OpKino Classic: First Quarter Quell (August 26th 2011)

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Guess what? We’re coming up on our first Fighting In The War Room Quarter Quell!

What is a Quarter Quell?

For fans of The Hunger Games book series, a Quarter Quell takes place every 25 years and something about those Hunger Games is different. In Catching Fire, the movie and the book, the Quarter Quell features a culling from the surviving tributes and…now this has nothing to do with the podcast.

A podcast Quarter Quell represents a break in our usual format. Every 25 episodes, Katey, Patches, David and Da7e stop talking about current pop culture and cover a topic/movie that let’s you know a bit more about the four of them as people.

It’s humanizing, like naming a cow before the slaughter.

Leading up to Fighting In The War Room 25 (June 3rd!), we’ll be seeding our previous Quarter Quells under that other podcast name.

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Operation Kino Podcast #25: The Quarter Quell

This week on Operation Kino, we’re doing things a little differently. It’s been 25 episodes since we first started keeping official count, and we decided to take this little anniversary as an opportunity to change up our format and tell you not just what we think of this week’s crop of new releases, but how we think about movies in general.

All four of us came prepared with one movie that we don’t just love, but that we think explains something about the way we look at movies. We’re calling this format the “Quarter Quell,” which will sound familiar if you’ve read The Hunger Games– don’t worry, our version is far less violent.

David starts things off with Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, which he fits in with the idea of film presenting “ecstatic truth”; Patches adores Groundhog Day not just because it’s funny and well-made, but because it’s a movie he can show anyone; Da7e watches Fight Club as an example of how characters can develop even in a really non-traditional narrative; and Katey closes things out with The Apartment as a way to get a glimpse into a far-away time, and also just a damn well-written movie.

But even with the new format, some things stay the same–we start things off with a summer-ending lightning round, and end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert.

And one more thing– if you’ve been listening to the show and enjoying it, please write a review of it on iTunes! We’d greatly appreciate it.

Format

00:00-01:08 Lightning Round

01:24-4:46 Introductions and explanation of the Quarter Quell

5:17-18:10 David’s pick: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

18:44-30:06 Patches’s pick: Groundhog Day

30:40-42:51 Da7e’s pick: Fight Club

43:18-55:06 Katey’s pick: The Apartment

55:06-1:00:00 Dessert

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