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#027 Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise vs. Bad News Bears w/ guest Dylan Schuck of "The Watch and Talk"






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In today's episode Nate and Austin compare Richard Linklater's best and worst rated films, Before Sunrise (1995) and Bad News Bears (2005), respectively. Austin makes fun of a dead girl, Nate keeps ruining his childhood favorites, and Dylan finally finds a Richard Linklater movie that he doesn't really like. We were joined today by guest Dylan Schuck of The Watch and Talk Podcast. Find him on Twitter at @schuckster. Check back next Sunday at 7pm PST where we will compare Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) and The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), his best and worst rated films.

Also check out this behind the scenes footage from Before Sunrise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLYiP8tv1E


Bad News Bears Notes
Worst Rated
PLOT: A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.
  • Ratings: IMDb 5.8 | RT 48% C / 46% A
  • Released: 2005
  • Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused)
  • Writer(s): Bill Lancaster and Clenn Ficarra & John Requa (screenplay), Bill Lancaster (1976 screenplay)
  • Cinematographer: Rogier Stoffers (School of Rock, Disturbia)
  • Notable actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft
  • Budget: $35 million
  • Box office: $34 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • Despite the remake having a higher MPAA rating than the original (PG-13 verses PG), the ratings board would not allow the remake to feature Coach Morris Buttermaker drinking alcoholic beer in the dugout as he had in the original. Strangely enough the board was fine with him spiking his non-alcoholic beer with hard liquor.
    • When looking for a local business to sponsor the team, Buttermaker tries a business called "Chico's Bail Bonds" which sponsored the team in the original.
    • Real-life baseball pro Sammi Kane Kraft's first and only on-screen performance. She later passed away in a tragic car crash at the young age of 20.


Before Sunrise Notes
Best Rated
PLOT: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
  • Ratings: IMDb 8.1 | RT 100% C / 93% A
  • Released: 1995
  • Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused)
  • Writer(s): Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
  • Cinematographer: Lee Daniel (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused)
  • Notable actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
  • Budget: $2.5 million
  • Box office: $5.5 million
  • Fun Facts:
    • The idea for the movie came from a night Richard Linklater spent walking around Philadelphia with Amy, a woman he met. Contrary to the movie, they stayed in touch for a while, until contact was lost. Linklater never heard from her again, not even when he became a director and Before Sunrise (1995) was released. It was not for many years later that he found out that Amy had died in a traffic accident a few years after they had met.
    • Most of the script was re-written by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Delpy later expressed frustration that they were uncredited for their work.
    • The screenplay was written in eleven days.
    • Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy are the only actors in the film whose characters are given names.

  Intro music: Calm The Fuck Down - Broke For Free / CC BY 3.0  


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