Posts Tagged ‘Listener’s Choice’

Labyrinth

After working on The Dark Crystal together, Jim Henson and Brian Froud wanted to do another project, but they had a few stipulations. One, they didn’t want to tell a story that was so dark. Two, they didn’t want it to be all puppets — they wanted to include people as well. After locking those in, they came up with a concept that included goblins stealing a baby, and away they went. Steal away with us as we add another Listener’s Choice episode with Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

After making Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright signed on to direct the adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.” Due to project delays, it would be another six years before his film would hit the screen. Like any good cult film does, it has since found its legions of fans and supporters, proving that Wright and co. know how to put together a top-notch film even if it loses money at the box office.

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The Emigrants

“The situation in Sweden must be real bad as even lice have begun to emigrate to America.” It’s time for our first 2017 Listener’s Choice episode! Pony Prize winner Finn Frode, who’s from Norway but living in Sweden, won and selected a Swedish film with one of his favorite Norwegian actresses – Liv Ullmann. The…

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The Fly (1986)

“Be Afraid. Be very afraid.” There are certain people that are drawn to a movie because of reports about early screenings where audience members had to leave the theatre because the gore made them physically sick. Whether it’s an attraction to the gruesome horror films, a chance for some good jumps and frights or simply…

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The Great Escape

“I’m going to cause such a terrible stink in this Third Reich of theirs that thousands of troops that could well be employed at the front will be tied up looking after us!” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and we’re talking about one of the all-time WWII classics. That’s right, listener Michael Cook…

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Listener’s Choice: What’s Up, Doc?

“You’re upside down, sir.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode! This time, 2015 Pony Prize winner Ben Lott gets to select and he chose Peter Bogdanovich’s 1972 screwball comedy “What’s Up, Doc?” Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we delve into one of Ben’s favorites. We talk about our initial…

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Viridiana

“Don’t think badly of me. I only want her near me.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, and boy, do we have a doozy this week. Listener Diego Luis Contreras López wanted us to talk about a film from Spain and settled on Luis Buñuel’s return to his home country (and immediate departure thereafter)…

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Force Majeure

“The truth is when reality is staring you in the face and you’re afraid to die, very few of us are heroic.” It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, this time with our friends Per Johansson and Gustav Larsed from the Filmpodden podcast in Sweden. They selected something from the home country — Ruben Östlund’s…

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Delicatessen

“Just like you said: the wind is shifting. Everyone’s gonna get it.” We love doing our Listener’s Choice episodes — it’s a great way for our listeners to get us to finally talk about movies about which conversations are long overdue. Cameron Ryan, our 2014 Pony Prize winner, got to pick the movie this time,…

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Defending Your Life

“I always read that you had to be okay with yourself first before you could be okay with another person. Now, I feel okay with you, but I don’t know how okay I was before I met you, so maybe you’re making me okay.” “You’re not that okay.” “Oh, okay.” It’s time for another Listener’s…

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