Episode #134

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The Hurt Locker 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 5 Nov 2017.

Summary

Sonia Saraiya comes back to the show for the first time since the early days in the broom-closet-sized UCB recording studio. After some near-miss appearances that were scotched due to scheduling, she sits down with #TheTwoFriends to discuss the first female-directed film to win Best Picture and Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow's masterpiece The Hurt Locker.

Given the tales from the set, this movie sounds a bit like it was Bigelow's version of The Abyss. No wonder she and James Cameron get along.

This was the lowest-grossing Academy Award Best Picture winner anyone can remember, and it had an unusual path to Oscar through things like the Spirit awards. It's also a rather unadorned portrait of a hypermasculine environment, to the point where Griffin's best childhood friend Sophie thought he was doing a two-hour-long bit when he told her a woman directed it.

As the first full-fledged effort in Bigelow's developing documentary-like style, for better and worse did this set the tone for everything she has done since? The movie had an insanely low ratio of footage used to footage discarded - combined with the middle-eastern filming locations, what effects did this have on the shoot, on the actors, and on the finished film? Does Jeremy Renner have a Resting Grump Face? And most relevantly, which Harry Potter movie is the best one?

Milestones and Ephemera

  • New Ben nickname: The Voice Of Reason
  • Ben's Marvin the Martian impression: perfect
  • Wisdom teeth: actually really stupid
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