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A Pod, a Pod, a Pod for You

IMG_1780Hello? Is this the Podcasts Anonymous support group?

I am sure (or hope) that I am not alone here in saying that I listen to — hold on let me turn off this episode of Spontaneanation — podcasts all the time (when I’m showering — a distraction that I am sure increases my likelihood of being murdered by a serial killer, just like in the movies —  driving, cleaning, as a saving grace when I have to shop at any large retailer on a weekend, etc.) I am also sure I’ve mentioned this fact before and you may consider this a cry for help or take it as a recommendation to join in the fun, at your own risk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Seriously, you’re going to develop an addiction from this.

Still here? Okay.

I’ll listen to anything movie or improv-comedy related and I certainly dabble in the true crime and newsy stuff from time-to-time. I’m mostly looking for any show that can serve as an escape from the real world for about an hour, or 10.

My latest obsession is the Craig’s List Podcast, which actually combines movies and a little improv comedy. As a basis for the show, Craig and Carla Cackowski are working their way through Craig’s 100 favorite movies of all time and then discuss them on air. They have guest hosts from the comedy world from time to time and at the end of each episode perform an improv comedy scene based on the film they watched.

The list covers the gamut in film genres and I’m pleased to say I’ve actually seen a lot of Craig’s favorites, from classics to comedy and documentaries to biopics and horror films.

The latest episode combines classics and horror to dissect Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” with special guest composer Jonathan Dinerstein providing comedic and musical accompaniment.

He joined the show to talk about the score that adds the tension and fright to “Psycho” and even plays tidbits of it on the piano in the background.

They also discussed a new documentary about the film “78/52,” which cuts into the intricacies of the infamous shower scene directed by Hitchcock.

I think I know what my next double feature will be. It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen “Psycho,” but it’s one of the films with scenes I remember the most from my formative years as a movie lover and Craig’s List took me right back to that place.

Some of my other favorite episodes include their discussion of “Se7en” (Craig does a killer impersonation of Morgan Freeman,) “Diner,” (a lot of factoids about Baltimore in this one,) “It Happened One Night,” “Dead Poets Society,” and “Rushmore.”

Follow Craig’s List Podcast on Twitter to catch up on their episodes and the coming attractions.

In other news, I haven’t watched any movies (in their entirety) in the last week, but I do recommend “Afternoon Delight” starring Kathryn Hahn and Jessica St. Clair. Rachel (Hahn), after a night at strip club with her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor), Stephanie (St. Clair) and her husband Bo (Keegan-Michael Key), befriends one of the dancers (Juno Temple) and eventually takes her in as their live-in nanny.

The film takes a plot line that could be your average raunchy sex comedy and strips it down (sorry) to a story focused on the characters and their happiness, much like “The Overnight.”

As Dr. Steve Brule would say, Check it Out!

Okay, (as John Hodgman would say – more or less) I think that is all for today.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is on its way in a matter of days and I need to pick out what I want to try to see this year. There are hundreds of options and I’ve missed going to the event the past couple of years.

It may seriously take away from my podcast time, but if I’m lucky they’ll be showing a movie about podcasts.

Bye!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Overnight, Magic Mike XXL, Amy, Tig

Hey hey my peaches.

I feel like all I do lately is pack and clean in preparation for my move next week but I’ve also managed to see quite a few movies, just not write about them.

Last night, after I got sick of taping up boxes and crossed cleaning the oven off my list, I decided it would be a good time to watch “Baby Boom” again.

An evening with the Tiger Lady herself putting James Spader in his place one second and having a meltdown at a veterinarian’s office the next? Yes please. I don’t need to tell you that this movie holds up. just like “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead,” which I chose as another post packing feature not too long ago.

Moving on to the present, since I have to be at the theater to sell tickets for “Mr. Holmes” in three hours, I am going to attempt to summarize each of the movies I’ve seen lately in just a few sentences.

The Overnight

downloadBilled as a sex comedy, which it is on some levels, Patrick Brice’s film also presents exploration of human relationships and problems prompted by what happens when the characters let their guards down. Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling star as Los Angeles newbies acclimated to the neighborhood by parents’ of their son’s friend, Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godrèche.) While Kurt and Charlotte may seem to not have problems on the surface and only focus on making Alex and Emily feel at home, the story shows that no one is perfect or completely happy. I especially enjoyed Schwartzman’s performance and the cast of four had strong chemistry together on screen, even in the most awkward moments. It is an impressive project and study of human nature portrayed on screen. Fun fact, it was filmed in fifteen days. 

Magic Mike XXL

mAGICI had lower expectations for “Magic Mike XXL” than I did for the first installment in 2012, which was loosely based on Channing Tatum’s days as a stripper. Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” ended up being the perfect mix of drama and stripper life, imagine that, but the sequel strayed too far from the original formula.

Soderbergh was involved only behind the scenes for “Magic Mike XXL” and his assistant director/producer Gregory Jacobs took the lead as director.  “Magic Mike XXL” is a stripper-themed road movie about the old gang getting back together with the addition of some new characters. Unfortunately it just doesn’t live up to the original. Dallas is gone, Brooke said no to Mike’s marriage proposal and the focus on making it to the big stripper convention just didn’t draw me in.

That’s not to say there aren’t entertaining moments, and I really can’t say anything bad about Channing Tatum, but I missed the more subtle style of “Magic Mike” in this installment and found myself thinking back to the ending of that film and the mystery of not knowing what the character would do next.

i did enjoy the supporting roles of Donald Glover and Elizabeth Banks in the sequel but I would recommend watching “Magic MIke” instead or one of Soderbergh’s other films starring Tatum. (Try “Haywire” or “Side Effects.”)

Amy

amyI’ll close out here with some documentaries, including “Amy,” the in-depth and unique story about Amy Winehouse’s life, and sadly, her death. The film, which interestingly uses mostly audio interviews with Winehouse and her friends and family, starts in her childhood and continues to tell the story of her rise as a musician in London and the U.S.

The film presents a disturbing glimpse into how Winehouse lived in the media spotlight while dealing with her personal struggles with addiction and bulimia and trying to continue to make music. it also shows the influence she had on other artists, like Mos Def and Tony Bennett, and their admiration for her through it all.

It’s a sad story but I feel the film strongly presented both the ups and downs of Winehouse’s life and the legacy of her music.

Tig

tigTig Notaro is one of my favorite comedians and I am still recovering from the news that her podcast with David Huntsberger and Kyle Dunnigan, “Professor Blastoff,” is now over. But if it makes room for more projects from each of the comedians like Notaro’s documentary, “Tig,” then I guess I can live with it. (Plus I still have most of the four years of archives to listen to.)

“Tig,” which was just released on Netflix, focuses on the year since Notaro became sick, her mother died and her cancer diagnosis. Notaro talked about her diagnosis, one day after finding out, during a famous show at Largo in Los Angeles and the documentary also focuses on her work leading up to the anniversary of that show. Fans of Notaro will know some of her story but the documentary provides more of a look into her life and at her as a person than what I’ve seen and heard before. I also recommend “Knock Knock, it’s Tig Notaro,” about her comedy road trip to fans’ hometowns with Jon Dore.

Well that was more than a few sentences about each film, and I didn’t even get through all of what I’ve seen lately. I’ll have to continue with that project after I set up a writing perch at my new place.

As Tig Notaro would (kind of) say on Professor Blastoff, that’s been blog.