I used to be a talk radio junky about 7, 8 years ago. That’s changed. I now listen to very little talk radio. Most of it is very one-sided (both on the right and the left), very little puts forward pragmatic view points, most all of it has an agenda. Boring! The John and Ken Show in Los Angeles I’ll listen to on occasion and NPR’s All Thing’s Considered, when not mired in political debate, I find fascinating for the stories they tell. But even then I don’t make a point to listen.
There is only one show on the radio I make a point to listen to every week. Elvis Mitchell’s “The Treatment” on NPR is the best movie program on the radio. Intelligent discussion with fascinating directors. Today he interviews Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the latest Harry Potter movie. You can listen to the interview off of this page. An interesting look behind the scenes at the film (my favorite quote is when Alfonso calls Professor Lupin “Your favorite gay uncle who does smack!”), plus a discussion of the other directors who’ve influenced and helped him like Steven Sodderbergh (my favorite) and Guillermo del Toro.
As for the movie itself, it’s my favorite of the three so far. It’s slower paced and the screenplay cut out a good many of the unnecessary details found in the book, but finally we have a Potter film that allows you to digest the actions of the characters. In the first two films director Chris Columbus simply hit story point after story point without allowing the audience to really take in the story. With this latest movie you have a film with personality, something lacking in the first two movies. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s certainly a lot of fun.
Go check out that interview, especially if you liked the movie.