Filmspotting #141: The Pursuit of Happyness / Ghost in the Shell / Top 5 Supporting Performances
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 01:00

It's fair to say that 99% of the people who go to see Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness" know exactly what the movie is going to do to them -- make them cry. The inspiring true story of a down-on-his-luck dad who risks everything to give his family a better life, "Pursuit" is this year's "Cinderella Man." But is there enough Cinderella story to bring Adam and admitted crybaby Sam to tears? Or does Gabriele Muccino, directing his first English-language film, make a conventional Hollywood debut?

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre, the fourth film in the Animation Marathon -- Mamoru Oshii's "Ghost in the Shell" -- and the first in a three-part look at the best of the year in cinema ... the Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2006.

Music by The Essex Green courtesy of Merge Records.

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Filmspotting #141
:20-16:48 - Review: "The Pursuit Of Happyness"
Music: The Essex Green, "Don't Know Why"
18:14-21:15 - Voicemail, Peerflix Winner (Molly Vik), New DVDs
21:16-26:26 - Donations, Boston Meetup, Poll Questions
26:27-32:02 - Listener Feedback (Apocalypto, Top 5 DVDs )
Music: The Essex Green, "Penny & Jack"
33:16-35:55 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Harlan Harris)
35:56-39:26 - "Akira" Feedback, Animation #4: "Ghost in the Shell"
39:27-49:25 - Animation #4: "Ghost in the Shell"
Music: The Essex Green, "Sin City"
50:46-1:10:55 - Top 5: Supporting Performances of 2006
1:10:56-1:14:02 - Close/Next Show/Outtakes

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