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But more interesting? Being turned onto a murder, possibly by a muckety muck, spending hours and monies investigating it and finding out the victim was just out of town or whatever.
Not sure what you mean.
 

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Digging West Cork but worried there will be no pay-off. That's why The Jinx is the best of all these shows/pods.
 

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I'm obviously in support of innocent until proven guilty, but in defense of the police, it has to be so frustrating when they are certain someone committed a crime, especially a murder, and they can't find clear evidence.
 

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West Cork dragged on some but overall it's solid.

Listening to it after S-Town didn't hurt. There's so much more there than whatever the fuck S-Town was about.
 

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West Cork dragged on some but overall it's solid.

Listening to it after S-Town didn't hurt. There's so much more there than whatever the fuck S-Town was about.
S Town was about how one gay bear wanted to kiss the tummy of another gay bear. Posthumously outing John against his wishes was the noble thing to do.

Where is West Cork?
 

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S Town was about how one gay bear wanted to kiss the tummy of another gay bear. Posthumously outing John against his wishes was the noble thing to do.

Where is West Cork?
I listened on audible but you may need a subscription to listen there. It looks like it's free on amazon but I have Prime so it could be free with that.
 

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So there is a thread about it. Thank you guy I'm about to drop in the ignore bucket.
I know @Jacuzzi Billy can be a bit of a turd, but you don't need to ignore him.

But between this and the Making a Murderer thread, you can get my full analysis of S-Town.
 

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I know @Jacuzzi Billy can be a bit of a turd, but you don't need to ignore him.

But between this and the Making a Murderer thread, you can get my full analysis of S-Town.
I agree with that long post you made on the previous page. That's exactly what it was, a guy trying to spend seven episodes cobbling together the next Serial that everyone talks about on social media, blah blah. What also pissed me off, as I've complained about here and there, was the shitty and contrary editing. They edited out all the wrong parts. Interviews went like this:

Voiceover: I talked to Ted Smith, a man from John's past.
Host: "...Uh, hey, you got a second to talk?"
Guy: "I think so... uh... just got to... uh, interesting that we're having an interview, right?"
Host: "Yeah... totally... [empty air] ...this is really cool."
Guy: "So I got this great story. One day, me and John-"
Voiceover, interrupting: He told me a great story with highs and lows, some really poignant parts, and a really funny anecdote about penguin mittens. We talked for nearly three hours, the words flowed from him like honey. Not only did I learn insightful things, but it tickled my soul in only the most edifying ways.
Guy: "So that's basically what happened."
Host: "Wow, thanks for the interview, man."
 

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‘S-Town’ Podcast is Becoming a Movie from ‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy



After Serial become a podcast sensation, listeners were hungry for another story from This American Life that would keep them fascinated. Unfortunately, the second season of Serial didn’t deliver, but last spring brought us a worthy successor in the form of a podcast called S-Town. That podcast will now become a movie.
News of the S-Town movie was first reported at Deadline, who says Participant Media has the feature rights to the project, and they’re currently in talks with Spotlight director Tom McCarthy to take the helm of the feature. McCarthy will work from a script by playwright Samuel D. Hunter, who scripted stage productions such as A Bright New Boiseand The Whale.
If you never caught on to the phenomenon of S-Town when it debuted last spring, it’s hard to explain the story without ruining some of the fascinating twists and turns that unfold. So we’ll just say that the podcast follows Brian Reed, a journalist who’s asked to investigate the son of a wealthy family that’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama. The catalyst for this investigation is a man named John B. McLemore, whose life, habits, and behavior make the story that much more compelling. McLemore refers to Woodstock as S-Town, or Shit Town.
The mystery that unfolds in S-Town isn’t exactly the kind of mystery you’d expect, and that’s what makes it all the more fascinating. Adding to the compelling nature of the story is the town itself, a slice of Southern America full of colorful characters that make you feel like you’re in another world. In S-Town, there are family feuds, disputes over money, and seemingly danger and intrigue, but it doesn’t feel like the kind of story that will be easy to translate to the big screen.
After the subtle approach Tom McCarthy took to Spotlight by letting the story do the heavy lifting rather than overtaking the proceedings with too much style, he’s the perfect director to handle an S-Town movie. On top of that, since Samuel D. Hunter is best known for A Bright New Boise, a story that takes place in the break room of a craft store in a small town, this feels like the perfect pairing to let this story shine.
The question is who will play the compelling, rich, and unique character of John B. McLemore. It would have been a hell of a role for Daniel Day-Lewis to capture, but he’s apparently retired. It’s also a role that I could see Gary Oldman disappearing into, or maybe even a serious turn for someone like Jim Carrey. We’ll have to wait and see who Tom McCarthy finds for the role.
 

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‘S-Town’ Podcast is Becoming a Movie from ‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy



After Serial become a podcast sensation, listeners were hungry for another story from This American Life that would keep them fascinated. Unfortunately, the second season of Serial didn’t deliver, but last spring brought us a worthy successor in the form of a podcast called S-Town. That podcast will now become a movie.
News of the S-Town movie was first reported at Deadline, who says Participant Media has the feature rights to the project, and they’re currently in talks with Spotlight director Tom McCarthy to take the helm of the feature. McCarthy will work from a script by playwright Samuel D. Hunter, who scripted stage productions such as A Bright New Boiseand The Whale.
If you never caught on to the phenomenon of S-Town when it debuted last spring, it’s hard to explain the story without ruining some of the fascinating twists and turns that unfold. So we’ll just say that the podcast follows Brian Reed, a journalist who’s asked to investigate the son of a wealthy family that’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama. The catalyst for this investigation is a man named John B. McLemore, whose life, habits, and behavior make the story that much more compelling. McLemore refers to Woodstock as S-Town, or Shit Town.
The mystery that unfolds in S-Town isn’t exactly the kind of mystery you’d expect, and that’s what makes it all the more fascinating. Adding to the compelling nature of the story is the town itself, a slice of Southern America full of colorful characters that make you feel like you’re in another world. In S-Town, there are family feuds, disputes over money, and seemingly danger and intrigue, but it doesn’t feel like the kind of story that will be easy to translate to the big screen.
After the subtle approach Tom McCarthy took to Spotlight by letting the story do the heavy lifting rather than overtaking the proceedings with too much style, he’s the perfect director to handle an S-Town movie. On top of that, since Samuel D. Hunter is best known for A Bright New Boise, a story that takes place in the break room of a craft store in a small town, this feels like the perfect pairing to let this story shine.
The question is who will play the compelling, rich, and unique character of John B. McLemore. It would have been a hell of a role for Daniel Day-Lewis to capture, but he’s apparently retired. It’s also a role that I could see Gary Oldman disappearing into, or maybe even a serious turn for someone like Jim Carrey. We’ll have to wait and see who Tom McCarthy finds for the role.[/QUOTE
I posted about it in some thread - maybe this one - but I think there's an actually great movie in S-Town. This is not it.

The great movie is about the podcast. Podcast Pete is part of a podcast network, and he's seeing all of his fellow podcasters getting fame, attention, etc. while he's toiling away doing human interest stories about bores. He likes to paint himself as a man of the people, but all he really wants is to be somebody. Then one of his closest friends does a True Crime Podcast and it absolutely blows up. An innocent man is freed, the person gets national headlines, is the talk of the town.

This drives Podcast Pete further into bitterness. So he spends days toiling through his gag email folder trying to find something that might lead to something. Lo and behold, he finds the conspiracy murder tale from Quentin Queer. This is it. Everything. Murder. Town coverup. Rich people. Poor people. A chance to really uncover the "truth." So he goes to this small town and it turns out the guy is a loon. He tries to get something from him and nothing. QAnon is the distraction to the distraction to the distraction. He's hopeless.

Then he finds out Quentin so clearly kills himself but he realizes that this is his chance to make it into something more. So it's him in this small town trying to get these people to reveal something, except they reveal nothing because they have nothing to reveal. He tries to get them to say horrible racist or sexist or homophobic things, or talk about crimes they committed or other nefarious acts - and nothing. Because they have nothing to reveal. And it's him trying harder and harder to force a narrative with people who aren't even intentionally sabotaging him, they just don't get what he's doing nor do they care because they just want to live their lives.
 

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Reed has become Cline. Two overweight, bearded men somehow making millions.
Here's something I was wondering about because you also said you saw Evil Genius. The majority of Evil Genius was from material the guy had for years - the letters, the interviews, the footage. He was talking with/working on Marjorie for years and apparently nothing came from it. Because most of the new stuff (the interview with the prostitute) took up what? The final 15 minutes of a 4 hour series? So you have nearly a decade's worth of shit just gathering dust until it was finally bought by Netflix and the Duplass Brothers. Same kind of with S-Town, he had nothing until the dimwit died.

So my (rhetorical) question to you is - how many hundreds of hours of material are clogging up the hard drives, garages, and Public Storages of aspiring documentarians? And at what point do you just say "fuck it, burn it all?"
 

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There's a new true crime podcast called Finding Cleo that is supposedly great.
 

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I posted about it in some thread - maybe this one - but I think there's an actually great movie in S-Town. This is not it.

The great movie is about the podcast. Podcast Pete is part of a podcast network, and he's seeing all of his fellow podcasters getting fame, attention, etc. while he's toiling away doing human interest stories about bores. He likes to paint himself as a man of the people, but all he really wants is to be somebody. Then one of his closest friends does a True Crime Podcast and it absolutely blows up. An innocent man is freed, the person gets national headlines, is the talk of the town.

This drives Podcast Pete further into bitterness. So he spends days toiling through his gag email folder trying to find something that might lead to something. Lo and behold, he finds the conspiracy murder tale from Quentin Queer. This is it. Everything. Murder. Town coverup. Rich people. Poor people. A chance to really uncover the "truth." So he goes to this small town and it turns out the guy is a loon. He tries to get something from him and nothing. QAnon is the distraction to the distraction to the distraction. He's hopeless.

Then he finds out Quentin so clearly kills himself but he realizes that this is his chance to make it into something more. So it's him in this small town trying to get these people to reveal something, except they reveal nothing because they have nothing to reveal. He tries to get them to say horrible racist or sexist or homophobic things, or talk about crimes they committed or other nefarious acts - and nothing. Because they have nothing to reveal. And it's him trying harder and harder to force a narrative with people who aren't even intentionally sabotaging him, they just don't get what he's doing nor do they care because they just want to live their lives.
In a panic, Podcast Pete deletes his facebook and locks down his twitter. He's terrified that the rural-town racists will discover that he's married to an African American woman(played by Gabourey Sidibe), and they'll travel to New York City and lynch her.
 

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In a panic, Podcast Pete deletes his facebook and locks down his twitter. He's terrified that the rural-town racists will discover that he's married to an African American woman(played by Gabourey Sidibe), and they'll travel to New York City and lynch her.
You're an idiot. She's a Muslim. A hot native born one who can pass for Indian. She doesn't really practice, but she wears a Hijab. Either way, he's woker than you.
 

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You're an idiot. She's a Muslim. A hot native born one who can pass for Indian. She doesn't really practice, but she wears a Hijab. Either way, he's woker than you.
He's woker than everybody.

That's actually the working title of the movie.