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Alexander Payne

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Film Junk’s very own Frank Knezic joins us to talk about satirist / dramedy director Alexander Payne. We start off by focusing on his debut satire CITIZEN RUTH and then we take a look at his more sentimental look at aging with ABOUT SCHMIDT.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well including ELECTION and SIDEWAYS.  In addition, Jim takes a look at the “new golden age of television” with a brief mention of THE AMERICANS, THE BACHELOR, and more!  Frank rewatches QUICK CHANGE & NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, while Patrick does a lightning round to catch up on all the various films he’s seen in the past few weeks.

Payne’s Short Film From 
Paris, je t’aime:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJG0lqukJTQ

0:00 - 13:00 - Intro / In-House Business
13:01 - 14:13 -  What We Watched Song
14:14 - 51:51 -  What We Watched This Week
51:52 - 52:34 -  Director Song
52:35 - 2:20:10 -  Alexander Payne Discussion
2:20:11 - 2:28:21 -  Top 3 Films / Outro

In about two weeks, Andrew James of RowThree.com and the Cinecast Podcast, will join us to talk about REPULSION and CHINATOWN from director Roman Polanski. Please be sure to leave us a voicemail to play on the show as well at 224-366-9528. If you’re a movie blogger/podcaster and would like a guest spot on the show to talk about a filmmaker whose work you admire. Thanks again for listening and be sure to check out our updated upcoming schedule in the sidebar to see which directors we’ll be talking about soon! Questions are always welcome via email: directorsclubpodcast@gmail.com

Bonus Episode: SXSW Fest (w/Dan Solomon)

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Media journalist and friend to the show Dan Solomon returns fresh from SXSW to talk about several movies, TV pilots, and a couple of bands as well. Together we review the new VERONICA MARS movie, while Dan expands on some festival highlights and premieres including FAULTS, SEQUOIA, OBVIOUS CHILD, SILICON VALLEY, CHEF, PENNY DREADFUL, and much more!  


We will return to the regular show format in about five days when we cover director Alexander Payne alongside guest Frank Kneznic from Film Junk.  Thanks as always for listening!   

Stephen Tobolowsky Interview

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In light of the recent passing of Harold Ramis, I sought out an actor who worked with him on the modern-day classic GROUNDHOG DAY. You might remember him as Needle Nose Ned. Before listening to this bonus episode, I encourage you to check out the IMDB listing for Stephen Tobolowsky.  The list goes on and on and on since he has appeared in over 200 TV shows and movies, and he is definitely one of those memorable character actors you’ve seen in at least something past or presently.  

He was incredibly kind to take time out of his busy schedule to talk about his experience working with Harold Ramis as well as a couple other stories about the making of GROUNDHOG DAY. And of course, I couldn’t help but ask about one of my favorite Tobolowsky roles as Sammy Jenkins in MEMENTO.  Thank you so much for listening to one of the more memorable conversations I’ve had to date.  We’ll be back in about a week with an official new episode on Alexander Payne!

Find more Stephen Tobolowsky here:
http://stephentobolowsky.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Tobolowsky

http://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/the-tobolowsky-files



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Steven Spielberg Part 2

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Friend and Chicago film critic Erik Childress returns to the show for another discussion about the legendary Steven Spielberg, this time focusing on the latter portion of his career for part two. We start off by focusing on his sci-fi noir MINORITY REPORT and then we take a look at his response to 9/11 with the political spy thriller MUNICH.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well including LINCOLN and INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL. In addition, Jim takes a look back at the 1985 coming-of-age drama, SMOOTH TALK, Erik continues to sing the praises of the awesome LEGO MOVIE, and of course, we also discuss TRUE DETECTIVE.

Spielberg Part One:
http://directorsclubpodcast.com/post/76999640743/episode68


0:00 - 15:00 - Intro
15:00 - 16:55 - What We Watched Song 
16:56 - 43:18 - What We Watched This Week 
43:19 - 44:22 - Director Song 
44:23 - 2:19:20 - Freeflowing Spielberg discussion 
2:19:21 - 2:30:33 - Denouement


Frank from Film Junk will be joining us in two weeks to talk about CITIZEN RUTH & ABOUT SCHMIDT for the Alexander Payne episode. Please be sure to leave us a voicemail to play on the show as well at 224-366-9528. If you’re a movie blogger/podcaster and would like a guest spot on the show to talk about a filmmaker whose work you admire. Thanks again for listening and be sure to check out our updated upcoming schedule in the sidebar to see which directors we’ll be talking about soon! Questions are always welcome via email: directorsclubpodcast@gmail.com