This is perhaps one of the best podcasts we’ve ever posted. And I barely talk in it.
One of the most hotly anticipated moments of this year’s VIFF wrapped a couple of hours ago. Just two days prior to the series finale of “Breaking Bad,” series creator, showrunner, writer and director Vince Gilligan was in Vancouver and shared a room with 1,800+ fans and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof (himself a huge fan) to chat about the show. The conversation was preceded by a screening of Gilligan’s favorite episode: “Face Off,” the season four finale episode which was written and directed by Gilligan.
We managed to capture the audio from the entire evening, all 90 minutes of it, which is presented here with a short introduction (it’s early morning – I may have let a spoiler for “Face Off” slip in there) for your listening pleasure.
If you’re in town and love these sorts of discussions, you should check out the VIFF Forum website which has details on other talks that may be of interest including panels with award winning editor Walter Murch and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints writer/director David Lowery.
If you’re so inclined, a short video clip from the evening is embedded below and a few more photos can be found here.
Festival season as hit Canada! TIFF kicked off yesterday and VIFF is scheduled to keep the Row Three festival ball rolling until mid-October but before we get there, we have a lot of month to cover though from the looks of the titles, someone has decided that trying to release anything of note in September is a lost cause – with the exception of Prisoners. That didn’t stop us so last week (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd), Colleen got together to gush a little about VIFF and, of course, too look ahead at the paltry September openings.
Where the heck are the months going? One good thing about July is that it means we’re ever closer to festival season, be it Fantastic Fest, TIFF or VIFF. Before we get there, (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd), Colleen and I get together to check in on the August offerings which are a mix of everything from indie fare to early Oscar bait.
Sadly we missed the June preview, mostly sad because I missed my chance to wax poetic on how great Henry Cavill is, but Dale (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd), Colleen and I did manage to find the time, in the midst of a Vancouver heat wave, to get together and look ahead to July, a month that is full of somewhat promising releases.
The release of Iron Man 3 and The Hangover 3 is a clear marker that the summer movie season is officially kicking off and while we couldn’t muster up much energy for either of those titles, Dale (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd) did spend more time than necessary waxing poetic on the the Fast & Furious franchise, pondering on the possibility of Khan in the Star Trek Into Darkness and salivating over the return of the “Vengeance Trilogy” to Vancouver.
We recorded last week which means we’re not in the loop to talk about the passing of the great Roger Ebert however, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) (Colleen was a was too busy on the roller derby track to join us this month) did manage to get together to look ahead at the April line-up which is looking pretty good. Bring on TC!
The floodgates have opened! The quiet January and February were just a breather for March which is loaded with nearly more releases than the previous two months combined and includes a nice mix of big action specticles and smaller indie fare. Dale (Letterboxd), Collen and I (Letterboxd) work our way through the preview of March offerings including a couple of great local openings.
When did February become such a bore? It’s almost as if all of the counter programming for Valentine’s day has killed off the potential for the month. It’s not all for naught though, we do have a couple of romances for those so inclined (thank you for that Hollywood) and a handfull of kick-ass action movies (looking at you Bullet to the Head). A few other titles are also looking promising so that the short month, in both days and releases, is actually looking pretty decent.