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#178: Across The Universe / In the Valley of Elah / Top 5 Overrated Directors

I am here as you are here as you are me and we are all together... well, Adam and Matty are together anyway in their disappointment with Julie Taymor's "Across The Universe," which attempts to tell the story of the turbulent '60s through the songs of the Fab Four.

"And Adam and Matty took from their mic bag a rock..." Plus, your hosts dare to do battle with Paul Haggis's latest Oscar-bait, "In the Valley of Elah," a true crime murder mystery that examines the effects of war on returning soldiers and their families.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre and our Top 5 Overrated Directors.

Music by Ha Ha Tonka courtesy of Bloodshot Records

Filmspotting #178
:14-10:18 - Review: "Across The Universe"
Music: Ha Ha Tonka, "Up Nights"
11:19-23:33 - Review: "In the Valley of Elah"
Music: Ha Ha Tonka, "Gusto"
23:59-29:00 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Megan Reilly)
29:01-37:36 - Poll Questions, Toronto Musings, Next Marathon
Music: Ha Ha Tonka, "Cure For The Common Cold"
38:33-51:57 - Top 5: Overrated Directors
51:58-54:24 - Close/Next Show/Outtake

** Post-publish comment: A few people have written in commenting on how much I've been dominating the discussion over these first few shows with Matty. Believe it or not, I am well aware of the problem. I hear the same show you do. I appreciate everyone being patient with us as we adjust to each other. Matty is brand new to this (ball)game and obviously I had settled in pretty well with one guy over the past 2 1/2 years. It may take us a little time.

- Matty says "EE-lah" ... Adam says "AY-lah" ... In the movie, Tommy Lee Jones says "EL-ah." Take your pick.

- For those of you who have generously given to the Filmspotting coffers the past two weeks, thank you! You have not been forgotten. Your official Sam Van Hallgren nicknames will be read on next week's show.


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