Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Episode 58 - Louisa, Uma, and Evan Rachel

Randy asked for underrated works, so Amy chose the little seen/known film The Life Before Her Eyes for Uma Thurman's (and, it turns out, Evan Rachel Woods') performance, while Joe picked one of Louisa May Alcott's books that has nothing to do with the March family: Eight Cousins.

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Show Notes

  • Amy misspoke - it was not the Project Gutenberg ebook she read, but the archive.org one. Go to page 25 in the pdf file to see the Scottish illustration she and Joe discuss. 
  • Joe recommends Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
  • Randy did some follow-up sleuthing regarding the cougar:

    Here's a screengrab of the giant cat from the movie - it certainly appears to be a cougar. (In the first shot of this scene, the cat is in the foreground; in this shot, it's obviously in the background. So all of us were right about how it was framed.)

    Also, while trying to find this, I found another reference to cougars in the movie. While Adult Diana is prepping dinner, Emma's watching TV in the other room, and it's a nature program of some sort, and we hear the narrator of the nature program say something about mother cougars protecting their young.

    So many things are definitely not a coincidence. But I think it's probably a bit under-developed as a symbol, actually, since I'm don't know what it means. 

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Joe's theme is "The Year You Turned 16." Randy chose 1989's The Russia House by John le Carré. Amy picked Dogfight (1991), starring Lili Taylor and River Phoenix.

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