#266: 500 Days of Summer / In the Loop / Harry Potter / Top 5 Films of 2009 So Far
Remember when your mother offered you one whole dollar if you cut all the coupons out of the Minneapolis StarTribune and filed them away for her in her coupon Rolodex, but instead of cutting them all out, you just threw away most of the paper, and then your mother went through the garbage to discover your treachery and immediately went down to the Ben Franklin where you had promptly spent your dollar on penny candies and humiliated you in front of your friends and grounded you for two weeks which made you miss the Little League playoffs, and you were so mad that you threatened not to thank her in your Oscar speech? Remember that? Well, one Filmspotting host certainly still does. And to this day, any time he sees a weekend circular, a coupon book, or any discount advertising at all, he breaks down into a catatonic ball on the floor. Well, luckily for you but unluckily for the Filmspotting host cursed to pay full price for the rest of his life, this week Adam and Matty are bringing you not one, not TWO, but THREE movie discussions for the price of one. The lads kick around the British comedy "In the Loop," consider spending "500 Days of Summer" with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Muggle Matty does battle with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." But that’s not all! Filmspotting triples your value as the esteemed Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins Adam and Matty to list the Top 5 Best Films of 2009 (so far). That’s three movie reviews, fifteen Top Five picks brought to you by three legitimate film critics (well, okay one legitimate film critic and two pretend critics) all for the regular Filmspotting low, low, price of absolutely free.
Uh oh. Can we get some smelling salts for Matty? He’s drooling on the swag. Hate to see that.
Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by In Review Online -- music by Andrew Bird, and special guest voicemails from Matt Singer, Dave Chen, Tassoula Kokkoris and Adam Palcher.
:13-10:37 - Review: "500 Days of Summer"
10:38-15:50 - Review: "In the Loop"
15:51-24:05 - Review: "Harry Potter"
Music: Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature"
24:50-30:04 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: A. Bowie)
30:05-46:15 - Poll, Top 5: Films of '09
Music: Andrew Bird, "Tenuousness"
47:06-57:03 - New DVDs/Contests/Donations
57:04-1:17:35 Top 5: Films of '09 cont.
1:17:36-1:19:39 - Close/Next Show
- SPOILER ALERT! Kind of... During the Top 5, Michael Phillips may or may not reveal some info about "Moon" that one could consider a spoiler.
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- After Matty's infamous Freudian slip with Sasha Grey a few weeks ago, did I just commit a similar "Girlfriend Experience" sin?