FS #284: Brothers / The Son's Room / 2009 Golden Brick Nominees
Friday, 11 December 2009 01:00
Dec. 11: This week's teaser for Filmspotting is brought to you by the same team responsible for the trailer for "Brothers," the latest film from director Jim Sheridan, starring real-life brothers Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. Basically the show opens with both Adam and Matty tearing this utter piece of melodramatic tripe to shreds; they proceed to feed the surviving vestiges of the film to their gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog, Captain Fantastic. At one point during the show, Adam locks himself in the studio unwilling to budge until "Brothers" star Natalie Portman admits to having a relationship with Matty and Captain Fantastic. The stand-off is prolonged when both Matty and The Captain heartily endorse the idea. The lads then anoint "The Son's Room," the 2001 winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or award as not only the best of their Cannes Marathon, but as perhaps the greatest movie of the decade and laud star/director Nanni Moretti as the second coming of Carol Reed, Todd Field and Todd Palin. Then the boys find time to announce the nominees for the greatest awards ever doled out by a body completely removed from any kind of authority, governance or taste. Yes, with the help of Pia Zadora, the lads list their 2009 Golden Brick Nominees -- the overlooked gems from the year in cinema.

Also on the show: Music by The Bad Plus and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.

Listen to Filmspotting #284
Filmspotting #284
:13-16:57 - Review: "Brothers"
Music: The Bad Plus, "Barracuda"
17:40-22:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Milder)
22:12-25:40 - Poll Questions
25:41-35:30 - Cannes #5: "The Son's Room"
Music: The Bad Plus, "Comfortably Numb"
36:11-42:57 - New DVDs / Donations
42:58-55:34 - Top 5: Golden Brick Nominees
55:35-57:56 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

- "Brothers" is a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film "Brødre." She also directed "After the Wedding."
- Other Jim Sheridan movies: In America, In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin', My Left Foot
- Other Natalie Portman performances: Leon: The Professional, Garden State
- Other Tobey Maguire performances: The Ice Storm, Spider-Man
- Another Nanni Moretti film: Caro Diario

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

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