Golden Globes, The Book of Eli, The Road, Exam, Nine, Sherlock Holmes, and ways an agent could annoy Colin Salmon all come up for discussion from Jon, Paul and Jen this episode, plus In This Week In Movie History, your emails and tweets, and Desert Island Flicks looks at the best post-apocalyptic movies of all time.
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Has summer blockbuster season really started in March? Not really, but you might think otherwise given how much attention (marketing, merchandising, etc.) has been given to director Zack Snyder’s mega-expensive, mega-long adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen—their seminal ’80s graphic novel that deconstructed the mythos and morality of the comic-book superhero, along with the language of cinema and the great American novel itself.
My dear friends and fellow film bloggers Glenn Kenny and Andrew Grant sat down with me at a Brooklyn bar/restaurant to "pubcast" our thoughts on the film. One of us decries "avant-garde masterpiece," one of us liked it so-so, and one of us thought it was tedious, but you’ll just have to hear for yourself.
The Night of the Hunter is a much-loved film, but author Julia Keller says the book it is based on is even better — a forgotten masterpiece. Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Tell us in the comments.
J.J. Abrams’ science-fiction thriller Super 8 was inspired, in part, by Steven Spielberg’s earliest works. Critic David Edelstein says the film hits home in a way more impersonal franchise pictures don’t.