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Saturday
Sep082012

Summer (Pt. 2) and Forward on to Fall

Part 1 -best films, moldy releases, nervous mormons, and summer crushes

For the second half of this Summer Jamboree Joe Reid, Nick Davis, and Nathaniel R (c'est moi) wrap up our summers at the movies and dream of the fall ~ Forward not back! 

Topics include but are not limited to:

 

  • Alex Pettyfer in Magic Mike
  • Princess Merida, Hawkeye or Katniss? Choose your favorite archer of 2012
  • Jeremy Renner in The Avengers
  • Movies We Hated
  • Sleeping through Snow White and the Huntsman despite Charlize Theron!
  • Adapting Cosmopolis
  • Did The Dark Knight Rises get away from Chris Nolan?
  • Movie Characters We'd Like To Introduce
  • Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
  • Nick's newfound love of comedy: Ted, Wanderlust, 21 Jump Street
  • Retro Screenings This Summer: Sorcerer, Dog Day Afternoon, and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
  • Fall Film Madness: Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Zero Dark Thirty, Skyfall, The Hobbit, Flight, Amour and More...

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

 

I Know What You Saw This Summer Pt. 2

Saturday
Sep082012

I Know What You Saw Last Summer (Pt. 1)

The podcast returns for another Oscar season! I'm Nathaniel R and my ol' podcast mates Joe Reid & Nick Davis are joining me this month to discuss Summer Movie Season 2012. That's a wrap on summer so we're tying it off with our idiosyncratic messy multi-colored bows...

This podcast was inspired by our Summer Report Card series. Topics include but are not limited to:

 

  • What's Wrong With Virginia? (no, really)
  • Compliance
  • Killer Joe 
  • Best Picture Choices, Favorite Scenes, Summer Crushes
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild and Oscar's Music Branch
  • Hope Springs and Steve Carell
  • Steven Soderbergh pros and cons & Magic Mike
  • Sparkle
  • Joe's hilarious ongoing obsession with Oliver Stone's Savages
  • Bachelorette
  • Moonrise Kingdom and  Red Hook Summer Double Feature
  • Lesbian longing in Farewell My Queen
  • Michael Fassbender as the next Ed Norton?

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

I Know What You Saw Last Summer Part 1

Friday
Mar022012

'The Hottest Guy in the Room' (Not 'The Boy Who Lived')

Post Oscar Podcast Part 2! We left off talking about Meryl Streep's win in Part One. We pick that back up for a wee bit before a grab bag of shiny golden goodies to send you on your way.

Topics include but are not limited to...

  • "the hottest guy in the room"
  • Christopher Plummer and the best 'Best Supporting Actor' run ever
  • Busy Phillips ♥ Michelle Williams
  • Who will be the holdover nominee this year to next?
  • Brad Pitt. Nathaniel tries to let go. Everyone else resists
  • Best Original Song Death Watch
  • Oscar Hosting & Oscar Blogging
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Shunning Part 3
  • Goodbyes

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

And that's a wrap on this Oscar year. We hope you enjoyed the coverage. I want to give a shout out to everyone who helped out during The Film Experience's biggest year ever. In addition to these podcast pals, big love to Michael, Kurt, Amir, Alexandra, Jason, Joanna, Robert, Jose and all of you reading whose passion for the site helps keep it going even when movies go sour or finances and times are tight.

Mwah! Now some sleep. Normal blogging resumes on Monday. Until then enjoy the podcasts and any pieces you might have missed along the way.

The 84th Oscars Epilogue

Thursday
Mar012012

Spread the Wealth, Worship the Leg, End the War

I couldn't let the postmortem on Oscar's 84th close without inviting my ol' podcast pals Katey, Nick and Joe to join me for one last conversation of the season. We ended up talking for over an hour. See we all share this "can't stop talking Oscar!" addiction and none of us will ever go to rehab. So you get the podcast in two parts. Part two tomorrow night.

Here's part one where we start goofy with Octavia Spencer's ubiquity and end all serious like (well, mostly) with Viola and Meryl. Join the conversation in the comments.

Topics include but are not limited to...

  • Octavia Spencer, Angelina Jolie
  • "Cut To Camera 3. No, Camera 4. Wait, Back to 2!"
  • Spreading the Wealth. What Did They Actually Love?
  • Billy Crystal's 9th Go-Round
  • Emma Stone vs. Anne Hathaway with a side of Jonah Hill
  • Red Carpet Reveals and Lead Actor Presentations
  • CLIPS! Commercial Breaks
  • Meryl & Viola and the Narrative vs. Performance Problem

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Post Oscar 84 Part 1

Tuesday
Jan242012

Podcast: Instant Reactions. Oscar Nomination Morning

Oscar Nomination Morning has always been like Christmas day to me. I sleep restlessly. I wake up early. I tear open my presence. When I first met Nick Davis ten years ago, we knew we were kindred spirits. It's also like that for him. In some ways it can be ever more exciting than Oscar Night since there's more to celebrate / complain about.

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Here's our instant reaction to the nominations! 

Nomination Morning

Friday
Jan202012

Podcast: One Last Golden Globe Gala!

You thought the Golden Globe festivities were over didn't you? Nope. There's one more left. It's time for the Film Experience Golden Globe Podcast. Katey, Nick, Joe and Nathaniel all met up for one last pre-nomination chat. We still don't agree on the movies but we all love the Globes unironically. It's always such a party. We're sad it's over!

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Topics include but are not limited to...

  • Crowd shots and nominee closeups.
  • The unintentional eroticism of the DeMille Award
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's tipping point.
  • Johnny Depp, Original Song and other Unnecessaries
  • Seating charts, surprise marriages
  • Calista and Harrison... and Harrison's earrings. 
  • No sloppy Globe seconds for Oscar.
  • Uggie up to his old tricks
  • What will happen with The Help at SAG?
  • Viola Davis vs. Meryl Streep, the problematic narrative
  • Octavia Spencer and David Fincher
  • Brad vs. George and Mr CrankyPants Joe Reid
  • Goodbyes

We'd love to hear your takes on any of the issues discussed in the comments.

 

One Last Golden Globe Gala

Friday
Dec302011

A Raggedy Oscar Podcast Reunion

Surprise!

The old team is back together momentarily. Clearly we need more time than 40 minutes to get into everything that's going on in the Oscar race so this one is a totally raggedy conversation... a la Margaret and Rampart, two films that are discussed.

So welcome back to Katey, Joe, Nick from Nathaniel, your host here at The Film Experience.

Topics include but are not limited to:
• Cooking tips from The Help
The Iron Lady and Streep's hard sell for the third Oscar
• Team Margaret and Team Rampart, two wildly underseen movies that share some intuitive storytelling and vivid ensemble work.
• Critical advocacy in the age of consensus
• The silly battle lines drawn between Hugo & The Artist
• Shailene Woodley and Nick's Descendants agnosticism.

 

Listen right here (works best with Firefox) or download from iTunes

Good Help, Bad Cops, Sudden Reunions

Sunday
Jul172011

Nathaniel & Nick Circa 1986

Since Nathaniel has been gagging on Aliens and Peggy Sue Got Married for their 25th anniversary year and Nick has been revisiting Cannes 1986 in all its sidebar and competitive glory we opted to join forces for a special edition of the podcast, spinning off from the 1986 film year.

We're also discussing Robert Altman's Fool For Love (1985), why Aliens (1986) is superior to both Alien (1979) and the 1986 "Best Picture" Platoon (1986). We also dig into Oscar's Best Actress Lineup: Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Jane Fonda and the winner Marlee Matlin. And share our choices for best film of 1986. We both wimp out and go with ties. 

Revisiting 1986

Sunday
Jun192011

"Midnight in Paris" and Oscar's New Rules

Since I never officially reviewed Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, I thought we'd have to at least cover it in discussion form. So for the latest podcast, Kurt from Your Movie Buddy and first-time guest Mark Blankenship from The Criticial Condition joined me to discuss Woody Allen's biggest hit in some time as well as Oscar's new "up to 10 nominees for Best Picture" ruling, which I recently discussed with Katey for her Kino Katey podcast.

But, you know, we can't ever shut up about Oscar, can we?

Other topics: Best Original Song, first and favorite Woody Allen pictures seen.  As always please join the conversation in the comments.

Midnight in Paris

Sunday
May082011

"Meek's Cutoff" and Early Cinephilia

We're switching up the guest lists, for a hopefully rotating panel. For this week's podcast we have three first time guests: Kurt (Your Movie Buddy), Michael (Serious Film and Unsung Heroes) and Robert ("Distant Relatives") and yours truly, Nathaniel.

Topics include:

  • Kelly Reichardt's invisible storytelling and Meek's Cutoff
  • Is Michelle Williams America's Tilda Swinton?
  • Robert Pattison and Water for Elephants
  • Cinephilia: When did it begin for our guests? How do their significant others deal with their movie obsessiveness?

As always the conversation can include more voices. Join us in the comments.

Meek's Cutoff, Water For Elephants

Monday
Mar282011

Jane Eyre (The New Podcast Season Begins)

New season of the podcast starts now. Though Oscar season is still many months away the Big O (and I don't mean Oprah) is not required for hearty movie conversations. Even if he likes to muscle his golden way in from time to time. In this week's episode Nick and Katey and Nathaniel have gathered to talk about the dreaminess of Michael Fassbender, the skill of Mia Wasikowska, the promise of Cary Fukunaga and drafty manor houses on the moors filled with dark secrets.

For those who haven't yet read the book or seen the movie we pull back from the spoilers so fear not. But go see the movie! All three of us were fans of this particular adaptation. Also discussed, however briefly: Rango, Certified Copy and Andrea Arnold's forthcoming adaptation of Wuthering Heights. It's a big year for those Brontë girls.

Jane Eyre

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