Mamo #228: Much Ado, Take Two

Failure and calamity repeatedly confounded our efforts to record this show, but no longer! Mamo 228 is finally here, discussing (in no particular order) Joss Whedon, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Snow White, Snow White, The Hunger Games, Breaking Dawn, Norm Wilner’s readership, the Row Three commenters, the Internet in general, Happy Feet Two, The Muppets, Steve Whitmire, and Jim Henson’s soul. If we’re still alive when you’re listening to this, the show was a success.

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Kurt Halfyard

Double Digest Episode!


Also, congrats to Matt Brown for coming around on Scott Pilgim v. The World! I remember being somewhat shocked by how vehemently negative your original reaction was to it.

Sean Patrick Kelly

My first major post when I started my film blog in 2004 was “Movie Reviews (and why I don’t like them).” Pretty much the stance I held then (and still do to a lesser extent) was that I didn’t like what I interpreted to be someone telling me whether or not I should see a film, which I thought was decision left up to the individual. While my stance on reviews have lightened since then (to the point that I actually write them myself), I still feel that film reviewers seem to be biased against genre films (for which I rarely read a mainstream review that’s above 2-2 1/2 stars). However, I never (publicly) comment against reviews I don’t agree with and I generally just agree to disagree.

I should also say that I’m definitely looking forward to The Muppets. I’m at a weird age (29), where I liked the classic films and enjoyed The Muppet Show (in syndication), but at the same time I was still quite young when Jim Henson died and I am most familiar with the stuff that came out in the last 20 years (Muppet Christmas Carol is still a favourite).

P.S. As someone who also attended the TIFF Tweet-Up, I wasn’t really too hung up with what exactly a “Tweet-Up” was. I was already planning on going to the film and I thought it would be fun to go to the event, get some complimentary food and drink, and do some 80s film trivia (which Matt Price won).

Jeff Wright

Every time a new episode of On Cinema pops up in iTunes, I squeal with glee. It completes me.

Sean Patrick Kelly

That article’s the first time I read of the so-called “feud” between the 10-year old Harry Potter film series and the 3 year old Twilight series (and yes, I’m biased towards Harry Potter in that statement :P).


Should I see Hugo in 3D or 2D?

Sean Patrick Kelly

You were pondering on the podcast about who now voices Frank Oz’s old characters (Ms Piggy, Fozzie Bear, et al). Based on a Wikipedia search, Oz retired from The Muppets about 10 years ago and all his characters are now voiced by a guy named Eric Jacobson.


On comments to reviews and why bother, just want to pose this idea:

we feel the movie first and then enshrine the experience through some sort of convincing fiction, associating the feeling with reasons pulled from the film object or our relation to it. It’s the cause that is open for debate, not the effect. I suspect all of us have watched a film, felt something, and then after prolonged discussion about it, felt something altogether different. This lack of stickiness to our causes indicates how arbitrary they can be. The whole point of having causes, taking the experience and articulating it, is in itself another kind of aesthetic experience. Debating the virtues of a film is just an extension of this playing out of meaning.

When I wrote reviews I enjoyed tearing into the alleged reasons I had, having people challenge what I saw, flesh out things I hadn’t noticed. An opinion ought not to last forever, it should change like everything changes. I always thought of my reviews as a necessary first step to get the ball rolling and the best part of the whole exercise was the back and forth of the thread.


What happen on the On Cinema podcast?

Chris S.

– Mike
On Cinema is basically a three minute version of all the film podcast you listen too. Once you listen to On Cinema you won’t ever listen to your favorite “real” film podcast again. You’ll realize how clueless and redundant most of them are.