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‘Let’s Go to the Movies With Patton Oswalt’ takes you inside the Academy vaults
Who knew the Academy did something other than organize the Oscars?
Let’s Go to the Movies With Patton Oswalt is produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), giving Oswalt the opportunity to choose any film from the Academy archive and screen it for private viewing. “It’s like picking out your own steak,” he said happily, walking through the canyons of antique film reels.
In the end, he selected the little-known 1961 noir movie Blast of Silence, about a hitman who travels to New York for a job and begins to have flashbacks to his childhood.
Oswalt watched the movie with fellow comedian Karen Kilgariff, and then discussed it in a topically noir-sounding cafe named the Shaky Alibi.
This webseries seems like a cool idea, giving people a chance to see what the Academy actually does, aside from organizing the Oscars. Patton Oswalt is a good choice of host for the first episode, since he clearly has passion for the topic of classic cinema, but also has the social media clout to draw in a bunch of viewers who otherwise would never had paid attention.
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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.