FS #293: Shutter Island / Trouble in Paradise / Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars
Friday, 26 February 2010 01:00
Feb 26: What do Michele Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley have in common? If you answered that none of those illustrious stars have ever stepped foot in Matty’s living room, you are correct. But they all also have Academy Award nominations to their credit and currently find themselves in the middle of fellow Oscar award winner (for "Kundun," right??) Martin Scorcese’s latest thriller, "Shutter Island." The Filmspotting duo finds itself split on the overall effectiveness of the Dennis Lehane adaptation, with "I-haven’t-met-a-great-director-whose-work-I-couldn’t-apologize-for" Adam finding enough to chew on long after the film had ended, while Matty seems to have spent the better part of the film trying to convince himself he wasn’t watching a Peter Jackson movie. But both the lads agree that the second film in their Ernst Lubitsch marathon, 1932’s "Trouble in Paradise," succeeds on all rollicking fronts. They close out the show with another Oscar-laden segment by handing out their choices for the Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars... But Didn’t. Fittingly, Jack Palance’s ghost shows up in time to give all five slots to Marisa Tomei.

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

Listen to Filmspotting #293
Filmspotting #293
:13-16:41 - Review: "Shutter Island"
Music: The Right Now, "Ain't Going Back"
17:40-22:53 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: L. Nash)
22:54-26:46 - Notes, Polls
26:47-37:40 - Lubitsch #2: "Trouble in Paradise"
Music: The Right Now, "Before I Know Your Name"
38:36-48:00 - New DVDs / Donations
48:01-1:09:15 - Top 5: Performances That Should've Won Oscar
1:09:16-1:12:12 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes


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- "The Haunting" is actually a 1963 release, not the '50s.

- Francis Ford Coppola did release "The Outsiders" before "Rumblefish," both 1983 releases.

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