GUEST: Ryan Darbonne, the newly hired Director of the Film Department at Austin Film Festival. Ryan talks about his experiences at the 20th annual South by Southwest Film Festival and his preparations for the upcoming Austin Film Festival in the fall. The guys bat around a strange nostalgia for VHS and talk about having a Sinbad retrospective.
The guys discuss Steven Soderbergh’s newest and possibly final theatrical film, SIDE EFFECTS, but not before talking about what movies they love that are universally hated and answering the latest question on the Arclight Cinemas’ Facebook page, “If you had to watch one film on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?”
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of “Singles Awareness Day” a.k.a. “SAD”, we bring you the Reel Fanatics review discussion of Michael Haneke’s 2012 Palme d’Or winning film AMOUR. Joe also tells you why he disliked GANGSTER SQUAD and Michael has PARKS AND RECREATION ruined for him on the air.
GUEST: Michael Nie, director of photography on the short film NOT YOUR TIME and the upcoming shorts DUST and KING’S HIGHWAY. The guys review the new Peter Jackson prequel THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and delve deep into the technology behind the film’s new 48fps high frame rate (or HFR).
The guys discuss the Sight and Sound “Greatest Films” list, the qualifications for making a “greatest” list versus a “favorites” list, and discuss their own favorite films of all time. Michael also refers to Jerry Schatzberg as Jeffery Katzenberg. What a crime.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME (Birbiglia) | ★★★
Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s film adaptation of his off-Broadway show is much better than one would expect. It feels sufficiently cinematic, and his comic timing is firmly intact. At times, the picture recalls (and obviously strives to be) Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, even though it lacks the profundity and freshness of that classic comedy. Nevertheless, Birbiglia’s movie succinctly captures the life of a struggling comedian and easily avoids vanity.
by Michael Neelsen
Fascinating article out of the Chicago Tribune. Is it more valuable/important for filmmakers to be constantly churning out work or to take their time and ultimately produce fewer films?
Call this the lament of a greedy audience member: But for an artist to remain relevant and part of the cultural conversation, no matter how degraded they might consider that conversation, they can’t stand along the wall at the party only to step into the fray every five years, deliver a profundity and then retreat.