On this week's episode, The Unenthusiastic Critic is going down with the ship, as we discuss Nakea's first viewing of James Cameron's Titanic (1997).
Though widely predicted to be a career-ending, studio-sinking flop, Cameron's risky, romantic disaster flick ended up breaking every box-office record, and tying the all-time records for Academy Award nominations and wins. For months after its December 1997 premiere, teen-age girls were going back to the multiplexes three, four, or fifty times over to re-experience Kate and Leo's doomed love affair, but Nakea—a teen-ager herself at the time—somehow never even saw it once.
Now—on the film's 25th anniversary—will The Unenthusiastic Critic's frozen heart go on this journey? Or will she just be rooting for the iceberg?
0:00: Prologue: from Titanic
01:18: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
29:10: Interlude: Original Trailer
31:22: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:05:12: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Titanic (dir. James Cameron, Paramount & 20th Century Fox, 1997)
—Links and Sources: "Going Down with the Ship?" Sharon Waxman and Paul Farhi, Washington Post; "When Titanic was Expected to be a Huge Flop," Jake Rossen, Mental Floss; Review by Todd McCarthy, Variety; "Who's Lining Up At Box Office? Lots and Lots Of Girls; Studios Aim at Teen-Agers, A Vast, Growing Audience," Bernard Weinraub, NY Times; "Fan Sinks Into Titanic Obsession," Associated Press; "Titanic Sinks Again (Spectacularly)," Kenneth Turan, LA Times; Review by Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; "James Cameron: From Titanic to Avatar," Christopher Godwin, The Sunday Times; "How I Learned to Surrender and Love Titanic," Sean Burns, WBUR; Review by Dana Stevens, Slate; "Fifteen Thoughts on the Anniversary of Titanic," Sarah Wexler, Vulture; The Good, the Bad, and the Multiplex: What's Wrong with Modern Movies?, Mark Kermode, Random House UK, 2012.
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