AND WE LEARN THAT RYAN MURPHY WAS AT THE 'RAISING CAIN' PRESS JUNKET
The three young movie fans who produce the Middle Class Film Class podcast had a fan suggest that they watch Raising Cain -- and so they did, and then discussed the film for the November 24th episode (the Raising Cain discussion begins at about the 56-minute mark). It's a very interesting listen for several reasons, as the friends seem to not be very familiar with the films of Brian De Palma. For instance, aside from John Lithgow, who they agree is "jarring" to see as "a middle-aged man with hair," the name that sticks out to the host as he reads the cast list is Gregg Henry -- not because Gregg Henry has worked so often with De Palma, but because "he's in every single one of James Gunn's projects."
There is some back-and-forth about whether or not Raising Cain is meant as any kind of comedy or not-- the one guy of the three who likes the film the most is the one who sees more deliberate humor in the film. There is also discussion of the camera work, and the one-shot exposition scene down into the morgue, although they are confused at the "weird" way the camera tilts with the characters as they walk down the stairs.
In the final leg of the podcast, they call Greg Srisavasdi of the Cinemaddicts podcast, who is introduced as a major De Palma fan. Srisavasdi tells them the story of the Rasing Cain press junket: how a press screening had garnered bad buzz for the film, and so the morning after, the producers were trying to play up Raising Cain as a comedy to the media at the scheduled press junket. Then Srisavasdi drops a stunning bit of revelation: "One of the former press junketeers, press members, who was part of that roundtable, was Ryan Murphy."
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