POP ART: Episode 77, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY/SOLARIS


SPACED: I know what you are going to say. Episode 77, shouldn’t this be episode 81? Good eye. Benish and I tried to record this episode twice and Skype let us down. But three’s the charm and Skype came through, but I decided to keep the original episode number because…let’s just say HAL made me do it.

Also, we have already covered a Tarkovsky film and a Kubrick film. So while waiting for this one, use the time to listen to Episode 76, The Shining/The Innkeepers with podcaster and film enthusiast Nicholas Rehak, as well as Episode 37, Annihilation/Stalker with filmmaker Gustavo A. Garzon.

“Open the pod bay doors, Hal” What is space? The final frontier? A place where no one can hear you scream?  Or, as the introduction to one guide to the galaxy says, it’s big, really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind bogglingly big it is…Sounds like it’s time for Episode 77 of Pop Art, where we find the art in pop culture and the pop culture in art. For Pop Art, my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. For this episode, I am happy to welcome as my guest, Hollywood hyphenate, producer, director, actor, writer Adam Benish, who has chosen as his film Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, while I have chosen as my film Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece, Solaris, both films about odd occurrences in outer space.

And in this episode we answer such questions as: Why did they change the tagline on the 2001 poster to “The Ultimate Trip”? What did Tarkovsky and Kubrick think of each other’s films? What does HAL stand for? The jump cut at the end of the Dawn of Man sequence goes from a bone to a what? Was Tarkovsky murdered? What are tokusatsu films? What did Rock Hudson think of 2001? In Solaris, where was the long drive filmed and why was it not cut from the movie? What is the theory of punctuated equilibrium? How did Kubrick end up getting all the credit for the special effects? What was the chief irony in the making of both films when it comes the country the directors came from? What did the Vatican think of 2001? What was the title of Mad Magazine’s parody of 2001?

And check out Adam Benish’s IMD page at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2354563/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

You can find more information about his films on social media on YouTube, twitter and Instagram at Benish Films and @BenishFilms

His film Generations Under Sail is now making the film festival circuit.

Check out my blog at https://howardcasner.wordpress.com/

My books, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, The Starving Artists and Other Stories and The Five Corporations and One True Religion can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=howard+casner&ref=nb_sb_noss

Meanwhile, like, follow or comment on my podcast. I’d love to know what you think. And check out the other episodes. On ITUNES https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-art/id1511098925, Anchor: https://anchor.fm/howard-casner, and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5jX4noVGArDJdmcFtmrQcG , Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pop-art, Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/…, Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/pop-art, Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/vfjqj6j6, Radiopublic: https://radiopublic.com/pop-art-GExxNb and other streaming sites

Check out my Script Consultation Services at http://ow.ly/HPxKE. I offer several types of service. Testimonials can be found at the blog entry.

Finally, I have published a collection of three of my plays, 3 Plays, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08478DBXF as well as two collections of short stories, The Starving Artists and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FS91CKJ and The Five Corporations and the One True Church and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KY5Z3CF.

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out the second edition of my screenwriting book, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader published on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1XP9Y

THE TOP TEN POP ART EPISODES–WHICH ONES HAVE YOU LISTENED TO


Pop Art, where we find the pop culture in art and the art in pop culture, lists its top ten most popular episodes. How many have you seen?

Episode 38, Go/71 Fragments of a Chronicle of Chance with film enthusiast and podcaster of Cinemarecall, The Vern

Episode 18, The Karate Kid/Let the Right One In, with film enthusiast and podcaster of the Forgotten Film Podcast, Todd Liebenow

Episode 1, Raiders of the Lost Arc/The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, with filmmaker and podcaster of  the Blue Beetle and The Real Short Box, Donald McKinney, III

Episode 25, The Running Man/The Most Dangerous Game, with writer and film critic, influencer and book reviewer, Hermione Flavia

Episode 8, Star Wars/The Hidden Fortress, with screenwriter, script consultant, blogger and podcaster, Paul Zeidman

Episode 19, Finding Nemo/The Searchers, with blogger and film reviewer Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews

Episode 74, Warm Bodies/I Walked With a Zombie, with film enthusiast and movie blogger Rishabh Vashishtha

Episode 16, Galaxy Quest/The Seven Samurai, with filmmaker Anna Remus

Episode 76, The Shining/The Innkeepers, with podcaster and film enthusiast, Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday

Episode 25, Hell or High Water/Bonnie and Clyde, with film enthusiast, writer and blogger Kira Comerford

And after listening to them, check out the other episodes and help them move up the list.

 On ITUNES https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-art/id1511098925, Anchor: https://anchor.fm/howard-casner, and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5jX4noVGArDJdmcFtmrQcG , Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pop-art, Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/…, Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/pop-art, Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/vfjqj6j6, Radiopublic: https://radiopublic.com/pop-art-GExxNb and other streaming sites

POP ART: Episode 80, THE JERK/O LUCKY MAN!


PRETTY AS A PICARESQUE: New Pop Art episode. Join me and filmmaker Steve Herold (Death of an Umbrella Salesman, Walmea) while we talk two films inspired by Voltaire’s Candide, The Jerk and O Lucky Man!

“I was born a poor black child”: It’s a tale as old as the Spanish Golden Age and made perhaps most famous in the west by Voltaire’s Candide. Take a somewhat naïve innocent, usually of lower social class, thrust him out in the world, and have him navigate the slings and arrows he encounters, trying to survive in an essentially corrupt society. Or as I call it, Episode 80 of Pop Art, where I and my guest find the pop culture in art and the art in pop culture. It’s the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. For this episode, I am happy to welcome as my guest, filmmaker Steve Herold, who has chosen as his film the Steve Martin vehicle, Carl Reiner’s The Jerk, while I have chosen Lindsay Anderson’s cult favorite, O Lucky Man!, both picaresque films with a naïve innocent having to go out on his own to discover the world.

And in this episode we answer such questions as: Quentin Tarantino’s The Jerk? Reactive, active or passive? What is white male protestant comedy? What are the problematic aspects of both films? How does Stanley Kubrick fit in? How many slaps did McDowell endure in the final scene? What is Steve Martin’s favorite line? What is the French title of O Lucky Man!? Where was Hartounian’s gas station located? How does Star Wars fit in and what does it have to do with Pig Man? Where does Rob Reiner appear in the film?

And don’t forget to check out Steve Herold and his films. His IMDB page is at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003750/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0#director

Hs film Death of an Umbrella Salesman can be found on Amazon Prime and his newest film Walmea is making the festival rounds.

Check out my blog at https://howardcasner.wordpress.com/

My books, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, The Starving Artists and Other Stories and The Five Corporations and One True Religion can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=howard+casner&ref=nb_sb_noss

Meanwhile, like, follow or comment on my podcast. I’d love to know what you think. And check out the other episodes. On ITUNES https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-art/id1511098925, Anchor: https://anchor.fm/howard-casner, and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5jX4noVGArDJdmcFtmrQcG , Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pop-art, Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/…, Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/pop-art, Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/vfjqj6j6, Radiopublic: https://radiopublic.com/pop-art-GExxNb and other streaming sites

Check out my Script Consultation Services at http://ow.ly/HPxKE. I offer several types of service. Testimonials can be found at the blog entry.

Finally, I have published a collection of three of my plays, 3 Plays, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08478DBXF as well as two collections of short stories, The Starving Artists and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FS91CKJ and The Five Corporations and the One True Church and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KY5Z3CF.

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out the second edition of my screenwriting book, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader published on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1XP9Y

TOP 20 SCI-FI FILMS SINCE 2000


I thought I might have some fun and start making a few lists about various movie topics. So here are my top 20 sci-fi movies since 2000. They are in alphabetical order rather than preference. What are yours?

I have covered a number of these films on my podcast Pop Art and have listed the episode numbers by the titles. The podcast can be found at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-art/id1511098925, https://anchor.fm/howard-casner, https://open.spotify.com/show/5jX4noVGArDJdmcFtmrQcG and other streaming platforms.

The American Astronaut

Another Earth

Attack the Block – Episode 10

Blindness

Coherence – Episode 47

Donnie Darko – Episode 60

Extraterrestrial

The Last Days

The Lobster

Logan

Monsters

Never Let Me Go

Predestination

Primer

Sleep Dealer

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – Episode 47

Time of the Wolf

Upstream Color – Episode 15