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The Stone Turntable Movie Podcast

Movie-related podcast that include reviews, social commentary and analysis from several points of view. Subject matter will range from early cinema history to current releases and related news material(s). Intended audiences are 18+ and older and may or may not include adult language and subject material. Views expressed are personal and belong to podcast-personality's and may or may not reflect that of Light's Chosen Media.
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Apr 26, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!!!!

(Explicit Language/NSFW)

 

This week we focus on:

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and adapted from the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, this 2007 release earned Robert Elswit and Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar in 2008. Starring Day-Lewis and Paul Dano (et, al), this adaptation takes place in the early 20th century during the expansion of petroleum toward the Pacific Ocean from the Kern County area circa 1917-1927. Day-Lewis portrays Daniel Plainview, a silver miner turned oil tycoon whose driving motivation to exist is to compete and succeed alone in achieving his goals. This film is beautifully directed and Day-Lewis' portrayal is as harrowing as Marlin Brando in Apocalypse Now and explores the human condition and fanatic zealotry from capitalists and Evangelicals alike. It questions motivation, ethos, religious conviction, alcoholism and obsessive narcissistic goal setting.

Listen to our show as we explore this exceptional film, and if you have not seen it, please DO SO!

Financials (from imdb.com):

  • Estimated budget: $25M
  • US opening weekend sales: $302, 845
  • US Gross Sales: $40, 218, 903
  • UK/Worldwide Gross Sales: $36, 986, 197
  • Total Gross Sales: $77, 208, 711
  • Peak # of US screens (2/10/2008): 1, 620
    • US sales (same weekend): $3, 978, 322
    • Earned $2, 455.75 per screen that weekend
    • Sales in US same weekend made up 89% of overall US sales
  • Budget vs US sales alone earned 15% more than estimated cost
    • US Sales vs Budget ratio: 1.61 : 1
    • Worldwide Sales vs Budget ratio: 3.08 : 1

Check out the following links below related to topics we talked about in this episode!:

Oil Museums:

     http://www.westkern-oilmuseum.org/

     http://www.sjvgeology.org/history/museums.html

NY Times essay about the film: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/books/review/Essay-t.html

Teapot Dome Scandal: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senate_Investigates_the_Teapot_Dome_Scandal.htm

Mise-en-scene definition: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~film01/mise.html

 

Check out friend-of-the show's graphic art links below! (They did our logos)

Facebook.com/3970creative

Instagram.com/3970_creative

Apr 19, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!

Explicit Rating/NSFW

This week our hosts discuss three movies that they watched for this week’s “Movie Roulette”! Films include Smokin’Aces (2006) with Ray Liotta, I.Q. (1994) with Walter Matthiau and The Last Dragon (1985) with Taimak.

Our hosts also discuss the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi which was released during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando recently and (of all people) one of our hosts provided some criticism. We talk about environmental shots and film locations as well as “the rule of thirds” in cinematography/photo journalism.

Visit our website at: www.thestoneturntable.libsyn.com or you can subscribe to our show using your favorite Podcast platform via iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay or TuneIn! If you use Twitter, drop us a “Tweet” over at: @stone_turntable!!

Thank you for joining us and be here next week as our hosts cover There Will Be Blood!

Links:

The Rule of Thirds: http://www.raindance.org/weekly-production-tip-6-the-rule-of-thirds/

Indiana Jone and The Last Crusade film locations: http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/i/indie_last.html#.WPewr6K1thE

Star Wars side-by-side Trailer comparisons: http://bgr.com/2017/04/17/the-last-jedi-trailer-vs-the-force-awakens-trailer/

Apr 12, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!!

This week our hosts run through an extensive “Trailer Trashed” where they watched the following trailers: Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Spiderman: Homecoming (2017), Justice League (2017) and It (2017). As usual, there is some small discussion about Paul Thomas Anderson, a Star Wars mention and duck feathers all over the studio.

Our hosts also watched a film they usually wouldn’t watch to “break out of their bubble”. Films included Captain Fantastic (2016) starring Viggo Mortenson, The Notebook (2004) with Ryan Gosling and Blair Witch (2016). Our hosts discuss many social themes found in Captain Fantastic, the direction (or many) of comic book-turned-movie franchises and even defend Michael Bay’s work (kind of).

Join us as we walk toward an unfamiliar territory of an episode where we dip into the Outer Rim of what is our comfort zone and take a walk on the wild side.

Explicit Language/NSFW (even though the really bad stuff is edited)!!

Subscribe to our show via iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, TuneIn or at our website: www.thestoneturntable.libsyn.com! Drop us a note on Twitter: @stone_turntable!

Links:

Captain Fantastic: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3553976/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Notebook: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332280/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Blair Witch: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540011/?ref_=nv_sr_1

You can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay and TuneIn or you can visit our website at: http://www.thestoneturntable.libsyn.com

Drop us a quick note on Twitter too--we are @stone_turntable!

Apr 8, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!!!

This week our hosts enjoy a game of Movie Roulette and focus on three movies including Grumpy Old Men (1993) starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthiau, Fire and Ice (1983)directed by Ralph Bakshi and Punch Drunk Love, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (2002).

The ducks returned to their posts and (questionably) performed their duties in trying to bring a semi-abridged version of the show.

EXPLICIT Language-NSFW!

Ya done been *quack*ing told. ;D

You can subscribe to our show via iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, TuneIn or at our website at: www.thestoneturntable.libsyn.com

We can be reached at Twitter too! Look up @stone_turntable and drop us a note!

Imdb.com listings:

Grumpy Old Men: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107050/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Fire and Ice: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085542/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Punch Drunk Love: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272338/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Apr 2, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!

-A Short Blog-

Fire and Ice Cover

Tonight one of our hosts watched Fire and Ice (1983) again which was directed by Ralph Bakshi and co-produced by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. This is a reposted snippet they wrote from one of their Facebook groups:

"I imagine that writers and creative development at Blizzard took inspiration for Rexxar and Arthas from Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta's Fire and Ice (1983). See characters Darkwolf and Nekron for visual comparison. "Nekron"...implies necromancer, of which Death knights are akin and Arthas very closely resembles; "Darkwolf" implies the lone wolf archetype which is the core of Rexxar's biographical background. Both wield a bow and an axe with proficiency. I recently remarked how "we all stand on the shoulders of giants"; the main point being we take inspiration from and emulate those who came before us. We are influenced by the preceding and strike forth with aspiration to become the forthcoming. The saying isn't intended to diminish or cheapen today's efforts but to express gratitude and (*often*) due credit to our historical fundamental knowledge.
Oh yeah, if you watch the credits, Thomas Kinkade (yes, "The Painter of Light") is credited as the Background Painter.
Here's a link to his website:
https://thomaskinkade.com/artist/"

With the fantasy genre on FIRE within the movie industry for the last decade and better (Harry Potter, LotR, Game of Thrones, etc), our host isn't "waxing nostalgia" but peering back into the history of film and entertainment to recognize the efforts of pioneers whose work has been critical in shaping the entertainment world as we know it today.

It is good to look back, reflect, educate and appreciate the huge body of work that has directly contributed to the entertainment landscape we navigate and (hopefully) enjoy today.

Reflect. Imagine. Create.

 

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