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Podcast: A Look Back... and Forward. (What Movies Should Inspire Future Films?)

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In part two of the conversation which began with Django Unchained and random final Oscar hunches, we hear about four actors that Joe Reid plans to snub, revisit looooooong Best Pictures that Katey Rich hasn't seen (The Last Emperor anyone?), listen to Nick detailing Viola Davis' future, and learn why Nathaniel hopes Hitchcock will inspire more films like it... even though most people thought it was terrible. [44 Minutes. With Nathaniel, Nick, Katey, and Joe.]

Topics include:

  • Sixth spot snubs: Jennifer Ehle?
  • Most recent Best Pics that we've each missed from The Green Mile to The English Patient 
  • Susan Sarandon circa 1975
  • Second-Guessing: Anna Karenina, Take This Waltz, Moonrise Kingdom
  • 2012 Movies We Hope Inspire Future Movies from Magic Mike to... 21 Jump Street. (Hey, it was Channing Tatum's Year)
  • Queen of Versailles repurposed. Make your own movie! 
  • The Fog & Fatigue of Awards

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post. Join in the conversation by commenting! 


2012 Inspirations. Future Movies and Retro Glories

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The movie that kept moving up the more I perused it was THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Initially I liked it but it troubled me but then I saw it again and I just fell way hard for it and it's probably my favourite movie right now (or at leas the one I'm rooting for just because I think it deserves to be seen by more people, and because it's so small and yet to effective and so impeccably produced). I'd like to see more movies like that, actually (and it reminds me of OSLO, AUGUST 31). Although it's probably counter-productive that I want more movies about suicidal persons...

I vacillate on LOOPER, though. Do I love it, or do I just really like it because there ae parts of it that I feel don't work in my head, but when I'm watching it they don't really bother (Emily Blunt's performance I don't remember fondly, but while watching it I'm legitimately intrigued by the performance). It's been jumping in and out of my top 10, but considering I haven't seen everything I want to, who knows where it'll ultimately be.

Also, Joe and Katey please do see THE ENGLISH PATIENT and report back, if only because no one ever seems to talk about that movie and it's my favourite movie, so I'm consistently miffed at its memory as a soulless product of Weinstein, etc.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew K.

Also, Joe, when/if you see THE ENGLISH PATIENT, consider that Demi Moore really wanted the Kristin Scott Thomas role.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew K.

Wow! I'm shocked. Katey and Joe really need to do their homework....

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

"Middle of Nowhere expect set in the Shire, so now you'll see it. Assholes"


January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Love these podcasts SO MUCH! Where else you gonna get Paul Hogan in Jackee's body? Thanks again, you guys!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

If I don't stop rewatching The Hunger Games, it's going to start being my win in categories it's not even eligible for, like Best Documentary or Best Animated Short. I never would have imagined I fell so hard for it the first time I saw it in theaters. Stupid streaming ruining my categories. At least I know not to get my hopes up (thanks, Silver Linings Playbook and bizarre makeup snub).

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

The "Dangerous Method" play on words just slayed me.

Have the four of you ever thought about doing a Down in Front type podcast, where you record a joint commentary for a movie you're watching and then post it online for people to listen along with. I think the four of you would knock it out of the park, and maybe it would motivate you to watch those Best Picture winners/nominees you spoke about (I, too, have never seen The Last Emperor).

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjtagliere

@Arkaan: Thanks. :)

@JTagliere: That line of Joe's just delights me, too. And I'd love to try that kind of podcast with this crew!

I failed to chime in about the BP nominee thing. My most recent miss is A Soldier's Story from 1984. One of my most recent misses is Polanski's Tess, from 1980, but happily the restored print of that one hits Chicago next weekend!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

If Hitchcock will inspire more films like it... well, The Making of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", that's a movie I would pay good money to see.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuiserghio

JTagliere & Nick -- if i can figure out a way to upload a two hour segment, we will do this! I've always thought that would be super fun.

Nick -- have fun at Tess. I remember it being moody and good but i was *really* young when i saw it. Probably too young given the material.

Everyone -- thanks for enjoying!

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Could not recommend The English Patient more. Absolutely love it, it's beautiful, Kristen Scott Thomas is a dream, Juliette Binoche is a dream, Ralph Fiennes is a dreamboat. The whole movie swoons and it's just so not a movie that is made anymore, even just fifteen years later, that I cherish it.

My movie I want to inspire other movies from this year would have to be Perks Of Being A Wallflower. That movie just loved its characters so hard and treated their feelings and relationships with such respect and tenderness that it really made me think of how unfortunately rare it is to see movies with that kind of openheartedness nowadays. Not to mention it handled youth and high school in a wonderfully mature way, which again doesn't happen all that often. And to top it off, it starred a trio of performers who obviously took the time to understand and love their characters, and who had genuine chemistry with each other. Very grateful for that movie this year, and I can only hope there are others like it to follow.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

I won't get tired of saying Thank You Guys. Such a great gift every time!

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

@TB: I agree with all of that re: Perks. That was my third choice after the two I mentioned, and I regretted afterward that I didn't cite it instead. But now you've taken care of it!

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

This was lovely with my morning coffee--thanks, Nathaniel! The missed Best Pics dialogue was really intriguing.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzig

If Joe and Katey watch The English Patient or The Last Emperor, give us fair warning so we can prepare. I too have never seen them and would love to catch up on them in time to enjoy your conversation.

My cause-célèbre this Oscar season (aside from Perks) is The Loneliest Planet. I love how that 90 minute-ish movie boils down to one ten second happening and yet the movie never feels dragged out-- there's suspense leading up to the incident and some fine, subtle acting afterward. Life is made up of small moments that have big implications so it was nice to see that idea played out on screen.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

@Nick Davis Yeah that one was the most welcome surprise of my year so far. So glad to hear you still think of it too! It's probably the movie that I get most excited for when I hear praise, because it just seemed to have no impact on awards of any kind. Sigh. Logan Lerman, you'll make my end of year Best Actor ballot.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

You guys always sound like you're having so much fun. Wouldn't it be fun to have a TFE reader meetup in the city? I do wish that I could meet some of you sometimes!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

@Caroline: Some of us wish we could meet each other, too! Especially since I'm way out here in another time zone...

@TB: Miller and Watson got some nice laurels, so all wasn't lost. FWIW, Lerman is currently second on my Best Actor ballot for the year.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

"The whole movie swoons and it's just so not a movie that is made anymore, even just fifteen years later, that I cherish it."

Nailed it. I don't think I would be as admittedly fond of it as I am it not for the fact that the entire movie seems to belong in some faraway dream from long ago. I'm not terribly entranced with the story and find it kind of shallow and the entire movie to be super dragged out to be honest, but just the scenery and actors and tone of sad, aching loveliness -- oh, this is what the movies were made for.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpp

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