Episode 83: Primer

Recorded on June 20, 2010.


Eric 2 knocked out Eric 1, and was fought by Eric 3 for control of the podcast. Little did he know that Jason 2 had already taken out Jason 1 and some shit was gonna go down.

This week on a special Father’s Day episode of Gutter Trash, we review Shane Carruth’s mind-bending indie sci-fi drama, Primer. We discuss my hypocrisy, Jonah Hex, smoking minors and adaptations vs. original stories.

Episode 83: Primer

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Episode 83 / Time – 69:03 min. / File Size – 32mb

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  1. The audio sounds a little funny this week? Did you switch mics or something? It sounds like directional (instead of omni-directional mics) with you guys turning your heads side to side.

    I have a big thing about if you’re making an indie film, you probably should write it only after you have the cast so they don’t have to actually act. Because it’s hard to find decent actors.

    Part of why I think Primer really works is that the cinematography is decent & the lighting is decent. So many indie films are near unwatchable to me for this reason.

    My episode of Cerebus TV is mainly Dave Sim reading Lost Kisses #5 out loud (the “Am I Freaking Cerebus?” issue) & then reading some reviews of Ultimate Lost Kisses #11 (the issue Sim drew) with him commenting on what the reviewers think of it. You can watch this thing that I shot for the episode that ended up not getting used here for a limited time (though I have no idea what the limit would be). While I’m talking about things for a limited time you can check out a really unlistenable (it’s just a really long slow moving chord structure) 4.5 hour piece I’m working on here.

    Oh, I don’t have silly bands, but I just got some Silber wrist bands (like the Lance Armstrong yellow ones) made. Available in red, white, black, or blue.

    Personally I feel like the best comic adaptions have been Constantine & The Punisher (Dolph Lundgren (sp?) version) have been the best adaptions because they are their own things, but I know they’re pretty hated by comic fans.

    “I heard your dad was elected Father of the Year. Just goes to show what kind of year it’s been.”

    You know I went on tour with my biological son a couple years ago? It’s part of the inspiration for Ultimate Lost Kisses….

    • Eric on June 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Audio sounds okay to me. There’s a part that dips out for some reason. Don’t know why. I did have to up the noise reduction on it to get rid of all the air conditioners that are running, so maybe that’s it?

    I never got to mention on the show, but yeah, Primer is, for the most part, very professional looking for such a low-budget debut film.

    I gotta disagree with you on Constantine and Punisher. They’re not awful because they’re their own things. They’re just awful. I think when doing an adaptation of a comic (or anything with established characters) at least get the basics right. It’s not like there’s too much to grasp beforehand with either of those characters.

    But even if that had remained faithful, those movies would still be terrible.

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