Episode 115

(29 Apr, 2011)

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IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Ok, now it’s time for something new.   A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook fans to send in movie questions to me and Christy. After great feedback on that facebook exclusive, we’ve decided to answer a few more right here on the show.

IGNATIY:
So I’ve got my sheet of questions.  Christy has her.  The first one comes from Gant Smith.  The physical experience versus the home viewing experience.  That’s not really a question, that’s a sentence fragment, but I think it’s sufficiently evocative.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Ideally you should see everything in a theater the way it’s intended.  I know it’s not necessarily always possible.  You have kids, you have a weird job and weird hours.  It’s not always that easy.  Movies are very expensive. It’s sometimes easier to just stream them on netflix or whatever, but something like Avatar, something like Cave of Forgotten Dreams, you should see in a theater because it’s so gorgeous.  

IGNATIY:
You know I think hey both have their pluses.  You know there...I love going to the movies, but there are also things you only notice when you see it on a really small screen.

CHRISTY:
Like what?

IGNATIY:
I feel like you get a better sense of maybe the design or soemtimes the intention.  I feel like when you see something on the big screen, and I intend to sit in the front row, there’s something wonderful about how it overwhelms you, but when you see it on kind of a little TV screen and I own a fairly small TV, you kind of get to step back and have a...you have a better idea of maybe what the intentions of the film may be.

CHRISTY:
I get distracted like I want to do laundry, I want to run dishes.  Next up, from Garret Rankin.  How many movies on average do you see per week for your job?  Kind of ies into our last question. How many do you see?

IGNATIY:
I think I see, nowadays I probably see an average of about 15 movies per week.

CHRISTY: 
Ok.

IGNATIY:
Of those, 5 or 6 are for work and the other 9 or however are for pleasure you could say, or curiosity, really curiosity more often than not.

CHRISTY:
Ok, someday you will have a child and you will not have time to watch 15 movies a week.

IGNATIY: 
I’ll watch them at night.

CHRISTY:
It’s hard.  It’s hard to find time.  I would say during Awards season right...leading up to Awards season like November-December, I’ll see like 3 movies a day usually.  Which to you is nothing, to you I know it’s like breakfast, 3 movies a day. Cause you were seeing what 10 or 12 hours of film a day at some point.

IGNATIY: 
Yeah, you know there was a time where i watched something  like 30 movies a week yeah.

CHRISTY:
But I kind of don’t like the 3 movie days because they all kind of turn into mush in my brain and I want time for them to marinate and it’s hard.

IGNATIY: 
Really? I like the way they interact becase sometimes you only really notice a detail about the first film once you get to the third or fourth film and then you have something to compare it with.

CHRISTY:
It’s confusing.  I dont know.  So thank you for that question, good question.

IGNATIY: 
Thank you.  Our third question comes from Kevin Somerfield who says, another question, have you ever walked out of a film that you saw in at a theater.  I know that you’ve walked out of a film for a fact.

CHRISTY:
I did.  And it wasn’t in a theater, it was in a screening, but it was the first Saw movie.  And i wasn’t reviewing it.  I would never walk out of a movie I was reviewing of course, but i had jsut heard all of this buz about it and this is you know the impedous of torture porn, you know the birth of torture porn. I thought, I gotta check this out, but the scene where they put the gu to the litle girl’s head, this was before I was even anybody’s mother, bt the scene with the gun being put to the little girl’s head seemd so needless and gratuitous and exploitative, I’m like, I’m outta here.  I’ve never seen any Saw movie ever since.  I have no idea what happens in the Saw series.

IGNATIY: 
I’ve seen every single...it’s like a soap opera.

CHRISTY:
It’s like a gaping hole in my filmography.

IGNATIY: 
It’s like a soap opera.  It is a gaping hole in your filmography.  I’ve stayed through to the end on some terrible films seen at Film Festivals and i have...I’ve stayed through.  You know actually, we just reviewed 13 Assassins.  There’s a great quote from Takashi Miike that I always think of where he says that “i can never understand why anyone would ever walk out on a movie and because you always find even in a terribble film, you find something worth while.

CHRISTY:
So thank you for that great question and for all these questions, we love doing this, so please send in more.  We’ll be happy to answer them.