Skip to content
September 24, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Concerning: A Rare Photo of the Camera Crew Filming Robert Redford’s ‘Ordinary People’

Just for fun, here’s a blast from the past: a Polaroid I took 31 years ago in December of 1979. It might not look like much, just some guys standing around. But it’s sort of a small piece of film history. It’s Robert Redford’s camera crew filming “Ordinary People” in Lake Forest, IL, at the intersection of Sheridan & Deerpath roads. Who’d have thought they were filming Oscar’s Best Picture for 1980.

The First Presbyterian church behind them appears in film’s opening credits. The kid in the photo, behind the fella with his arms clasped behind his back, is my friend Doug Winston.

What they’re filming in the above photo, if I recall correctly, is a pick-up shot of Timothy Hutton’s photo double walking down the sidewalk, along Deerpath Road — And if I can dig up a photo of that, well … I’d be most lucky.  Most lucky indeed.

Now referring, if you will, to the below video of the film’s opening credits. The shot filmed during this series of camera set-ups (and the crew did use this location on a couple different days during principal photography) appears at 1:11 into the clip.  When watching, press pause and note the triangular walkways in front of the church – It’s a little hard to discern, but this can give you an idea as to the placement of the camera in the above photo in relation to the actual shot that appears in the film.

And here, simply enough, you’ve gotta love the guitar at 1:12.

September 20, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Episode #43: ‘The Town’ and its Fenway Park Premiere

This week, John and I discuss Ben Affleck’s Boston-filmed thriller, The Town. But before that, we reminisce about the film’s premiere, which was held last week at Fenway Park. (Click here for my photos.)

For this weeks picks, I recommend Fox’s The Cleveland Show: Season One and FX’s The League: Season One on DVD, and John implores you to catch FUNimation Entertainment’s Hetalia: Axis Powers, also new to DVD.

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 33:58

Ben Affleck introducing his film "The Town" at Fenway Park. He's the blurry, glowing blob in the center. (Trust me. It's him.)

The outdoor screen of screens.

A better photo of Warner Bros.' dugout-toppin' movie screen.

(l to r) Happy fun time! John, Meg, Sarah and me.

September 14, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Episode #42: ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife,’ ‘Legendary’ and Roger Corman’s ‘Starcrash’

In this episode, John and I discuss the latest installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife. We then delve into Legendary, the wrestling pic starring John Cena and Patricia Clarkson.

For this week’s picks, my choice is Roger Corman’s Starcrash (which is new to Blu-ray and DVD) , and John recommends the BBC series Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Let us know how we’re doing. Send us an email at postmoviepodcast[at]gmail.com.

Production note: Our new intro music is from the song “Never Gonna Shake It” by Stereo Soul Future, a terrific band from Boston. Check them out!

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 32:53

September 4, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Episode #41: ‘Machete,’ ‘The American,’ ‘Going the Distance’ and ‘Titanic II’

In this episode, John and I discuss the new Robert Rodriguez film Machete, the George Clooney thriller The American (now playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre), and the Drew Barrymore-Justin Long romantic comedy Going the Distance.

And for this week’s picks, my choice is The Asylum’s Titanic II, John recommends the new DVD release Made for Each Other, and we both praise director Jean-Francois Richet’s Mesrine: The Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1.

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 55:11

August 30, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Episode #40: ‘Takers,’ ‘Centurion,’ ‘Flipped’ and ‘The Last Exorcism’

In this episode, John and I discuss the new heist film Takers, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, Rob Reiner’s Flipped and Eli Roth’s The Last Exorcism.

As for picks of the week, I opt for the 1971 grindhouse gem Superchick (from Mill Creek Entertainment) and Richard Dreyfuss’ 1977 Oscar winner The Goodbye Girl, while John recommends a collection of documentaries now on DVD from The History Channel and 2009’s Dorian Gray starring Colin Firth.

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 50:54

August 27, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Post-Movie Interviews: Neil Marshall and Axelle Carolyn

In this special episode, John and I are joined by director Neil Marshall, the man responsible for Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday, and actor/author Axelle Carolyn (It Lives Again!: Horror Movies in the New Millennium). We cover their careers, their inspirations, and the making of their latest film, Centurion, which is now playing in limited release.

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 29:59

August 23, 2010 / Stephen Slaughter Head

Episode #39: ‘Piranha 3D,’ ‘Power Kids’ and HBO’s ‘Temple Grandin’

In this episode, John and I discuss the exploitively horrific Piranha 3D, starring Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell and Richard Dreyfuss.

And then we move on to this weeks’ picks: Power Kids (a.k.a . 5 Huajai Hero) – the Taiwanese actioner from the producers of Ong Bak and Chocolate; and Temple Grandinthe HBO Films’ production starring Claire Danes, Catherine O’Hara and Julia Ormond.

You can download the show or play now in your browser.
Total running time: 43:04