Heavyweight: #22 Marchel
December 7, 2018 11:45 AM - Subscribe

Russian Ark is a cinematic masterpiece. Dozens of sets, thousands of actors, years of planning. It's a perfectly executed work of art. Almost. In this episode, Jonathan sets off to find the one guy who ruined it for everyone. Credits: Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan, and Kalila Holt. Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Sruthi Pinnamaneni, and Chris Neary. The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, Bobby Lord, Y La Bamba, Michael Charles Smith, Graham Barton, Hakan Eriksson, Katie Mullins, and Virginia Violet and the Rays. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.

J. Goldstein is back to top form for this odyssey of an episode. (For reference, the moment in the film that he's going all-in on, is this one.)
posted by progosk (2 comments total)
This was a great episode. Peak Goldstein.

I lost it at:

"Did you want to strangle him?"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:04 PM on December 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

I appreciate a format change now and then, and while this was interesting and self-reflective, it seemed a little lightweight for this series. This moment wasn't weighing on anyone except Jonathan, and even that seemed manufactured. What gets me about this series is that despite his antics, Goldstein really does seem to be helping people. And this was definitely not that. The conclusion was sweet, but insignificant compared to pretty much any other episode.
posted by rikschell at 8:20 AM on December 10, 2018

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