Episode 34: The Wizard of Oz

Episode 34:  The Wizard of Oz

Loren and Scott are off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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This Week’s Podcast:  The Wizard of Oz

  • 0:00-1:11:  Intro!
  • 1:14-4:06:  Loren thoroughly enjoyed season 1 of Netflix’s House of Cards.
  • 4:07-7:33:  Scott has high hopes for The Americans.
  • The Americans has been renewed for a second season.
  • 7:34-10:13:  Loren saw A Good Day to Die Hard with the wife and lived to tell the tale.
  • 1o:14-12:48:  Scott survived The Raid:  Redemption, the most tense and intense film he can remember ever seeing.
  • 12:49-15:59:  Scott was quite moved by the apocalyptic romance Perfect Sense.
  • 16:00-19:43:  Loren and Scott begin discussing The Wizard of Oz, comparing ye olde studio system with how things are run today.
  • 19:43-20:36:  This movie had 20 different writers work on it.
  • 20:36-22:21:  A terrifying tale of paint fume inhalation and phantom singing.
  • 22:22-26:36:  The story of The Wizard of Oz, which leads to a conversation of the special effects and then circles back to the story again.
  • 26:37-30:46:  Loren and Scott the musical aspect of the movie, specifically focusing on the Over the Rainbow sequence.
  • 30:46-35:19:  Scott doesn’t like the ending.
  • 35:20-37:37:  Loren is pretty sure Scarecrow’s make-up is the best make-up in any movie ever.
  • 37:38-41:43:  Sound stages!  Sound stages for as far as the eye can see!
  • 41:45-44:22:  Scott and Loren give their verdicts.
  • 44:24-55:24:  Loren and Scott share some other recommendations.
  • 55:25-56:20:  Outro!
  • 56:17-56:28:  An easter egg?  In February?


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Writer. Day Dreamer. Narnian.


  1. Claudiu Dobre says:

    I also definitely prefer movies that stand by the fantasy worlds they create and don’t cop out and go with the predictable (which, let’s face it, in our times, is what it is) realistic ending.

    In The Wizard of Oz there’s actually a lot of stuff that’s not consistent with the idea that it’s NOT all a dream (why else would some of the characters in Oz look like real people back in Kansas – I can’t seem to be able to get around that one, although I wish I could)… which sucks, because I too would love to believe that Oz IS real in Dorothy’s world. However, your saying the book doesn’t have this ending anyway, and it was only chosen for the movie, makes me feel better about it, because I can just write it off as an unfortunate adaptation screwup.

    But yeah, even before I knew that, I was still willing to forgive the movie this one small fault – fault, because it’s unnecessary and not in the spirit of the story, although, to be fair, it isn’t necessarily a horrible way to go either – and I’ve always loved it, of course, as it’s so awesome in every other way.

    This consistency issue isn’t a problem, for instance, in !!! SPOILER ALERT !!! (although I’m pretty sure you must have seen it by now) Life of Pi, where the fantastical version of the events that take place on the boat is just as, if not more, logically consistent with the evidence we are presented with in the movie. This is a big plus for me in favor of Life of Pi, and I love it all the more for it.

    1. Scott says:

      It sounds like we have a lot in common. 😉

      1. Claudiu Dobre says:

        Yup! It’s pretty cool…