Month: September 2015

Criterion Close-Up 8: Hiroshima Mon Amour & Romance Across Borders

Aaron, Mark and Martin go in-depth as they explore romance in Alain Resnais’ debut film, Hiroshima Mon Amour. We look at how the sensuality and romance speaks to the tragic events and horrors of the atomic age, while they explore each other’s cultures through a brief relationship.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Martin Kessler from Flixwise. You can find him on IMDB, Twitter and Letterboxd.


0:00 – Intro, Shout-Outs, Letterboxd Discussion. 9:55 – News 20:20 – Hiroshima Mon Amour Discussion (Some technical difficulties during this segment.) 1:11:05 – Romance Across Borders


Letterboxd lists:

The Criterion Collection (thanks Arik!) The Eclipse Series (thanks Arik!) 1001 Movies to See Before You Die AFI 100 Movies, 10th Anniversary Sight & Sound 250 Oxford History of World Cinema A Story of Film


Rome: Open City Coming to iTunes. Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest will debut on @mubi after its New York Film Festival premiere. Carlotta Films Box Set for Rivette’s OUT1. The Sonic Landscapes of The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Where to Find Us: Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

GTGM Episode 10: Labyrinth (1986)

Jamie works to convince her co-host that David Bowie is actually the owl that we see at the beginning and end of the film but Doug is too busy trying to win over Jennifer Connelly by making fun of her husband’s British accent.

And they both greatly discuss the Goblin King’s ‘package’.

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Criterion Close-Up 7: December Releases & The Cult of Collecting

Aaron, Mark and Keith give a tribute to William Becker, discuss the December releases, and get in-depth as to the Collection aspect of the Criterion Collection. We look at collecting in general, whether it is beer cans, baseball cards, or laser disc, and we discuss how the Collection curates a library that is worth collecting.

Show notes: Special Guest: Keith Enright. He has a blog called The Criterion Completion that focuses on collection and history of The Criterion Collection You can follow him on Twitter Outline: 0:00 – Welcome, Thanks, Housekeeping 12:30 – News 14:00 – William Becker Tribute 23:05 – News Continued 29:10 – December Releases 37:55 – The Cult of Criterion Collecting


DVD Beaver Criterion page Crowd Source Studios – Jonathan Turell Interview

November Releases

Burroughs the Movie

Downhill Racer  

Jellyfish Eyes


Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

The Magic Lantern: Episode 004 – It’s a Gift

I have an abiding fondness for a number of comedians from cinema’s infancy. Buster Keaton is a true daredevil and a genius, in my estimation. It never fails to make me laugh when Stan Laurel brings Oliver Hardy that bag of hard boiled eggs and nuts in the hospital. The Marx Brothers’ inspired anarchy is something I return to again and again. One man stands above them all, though, in my personal pantheon – W.C. Fields. To me, he is a titan, a curmudgeonly Colossus standing astride the harbor of comic film history. His It’s a Gift (1934), might be the most appropriately titled film that I know, as it has given me untold hours of pure delight over the years and that shows no signs of fading. Whenever I need a laugh, I know I can count on The Great Man.

What you’ll find in this episode: Carl LaFong, jugglers, hucksters, dreamers and Ericca laughs a whole bunch. Enjoy!

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out It’s a Gift on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Grapes of Wrath.
Cole’s further viewing pick of David Copperfield.
A brilliant example of Fields’ juggling from The Old Fashioned Way (with Baby Leroy and Tammany Young!).
A brief introduction to Yasujiro Ozu and his films available through The Criterion Collection.

Criterion Close-Up 6: 12 Angry Men (1957) and Single Location Films

Aaron, Mark and Doug explore innocent, guilt, and civic duty by discussing Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men. We also discuss other films that are shot primarily at one location, why these films are often good, and what ingredients are required for a quality film in a single location.

Show Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Welcome, Thanks.22:00 – Preview of December Releases 31:50 – 12 Angry Men Discussion 1:15:25 – Single Shot Discussion

Show notes:

Special Guest: Doug from Good Times, Great Movies. Twitter | iTunes.


Amazon sale.Monkees’ Complete TV Series, ‘Head’ Coming to Blu-ray DVD Beaver Dressed to Kill review Toronto International Film Festival 45 Days Son of Saul Steve Jobs Michael Fassbender article. 12 Angry Men:

IMDB Top 250

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Mark Hurne: Twitter Aaron West: Twitter | Blog Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

GTGM Episode 9: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Upon arriving in NYC, Doug and Jamie knock heads, develop amnesia, and go their separate ways. Having no discernible skills, Jamie gets a job as a projectionist as she’s slightly better at it than Aidan Quinn and because the wig looks so great on him, Doug becomes a magician’s assistant at the world famous ‘Magic Club’. And because they never hit their head again, this is how they live out their days.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 003 – Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) made me want to be a film director.

Maybe it was that rosy glow the film cast over me as a young person, which we try to describe several times in the episode–the cast, the music, the poetry, the setting. Maybe it was the theme that film can change lives, even save them (or at the very least be very entertaining), which happens to Mickey when he sees Duck Soup (1933) late in the film, and is something in which I firmly believe. I wanted to do THAT thing, the thing that was happening to me as I watched.

This movie crystallized my cinematic aspirations, as Woody Allen’s deft hand gave shape to that nascent dream. Now it’s enough to sit back, watch, be entertained, and once in a while, be changed.

What you’ll find in this episode: a lot of discussion of the rosy glow, happy endings and Chekhov, Cole’s arctic wind, and other things I watched in 1986.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Hannah and Her Sisters on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Sid and Nancy.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Fanny and Alexander.
Roger Ebert’s review of the film
One video, and then another, of songs referenced in the episode for your viewing pleasure