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Silver Screeners

Episode 52: 1959's "sex comedies" Pillow Talk and Some Like It Hot

In this episode, enjoy the backstory of how censorship evolved over the decades with the list of "Don'ts and Be Carefuls," as well as the Production Code that led to the gradual breakdown of the Hollywood Studio System. Along the way, two bold and saucy comedies from 1959 defied convention with bedroom farce and double entendres! Plus, the usual behind-the-scenes fun facts, poll results, listener trivia segment, and shout-outs!
00:30:37 5/16/2022

Past Episodes

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Checking into motels, meals of sandwiches and milk, and taking showers took on new meanings with Alfred Hitchcock's cultural juggernaut that was Psycho, starring the incomparable Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and the irreplaceable Janet Leigh in her Oscar-nominated performance as Marion Crane. Return guest Chris from the podcast The Movie Psycho joins me for a look back at and tip of the hat to this classic with behind the scenes fun facts and attempts to stump each other on Psycho-related trivia questions! Plus, the usual poll results, trivia segment, and listener shout-outs! Just be sure to stay out of cabin #1...
01:16:05 5/8/2022
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Silver Screeners hits the big 5-0! Special guest Carlo from The Movie Loot podcast joins me for a look back at the iconic mobster family crime drama The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. We talk about our favorite scenes and characters, try to stump each other with trivia questions, and bring fun facts to the table. Plus, the usual weekly poll results, trivia segment, and listener shout-outs! B.Y.O.C. (bring your own cannoli)
01:05:07 5/1/2022
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Careers were changed or lost once the silent era drew to a close, but the talkies have spoken! A look at a pair of Hollywood films about Hollywood in a time of painful and awkward transition - one, a surprisingly brutal depiction of narcissism, betrayal, desperation, and nearly psychotic jealousy and possessiveness while in the spotlight of celebrity ... and the other is Sunset Blvd. A listener reveals her familial relation to a Singin' in the Rain star, plus the behind-the-scenes fun facts, weekly poll results, trivia segment, and listener shout-outs!
00:25:06 4/24/2022
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Spice on the planet Arrakis. The Fremen. The House of Atreides. Paul, Lady Jessica, and Duke Leto. Sting's wardrobe. Josh Brolin's awesomeness. And those sandworms ... in this episode, Liz and Greg join me for a conversation about Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, 1984's David Lynch-directed film adaptation, and Denis Villeneuve's 2021 rendition that nabbed six Academy Awards. Plus, the weekly poll results, trivia segment, behind-the-scenes fun facts, and listener shout-outs!
00:56:28 4/16/2022
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A fascinating interview with a footman from the HBO Max series The Gilded Age - otherwise known as the independent filmmaker and extra Brendan Manning! We talk about his experience on the pilot episode of the show, our shared thoughts on what this year's Oscars got right and wrong, and other stuff as well. Plus, the usual segments: the weekly poll results, trivia, and listener shout-outs!
01:05:16 4/10/2022
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It's Oscar weekend, so yeet those groceries into the fridge, let the clean laundry fall where it may, and indulge in Hollywood's big night! In this episode, I offer my predictions for all of the categories. Will CODA prove to have more Power than the Dog? Will Academy Award history have a double helping of Oscar-winning 'Anitas' from both versions of West Side Story? Will Lin-Manuel Miranda get his EGOT, or will Billie Eilish prevail for Best Song? Results of the weekly poll, the trivia segment involving listeners, and shout-outs to listeners, and a demonstration of applied knowledge about newly-acquired British slang!
00:19:41 3/25/2022
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In this 11th and final in a series of episodes leading up to Oscar night 2022, rewind to early 2017 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Supporting Actor to Moonlight and six awards (Director, Leading Actress, Production Design, Cinematography, Musical Score, and Song) to its Best Picture co-nominee La La Land! Includes an objective play-by-play of how "Envelopegate" unfolded on stage. Plus, the usual spoiler-free plot setups, behind-the-scenes fun facts, listener shout-outs, trivia, and highlights of that year's Oscar telecast in the feature "The Good, the Bad, and the Outrageous"!
00:41:16 3/20/2022
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In this tenth in a series of episodes leading up to Oscar night 2022, rewind to early 2012 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hurled the Best Picture, Director, Leading Actor, Costume Design, and Musical Score prizes at the silent film The Artist and five awards (Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, and Art Direction) to its Best Picture co-nominee Hugo! Get ready for stories about how Thomas Edison's rumored involvement in murder, space travel, Charlie Chaplin, a $25,000 bet, a Paris café basement, and a racing horse all part of the backdrop of both films. Plus, the usual spoiler-free plot setups, behind-the-scenes fun facts, listener shout-outs, trivia, and highlights of that year's Oscar telecast in the feature "The Good, the Bad, and the Outrageous"!
00:38:02 3/13/2022
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In this ninth in a series of episodes leading up to Oscar night 2022, rewind to early 2007 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the Best Leading Actress prize to Helen Mirren for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and the Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor honors to Michael Arndt and Alan Arkin, respectively, for Little Miss Sunshine! Are there any parallels between The Queen and this year's nominee Kristen Stewart's take on Diana Spencer? Just how many cast and crew members of Little Miss Sunshine got their parents to fill in as extras? And what does Arnold Schwarzenegger have to do with it all? Spoiler-free plot setups, behind-the-scenes fun facts, listener shout-outs, trivia, and highlights of that year's Oscars ceremony in the feature "The Good, the Bad, and the Outrageous"!
00:32:56 3/6/2022
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In this eighth in a series of episodes leading up to Oscar night 2022, rewind to early 2007 when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed Best Picture honors to The Departed and finally gave Martin Scorsese his long-overdue Best Director award! Did he win for the right film? What was that year's competition? How would the three presenters have reacted if it had been another name in that envelope? And how does the cast measure up to the Boston dialect? Chris from the podcast The Movie Psycho joins me to tackle these and other questions!
00:56:52 2/27/2022

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