Filmspotting #161: Waitress / Away From Her / Double Indemnity / Top 5 Movies Directed By Women
Friday, 18 May 2007 01:00

May 18: Sarah Polley and the late Adrienne Shelly started their careers giving memorable performances in films not unlike the ones that each of them has now directed: "Away From Her" and "Waitress," respectively. Polley's adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "The Bear Came Over The Mountain" (her feature film debut) takes place in a snow-bound Canadian town that recalls the tragic landscape of Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter," while Shelly's second feature film as writer-director is set in an oddball sitcom world that is not so out of step with the dry absurdity of Hal Hartley's "Trust" or "The Unbelievable Truth." Adam and Sam find both efforts worthy of their creators but disagree slightly on which film strikes the more resonant chord.

Also on the show: Filmspotting listeners continue the battle Adam and Sam started last week over "28 Weeks Later." Plus, Massacre Theatre, the Top 5 Films Directed By Women, and a surprisingly contentious conversation about the first film in Filmspotting's six-week Film Noir Marathon, Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity."

Music by Portastatic courtesy of Merge Records.

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Filmspotting #161
:22-7:20 - Review: Away From Her
7:21-17:04 - Review: Waitress
Music: Portastatic, "Sour Shores"
18:23-21:43 - Audio Feedback, Poll Questions
21:44-34:17 - Listener Feedback (28 Weeks, Character Intros)
Music: Portastatic, "Chesapeke"
35:04-37:37 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Patrick Williamson)
37:38-47:20 - Noir #1: Double Indemnity
Music: Portastatic, "Lively Chase"
47:56-50:47 - New DVDs, Donations
50:48-53:05 - Audio Feedback, Notes
53:06-1:05:19 - Top 5: Movies Directed By Women
1:05:20-1:07:28 - Close/Next Show/Outtake

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