BSP Episode 308: The Artist
Join the gang as they discuss the 2011 film The Artist:
- Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
- Written by Michel Hazanavicius
- Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
The Artist was 2011’s Academy Awards assassin, winning Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. Notable for being a mostly-silent film, The Artist is the almost entirely silent story of George Valentin, a charismatic silent film star with an adorable dog who runs into troubles when Hollywood starts making talkies. If you’re a fan, the film is packed full of references to old Hollywood, some of which the BSP crew discuss during this episode.
- Deuce and Tony discuss, at great length, their respective books that none of us have read because they don’t exist yet. However, triumph because the web site exists!
- Deuce and Darrell catch up. Now we’re all up to speed.
- Jolie hated this movie because it was excessively boring while Tony and Darrell liked it.
- This movie was highly referential, contained a lot of homage to period films, and is technically focused on being just like a silent movie from the past.
- Jolie’s new puppy now has a name!
- There are two standout performances in this movie: Jean Dujardin does a great job as the swarthy leading man and the adorable Jack Russell Terrier.
- This movie was rated PG-13… but why?
- The film contains a lot of technical references including the aspect ratio, frame rate, acting style, lack of zoom, and more.
- Podcasting and the art of NOT selling out.
- Oscar predictions from we non-Academy members. Jolie and Tony throw down. The gloves are off…
- More Punch Out movie references. How can we make this happen???
Featured in this episode:
- Frequent (and silent) appearances by Panda