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Patton Oswalt guest stars on Pure Cinema Podcast with Hosts Elric and Brian to discuss Patton's love of film, his appreciation for the Beverly Center Theater and his book, Silver Screen Fiend.
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Patton Oswalt guest stars on Pure Cinema Podcast with Hosts Elric and Brian to discuss Patton's love of film, his appreciation for the Beverly Center Theater and his book, Silver Screen Fiend.
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the new Beverly Cinema presents the pure cinema podcast. I'm Brian Sour and I'm over cane and we are honored so much to be joined by Mr Patton Oswalt today. Thank you, Patton. Thanks for having me. Guys are pleasure. Our pleasure. One of the things I love about you outside of your comedy, which I've always loved, is the fact that I think people don't know as much about how much of a movie fanatic you are. And that drives me crazy because I adore that about you. Thanks, man. Yeah, I just have always been It was something about not to get too pretentious. But all of these things, jumble of people got together under what's usually terrible conditions. And they've created this either when it works, it's another world that you sink into when it doesn't. It's this document of a disaster that you can also look at and be fascinated by. So you know that and the whatever Whatever it was in us to draw drew us. To do that to me is hilarious and and beautiful. And I love it. Yeah, And you wrote a really great book called Silver Screen Fiend. That sort of ties into your love of movies and the new Beverly Cinema, and we were wondering if you could talk a little bit about how the new Beverly ties into your book. Well, the new Beverly ties in the book, because the book is a memoir about the years of 1995 through 1999 when I was basically addicted to going to the new Beverly. It's when I discovered the new Beverly I had moved Thio Los Angeles and May of 95 in early May and then in the middle of the month, by chance on a Saturday afternoon, I walked into the new Beverly and they were showing a double feature of Ace in the Hole and Sunset Boulevard in the afternoon. You know, it was warm. Outside was a beautiful May Day in L. A. And I walked in the darkness, and that's like, That's where I wanna be, man, just what I want to be doing so that I just became obsessive about going toe every movie that I could, especially after New Beverly. I mean, I was goingto other theaters as well. The new Beverly was okay with you seeing other theaters. It was very loose, very confident. But I always knew that you would come back. And if you got bit and I got bit bad. So I became one of those people that was drawn into that room. So I love that that in the book, how you talk because you're like us cut from the same cloth. Like all the guide books that you're using to support your journey. The psychotropic film guy Danny Perry's called movie books. And you're taking them off as you go, which I just we could totally relate. Yeah, yeah. I mean, there were I remember seeing film freaks in there that would, um, they would have Maltin's film guide on They Would be So they're checking that thing off. You know, I was being a little more selective. I wanted more of the weird who trace stuff. They wanted to see everything e mean, these were like, you know, they had copies of the film guide that had lost covers and stuff and and also it became clear that like when the new guides would come out, they would buy the new guide, take the old guide mark up the new one with everything made like it was this weird, like a Talmudic transfer of, you know, some of those film freaks marked up film guides are like mystical tones in a way, no. Did you have an active guy like, were you a completist? Did you need to get through it all where you kind of following your kind of gut trends that were interesting you at the time, I I looked at it. I looked at film viewing the same way that I looked at film viewing. Now, with channels like TCM and Canopy, where I don't try toe, I kind of go with what is being played. And I like the happenstance of what will show and what won't rather than trying toe my My only thing was once the movie started, if I got up to go to the bathroom that was counted is not seeing it like I had way through. E couldn't leave the thing. So I was very that was that was Well, um what, like my only rule, if you will, you know, were there any other memorable screenings from the new bed that you can think of? It was a Friday night. I remember. Probably the late nineties, it was raining like 30 40 people in the new Beverly watching Casablanca, which I probably like my fifth time seeing it so and right at the moment where Bogey is about to tell, um, Bergman Thio, get on the plane and go with Laszlo. It's the big speech. It's that, you know, right at that moment the film broke, which but it was so it was so perfect that it would break at that point that the whole audience laughed like it was so funny. Of course it's gonna break right here, like at the big emotional climax. So the they kept the lights off and up in the projector booth they're trying toe fix that. You can hear them trying to fix it and we're all sitting in the dark. And while they're fixing it, we all started whistling as time goes by a group of 30 strangers on a Friday night waiting for the film to be repaired. Then it was such a I was so happy. I can't believe I get to be here at this moment. I'm so happy right now. Absolute magic I love it was
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