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Jun 13

Film Actually Ep043 (135) – Super 8

Hosts: David McVay, Josh Philpott and Katrina Smith (with Nicholas McVay)

This week David and Josh are joined by Katrina Smith for a review of “Super 8”. They also take in some film news and deliver a brand new Lists of Five: Five Great Films From The Super 8 Era. If that wasn’t enough, Nicholas “The Little Geek” McVay puts in an end of show appearance for the kids take on “Super 8”. Katrina is in the house, so it is a long one, enjoy. Film Actually is the official movie podcast of geekactually.com.

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*Update 31/07/2012 – Film Actually was a split off from the main Geek Actually show and originally maintained numbering continuity with that show. That logic no longer works as the shows have become two unique entities, so we have gone back and re-numbered the Film Actually shows to reflect their true episode number. This show is now officially episode 43 but when you listen to the show you will hear it referred to as episode 135, this is why. Sorry about any confusion or inconvenience.

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Your show notes:

Feature Film Review

‘Super 8’ written & directed by J.J. Abrams. It stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard and Noah Emmerich.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. – Source: The Official Site

Our Verdict: Josh and David loved and wholly recommend this film. It might just be their film of the year. Katrina liked the film but felt it had a few issues.

Note: There is a five minute spoiler section at the end of the review.

Watch the trailer here: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/super8/

Entertainment Buzz

The “Fright Night” remake gets a second trailer, this time with a little Tennant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYXDvp4IYE&feature=player_embedded

This week an amazingly candid interview with Spielberg was published on AICN. This is fantastically insightful.
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/49921

Plot details on the “Asteroids” adaptation and maybe a director too.
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/06/roland_emmerich_has_been_offer.html

Werner Herzog once again proves he is as mad as a snake.
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/388586/june-06-2011/werner-herzog

Dwayne Johnson could be joining the G.I. Joe sequel.
http://www.showblitz.com/2011/06/duane-the-rock-johnson-to-star-in-gi-joe.html

Sacha Baron Cohen is “The Dictator”
http://www.slashfilm.com/sacha-baron-cohen-the-dictator/

and finally this crap is almost over, “Breaking Dawn Part 1” gets a teaser.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIpeBi6SG4A&feature=player_embedded

Lists of Five

This week our Lists of Five: Five Great Films From The “Super 8” Era. To celebrate the release of Super 8, we deliver these lists of great films from the era (1977-1986) that inspired “Super 8”.

Just a reminder, because we never like to just make things easy on ourselves, our lists are not necessarily top five lists, they are more or a less a list of film recommendations within the theme of the list.

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The “Super 8” score isn’t out until the 28th, so we are finishing the show today with the end titles track from John Williams’ masterpiece of film music “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”. I thought it was in tune with the week’s theme.