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Friday, October 5th, 2012

by admin on October 5, 2012

When Mike Russell is back – you’ll know it. You’ll know it by his voices, plentiful and ridiculous. You’ll know it by how high the educational content of the show rises. You’ll know it because we’re talking about a LOT of movies. We talk about the clever (maybe a little too-clever) Looper, and the majestic, transcendent, angry The Master, and the depressingly throatchop free Taken 2. We also discuss the Lone Ranger trailer that just came out, and the parallels it shares with the pre-release atmosphere surrounding the first Pirates of the Caribbean, and the lessons Hollywood took away from the Dark Knight, and why those lessons are probably not the right ones. Oh, and maybe the most surreal commercial in a long time.

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Mike Russell October 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Show-notes for Friday, Oct. 5:

My Oregonian review of “Taken 2″:

And finally: Since we’re closing out my segment on Portland-area revival screenings (for common-sense reasons — a bunch of you don’t live anywhere near Portland), here are the local screenings I was going to mention on today’s show:

“L.A. Confidential” at 5th Ave. Cinema, PSU’s student-run movie house (Oct. 5-7)

“The Shining” at the Hollywood Theatre, Oct. 5-11:

“V/H/S” at the Hollywood Theatre, starting Oct. 5:

“The American Scream” (a new documentary from the director of “Best Worst Movie”) at the Hollywood Theatre, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

“Iron Fingers of Death” at the Hollywood Theatre, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Roger Corman’s 1959 “A Bucket of Blood” at the Hollywood Theatre, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.


vee October 7, 2012 at 1:25 am

Maybe you could do a “older/off-beat** films Mike Russell recommends” type of segment instead, which are more widely available (on VoD and/or DVD)? As a non-Portlander/non-American I would ignore this segment apart from keeping an ear out in case a description of a film that might interest me the next time I’m looking for something to rent.

Come to think of it, sometimes availability is not even an issue, because you can discuss a film in a way that makes sure I remember it the next time I see it available to me. Like the documentary about 80′s/90′s Disney animation, didn’t see it for months after you discussed it but picked it up because of that recommendation.

** Off-beat in this case being a rather loose term, referring to anything that’s not the current fare people would know of, but documentaries, arthouse films, more obscure foreign films, independent films etc.


Boomshine October 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I’ve always genuinely enjoyed Mike talking about what’s going on around town. I always thought one of the main premises behind C&FB was to constantly have a finger on the pulse of the city, and as of late, Mike was the only one to keep that standard up. Sure, I might not have gone to any of the events, but not due to lack of trying, but more lack of fundage and free time.

But regardless, it was still very interesting hearing Mike talk about the movies the smaller houses were playing. At the very least, to hear about the movies themselves, because most of them I’ve never seen.

Maybe if you guys didn’t spend 10 minutes fucking with Bobby’s head, telling him about Charmin commercials, we could have that quick 2 minutes for Mike to go through the local stuff real quick. I think it’d be a shame to drop that, when he usually tears through the list fairly quick. :(


Marcus October 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Skyfall trailer set to music works really well. In my opinion, of course.



Mike Russell October 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I seem to recall mentioning this during the episode: Director Rian Johnson recorded a commentary track you can listen to while re-watching LOOPER in the theater:



Jimmy B October 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm
Coco October 8, 2012 at 10:10 am


The funniest thing about Depp’s imagining of Tonto is that the Kirby Sattler painting (of a heavily stereotyped Native from a non-specific tribe) that inspired the costume pretty clearly does not have a ridiculous bird head-piece. There are crows flying in the background and one happens to be behind the characters head.


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