Filmspotting #106: A Prairie Home Companion / Top 5 Ensembles Preview
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 01:00
I got a bad  joke... remember Adam and Sam's musical Massacre Theatre?

An 80 year-old director makes a movie about a 30 year-old public radio show. OK, so this isn't typical summer fare. That being said, the director is Hollywood maverick Robert Altman -- and if anyone (over the age of 70) can make public radio cool, it's Altman. The fictitious tale of the venerable radio program's final broadcast, "A Prairie Home Companion" was co-written by show host Garrison Keillor and features a huge cast of award-winning talent, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones and Altman regular Lily Tomlin. The movie will likely draw its target audience of NPR junkies, but Adam and Sam agree that it deserves a bigger audience than that. "Prairie Home" may seem a bit slight when compared with previous Altman films like its musical cousin "Nashville" or even 2001's Oscar nominated "Gosford Park," but what it lacks in ambition it more than makes up for in entertainment: Harrelson and Reilly's performance of "Bad Jokes" may be, simultaneously, the corniest and funniest thing you'll see all summer ... until, that is, Reilly returns in August in Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights."

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre and a preview of this week's Top 5 ... Ensemble Movies.

Music by Jude from the album "No One Is Really Beautiful."

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Filmspotting #106
:27-14:42 - Review: "A Prairie Home Companion"
Music: Jude, "I'm Sorry Now"
15:52-21:16 - Peerflix Winner/New DVDs, Donations, Polls
21:17-25:47 - Notes, Free Gymkata!
25:48-32:36 - Major Filmspotting Announcements
Music: Jude, "Charlie Says"
33:30-36:40 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Corey Atad)
36:41-42:24 - Listener Feedback (The Break-Up), SF Meetup
42:25-47:34 - Top 5 Preview: Ensemble Movies
47:35-49:17 - Next Show/Close

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