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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 13 (31), “Jonathan Brandis Hurt/Hung Himself Today”

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 13 (31), “Jonathan Brandis Hurt/Hung Himself Today”

Good Evening Hot Chocolate City!

Lucky Episode 13 means many things. Mainly, we recorded it two weeks ago and it has to do with Wendy and Lucy, Mishima and the suicide of Seaquest DSV star Jonathan Brandis.

Dark discussions aside, we once again prove that you can charm your way onto the podcast by offering us work or calling us respectable—much like Evan Davis (Film Comment) did when he told us we were pioneers or something. Drunk on whatever paint thinner it is I buy from Whole Foods, I assumed it would be a great idea to bring him on* and show him how to conduct an Award Winning Podcast** in preparation for his roundtable Clint Eastwood discussion featuring Karina Longworth, Ed Gonzalez, Kevin Lee, Kent Jones, Evan and Akiva Gottlieb. (Link here.)

So listen onward and we’ll talk to you kids later in the new year, when we set in stone our ungodly look back at the year that was—or something. Anyway, the general takes on things like Wendy (“The prettiest movie I ever saw this year. Next to Speed Racer.”—John Lichman, THND) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (“Uh, awesome.”—John Lichman, THND) are good and we devolve into some inane conversation about movies having a soul.

This is, sadly, not a proper defense or explanation. Then again, I apparently don’t know anyone working at a Fish Cannery in Alaska, so I’m an elitist. But go forth, download and if you see Vadim or myself at the bar, buy us a drink! Or take us back to the Brooklyn Inn. Merry Christmas! John Lichman

*Keith got the email. I found out a few days later.

**We’re fairly sure we’d win an award. Like—60 percent sure. We’re better than My Bloody Valentine 3-D, we know that much.

Evan Davis is a contributor to Film Comment and The FilmLinc Blog.

John Lichman is a freelance writer in New York who once broke Digg. He will work for your pennies, scraps and list-making needs.

Vadim Rizov is a New York-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Onion A.V. Club and Paste Magazine, among others.

Keith Uhlich is editor of The House Next Door.