AND BOUNCING THE DISCUSSION OFF OF ARCHIVAL OPINIONS FROM SISKEL & EBERT
"Celebrating the inimitable team of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, and also going head to head against them talking about movies and moviemaking from our modern perspective." That's a description of the podcast Barbs Wired, hosted by Keri Lynn and Skipper Martin. The latest episode, "Deconstructing De Palma," focuses on four Brian De Palma films: Sisters, Dressed To Kill, Blow Out, and Raising Cain. Listen to the pair give short shrift to Sisters, and discuss their surprise to hear, upon the release of The Untouchables, that Siskel names Sisters as his favorite De Palma picture.
One of the most interesting aspects of the episode is Skipper Martin's discussion of how he used to dismiss De Palma's nods to Hitchcock as nothing but a "ripoff," but how a re-watch of Dressed To Kill made it all click for him-- that De Palma was "playing" with the viewer, using what the viewer knows about Hitchcock to set the viewer up. And it made him rethink what Tarantino does, then, as well. Skipper possibly gets that idea from Roger Ebert, who says something similar in the Siskel/Ebert Untouchables-era discussion about Sisters they include in the episode.