I’m proud and honored to be the very first guest on Cinema Shame, a new podcast where movie lovers talk about iconic films they haven’t seen — and why.
You may recognize host Jay Patrick from his work as the evil mastermind behind the James Bond Social Media Project and as moderator of the weekly
#Bond_age_ live tweet-alongs. His social media output is staggering, and he somehow manages to do this with a family to take care of. (All I have are two cats and I can’t manage to find time to write a blog post since December.)
Jay and I first met a few years ago the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and immediately hit it off despite our vast age difference. (I’m easily old enough to be his grandfather.) And I think that rapport is apparent in this podcast. (We’re pictured above with our good friend Colleen aka “Fussy” in 2014 after a long day of watching movies together.)
Jay invited me on to talk about my (non-existent) shame over not having seen POLICE ACADEMY (1984) nor any of its endless sequels. But, like every conversation I have with fellow film lovers, our chat was delightfully discursive. We talked about the experience of seeing a film in its proper historical context, what makes a film a “classic,” the role nostalgia plays in our love for older films, and what makes a popular film endure. We even touched on my personal experience in high school, and why that four-year period back in the 1980s is a “cultural black hole” for me.