not sure I consider it "positive" so much as "interesting". I'm a Program Manager by trade, and I love sausage-making and digging into creators' thought processes, which explains why I've listened to so many DVD commentary tracks and podcasts. Nothing is more tedious to me than hearing Peter Jackson go on about how they had to write special software to show 50,000 orcs on screen at once, but the hand-craftedness of these classic movies feels alive in comparison. I understand that I evaluate movies based on different criteria than most people, though. The current bottom four in my list are High Noon, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, and Titanic. I imagine a lot of film aficionados would like to see me in prison.
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    The African Queen

    P.S. I added the traditional Cameron H poll to this thread.
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    The African Queen

    I knew nothing about the film going in, but I expected a serious drama (maybe conflating it with Out of Africa) that I was absolutely not in the mood for, so the fact that it turned out to be "Swiss Family Robinson-meets-Shakespearean romantic foils" was a relief. There was enough snappy dialog and unusual filmmaking technique that it remained interesting throughout. Examples: Given the intermittent use of rear projection on the boat, I assumed most of the nature shots were reused stock footage, so I was surprised to learn Huston shot it all himself. The miniatures (and/or full-sized boat loaded with dummies) during the whitewater sequences were great. And the mosquito swarm effect was straight-up weird. I also rewatched the "I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!" part at least five times. Like Paul, I felt their romance was kind of sudden and contrived, since it was apparent early on that Rose was horny for adventure, not Mr. Allnut's leathery ass. Amy & Paul: The implication of the "long pig" story was that they'd run out of food and the hunters had quietly started feeding the cast and crew human meat.
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    Taxi Driver

    I have to confess that I don't get the praise heaped upon Taxi Driver at all. It's a story about an isolated and psychologically unwell man who, in his alienation, becomes increasingly angry about his lot in life/the perceived failings of women and minorities/the state of the world until he concludes that the only way he can make his mark and right society's wrongs is through violence. And (overlooking Paul's alternate interpretation of the ending) Bickle is ultimately vindicated: he murders a bunch of "filth" to "rescue" an innocent, is hailed as a hero in the press, and even gains the grudging respect of the woman who once rejected him. Viewed for the first time in 2018, it reads more like Elliot Rodger apologia than a critique of misogyny. What am I missing? I am genuinely perplexed.
  21. The Chicago shows were Rad, Blues Brothers 2000, Striptease, and Hurricane Heist. The second BAM show was Beastly.
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    Singin’ In The Rain

    I have to side with the naysayers, if rating it 3½ out of 5 stars can be considered naysaying. I found Gene Kelly almost entirely uncharismatic—he has the dead eyes of a mannequin whenever he smiles, although that may be him seething at his co-stars the entire time—and I didn't buy the romance. I went back and watched portions of Swing Time to compare and Fred Astaire genuinely appears to be having fun both on and off the dance floor. #TeamAstaire 4 LIFE. Debbie Reynolds, on the other hand, is magnetic every second she's on screen. I need to seek out more of her work, starting with her intriguing turn in Mega Man.
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    Double Indemnity

    Speaking of babies, I forgot to mention in the All About Eve thread that I laughed aloud every time Bill called Eve "Junior". I don't think Paul and Amy came to an agreement on why Phyllis used a handkerchief to put the gun under the cushion. I think she called Nino after Neff said he was en route, and their plan was that Nino would arrive shortly after Neff (he did), sit in the predetermined spot (note how she only gets out of that seat to shoot Neff), and pull the gun at an opportune moment. She thus ensures her fingerprints won't be on the gun when another man is manipulated into doing her dirty work and taking the fall. It's an odd detail for the filmmakers to focus on after being so cavalier about Neff's fingerprints on the husband's crutches.