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Podcast: The Elephant in the Room

For this final podcast of the 83rd Oscar season, we've misplaced Katey. Oops? Where she go? But Nick, Joe and myself (Nathaniel) are back to close out the season.

We had fun chiming in weekly and after a  break will be back with Off-Season cinematic musings.  While we normally have quite a laugh during these, and there's a fair bit of that againe, we do get a bit serious on a couple of topics. "The End" always brings a smidge more sober take-it-all in perspective.

Topics covered include:

  • Kirk Douglas & Melissa Leo. The early peak.
  • Dressing like a winner / Dressing like a nominee
  • Cate Blanchett, Sharon Stone and other fancy dressers
  • Nobody ever likes the hosts of the Oscar show. But Anne Hathaway & James Franco?
  • Ovearching themes and production confusion: Old or Young?
  • Why no visual gags for non-comedian hosts?
  • Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman speeches
  • Awards Fatigue (and strategies for coping)
  • Next?

Listen in and join in the conversation in the comments.

Podcast: The 83rd Annual Oscars. Season Finale


Podcast: Return Engagements, 2010 Memories

It's part 2 of the last pre-Oscar podcast. Nick, Nathaniel, Katey and Joe complete their role swap conversation. Other features include.

  • "Range" does Jesse Eisenberg have it?
  • Melissa Leo's filmography
  • Sofia Coppola, John Cameron Mitchell, Nicole Holofcener
  • Matt Reeves and other directors to watch
  • What directors learn from success or failure
  • Mark Harris' GQ piece on Inception's box office
  • Tilda & Luca
  • Christian Bale and Oscar nominees in superhero films
  • Statistics about 2nd nominations
  • When does Amy Adams become "overdue"?

Join in the conversations in the comments. Which young directors will one day be occupying the Aronofsky/Fincher spots of "finally breaking through" with Oscar? Which of this year's newbies will come back for second nominations?


Podcast: 2010 Memories, Return Engagements


Podcast: Sexy Interlopers. Oscar Role Play

New Podcast!
The gangs all here. Nathaniel, Nick, Katey and Joe were too full of the Awards Season spirit to squeeze into the alloted time so this one comes to you in two parts (part two tomorrow). We're bursting with chatter about the nominated actors in particular and the post BAFTAs King's Speech climate. So we decided to play The Film Experience's favorite hypothetical award season game: Which nominated roles do you think would have been interesting or totally different with the another nominated actors playing them? But that's not all...

Topics covered include

  • Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell in The Eagle
  • Queens of (Reaction Shot) Shade: Miranda Richardson and Anjelica Huston
  • Nicole Kidman at the Grammys
  • David Fincher "behind enemy lines"
  • Aronofsky's homage to Natalie Portman
  • Supporting Actress free for all. Who to predict?
  • Role Play Switcheroos. Which actors would be most interesting in each other's roles? Helena Bonham Carter gets quite a vocal/psychological workout and Mark Ruffalo's Sexy Interloper in The Kids Are All Right finds plentiful sperm-donor competition.

Recent articles briefly cited: Nick's Annette Bening piece, Nathaniel's review of The Eagle, Joe's 1990 Oscar retrospective.

 LISTEN IN. We'd love to hear your comments. Especially about the annual Film Experience Oscar game. Switch the roles around. What'cha got?

Podcast: Post Bafta Climate and Sexy Interlopers


Podcast: Oscar Switches, Summer Dreams


We are trying to get weekly. We recorded the new podcast early this week (included at the end of this post) as today I knew I would be all wrapped up in a wedding. Well, attending one that is. But you know how time consuming they are. It was a lovely snowy Connecticut wedding and I'm just back. So here is the new podcast. There's a bit of a lull in Oscar happenings as we wait for the big night, so this week, Joe and Katey and I go a little more Off-Gold than usual. 

Topics include:

  • Chris Nolan (Inception and a brief Memento cameo)
  • The Jesse Eisenberg Show 
  • Spirit Award Best Actress ballot. Could there be a Natalie Portman upset?
  • The success of the Best Picture field at the box office
  • Our individual least favorite Best Picture nominees (surprising results!)
  • Toy Story 3. Is it a great movie or just a great 15 year narrative?
  • Oscar Narratives. Reading purpose.
  • Super 8 and Superbowl trailers
  • Crushing on Michael Fassbender
  • Nostalgia for Harrison Ford
  • Reese Witherspoon: "Think about your choices, lady!"
  • Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Join the conversation in the comments.

Podcast: Oscar Switches, Summer Dreams


Podcast: Now With Three Dream Layers

Actually it's just a reg'lar ol' podcast. But Nick, Joe and Katey are three and they're dreamy so that counts. My blog pals are back to discuss the Oscar race with me (if you're new I'm Nathaniel). Topics covered include...

  • "Best of Sundance"
  • Katey's interview with James Marsh
  • Melissa Leo's personal FYC ads (see below -via)
  • Just how many Oscars can The King's Speech win?
  • Banksy for Exit Through The Gift Shop and other Docs
  • The Social Network's editing
  • David Fincher's frankness
  • The Color Purple reunion on Oprah
  • Toy Story 3 and the over-arching Pixar narrative
  • Chris Nolan and Inception's Oscar hopes
  • And more silliness...

Listen to podcast located at the end of this post. Join in the dreamy conversation in the comments.

wake me up. wake me uppppppppp

Melissa Leo's personal FYC ads

Podcast: The King's Kick


Podcast: "You Haven't Seen The Last of Us" Pt. 2

You listened to Part One already, right?

PART TWO (23 min)
Topics Include:

  • Why is 127 Hours still falling like a rock?
  • Will there be a surprise nominee Best Pic nominee? If so, what?
  • Deep thoughts about the rise of James Franco
  • Art Direction & Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, Inception
  • Nick predicts an Oscar night Black Swan gag from Anne Hathaway
  • Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Trent Reznor, Daft Punk?
  • Debra Granik and Best Director
  • "Hip Young Directors" Chris Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky
  • Burlesque

Podcast: You Havent Seen Pt 2


Podcast: "You Haven't Seen The Last of Us" Pt. 1

Consider this a reboot. A retooled second (third?) season, if you will. With a brand new website, awesome technical support (aside from blog import issues -- still working on it -- Squarespace has been a dream thus far), and the countdown to Oscar, it's time for the lost podcast to return home.

Katey, Joe and Nick have returned to help me kick off this year's audio Oscar-madness. Having been quiet for too long, our conversation spilleth over. Second part coming up shortly.

PART ONE (40 min)
Topics include:

  • the rebirth, the return, general silliness
  • Katey's Top Ten List and the drama and trauma of sculpting them
  • Rabbit Hole the actors, the screenplay, the direction
  • Helena Bonham-Carter escapes from Tim Burton (in the movies)
  • Hailee Steinfeld's stacked deck in True Grit (which category?)
  • Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
  • Golden Globe zaniness and the Precursor Police
  • Matt Damon over and underappreciated.

Podcast "You Haven't Seen" Pt 1

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