Episode 27 - Classics for Quarantine with Paul Dergarabedian:
A Stuck at Home Special
300 channels and feel like there's nothing to watch? Paul Dergarabedian shares recommendations of great movies to catch up on while staying inside, with a list of exciting classic movies, fun facts, and more with host, Executive Producer of Hollywood Unscripted, Stuart Halperin.
Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst and Box Office Analyst for Comscore, joins Hollywood Unscripted's Executive Producer Stuart Halperin for a 'Stuck at Home Special' to share recommendations of great movies to catch up on while staying inside, including the movies they fell in love with, fun facts, and more.
2:20 - What inspires them both to watch movies.
2:30 - Roman Holiday (1953) with Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck. They also discuss the range in directorial style for director William Wyler.
3:44 - Moonstruck (1987) with Cher and how the musical based film made almost $80 million dollars because it was a romantic film that men and women could both enjoy.
5:12 - The power of The Shawshank Redemption because you can’t stop watching it, although it never got the love from the box office in its time. But a total favorite for both Stuart & Paul because of the great performances.
6:24 - Purple Rain (1984) - Starring Prince, and how the movie helped make the song Purple Rain iconic.
7:52 - The Social Network - starring Jessie Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, directed by David Fincher, and with an incredible score from Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. They discuss how the music was a big part of the film.
9:00 - The two share their love for Aaron Sorkin - his writing in both screenplays (A Few Good Men, Enemy of the State, Charlie Wilson’s War, Steve Jobs, Molly’s Game) and historic television show.
10:17 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Paul & Stuart delve into the iconic impact of the opening scene and how it set the tone for the Summer movies, how it captured people’s imagination with great performances from Harrison Ford & Karen Allen. They agree that this one of those special movies worth seeing on the big screen, and it was the first use of PG-13 film rating.
12:37 - Goodfellas (1990) - Paul’s top movie of all time. Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco. They discuss the brilliant, untraditional ending. They continue the discussion with how this movie relates to The Irishman (14:30) and Scorsese's other iconic films including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
16:50 - True Grit - They discuss the differences between the John Wayne version vs Coen Brothers version and the special memories it holds for Stuart, because ti was the last of the true 'Westerns' film style.
18:53 - Jerry Maguire (1996) - The show hits a nostalgic peak in remembering this movie. They talk about Tom Cruise aligning himself with great directors (including Cameron Crowe in this movie) and a phenomenal cast of Renee Zelleweger, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Cuba Gooding Jr.
20:54 - Minority Report - The topic changes to director Steven Spielberg and how the scenes in this movie really pushed the envelope for what they had seen so far.
22:33 - Tootsie - How Sydney Pollack is one of the greatest directors of all time and although this film didn't do well initially, it stretched out for a long time in the box office.
23:56 - Stuart & Paul shift to talking about the James Bond series. They start with Goldfinger (1964) and how it was a 'quintessential Bond/ film and that it was the debut of Aston Martin for James Bond.
25:44 - They continue the conversation to Skyfall - directed by Sam Mendes - and the premier of Daniel Craig as James Bond that won an Academy Award for the title song written by Adele. They discuss the future of Bond movies with No Time to Die set to be released in November 2020.