Episode #063[edit | edit source]

Say Anything... is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the We Pod A Cast miniseries covering the filmography of Cameron Crowe. Posted 23 Jun 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

What a lovely little movie, and unlike most other Blank Check directors' first efforts it actually had a bit of success in the industry and in the culture. Already Cameron Crowe is standing out as an unusual subject for this podcast.

So why does this movie hold up today? It's a teen movie - it's uncommon for those to age well. Moreover it's a teen romance movie, and those hardly ever age well. Is Cameron Crowe's trademark empathy with his actors the key? His lack of cynicism? His apparent gift for hiring talent all around the production, or his talent in the editing room?

Griffin and David examine and discuss the performances of the two leads, Ione Skye and John Cusack; the magnificent turn from John Mahoney; and a number of supporting performances from the likes of Lili Taylor, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, and the wonderful Philip Baker Hall that today look almost like one-scene cameos but make an impact.

#TheTwoFriends also compare this movie to High Fidelity, another romantic comedy/drama with an older John Cusack that turned out to be a work of genius, mostly for what it reveals about the less picturesque (and yet inherent) aspects of romance. Say Anything... kind of has that too - it's a weird thing of looking at romance in an unromantic way.

Stay tuned for an in-studio singalong of the iconic Peter Gabriel song, "In Your Eyes."

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • The brief discussion of Woody Allen, more than a year before Griffin's brouhaha on Twitter, is a bit disorienting to hear in early 2018.
  • "It would be pretty cool to go through the episodes ... and find the first mention of every dumb fuckin' nickname." I totally agree, David.
  • Eating on-mic: yes sir (in a double twist, it's David with a muffin!)
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