Episode #133[edit | edit source]

K-19: The Widowmaker is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod-19: The Widowcaster miniseries covering the filmography of Kathryn Bigelow. Posted 29 Oct 2017.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Richard Lawson makes his way back to "Blank Check with Griffin and David" to talk about another military movie! Last time was army, this time it's navy; just needs an air force movie next time. Or possibly Coast Guard.

This was a blockbuster, or at least it was supposed to be. But what an odd story to put in front of American summer-time audiences. And Bigelow has done fun movies before, but woof, this one is the polar opposite of fun.

Harrison Ford - what happened to his sense of humor in this movie, and was this a turning point in his career? National Geographic provided a lot of financing for this project - should this have been one of their TV channel specials instead? Right in front of our eyes, Bigelow is shifting to a detail-oriented, austere impartial approach to hyper-realistic stories - should this script have gotten the River of Ham treatment instead? The plot has no twists, and everyone knows the ship is doomed but we just watch them keep re-committing to the boat - why didn't the characters understand the concept of sunk costs? (Get it? Sunk??? Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.)

This was the first $100 million budget for a woman director, a fact that the studio really pushed hard in promotion. Bouncing this high-profile blank-check nearly killed Bigelow's career. Could she rebuild by doubling down on the serious? It'd be a short Blank Check miniseries otherwise... tune in next time to see what happens!

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Road To Perdition: a summer movie
  • The midpoint between John Goodman and Tom Hanks: Jim Belushi
  • Featured in this movie: #TheTwoKinseys
  • Something Shailene Woodley eats: clay
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