FS #249: Watchmen / Angry Young Men Marathon Awards / Top 5 Deconstructors
Friday, 13 March 2009 01:00
March 13: It's a little known fact that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, creators of the "Watchmen" graphic novel that redefined the comic book industry, actually based their fictionalized characters on the exploits of your beloved Filmspotting duo. In the '80s, Adam and Matty were known to dress up in the costumes they found discarded in a theater dumpster after a touring production of "Cats." Dressed as Rum Tum Tugger and Mr. Mistoffelees -- but addressing themselves as Captain Action and Corporal Punishment -- Adam and Matty patrolled the parking lot of the Circle K at the corner of Western and Division in Chicago from 9 pm until dawn, ostensibly warding off crime but more often than not catching up on the latest Marge Piercy novels.

This week, Filmspotting gets to review the very movie inspired by their superhero antics: "Watchmen" from director Zack Snyder and starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley and Carla Gugino. Plus, the lads find time to award their distinguished Kitchen Sink Awards in recognition of the very best of their recently-wrapped Angry Young Men Marathon. Then, in honor of "Watchmen's" deconstruction of the "comic book movie," Filmspotting hands out their Top 5 Deconstructors, films that successfully flipped their respective genres on their respective ears.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- Listener Feedback and music by The Gaslight Anthem ...Download from iTunes here

Listen to Filmspotting #249
Filmspotting #249
:35-19:37 - Review: "Watchmen"
Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "The '59 Sound"
20:41-24:10 - Voicemail, Poll Questions
24:11-34:29 - Feedback (Gomorrah, Love Triangles)
Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "Film Noir"
35:15-39:54 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: S. Bramble)
39:55-56:47 - Kitchen Sink Awards
Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "Miles Davis & the Cool"
58:35-1:04:00 - New DVDs, Donations
1:04:01-1:18:00 - Top 5: Deconstructors
1:18:01-1:20:59 - Close/Next Show/Outtake

- Any and all CORRECTIONS can be tracked on Filmspotting's Twitter page... plus Top 5 Honorable Mentions.

- Make some time in your schedule... this show is about as long as "Watchmen."

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast interview with the "Watchmen" screenwriters can be accessed through iTunes here.
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