Podback Mountcast is a miniseries on the films of Ang Lee. This miniseries title is cited as "Brokepod Mountcast" by Griffin and David in the first few episodes of the miniseries... Since so many episodes were banked up in advance and out of order, they forgot multiple times what they decided to name it in the first episode recorded (Sense and Sensibility). Clearly the fractured recording schedule wreaked havoc on everyone's faculties, but they got things handled by the Lust, Caution episode.
Ang Lee is a director of Taiwanese descent. He began making films in the Chinese language but after a couple foreign-language film Oscar nominations he made the leap to work in Hollywood. He couldn't even speak English very well at the time he was first making English-language movies, which is crazy to imagine. He made an historical Civil War epic which bombed spectacularly... and that might very well have been it for his career stateside, but for the fact that he had another movie pretty much in the can already. Might as well release it, I guess... and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon became an unbelievably improbable sensation which crossed over and even got Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations. It was such a success that Ang was able to immediately capitalize and make what Griffin refers to as the ur-blank-check movie, Hulk! How did that go, and how close did his career come to ending right there?
And then the rollercoaster ride went right back up again, and he made an English-language movie that netted a Best Director Oscar win this time. Where did he go from there? How do his recent experiments with technology and effects fit into this narrative?
There's some real variety in this filmography. What ties it all together? Perhaps his notable empathy for characters and people can provide a throughline.
This miniseries is preceded by The Podcastibles miniseries on the films of Brad Bird. It is followed by Something's Podda Cast, the miniseries covering the films of March Madness-winning Nancy Meyers.
|171||Pushing Hands/The Wedding Banquet||🔊||No and no||1:22||7/1/2018|
|172||Eat Drink Man Woman||🔊||Alison Willmore||No||1:41||7/8/2018|
|173||Sense and Sensibility||🔊||Shirley Li||No||1:59||7/15/2018|
|175||The Ice Storm||🔊||Emily Yoshida||No||1:51||7/29/2018|
|176||Ride with the Devil||🔊||Peter Labuza||Yes, sorta||1:51||8/5/2018|
|177||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||🔊||David Ehrlich||A Guarantor||2:10||8/12/2018|
|179||Brokeback Mountain||🔊||Matt Rogers
|180||Lust, Caution||🔊||Chris Weitz||Yes, sorta||1:59||9/2/2018|
|181||Taking Woodstock||🔊||Alex Ross Perry||Yes||2:35||9/9/2018|
|182||Life of Pi||🔊||Ray Tintori||Yes||2:20||9/16/2018|
|183||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||🔊||J.D. Amato||Yes||2:35||9/23/2018|
|184||Chosen - The Hire||🔊||NA||0:47||9/27/2018|
|SF002||The Third Blank Check Mailbag/Hulk Live @ Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn||🔊||James Schamus||NA||1:32||1/11/2019|
Ranking His Filmography
- The blankies' rankings were compiled in a voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit.
- The sheer variety in genres and tones made this ranking a challenge, and you can tell from the differences between these three lists. Quite a challenge to compare films with such different aims, like, say, Hulk and Sense and Sensibility.
- Notably, the blankies' stats showed a fairly clear 1st & 2nd, while the standard deviation for pretty much every entry from 3 to 9 was abnormally high - most of those films got ranked all over the place by various blankies.
|1||Hulk||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Brokeback Mountain|
|2||The Ice Storm||Sense and Sensibility||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon|
|3||Brokeback Mountain||Eat Drink Man Woman||Sense and Sensibility|
|4||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Brokeback Mountain||Eat Drink Man Woman|
|5||Eat Drink Man Woman||The Ice Storm||The Ice Storm|
|6||The Wedding Banquet||Hulk||The Wedding Banquet|
|7||Lust, Caution||The Wedding Banquet||Lust, Caution|
|8||Sense and Sensibility||Ride with the Devil||Life of Pi|
|9||Life of Pi||Life of Pi||Hulk|
|10||Ride with the Devil||Lust, Caution||Ride with the Devil|
|11||Pushing Hands||Pushing Hands||Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk|
|12||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Pushing Hands|
|13||Taking Woodstock||Taking Woodstock||Taking Woodstock|