Month: August 2015

Criterion Close-Up 4: Day for Night and François Truffaut 1968-1975

Episode Outline:   0:00 – Welcome, Introduction, Corrections. 12:15 – News 34:25 – Day for Night 1:19:05 – François Truffaut 1968-1975   My Life as a Dog review My Life as a Troll – My take on the trolling On Spoilers and Trolls – MoviesSilently came to my defense.  

Corrections How I Won the War Badlands Black Girl and A Touch of Zen at NYFF The Last Temptation of ChristPop Culture Pundit  

News   Latest Wacky Drawing  iScottie list of titles Janus   Throne of Blood – Blu-Ray   Documentary Now!   Documentary Now: Kunuk Uncovered     Nanook of the North      Two Days, One Night   Zatoichi – one day sale at Amazon. The sale was last week, and is now back to regular price.   Criterion Completion  

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GTGM Episode 8: RoboCop (1987)

In the not-too-distant-future (I guess) Doug and Jamie’s plumber’s strike is overshadowed by the unveiling of a robotic killing machine and a police force strike. So, I guess they decide to become the Super Mario Brothers. But Jamie’s a woman, sooooooooooo…

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Criterion Close-Up 3: November Releases and Criterion Geekfest

Episode Outline:

0:00 – Introduction, Blogathon, News 25:00 – November Criterion release discussion 43:00 – Geekfest. “Confirmed” discussion. 1:26:00 – Geekfest. Rumored discussion.

Mark Hurne, Aaron West and Special Guest Trevor Berrett from Mookes and Gripes and The Eclipse Viewer.

Correction: Allan Fish did not contribute directly to The Story of Film as stated on the show. He made suggestions via a friend and provided DVDs to The Story of Children and Film. His name is subsequently in the “thanks” section.

Criterion Blogathon.

First Round of Blogathon Responses.

Criterion Cast: The Newsstand, November Releases.

A Plea for Criterion Eclipse Sets of the future.

Blu-Ray.com Criterion Collection Thread

Eclipse Viewer 20: A Conversation with Michael Koresky.

Luis García Berlanga phantom page.

Contact info: feedback@criterionclose-up.com

Twitters: Trevor Berrett Mark Hurne Aaron West

The Magic Lantern: Episode 002 – The Old Dark House

When it came to deciding on my first selection for the show, it was simple. There was no other choice for me but the film I have seen more than any other, James Whale’s The Old Dark House (1932). Whale is one of the primary architects of classic horror cinema, giving us the seminal Universal monster milestones Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride Of Frankenstein (1935). This film, however, is my favorite of the lot and I think it rates right up there with those better known titles. It is a masterpiece of black humor and atmosphere. It’s always Halloween in my heart and this film scratches that itch like no other.

So, the next time you are home on a dark and stormy night, you should give this one a spin. If you’re a fan of Edward Gorey, the Addams Family or the classic Universal monsters, chances are you will love it. It’s full of tricks and treats.

What you’ll find in this episode: class warfare turned mortal combat, six degrees of James Whale, a great Eugene V. Debs pull, why my birthday is so much cooler than Ericca’s and potatoes. Hope you like it!

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Old Dark House on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Big Clock.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Spider Baby.
A clip of Elspeth Dudgeon’s amazing transformation in Sh! The Octopus.
The TCM Archives Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume One where you can find James Whale’s Waterloo Bridge, among other delights.
A handy list of pre-code horror films, if this sort of thing is right down your alley.

Criterion Close-Up 2: My Life as a Dog & Lasse Hallström’s Career

GTGM Episode 7: Three Amigos (1986)

Jamie feels a bit under the weather for the recording of this episode but Doug chalks it up to the harsh Mexican sun and offers her a canteen full of sand as refreshment.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 001 – Rebecca

The choice of Rebecca (1940) as not only the kick off episode but my kick off episode was an easy one. It was my first revival in a movie theatre setting; my first black and white on the big screen. An adult and heady choice for a kid. I felt so special, like I’d been initiated into a club. And truly I had. The combination of Hitchcock, the cast, the score, the setting and the source material created a story I could be enveloped in. This gothic tale was made for me and I’ve never grown tired of it.

What’s evolved for me the most through the years is Joan Fontaine’s central performance (though, what’s really evolved is me). As I’ve aged–and now passed both the age of the character and the actor–I appreciate the expressiveness of Fontaine even more. The growth she earns and the treacherous waters of adulthood and truth she navigates have only become more real for me. I love finding other moments, new in each viewing, but it’s Fontaine as our touchstone that gets me every time.

What you’ll find in this episode: an examination of the themes of the film (less a plot synopsis), lots of spoilers (for a 75 year-old film), some of our favorite moments, what we would name our estate, plus the definitive meaning of omnisexual. So enjoy!

Finally, a sincere thanks for listening to our very first episode. We’re learning as we go and only hope to keep getting better.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Rebecca on IMDB.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Don’t Look Now.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Lady Vanishes.
Listen to 12 hours of François Truffaut interviewing Alfred Hitchcock for free (Rebecca is in part 9).
Other terrific gothic films, per The Guardian.