Fixed In Post: Misadventures in Moviegoing

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You don’t have to spend too much time with John Barber or me to figure out that we love the movies. And for the past few years we’ve contributed to the Rabbit Room Podcast with our film discussions in a variety of episodes. But now with the launch of the podcast network, we’re moving our love for film into a podcast of our own.

For those who are wondering, “We’ll fix it in post” is film-making jargon for “Good enough, we’ll patch up the problems in post-production through editing and special effects.” We’ve named the podcast “Fixed In Post” because part of what we love to bring to the conversation is constructive criticism. We aren’t interested in tearing a film apart, but we are interested in looking at how films and stories work and how things might have gone differently if we were in charge. Armchair quarterbacking? Yeah, something like that, but in a generous way.

The first episode is now available, and for this inaugural conversation, we decided to take a look back at 2018 and the films we loved. Yes, the Oscars are right around the corner, but I think you’ll find our list is significantly different from theirs. That’s in part because we what we love is often different from what we consider “the best” or “the most finely crafted” and in part because the Oscars nominations are just plain weird this year and this is how we’d fix them. See? Fixed in post—well, technically “pre” since the Oscars haven’t happened yet, but who would name a podcast “Fixed In Pre”?

Not us. That’s who.

Enjoy the show!

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Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


7 Comments

  1. Jesse Hayden

    @jesse-hayden

    This was great! I love listening to these discussions, and I’m excited to check some of these recommendations out, specifically First Man, Mary Poppins Returns, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor (I know very little about Mr. Rogers). One movie I was surprised wasn’t mentioned is Beautiful Boy with Steve Carell and Timothy Chalamet, which is based on a true story of a father trying to help his son recover from a crystal meth addiction. Watched it recently and found it gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and deeply redemptive. The filming was beautiful and the performances were brave and believable.

  2. Tsh Oxenreider

    Hey guys – fun episode! Looking forward to more.

    Not sure if it’s just my app (Overdrive), but sounds like the sound files overlap a little from about the 5:20-66:20 mark. Just a heads up! 🤓

  3. Matthew Cyr

    @matthewcyr

    This convinced me to watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (as a starting point, I mean, clearly there are a lot of other things I still need to watch). I’ve seen all but the last vignette now. Not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. I can see why some people have mentioned Flannery O’Connor in trying to describe it.
    “Pan shot!” “Pan shot!”

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