Episode #175

The Ice Storm is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Podback Mountcast miniseries covering the films of Ang Lee. Posted 29 July 2018.

Summary

Everyone please welcome the Mother of Blankies! Emily Yoshida joins the Six-Timers Club - she is in the Audioboom studio to talk about the movie that changed her life, man. In her application to the UCLA School of Film and Television, she wrote her critical essay about this film. And she got in!

This movie and the recent Annihilation are both exceptionally great at the visual and atmospheric depiction of depression. Griffin also makes the point that as Do The Right Thing is to hot weather, The Ice Storm is to cold weather. This movie is one way to learn about the sociogeography of the greater New York area, with Connecticut a little train ride away as a distant (in every sense) suburb populated by people that were isolating themselves.

Emily also makes note of the mid-century Modern architecture of the New Canaan CT area, which plays a significant role in establishing the antiseptic feel of the movie's setting. Love it! Always happy to see a prominent architecture mention.

Let's talk about the cast: Joan Allen is perfectly cast, and apparently this also was her favorite film that she was in. Sigourney Weaver - yes, Sigarooney herself - collected some nominations and awards for her performance. Admittedly it's a bit odd to recognize her small role with no huge defining moments, but David thinks it's just bizarre (6th best performance in this movie? Really?). Katie Holmes' first screen appearance.... Also great are Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood... and David Krumholtz, whattttttttt

The setting is 1973 America, with a presidency in turmoil and controversy, lying on TV about criminal activities, everyone's glued to the news despite how bad it makes you feel... we just can't truly understand from our 2018 vantage point. Hmm.

By the way, Producer Ben spends this episode "collapsed on the bathroom floor talking through the door." So that's why his voice is so muffled.

How did Ang Lee approach this material differently than other directors would have, and how did the score affect his directorial touch? How do key parties work, anyway? The characters in the movie seem to be winging it. How does the Fantastic Four tie in to this film? When Christina Ricci's wheelhouse got supplanted by another archetype, what was the movie that marked that turning point? And what are the worst possible ways for parents to talk to their kids about sex and sexuality?

Anyway this movie is a straight shot of sadness, and hells yeah Griffin is all about that.

Check out Griffin's anecdote about his personal encounter with Elliott Gould on the set of "Mulaney." The note he wrote to help Griffin with his anxiety is framed on his wall.

Milestones and Ephemera

  • C'mon, UCLA. Send Emily her diploma already.
  • Wiki shoutout!
  • the actor that took Krumholtz's career niche away from him: Oscar Isaac
  • Elliot Gould's A Long Goodbye: part of the Goulden Age
  • One of David's all-time favorite movies: Pleasantville
  • graphic novels, according to Emily: baby books
  • The tumblr version of Christina Ricci: Aubrey Plaza
  • Winner of an Iowa statewide high school monologue competition as Helena from Midsummer Night's Dream: Emily Yoshida
  • Shafted by the drama teacher and pointedly not cast in a local production as Helena from Midsummer Night's Dream: Emily Yoshida
  • Listen to Night Call!

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