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Mar 29
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Peter Sarstedt - “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?” (as heard in Wes Anderson’s “Hotel Chevalier” and “The Darjeeling Limited”)

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Mar 14
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Aspect Radio #100: Best of 2013

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Ben and Corey took four years to do it, but they finally reached their 100th episode with “Aspect Radio,” with the help of friends and family.

To mark the occasion, the guys look back on the podcast they began in February 2010 and recognize the many key contributors that really made the show go.

We also take a couple of hours to finally discuss their top 10 favorite films of 2013. They were tough lists to make on top of an especially memorable year at the movies, but we’re pretty proud of the final products.

As usual, our friends at FilmNerds.com weigh in with their favorites from 2013 as well as some thoughts on reaching episode 100. Graham Flanagan, Craig Hamilton, Matt Scalici and Ben Stark have made enormous contributions to the show for all four years, and we are indeed thankful.

And a special thanks to our producer Andrew Richardson, who joined us in December 2010 and offered technical expertise and, perhaps more importantly, the patience of Job.

So settle in and listen to two and a half hours of non-stop high praise of another phenomenal film year. And thanks to any and all of you who listen to the show!



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Produced by Andrew Richardson

Music heard in AR #100:
7horse - “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Primal Scream - “Loaded” (The World’s End)
Electric Light Orchestra - “10538 Overture” (American Hustle)
Duke Ellington - “Jeep’s Blues” (American Hustle)
Arcade Fire - “Supersymmetry” (Her)
Oscar Isaac - “Green Green Rocky Road” (Inside Llewyn Davis)

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Mar 06
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Dr. Dog - “County Line” from the album “Toothbrush.” This was their encore opener at Civic Theatre in New Orleans on Feb. 18, 2014.

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Mar 04
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Viewing Habits 2013

Did my best to log every movie or television show I watched during 2013. I only have the title and format. Hope to work in dates this year.

I am ashamed of nothing.


JANUARY
Zero Dark Thirty (theater)
Django Unchained (theater)
Premium Rush (DVD)
Killer Joe (DVD)
ParaNorman (blu-ray)
Dredd (DVD)
Homeland, season 1 (DVD)
Girls, season 2 (HBO)
Parks & Recreation, entire series (Netflix Instant)
Frankenweenie (blu-ray)
Pitch Perfect (DVD)
Your Sister’s Sister (DVD)
Silver Linings Playbook (theater)
Haywire (DVD)
Raising Arizona (DVD)
Saved by the Bell, entire series (Netflix Instant)
Star Wars (blu-ray)

FEBRUARY
The Paperboy (DVD)
Seven Psychopaths (DVD)
Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray)
House of Cards (Netflix Instant)
The Kid with a Bike (Netflix Instant)
Private Parts (Netflix Instant)
Girls (HBO)
Homeland, season 2 (Showtime)
Celeste & Jesse Forever (DVD)
10 Years (DVD)
Silver Linings Playbook (Theater)
Compliance (Netflix Instant)
Homeland, season 2 (Showtime)
Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD)
The Five-Year Engagement (HBO)
Amour (Theater)
End of Watch (DVD)
Homeland, season 2 (Showtime)
Rust and Bone (Theater)
Side by Side (Netflix Instant)
Louis CK Live at the Beacon Theater (Netflix Instant)
Aziz Ansari Dangerously Delicious (Netflix Instant)
Eddie Murphy Raw (Netflix Instant)
2012 Oscars (ABC)
The Master (Blu-ray)

MARCH
The Master (Blu-ray)
The Emperor’s New Groove (DVD)
Homeland, season 2 (Showtime)
Girls, season 2 (HBO)
The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray)
Spring Breakers (Theater)
Looper (Blu-ray)
Skyfall (DVD)
Sinister (DVD)
WWE 100 Greatest Raw Moments (Netflix Instant)
WWE 50 Greatest Finishing Moves (Netflix Instant)
Olympus Has Fallen (Theater)

APRIL
Homeland, Season 2 (Showtime)
Real World, Portland (MTV)
Parks and Recreation Season 6 (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
Life of Pi (Blu-ray)
This is 40 (Blu-ray)
Pain & Gain (Theater)
42 (Theater)
Scandal (Netflix Instant)
The Avengers (DVD)
Thor (Netflix Instant)
Superman Returns (DVD)
Superman (DVR)
Eye for an Eye (Netflix Instant)
The Vanishing (Netflix Instant)
NBA Playoffs (TNT, ESPN)

MAY
NBA Playoffs (TNT, ESPN)
Justified, season 1 (DVD)
Iron Man 3 (Theater)
Star Trek (Blu-ray)
The Good Son (Netflix Instant)
Never Talk to Strangers (DVD)
Lean on Me (DVD)
Witness (Netflix Instant)
Gangster Squad (DVD)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Netflix)
Star Trek, The Original Series (Netflix)
Star Trek Into Darkness (theater)
Shaun of the Dead (Cable)
Room 237 (theater)

JUNE
The Bachelorette (ABC)
This is the End (theater)
Man of Steel (theater)
Man of Steel (theater)
World War Z (theater)
Belly (HBO)
Maron (IFC)
Man Men (AMC)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Netflix)
Frances Ha (theater)
The Bling Ring (theater)
Love & Basketball (DVD)
The Imposter (Netflix)
At Close Range (Netflix)
Pearl Jam Twenty (Netflix)

JULY
The Bachelorette (ABC)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Wimbledon (ESPN)
The Challenge: Rivals 2 (MTV)
1941 (DVD)
The Newsroom (HBO)
The Place Beyond the Pines (theater)
Pacific Rim (theater)
Birdman of Alcatraz (DVD)
Can’t Hardly Wait (Netflix)
Venus and Serena (Netflix)
Pacific Rim (theater)
Hatfields & Mccoys (Netflix)
Tin Cup (DVD)
High Plains Drifter (DVD)

AUGUST
The Bachelorette (ABC)
The Challenge: Rivals 2 (MTV)
The Newsroom (HBO)
Hard Knocks (HBO)
Fruitvale Station (theater)
Cronos (HuluPlus)
Breaking Bad, season 5, “Dead Freight” (Netflix)
Mean Girls (Netflix)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Netflix)
Hellboy (Netflix)
Only God Forgives (on demand)
Flesh & Bone (Netflix)
Hot Rod (Netflix)
Breaking Bad, season 5 (AMC)
District 9 (DVD)
To the Wonder (DVD)
For a Good Time, Cal… (On demand)
Blue Jasmine (theater)
West of Memphis (DVD)
Elysium (theater)
One Nation Under Dog (HBO)
The World’s End (theater)
Shaun of the Dead (DVD)
U.S. Open 2013 Tennis (ESPN, CBS)

SEPTEMBER
Breaking Bad (AMC)
U.S. Open 2013 Tennis (ESPN, CBS)
Radio Days (DVD)
Shadows & Fog (DVD)
Oblivion (DVD)
Hot Fuzz (DVD)
The People Under the Stairs (Netflix)
Nightwatch (Netflix)
Rush (theater)
Eastbound & Down (HBO)
Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Arcade Fire (NBC)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

OCTOBER
Don Jon (theater)
Gravity (theater)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Eastbound and Down (HBO)
Hello Ladies (HBO)
Parks & Recreation (NBC)
South Park (Comedy Central)
Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus (NBC)
Django Unchained (DVD)
Final Destination 5 (DVD)
Jacob’s Ladder (DVD)
Marc Maron: Thinky Pain (Netflix)
House (Netflix)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (DVD)
Captain Phillips (theater)
Misery (DVD)
Crumb (DVD)
Simon Killer (Netflix)
V/H/S (Netflix
The Stuff (Netflix)
Peeping Tom (DVD)
The Unreinable Compulsion (DVD)
Before Midnight (DVD)
An American Werewolf in London (DVD)
In the  Mouth of Madness (Showtime)
Suspiria (DVD)
Lords of Salem (DVD)
Children of the Corn (Netflix)
Mama (HBO)


NOVEMBER
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Eastbound & Down (HBO)
Hello Ladies (HBO)
Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Homeland (Showtime)
College football (CBS, ESPN, ABC)
NBA basketball (TNT, ESPN)
NFL football (ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Escape from Tomorrow (screener)
Monsters University (DVD)
The Purge (DVD)
Lovelace (DVD)
12 Years a Slave (theater)
The To-Do List (DVD)
The Way Way Back (DVD)
The Iceman (Netflix)


DECEMBER
Masters of Sex (Showtime)
College football (CBS, ESPN, ABC)
NBA basketball (TNT, ESPN)
NFL football (ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Hard Eight (Netflix)
Out of the Furnace (theater)
Drinking Buddies (DVD)
Sleepwalk with Me (Netflix)
American Hustle (theater)
Monsters University (blu-ray)
The Simpsons, season 7 (DVD)
The Wolf of Wall Street (theater)

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Feb 28
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AR Nugget: Sasha Stone on the 2013 Oscar Race

Ben talks to AwardsDaily.com owner and Oscar pundit Sasha Stone to break down the 2013 Oscar race as it grinds to a screeching halt this weekend.

Stone confirms the best picture battle remains a little too close to call between “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and even “American Hustle,” which she says could play spoiler on Sunday.

She also discusses the Academy’s strange preferential balloting system, what films she wishes would win everything and how sometimes voters cast their ballots without even seeing the movies and performances they pick.

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Links:
Vulture: How Oscar Bloggers Are Keeping Score
AwardsDaily’s 15th Annual Predict the Contest!
Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson Q&A

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AR Nugget: 2013 Oscar Predictions with FilmNerds.com

Ben and Corey call ‘em like they see ‘em, folks. And this year looks too close to call.

At least best picture does, anyway. The guys are joined by AR and FilmNerds contributors Matt Scalici, Graham Flanagan and Craig Hamilton to predict this year’s Oscar results and talk about what they’re anticipating about this year’s ceremony.

"Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" are vying for the top award, with David O. Russell’s "American Hustle" skulking around as a possible spoiler. It’s coming down to the wire, so what will it be?

Listen to the guys as they run through what will win the major categories and discuss some of the trickier categories that are just as tough to call as best picture.

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Links:
Ben’s Oscar predictions
Corey’s Oscar predictions

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Feb 22
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Really nice cover of Dr. Dog’s “Nellie” (from “B-Room).

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Feb 15
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Aspect Radio #99: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute

Ben and Corey pay tribute to the late and brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman and his unparalleled acting catalog.

This particular loss stings for film fans, especially considering Hoffman died at the young age of 46.

But he leaves a legacy of masterful work on film, collaborating with directors like Joel & Ethan Coen, Bennett Miller, Anthony Minghella, Todd Solondz and his most frequent partner, Paul Thomas Anderson.

With the help of frequent AR contributors Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark, the guys reflect on Hoffman’s career and name their favorite performances of the four-time Oscar nominee and 2005 winner for “Capote.”

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Feb 13
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Hurray for the Riff Raff - “The Body Electric”

Listen to the full album “Small Town Heroes”

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Feb 10
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Aspect Radio #98: The IMAX Conundrum



Ben is joined by his brother and Business Insider producer Graham Flanagan and Huntsville filmmaker Ben Stark to debate the merits of the “enhanced viewing experience” of IMAX.

The talk stems from Graham’s recent BI video report analyzing whether or not the premium moviegoers pay on top of the existing ticket price to enjoy the experience, while the retrofitted screens “pale in comparison to the size of other IMAX screens.”

Ben Stark defends the IMAX experience despite the retrofits, calling it the best possible moviegoing experience out there.

You can watch Graham’s piece below the podcast, or visit this link.

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Feb 04
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Feb 03
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AR Nugget: Portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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(Miller Mobley)

Ben talks briefly with Tuscaloosa-born and New York-based photographer Miller Mobley who shot the above portrait of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away at 46 on Sunday.

Mobley reflects on the shoot, which took place last February when Hoffman was doing press for his film “A Late Quartet,” along with co-star Christopher Walken.

The photographer goes into detail about Hoffman’s behavior on set during the brief window of opportunity he had to shoot one of the best portraits of his young career.

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Jan 21
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Arcade Fire - “Supersymmetry” (as heard in Spike Jonze’s HER)

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Jan 16
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AR Nugget: Oscar Nomination Reactions

Ben is joined by show contributor Craig Hamilton to talk about the 2013 Oscar nominations, just announced Thursday morning.

Surprises include Christian Bale and Jonah Hill scoring acting nominations, while snubs include Tom Hanks and Robert Redford in the best actor category.

The two also offer an early breakdown of who will win what come Oscar night.

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Jan 14
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Aspect Radio #97: Golden Globes recap, Oscar forecast

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Ben and Corey recap the Golden Globes Awards, which saw one or two surprises that could very well shake up the Oscar race.

The best actor category is wide open, with roughly 10 worthy performances vying for five nominations come Thursday when the Academy announces who will make the cut.

Most of the other acting categories seem relatively sewn up, but the guys still speculate on which five will earn nominations this week.

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