Lambcast #663 The Fabelmans

by Richard Kirkham · December 2, 2022 · Featured, LAMBcast · No Comments

A movie that takes a nostalgic look at one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time, is examined by some LAMBs who are not particularly nostalgic but who definitely love movies. Steven Spielberg takes on his own life story and the Lambcast takes on his film in this week’s episode.

Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman, our Spielberg Character.

Howard Casner leads the three guests through an elaborate discussion of the new Spielberg film, although he keeps trying to add Tony to the guest list, only Todd Liebenow, James Wilson and Cameron Kanachki are really on-line with him. 

The movie is loaded with performances that all seem to deserve praise, but the guests seem especially pleased to be calling out Seth Rogan for a dramatic role that minimizes his usual goofy persona in favor of a more delicate relationship, which is a key point in the story. The family drama is the spine of the film, but it is the behind the scenes moments of young film making that will please most of the audience for this podcast.

Four Fan Boys get together and they all agree, “The Fabelmans” is up there when ranking Spielberg films. Spielberg is not only the director of the film, but the screenwriter along with “young” Tony Kushner (66). Howard gets excited about costumes, Cameron doesn’t want anyone to forget about the score, and Todd and James wonder if a five minute cameo at the close of the film can generate awards heat as well. 

Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) and Uncle Boris (Judd Hirsch) in The Fabelmans.

You will also be treated to a heated competition in a game Howard created and named “How Well do you know your Spielberg Films?”, but for brevity we will call “Cast-Rated” 


General Impressions   6:20

Spoiler Territory   26:00

Lambscores   1:12:00

Rants/Raves/Reviews   1:14:10

Cast-Rated Game   1:24:00

Howard   Pop Art

Todd   Forgotten Filmcast   

James   Blogging by Cinema Light   

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