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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Side Track is a new podcast run by Paul Davidson. In each episode, either Davidson, or an invited guest, provides a feature-length audio commentary on a movie that they are very passionate about. The tagline: "Their obsession. Their words. Someone else's movie."

For an episode posted a week ago, Matt Spicer, writer/director of Ingrid Goes West, recorded a commentary for Brian De Palma's Blow Out. In the episode's introduction, Spicer explains to Davidson how, when Spicer was 13 years old, his family would sometimes get the free trial of HBO. And whenever that happened, he would stay up late and watch the late night movies.

"And that's how I saw some of my favorite movies for the first time," Spicer tells Davidson. "I saw Boogie Nights for the first time on HBO late at night. So, like, obviously all the best movies, too, were on after midnight. You know, they would play the really salacious stuff. So of course, as a teenager, that's the stuff that you want to watch. And Blow Out was one of those movies. And I remember, it was just one of those perfect things where, like, it's so rare, too, when, back then, you'd be flipping through the channels and you'd hit right as the movie was starting, you know, and so you usually jump in. And the opening scene of Blow Out is... I mean, can you imagine, truly, an opening scene more captivating to like, a 13-year-old boy, than this movie? I mean, it was just literally like, I think, I was just like, I'm definitely watching this whole movie. But, like, I was lured in by this sort of, you know, salacious slasher movie with a bunch of nudity or whatever. But there's this really, like, intense, expertly-made genre thriller, paranoid thriller attached to it. And that whopper of an ending that's just like... And so I think I just went on this full ride. And this was, you know, my film education, I hadn't really decided that I wanted to be a filmmaker at this point. It was just a really cool movie that I... saw. And that had always stuck with me. And I don't know even know if I remembered the title of it. And then I remember in college, it coming up as a potential movie that I could do an essay on. And I was just like, 'Oh, my God, that's the movie that I saw. I love this movie. I want to write about that.' And so I watched it a bunch and wrote about it for this essay."

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Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 9:38 PM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

De Palmas MI movie should have resembled Tenet in ideas and concept 

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 10:37 PM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

Nolan has gone on the record to mention the first Mission Impossible convoluting mystery narrative as an influence. Also the villain in Tenet is also an arms dealer.

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:30 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 4:24 AM CDT

Name: "Nick"

Kenneth Branagh apocalyptic arms dealer was an extension of Owen Davian from Mission 3. There are elements of the Tom Cruise franchise with James Bond and time travel.


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 7:32 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Sounds like it's safe to say that De Palma's MI movie was just fine... glad he left it to Tenet to be Tenet. What are we going to say next, that Carlito's Way should have been like Insomnia?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 7:36 PM CDT

Name: "Neil "

Tom Cruise attended the London premier of Tenet and loved it.

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 8:49 PM CDT

Name: "JJ Abely"

I'm missing something from the comments above.

How is De Palma's MI "convoluted?" It's moderately complex given that it's a mass-market action movie, I'll grant that, but "convoluted" it's not.

Also, where is that quote that Nolan was "influenced" by MI? And how did MI, a stylistically tight, very deliberate, movie - both visually and in terms of its script - influence Nolan's murky, ambiguous Tenet? 

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