Friday, January 21, 2011

Ep. 7 - MAD MAX - December 2010

Featuring special guest Barrett Hilton, Coordinator of Post-Theatrical Film Distribution at a Motion Picture Studio

Considering the Sequels is a monthly film podcast that examines the merits and weaknesses of specific movie franchises. Right-click the title of this post to download this episode free.

In Episode 7 we consider the “Mad Max” trilogy. This episode also includes a concept discussion in which we try to identify the elements that make a film a masterpiece. And, as always, we each give mini reviews of recent film releases and whatever else we’ve been watching lately.

Your hosts are Andy Howell, Karl Huddleston and Jason Pyles. Download this episode to hear Freddy Krueger pinch-hit podcast for Andy.


I. Mini Reviews

Andy - Leaves of Grass (03:09), A Perfect Getaway (04:30)

Barrett - Black Swan (06:40); Afghan Star (09:11); The 400 Blows, Z (10:09)

Jason - Right at Your Door (10:37), Winter’s Bone (12:36), Time Traveler Captured in a Chaplin Film? (14:13)

Karl - Burlesque (18:20), Skyline (18:56), The Next Three Days (19:21), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (19:51), 127 Hours (20:00), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (21:26)

II. Concept Discussion: Defining the Characteristics of a “Masterpiece” (30:47)

- The theoretical idea of a masterpiece (31:32)

- The criteria of a masterpiece (38:22)

- Who has the right to decide? (51:04)

— A Brief and Raspy Message About Our Sponsor, Heftel Studios (56:41)

- Tune in LIVE on Ustream (57:47)

III. Considering the Sequels: Mad Max

- Mad Max (58:14)

- The Road Warrior (1:13:58)

- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1:25:06)

- Franchise Overview (1:45:05)

Wrap-Up / Credits (1:48:51)

End Time (1:51:51)

Barrett, Andy, Karl and Jason give their collective verdict on this franchise, from 0 to 100:

Mad Max = 70

The Road Warrior = 89

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome = 48 (cinematic dead horse beating)

Overall Franchise = 74

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Thanks to our official sponsor, Heftel Studios, and thanks to the Dave Eaton Element for the use of Dave’s music. Thanks to our guest, Barrett Hilton, for appearing on our show. Thanks to Kara Brewer for her graphic designs and Bill Barnes for his artistic vision.

Episode 7 was recorded on December 5, 2010.

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