August 3, 2005

Podcasts and Self-Indulgent Directors

If you are an iTunes junkie like the Cinecultist or a reader of the New York Times* you may be aware of this crazy thing all the kids are doing these days, the Podcast. Essentially, it's a DIY radio broadcast postable on the internet. A perfect forum for all of those crackpots and ramble-heads who like the talkie more than the typie.

Of course it was only a matter of time then, that windbag filmmakers decided that the commentary track on their special edition DVDs wasn't enough of a free-form forum for their special thoughts. Currently on iTunes' Podcast page you can link through to a download of Spike Lee's on-set observations as he shoots his new film Inside Man here in New York. There will be four episodes, running between 20 and 45 minutes in length. Three of the four are available so far, and as always Podcasts are for free subscription from iTunes.

One time at NYU, CC saw Spike in the elevator and we wanted to yell at him like one of the direct-to-the-camera haters in Do The Right Thing. We probably were cranky because we'd been forced to watch Bamboozled too many times. The sort of imbalance that could happen to anyone spending too much time thinking about minstrels. [Thanks to our co-worker Jonathan for the heads up on the item!]

*Guilty pleasure acknowledgment: CC <3 the Pogue. David Pogue knows his tech writing. Too bad he's already married, gadget talk is hot.

Posted by karen at August 3, 2005 9:44 PM