I go out on a limb to express a genuine and legitimate worldview, hold out a loving hand to my cohorts and get sawed off the tree. This time there was a shiny thing of fancy out on that branch placed by a rather large weasel. Instead of venturing out there to take a sniff, I stayed close to the trunk – the permanent home of the ever cautious one among us. Was I proud of using caution in a ridiculous environment characterized and ruled by the peevish obsessiveness of the Comic Book Guy? No. Until next show, hyper-nerds.
WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:
Film: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)” by Don Siegel (Kevin McCarthy)
Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “…I enjoyed it…definitely worth checking out…”
Wilk: 4 Stars “…kind of like watching the twilight zone…”
Rick: 2 Stars “…it applies to whatever the current flavor of politics is…”
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Film: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)” by Philip Kaufman (Donald Sutherland)
Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “…I like the movie better than the book…”
Wilk: 5 Stars “…probably the best version out there and I think it really stands on its own …”
Rick: 5 Stars “…the horror element is there, there’s more graphic detail…”
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During this episode Ryan mentioned that he thought Clint Eastwood had seen Don Segal’s version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and was so impressed that he asked him to work on this next film. While this is incorrect, the real story is more interesting. In the book “The Cinema of Clint Eastwood: Chronicles of America” author David Sterritt noted that the two met due to a computer glitch (according to the director’s autobiography). Two director’s were pitched to Eastwood to direct his next film (Coogan’s Bluff), one of which was director Alex Segal. Apparently, the computer generated Don Segal’s name by mistake. An executive producer had to inform Eastwood who Don Segal was and so the actor checked out three of Segal’s films (none of which was “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”), and in turn Segal checked out Eastwood’s work. With mutual admiration the two met and formed an alliance that would later span five films. It’s worth noting that after Segal’s death, Eastwood did select the director’s version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to screen as part of a 2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tribute to the deceased director as discussed in this article “Clint Eastwood praises pod film” by
On the show we mentioned an article on Litreactor.com by Christopher Shultz called “Book vs. Film(s): ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers‘” which breaks down some of the differences between the book and various movie iterations: https://litreactor.com/columns/book-vs-films-invasion-of-the-body-snatchers.
We also briefly mentioned that there are other movie versions of this persistent story. Here are a few below: