4 items from 2011
"Most people nowadays are run by fear. Fear of what they eat, fear of what they drink, fear of their jobs, their future, fear of their health. They're scared to save money, and they're scared to spend it." That was spoken in 1938 by Jean Arthur, playing one of the few conventional characters in Frank Capra's Oscar winning adaptation of "You Can't Take It with You". That film, a controlled madhouse of eccentric charm and patriarchal pathos, may feel dated in some regards, but make no mistake, the themes Capra and his grand cast hit upon (tweaking the celebrated stage play considerably) resonate now just as ever. In Capra, an underdog would get a societal and/or bureaucratically induced emotional beat down, only to emerge »
Character Name Game Intro (and conclusion!) - 1:33
Trek Nation - 3:30
"Universe in a Nutshell" - 6:54
Under the Cherry Moon - 8:50
The Rock-afire Explosion - 12:36
You Can't Take it With You - 17:20
Bill Willingham Responds to "Once Upon a Time" - 20:15
Cool World - 26:30
Next Time: Die Hard and Die Hard 2 - 45:41
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 46:52
Where You Can Find Us - 54:13
(For more, read Eric's review of Cool World here.)
Franklin & Bash brought out the heavy hitters this week, but it didn't need to: the show had me from the first scene. Office chair curling? I could not stop laughing. It's a sport that epitomizes this series.
"You Can't Take it With You" had some perfectly cast characters come on board, starting with Tom Arnold as "The Douchey Dad." First, it wouldn't surprise me at all to find this reality show already on TV somewhere... and to find it starring Arnold.
Then, we had Beau Bridges as Jared Franklin's dad. He played the part well. In one moment, he was so condescending that he was practically patting Jared on the head, and then you caught a hint of a proud but regretful father.
It looked like Jared's father was the only one who could knock the cocky arrogance out of Franklin, yet he still made him want to get up and keep fighting. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (C. Orlando)
I am now five movies away from having seen every single Best Picture winner. It's taken me quite a while, but it's also only half the battle. My goal was to not only watch every Best Picture winner, but to be able to talk intelligently about each one and the award year it was involved in. That isn't something I can do at the moment.
Something I knew very early on while taking my journey back into time as I explored the films of several years ago was that it's not about having seen the movies, it's about having seen the movies more than once. If you read through the reviews in Roger Ebert's Greatest Movies list you will see how his opinion has either changed or become more affirmed after seeing each film again no matter the distance in-between. One thing I always try and make sure to »
- Brad Brevet
4 items from 2011
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