Filmspotting #139: The Nativity Story / McCabe & Mrs. Miller / Top 5 Good Films From 'Bad' Directors
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 01:00

When New Line courted church-goers with its new film "The Nativity Story", it's likely they didn't bother noting that the film was directed Catherine Hardwicke, the woman behind the teens-gone-wild dramas "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown." As it turns out, that's just fine, because "The Nativity Story" bears almost no resemblance to the gritty realism of Hardwicke's previous films. Instead, she remains faithful to the familiar story -- and to the familiar telling of the story. So faithful, in fact, that one Filmspotting host suggests that it might be indistinguishable from the Nativity Story that you, dear listener, may have starred in as a sixth grader (you played one of the wise men, didn't you?).

Plus, to honor the life and career of Robert Altman, Adam and Sam have a conversation about the 1971 Altman classic "McCabe and Mrs. Miller."

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre, and the Tony Scott Memorial 'True Romance' Top 5 ... Good Films From 'Bad' Directors.

Music by Deadstring Brothers courtesy of Bloodshot Records.

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Listen  to Filmspotting #139

Filmspotting #139
:21-14:59 - Review: "The Nativity Story"
Music: Deadstring Brothers, "Get Up Jake"
16:30-19:50 - Peerflix Winner (Freddie Mullins), New DVDs
19:51-23:08 - Donations, Poll Questions, Notes
23:09-30:27 - Listener Feedback (The Fountain, Ambitious Movies)
Music: Deadstring Brothers, "Til The Bleeding Stops"
31:37-34:37 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Joren Cain)
34:38-47:44 - Altman Tribute: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Music: Deadstring Brothers, "Sacred Heart"
48:58-52:55 - Listener Feedback (Ambitious Movies)
52:56-1:05:26 - Top 5: Good Films From Bad Directors
1:05:27-1:08:23 - Close/Next Show/Outtakes

NOTES/CORRECTIONS
- Adam meant to say three "stars" not "planets" align to shine a beacon of light down on baby Jesus in "The Nativity Story."
- "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" was actually #2 on Sam's Top 5 list of the movies he's most ashamed to have never seen (Cinecast #2). Wall Street, which he has since seen, was his #1. Adam has seen all five of his top choices since recording that show.
- Sam probably meant to say "showdown" or "gunfight" instead of "faceoff" when describing the 'duel' involving Keith Carradine in "McCabe," but you all knew what he meant.
- Read Sam's tribute to Robert Altman in last week's Dope Sheet.

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