Episode 41: The Future Has Passed Us By

Episode 45 · October 29th, 2015 · 1 hr 8 mins

About this Episode

...so let’s talk about the past for awhile. Seriously, though, if even CNN thinks it’s news, we should probably at least mention that October 21, 2015 was Back to the Future Day—the day the DeLorean took us to all the way back in 1985. Everything that might have happened in the future has now happened in the past. Think about that for a minute.

OK, minute over. We probably shouldn’t have taken our news cues from CNN anyway. Their credentials are...suspect. J-j-jump Cut time!

Spielberg and the (Pseudo)science of Rewatchable Cinema

This episode’s short on topics but plenty long on discussion. To foreshadow our main event, we put out some feelers on Facebook to see what your favorite Steven Spielberg movies were. We got some good responses, but you didn’t think the Screeners were going to stay silent, did you? As it turns out, the real question isn’t, “Name a good Spielberg movie,” but rather, “How well can Daniel defend a nearly apocryphal Indiana Jones movie?” Oh, and we also talk about our least favorite Spielberg joints, so Josh should probably have something to say about that.

Our second and final(?!) Jump Cut is a slight twist on the first. Instead of “greatest film ever”, what are the movies that each Screener can watch over and over again and still be entertained? Without listening to the segment, we’re going to guess Daniel’s jam is Star Wars: Episode I, Chris can’t get enough Bad Boys, and Melody could binge on Eragon. Ed. note: Surprisingly enough, those predictions aren’t spoilers. And just for sake of completeness (though not endorsement), here's the article Josh was complaining about.

Berg of Spiel

Let’s bring it full circle. For the main event this episode, the Screeners—yes, all the Screeners—dissect Steven Spielberg’s newest film, Bridge of Spies. Sure, it’s Spielberg, but is it too Spielberg? How much Spielberg is enough Spielberg? If we had too much Spielberg, would we know it? Spielberg’s just such ripe conversational fodder. Spielberg.

OK, so there’s more to it than that, but we’ll leave it up to you to determine just how much more. For example, we hear that some of the things in the movie may have actually happened. Oh, and don’t forget Tom Hanks. He’s in it too.

There you have it—Oscar season is definitely upon us, and we have a couple formidable opening salvos already. Join us next time and, as always, head over to Facebook for all the content that didn’t quite make the podcast (and some that did). Thanks for listening!