With the mug shot, the DUI and the deeply offensive anti-Semitic remarks, it was unclear whether Mel Gibson would see "Apocalypto" released in 2006 -- if at all. It's not like the 15th century Mayan adventure story was exactly an easy sell to begin with. Well, time passed (the arrest happened in late July) and the film's distributor, Buena Vista (aka Disney), decided that tempers had cooled and so the film was unleashed on 2500 screens over the weekend. Listen as Adam and Sam restrain themselves from discussing the film as an anti-Herzogian paean to nature and instead debate the merits of a well-made action movie.
Also on the show: Listener Feedback, Massacre Theatre, the third film in the Animation Marathon -- Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira" -- and Sam and Adam's Christmas list ... the Top 5 DVDs of 2006.
Filmspotting #140 :21-13:54 - Review: "Apocalypto" Music: The Magnetic Fields, "All My Little Words" 15:02-18:04 - Peerflix Winner (Chuck Knudsen), New DVDs 18:05-21:54 - Donations, Poll Questions 21:55-23:56 - Programming Notes, Boston Meetup 23:57-29:23 - Listener Feedback (Good Films, Bad Directors) Music: The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love" 30:50-34:39 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Steven Smith) 34:40-45:01 - "Fireflies" Feedback, Animation Marathon #3: "Akira" Music: The Magnetic Fields, "I Don't Want To Get Over You" 46:39-51:30 - Listener Feedback cont. 51:31-1:01:54 - Top 5: Best DVDs of 2006 1:01:55-1:03:49 - Close/Next Show/Outtake
CORRECTIONS/NOTES - Rumor has it Irvin Kershner directed "Empire Strikes Back" not George Lucas. Who knew? Slip of the tongue, folks. Come on, don't we blame and praise Lucas for everything "Star Wars" related?
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