Month: October 2015

Criterion Close-Up 13: Mulholland Drive (2001) & Unraveling the Mystery

Aaron and Mark talk about David Lynch’s recent Criterion Collection release of Mulholland Drive. We talk about the nature of the production, from pilot to feature, the randomness, the allure of Naomi Watts, and why the film is so popular. We then turn the blue key and try to make sense of some of the reasonable and wild theories out there. Do we solve this possible? Maybe, maybe not, but we at least make some sense out of it.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Housekeeping 3:40 – News 12:25 – Mulholland Drive 46:00 – Unraveling the Mystery

News

Only Angels Have Wings – likely coming to Criterion. David Lynch degree “Most if not all of the Almodovar catalog is coming to Criterion.” Hou Hsiao Hsien on Criterion Current.

Mulholland Drive

Mookes and the Gripes review.

Unraveling the Mystery

Pilot Analysis

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive

David Lynch’s 10 Clues

Film Crit Hulk on Mulholland Drive

Mulholland-Drive.net Essay

Other Theories

What’s Real About Mulholland Drive?

Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive – Psychological abstract

The Perils of Fantasy: Memory and Desire in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

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Criterion Close-Up 12: The Brood (1979) and Early Cronenberg

Aaron, Mark and Brian Saur talk about David Croneberg’s recent Criterion Collection release of The Brood. We talk about the intense acting, the pseudo-science that goes into the film, and we delve into spoiler territory. Don’t worry — we give plenty of warning. We also talk about the early body horror of Cronenberg and how he integrated science and sexuality into his films, which would continue.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Brian Saur from Rupert Pupkin Speaks and Criterion Cast’s Off the Shelf. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Welcome, Housekeeping 10:20 – News 22:00 – The Brood 45:45 – Spoiler section 52:15 – Ratings. Spoilers over. 1:02:40 – Early Cronenberg

Intro

The O’ Canada Blogathon Criterion Blogathon 

Weekend – second Criterion Short Cuts episode.

News

Wenders Looking Back – confirms these titles are coming to the collection.

Coen Brothers tease

Ron Benson, founder of Eureka passes away.

The Brood

The incomparable Oliver Reed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXMHZ4XEs0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_hBnSkQZCQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKdtP_CDpm8

Early Cronenberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCseP01zg7w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM3CeWkixVc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kThDU7FhUBY

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Short Cuts 2: Weekend (Godard, 1967)

Aaron West does another solo cast looking at one of the later Godard works, as well as one of the most inflammatory, and one of the strangest. That’s saying something for Godard. He talks about the tracking shot, the political message, the references to film, and whether Godard was serious or just toying with the audience.

Where to Find Us:

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

The Magic Lantern: Episode 007 – The Uninvited

Why do I enjoy this film so much? In the simplest terms, The Uninvited (1944) features a big house by the sea I really want to live in. Put that together with a great puzzle to solve, and I think this is a corker of a film. A couple of ghosts, some suppressed lesbianism and a fainting heroine inject juicy undercurrents that marked this as an interesting and scary turn in the haunted house genre. I had a wonderful time discovering this gothic gem with a light touch, and I have yet to tire of watching it. I hope it becomes a new addition to your annual Halloween rotation.

What you’ll find in this episode: fun facts about Gail Russell and Cornelia Otis Skinner, parallels to Rebecca, why horror is a conservative genre, a lively game of “what is the Cornish person saying?” (complete with buzzer) and some deadly mothers.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Uninvited on IMDB.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Curse of the Crying Woman.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Babadook.
The Screen Director’s Playhouse radio play of The Uninvited.

GTGM Episode 12: Hell Night (1981)

Jamie and Doug set about making a documentary on ‘Greek Life’ when suddenly, two Gorked-Out monsters begin murdering their subjects. Their quick thinking allow them to turn a bit of a profit after recutting it into a horror film and not having to pay the dead people.

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Criterion Close-Up 11: January 2016 Releases & the Classic Film Blogosphere

Aaron, Mark and Kristina Dijan talk about the recently announced January 2016 Criterion Collection releases. We also delve into the film blogosphere. There is a huge blogging community that spans across multiple platforms, social or technological, and Kristina is at the heart of that community.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Kristina Dijan from Speakeasy. You can find her on Twitter.

Outline: 0:00 – Intro, Welcome, Housekeeping 17:25 – News 27:30 – January 2016 Releases 52:15 – The Film Blogosphere

Intro

Criterion Blogathon – Deadline for submissions this Friday, 10/23.

Alambrista – first Criterion Short Cuts episode.

InSession Film: 99 Homes, The Third Man

New header image at Criterion Blues. Thanks, Aaron Bird.

Jean Grémillon During the Occupation – giveaway. Listen for details. US only.

News

Criterion Current: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson – The Graduate mention.

Cohen Media Acquires Merchant-Ivory.

Criterion Instagram Nerdist – More on new Wes Anderson project.

January 2016 Releases

The Complete Lady Snowblood Bitter Rice The American Friend Inside Llewyn Davis Gilda

The Film Blogosphere

Movie Musings and Podcastings – Mark’s new blog.

Reader Programs:

WordPress, Feedly, Reeder

Blogathon Info:

Classic Movie Hub’s Blogathon page. Great Villain Blogathon Aaron’s The Blob contribution to the Great Villain ‘thon. Beach Party Blogathon Classic Movie History Blogathon Last year’s O Canada Blogathon.

Veteran Bloggers:

Classic Film & TV Cafe Shroud of Thoughts Greenbriar Picture Shows Laura’s Misc Musings Self-styled SirenThe Stop Button

Blogs Mentioned:

Mike’s Take on Movies Blonde at the Film Movies Silently Now Voyaging House of Self Indulgence Wonders in the Dark Interested in Sophisticated Fun Criterion Reflections Rupert Pupkin Speaks Pre-Code.com Outspoken and Freckled Aurora’s Gin Joint Cinematically Insane

Blogger Groups:

Classic Movie Blog Association – eBook here and here. Classic Movie Hub

TCM:

TCM Party on Twitter TCM Film Festival

Where to Find Us:

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

Short Cuts 1: Alambrista (1977)

Aaron West starts out this new, shorter series with a solo cast about The Criterion Collection’s release of Robert M. Young’s Alambrista. In this short episode, he explores the low budget “guerrilla” filmmaking, the neo-realism, nature of the immigrant, and evaluates the film and Criterion release.

 

 

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 006 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ripped into my life on Thanksgiving 1984 and I have, gratefully, never fully recovered. It was spawned from the belly of a country that was sick and sad during my earliest formative years. As a nation, we were burdened with post-Watergate paranoia, the exhaustion of the waning days of the Vietnam War and the insecurity of the energy crisis. Cobbled together from all that bad news came this truly American nightmare that was equal parts disillusionment and dismemberment. It defines true horror for me and has yet to be surpassed, in my estimation. I doubt it will ever yield the claim it has staked on my imagination. The saw is family.

What you’ll find in this episode: family dinners, crematorium reminiscences, how much I hate Franklin, asking pigs for gasoline and Ericca’s repulsive protein shakes.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Helter Skelter.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Deranged.
The original house is now a restaurant. There is only one BBQ dish on the menu.
Learn more about Ed Gein, including a list of household items he fashioned out of body parts.

Criterion Close-Up 10: House (abbreviated) and The Shining

Aaron, Mark and Keith Silva talk about the Japanese cult, off-the-wall horror film House. This is a film that has to be seen and can hardly be described. We follow it up with a discussion of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which we feel is the benchmark when it comes to haunted house films. Unfortunately we had some technical issues and lost a good bit of the House segment, but plan to re-record soon.

Show notes: Special Guest: Keith Silva from Interested in Sophisticated Fun, CriterionCast and Psycho Drive-In. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline: 0:00 – Message from Aaron about Technical Difficulties 1:40 – Intro, Welcome to Keith 15:00 – Housekeeping, Show Announcements including new splinter show. 19:20 – News 35:05 – House (abbreviated, tech issues) 44:35 – The Shining

Intro

Shout out to Criterion Confessions.

Thanks to David for Moonrise Kingdom episode!

Tweet about Wes Anderson’s new project from Peter Putzel.

Housekeeping

Updated Facebook Page. Please like it!

New Mini-Episodes coming soon.

Criterion Short Cuts!

News

Chantal Akerman Tributes:

FilmInc Tribute RogerEbert.com Tribute Flixwise Episode about Jeanne Dielman.

Whit Stillman tweet about Barcelona.

No more replacement title cases on the Criterion site.

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GTGM Episode 11: The Gate (1987)

After opening a portal to hell in their backyard, Jamie and Doug decide to throw a party. It’s your typical ‘teen party’ for a while but once Jamie’s good friend, Levitation Lucy shows up, the real fun can begin!

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