367: The one about The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

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9 thoughts on “367: The one about The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

  1. another great episode, guys. i saw Life Aquatic in theaters after loving Rushmore and Royal Tannenbaums (probably like most folks into Wes Anderson). i remember liking the stop-motion animation, but ultimately came away from this one initially not loving it, thinking it was ‘too wes anderson-y even for me.” it was the first time i really noticed all the tricks the pony made, so to speak (all the things Ibbott talked about in his intro, the Murray, the Wilson, etc), and there was also a bit of contrarian backlash because this is the one Anderson movie that seems to be universally loved, much like Big Lebowski seems to be the universally loved Coens movie. i haven’t watched Life Aquatic since.

    listening to your enthusiasm talking about this movie seriously made me want to re-appraise it though.

  2. In honor of Scott’s love of ridiculously long titles, may I present Actual Names of Japanese Young Adult Novels:

    I Couldn’t Cut It as a Hero, So Eventually I Started Looking for Another Job

    When My Little Sister Reached Her Rebellious Phase, I Compelled Her with the Power of Satan

    Pinky-Swear with the Devil

    What If the Female Class Prez of a Prestigious School Read Abdul Alhazred’s Necronomicon?

    I Cannot Explain Why My Girlfriend Has Ears and a Tail

    Convenience Stores Managed by High School Girls Are Boring

    My Youth Romantic Comedy is SNAFU, As Expected

    I Practiced Asking a Girl Who Looks Like the Class President Out, and She Made Me Her Slave

    Limited Time Only Little Sister

    I Get a Lot of Chicks and Then Save the World (Delusion)

    The Second Return of Massacre Django: Bitchhiker from Hell

    I Just Resurrected as an Evil God, But My Army of Darkness is Collapsing

    Yes, these are all real: https://twitter.com/ln_title_bot

  3. I have never seen a Wes Anderson film start to finish. Just parts of Rushmore.

    I have always intended to watch Fantastic Mr. Fox. Maybe I will start with that one.

  4. just an quick note Cate is Australian not English. I love these movies – just like the Cohen brothers – as they have an understand scene of humor rather then the normal over the top humor that most Hollywood have.

  5. Not an adventure film, but would Fargo constitute BA pregnant lady who’s pregnancy isn’t a plot point?

  6. Wes Anderson, Paul W.S. Anderson , Paul Thomas Anderson.

    True, I didn’t see Fight Club until way too late and after if was spoiled, because of reviewers saying it wasn’t good. I loved so much about that film, even the way it was shot.

    WIld Kingdom. WIld America, New Wilderness, Wild Wild World of animals, National Geographic ( I think that’s the tune Scott hummed after he played the clip).

    Dunaway got me thinking. Maybe the shark was amazing looking, but after Owens death, it not pales. It would have been nice if we saw a piece of the shark and it looked amazing, then after his death, it’s dull because we don’t care anymore.

    Kate Blanchett is an Aussie who had a father from TEXAS! I love the picture of her husband. Just a super regular looking dude.

    • Conroy was in the theatre with Mask Of the Phantasm, and Will Arnett with Lego batman, so perhaps those two should have been added. If you leave those out, a person can argue that Andy Serkis should never get an Oscar for his phenomenal mo-cap work.

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