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New To View: MacGuffins visit ECCC '11, Greg Mottola, & SUCKER PUNCH

We missed last week's usual check in with The MacGuffin Podcast due to my birthday festivities (I was at home playing a lot of  JUST DANCE 2, available for rent here at the store), so we're catching up this week with a MacGuffin Double Feature. First, we travel back to three weeks ago when the MacGuffin Team took on the awesomeness of the EMERALD CITY COMIC CON downtown at the Washington State Convention Center. Spencer talks with comic book artists (and  Pixar employees) Derek Thompson and Ted Mathot, Ben chats with Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming of POWERS fame, and John and Ed discuss what went down in the weekend's panel discussions. I totally agree with them about the Frakes & Spiner panel host. Grrr...

This episode's DVD Picks of The Week are:

Then in the latest MacGuffin episode (it's the 80th!) Spencer and John talk about the career of Greg "SUPERBAD" Mottola, from the indie hit THE DAYTRIPPERS to his latest film PAUL. By now, you probably know PAUL stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (of SPACED & SHAUN OF THE DEAD fame) and the voice of Seth Rogen as their tiny green alien friend (not Yoda). Next, they speculate how the ladies of Zack Snyder's SUCKER PUNCH (which opens today) will do in such an action-driven film.  I'm confused why they're worried about that issue specifically and not the film as a whole.

Spencer and John join forces for their DVD Pick of The Week *: The 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of STAND BY ME. I watched the film again last weekend and heartily agree it's a worthy addition to your film library. Definitely check out the picture commentary with Rob Reiner, Corey Feldman, and Wil Wheaton. I also recommend you read this post about the reunion on Wil Wheaton's blog and then watch this video:

* Not everything sucked this week. There's the new VENTURE BROS, the Criterion of THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, and the Mikio Naruse silent film collection. But they are right that STAND BY ME is the best.