My grand plans to get blogging regularly again over here are still working themselves out, but in the meantime, I recorded an episode of the Movie Club Podcast with a bunch of colleagues from Row Three (and a friend from the Director’s Club Podcast), discussing Walter Hill’s 1978 The Driver and John Frankenheimer’s 1986 52 Pick-Up, two thrillers showcasing the sleazy side of Los Angeles. I hadn’t seen either film before, so it was fun to experience them for the first time and chat about them with Kurt, Andrew, Bob, and Jim.
We did it via Google+ Hangouts and recorded it to YouTube, so you can watch the entire podcast embedded below, or you can click over here for an audio-only version. Or just subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. It’s a sporadic podcast, originally meant to be once a month, but it’s been a bit more spread out than that, thanks to everyone’s schedule, with an ever-changing cast from various websites (usually Row Three and Film Junk, though the Film Junk guys were busy this month). The next one is planned for February, discussing divisive metaphysical love stories Mr. Nobody, The Fountain, and Cloud Atlas.
Oh, you think I’m already demented? Okay. I’ll accept that. But this week, it’s official (if temporary) as I guest on the Demented Podcast, hosted by Nick Jobe of Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob and Steve Honeywell of 1001 Plus. This has become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to, both because the hosts have a great dynamic with each other, and because the show doesn’t focus on new releases like most other movie podcasts out there. Instead, the guest chooses a genre and each host chooses a film, usually one the other host has not seen, though that’s not necessarily required. In this case, I chose film noir, Nick chose Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Steve chose L.A. Confidential. I’d seen both of those before, but had been meaning to rewatch both, so it worked out pretty well.
Oh, I forgot to mention. The second half of the show is a trivia game – probably the best trivia game I’ve heard on any podcast ever, thanks to the amount of work that Nick and Steve do actually writing a story to hang the questions on, a story that has something to do with the genre under discussion. There’s a lot of story that never gets read, too, since there are different ways the story could go depending on how well you do on the trivia questions. Yeah, it’s fun to listen to, and nervewracking (but also fun) to play. How well did I do? You’ll have to listen to find out. Which you can do below, on Nick’s site, or by subscribing to the show on iTunes. Which you should do.
Anyway, thanks for having me on the show, Nick and Steve! I had a great time.