Sound on Sight Radio #180: Overlooked in ’09

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Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press, awards season is officially underway, and that means the fine art of movie-geek prognostication can begin in earnest. Of course, a whole lot of well-received films will never see the inside of a ballot box, so besides taking some time to discuss the Golden Globes (and other pressing business), Al, Mariko and Simon also look back at two of them – Big Fan, the directorial debut of writer of last year’s acclaimed The Wrestler, and a peculiar Argentinian export by the name of The Headless Woman.

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  1. Mister Car Insurance says

    I’m having a problem viewing your site in my browser. Could you please check this. My browser is Opera 7 btw. :)

    1. Ricky says

      The site is best viewed under firefox. Thank you!

  2. PlanBFromOuterSpace says

    * “Invictus” was decent, like it looked good, was well-acted, etc., but it was such a by-the-numbers movie. I don’t understand rugby either, and while it would help to understand what the hell’s going on with the scoring, I AM glad that there isn’t the obligatory “Stop and explain things to the audience in a dialog that would never happen because the characters are experts on the subject” scene that filmmakers often feel the need to include, again, just to spell things out to the audience.

    * I work at a theater, and while I haven’t seen it in it’s entirety, every moment of “It’s Complicated” that I’ve seen is absolutely toxic. Just as you said, the seniors seem to LOVE it, and I often hear them cackling during the most groan-inducing parts. Also, the parts I’ve seen sound like they were written by middle-aged men, as the women are talking about their body parts more like 13-year old girls and not fifty-somethings with grown children. It’s just so crass and stupid, and it would be getting so much hate for making the women in the film sound like such sluts and idiots, but it’s written by Nancy Meyers, so it’s spared the criticism. Well, critics still hate it, but for just about EVERY reason, not the “making women seem like idiots” specifically.

    * Speaking of the “Sony wants this in the movie so they can sell more toys” talk, I highly recommend listening to Joel Schumacher’s commentary track on the “Batman & Robin” DVD. In it, he takes blame for his involvement and the poor choices HE made, but he also goes on to discuss how Warner Bros. had pretty much abandoned the franchise creatively, how they made more on merchandising than on box office and only cared about that, so if something in the movie looked like it could be a toy (which was EVERYTHING), that was the point.

    1. Anonymous says

      The Joel Schumacker commentary is FANTASTIC

      1. PlanBFromOuterSpace says

        It’s always nice when the commentaries are done well after the film was released, like YEARS later, past the point where anyone involved feels the need to save face or kiss ass. It’s makes something like “Batman & Robin” (which I saw in the theater, but barely remembered much of anything from) worth watching, if only to hear the filmmaker hate it right along with you.

  3. Ren says

    Just asking where Ricky is at hes been absent the last couple of shows.

    1. Ricky says

      Thanks for asking Ren. I received a lot of emails about my missing in action. I will be back in February and I should be kicking off the January episode of Sordid Cinema this week.

      Next week we start our Pedro Almodovar marathon and we will review White Ribbon

  4. Alyssa says

    Hey guys – I just wanted to let you know that this episode (180) isn’t in the podcast feed. Looks like you’ve got some old versions posted instead.

    I prefer being able to listen to the show on my iPod because I spend a LOT of time commuting and your show is the perfect distraction on a hot, stuffy subway train.

    Keep up the good work!

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