This week's DVD releases, a look at what's in theaters, and a talk with the makers of 'A Serbian Film'
Be gentle with me.
Our TV guru and overall resident sardonic wit Dan Fienberg has been podcasting for the last few months with his partner in crime and good friend Alan Sepinwall, and the result has been a genuinely engaging listen. I'd been talking about doing this for a while, but talking about it and actually doing it are radically different things.
So this weekend, I took the plunge. I downloaded Audacity, I invited over my good friend and longtime media collaborator Scott Swan, and I recorded and edited a podcast. A two-hour long podcast. And it was waaaaaaaaay too much. We've cut it down by over half, and what you're going to hear (if you care) today is a rough model for what I'll be doing in the weeks ahead.
If you don't know Scott, he's been working with me since I was in high school. As a writing team, we've been award-winning members of the WGAw since 1994, and we've worked on stage, on screen, and on television. You can pick up both seasons of "Masters Of Horror" as well as the one season of "Fear Itself," all on DVD now. You can also get Scott's horror film, "Maskhead," which he co-directed with Fred "August Underground" Vogel if you're braver than I am. He's pretty much the oldest friend I have in the world, and I figured if I was going to have anyone on as a guest for this first one, it would be him.
I've included a brief rundown of what you'll hear and where it is in the show.
I'm hoping to work out a schedule with Dan and Alan so that we're not all putting these out on the same day, but I need to get better at it before I promise it at a regular time on a regular day. For now, we'll just stick to sometime Wednesday, hopefully.
Intro: 00:00 - 1:30
On The Shelf 1:30 - 22:00
We talk about "The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy" on Blu-ray, Ralph Bakshi, "Bad Lieutenant," Wilford Brimley, and much more.
SXSW Roundtable Part I - 22:00 - 39:10
Part I of a four-part interview I conducted at SXSW with Tim League, the screenwriter and director of "A Serbian Film," and the writer/director and star of "Red White and Blue."
On The Screen 39:10 - 46:30
We talk about "Date Night," "The Square," what's still in theaters, and what we'll see for the rest of April.
On The Move 46:30 - 51:00
Wrap-Up 51:00 - 52:39
The first one to post a comment here naming the music I use in the opening and closing of the show will win... something. I'm not sure what. Probably one of the DVDs I mention in the "On The Shelf" segment this week.
Looking forward to your feedback, and to getting better at this. Thanks for being part of the experiment, folks. As always, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter, where I'm DrewAtHitFix.
Motion/Captured Podcast April 8 2010
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
Let Streaming Genie help you.