Episode 19: TCMFF 19 / Jessica Pickens

“Live” from the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival with Jessica Pickens (@HollywoodComet).

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – 5th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, was the holder of ticket #1 for Out of Sight in 2015.

Jessica Pickens (@HollywoodComet) – 6th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, doesn’t just watch musicals! True story.

 
Music Contained in this Podcast:

Preacher Boy – “Shamedown” <— Check out Preacher Boy’s music here

The Marvelettes – “Mr. Postman”

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Recorded in April 2019. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

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Episode 17: Rocky Part 3 – Creed / Raquel Stecher

Raquel Stecher returns to complete Rocky’s saga with a conversation about Creed and Creed II. We discuss fathers and sons, the disappearance of the boxing community and TRAINING MONTAGES! 

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – believes that Creed II is the best Rocky sequel. 

Raquel Stecher (@RaquelStecher) – Classic movie blogger, workout and training montage expert.

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Ryan Coogler discusses origins of Creed

“Gonna Fly Now” – Bill Conti

Creed trailer

A Shot in the Dark clip

NBC Saturday Night promo (1989)

“Go For It” – Joey B. Ellis 

HBO Boxing Intro from the early 80’s

Creed clip “Training”

Creed II trailer

Rocky III clip – “Apollo’s offer’

Rocky IV clip – “I must break you”

“Runnin” – Ludwig Göransson (w/ ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, and Nicki Minaj)

Rocky III clip: “Ding ding.”

“Fight in Moscow” – Ludwig Göransson

RKO Radio Pictures beep beep

“Last Breath” – Future

Cinema Shame Rocky Shop

Cinema Shame’s Rocky/Creed store on Amazon (browse and support the show!)

Creed – Blu-ray
Creed II – Blu-ray
Rocky I-VI – Rocky Heavyweight Collection on Blu-ray

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Recorded in December 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

2019 Shame Statement

Time for another year of penance. I know I haven’t been consistently writing, but I definitely am still consistently watching. One thing I try to do each year is expand my knowledge of a genre. Last year it was supposed to be westerns and I managed to get a few first time watches in. This year I’m going to move onto comedies.

The journey into comedies is inspired by my discovery and newfound love of screwball comedies after watching His Girl Friday for the first time in November 2018. I followed up with Bringing Up Baby and His Favorite Wife and wouldn’t you know? I liked something new that I had no idea I would. Hence 2019 will be exploring humor. Here’s gonna be some of them I certainly plan to watch:

The Naked Gun Trilogy – All I’ve seen of these films is the “that’s my policy” bit that spoofs Dirty Harry. That’s all I needed to see to decide it’s finally time to knock these off the list.

Joes vs The Volcano

Inspired by CinemaShame’s very own James Patrick, I hear about how much this film means to him, so I need to see what is going on. I like hearing when movies are special to people that aren’t the usual suspects.

Young Frankenstein

I’ve been working on my Mel Brooks watching for a while now. Yet I’ve still haven’t seen his magnum opus. I own it, so it should be one of the first I knock off this year.

That Thing You Do!

Some more Tom Hanks here.

Chasing Amy

One of many still unwatched Criterion disc. Also the one Kevin Smith film I was always genuinely interested in.

So this is the opening salvo. Obviously subject to change. Or not at all. Here’s to 2019 and all your first time viewing!

Getting on the Same Page: His Girl Friday and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Comedy

HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a film that I hadn’t seen and hadn’t sought because it was one that I thought I would never have had an interest in. I like comedy, but I never had an interest in classic Hollywood screwball comedy. That is until earlier in 2018 when I watched Greta Garbo in NINOTCHKA via FilmStruck (RIP’). I found myself rolling with laughter at deadpan humor exhibited by the amazing Garbo. Had I been wrong all these years? Can I, a man born in the 1980s find humor in classic cinema? I love classic cinema and was surprised that this was an area that I never broke into. I purchased HIS GIRL FRIDAY, during the July 2018 sale at Barnes and Noble. Since this was not only an unopened Criterion, it was a film I never saw as well and therefore was perfect for this November 2018 prompt.

In the supplemental features of the Criterion edition of HIS GIRL FRIDAY, film scholar David Bordwell discusses how the film is one of the most American films ever made. This wasn’t just in terms of the ideology or sensibilities portrayed on screen, but in the filmmaking process. Director Howard Hawks was considered to be one of the great American directors who is not a household name. I can see why this is. Hawks manages to keep your eyes strictly on what is on screen without you paying attention to how he sets up, blocks, lights and all those things related to the process of filming. This is the opposite of someone like Stanley Kubrick (one of my favorite directors), who has your eyes on screen and you notice how he puts it on screen. While both ways work perfectly, you can see why a defined visual style sticks in folks memory much longer. However with HIS GIRL FRIDAY, you don’t need a visual style. For this film, the viewers are given one of the fastest, snappiest and wittiest films ever.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY, is the second adaptation of the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The first was directed by Lewis Milestone in 1931 under the same name. That film, also included on the Criterion, I felt had a bit more flourishes in regards to the direction as opposed to Hawks. It also felt like a filmed stage play. Yet while entertaining it lacks Rosalind Russell who outshines Cary Grant like the sun sitting next to a light bulb. Her breakneck delivery of the film’s razor sharp dialogue is one of the best performances I’ve seen. It’s also quite physical without becoming slapstick. This is where my eyes opened to classical Hollywood comedy. It was the delivery that made me laugh, even if the joke itself was outdated. I will say, the Ralph Bellamy bit was a fantastic piece of fourth wall breaking.

This film also doesn’t let you forget that it’s based around the world of newspapers and newspaper writing. The film’s humor never detracts from this premise and also manages to never go into parody no matter what left turns the story takes. Hawks excelled in keeping the whole thing balanced and none of the film’s strengths ever got so high that it felt it was covering up a weakness.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY, is a great piece of cinema comedy and engaging as a look into the journalism business. The back and forth humor was some of the best I’ve ever seen in a film and the world of classic Hollywood comedy is a bit broader to me now and something I seek to understand much more thoroughly.

Episode 13: The Bad News Bears Retrospective / Will McKinley

An episode that began as an aside to the Rocky episodes grew into a lengthy conversation about how The Bad News Bears demands relevancy in 2018, which grew into an even longer conversation about the Bad News Bears sequels, pre-ordained judgment of said sequels, and the mistreatment of classic cinema in a modern era that prefers to scrub clean the unfortunate realities of prior generations.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Played baseball into college when his stubborn streak derailed his plans. A kid on his little league team dug himself a hole in right field and sang Christmas carols during multiple games.

Will McKinley (@willmckinley) – writer for Sony’s getTV network and a self-proclaimed Old Movie Weirdo. willmckinley.com

 

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Georges Bizet – Carmen

The Bad News Bears (1976) Trailer

The Bad News Bears (2005) Trailer

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) Trailer

The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978) Trailer

Walter Matthau interview on Parkinson One to One

Selected clips from the The Bad News Bears (1976)

Selected clip from Fletch (1985)

Selected clip from The Couch Trip (1988)

 

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Recorded in November 2017 and May 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Episode 12: Musical Shamedown / Jessica Pickens

Jessica Pickens of Comet Over Hollywood returns. She selects a roster of Classic Hollywood Musicals beyond standard fare and we discuss how and why modern audiences aren’t necessarily receptive to the genre in 2018, using the polarizing La La Land as a case study.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Played trombone, once performed as a backup dancer for my friends’ band.

Jessica Pickens (@hollywoodcomet) – Has seen almost 600 musicals and blogs about classic movies (mostly musicals!) at cometoverhollywood.com.

 

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Hollywood & the Stars – Those Fabulous Musicals

“That’s Entertainment” performed by Fred Astaire (from Band Wagon)

Clips from the trailer for Footlight Parade.

Frank Sinatra talking about Broadway Melody of 1940 from That’s Entertainment

Eleanor Powell’s speech at the AFI Tribute to Fred Astaire

“Tico Tico” by Ethel Smith (from Bathing Beauty)

Clips from the trailer for The Harvey Girls.

“I Left My Hat in Haiti” performed by Fred Astaire (from A Royal Wedding)

Clips from the trailer for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

“I Enjoy Being a Girl” performed by B.J. Baker (from Flower Drum Song)

“Well, Did You Evah?” performed by Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn (from At Long Last Love)

Clips from the trailer for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

 

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Recorded on June 1st, 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Episode 8: Citizen Kane / Kristen Lopez

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Kristen Lopez confesses her dirty little secret to the world. She was a film writer and pop culture commentator that had not seen Citizen Kane. She joins James to confess and correct her shame. In this 90-minute conversation Kristen and James exorcise some demons and confront Citizen Kane’s place in film history, film criticism and popular culture. Is it possible to truly appreciate Citizen Kane without a proper cinematic education?

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – First discovered Orson Welles by watching Transformers: The Movie.

Kristen Lopez (@Journeys_Film) – Film writer and pop culture commentator. She also runs the Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business podcasts.

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Prelude” – Bernard Herrman

“Xanadu” – Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O.

Supplementary Links:

Kristen’s List of Shame on Letterboxd

Citizen Kane (BFI Classics), Laura Mulvey

Citizen Kane: A Filmmakers Journey, Harlan Lebo

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Recorded in December 2017. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.