FMP Ep. 051 – ‘Ruby Sparks,’ ‘Total Recall’ / Interview with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan

Ruby Sparks Movie Podcast (2012) Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

Alex and Phil saw different movies this week so the opening review is a bit disjointed. First Alex shares his thoughts on the independent comedy Ruby Sparks and then Phil opines on the sci-fi remake Total Recall. Spoiler: one of them liked the movie they saw. Then we hear Alex interview Ruby Sparks star Paul Dano where he talks about his directing aspirations, and Ruby Sparks writer/star Zoe Kazan who talks about the myth of the manic pixie dream girl.

Show Schedule:

  • 00:32 – 02:46 – Introduction
  • 02:46 – 21:52 – Review of Ruby Sparks and Total Recall
  • 22:57 – 31:46 – Censorship Poll and New Question of the Week
  • 32:51 – 56:10 – Interview with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan of Ruby Sparks
  • 56:58 – 1:02:23 – Recommendations and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 51 was provided by Jeremy Messersmith. [Website]
  • Tracks played included “A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard” and “Organ Donor.”
  • See Jeremy Messersmith at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday, August 31st.

Show Notes:

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Next Week:

  • Next week we will be reviewing the new documentary The Imposter.
  • We will also be reviewing the listener pick A Town Called Panic.

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