Patton Oswalt’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Patton Oswalt’s Adventures in Moviegoing

17 Episodes

For five years in the 1990s, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt lived a double life as a movie junkie, a habit he picked up at the famed Los Angeles repertory house the New Beverley and which he documents in his memoir, “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film.” In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, Oswalt sits down with Alicia Malone to discuss the origins of his cinemania as well as some of his all-time favorite films, including a pair of Japanese New Wave crime dramas, the landmark concert documentary GIMME SHELTER (which he calls one of the greatest horror films ever made), and Kelly Reichardt’s revelatory breakout feature OLD JOY.

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Patton Oswalt’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Patton Oswalt in Conversation

    Episode 1

    Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt sits down with Alicia Malone to talk about his early love of monster movies, coming of age as a cinephile in the video-store era, and how a Billy Wilder double feature turned him into a self-professed film addict.


    Episode 2

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom
    Starring Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr

    Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like...

  • Patton Oswalt on THE WARPED ONES

    Episode 4

  • The Warped Ones

    Episode 5

    Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara • 1960 • Japan

    A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and immediately embarks on a rampage of untethered anger, most of it directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up. Shot through with the same kind of bebop bravado that Godard was exper...


    Episode 6

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1964 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo

    The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a h...

  • Patton Oswalt on A COLT IS MY PASSPORT

    Episode 8

  • A Colt Is My Passport

    Episode 9

    Directed by Takashi Nomura • 1967 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi

    One of Japanese cinema’s supreme emulations of American noir, Takashi Nomura’s A COLT IS MY PASSPORT is a down-and-dirty but gorgeously photographed yakuza film starring Joe Shishido as a hard-boiled hit man caugh...

  • Patton Oswalt on GIMME SHELTER

    Episode 10

  • Gimme Shelter

    Episode 11

    Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin • 1970 • United States

    Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few d...

  • Patton Oswalt on PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

    Episode 12

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Episode 13

    Directed by Peter Weir • 1975 • Australia
    Starring Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

    This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lin...

  • Patton Oswalt on MIKEY AND NICKY

    Episode 14

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Episode 15

    Directed by Elaine May • 1976 • United States

    Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey MIKEY AND NICKY, capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by casting them together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong re...

  • Patton Oswalt on OLD JOY

    Episode 16

  • Old Joy

    Episode 17

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2006 • United States
    Starring Daniel London, Will Oldham

    Two old friends reunite for a quietly revelatory overnight camping trip in this breakout feature from Kelly Reichardt, a microbudget study of character and masculinity that introduced many viewers to one of co...