It Takes Brass Balls To Trust The Talent

The title is only coarse, of course, because it refers to the monologue delivered by Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s classic movie based on his own play. And it’s the title because in this episode, Pete and I talk about Kevin Spacey’s fantastic MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. And Spacey was in that movie, and at any moment in his lecture he could easily have quoted that monologue and it would’ve made sense. But he didn’t.

And I will start a sentence with a conjunction any time I feel like it. But not always. Only sometimes.

We also talk about the latest benchmark for terrible blockbusters starring great actors, R.I.P.D., the heist film Now You See Me, and the latest of David Twohy’s Riddick movies, the elegantly titled “Riddick“.

Pete tells us about a TV show he’s discovered called The Americans and for homework we have a podcast called The Verse, which examines all of Joss Whedon’s work one episode at a time starting with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can tell you it’s good with some authority because I’m in it! It’s all the invention of producer James Smith from the excellent and admirable Twobiquity podcast that he does with James Griffiths and it’s recommended listening all round.

Oh, and we briefly discuss the amazing story behind Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights.

So grab your ouija board and your unlicenced  nuclear accelerator and come chase ghosts with Pete and Justin on the Shoot The Glass Podcast!

Ice Queens, Story Beats and Kickin’ Ass

This week on Shoot The Glass we talk about the unimaginatively titled Jobs, political thriller The East, post-postmodern superhero flick Kick Ass 2, and Neill Blomkamp’s second feature Elysium. For homework we’ve got Pirates of Silicon Valley and a choice of  films based on the works of Elmore Leonard — Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown and the 2007 version of  3:10 to Yuma.

And Pete casually throws an old and awesome classic on the pile in Bridge on the River Kwai, which is totally directed by David Lean and totally stars Obi Wan and I was totally right about those two things.

So come and join Pete and Justin as we hoist the mainsail, put some Strauss on the gramophone, and set course for that big ole space station in the sky! And you can hit us up at @shoottheglass on twitter.