A podcast q+a with Danny Boyle and an audience q+a with Danny Boyle

By Adam Lippe

Here’s both a roundtable q+a with 127 Hours director Danny Boyle and an audience q+a recorded after a screening the night before the roundtable was held.  There’s a bit of overlap in the 50 total minutes (20 for roundtable, 30 for audience q+a) but considering the audience q+a (which is moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer critic Carrie Rickey) is much longer, Danny gets into more detail. The roundtable includes Sal Cannestra from 215 Magazine, David Onda from Comcast.net, Blaire Flory from Triangle, Steve, whose last name I can never remember, and myself. There were two other participants, but for similar reasons to the Conviction podcast, I’ve replaced their questions with my own voice. Sorry, no Alan Arkin impression this time.

The interviews cover a lot of subject matter such as how much James Franco’s stoned act in real life is actually legit, how one deals with success ass kissing when all you want is honesty, and what it’s like to try to create suspense for a movie when everyone already knows the ending. I also ask a follow-up to something he mentioned in the audience q+a that bothered me about the film and was the crux of my review, namely about how the movie seemed deliberately toned down to appease a mainstream audience.

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By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.