We're kidding about that title, at least a little bit. The problem comes with getting our hopes up because something has so much potential, like the film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration, Watch The Throne. One is in theaters, the other just wrapped up a tour, and in separate segments we basically talk about how each one measured against its potential. Then there's a pair of discussions about strange rises to prominence: the one that takes a no-name singer-songwriter from Wisconsin to a slew of Grammy nominations (Bon Iver), the other a film that sat on a shelf for six years until critics demanded the studio pay attention to it (Margaret). Not heard: The crazy coughing fits Kyle had while we recorded, though his voice is pretty much gone by the end of the Bon Iver segment.
:00 - Intro
:47 - Tasha Robinson and guest Dave Chen of slashfilm.com talk about wasted
potential in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
12:07 - Kyle Ryan, Nathan Rabin, and Erik Adams do a post-mortem on the Jay-Z/Kanye West Watch The Throne tour
26:42 - Steven Hyden talks about Bon Iver's surprising rise to fame (and Kyle's voice all but goes out)
37:15 - Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, and Nathan talk about Margaret's strange road to the box office and year-end lists.
48:48 - Extracurricular Activities with Marcus Gilmer, Tasha Robinson, and Kyle
The Tobolowsky Files
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Watch The Throne
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
The Best Music of 2011
The Best Films of 2011
Rocket City Rednecks [NatGeo]
Minna Bromberg [Kickstarter]
American Splendor and More American Splendor [Amazon]
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