"Nerds check in: Who gives the best dvd commentary?"
I was listening to the Boogie Nights commentary last week and was consistently shocked and surprised at how thoughtful and interesting Paul Thomas Anderson's insights into the filming were. Lots of different stories and reflective thoughts about filming and story-telling. I was impressed.
I listen to a lot of commentary because I'm weird in that I like to fall asleep to people talking sometimes...but sometimes they're so intriguing that I have to revisit them the next day and listen to them in full.
Francis Ford Coppola's commentary on Apocalypse Now is also very interesting and worth the time to listen to.
2. "Edit" In response to Reply # 0 Tue Nov-03-09 05:16 PM by Sponge
Entertaining / funny:
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson; Criterion) -This is Spinal Tap -Blood Simple -Apatow and cast commentaries (especially 40 YOV) -Kevin Smith (funnier than his movies) -Herzog -Men in Black (Sonnenfeld and Jones)
Insightful / informative commentaries:
-Straw Dogs (Criterion) -Citizen Kane (Ebert not Bogdanovich) -All three Godfathers (Coppola; the third made me see what his intentions were; upgrades the film from outright awful to really bad) -Dark City (Ebert) -Dazed and Confused (Criterion) -Herzog (especially Fitzcarraldo) -Killer of Sheep -If... (Criterion) -Rules of the Game (Criterion) -L'avventura (Criterion) -Autumn Afternoon (Criterion) -Alexander Nevsky (Criterion)
To pick one from each: Thompson on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Prince on Straw Dogs. Listen to them ASAP.
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but during the fight club commentary with ed norton and brad pitt, ed was going off on the one scene when they were walking down the street, bashing in the windshields of every car windshield.
he said he insisted on only smashing bmws and mbs and shit, and leaving the more economical cars like the civics and geos be.
but he insisted on having a vw new beetle, because he particularly loathed how the hippy generation grew up, became captains of industry (apparently, specifically at vw), and tried tor recreate their youth with it, rathering than creating something new and original. it's difficult to carry across his tone, but i would call it kind of heavy handed and pedantic.
brad pitt, quiet this whole time, replies "wow, ed, i never thought about that, that generation really has captured their youth in that car. i think im going to get one."
i thought it was funny how he just clowned ed norton. in general, those guys were pretty good.
mcnulty and omar gave a great commentary on an ep in s2. they were talking about nick sobotkas gfs tits.
kevin smith is always entertaining.
i havent heard qt i dont think, but i would guess he would be awesome.
pretend to be cats don't seem to know they limitations exact replication and false representation
5. "Edit" In response to Reply # 4 Tue Nov-03-09 06:45 PM by Sponge
>mcnulty and omar gave a great commentary on an ep in s2. they >were talking about nick sobotkas gfs tits.
Yup, that's a funny one. I was also laughing at Michael K. Williams laughing at Dominic West's story of his audition tape.
Also on the tv tip, the Freaks and Geeks commentary with Coach Fredricks, Rosso, and Kowchevski in character is great and the Sopranos Season 6B with Silvio and Carlo (not in character) was pretty funny at times.
Robert Downey in character nearly the entire time...Jack Black...Baron Davis...hilarious...
Darren Aronofsky's commentary on Requiem...
the commentary on Brazil was interesting, but I don't think it was Gilliam...maybe his cinematographer?
Spike's commentary on the 20th Anniv. Ed of Do the Right Thing
pretty much any film or show I love, I feel compelled to listen to the commentary, and I agree, it is a good way to go to sleep...the whole learning through osmosis thing...
just watched Bogdanovich's commentary on a Soprano's ep. he directed for season 5--boring, but I enjoyed his use of jargon and anecdotes about Hitchcock--"Hitch said never use an establishing shot to establish a scene...use it at the dramatic peak."