The Sound of Music / Episode 16

Macintosh & Maud have confidence that 1965's Best Picture Winner The Sound of Music has a well-earned place in the canon of popular film. It's got powerful music and lyrics from Rodgers & Hammerstein, an outstanding screenplay that propels the story forward, and some fantastic directing from legend Robert Wise. But that's not what we consider our favorite things about the movie:

  • Julie Andrews is just the absolute best.
  • Christopher Plummer has a pretty awesome nickname for the movie.
  • Julie Andrews is a global treasure who deserves our love and adoration.
  • Captain von Trapp ripping a Nazi flag is still pretty great.
  • Julie Andrews should be in EVERY movie.

After the break, we talk about the outstanding Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri. Martin McDonagh's third feature softens his fairly brutal, profane and dark style with a welcome dose of love and empathy. There's not a moment of screen time wasted, and there's some amazing performances, especially Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. If it's playing in your area, get out and go see it.

NEXT WEEK: The Right Stuff (1983).

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Music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.