It's Memorial Day weekend, and Michael and Nakea are spending it On Golden Pond (1981).

First, we're easing into summer with a discussion of summertime memories, and summertime movies. Then, we're sitting down for Nakea's first viewing of Mark Rydell's On Golden Pond, featuring Oscar-winning performances by two of cinema's all-time giants, Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

It's a lazy, hazy conversation about dead loons, puka shell necklaces, toxic swimming pools, fascist sleepaway camps, and other sweet memories of summers long gone.


0:00: Prologue: Scene from On Golden Pond
1:16: Preliminary Discussion: Summer and Summer Movies
16:32: Musical Interlude: "Summer Will Have Its Way" by Jacob Borshard and Helena Sundin
17:57: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of On Golden Pond
22:34: Original Trailer for On Golden Pond
24:14: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of On Golden Pond
53:47: Outro and Next Week's Movie
55:05: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Film discussed: On Golden Pond (dir. Mark Rydell, IPC Films, 1981)
— Reviews discussed: Roger EbertVincent CanbyPauline Kael
—Article mentioned: "The Spike Lee Heat Index," by Forrest Wickman, Aisha Harris, and Holly Allen, Slate.com.
—Video mentioned: Katherine Hepburn on the set of The Dick Cavett Show
—Listen to additional episodes and read The Unenthusiastic Critic in prose form at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—"Summer Will Have Its Way" by Jacob Borshard and Helena Sundin (Cake on Cake) is licensed under CC BY NC-ND 3.0.
—"Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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