FS #280: Precious / When Father Was Away on Business / Top 5 Bad Screen Parents
Friday, 06 November 2009 01:00
Nov. 6: O Captain! My Captain! This week, Adam and Matty make music from the heart and navigate the blackboard jungle as they stand and deliver their latest edition of Filmspotting featuring a discussion of the Sundance sensation, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," starring Paula Patton as a Harlem high school teacher trying to save Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe’s teenaged Precious from an abusive mother -- played to the hilt by comedienne Mo'Nique. The lads also ask all dangerous minds to lean on them and trust their takes on 1985’s "When Father Was Away on Business," the first installment of the Filmspotting Golden Palm Marathon. Then, in honor of Mo’Nique’s devastating performance, the boys close out Mr. Holland’s Opus by listing their Top 5 Bad Screen Parents. Good-bye, Mr. Chips!

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music by The Almighty Defenders and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.

Listen to Filmspotting #280
Filmspotting #280
:13-15:44 - Review: "Precious"
Music: The Almighty Defenders, "Bow Down and Die"
16:46-22:57 - Voicemail, Polls
22:58-34:54 - Feedback (Nostalgia Movies)
Music: The Almighty Defenders, "She Came Before Me"
35:59-39:56 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Lance St. Laurent)
39:57-54:50 - Cannes Marathon #1: "When Father Was Away"
Music: The Almighty Defenders, "Cone of Light"
55:52-1:03:59 - New DVDs / Donations
1:04:00-1:16:26 - Top 5: Bad Parents
1:16:27-1:18:59 - Close /Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

- Suspense films mentioned in poll: Wait Until Dark, The Others, The Silence of the Lambs, Vertigo
- Romanian movie at TIFF: Tales From a Golden Age
- Government quashing dissent: The Lives of Others
- Another Cannes winner from Emir Kusturica: Underground
- Other "Neo-neo realism" films like Ballast: Shotgun Stories, Sugar, Wendy and Lucy, Chop Shop

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