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Title: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 22, 2009, 03:43:15 PM
A recent thread about the "best filmspotting moments" (and Matt's gentle rebuke! :) ) had me inspired to finally go back to the beginning and listen to the entire history of the show since Cinecast #1.  (Up til that point I'd just hit a few here and there on particular films or topics)

So I went back and started with #1, and I was amazed at how relatively polished in the beginning - so many things in place and still working four years later: the opening theme music, the "commercial breaks", and the signature top 5 lists!  

I'm now up to #52.  

I'm at the point where I think it might be interesting to share some impressions as I go through the back catalog.  I keep hearing things that give me a grin and learning about movies I'd long since forgotten about.

I keep waffling on just how interesting these thoughts might be for others to read...

But perhaps it might encourage others to go back with me and share their thoughts as well.  Or give a free form place to talk about where they are in the back catalog without having to necessarily be episode specific.

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 1SO on September 22, 2009, 03:58:13 PM
I did this a couple of years ago.  The episodes still hold up and the analysis is very fresh.  Plus you have all the past marathons and Top 5 lists.  Great stuff that I think is a Must for any true fan of the show.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 22, 2009, 04:45:52 PM
So before doing a summary of 1-50.  Here I am at #52.  It's obviously transition time.  We have two 1/2 shows a week.  We're about half way to the name change.  They are doing a 6-10 for every top 5.  Adam has been getting criticisms for why the video of the podcast doesn't "look like a studio" and there are "cords lying around".  Sam is catching flack for thinking Vera Drake was a biopic (just like Joan Rivers did!).  Adam within 2 seconds vowed never to see "Ghandi" then got strangely curious about it upon being reminded Daniel Day Lewis was in it.  Sam has been dropping plugs for some novel writing podcast.  So far only Citizen Cane is in the Pantheon (and I don't believe it's called that yet!)

So I don't know the history.  I'm not sure when they go to back to the one show format, why they ditched the 6-10, why Sam left, why and how they went about changing the name and when Al Pacino started showing up in the open.  Don't anyone spoil it ;)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Jared on September 22, 2009, 04:57:05 PM
Im doing the same thing and really enjoying it. I started listening after Adam appeared on the IFC Podcast and I decided to check out Filmspotting...among the first episodes I listened to were the Iron Man and Speed Racer ones at the beginning of last summer. Been listening ever since.

Slowly but surely Ive been working through the back episodes. I burn through them the most quickly when I dont particularly care for the marathon topic, or when Ive already seen all the movies in said marathon. When I am interested in the marathon, Ill pause for a few weeks and watch all the movies on the movies on the list, along with some supplemental choices of my own.

On about #183 now. Almost caught up with the point that I started listening.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Clovis8 on September 22, 2009, 04:59:56 PM
There is an AWESOME penguin joke in the outtakes of one episode. If you come across it in your travels can you let me know which episode?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 22, 2009, 05:32:36 PM
There is an AWESOME penguin joke in the outtakes of one episode. If you come across it in your travels can you let me know which episode?

will do (haven't heard it yet.  No outtakes yet!)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 22, 2009, 08:17:12 PM
Do my ears deceive me, or did they just SING "Up Where We Belong" ?   :D
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on September 23, 2009, 04:17:43 AM
Do my ears deceive me, or did they just SING "Up Where We Belong" ?   :D

Is this the musical massacre theatre? I love that! I was dying with how funny it was.

I've also gone through the back catalog, but I did it kind of slowly. It's still amazing analysis of film back then as well.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 24, 2009, 11:24:52 AM
So I'm up to around #60.  

Ringing praise for Syriana....I need to see that again...I almost forgot that I own it.  Adam was right in his comment that it was perhaps too intellectual and not enough hitting on a gut level.  

We're toward the end of a horror marathon that includes Reanimator and Halloween

Great Blade Runner massacre theater (I've got to go put this in again)

But the big takeway from this show is Adam arguing that Jake Gyllenhaal is a better actor than Heath Legder (in their discussion of the yet-to-be released Brokeback Mountain)  Wondering if he'd like to get that one back?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 24, 2009, 12:44:44 PM
Hmmmmmm.....#61: Adam cops to never seeing Trainspotting all the way through.  Has me wondering if sometime in the next 41 shows he does!

By the way....so professionally done already.  I really like Sam and Adam together in these old shows.  Very curious to hear how and when Marty entered the picture?  I'll find out eventually here.

There is no comparison between this and other movie podcasts.  It's so obvious that a good deal of planning (outlining) is done before each one.  As much as I like other podcasts (like /Film and others), too many times they're like - hey let's look this up on IMDB right now or, hmmmm...I believe I saw a user email on this, just a minute...or these this cut/edit right in the middle of laughter)

Anyways.  Listening to these is like catching up one earlier seasons of Lost.  It's fun knowing some of the stuff that's going to happen.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 1SO on September 24, 2009, 02:57:23 PM
Anyways.  Listening to these is like catching up one earlier seasons of Lost.  It's fun knowing some of the stuff that's going to happen.
Like the name change, and the fact that Crash wins Best Picture.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Holly Harry on September 24, 2009, 03:32:33 PM
Anyways.  Listening to these is like catching up one earlier seasons of Lost.  It's fun knowing some of the stuff that's going to happen.
and the fact that Crash wins Best Picture.

Wow, it must be what Kyle Reese from The Terminator feels like listening to that.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 24, 2009, 03:47:04 PM
Ok.  Wow.  Totally at random some "regular listener" and "friend to the show", Matty "Robbinson" Ballgame gives his top 5 villians on show #64 and disappears back under the stairs.

Split Reviews of both King Kong and Munich. (Two films with a lot of hype surrounding them and are barely talked about today).

Hitchcock marathon.

Lot of talk about movies "so bad they're good"
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Tim on September 25, 2009, 06:17:41 AM
yeah early cinecrack is great :) Very addictive and I think everyone who really gets into filmspotting eventually finds themselves hooked on the stuff for a few months until they finally exhaust the list ;)

I always loved the way Sam could really get Adam fired up - there are some strong moments of okay we are just going to have to agree to disagree, and then Sam will throw in one last comment just to really get on Adam's nerves.

Adam and Matty are just too similar in taste to cause the same level of tension, or maybe Adam has just mellowed a little. Kids will do that to you ;)

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on September 25, 2009, 11:44:13 AM
Ok.  Wow.  Totally at random some "regular listener" and "friend to the show", Matty "Robbinson" Ballgame gives his top 5 villians on show #64 and disappears back under the stairs.

Split Reviews of both King Kong and Munich. (Two films with a lot of hype surrounding them and are barely talked about today).

Hitchcock marathon.

Lot of talk about movies "so bad they're good"

This is about where I came in. I quickly went back to all the older episodes.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Katebo on September 25, 2009, 12:36:14 PM
Oh, reminiscing. Remember before you were Junior, Junior? Oh, and Chat Law! Good times. Thanks for posting this, ferris- it's bringing back lots of fond memories. Just wait 'til the Battle of the Lake House!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on September 25, 2009, 02:34:40 PM
I do recall my name prior to Junior. I wonder who else does...
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Wilson on September 25, 2009, 03:09:52 PM
I do, does that make me part of the cool crowd or the loser crowd?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on September 25, 2009, 03:30:00 PM
The ultimate question.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 25, 2009, 05:18:15 PM
inquiring minds want to know!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on September 25, 2009, 05:23:38 PM
They often do.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 25, 2009, 05:24:03 PM
Well we're deep in the middle of Hitchcock marathon - currently Strangers on a Train, and last couple of shows there's been a lot of talk about Brokeback Mountain.  That's one that I completely missed - including just about everything else that came out that year - all the positive spin has got my opening up my queue again (actually for both these movies)

 It was nice hearing "Alex in Dallas" today with his Brokeback feedback.  Every once in a while I hear a name I recognize from the forums and it's fun knowing how long some of you have been around.

They are flirting with the idea of doing a man-crush top 5.  This should be fun.  I was around when they did the most recent one toward the end of 2008 - and it was for that episode that I first emailed the show.  

Anyways.  


I might get in the mood to write this journal entries in the voice of a little girl with a german accent who can't stand her sweaty absentee father.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: saltine on September 25, 2009, 08:03:32 PM
I do recall my name prior to Junior. I wonder who else does...

I do and I liked it, but not as much as Junior. 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ses on September 25, 2009, 09:37:35 PM
I do recall my name prior to Junior. I wonder who else does...

I do and I liked it, but not as much as Junior. 

same
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Katebo on September 25, 2009, 11:15:09 PM
I do, does that make me part of the cool crowd or the loser crowd?

Yes.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: tjwells on September 26, 2009, 08:54:01 AM
The best ep will always be the one where I won massacre theater. ah, the memories...

So does everyone remember which episode they started listening at? I can't remember who turned me onto the show, but I do remember surprisingly vividly that my first episode was Cinecast #18: Fear and Loathing in Gotham City.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: kevdo on September 26, 2009, 11:17:52 AM
That video podcast was a memorable, failed, experiment.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 08:26:22 AM
On tonight's #76 the first time I've officially heard the phrase "it's going in the pantheon" - referring to Chinatown getting the legendary status that Citizen Cane and the Godfather already had.   Tonight a listener wrote in and called out Adam for uttering the phrase "I hear you're saying but you're wrong" too many times.  I'm guessing this is the point at which this becomes the "inside joke" that eventually grew to become a signature catch phrase borrowed and referenced by other podcasts.  Nice - too unofficial starts in one evening.  If they only knew.

They've just finished doing a Top 5 "most anticipated for 2007" which included "Talladega Nights" (or the "Untitled Nascar Movie with Will Farrell" -that phrase alone tells you all that's wrong with hollywood! )
, "Idiocracy", "The Fountain" and "Zodiac".  Adam's #2 was "Superman Returns".  It's not his fault


They are still doing the two shows a week thing - which I'm really glad they moved off of eventually.  There are rarely clips for the massacre theaters - which makes me very appreciative we have them now - because I'm forgetting what the dialog was when they give the answer!  Doing 6-10s seems in hindsight like overkill and perhaps a bit of a cheat.  Glad that eventually disappeared.  

They did a, I think, tongue in cheek call for a $500 telethon for licensing money so they can do film soundtracks on their bumper music.  Pretty sure that was tongue in cheek.  I'm glad they have stuck with the kinda-sort-indie track.  It gives the show a unique character and indie sensibility
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 09:01:48 AM
(#77)

I love how they keep joking around about "the intern" messing things up.  The joke of course being that no such intern existed and the idea was so proposterous that the thought was funny in itself. 

The debate about licensing money and soundtrack music thankfully lasted just one show.  So I guess it wasn't tongue in cheek, since they reported a bunch of people donating money to the cause.  Once again - another would-be pivotal moment in Filmacinecast history.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Adam on September 29, 2009, 10:15:29 AM
(#77)

I love how they keep joking around about "the intern" messing things up.  The joke of course being that no such intern existed and the idea was so proposterous that the thought was funny in itself. 

The debate about licensing money and soundtrack music thankfully lasted just one show.  So I guess it wasn't tongue in cheek, since they reported a bunch of people donating money to the cause.  Once again - another would-be pivotal moment in Filmacinecast history.
Really enjoying this thread everyone. One note though -- I think we only got one donation to the cause. More swayed by the emails saying they enjoyed the music, or at least enjoyed being exposed to new music.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Clovis8 on September 29, 2009, 10:32:21 AM
Adam;

Maybe you remember where the Zebra/Penguin joke was? It was in the outtakes of a show. I remember I emailed you and told you how I spit coffee all over my microscope.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 02:48:59 PM
"The Cinema Show" ???

This is the first I've heard of this!  It'll be interesting to see how this evolves of the next 20 or so episodes.   (it was nice hearing the old timey Genesis!)

In the review of Thumbsucker, I heard the one line premise then the words "Polyphonic Spree" and immediately went to the movie queue.  Thanks for that recommendation. 

 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 02:49:20 PM
(#77)

I love how they keep joking around about "the intern" messing things up.  The joke of course being that no such intern existed and the idea was so proposterous that the thought was funny in itself. 

The debate about licensing money and soundtrack music thankfully lasted just one show.  So I guess it wasn't tongue in cheek, since they reported a bunch of people donating money to the cause.  Once again - another would-be pivotal moment in Filmacinecast history.
Really enjoying this thread everyone. One note though -- I think we only got one donation to the cause. More swayed by the emails saying they enjoyed the music, or at least enjoyed being exposed to new music.

thanks for that clarification :)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 04:50:37 PM
I'm amazed that on #79 in February of 2006 and there is a mention of Inglorious Basterds and There Will Be Blood.  Wow really early on both of these.  Wow way to be on top of things!  Sam announces his engagement.  Very nice.

Really great show as always and I'm REALLY intrigued by Tristram Shandy.  I'm going to have to see that one...
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: maņana on September 29, 2009, 06:44:19 PM
Really great show as always and I'm REALLY intrigued by Tristram Shandy.  I'm going to have to see that one...
Definitely worth a look.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Adam on September 29, 2009, 06:55:34 PM
Adam;

Maybe you remember where the Zebra/Penguin joke was? It was in the outtakes of a show. I remember I emailed you and told you how I spit coffee all over my microscope.
No recollection of this, but fortunately there's gmail:

"I have been listening to the show since episode two and I have to say the panda line at the end of the last episode was the best ever. However, it caused me to spit my coffee onto the $10,000 microscope on which I was working , and forced me to hurriedly spend a hour trying to clean it before my boss found out.

Love the show but give a man some warning next time."

May 16, 2008 - which would make it #210 or #209.

Damnit now I have to listen to this.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Clovis8 on September 29, 2009, 06:57:12 PM
Adam;

Maybe you remember where the Zebra/Penguin joke was? It was in the outtakes of a show. I remember I emailed you and told you how I spit coffee all over my microscope.
No recollection of this, but fortunately there's gmail:

"I have been listening to the show since episode two and I have to say the panda line at the end of the last episode was the best ever. However, it caused me to spit my coffee onto the $10,000 microscope on which I was working , and forced me to hurriedly spend a hour trying to clean it before my boss found out.

Love the show but give a man some warning next time."

May 16, 2008 - which would make it #210 or #209.

Damnit now I have to listen to this.

awesome thanks.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 29, 2009, 07:17:58 PM
ha.  Great line: Laura Linney as the "age appropriate character delivery device".  Nice one Sam! (This was mentioned in an earlier pocast but I couldn't remember where.  So glad it got repeated in episode #81. 

I was trying to think of this line when the subject of Jennifer Aniston came up in another thread.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: With fronds like these... on September 30, 2009, 05:37:33 AM
This is an amazing thread - and I am also going to backtrack to the start. I think I joined around #150.
An interesting start as Sam gave 5* reviews to The Lives of Others and 300 in consecutive weeks...

My favourite revisit so far was the Grave of the Fireflies review (#138). I heard the Animation marathon Awards, which really intrigued me about the film, and I finally saw it a couple of months ago. Then listened to the review. Sounds like Adam and I had a similar reaction. Dusty doesn't quite cover it.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on September 30, 2009, 09:25:14 AM
ha.  Great line: Laura Linney as the "age appropriate character delivery device".  Nice one Sam! (This was mentioned in an earlier pocast but I couldn't remember where.  So glad it got repeated in episode #81. 

It was in The Squid and the Whale.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on September 30, 2009, 09:33:20 AM
Adam;

Maybe you remember where the Zebra/Penguin joke was? It was in the outtakes of a show. I remember I emailed you and told you how I spit coffee all over my microscope.
No recollection of this, but fortunately there's gmail:

"I have been listening to the show since episode two and I have to say the panda line at the end of the last episode was the best ever. However, it caused me to spit my coffee onto the $10,000 microscope on which I was working , and forced me to hurriedly spend a hour trying to clean it before my boss found out.

Love the show but give a man some warning next time."

May 16, 2008 - which would make it #210 or #209.

Damnit now I have to listen to this.

haha. When you mentioned the Zebra joke I was trying to remember what it was, but when Adam mentioned it was around #210, the episode they reviewed Redbelt, I remembered it. That joke is hilarious.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on September 30, 2009, 10:44:40 AM
It's beginning to dawn on me that I've listened to 84 episodes in a little over two weeks.  Talk about a cinecrack addiction.

Right now we're talking about the 2006 Oscars and finally the subject of the name change is getting top billing.   It will be interesting to me how and where "Filmspotting" came from.  It is such a clutch name.  It really grabs your attention and communicates the "character" and quality of the show.  I've got to believe in hindsight losing "cinecast" was one of the best things that has happended for the popularity of the show.  This is especially evident when you hear all the suggestions that are coming in
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: saltine on September 30, 2009, 10:50:12 AM
I agree with what you say about Filmspotting being better than Cinecast.  Cinecast is so '90s. the change of name to Filmspotting moved the podcast into the 21st century, I think.  It sounds much more internet-friendly than Cinecast.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Adam on September 30, 2009, 12:28:45 PM
I agree with what you say about Filmspotting being better than Cinecast.  Cinecast is so '90s. the change of name to Filmspotting moved the podcast into the 21st century, I think.  It sounds much more internet-friendly than Cinecast.
Seemed like the end of the world at the time. Great in retrospect.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 01, 2009, 04:23:23 PM
#88

Big laugh today when a writer emailed suggesting the name "Cinemaddiction" -citing that it sounded like Homer Simpson saying "saxomaphone".

Sounds like a name has been picked and will be revealed in a few months.






Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ses on October 01, 2009, 06:04:01 PM
I like that you are doing this ferris.  Ah, the memories.  :), it's amazing just from your recaps, how much I remember.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 1SO on October 02, 2009, 12:46:27 AM
#88

Big laugh today when a writer emailed suggesting the name "Cinemaddiction" -citing that it sounded like Homer Simpson saying "saxomaphone".

Sounds like a name has been picked and will be revealed in a few months.

My first episode was The Last King of Scotland.  Right now you're at what might be my favorite section of episodes.  This is where I was truly addicted, listening to a half-dozen episodes a day at work, when I never listened to anything at work before.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 02, 2009, 01:08:06 AM
I like that you are doing this ferris.  Ah, the memories.  :), it's amazing just from your recaps, how much I remember.

I'm glad people are enjoying these :)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 02, 2009, 11:16:26 AM
I'm up to #92.  This was when the guys were in New York and doing the top 5 NY movies, reviewed Lucky Number Slevin and West Side Story in the musical's marathon.  It was around this time when there is a second mention of Matty Robinson on the show.  If my understanding is right Sam went to Providence to see him in a a production of a play.  

For once a listener wrote in to correct another listener - about the downed ship referenced in Jaws being the Indianapolis, not the Arizona.  

A few episodes ago someone wrote in from Stokholm saying that the name of "Road House" in Sweden was "Dirty Fighting" and all subsequent Swayze movies got rebadged in Sweden with "Dirty" somewhere in the title, to bank on the popularity of the original .  It was never verified one way or the other it the writer was correct, but it launched a brief but very comical discussion about renaming an actor's or director's subsequent movies after the first one that made them a household name.  I don't recall now some of the suggestions but they were along the lines of "A Clockwork Eyes Shut", 'A Clockwork Metal Jacket"....or "Gangs of NewFellas", "The Last Temptation of Christfellas".   Probably not enough for a top 5 or even a thread here on the site, but a funny concept none the less.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 02, 2009, 11:20:47 AM
I don't think a week goes by without some mention of Sin City or Faye Dunaway.  It's pretty funny.   Not a complaint at all but it contributes to the sense that Adam and Sam are good friends and they constantly get after each other for each others' tastes. 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on October 04, 2009, 11:00:09 AM
A few episodes ago someone wrote in from Stokholm saying that the name of "Road House" in Sweden was "Dirty Fighting" and all subsequent Swayze movies got rebadged in Sweden with "Dirty" somewhere in the title, to bank on the popularity of the original .  It was never verified one way or the other it the writer was correct, but it launched a brief but very comical discussion about renaming an actor's or director's subsequent movies after the first one that made them a household name.  I don't recall now some of the suggestions but they were along the lines of "A Clockwork Eyes Shut", 'A Clockwork Metal Jacket"....or "Gangs of NewFellas", "The Last Temptation of Christfellas".   Probably not enough for a top 5 or even a thread here on the site, but a funny concept none the less.

Maybe a movie games thread?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 05, 2009, 01:17:30 PM
A few episodes ago someone wrote in from Stokholm saying that the name of "Road House" in Sweden was "Dirty Fighting" and all subsequent Swayze movies got rebadged in Sweden with "Dirty" somewhere in the title, to bank on the popularity of the original .  It was never verified one way or the other it the writer was correct, but it launched a brief but very comical discussion about renaming an actor's or director's subsequent movies after the first one that made them a household name.  I don't recall now some of the suggestions but they were along the lines of "A Clockwork Eyes Shut", 'A Clockwork Metal Jacket"....or "Gangs of NewFellas", "The Last Temptation of Christfellas".   Probably not enough for a top 5 or even a thread here on the site, but a funny concept none the less.

Maybe a movie games thread?

Perhaps!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 05, 2009, 01:40:38 PM
Cinecast #96:

Wow.  Biggest disagreement on the show since Sin City:  "American Dreamz".  They are really getting after each other!  This coming off disagreements on the West Side Story, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Thank You for Smoking.  It makes times when they whole heartedly agree - like their big ups for Brick that much more poignient.  

It's times like these that I realize one thing I like about the format of this show, from the early days up through now, is that it's pretty hard to pigeon hole the hosts into labels:  like "oh he's the art-house guy" or "he hates everything with George Clooney" or whatever.  The fact that they have a full 15 minutes to argue out a film, adding to that the top 5s and marathons - this gives us a much for well rounded familiarity with our hosts likes and dislikes.  To that end it keeps us a yardstick's distance from falling into the trap of distilling a host's review though some label or stereotype.


So while over the course of listening to old episodes, I'm finding myself a "team Adam" guy most of the time it's certainly not because I've aligned myself to him with some philosophy or genre - but more just as a numbers thing - we happen to agree 60% of the time.  I can't predict how either of them will come out on future films.

I can however predict Ebert sometimes.  For instance - any film with Reece Witherspoon?  Thumbs Up.  take a look.  Legally Blonde 2? Thumbs up.  Sweet Home Alabama?  Thumbs up...  
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: FroHam X on October 05, 2009, 01:45:46 PM
"he hates everything with George ClooneyBrad Pitt in everything."

That's an appropriate label.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 05, 2009, 02:42:07 PM
"he hates everything with George ClooneyBrad Pitt in everything."

That's an appropriate label.

Well, yeah -- there is that  :)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 05, 2009, 03:15:54 PM
I can however predict Ebert sometimes.  For instance - any film with Reece Witherspoon?  Thumbs Up.  take a look.  Legally Blonde 2? Thumbs up.  Sweet Home Alabama?  Thumbs up...  

That is my only real gripe against Ebert, he is awfully predictable at times. If it's psychological horror 99% of the time h'll hate it, if it's a movie by Alex Proyas it gets four stars, and so on.

It's still better than Leonard Maltin, I have that man down to a science. If it's a film that requires you to think outside the box he will hate it. If it's a comedy that has raunchy humor he will hate it. If it's a Wong Kar Wai or Wim Wenders film he will hate it. Basically, if it is a good movie Maltin will hate it, and then try to cover his ass with a throwaway line like "But, it has a cult following, so it may be a matter of taste."
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 06, 2009, 04:24:28 PM
AND HERE IT IS!!! The big announcement.  Said with as much a trepidation as a bomb squad choosing between the green and red wire.  "Filmspotting"?!! That's the new name ??? FILMSPOTTING!!!!! ?

So the new name was unavailed on episode 98.  Really curious to hear listener reactions over the next few episodes.

#100 is figuring to be a huge affair!  Can't wait!  Should be fun.

One of the best Cinespotting moments so far:  Writer "Justin from Texas" submits "The Jerry Bruckheimer Red White and Blue Top 5 American Movies" with this as number 1:


Armageddon:
The film has everything:
- Superheroic everyman? Check!
- Countless slow motion shots of waving flags and walking said heroic everyman?  Check!
- America is the only country that knows about the danger and is also the only one that can do anything about it? check and check!
Even the shuttles flown into space are called "Freedom" and "Independence"...
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 14, 2009, 06:59:33 PM
Well I'm now well into the "Filmspotting" named episodes now. I'm up to show #107.   The new name seems to getting a good reception.

Highlights from the last handful of shows:

1) The "Swedish movie names" thread continues - a writer contributes "mediocre old people", "mediocre astronauts", and "mediocre boxer" as Swedish names for Ron Howard films :)

2) Adam and Sam anounce being picked up by local public radio - once per month at midnight - and as a result the return to the one-show-a-week format.

3) M. Robert Turnage writes in a hillarious "masacre theater" of he and his wife discussing this great chick flick he brought home on Adam's recommendation "Kill Bill".  Wonder if MRT got any that night?

4) Sam keeps saying the upcoming Nacho Libre is going to be biggest hit of the summer.  Only time will tell ;)

5) Hmm...upcoming release...The Lake House.  Hmm...I wonder if they will agree on this one?

6) Two shows ago, which no pomp and circumstance the HAL voice started showing up in the end bumper music, and a show ago Dustin Hofmann began appearing in the opening.  Cool.  It's interesting in the course of 7 shows how quickly it is becoming the exact format of the current podcast.

there was one other hillarious thing I wrote down on an Arbies napkin when I was driving around town but now I can't find the napkin.  Oh well....
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 14, 2009, 07:03:53 PM
Oh yeah - remember one other thing.  Maybe a lot of newer listeners didn't know this , because I sure didn't.

Adam, because of the new name, felt compelled to back and watch "Trainspotting" from start to finish. During the film the street name "Telegraph Road" was uttered.  Telegraph Road Productions is the name of their company under which the podcast is created.  I'm sure at a time of real uncertainty this must have been a really nice omen!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on October 14, 2009, 11:32:07 PM
This might have been my favorite Filmspotting run. Mostly because I used it as a crutch to get through a really shitty job as a janitor. This was the summer before going into college, I think, and I didn't want to be inside cleaning up after other people. Filmspotting's new and back episodes made that summer go by a lot quicker. I recall certain top 5's (including Glengarry Glen Ross on the monologue one, my first notion that the movie even existed. When I finally watched it a year later it became a favorite) and a mention of the really crappy Jake Gyllenhaal commentary on the Donnie Darko DVD. When I finally picked that one up I had to listen to it to see if he really was as stupid as the guys said. He was.

Also, somewhere in the next year or so I get my first and only (so far) top 5 list read. It was for the movies based on a true story (tied in with Invincible maybe?) and they read it because I used Anchorman as my number 1. Being more cultured (or at least more movie knowledgeable) now I would say Fargo for a similar impact.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 15, 2009, 10:38:36 AM
Episode #108

"What kind of show we putting on here today"

and

"round tones round tones" (with the little Cello ditty behind it)

Make their first appearance.  

So that's pretty much it - 108 shows in and the format is pretty much set...Coinciding not so accidentally with the first public radio broadcast.


We're in the middle of the Herzog marathon...reviews of Prairie Home Companion and Nacho Libre....top ensemble casts
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 15, 2009, 01:39:31 PM
There's something Truman Show-esque about the delivery of this line every week or so: 

"for added style, there's the FitSport automatic with a rear roofline spoiler and wheel-mounted paddle shifters"


I kid, but it's pretty cool they landed this Honda gig.  Of course in the early days they were buying DVDs' out of their own pocket change - so the rule was that someone had to win massacre theater three times before they won!  If memory serves they only gave out one DVD on that rule.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on October 16, 2009, 05:01:54 PM
There's something Truman Show-esque about the delivery of this line every week or so: 

"for added style, there's the FitSport automatic with a rear roofline spoiler and wheel-mounted paddle shifters"


I kid, but it's pretty cool they landed this Honda gig.  Of course in the early days they were buying DVDs' out of their own pocket change - so the rule was that someone had to win massacre theater three times before they won!  If memory serves they only gave out one DVD on that rule.

If I remember correctly the movie was Chopper. Why I know that, I dont know.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 16, 2009, 07:26:21 PM
I just listened to the ep where Sam rips Suspiria apart, that was not pleasant, not pleasant at all.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 18, 2009, 01:13:11 AM
I just listened to the ep where Sam rips Suspiria apart, that was not pleasant, not pleasant at all.

You a fan Bill?  I'd actually had never heard of it before that episode.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 18, 2009, 01:17:16 AM
I just listened to the ep where Sam rips Suspiria apart, that was not pleasant, not pleasant at all.

You a fan Bill?  I'd actually had never heard of it before that episode.

I watched it for the first time a few days ago and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a dark and twisted fantasy tale, at least that's how I saw it, and it's easily the best looking horror film I've ever seen as far as cinematography, set design and shot selection goes.

Head over to the screenshot topic and check out  some of the screens I posted, they don't give any of the story away, if you want to see how gorgeous the film looks.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Jared on October 22, 2009, 01:15:08 AM
Ive been slowly but surely getting through all the old episodes.

Finished the 07 wrap-up podcast and was really happy to see that Matty and I share the same least favorite movie from that year.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 23, 2009, 12:32:49 PM
I'm midway through Filmspotting Episode #122.

Since the last time I posted I've really enjoyed hearing the Herzog Marathon.  I'd remembered seeing on late night TV one time a few years ago this documentary about getting a large boat over a hill, but I had none of the context.  This is what's great about this show - not only do I now have the context for that documentary, which I now know to be "Burden of Dreams" but a much fully understanding of the director and the actior Klaus Kinski.    I put Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God in the queue.  What's more, is I now have a much better understand of the background of Grizzly Man.  Like many I went into that film expecting more of nature documentary - not a portrait of a man's undoing.  So I have to go back and revisit that one as well.  

Right now they're in the middle of the screwball comedies marathon.  The only one that sounds interesting from the reviews is the 1941 Preston Sturges film Sullivan's Travels.  I threw that in the queue as well.  They've reviewed Talledega Nights, United 93 and World Trade Center Recently.  Right now as I'm typing they're reviewing Invincible, which I remember very little about except that I kinda enjoyed it.  (I think going through the old episodes I've managed to excersize a lot restraint and only queue up like 30 movies in 120 episodes.  But suffice to say these are 30 films I would have never given the time of day to otherwise)

The big reveal here recently is the name change: from Sam Hallgren to Sam Van Hallgren and why it happened.  I won't spoil it for others.  It's a nice story.  Not sure everyone got to see this article:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-20-names-marriage_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-20-names-marriage_N.htm)

He'd recently gotten married and Scott Smith filled in.  Now that Scott Smith has filled in three times it hightens the question of what was to come in about 60 episodes or so.  I think the story of why the hosts changed is the only mystery for me still to be revealled.  
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on October 23, 2009, 02:35:07 PM
Sullivan's Travels is my least favorite of the films they reviewed for that marathon. I wouldn't even call it a favorite while the others would certainly be up there.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Holly Harry on October 23, 2009, 02:39:14 PM
Sullivan's Travels is my least favorite of the films they reviewed for that marathon. I wouldn't even call it a favorite while the others would certainly be up there.

I'm a fan, but it's my least favorite Sturges' film. I prefer "The Lady Eve" and "The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek"(not in that marathon, but my favorite Sturges, and one of the funniest films ever made).
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Junior on October 23, 2009, 02:48:54 PM
Agreed on both counts.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on October 23, 2009, 04:48:04 PM
Ferris, can you comment on The infamous Battle of The Lake House? Did it live up to expectations?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 23, 2009, 04:50:41 PM
Ferris, can you comment on The infamous Battle of The Lake House? Did it live up to expectations?

OH! did I not post on that ?  I guess I forgot!  Yeah I'll do that when I have a few minutes

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on October 23, 2009, 05:09:02 PM
Ferris, can you comment on The infamous Battle of The Lake House? Did it live up to expectations?

OH! did I not post on that ?  I guess I forgot!  Yeah I'll do that when I have a few minutes



 ;D
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: AcademiaNut on October 27, 2009, 02:23:48 PM
Thanks to this thread I'm going through the entire back catalog. I started listening in Fall of 2006, so there's a good year and a half that's new to me.

It's surprising to me that some of the earliest shows have a relatively high level of cursing, etc. but this is probably because the show wasn't on NPR and Adam didn't have bleeping to do.

The listener feedback on Star Wars Revenge of the Sith was particularly eye opening and hilarious. The funniest moment so far. I'm on #18 right now with Batman Begins.

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on October 27, 2009, 02:25:46 PM
Thanks to this thread I'm going through the entire back catalog. I started listening in Fall of 2006, so there's a good year and a half that's new to me.

It's surprising to me that some of the earliest shows have a relatively high level of cursing, etc. but this is probably because the show wasn't on NPR and Adam didn't have bleeping to do.

The listener feedback on Star Wars Revenge of the Sith was particularly eye opening and hilarious. The funniest moment so far. I'm on #18 right now with Batman Begins.



I can't remember if that was before or after Sin City.  But I remember this being one of the two big early disagreements.  I like the way these two bicker.  It is in a way that you can tell these guys have a great relationship.  It only got a bit ummm....tense....during the Lake House battle.  (which I've forgotten again to comment on!)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: AcademiaNut on October 27, 2009, 03:47:49 PM
Star Wars was Episode 14, Sin City was 5. Those were the best reviews so far, but I wonder if Adam regrets giving Revenge of the Sith 5 stars. I just don't get how the opening 25 minutes can be a total dud, yet it still gets 5 stars. But never mind about that, I really hate being the one to try to quantify film criticism.

One other point: Mysterious Skin, though I haven't seen it, sounds like it belongs in the perfect "challenging film you only need to see once" category, which was one of their first Top 5 Lists.

I also find I'm burning through the episodes. I've gone through about 18 episodes in three days. Great stuff.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: maņana on October 28, 2009, 08:53:16 PM
I wonder if Adam regrets giving Revenge of the Sith 5 stars
See Filmspotting #248.  :)
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: AcademiaNut on October 29, 2009, 10:07:27 PM
I wonder if Adam regrets giving Revenge of the Sith 5 stars
See Filmspotting #248.  :)

Good to know. Thanks.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 06, 2009, 02:51:49 PM
I've got quite a few notes from the last dozen shows I have to catch up on.  I'm now in the middle of episode 138, and I had to stop and say...

DID SAM JUST TOTALLY GIVAWAY THE WAY COOL ENDING OF MAGNOLIA???!!!!!  For Shame! For Shame!

and don't point out that thing you're going to point out, because people don't know it's a spoiler unless they've seen it. 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 10, 2009, 09:11:24 PM
Well.  I'm up to episode 150.  

There's been a lot of highlights since I checked in last.  A quick bunch of highlights


1) Well, any uncertainty about whether the "van" in front of Sam's last name was a joke or serious is all but erasesd.  I think it was a pretty cool thing to do do!

2) Two of my favorite Massacre Theaters: Episode #130:  DB Sweeny helps with one for Field of Dreams and somewhere around #143 where Sam's wife helps with the one for Catch Me if you Can.  

3) We've had a few marathons, the Herzog, Documentary, and animation marathons.  I really enjoyed all three - truth be told, but probably enjoyed the Herzog the best - those were films I'd least likely be willing to try on my own

4) Sam says Casino Royale is just as bad as Fantastic Four!  That must have caused a few letters!

5) Sam reveals his secret fear of the clown from Poltergiest coming to grab him out of his bed, and Adam discusses why far into his college years he refused to sleep in a bed near a window!

6) I'm cracking up from a series of "Favre Forever" spots.  Adam delivers these with true professionalism and not the slightest hint of irony.  Nice job there.

7) Loved the Richard Linkletter interview.  These guys have finally convinced me to go check out Fast Foot Nation

8.   BIG DISAGREEMENT on Last King of Scotland.  Biggest flap since the Lake House.  Great discussion.  

9)  Episode #134:  back from under the stairs emerges this strange voice, one Matty how-you-say "Robinson?" shows up to help out with the Top 5 Sophomore Efforts and delivers such gems as "Jaws", "Big" and "Major League" and then disappears list the mist in an M Night Shamalan movie.

10) Tons of praise for the movie Shortbus, which Sam calls one of the "most patriotic movies" he's ever seen.   I guess I'll never know.


So many other great moments.  It's been a blast catching up with the old episodes.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 10, 2009, 09:14:01 PM
Without making comparisons, I want to talk about how great Sam is in all these episodes.  The banter between Sam and Adam is just great.  Sam has these wild out-of-left-field opinions that Adam mocks.  Sam takes it in strike with some parting little remarks.  They really are great together.  They honestly sound like bickering brothers.  They get on each other in a way that reveals that either they have been GOOD friends for decades or they are just awesome at playing the parts. 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: maņana on November 10, 2009, 09:15:26 PM
Yeah, Sam was great at getting under Adam's skin.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 10, 2009, 09:16:16 PM
I started making a list of what I've added to my queue since listening to the old episodes.  This is all I can remember:

1) Sin City
2) A History of Violence
3) Chinatown
4) Brick
5) Tristen Shanty: A Cock and Bull Story
6) Rio Bravo
7) Reds
8) The Science of Sleep
9) Fast Food Nation
10) Watership Down

There are a bunch more I'm forgetting.  
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Clovis8 on November 10, 2009, 09:18:33 PM


10) Tons of praise for the movie Shortbus, which Sam calls one of the "most patriotic movies" he's ever seen.   I guess I'll never know.


why will you never know?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 10, 2009, 09:20:57 PM


10) Tons of praise for the movie Shortbus, which Sam calls one of the "most patriotic movies" he's ever seen.   I guess I'll never know.


why will you never know?

I'm a bit too prudish for this one  :)  Don't forget I'm old and set in my ways. 
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Katebo on November 10, 2009, 11:27:01 PM
Ferris- Battle of the Lake House! Thoughts. Go.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 11, 2009, 12:12:54 AM
Nah yeah it pretty great.  Perhaps didn't quite live up the the hype - but nontheless it was a pretty amazing bout.  You could hear the exasperation, borderline anger in the voices.  I was REALLY surprised to see that Adam was pro and Sam was against.  All this time I'd thought it was the other way around. Sam was so funny - "the hoax continues!"  He just could not believe what he was hearing.  If you ever had a question about if "dumbfounded" could be transmitted over airwaves, you need to hear this episode.   Somehow they managed to compose themselves to continue onto the next stages of the show. 

I love how the Battle of the Lakehouse it would creep back into conversation in subsequent episodes.  For instance when listing his best of 2006 Adam says "And my number 1, one we didn't agree upon was...The Lake House...just kidding....Last King of Scottland"  (I paraphrase.)

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Katebo on November 11, 2009, 06:18:28 PM
Well, yeah, there's that, but what I'm always most curious about when someone mentions the Battle of the Lake House is if a.) the person has seen the film and who they agree with and b.) the review was enough to get them to watch it.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 11, 2009, 07:43:43 PM
Well, yeah, there's that, but what I'm always most curious about when someone mentions the Battle of the Lake House is if a.) the person has seen the film and who they agree with and b.) the review was enough to get them to watch it.

It certainly wasn't enough to get ME to watch it!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 16, 2009, 03:16:20 PM
In the outtakes for episode #156 - whoa what the flip was THAT?  Had someone broken into the call-in interview Adam had with Shia Labeouf?  By the way it must be said -- long before Lebeof became the Transformers megastar he sure sounded like a know-it-all-punk (like how nicely I worded that) in that interview during the show.  Adam, as usual, handled it with great professionalism.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: FroHam X on November 16, 2009, 05:36:00 PM
Why all the hate for the Beef?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 17, 2009, 03:38:07 PM
Show #157.  In the outtakes is a story relating to Five Easy Pieces.  This is Filmspotting GOLD.  Probably the highlight of everything I've heard to this point.

Great story Sam.  Great great story :D
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on November 17, 2009, 03:49:32 PM
Show #157.  In the outtakes is a story relating to Five Easy Pieces.  This is Filmspotting GOLD.  Probably the highlight of everything I've heard to this point.

Great story Sam.  Great great story :D

so that's where it is. One of my fav outtakes.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on November 30, 2009, 01:22:00 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in.    Just finished listening to FS 167 and it was a good one - even though Sam couldn't be there (moving day!) and Scott helped out again

Instead of trying to summarize the last 10 episodes I'll just do this quick time capsule

Episode #167
1) We're in the middle of the Noir marathon.  It has been the only one that hasn't been very interesting for me thus far.  They had previously finished the silent film marathon which got me pretty stoked to see the Passion of Joan of Ark.  (someday! UGH - the list is long)

2) Today they reviewd Sicko - Scott made the comment that is interesting in hindsight - that MM shouldn't have shot so high and theoretically and instead focussed on things more local and concrete - Scott was making the point that documentaries by in large don't translate into a movements.  I wonder how much connective tissue there is in this case looking back?

3) The BEST LISTENER REVIEW ever on Transformers.  It must be heard.  Hillarious.  I rewinded it twice.  If only this listener knew just how good this movie would be compared to its sequel.  It's funny listening to this review and Scott and Adam's comments.  When Tr2 came out there almost seemed to be an apologetic, sympathetic look back at the first one.  You detected no such guilty pleasures being had!

4) Matty Ballgame makes his 5th "appearance" on the show - chiming in with listener feedback on who you'd cast in your movie - suggesting that instead of great actors - bring around people you'd love to hang out with between shooting!  (this was a great segment by the way - lots of clever feedback came in)

5) Top 5 was the top 5 one-man-against-the-machine movies.  Adam had both Network and Fast Food Nation on his.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 12:08:03 PM
OMG....what was that they just said...that coming up after the next break a big announcement?  here's the tease "first a name change, then a host name change, then perhaps the biggest change of all?"  oh no what could it be???
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 12:15:38 PM
I can't believe it.  I'm nearly in tears.  Sam is leaving the show.  As much as this is not a surprise it's a shock. 

Being replaced by a guy who calls "Major League" his favorite movie!!??  The hoax continues!!!



I'm really curious those who were regular listeners to the show back when this announcement was made just how you took the news and what your first impressions of Matty were.

I'm actually right now three shows into Matty's tenure and i'm really amazed at how comfortable he sounds behind the mike - there really is no hiccup in quality.  I'm really curious about the emails that came into the show behind the scenes when he first came on board. 

One of the funniest things on the show so far - Matty chastising Adam for cheating and including Peter Finch in his Top 5 senior performances even though he was 64.   In the teaser that followed Matty says "what difference does it make???!"  hillarious.

When I get a minute I want to post some thoughts about Sam.  It was really really great going back to the early shows and "getting to know him" .  (I came to the podcast around Epside 220 or so.)   It would be nice to get an update from him on how things are going with his career, etc
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Melvil on December 02, 2009, 12:18:21 PM
It would be nice to get an update from him on how things are going with his career, etc

Have you listened to the latest After Dark? :)

Still enjoying your trip back through time. I did the whole back-catalog thing when I first started listening and it was great.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 'Noke on December 02, 2009, 12:20:07 PM
Did you not notice that it said Sam's Big farewell in the title? Or was that episode 176 where it said that and it was 174 that said a big surprise? I cant remember.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 12:25:37 PM
It would be nice to get an update from him on how things are going with his career, etc

Have you listened to the latest After Dark? :)

Still enjoying your trip back through time. I did the whole back-catalog thing when I first started listening and it was great.

Oh!  What timing!  no I haven't yet.  Need to do that

The final Sam show was very cool.  All the flashback stuff was awesome - glad they got the Laura Linney line in .  Probably my favorite thing in the first 160 or so shows.  They're currently talking about possibly having her in an upcoming interview....how ironic!

The show seems really interview heavy right now.  I must admit - at first I thought it was really super cool - a real badge of honor for the little podcast that could - but they're probably the least favorite part of the show for me (but I say that with some exceptions in mind).  I wonder if it was by design to focus less on them in later episodes?

My favorite interview on the show was with that high school play director that put on "Brick".  But I'm getting way ahead of myself
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 12:26:54 PM
Did you not notice that it said Sam's Big farewell in the title? Or was that episode 176 where it said that and it was 174 that said a big surprise? I cant remember.

Oh I didn't notice.  I need to go back and look.

Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: 1SO on December 02, 2009, 01:00:32 PM
I'm really curious those who were regular listeners to the show back when this announcement was made just how you took the news and what your first impressions of Matty were.
I'll be honest, I wasn't big on Ballgame at first.  Then again, I thought Sam presented a greater passion for the artistic side of films than Adam.  That's what I liked about their chemistry together.  Adam was the bigger film nut, but Sam was the less commercial of the two.

Ballgame swung Adam to the high-minded end of the discussions, and in the first few episodes I thought he wasn't taking the show seriously enough.  But perhaps the Sam & Adam episodes took themselves too seriously.  Can't tell anymore.

I probably was just nervous about breaking up my new favorite critical pair so early into the run.  (We had 20 years before Richard Roeper).  But it didn't take long before I had warmed up to the new Adam/Matty dynamic.  Now, I couldn't even tell you which team I like more.

That being said, I'd be all for bringing back Sam and making Filmspotting a 3-headed monster.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Melvil on December 02, 2009, 01:02:04 PM
That being said, I'd be all for bringing back Sam and making Filmspotting a 3-headed monster.

You just blew my mind.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 02, 2009, 01:34:25 PM
Now, I couldn't even tell you which team I like more.

tru dat
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 02, 2009, 01:41:41 PM
Now, I couldn't even tell you which team I like more.

tru dat


Probably Team Edward, am I right?
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 08, 2009, 10:24:31 AM
Hillarious.   Spies Like Us was the massacre theater.  I played it back three times to get it, but I got it and loved it.  Thanks for that one - brought a smile to my face :)

(I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of Ep 186)

Big big praise for No Country for Old Men.  Well done men.  This almost makes up for your complete dismissal of the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: FroHam X on December 08, 2009, 10:39:11 AM
The best part of having Matty on the show is that I now find it easier to differentiate between the two voices, which in turn makes it easier for me to remember who said what.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Jared on December 23, 2009, 12:35:31 PM
welp...just caught myself all the way up by listening to episode 207 today. now what the hell am I going to listen to at work on Mondays through Thursdays.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on December 23, 2009, 01:30:59 PM
welp...just caught myself all the way up by listening to episode 207 today. now what the hell am I going to listen to at work on Mondays through Thursdays.

No kidding!
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: Jared on December 23, 2009, 01:50:51 PM
After both the Bergman and Almodovar marathons, the poll question asks what the best film was. The winning response for each was "Wish i had an opinion". I cringe with the hosts as I listen. very sad stuff.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: pupetman64 on January 24, 2010, 11:15:41 AM
I just found out about this podcast about 2 weeks ago and I love it.


I have gone back and listened to episode 30-73, its taking a while to get up to date but it is worth it
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: ferris on January 24, 2010, 02:45:01 PM
I just found out about this podcast about 2 weeks ago and I love it.


I have gone back and listened to episode 30-73, its taking a while to get up to date but it is worth it

It's great going back- if for nothing else to widen your film language.  What marathon are they doing now?  I remember fondly when they did the Herzog marathon.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: pupetman64 on January 24, 2010, 02:53:13 PM
It's great going back- if for nothing else to widen your film language.  What marathon are they doing now?  I remember fondly when they did the Herzog marathon.
They just started the Auteur marathon. I really should watch the movies they talk about in the marathon before i listen to their discussion, but i tend to get carried away and listen to 4 or 5 episodes at a time.
Title: Re: The unofficial Cinecast / Filmspotting flashback thread
Post by: doughboy on February 13, 2010, 05:44:51 PM
I'm going back 1 month at a time and listening forward. Don't ask me why. I'm in the summer of 2008 now. Love the show.