EPISODE 247: with special guest JOHNNY PEMBERTON

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  1. Patrick says:

    I am SO happy to hear “A Thousand Clowns” mentioned, even in passing. This is one of the best edited comedies ever. Do yourself a favor and read “When The Shooting Stops” by Editor Ralph Rosenblum. My perspective on this film has been greatly enhanced by knowing the great lengths that Rosenblum and writer Herb Gardner went to translate what was a very entertaining yet wordy play to the screen.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      It is a really wonderful film with several great performances. I originally saw it because I’m a big fan of Jason Robards, but also was aware that it was the film for which Martin Balsam received an Oscar. So I went in just to see a couple good performances and what I got was a really fascinating, energized film. I could see people coming away from that film annoyed with its lead character. I loved it, though.
      In many ways, it reminds of me Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky.”

  2. Scott Nye says:

    Man, I could write a dissertation on how amazing DOMINO is. I’m not even kidding. Perhaps the only film aside from RUSSIAN ARK that embraces the digital potential (shooting format for ARK, editing for DOMINO) of a constantly-unfolding moving picture. Tackles the medium with the same fervor as any of Brakhage’s stuff. I’ll probably go to my grave without a single person (besides apparently Edgar Wright and that Ignatiay dude on Ebert) agreeing, but I’ll never stop trying.

  3. dbsweeney says:


    David, what was the album that you and Johnny both thought was the best album of the year? I’d be curious to check it out.

    Thank you

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      The band is Thee Oh Sees and the album is Carrion Crawler. Though it was only Johnny who said it was his favorite. I do love the album but I’m not sure it’s my favorite. The Mountain Goats fanboy in me wants to go with their All Eternals Deck and the hipster in me wants to go with The Weeknd’s two online releases, House of Balloons and Thursday.

      – David

  4. Rick Vance says:

    Man I love Tokyo Drift, the fact that they took the classic inspirational Sports/Martial Arts plot and transplanted it wholesale onto a movie about racing cars is amazing. If I am remembering right the main character even goes off into the mountains to learn how to race better from a master or something.

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