Topic: Good Will Hunting
It's Brian's fault.
I have a tendency to fix your typos.
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It's Brian's fault.
Oh, that's right. My bad.
It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault...
Probably my favourite movie so I'm glad you guys did a commentary of it. And I fully agree they don't really make movies like this anymore (although Chef kinda has that feel-good quality of it). I always thought it was justifiable that Will knows so much. I think it kind of goes hand in hand with his fear of failure. He read books to make himself impenetrable to others (i.e being dumber than anyone). But he never pursued college or something further than reading because of his fear of failure. Overall I agree that most geniuses are geniuses in only a specific category, but I also don't think him being that smart hurts the movie.
As for the "It's not your fault" scene. While it is quotable and a bit melodramatic, I don't think it's the case that it kind of fixes all his issues. I think its obvious he was making progress before the scene, and even after the scene he doesn't immediately go and chase after the girl. Will still takes time to realize what he really wants and chase after it.
Just my 2 cents, overall it was a fun episode to listen to
There are definitely people who have a perfect storm of intellectual traits which give them a general aptitude that's like in the 99th percentile or something. Combine a photographic memory with a high IQ and a quick reading pace, and someone could definitely learn a lot about a lot by the time they were 20 (kinda like the 10000 hour rule. musicians can reach near master status by the time they're 20)
George Plimpton did ads for Intellivision, not ColecoVision. Intellivision was the first real challenger to the Atari 2600, with graphics that actually looked like something and this weird controller with a movement disk and a keypad. The ColecoVision was the next generation (and the system I had). It too had a keypad, but also an actual joystick. The controller must have been good for just general hacking, as you could still buy generic replacements in RadioShack for decades afterwards.
There's a documentary called "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself!" Jonathan Coulton has a song about him called "A Talk With George" that appears on both his live albums.
I still have an Intellivision
*not relevant to the discussion at all*
But do you have an Intelevator?
*even less relevant*
My favourite movie of all time. Not perfect, not even the 'best' movie I've ever seen, but I just love it so hard.
Anyway. Great commentary, even if it did go a wee bit off topic a few times I love the park bench scene, that's just golden, and it really resonated with me at the time (I would've been maybe 20 when I first saw this movie). That sentiment of getting out and doing things, making mistakes and having experiences because just reading about them isn't the same.
As for the infamous it’s not your fault scene, I feel like you were right when you said it's something Sean says because it's something he has found out for himself, that he thinks Will needs to hear. But he can see that Will doesn't believe him, so he keeps saying it. And Will brushes it off as more psychobabble, but it's not, and Sean keeps going until Will breaks down. And says "I'm so sorry." That's the clincher.
I love that moment, and it’s kind of a shame that it became such a cliché and made so much fun of, although it's also (as evident in your commentary!) very easy to do. I just watched the trailer for Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Cinderella... spot the it's not your fault moment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYPXeNzpDJE
Haven't listened yet, but I'll be disappointed if nobody mentions that this is the film that spawned the best porn parody title ever. You all know that one, admit it.
There's more than one
Maybe they used footage of the game, because the first time either Sean or Will saw the game was as a recording. As stated in the movie, it wasn't something they actually experienced live. However, the footage has a home movie kind of feel. This in the context of a film can be associated with a character’s actual memory of an event.
So, just like Sean's setup of the story, the intercutting of the game footage makes it compelling but slightly misleading.
And in similar categories like 'Bros playing Bros':
Martin Sheen frequently plays the father of characters played by his sons.
Damon Whitaker has played the younger versions of (his brother) Forest Whitaker's characters in Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.
Finally listened to this one even though I've never seen Good Will Hunting. I got a name drop, whee!
Concatenate: to stick together, to append, to prefix/suffix.
The sum of seven and eight is fifteen; the concatenation of 'seven' and 'eight' is 'seveneight'. It's more commonly a programming thing for characters than a math thing for numbers.
The whole "it's not your fault" riff, a minute after the two-hour mark — with all of us telling Brian it's not his fault that he ostensibly sank his crew boat that one time — is cracking me up.
EDIT: And it comes back at 2:17.
EDIT: And 2:20.