Roundtable Interview with Morgan Spurlock About His Latest FIlm, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

by Carrie Specht

The Roundtable interview for Morgan Spurlock was nothing too fancy. The perks were minimal, but the company was good. Besides myself (you’ll hear me at the beginning asking who the costumer is) there were about 10 others at the table. Among them were Gill Pringle, a British freelance journalist (she’s the one with the accent) and Sandrine Sahakians of TVequals.com. There were many good questions, and the conversation flows pretty nicely throughout due in large part to Spurlock’s ease and charm (he even compliments me on a “very good question” at one point). His companion for the interview, Holly was no slouch either. She is one of the subjects followed in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. And yes, she showed up in her specially designed costume that she made for Comic-Con in the movie. This turned out to be a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy listening to it. Just hit the play button above and kick back and eavesdrop.

Two Cinephiles Chat About Movies…

My sister, Cecelia Specht and I see each other about once a week. She usually stops by while I’m working on a post for this blog, or my website, ClassicFilmSchool.com. Inevitably we start talking about what I’m writing and that usually leads to one tangent and then another about films, old and new. Our conversations tend to cover a broad spectrum but the topic almost always remains centered around movies, the industry, the people in it, etc. Although we share the same appreciation for films we have two unique perspectives, as my actual work experience has always occurred behind the camera and since she’s an actress her work has occurred mostly in front of it.

I have always found these conversations to be entertaining and have thought to retain a record of them so that I could share them. Sort of in the same way people once saved letters in order to keep a record of their favorite correspondances. I now have. In this first publicly posted conversations between the Specht twins (I’m older by 7 minutes) we talk about an upcoming pubic appearance by recent Academy Award nominee Max von Sydow, other Supporting Actor nominees, past Oscar tie winners, Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen, Lionel Barrymore, Victor McLaglen, we also theorize on why there are 9 Best Picture nominees this year and not 10, and of course we mention our favorite living Best Supporting Actor winner, Martin Landau.

Sorry to say my sister is unusually quiet here, so you may have to turn up the volume.

Three Cinephiles Walk Into a Bar…

The Real Dick Hollywood of DickHollywood.com, Carrie Specht of RetroSpecht.com and Ruben Padilla of Ruben’s Reviews often get together and talk about movies. Old stuff, new stuff, it doesn’t really matter, cause we usually have no idea where we’re going or how we’re going to get there. However, we are always amusing.

So, finally one of us decided to record one of our conversations and here it is. I particularly like the sometimes-edgy hostility Dick Hollywood has toward Ruben, but I can get a little biting as well. I guess we all enjoy it because we keep coming back for more. Then again, that might have a lot more to do with the drinks being served.

We tried to come up with a clever title for our conversations, like The Cine Files, or Cinemaphiles, but it seems that there are other clever people out there that beat us to it. We’re open to suggestions if anyone wants to give it a shot, but until then we are Three Cinephiles Walk Into A Bar… Any way, here’s the first in what we hope will be a continuing series.