It’s episode 200 of the Saturday Matinée! A fine how-do-you-do to that. Thanks to everyone who has made our weekend romp so much fun these past four years!
We start with Mandy mad at Steve about Martin. Steve attempt to retaliate by defending his position on ‘Below Decks’ to a woman who counts among her many interests, ‘The Housewives’. It goes about as well as you can imagine.
Trailers this week run the gamut: Our A24 entry puts Denzel in the middle of The Scottish Play adapted and directed by mono-Coen. Pete brings a nightmare circus staring the subject of his very one-sided friendship, Bradly Cooper. And did you forget Spielberg is don’t that one Sondheim thing? He is. But you’d be forgiven if you did.
- Steve’s Trailer: The Tragedy of Macbeth
- Pete’s Trailer: Nightmare Alley
- Mandy’s Trailer: West Side Story
Game! Name That Crew!
In keeping with our big 200th show, we’re digging through the history of other shows that crossed that 200-episode boundary. Pete starts a bidding war cataloging how many principle characters Mandy and Steve can remember from past US prime time hits.
THE LIST: Save the Cat!
Blake Snyder was a screenwriter who wrote Stop or My Mom will Shoot and Blank Check in the 90s. He also wrote the book Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need in which he coined the phrase that describes the decisive moment the protagonist demonstrates that they are worth rooting for, the moment in which they save the proverbial cat.
It’s a controversial concept that has grown in popularity to the point that the Save the Cat 15 beat structure has shaped many Hollywood blockbusters of an age. And, since we have a perfect Save the Cat moment in Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, members voted that we talk all about the same moments in other films.
But we’re cheeky, so this list is largely full of saving actual cats, not metaphorical cats, and also we pet a dog.