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Posts posted by DanEngler

  1. 30 minutes ago, MmarieG said:

    We need more of this! One of my favorite podcasts, please revive it! 😊

    Amanda and Maria just launched their new podcast network Earios, and their press release includes this tidbit:


    The Complete Christmas. Amanda Lund brings 1960’s love and marriage expert Marabel May to life in the highly-produced audio fiction series, The Complete Woman. This Christmas, Marabel May is back to enforce her suffocating rules of conduct on your holiday celebration. As if you weren’t on the verge of a breakdown already.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Jeffery Charles Nighswander said:

    I commented about the recap of the last episode on this episode and how Paul and Amy chose to pretend that they forums/facebookgroup/andtwitter accounts were talking about Ashley and not Amy's clearly problematic apologist review of "Gone with the Wind" that comes from her white privilege perspective and it was deleted. You know, I like this podcast, but I don't like cowardice. I guess if you just delete things and move on it's like they never happened huh? I could deal with Amy's problematic view of such a racist film, but not with the cowardice of Paul and Amy in pretending no one had a problem with it. Feel free to delete this comment to, but don't feel free to have self-respect afterward.   

    Amy and Paul have nothing to do with the moderation of this forum and they rarely pay attention to it. To the casual observer, your first few actions after creating an account were to:

    1. Attack the hosts for not "understanding" a movie
    2. Attack the hosts for not sharing your opinion of another movie
    3. Carry over conflict from an unaffiliated Facebook group
    4. Post the same comment to multiple threads to maximize said conflict
    5. Start taking swings at other forum members

    I deleted your comment in this thread (while leaving it intact in the other) because it was an unnecessary derail of the ongoing discussion of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. If you wish to continue participating here, I politely ask that you lay off the invective.

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  3. 48 minutes ago, DrGuts1003 said:

    Has anyone contacted Paul (or anyone else associated with the show) about the Swordfish episode?

    Yes, dozens of people on Twitter have asked Paul and/or the @HDTGM account about it and the only time they addressed it* was to say "Don’t watch movies announced for live shows. Those are for the live shows and don’t always correlate to the podcast release dates." Evidence suggests they don't plan to release it.

    * Paul may have addressed it in the past but he uses a service to periodically delete all of his old tweets, so I can't be sure.

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  4. 9 hours ago, Gorf Norgin said:

    I can't find any further info on this topic either. We must be suffering some myopia, because there's just no way that someone hasn't looked into it and posted their findings around here somewhere. There's just no way.

    I found this downloadable version on the /r/HDTGM subreddit, although it was pulled from the minisode rather than being from the original performer.

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  5. On 7/4/2019 at 12:38 PM, Cameron H. said:

    Huh, I just chalked that up to the helicopter having rescued a couple of other dudes down river. I didn’t even consider it might be a goof.

    I didn't know if it was this, or the helicopters were retreating from an ambush and the dangling men were enemy soldiers, or just bad filmmaking. 🙃

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  6. Did anyone else notice that, when the helicopters initially fly past the escapees as they float down the river, there are already two guys hanging from the skids? The fact that this isn't listed as a goof on IMDb (i.e. accidentally using a shot from the attempted rescue a minute later) has me wondering if I missed something.

  7. 1 hour ago, Cameron H. said:

    It just feels like it takes so long for it to get going. I mean, yeah, I get the argument that if you cut a lot of the wedding stuff the rest of the film suffers, but that’s only if you cut the wedding scene as is and don’t attempt to rewrite the scene more economically.

    Beyond the (alleged) goal of padding the length of the film, I think the extended wedding scenes came from writers struggling to give the audience any reason to sympathize with a group of unlikable characters. When your protagonists are drunk assholes who drive recklessly and aren't perturbed by women getting slapped around or having guns waved in their faces, and who possibly enlisted as an excuse to shoot Vietnamese people ("Kill a couple for me!"), it's hard to care when they're subjected to the horrors of war.

    Paul's opinions this week strongly echo my own. I appreciate Platoon for its hyperrealistic portrayal of the war from someone who experienced it firsthand, and Apocalypse Now as an impressionistic fantasy based on "the war" as it diffused through American consciousness. I don't feel The Deer Hunter adds anything new to this duality, and I don't think it belongs on the AFI 100 for that reason.

    Also, I see Paul and Amy getting some pushback on Twitter for discounting a queer interpretation of The Deer Hunter. When Cimino has demonstrated so little interest in subtlety for the majority of the film, I can't imagine him playing coy about Michael and Nick's sexuality, especially when the simplest explanation (Michael pining over Linda while feeling honor-bound to not pursue her) slaps you in the face every five minutes.

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  8. 10 minutes ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    Would be interesting if Shyamalan ever wanted to make a movie about the Indian-American experience, but it doesn't seem to be his kind of thing.

    That's ostensibly what his first movie is about (although everything I know about it I learned by listening to Blank Check.)

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  9. 3 minutes ago, tomspanks said:

    Imho you don’t need a recipe. Making it is easier than spelling it. Grate some cucumber - I seed them if they’re seedy and leave about 20% skin on for the color - salt them a little, gently squeeze out water, add it to yogurt, add a bit of grated garlic, s&p, and opa!  You can add dill but someone in my house doesn’t like it :(

    This! If I'm making something with raw garlic (like tzatziki or hummus), I always cut the cloves in half and remove the germ to temper its pungency.

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  10. Hard "no". The human characters are nightmarish, the jokes are all very "first thought", it's clear which parts of the dialog were voiced early in the process (where the actors sound big and theatrical before relaxing into natural performances), and Randy Newman is like nails on the chalkboard of my soul. If either WALL-E or The Incredibles were added to the list, they would merit a spot much higher than #99.

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  11. While I don't count Vertigo among history's greatest plots, I think it deserves its spot on the AFI list for direction/cinematography alone. Watching it for the first time, there were so many moments that I had to rewind just to marvel at what seems like an impossible amount of beauty captured on screen. And this video gave me an even greater appreciation for Hitchcock's amazingly intricate choreography.

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  12. 2 hours ago, Kickpuncher said:

    While I was listening to this, I kept thinking that Will had also played a basketball coach in another recent episode, but I can't find it.  I checked his last ~2 years of appearances, and the only one that doesn't list his character in the description is the 2018 Holiday Spectacular.  Since these are usually all recurring characters, I assume he was playing Morpheus, but then it also feels like a perfectly Will Hines thing to not do that.  Does anyone know who he was playing in that episode, or remember another coach character?

    #582 Practice Sacks with Joe Wengert as the coach of the Bismarck Dinner Dogs?

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  13. Amy & Paul cross-examine 1962’s Southern drama To Kill A Mockingbird! They compare the slice-of-life storytelling to later filmmakers like Richard Linklater, reveal Brock Peters’ on-set nickname, and ask whether the film can be considered separately from the book. Plus: author and professor Wayne Flynt talks about his friendship with Harper Lee in her later years.

    For Vertigo week, what other mental disorders could be the title of a Hitchcock film? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

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