• Nathan Robert Blackburn

Alcatraz DOUBLE FEATURE | Four Seasons of Film Podcast | Ep. 335

Nathan and Andy break into THE ROCK (1996) with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Michael Bay… then ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979) with Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, and Roberts Blossom. It’s an Alcatraz Double Feature!

CRITICS MENTIONED: Gary Arnold (The Washington Post), Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times), Marc Savlov (The Austin Chronicle), Desson Thomas (The Washington Post)


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Show Notes:

01:42 Critique the Critics

02:05 The Rock (1996)

02:54 Does Director Michael Bay deserve negative criticism?

04:06 Critic Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle & the “Testosterone-ee” factor

07:01 The Transformers Franchise

07:39 Nicolas Cage: Man, Myth, and Legend

09:35 Critic Desson Thomas & “Morally Corrupt Drama”

10:30 Plot + Action + Comedy

11:26 Critic Roger Ebert on The Rock (1996)

13:07 Action Films and Practical Effects

13:40 Double Feature

14:30 Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

15:05 Pacing

15:50 Critic Roger Ebert on Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

16:40 Director Don Seigel

17:40 On-location Filming vs. in the Studio

18:25 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

19:05 Character actors of the 1970s

20:03 Prison Film Genre

21:13 The Warden

21:55 Clint Eastwood and the critics

23:55 Clint Eastwood and a Monkey (Every Which Way but Loose 1978)

24:42 Critic Gary Arnold, Washington Post

25:20 George Plimpton

26:04 Masterclass of filmmaking

27:02 Did they make it to shore?

28:55 Conspiracy theories

29:55 Rooting for the anti-heroes in this film

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