On this Chicago Public Radio edition of Filmspotting ... Cynical Civics & Pornographic Patriotism
Three films, three contradictory visions. Clint Eastwood tells the complicated story behind WWII's most iconic photograph in "Flags of Our Fathers"; Stephen Frears' "The Queen" details the aftermath of the 1997 death of Princess Diana for strange bedfellows Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth II; and John Cameron Mitchell follows up his debut film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" with "Shortbus," a subversive shot of (real) sex and (personal) politics. Sam calls one of these three the most patriotic movies of the year ... guess which one?
Plus, Adam's conversation with "Flags of Our Fathers" co-star Barry Pepper, Massacre Theatre, and -- in honor of Mitchell's "Shortbus" -- this week's Top 5 ... Sophomore Efforts w/ special return guest Matty Ballgame.
Music by Alejandro Escovedo from "A Man Under the Influence" (2001) courtesy of Bloodshot Records.
Filmspotting #134 :19-10:23 - Review: "Flags of Our Fathers" 10:24-16:39 - Review: "The Queen" Music: Alejandro Escovedo, "Rhapsody" 17:37-19:00 - New DVDs, Peerflix Winner (Jose Aguilar) 19:01-27:44 - Review: "Shortbus" Music: Alejandro Escovedo, "Follow You Down" 29:18-31:42 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Clara Gelatt) 31:43-44:00 - Barry Pepper Interview Music: Alejandro Escovedo, "Wedding Day" 44:50-1:01:00 - Top 5: Sophomore Efforts 1:01:01-1:02:54 - Close/Next Show/Outtake + Bonus Vulgarity
NOTES/LINKS - Matty Ballgame is a professional actor in New York. Interested agents and casting directors may contact him at
- Yep, the "Evil Dead" clip is not actually the scene we massacred on our last show. Turns out that scene wasn't in the movie -- though I (Adam) and everyone who responded would swear it was. - The "25th Hour clip is with Barry Pepper and the actor who plays his boss, not his co-worker played by Aaron Stanford. I (Adam) wanted to use part of the exchange between Pepper and Stanford, but it was shorter than I remember and the only part worth playing would have been a little too offensive for Public Radio, see 22:02 here if you're curious.
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