RUNNING DIALOGUE Podcast #2 – In Which Matt, Russ, and Curt Discuss SHUTTER ISLAND and Martin Scorsese

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Russ Fischer of /Film, Curt Holman of Creative Loafing [Atlanta], and I have recently started up Running Dialogue a podcast where we talk about movies, which is appropriate seeing as we all write about them on a regular basis.  In our second podcast we talk about Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s career and influence, our film recommendations, and then near the end of the podcast we talk about Shutter Island but with spoilers.

We don’t want to take up too much of your time so this podcast only runs 42 minutes, so give it a listen on your ride to work, at work, in the shower, on a boat, or where ever you enjoy listening to people talk about movies.  Please leave your feedback in the comments section so we know what we’re doing right and what we could do better.

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  • Jorden

    Firstly, I really enjoyed the podcast. I saw Shutter Island twice and I think it was a very well directed movie; from Leo, to the supporting cast, to Scorsese, to even the editing and the soundtrack. The points you guys covered were point on to what I took from the movie. I especially liked when you talked about the music on the ferry when they first arrived – I turned to my friend during the movie and said this music is sweet. The one thing I wish you guys would’ve covered more on was the conversation he had in the cave with the real “Rachel Solando” because I wanted to know your thoughts specifically regarding whether that was real (i.e. part of the entire fantasy Dr. Crawley put on to help him regain sanity) or a hallucination/made up fantasy of Leo’s making. I also was a bit confused about his scene with Mark Ruffalo in the abandoned building by the cemetery where Ruffalo suggested they (Shutter Island/Dr. Crawley or whoever was “doing experiments”) were looking into him, because seeing as he was Leo’s psychiatrist, I don’t understand why he would put that thought into his head at all – it would only further put him out of sanity. I say these things because I read online blogs about people’s interpretations and I want their suspicions debunked because many claimed that in the end Leo actually was Teddy Daniels and not Andrew Leidas. The main argument(s) they used were him being the most dangerous on the island yet he was allowed to roam the entire island and scale walls and such, and his statement at the end where he asked Ruffalo “Would you rather die a good man, or live as a monster.”

    His scene with the warden fellow (buffalo bill) was really cool, and to further your point of when you were saying you were suspicious from the get go, (the guards being on edge at the ferry) the warden (buffalo bill) actually says something in their car ride (not verbatim) “Dr. Crawley thinks you can be controlled, but I know better, you’re violent.” Anyways, the podcast was cool, and I hope you guys keep doing these.

  • Jorden

    Firstly, I really enjoyed the podcast. I saw Shutter Island twice and I think it was a very well directed movie; from Leo, to the supporting cast, to Scorsese, to even the editing and the soundtrack. The points you guys covered were point on to what I took from the movie. I especially liked when you talked about the music on the ferry when they first arrived – I turned to my friend during the movie and said this music is sweet. The one thing I wish you guys would’ve covered more on was the conversation he had in the cave with the real “Rachel Solando” because I wanted to know your thoughts specifically regarding whether that was real (i.e. part of the entire fantasy Dr. Crawley put on to help him regain sanity) or a hallucination/made up fantasy of Leo’s making. I also was a bit confused about his scene with Mark Ruffalo in the abandoned building by the cemetery where Ruffalo suggested they (Shutter Island/Dr. Crawley or whoever was “doing experiments”) were looking into him, because seeing as he was Leo’s psychiatrist, I don’t understand why he would put that thought into his head at all – it would only further put him out of sanity. I say these things because I read online blogs about people’s interpretations and I want their suspicions debunked because many claimed that in the end Leo actually was Teddy Daniels and not Andrew Leidas. The main argument(s) they used were him being the most dangerous on the island yet he was allowed to roam the entire island and scale walls and such, and his statement at the end where he asked Ruffalo “Would you rather die a good man, or live as a monster.”

    His scene with the warden fellow (buffalo bill) was really cool, and to further your point of when you were saying you were suspicious from the get go, (the guards being on edge at the ferry) the warden (buffalo bill) actually says something in their car ride (not verbatim) “Dr. Crawley thinks you can be controlled, but I know better, you’re violent.” Anyways, the podcast was cool, and I hope you guys keep doing these.

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