Smug Film Podcast Episode #19 – Rick Harper Returns / Room Full of Spoons / Horror / Aspect Ratios (3/2/15)

Episode 19 59:20 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico and I are joined via Skype by Rick Harper, who gives us some huge updates on the progress of his upcoming documentary Room Full Of Spoons. (You might remember him from Episode 5 of the podcast—if you don’t, check out that one too!) Rick is a big horror fan, so we also shoot the breeze about that, then close the episode with a mailbag question about aspect ratios. Plus, a review of Whiplash by Chloe Pelletier!

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #18 – Greg DeLiso 1-on-1 / E.T. Lighting / Video Game Influence (2/23/15)

Episode 18 1:27:36 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, I am joined by Greg DeLiso via Skype for a 1-on-1, in which discuss a whole bunch of things, and go off on tangents, and it’s not even worth me explaining, just listen. And as always, we close the show by answering questions from the mailbag.
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Cody Clarke & John D’Amico on ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
Directed by Steve Pink
Written by Josh Heald
93 min.

This past Wednesday, John D’Amico and I attended a free advance screening of this film. The following is a conversation between us, discussing everything from the film to the experience of the event itself:

Cody: Alright, so first off, how about that fucking cold ass line? Not blaming the theater for the weather of course, but man that was not the night to be outside on a line for a movie, let alone an ‘eh, I’ll go I guess’ movie like Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #17 – Brad Avery / Film Canon (2/16/15)

Episode 17 59:22 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico, and I are joined via Skype by Brad Avery. We discuss the film canon: do we need it? Is it beneficial? As always, we close the show by answering questions from the mailbag—but before that, we have a special appearance by Chloe Pelletier, in which she reviews 50 Shades of Grey based on the parts she’s seen of it while working at the theater.
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Brad Avery, With An Apropos William Friedkin Story

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During this week’s podcast, in which Cody, John, and Jenna discuss the films of 1977, the conversation turns, of course, to William Friedkin’s masterpiece Sorcerer. I was glad to hear it come up, as just a few months ago I had the pleasure of being able to see it for the first time at the Harvard Film Archive. Not only was the new 4K restoration they screened unbelievably gorgeous, but William Friedkin himself was in attendance, and ended the evening with a Q&A.

William Friedkin is 79 years old, and while he occasionally discussed the craftsmanship involved in filmmaking or his philosophies towards storytelling, he mostly just told old man stories. And my God, if you ever have the opportunity to hear Friedkin talk, do not pass it up. Imagine your grandfather’s old glory day yarns he’s told a million times—now, imagine they’re about making The French Connection and getting innocent men off death row and visiting devil worshippers in Iraq.

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