Lambcast #692 Asteroid City

by Richard Kirkham · June 26, 2023 · Featured, LAMBcast, New Release · No Comments

“You can’t wake up, if you don’t fall asleep.” Some people find it easy to fall asleep at a Wes Anderson film. His dry, deadpan style, rarely creates a compelling action sequence, but the visual images ought to be enough to keep your vitreous humor intact and your eyelids open.

There is plenty to see, and with a history of quirky films in the Anderson Filmography, there are plenty of side roads to talk about. This week on the podcast, newcomer Conrado Falco joins his podcasting partner Rachel Wagner, and familiar guest Howard Casner, on a journey to Asteroid City, Farm Route Six, Mile 75.

An all star ensemble ( is that an oxymoron?) is featured in this story within a story, The usual Anderson enablers (minus Bill Murray) are joined by Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, in this tale of a teen science competition, turned close encounter in the 1950s post war American desert.

It may also be an allegory about the Covid Pandemic and quarantine. You will have to listen to find out why.


General Thoughts 3:34

Wes Anderson Guest History 12:08

The Plot Thickens ( or disintegrates) 22:30

Spoiler Wal (Maybe) 31:20

Anderson’s Style of Humor 34:10

Look Matter 36:53

Pandemic Talk 39:00

1950s Theater References 42:30

Final Thoughts 47:00

Exit Question 55:10

Plugs 1:03:34

Conrado Wormholes: The Series The Criterion Project

Rachel Rachel’s Reviews

Howard Pop Art

Richard KAMAD

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