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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cinebanter Special Edition - TELEBANTER/CINEQUEST REPORT

The MP3 file of Cinebanter Episode 23 is available here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula take their banter to the small screen as they reveal their Top 10 television shows of 2006. Also, Michael offers a special report about his viewings at the 17th Annual Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California.

As Michael discussed in his Cinequest Report, here are the best films he saw at this year's festival.
1) The Melon Route (Put Lubenica) [Croatia--Chinese refugee is sole survivor of capsized boat and must rely on depressed Bosnian war veteran without the help of language]
2) The Road (Fang Xiang Zhi Lu) [China--the story of the Communist Revolution is told with three characters who pine for each other over 40 years on a public bus]
3) Prague (Prag) [Denmark--married couple's relationship unravels as they travel to Prague to retrieve his father's body]
4) Pure Hearts (Rene Hjerter) [Denmark--mental patient believes an old film is real and escapes his hospital to meet its leading lady]
5) Outsourced [USA--Seattle man must travel to rural India to train his replacement].
1) The Ghost Mountain Experiment [USA--In the 1930s a man moves his family to desert mountain to live as hermits]
2) Urban Explorers [USA--explores subculture of people who map, photograph, and meet in places unknown to must city dwellers].

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Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the music in this episode.

Reviews and/or notes of every movie Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the love for Scrubs? The musical "guy love" episode? The 100th episode which was an homage to the Wizard Of Oz? Great stuff.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Tassoula, you got to be kidding! Two and 1/2 men? Medium? If you like Sopranos, you should check out Brotherhood.
Nice shout out for Thief, was a great show.
Scrubs, The Shield, HEROES, Rome...all good stuff.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Tassoula said...

Have you ever watched Medium or Two and a Half Men? If I'd never seen them, I might dismiss them as well, but since I have, I'm proud to say I've grown to like both very much (especially Medium).

I would definitely like to check out Brotherhood, as I trust Michael's recommendations, but I don't have Showtime. Guess it will have to be a 'catch-up' situation for me when it arrives on DVD.

Thanks for listening!

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two and 1/2 men is currently the number 1 sitcom in primetime! Deadwood is utterly brilliant, just watched Series 1 and Series 2 boxed sets. Ian Mcshane is terrific as Al Swearagain (and he does) and I enjoyed Robin Weigert and Molly Parker. The girl from Studio 60 turns up as a badass and i've never heard language like it, they are brutal with the c-word!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Cinebanter said...

Hey Paul--

My best friend lives in London (South Kensington) and he finished the entire run of THE WEST WING and was looking for his next fix. Then he found THE SOPRANOS. After that, I all but forced him to go get THE WIRE. Next up, DEADWOOD.

The story on the language from David Milch is that if they used the historically accurate words, they'd be quaint now. Like "fiddlesticks" or "holy toledo" or something. But those words had the same effect that cocksucker has now. So he uses that one word completely on purpose and often. I especially love it when Wu uses it.

We will probably never see the four-hour DEADWOOD movie that was talked about. Sad.


8:45 PM  

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