Starting in August 2017, I’m going to be scheduling certain The Stop Button posts.
Every month will have a different theme, scheduled a few months in advance; some themes will tie into the month (horror movies in October), some themes will be built around a particular actor, director, writer, producer, et cetera.
I’m thinking of these monthly themes as quartets, which is appropriate given August’s Somerset Maugham adaptation theme.
There will still be other, additional posts, but anything in a quartet will have a scheduled posting date.
Films discussed: The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, No Looking Back, Sidewalks of New York, Ash Wednesday, Looking for Kitty, The Groomsmen, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.
In the summer of 2008, Matthew Hurwitz (of DangerBurger and Video Fugue previously of Cinemachine) and I launched An Alan Smithee Podcast. Just under six years later, we released the final, one hundredth episode.
The podcast started as a general discussion of modern film, but soon became a targeted discussion of two films, one good, one bad. Only they were not necessarily films we thought good or bad. Good consensus, bad consensus. Sometimes the bad films were the ones we liked, sometimes not. Sometimes we didn’t like either of them. Only later did we even relent to the common sense of pairing the films thematically.
Until now, all of the episodes have been available on iTunes or through MP3 links on the Alan Smithee website. There has been some renewed interest in the podcast of late, with people finding the episodes linked from who knows where. Matt and I thought instead of letting people stumble onto the podcast, perhaps we should offer some structure.
That structure is The Best of An Alan Smithee Podcast, presented here on The Stop Button, every Monday for 30 weeks as we revisit 30 of our favorite episodes.
If you missed these the first time around, now begins your second chance to take a listen. And you should listen. Matt and I are smart fellas.