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Podcast Smackdown (Pt 2) Nixon & Georgia & 1995 Takeaways

You've read the Smackdown proper and heard Part One of the companion podcast. Now we're wrapping things up with Part Two in which Nathaniel and guests discuss a movie they all loved (Georgia) and the most divisive movie of the batch (Nixon). Big thanks again to this month's panelists: Nick Davis (Nicks Flick Picks), Guy Lodge (Variety), Kevin O'Keeffe (Arts.Mic), Conrado Falco (Coco Hits NY) and Lynn Lee (The Film Experience)

Part 2: 39 Minutes
00:01 Mare Winningham and Georgia’s Screenplay
08:45 Oliver Stone’s excesses -- extremely split opinions on Nixon
19:15 Off-Oscar: Other performances we loved from 1995 and another round of Emma Thompson and Sense & Sensibility
30:00 Best Original Song ???
33:40 Final Thoughts, recommendations and takeaways

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes tomorrow.

Smackdown. Pt 2

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I love the movie Nixon. I don't think Stone films everything the same so much as he finds subjects who match his paranoid and frenetic style, and Nixon as he looks back on his life as his presidency is self-destructing is a perfect fit. Some of it may be too obvious, but I think RMN also over-analyzed and over-explained things. (He was very intelligent, but also probably underestimated the intelligence of others)

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

Terrific podcast - kudos to all the participants.

Regarding 1954: All supporting actresses' films are at the NY Public Library.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Nathaniel - If you're going for classic Holywood again, I hope you can get Farran Nehme on the panel!

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

I've just realized I have the same initials as Nixon! (Miles is my middle name.)

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Santy - i've tried!

August 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Very interesting smackdown. In my mind It was a weaker year. I was wrong!

A shout-out to Roberta Maxwell, Celia Weston and Lois Smith in Dead Man Walking. Terrific performances.

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Even after all this Joan Allen talk, I can't bring myself to watch "Nixon". 192 minutes of Oliver Stone isn't a movie, it's an imposition.

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Nathaniel, you put a great deal of work into these Smackdowns, and we appreciate you and your panel's discussions and thoughtful opinions. I love that you can lead us to view hidden jewels like "Georgia", and "Key Largo", and re-evaluate the past careers of actresses such as Agnes Moorehead, Grayson Hall, and non-nominated Glynis Johns and Veronica Cartwright.

Keep um coming. 1969 happens to be my favorite line up of all time.

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

So glad everybody enjoyed.

@Dave: No, no, no: watch it! Do it!

@Peggy Sue: Totally agreed on all those women in Dead Man Walking.

@Dan: What an especially nice thing to say to Nathaniel. I echo your sentiments completely!

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

I've only seen MIGHTY APHRODITE, yet I loved the two podcasts. I wish you'd stop apologizing for going over time so much, although I guess that's for the voices and not us, because I could've just kept listening.

August 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Glenn -- well it's cuz squarespace will only except 42 minute podcasts (upload size) so everytime we go over that it's a two parter :)

Dan -- thanks. they are a ton of work. DONATE (see sidebar) ;) *shameless can rattling*

Nick -- stop smearing your sick Nixon fetish all over the place!

August 4, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

What a terrific forum of enthusiastic voices! I also was wrong about 1995. Now, I need to rewatch Strange Days--what a movie! Angela also had Waiting To Exhale. Dayum.

I think I liked Kathleen better than anyone else. For me, she just lit up the screen and went so much further than the script obligingly gave her.

August 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Nick won't stop until everyone's seen all 72,000 hours of the director's cut.

August 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKevin O'Keeffe

I just want to say thank you, Nathaniel and all the panellists, for a fabulous two-part podcast. I was entertained and it also got me thinking about 1995. I'm afraid I'm with Guy on Winslet's performance - it has never worked for me, and Guy has explained to me why that is. My memory of Nixon is hazy, but I don't remember being terribly impressed - perhaps it'll have grown on me if I see it again. I've never seen Georgia, and now I'm especially intrigued to. Apollo 13 - definitely was not a grower when I watched it again. As for Mighty Aphrodite, I'm a huge Woody fan but I never find myself reaching for that one. I think I've only seen it twice in the 20 years it's been out (whereas I'm double figures with many of his other movies). But I do remember liking Mira Sorvino's performance. She's just so...likeable.

Thanks again.

August 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Anjelica Huston received traction for the wrong 1995 movie. Her much more nuanced and entertaining work was in The Perez Family. Alfred Molina (always awards worthy) and Marisa Tomei should have been notice for their top work in a minor movie.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

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