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Archive for December, 2004

Podcast About The Podcast

Reel Reviews Desk Top

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Something a little different today. Over the last week I have helped four new podcasters with their audio setups. I also received a number of emails asking similar podcast audio questions. Obviously people are looking for some guidance in this area. While I am no expert, I do have experience and I decided to do a podcast about how I have been handling my audio. Podcaster to podcaster if you will. I include lots of pictures and details – so if you’re interested, give it a listen and let me know what you think.

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Reel Reviews – It’s A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

Reel Review #18: “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” What is the holiday season without this classic film. You’ve seen it on TV a thousand times – in this podcast we look at the film and the facinating story surrounding it. Happy holidays from Reel Reviews.

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Call For Help – My Christmas Wish List

There are a number of things I would like to accomplish in order to improve Reel Reviews. I put up a post this morning about some help I need with an AppleScript. This got me thinking about all the things I’d like to do. With such great listeners, I thought I’d type up list to see if anyone can help with any of them.

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Reel Reviews – The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

Reel Review #17: “Better to be King for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.” This film is a favorite of mine, and one that surprisingly few people have seen. A terrific film that was way ahead of its time in its examination of the cult of celebrity. Once you meet Rupert Pupkin you won’t soon forget him. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro team up again in The King of Comedy.

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Reel Reviews – To Kill A Mockingbird

Reel Review #16: This is terrific movie that should be a “must see” for everyone. Gregory Peck puts in a career highlight performance as Atticus Finch, the small town attorney who is defending a black man accused of raping a white woman in the depression era South. Not only did Peck take home the Oscar for his performance, but also Atticus Finch is rated as the number 1 movie hero in American film by AFI. Get ready, it is time for a classic: To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Give it up – Name Your Guilty Pleasure

Feeling pretty good on my birthday, I turned 36 today. I figured I should take myself down a few notches by exposing some guilty pleasure films. I’ll go first. Read more…

Reel Reviews – Bullitt

Bullitt DVD

Reel Review #15: “You work your side of the street and I’ll work mine.” Time to go back to 1968 for a terrific cop drama. Yeah, it is a little slow for the MTV generation – but real life moves along at an ordinary pace. Cops don’t really get in shootouts every ten minutes. This film is driven forward by Steve McQueen’s portrayal of Lt. Frank Bullitt. Better yet, Bullitt has what many consider to be the best car chase scene ever to be put on film. I also announce the winner of the Bullitt DVD giveaway. Buckle up – it is time for Bullitt!

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Submitted Review – Primer

Brian Alkerton has submitted another guest review, this time for Primer an independent film that has been causing quite a buzz. Brian does movies reviews for his college paper at Glendon College in Toronto. Thanks for the submission Brian.

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Reel Reviews – Cinephile Series #2

Mulholland Drive DVD

Reel Review #14: For the second in the Cinephile Series we examine Mulholland Drive, David Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece. The film actually started as an open-ended TV pilot and through Lynch’s dedication was finally finished and presented as a feature film. I don’t have all the answers, but using Reel Reviews’ listeners audio comments and questions we examine some of the key elements of the film including a rundown what I think is really going on. Remember, the Cinephile Series assumes you have already seen the film. Put your thinking cap on and enjoy. “So, let’s just say I’m driving this buggy.”

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Mulholland Drive – Dangerous Curves Ahead

Mulholland Drive is rapidly approaching. This is your last chance to get your questions in at (206) 888-BLOG. I’ll use the best – but this is your call to “chime in” – what do you want to hear about? Remember, it also enters you for the Bullitt DVD giveaway. Call now!

Bullitt DVD Give Away!

Pete from RasterWeb requested another Steve McQueen film. I am happy to oblige. In fact I am offering up an unopened copy of the 1968 classic – Bullitt on DVD. I’ll pay the shipping and everything! Here is the deal:

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Finally Got Asides to Work

You’ll notice the little boxes between the posts. I wanted a way to put up quick links and takes on the things I saw around the web. The problem was these quick takes didn’t warrant a full post with a big title and all. Well I’m no programmer – but after banging my head against PHP and CSS for four hours they are up! It will take a while to fill them all up, but I am stoked. Update: You can comment on the Asides by clicking on the number between the () at the end of the Asides post. The first Asides comment – Thanks Wayne!

Reel Reviews – Updates

My “quick” update ends up lasting ten minutes. All kinds of great stuff and I finally have listener calls with audio quality that we can play! Lots of plugs and links. Check it out.

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Interview Posted at

I was interviewed for an upcoming radio appearance on a local station – TPSRadio. If you are interested, the interview has been posted over at

Henry Rollins and Overnight

John at Dogmatic had a good post about Henry Rollins’ new film show on IFC. He also points to an interesting interview. Of particular interest is this:

DRE: What people do you want on the show?
ROLLINS: Werner Herzog, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, PT Anderson, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Billy Bob Thornton.

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Reel Reviews – This Is Spinal Tap

This is Spinal Tap

Reel Review #13: Time to catch up with one of England’s loudest bands! This is a hilarious “rockumentary” that actually spawned the “mockumentary” as a sub-genre in film. Not only is this film a comedy classic, but also the music is pretty catchy. This film’s impact on pop culture has been astounding. If you don’t know why all your friends laugh when emphasizing that something goes to eleven, this the film that will solve the puzzle. Remember: “There is such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

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Reel Review Studio Upgrades

I get a good number of questions about how I record everything. So I Figured I’d pass along an update: I have been fortunate in always having been able to obtain a reasonable level of sound quality in my podcasts. However, over the last few weeks I have been trying to figure out how to get the best sound possible. This turns out to be really hard. (And involves a lot of reading for the non sound engineer.)

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Nov. 30th – My Best Podcast Day Ever!

Tuesday November 30th blew me away. It was one of those days where a confluence of the things I am up to in the podcast world all came together. Reel Reviews got plugs like I couldn’t believe! Adam Curry picked up on my sponsorship of fellow PodSquader Michael Butler and had lots of positive things to say – including a lesson on how to pronounce my last name (it is GO-HAY-GUN). Then feedback on my Rodney Bingenheimer documentary review kicked in big time. Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles talked about both the sponsorship and named me “His Critic.” Drew, from the Dawn and Drew Show had all kinds of great stuff to say about my Rodney comments – thanks man! The Rodney review also got picked up by the Rock and Roll Geek Show. Podcat put it to use as well, including audio clips from the film – cool move. Finally Michael Houser over at CasdraBlog had some good things to say about Reel Reviews.

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New Feedback Number: (206) 888-BLOG

Just upgraded the audio feedback number. The new service allows for PCM/WAV files so the audio quality should be up to podcast standards. If you have feedback – give us a call. I’d like to start adding the feedback to the end of the reviews. Make sure to include your name and town and keep it pithy and you’ll get your say.