Filmspotting #119: World Trade Center / Sullivan's Travels / Top 5 True Stories
Wednesday, 16 August 2006 01:00
Nicolas Cage stars  in World Trade Center

Oliver Stone has been called a lot of things -- provocateur, muckraker, conspiracy theorist -- but he has never been accused of lacking ambition. Until now. The story of the survival and rescue of two New York City police officers (Nicolas Cage and "Crash's" Michael Pena) buried in the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, Stone's "World Trade Center" is moving, well-acted, and respectful of its sensitive source material. But it's also remarkably straightforward -- which wouldn't be such a bad thing if Stone wasn't working in such familiar territory. Cage gives a particularly good performance and the rest of the cast is uniformly strong, but both Adam and Sam are left scratching their heads at Stone's bewildering depiction of one of the film's central heroic characters.

Also on the show, Filmspotting takes a look at the fifth entry in their six week/seven film Screwball Comedies Marathon, Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels." The only consensus your hosts have found during the marathon so far has been their mutual dislike of the classic "Bringing Up Baby." With "Travels," Adam and Sam are again in agreement: Sturges' 1941 film is a smart, sophisticated and surprising movie that reaches far beyond its screwball set-up.

Plus: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre and our our Top 5 True Stories.

Music by Wilder Embry from the album "Your Sweet Heart."

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Filmspotting #119
:20-19:00 - Review: "World Trade Center"
19:01-19:51 - Audio Feedback
Music: Wilder Embry, "Light Me Up in the Dark"
20:37-23:55 - The 'Van' Explanation, Wedding Talk
23:56-28:45 - Peerflix Winner, New DVDs, Poll Questions
28:46-38:41 - Listener Feedback (Talladega Nights, Sidekicks)
38:42-39:17 - Audio Feedback
Music: Wilder Embry, "Sugar"
40:17-42:47 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Avery Oltmans)
42:48-54:18 - Screwball Marathon: "Sullivan's Travels"
Music: Wilder Embry, "Last Monday Night"
55:22-58:26 - Listener Feedback (More Sidekicks)
58:27-1:14:09 - Top 5: True Stories
1:14:10-1:18:24 - Next Show/Close/Special Extended Outtake

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