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Aspect Radio #100: Best of 2013

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Ben and Corey took four years to do it, but they finally reached their 100th episode with “Aspect Radio,” with the help of friends and family.

To mark the occasion, the guys look back on the podcast they began in February 2010 and recognize the many key contributors that really made the show go.

We also take a couple of hours to finally discuss their top 10 favorite films of 2013. They were tough lists to make on top of an especially memorable year at the movies, but we’re pretty proud of the final products.

As usual, our friends at FilmNerds.com weigh in with their favorites from 2013 as well as some thoughts on reaching episode 100. Graham Flanagan, Craig Hamilton, Matt Scalici and Ben Stark have made enormous contributions to the show for all four years, and we are indeed thankful.

And a special thanks to our producer Andrew Richardson, who joined us in December 2010 and offered technical expertise and, perhaps more importantly, the patience of Job.

So settle in and listen to two and a half hours of non-stop high praise of another phenomenal film year. And thanks to any and all of you who listen to the show!



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Produced by Andrew Richardson

Music heard in AR #100:
7horse - “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Primal Scream - “Loaded” (The World’s End)
Electric Light Orchestra - “10538 Overture” (American Hustle)
Duke Ellington - “Jeep’s Blues” (American Hustle)
Arcade Fire - “Supersymmetry” (Her)
Oscar Isaac - “Green Green Rocky Road” (Inside Llewyn Davis)

2013 Aspy Nominations

BEST ACTOR
Ben
Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Oscar Isaac, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Mads Mikkelsen, THE HUNT
Tom Hanks, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

COREY
Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Tom Hanks, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Joaquin Phoenix, HER


BEST ACTRESS
BEN
Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
Greta Gerwig, FRANCES HA
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ENOUGH SAID

COREY
Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Judi Dench, PHILOMENA
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ENOUGH SAID
Amy Seimetz, UPSTREAM COLOR


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEN
Bobby Cannavale, BLUE JASMINE
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Will Forte, NEBRASKA
James Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
Keith Stanfield, SHORT TERM 12

COREY
Daniel Bruhl, RUSH
Bradley Cooper, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
James Franco, SPRING BREAKERS
Jake Gyllenhaal, PRISONERS


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEN
Melonie Diaz, FRUITVALE STATION
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Margot Robbie, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
June Squibb, NEBRASKA
Annika Wedderkopp, THE HUNT

COREY
Kaitlyn Dever, SHORT TERM 12
Scarlett Johansson, HER
Lupita N’yongo, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Sarah Paulson, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION


CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEN
Bruno Delbonnel, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Phedon Papamichael, NEBRASKA
Benoit Debie, SPRING BREAKERS
Emmanuel Lubezki, TO THE WONDER
Sean Bobbit, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

COREY
Sean Bobbit, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Emmanuel Lubezki, GRAVITY
Bruno Delbonnel, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Phedon Papamichael, NEBRASKA
Roger Deakins, PRISONERS


LINE
BEN
"I’m sure he had his reasons." Crystal, ONLY GOD FORGIVES

"There is nothing to forgive." Anne Northup, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

"This is the fuckin’ American dream. This is my fuckin’ dream, y’all! All this shit! Look at my shit! I got… I got SHORTS! Every fuckin’ color. I got designer T-shirts! I got gold bullets. Motherfuckin’ VAM-pires. I got Scarface. On repeat. SCARFACE ON REPEAT. Constant, y’all! I got Escape! Calvin Klein Escape! Mix it up with Calvin Klein Be. Smell nice? I SMELL NICE! That ain’t a fuckin’ bed; that’s a fuckin’ art piece. My fuckin’ spaceship! U.S.S. Enterprise on this shit. I go to different planets on this motherfucker!" Alien, SPRING BREAKERS

"War crimes are defined by the winners. I’m a winner, so I can make my own definition." Adi Zulkadry, THE ACT OF KILLING

"All the time." Woody Grant, NEBRASKA

COREY
"Hermione just stole all of our shit." - Danny McBride as Danny McBride, THIS IS THE END

“I don’t see a lot of money here.” - F. Murray Abraham as Bud Grossman, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

“This is the fuckin’ American dream. This is my fuckin’ dream, y’all! All this shit! Look at my shit! I got… I got SHORTS! Every fuckin’ color. I got designer T-shirts! I got gold bullets. Motherfuckin’ VAM-pires. I got Scarface. On repeat. SCARFACE ON REPEAT. Constant, y’all! I got Escape! Calvin Klein Escape! Mix it up with Calvin Klein Be. Smell nice? I SMELL NICE! That ain’t a fuckin’ bed; that’s a fuckin’ art piece. My fuckin’ spaceship! U.S.S. Enterprise on this shit. I go to different planets on this motherfucker!” - James Franco as Alien, SPRING BREAKERS

"It’s like I’m reading a book… and it’s a book I deeply love. But I’m reading it slowly now. So the words are really far apart and the spaces between the words are almost infinite. I can still feel you… and the words of our story… but it’s in this endless space between the words that I’m finding myself now. It’s a place that’s not of the physical world. It’s where everything else is that I didn’t even know existed." - Scarlett Johansson as Samantha, HER

"A man of your legendary prowess drinking fucking rain! It’s like a lion eating hummus." - Simon Pegg as Gary King, THE WORLD’S END


SCENE
BEN
Captain Phillips in the infirmary, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Britney Spears crime spree, SPRING BREAKERS
Reunion, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Llewyn visits his dad, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Steven Madden IPO, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

COREY
Fun times with Quaaludes, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Marcus’s rap, SHORT TERM 12
Hide and clap, THE CONJURING
The second debris strike, GRAVITY


OVERRATED
BEN
American Hustle
Iron Man 3
Mud
The Spectacular Now
This is the End

COREY
American Hustle
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hunt
Lone Survivor
Star Trek Into Darkness


UNDERRATED
BEN
Drinking Buddies
Monsters University
Only God Forgives
Pacific Rim
The Place Beyond the Pines

COREY
The Bling Ring
The Counselor
Passion
Side Effects
What Maisie Knew


MUSIC
BEN
Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, SPRING BREAKERS
Cliff Martinez, ONLY GOD FORGIVES
T-Bone Burnett, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Hans Zimmer, MAN OF STEEL
Mark Orton, NEBRASKA

COREY
Steven Price, GRAVITY
Arcade Fire, HER
Hans Zimmer, MAN OF STEEL
Johann Johannson, PRISONERS
Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, SPRING BREAKERS
Shane Carruth, UPSTREAM COLOR

AR Nugget: Sasha Stone on the 2013 Oscar Race

Ben talks to AwardsDaily.com owner and Oscar pundit Sasha Stone to break down the 2013 Oscar race as it grinds to a screeching halt this weekend.

Stone confirms the best picture battle remains a little too close to call between “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and even “American Hustle,” which she says could play spoiler on Sunday.

She also discusses the Academy’s strange preferential balloting system, what films she wishes would win everything and how sometimes voters cast their ballots without even seeing the movies and performances they pick.

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Links:
Vulture: How Oscar Bloggers Are Keeping Score
AwardsDaily’s 15th Annual Predict the Contest!
Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson Q&A

AR Nugget: 2013 Oscar Predictions with FilmNerds.com

Ben and Corey call ‘em like they see ‘em, folks. And this year looks too close to call.

At least best picture does, anyway. The guys are joined by AR and FilmNerds contributors Matt Scalici, Graham Flanagan and Craig Hamilton to predict this year’s Oscar results and talk about what they’re anticipating about this year’s ceremony.

"Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" are vying for the top award, with David O. Russell’s "American Hustle" skulking around as a possible spoiler. It’s coming down to the wire, so what will it be?

Listen to the guys as they run through what will win the major categories and discuss some of the trickier categories that are just as tough to call as best picture.

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Links:
Ben’s Oscar predictions
Corey’s Oscar predictions

Aspect Radio #99: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute

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Ben and Corey pay tribute to the late and brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman and his unparalleled acting catalog.

This particular loss stings for film fans, especially considering Hoffman died at the young age of 46.

But he leaves a legacy of masterful work on film, collaborating with directors like Joel & Ethan Coen, Bennett Miller, Anthony Minghella, Todd Solondz and his most frequent partner, Paul Thomas Anderson.

With the help of frequent AR contributors Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark, the guys reflect on Hoffman’s career and name their favorite performances of the four-time Oscar nominee and 2005 winner for “Capote.”

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Links:
Peter Travers interview

Aspect Radio #98: The IMAX Conundrum

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(IMAX)

Ben is joined by his brother and Business Insider producer Graham Flanagan and Huntsville filmmaker Ben Stark to debate the merits of the “enhanced viewing experience” of IMAX.

The talk stems from Graham’s recent BI video report analyzing whether or not the premium moviegoers pay on top of the existing ticket price to enjoy the experience, while the retrofitted screens “pale in comparison to the size of other IMAX screens.”

Ben Stark defends the IMAX experience despite the retrofits, calling it the best possible moviegoing experience out there.

You can watch Graham’s piece below the podcast, or visit this link.

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AR Nugget: Portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Ben talks briefly with Tuscaloosa-born and New York-based photographer Miller Mobley who shot the above portrait of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away at 46 on Sunday.

Mobley reflects on the shoot, which took place last February when Hoffman was doing press for his film “A Late Quartet,” along with co-star Christopher Walken.

The photographer goes into detail about Hoffman’s behavior on set during the brief window of opportunity he had to shoot one of the best portraits of his young career.

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AR Nugget: Oscar Nomination Reactions

Ben is joined by show contributor Craig Hamilton to talk about the 2013 Oscar nominations, just announced Thursday morning.

Surprises include Christian Bale and Jonah Hill scoring acting nominations, while snubs include Tom Hanks and Robert Redford in the best actor category.

The two also offer an early breakdown of who will win what come Oscar night.

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Aspect Radio #97: Golden Globes Recap, Oscar Forecast

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Ben and Corey recap the Golden Globes Awards, which saw one or two surprises that could very well shake up the Oscar race.

The best actor category is wide open, with roughly 10 worthy performances vying for five nominations come Thursday when the Academy announces who will make the cut.

Most of the other acting categories seem relatively sewn up, but the guys still speculate on which five will earn nominations this week.

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Aspect Radio #96: Ben’s Favorite Movie Music of 2013

The 2013 film year didn’t disappoint, and neither did its soundtracks featuring beautifully composed original scores and brilliantly chosen songs to accompany the films.

Take a look back at some of the shrewdest choices the filmmakers made and the unexpected collaborations between them and many of the best composers in Hollywood, including the likes of Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez.

You may not consider this the best movie music of 2013, but each choice left an astounding impression on me that I won’t soon forget. These sounds remain inside my head, tumbling back and forth and forcing me to revisit some of the instant classics that made 2013 one of the best film years I can remember.

Includes music from “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Spring Breakers,” “Pain & Gain,” “Frances Ha,” “Oblivion,” “Man of Steel” and many more.

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