On this episode I’m joined by John D’Amico and Jenna Ipcar for a discussion about the movie Blade. We also talk about the concept of fan service, answer a question about stalking celebrities, and right as we’re about to close out, Jenna and John tell us all about Elvis and Mutiny on the Bounty. Plus, a review of Unfriended from Chloe Pelletier!
Smug Film Podcast Episode #26 – Blade / Fan Service / Stalking Celebs / Elvis / The Bounty (4/20/15)
Okay, we’ve got the fluff out of the way and now we’re getting into two of what are hailed as Elvis’ greatest films.
When last I saw you, I was young and naïve—I had decided to undertake the project of watching every single film from Elvis’ shockingly large acting career. Now, four movies in, I would call this the blooming flower period for both Elvis and my Elvis enjoyment. We’ve got Jailhouse Rock, probably Elvis’ most visually recognizable and iconic film—if you’ve ever seen Elvis in a striped shirt, or dancing on a set that looks like a prison, it’s from Jailhouse Rock. Then we have King Creole, which is an Elvis movie you’ve probably heard of people having seen.
If you’re anything like me, you expect both of these to be the most Elvis-y Elvis movies imaginable—full of hips, guitar licks, and sneering lips. But you hold some reservation too, since the first two were such let downs.
So what’s the verdict? Well, keep reading and find out:
Alfred Hitchcock was not just one of the great stylists of the film world, but also one of its great fonts as well, with 53 feature films and a score of TV works, in just about every pre-modern format imaginable, from tinted silent black-and-white to special effects-soaked technicolor. I thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of the moments in his work that really click for me. So, here’s my very personal and by no means exhaustive list of my favorite Hitchcock shots:
On this episode, John D’Amico and I are joined by Danny Reid of Pre-Code.com for a discussion about our favorite films of 1933, and pre-code films in general. No mailbag this week, too many awesome movies to talk about, but we do have a review of Theory of Obscurity from Chloe Pelletier!
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
An Interview with Danny Reid
The Dawn of Technicolor
Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
Shot Context: King Kong
The Kuleshov Effect
Treasures from the Warner Archive
Footlight Parade (Editor’s Note: Not on Blu-Ray yet, but now streaming in 1080p!)
On this episode, Jenna Ipcar and I are joined by Joe Grabinski, whose popular Twitter handle @AmznMovieRevws has taken the internet by storm! As always, we close the show by answering questions from our mailbag—but not before an actual review of Chappie from Chloe Pelletier!