Month: March 2016

Criterion Close-Up 34: A Conversation with Michele Rosenthal

Mark and Aaron are joined by Michele Rosenthal, professional illustrator and Criterion fan artist. She’s also a Criterion fan, but approaches the label from a different angle compared to most collectors. We talk to her about her process, passion, and dedication, and we also discuss the June 2016 release slate with her.

Special Guest: Michele Rosenthal from Criterion Affectiont. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at her personal/professional website.

Outline:

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Michele 2:15 – Michele’s Criterion Connection 7:30 – Housekeeping 10:45 – June Criterion Releases 31:10 – Michele Rosenthal

Episode Links & Notes

CriterionCast Interview with David Blakeslee Get Michele’s Graphic Novel at FutureVisions Queers in History Tumblr Funny or Die, Robert E Lee – Children Beware! Funny or Die – Honest Snow Globes Head Antichrist Summer Hours Mon Oncle In the Mood for Love

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GTGM Episode 23: She Devil (1989) with Patrick Hartz

It’s revealed that Jamie was a G.L.O.W. fan in her youth and Doug puts the word out that if Mr. Skin is the authority on celebrity nudity then clearly, Ed Begley’s butt was not on screen in this film.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 017 – The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye (1973) is my favorite Robert Altman film. For the longest time that was McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), but as soon as I saw this I knew I was home. It’s like it was tailor-made for me. Elliott Gould’s everyman detective brings noir, one of my favorite genres, into the modern era. Altman’s fluid camera and dense sound design create an environment that keeps the viewer in motion and off balance as the film slowly draws in the confounding threads of a puzzle that our detective may be the last to solve. Vilmos Zsigmond’s skillful cinematography bathes California in a glow that is reminiscent of both the postcards of the Forties and every single Polaroid taken during my childhood. Our hero is flawed, perhaps a little naive, but determined and never a snitch. In short, I can relate to a guy who has a code working his way through a time he doesn’t necessarily belong to.

What you’ll find in this episode: Ericca’s rendition of the ubiquitous theme song, the Conjunction Junction revelation, nude neighbors, Coke in glass bottles, iceboxes and Yankee Doodles.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Long Goodbye on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Inherent Vice.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Fox.
A map of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles.
The Jack Sheldon version of the theme song and Conjunction Junction for good measure.

Criterion Close-Up 33: The Graduate (1967)

Mark, Aaron, and Tim are seduced by plastics. We explore what turned out to be a pivotal film in Hollywood history. The Graduate paved the way for many films to come, from casting lead actors, film structure, cinematography, and to the use of music in film. We explore the complexities of Ben’s relationships, speculate about the ending, and flesh out the time period in which the film was made.

Special Guest: Tim Costa from the First Time Watchers Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Tim 4:25 – Tim’s Criterion Connection 7:00 – Criterion Chronicles discussion 9:00 – Feedback from Gross-Out 11:00 – Listener feedback 13:10 – Short Takes (The Seventh Seal, Cinema Paradiso, Spotlight) 26:00 – The Graduate

Episode Links & Notes

LMK Film Picks: Nymphomaniac Mark’s Top 10 of 2015 First Time Watchers 200th Episode with Mark guestingFirst Time Watchers: The Graduate Mark Harris: Pictures at a Revolution

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Criterion Close-Up 32: The Gross Out Episode (Part Two)

Mark, Aaron, Cole, and Dustin are back to continue the conversation about “Gross Out” films. This time we strike a balance between artistry and filth, and try to find redeeming qualities in some of the films considered to be among the grossest of all time. We cover genres and movements, including Giallo, 80s horror, New French Extremity, and the Cannibal series.

GTGM Episode 22: Teen Wolf (1985)

Jamie and Doug’s double date at the bowling ally goes horrobly wrong when a wolf-boy in a letter man jacket throws a bowling ball in their direction! The ball knocks over their food, causing Doug to react by reasonably stating, ‘I got french fries all over me’. Later, the night gets worse for Jamie when her date reveals that last year he slept with Pamelas Wells when he transformed into a narwhal. Also, Doug’s date leaves when he mentions to her that he’s a huge fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer…the movie. That’s right, the movie!

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Criterion Close-Up 31: Antichrist (2009) & The Gross-Out Episode (Part One)

Mark, Aaron, Cole, and Dustin go further than most people want to go. This is our exploration of the gross film, and whether the subgenre has any artistic merit. Our main episode is a deeper look at Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (2009), followed by a history of gore and violence in film, and then a discussion about Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò.

Criterion Close-Up 30: A Podcast About Podcasting

Mark and Aaron are joined by JD and Brendan from InSession Film Podcast to discuss the world of film podcasting. We talk about what led us to this new medium, how the community embraces and enhances it, and how much of an impact it has on our lives. We compare it to the terrestrial radio days, and marvel at how much more captivating “friends talking to each other” can be.

Special Guests: JD Duran and Brendan Cassidy from InSession Film Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Intro & Welcome 2:10 – JD and Brendan’s Criterion Connection 11:15 – JD and Brendan on the recent Criterion releases 14:30 – Fat Girl recap 17:00 – Trust the West 19:00 – Podcasting Discussion

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