Episode 31: Casablanca

Episode 31:  CasablancaLoren and Scott will always have Casablanca.

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This Week’s Podcast:  Casablanca

  • 0:00-1:27:  Intro!  Loren welcomes us to the podcast and introduces the subject of this week’s episode: Casablanca.  But before that . . .
  • 1:27-2:10:  Scott has become a foster father!  Read more about his new family here.
  • 2:10-5:10:  Scott loved Lawless, comparing it favorably to Boardwalk Empire.
  • 5:11-6:50:  Scott calls Hit & Run “a fun, light car chase comedy.”  It features Kristen Bell and Kristen Chenoweth, so he had to see it!
  • 6:51-10:56:  Scott was “dragged” to see Step Up:  Revolution, the fourth in the Step Up franchise.  He was pleasantly surprised but calls it “impossible to review,” comparing it Act of Valor, another movie that features professionals in the field that is being portrayed as opposed to actors.
  • 11:00-12:13:  Loren enjoyed John Carter, despite some flaws.
  • For a more in-depth discussion of John Cartercheck out the bonus episode “Dean Trippe Interview #2!”
  • 12:14-15:41:  Loren enjoyed Unknown, despite being so genre-savvy that he was able to call the film’s “big twist.”
  • 15:41-18:13:  Scott has seen the trailer for Taken 2 and it has filled him with trepidation.
  • 18:13-22:41:  Loren and Scott rave about the thoroughly enjoyable The Pirates!  Band of Misfits and recommend it to everyone.
  • 22:43-23:13:  The review of Casablanca begins. Scott reads a slightly amended synopsis from IMDB:  Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II:  An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
  • 23:35-25:34:  Loren discusses the AFI Top 100 and Casablanca‘s place on it.
  • 26:15-31:30:  Scott discusses the pre-production and production of Casablanca, which took place during World War II.  This leads to a conversation about Scott’s favorite scene and Loren describing being able to see it on the big screen.
  • Scott’s favorite scene:
  • 31:34-34:49:  Loren and Scott discuss the story.
  • 34:49-37:38:  Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, the love triangle, the sacrifices of war, and modern romantic comedies.
  • 37:38-39:28:  More discussion on the story, the setting, and how most of the film takes place in a single location.
  • 39:28-41:55:  Scott discusses all the dialogue you’ve surely heard, as well as some of the other films that were clearly inspired by this film.
  • 41:56-43:10:  Loren discusses the plethora of character actors that appear in Casablanca.
  • 43:11-45:49:  Dialogue about the script.
  • 45:50-46:20:  The one thing that bugs Loren about this movie.
  • 46:20-47:26:  The one thing that bugs Scott about this movie.
  • 47:26-48:37:  Verdicts.
  • 48:38-52:55:  Loren has some recommendations for other films in this vein.
  • 52:56-53:40:  Outro!
  • SparkNotes: Casablanca
  • Roger Ebert’s Review


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  1. Claudiu Dobre says:

    Just wanted to let you know the link (Right click to download the MP3) doesn’t work. It’s just text. It’s not a big deal but it’d be cool if you could fix that, as I prefer to listen to the podcasts from my hard drive (when I’m working, I don’t always have fast internet, or any internet at all, due to the nature of what I do).

    1. Scott says:

      There! Problem solved! Sorry about that!

      1. Claudiu Dobre says:

        Cool! Thanks!