Friday, December 23, 2016

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #010: It's a Wonderful Life (1946)



Hot dog! Merry Christmas!

On today’s special holiday podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1946 holiday classic: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!

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On today’s discussion:

  • Mall shopping on the last weekend before Christmas
  • The NES Classic
  • The movie that defines all Christmas movies
  • How the film touches even Adolfo’s cold heart
  • The miracle that is Mr. Pibb
  • How the sentimentality is earned
  • At which point we get teary eyed
  • “The Greatest Gift” Christmas card
  • How Cary Grant was all wrong for the role
  • A mini history of Liberty Films
  • Capra and Stewart’s favorite film
  • The secret origin of Jimmy Stewart
  • The Christmas Tree capital of the world
  • Why Lionel Barrymore was a perfect choice for Mr. Potter
  • Mr. Potter = Ebeneezer Scrooge without the redemption
  • The framing device of the film
  • Why does Mr. Gower even have a bottle of poison?
  • Apparently adults are allowed to slap children around in 1946
  • How many It’s a Wonderful Life references are there in The Simpsons?
  • A deleted scene where George meets Potter much earlier in life
  • Jimmy Stewart playing a teenager
  • Donna Reed’s beautiful introductory shot
  • “Aw pop, just a little.”
  • George’s constant sacrifices 
  • Thomas Mitchell’s great adlib
  • “We’ll wait for ya, baby…”
  • The one-shot take of Reed and Stewart’s first kiss
  • Bert and Ernie!
  • Eyes swimming with tears
  • How many kids does Martini have?
  • How James Stewart didn’t want to glorify war on screen
  • When you finally see George break
  • A terrifying Santa mask
  • The innovative new “chemical snow” created for the film
  • The bridge guy!
  • The one flaw of the movie!
  • Not finding your true love means your vision fails
  • “Merry Christmas you old Building and Loan!”
  • “To my big brother George, the richest man in town!” ONIONS.
  • The film’s failure at the box office, with awards and with critics
  • The ridiculous copyright history
  • Why Paramount owns the rights even though the film itself is technically in the public domain
  • The Colorized version 
  • The kick to the gut that was 2016


PLUS REFERENCES TO:

  • THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947)
  • YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)
  • FORREST GUMP (1994)
  • BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003)
  • HOME ALONE (1990)
  • HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (1992)
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989)
  • THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
  • JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996)
  • THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)
  • SCROOGED (1988)
  • SCROOGE (1951)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1984)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1999)
  • DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009)
  • MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947)
  • SANTA CLAUS (1959)
  • SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964)
  • A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
  • BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
  • DIE HARD (1988)
  • BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
  • GREMLINS (1984)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #009: Gone with the Wind (1939)


Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered...

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On today’s EPIC podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 Hollywood classic: GONE WITH THE WIND! On today’s discussion:

  • Hattie McDaniel becoming first African American to win an Academy Award
  • One of the earliest films to sweep the Oscars
  • The ups and down of respect amongst film critics
  • How much money has GONE WITH THE WIND made?
  • The Billion Dollar Club
  • Our hesitation to watch the film our first time
  • How Blockbuster didn’t carry anything older than the year 2000
  • How David O Selznick got the film made
  • #NotMyRhett
  • Why Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler
  • “Selznick’s Follie” 
  • The revolving door of directors
  • The most unlikeable protagonist in history
  • Mark can’t keep his potty mouth clean!
  • The search for Scarlett O’Hara
  • Leslie Howard’s least convincing southern accent
  • An appearance by Superman
  • The themes of masculinity throughout the film
  • No one ends up happy
  • How they faked Clark Gable dancing
  • How the film got around the Hayes Code
  • The best shot in the film
  • How the “burning of Atlanta” was filled
  • Uncle Billy!
  • Scarlett as a feminist icon
  • Survival as theme
  • The rewriting of history
  • A thinly veiled Ku Klux Klan raid
  • How Rhett carrying Scarlett up the stairs is NOT the romantic scene many people think it is
  • How Scarlett matures yet remains selfish
  • “Frankly, my dear…” has more impact in context
  • How Hattie McDaniel was not allowed to attend the Atlanta premiere
  • Why it took so long for Gone with the Wind to air on television


PLUS REFERENCES TO:
  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
  • KING KONG (1933)
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
  • BEN-HUR (1959)
  • GETTYSBURG (1993)
  • SCARLETT (1994)
  • TITANIC (1997)
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003)
  • AVATAR (2009)
  • WATCHMEN (2009)
  • THE ARTIST (2011)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015)
  • SAN ANDREAS (2015)
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)









Scrooge (or Marley's Ghost) (1901) "A Christmas Carol" First Film



Check out the earliest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal classic, A Christmas Carol.

SCROOGE, OR MARLEY'S GHOST
1901 • Walter R. Booth

Writers: J.C. Buckstone based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Producers: Robert W. Paul