A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Undercover: The Day Of The Dead The Hi-Lo Food Show
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features TV Club Wiki Wormhole
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

#23: Why The Pop-Culture World Continually Disappoints Us

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 

Related stuff:
Slashfilm.com
/Filmcast
The Tobolowsky Files
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
ReasDis #7
Watch The Throne
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
The Best Music of 2011
Margaret
The Best Films of 2011
Rocket City Rednecks [NatGeo]
Minna Bromberg [Kickstarter]
American Splendor and More American Splendor [Amazon] 

Direct your comments to discussions@avclub.com, or leave us a voicemail at 314-AVCLUB0.

Subscribe to Reasonable Discussions
iTunes
FeedBurner