FS #221: American Teen / The Italian Job / Top 5 Swan Songs
Thursday, 31 July 2008 19:00

August 1: Glory days... while Adam and Matty may share common Midwestern roots, turns out they enjoyed quite disparate high school experiences. One of your hosts was (and still is) a dashingly handsome former class President, coasting through life; for the other, high school left him a neurotic and brooding mound of bitterness. Perhaps not surprisingly then, your in-house Zac and Screech offer (violently) differing takes on Nanette Burstein's new documentary focusing on five small-town Indiana seniors, "American Teen."

Plus, the Filmspotting Classic Heist marathon rolls on in style with Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill singing "Rule Britannia" behind the wheels of their 1968 Mini-Coopers in "The Italian Job." Finally, in honor of Heath Ledger's latest turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight," the lads list their Top 5 Swan Songs.

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre and music by Sea Ray.

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Filmspotting #221
:24-14:12 - Review: "American Teen"
Music: Sea Ray, "Nicholas Ray"
14:59-20:05 - Voicemail, Notes, Polls
20:06-31:34 - Feedback (Dark Knight)
Music: Sea Ray, "Revelry"
32:05-35:29 - New Contest
35:30-39:44 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Se Young Kang)
39:45-48:23 - Heist #4: "The Italian Job"
Music: Sea Ray, "Swear To Your Face"
48:45-53:36 - New DVDs, Donations, Winners
53:37-1:06:00 - Top 5: Swan Songs
1:06:01-1:08:29 - Close/Next Show/Outtakes

- The non-dashingly handsome host would like to note that his high school experience was actually pretty pleasant; he came out of the womb neurotic and brooding.

- For all the families listening, note that two of the Top 5 movie clips contain a bit of swearing -- around the 55 and 60 minute marks.

- I figured out what Matty was referring to when discussing the 'superimposed' text messages in "American Teen." Yes, there is at least one instance where Burstein basically captions for us what is appearing on somebody's cell phone. Matty's implication seemed to be that Burstein was making the content of the message up or being dishonest in some way, and I didn't see it that way.

- Don't ask me what Harvey Dent's "transmission" is.

- Apologies to Isaac McKeithen from Auburn, AL who gave us the scene from "The Prestige" we announced the winner of on episode #220. We had two chances to give him his due credit and failed. Sorry!

- More apologies... to listener and former message board mod Alex Knesnik. He bought me "Giant" as a birthday present last year so I didn't need to Tivo it and I definitely should have watched it by now!

- My research on Richard Farnsworth was terrible. He DID get nominated for "The Straight Story" and for "Comes a Horseman" but did NOT win Best Supporting Actor for the latter.

- Also expanding to more screens this weekend... the movie we reviewed in the first segment, "American Teen"!

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