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  1. Battleship Pretension says:

    Hey, everybody. Tyler here. Just wanted to apologize for a mistake I made when discussing the film MARGARET. I accidentally referred to Anna Paquin’s character as “Margaret,” when her name is actually “Lisa.” I actually do remember the character’s name- there is a big deal made about it in the film. I simply misspoke and didn’t catch it. Sorry about that.

  2. Kjetil says:


    Thanks for a great show!

    But, David…

    Did you mean the French movie Tomboy?
    I do not think there’s a Norwegian film called this …

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Patrick says:

    This was the single best film discussion I’ve heard on any podcast of Moneyball. I agree with Tyler. The way that Art Howell was dealt with in the script is realistic. Very rarely do the individuals in our lives that are obstacles actually get overcome in dramatic victories. I think the episodic nature of the film can be interpreted as low-stakes, but I think that wasn’t wat the film was about. Its a character study about tenacity and what the personal stakes of being right is in the face of everyone thinking you’re wrong.

    I think Tyler wins that point.

    BTW, how in the world did this film get overshadowed by Real Steel?

  4. Steven says:

    Here’s my personal top ten

    1) The Innkeepers
    2) The Guard
    3) Midnight in Paris
    4) Bellflower
    5) The Artist
    6) A Dangerous Method
    7) Drive
    8) The Adjustment Bureau
    9) Kill List
    10) Moneyball

  5. Seth H. says:

    Congratulations BP! Your most “pretentious” Top 10 episode yet. Now I have a lot of movies to watch. Great episode.

  6. Seth H. says:

    I just meant that both lists featured slightly more obscure titles this year. It wasn’t a criticism.

  7. Steve C. says:

    Man, I gotta get on the hump and watch better movies- I’m filling my public library request list for most of these movies. Really looking forward to seeing “Take Shelter” and “Margaret” based on this episode’s discussions. I gotta see this “Entrance” you guys raved about.

  8. Ben says:

    TAKE SHELTER – Good move, great acting, shitty ending. Maybe I need to see it again but it killed the movie for me.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I kind of love the ending, actually. It is ambiguous, to be sure, but I feel like that fits with the rest of the film.

      • Ben says:

        But – Can we write spoilers on here?

        • Ben says:

          And don’t you kind of get annoyed by ambiguous endings? I really liked SHAME and INCEPTION but in the end I feel like shaking the writer/director and saying “Make up your mind! Tell me YOUR story”. Now, this isn’t to say all ambiguous ending are bad – some are fun and great to talk about. But I remember feeling cheated or pissed at the end of TAKE SHELTER. I have to see it again.

          • Battleship Pretension says:

            We should probably avoid spoilers. Sorry about that.
            I am actually not bothered by ambiguous endings, from a plot standpoint. I’m okay with not everything being totally wrapped up.
            In my opinion, the film ends things quite nicely from a thematic and relational perspective.

      • Ben says:

        One final note on this – I just listened to the Slash Film episode and they make a lot of points about the ending I had issues with. If you haven’t listened to it yet, check it out.

  9. Ben says:

    Okay, without going into spoilers I’m going to have to watch it soon.

  10. moe says:

    Can you post your lists here?

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