Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 48: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, We bought a Zoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and The Artist

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.″

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Flagrant Oscar Bait?  Or quirk run amok?″

We Bought a Zoo.   It’s Elizabethtown with animals, which means it’s well-meaning, a little too nice, and has a sentimental screenplay propped up by a handful of clever story moments.″

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  The only mole in this movie is the entertainment–and it’s deep, deep undercover.″

War Horse.  Although it’s been called an old fashion epic that tugs at the heartstrings, some of the Misfits weren’t all that enamored with this latest Spielberg effort.  Are they looking a gift horse in the mouth?″

The Artist.  The less said the better–really.″

Thanks for listening!  We’ll be back in two weeks.

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4 thoughts on “Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 48: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, We bought a Zoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and The Artist

  1. Well, how interesting to hear the different reactions to The Artist. After hearing all the hype, I too, assumed I would’ve felt the way Jim did at first blush; but it only took one viewing for me to come away feeling as Nancy did: I was smitten from the first frame. We won’t talk about the poor quality of the print (grainy, color stock standing-in for B&W, etc.) and an annoying distortion with whatever digital sound system was employed in the particular venue where I saw it. I guess I was able to overlook the flaws seen by some and just go with it; and those who joined me at the screening felt the same way.

    And as for playing fast and loose with the dangers of cellulose-nitrate film stock – that wasn’t the only technical faux pas present here – how’s about using television leader-?? Heck, the timeline for this film even predates Academy leader – which would have gotten a free pass from me, had the producers the good sense to at least travel back that far in time for technical accuracy. Funny, it’s always the simple things which trip-up producers’, over and over again, when attempting to recreate the past. And in an otherwise flawless recreation of the late 1920’s, they blow these. Never mind how difficult it must have been to assure the accuracy of all the location shoots, etc., this is what ruins the day. Nonetheless, I still had a good time.

    • There’s one other questionable moment in “The Artist.” It’s not so much a mistake, I guess, as it is artistic license. When Peppy runs off the movie set to go save George Valentin, we see her chair with her name across it, and next to it is a chair that reads: screenwriter. If you know anything about how writers are treated in Hollywood (even in the silent days) it’s pretty unlikely one would be on the set, let alone have his own chair.
      Very small gripe about an overall wonderful film.

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