On this Chicago Public Radio edition of Filmspotting: Planes, Snakes and Automobiles ...
All aboard the yellow microbus! Mom and dad (at each other's throats), a suicidal Proust scholar, a teenage devotee of Nietzsche who's taken a vow of silence, a heroin-snorting grandpa ... and the 7-year-old, potbellied beauty pageant contestant who brings them all together. Must be an indie comedy. "Little Miss Sunshine," the debut feature from co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, was a Sundance favorite this past January. Now in wide release, many are calling "Sunshine" one of the best and funniest films of the year. At least one of your Filmspotting hosts agrees; the other doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but completely disagrees (and suggests that maybe he had a happier childhood than you did).
A phenomenon in its native habitat -- the Internet -- "Snakes on a Plane" has now been released into the wild. How will the new Samuel L. Jackson comedy/thriller respond to intense critical scrutiny? Will it satisfy the voracious appetite of irony-loving moviegoers all over the globe? Will it achieve Rocky Horror-like acclaim as an instant camp classic? Or will its pre-ordained success be chastised for employing one of the most cynical marketing campaigns in the history of the silver screen? Depends which host you ask...
Also on the show, Adam and Sam talk with the man behind Filmspotting's favorite film of the year so far -- "Brick" writer/director Rian Johnson. Plus, another edition of Massacre Theatre and the Filmspotting University Top 5 -- the five films Adam, Sam and special guest Rian Johnson want every young filmmaker to see.
And by UPN's Veronica Mars Season 2, available now on DVD.
Filmspotting #120 :20-13:17 - Review: "Little Miss Sunshine" Music: The Black Heart Procession, "Not Just Words" 13:58-34:21 - Massacre Theatre 14:59-25:24 - Review: "Snakes on a Plane" 25:25-26:03 - Peerflix Winner: Elizabeth Gewirtz Music: The Black Heart Procession, "Blue Tears" 26:04-36:57 - Audio Feedback, Rian Johnson Interview Music: Girls Against Boys, "Super-fire" 37:43-59:30 - Notes, Top 5: Filmspotting University 59:31-1:01:49 - Next Show/Close/Outtake + Bonus Outtake
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