Month: December 2016

GTGM Episode 42: Dream A Little Dream (1989)

Jamie and Doug show up at the post SAT dance ready to spike the punch. Hoping for a distraction, an attempted rape/fight breaks out on the dance floor, only nobody seems to notice. Looking around, they realize that there aren’t any adults at this dance anyway and they gleefully dump booze in the punch bowl.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 037 – Ants In Your Pants of 2016

It’s that time of year again! We bring you our year-in-review, but with a twist, in Ants In Your Pants of 2016. Our lists were culled from the tremendous number of quality films we saw this year, and we focused on those we saw for the first time which made the biggest impression on each of us. Some were films that had been on our lists for years, others we had been avoiding for one reason or another, and a few larks took us totally by surprise (please forgive Ericca’s voice as Cole cruelly gave his cold to her). We hope you’ll seek out these discoveries and enjoy!

Our shared favorites:
Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy (Wenders, 1974, 1975, 1976)

Cole’s favorites:
Thundercrack! (McDowell, 1975)
Purple Noon (Clément, 1960)
Coeur de Lilas (Litvak, 1932)
Flaming Creatures (Smith, 1963)
Symptoms (Larraz, 1974)
Patriotism (Dômoto, Mishima, 1966)
Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)
Black Lizard (Fukasaku, 1968)
Before Sunset (Linklater, 2004)

Ericca’s favorites:
The American Friend (Wenders, 1977)
Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967)
Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
Shadow on the Wall (Jackson, 1950)
Moontide (Mayo, 1942)
Pépé Le Moko (Duvivier, 1937)
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Bacon, 1949)
Kiss Me Kate (Sidney, 1953)
For All Mankind (Reinert, 1989)

What you’ll find in this episode: our favorite discoveries of 2016, how Cole is a dirty cheater who breaks all the rules, how we met, what director or title we’d most like to see on Criterion, our favorite re-discoveries of the year, which episodes were the most fun to make, whether we’ve disagreed on any films, and if this is what it sounds like when doves cry.

– Cole and Ericca

Alamo Drafthouse
Austin Film Society
The Criterion Collection
Mondo Macabro

Criterion Close-Up 57: French 1930s 2 – Early Jean Renoir

Mark and Aaron continue the French 1930s series by exploring the early career of Jean Renoir, easily the most recognizable director from the period. We begin with the beginning, by looking at his origins and childhood. We look at his early silent films, his first sound adaptations, and a couple of films from the middle of the decade where we began to settle into his poetic realist style.

7:00 – Why Renoir?

9:30 – Origins of Renoir

20:00 – Silent Renoir (Catherine, Whirlpool of Fate, Nana, Charleston Parade, The Little Match Girl)

51:30 – Early Sound (On purge bébé, La Chienne, Boudu Saved From Drowning)

1:21:30 – Poetic Realism in Mid-Thirties (Toni, A Day in the Country)

Recommended Films

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: Paul Thomas Anderson

The Magic Lantern: Episode 036 – Payday

If ever there was an object lesson in not confusing the art with the artist, Daryl Duke’s Payday (1973) is just that lesson. Rip Torn stars as second-rate country singer Maury Dann and we spend 36 hours with him in which he leaves nothing but scorched earth in his wake. His songs appeal to the common man, but he is anything but common. He is exceptional, if being a complete sonofabitch is something to excel at. Torn’s performance is a marvel to behold and if you can make it to the end of this movie without feeling wrung out and exhausted then mister, you’re a better man than I. You’ve likely never seen a character study quite like this one. I hope you watch it. This is one of those films that we particularly like to champion here at The Magic Lantern. It’s something that deserves a larger audience than it ever got, it features a lead performer that has long been underappreciated by mainstream audiences, and it’s ahead of its time in terms of telling difficult truths to its core audience. No one gets off the hook with this one. It’s also emblematic of the mission of the podcast in that it came into my life through a conversation with another friend who is a diehard cinephile and I arrived at this choice by following threads from our last two episodes. Connections, personal and cinematic. That’s what we’re all about.

What you’ll find in this episode: Honky tonks, hound dogs, and heart attacks.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Payday on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Interiors.
Cole’s further viewing pick of W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.
A great profile of Rip Torn from the New York Times from 2006.
The infamous hammer fight with Norman Mailer, during the filming of Maidstone.

Criterion Completion: Hour 6

Collectors can be a weird bunch. Just ask any of us. Add love of films off the beaten path and you’ve got a concoction that can be hard to understand even by the most supportive in our lives. It doesn’t help that so much media treats collectors of all stripes as dangerous loners just out to get their latest widget for the secret collection behind the trap door in the basement. The sole purpose of this podcast is to try and right those wrong perceptions to those that will listen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke fun at ourselves a fair amount as well.

But after we make a little fun, then we are right back to the obsessing of details like formats and restorations and packaging. Yes, packaging. That is where The Completionist turns his jaundiced eye for this latest go-round of CC minutia. You may not agree on each of his opinions, but I am confident you will agree that he has plenty of them!

After this gadfly stew, we’ll move on to an engaging conversation with THE Cinema Gadfly – Arik Devens. Stick around for 45 minutes while we explore his Criterion history and obsessions and how they have affected his life in many wonderful ways.

All of this grooviness along with a collector with too much time and money on his hands, a dip into the prog rock pool with some early Genesis, Shostakovich noodling the ivories for a take on his own Ovod, and the Griffin boys with their only somewhat harsh take on the perils of collecting.

  • Are all collectors really this weird?
  • keeproductions presents Persnickety about Packaging | 7m 49s
  • A conversation with Arik Devens | 23m 38s

Arik Devens – The Cinema Gadfly

Cinema Gadfly Website





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GTGM Episode 41: The Lost Boys (1987)

Doug and Jamie are beyond frustrated when time and time again they report to the police that all of the missing teens show up to ride the carousel each and every night on the boardwalk…and no officer ever bothers to come by and check it out. Well, that’s Santa Carla for you!

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