It took a good many tries to get Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the screen; Ralph Bakshi even once tried to get an animated version off the ground. Even the attempt that finally made it out in 1998 hit a few potholes on the way. Bruce Robinson was originally approached to direct, but refused. Then Alex Cox was hired, but stars Johnny Depp and Benecio del Toro weren't happy with his vision. Finally, Terry Gilliam came on board, and, quite honestly, I can't imagine the film working without Gilliam's particular style.
So Pat was in the US a few months ago, and it happened that our recording schedule (we were working pretty far ahead at the time) brought us Rushmore. Like Indie music, the works of Wes Anderson hit the right notes for folks like us, so we got some friends together for a bit of a party and a discussion of a movie some of us love a lot more than others.
We've got Donovan Hill returning once again, love of my life Amanda Morant with affected British accent action, Jonathan Hape making his first appearance outside the theme music, and his wife Casey Hape who's one smart cookie we're glad to have. Also, Pat's son makes a brief appearance, but adds nothing of value to the conversation. A good group of people and I wish more of them would come around for more episodes. This is one of our truest round-table discussions, probably helped by the fact that we were actually sitting around a round table.
It's the episode you've all been waiting for. Since we made it through Pasolin's Salo this was the next film of dread albeit for (thankfully) different reasons. But still dread nevertheless.
Armageddon is Michael Bay's 1998 sophomore work that challenges our understanding of what The Criterion Collection is actually collecting. We come up some good justifications with this week's special guest Stephen Goldmeier whose pedigree we forgot to mention in the episode: former contributor to io9 and currently blogging pop culture at Enchantment Under the Sea (and podcasting with EUTS's Hold on to Your Butts). We also complain a lot. Because there is so much to complain about. So very much.
Bewilderingly Armageddon was nominated for four Academy Awards and won two Saturn Awards (including tying for Dark City for Best Sci-Fi Film). Less bewilderingly it was nominated for seven Razzies, though only won one.