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May 23, 2024 134 mins

Welcome to Director Watch! On this AwardsWatch podcast, co-hosts Ryan McQuade and Jay Ledbetter attempt to breakdown, analyze, and ultimately, get inside the mind of some of cinema’s greatest auteurs. In doing so, they will look at their filmographies, explore what drives them artistically and what makes their decision making process so fascinating. Add in a few silly tangents and a fun game at the end of the episode and you’ve got yourself a podcast we truly hope you love. On episode 47 of the Director Watch Podcast, the boys are joined by AwardsWatch contributor Josh Parham to discuss the first film in their Tony Scott series, The Hunger (1983).

Director Watch is entering the summer of Tony Scott, as they dive deep into the career of one of the most prolific directors of blockbuster entertainment of the last forty years. But before all the big budget, action packed spectacle, he started his career with an independent erotic, vampire thriller centered around two vampires (the insanely hot David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve) who have been together for hundreds of years. But when one starts to age in a rather hasty fashion, the other must finds their next companion in the form of a doctor (Susan Sarandon) in 1980s New York City. Known for being a controversial film at the time of release due to its steamy sex scene and being a commercial failure at the box office, The Hunger has been revaluated over the years as the first step in Scott’s career of being known for mastering tone, and visually separating himself from his brother. Ryan, Jay, and Josh break down their thoughts on the film, the incredible vibes throughout the film, the logic around the film’s nonclinical ending, some sports comparisons, and the forming of a question that will be asked to every guest throughout this series; whose filmography would you choose, Ridley or Tony Scott?

You can listen to the Director Watch Podcast wherever you stream podcasts, from iTunes, iHeartRadio, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Music and more.

This podcast runs 2h14m. The guys will be back next week to continue their series on the films of Tony Scott with a review of his next film, Top Gun. You can rent it via iTunes and Amazon Prime rental in preparation for the next episode of Director Watch. Till then, let’s get into it.

Music: MUSICALIFE, from Pond5 (intro) and “B-3” from BoxCat Games Nameless: The Hackers RPG Soundtrack (outro).

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