Month: May 2017

The Magic Lantern: Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light

In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2017 and its theme of The Big Knockover: Heists, Holdups, and Schemes Gone Awry. This is the second of two episodes devoted to covering the Noir City festival, and we hope you’ll check out the previous episode and our interview with The Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller.

The festival showcased ten caper films in the noir canon, including some big milestones and some lesser known titles, all brought to us by the Film Noir Foundation. We had great fun exploring the chronology of the heist film, and we hope to see you at next year’s festival!

The Noir City Austin 2017 Festival Line Up:
High Sierra (Walsh, 1941)
The Killers (Siodmak, 1946)
The Asphalt Jungle (Huston, 1950)
Criss Cross (Siodmak, 1949)
Armored Car Robbery (Fleischer, 1950)
Kansas City Confidential (Karlson, 1952)
Violent Saturday (Fleischer, 1955)
The Killing (Kubrick, 1956)
Rififi (Dassin, 1955)
Cash on Demand (Lawrence, 1961)

What you’ll find in this episode: perfect films versus favorite films, tough guys, dark dames, genre cross pollination, and why you must go to any Noir City festival you can.

– Cole and Ericca

Links:
The Film Noir Foundation
Noir City
TCM’s Noir Alley
Eddie Muller’s website
Alamo Drafthouse

The Magic Lantern: Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller

In this special episode, we had the distinct honor to sit down with the Czar of Noir himself, Eddie Muller. Eddie is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, as well as an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and programmer of the Noir City film festival, raconteur, and passionate film lover. As the leading exponent of noir in America, he can now also be seen hosting the new series Noir Alley on TCM.

This is the first of two episodes devoted to the Noir City Austin 2017 Film Festival and its theme of The Big Knockover: Heists, Holdups, and Schemes Gone Awry. The festival showcased ten caper films in the noir canon, including some big milestones and some lesser-known titles, all brought to us by the Film Noir Foundation. Eddie introduces each film, as well as sharing stories and chatting with filmgoers throughout the day.

He was kind enough to take some time during the festival to talk with us about this year’s theme and origin, his programming philosophy, why he loves introducing new audiences to noir, why noir transcends boundaries, and so much more. We want to say a sincere thank you to Eddie, as well as to Daryl Sparks and Anne Hockens at the Film Noir Foundation for making the interview possible.

We hope you’ll enjoy spending time with Eddie as much as we did, and please check out the links below to learn more about the work of the foundation, the new TCM series, and where the festival will go from here. We hope to see you at next year’s festival when it makes its stop in Austin!

What you’ll find in this episode: why your grandparents were probably much more wicked than you ever imagined, how to inspire new and young audiences to check out noir, and why Eddie won’t watch Man on a Tightrope…yet.

– Cole and Ericca

Links:
The Film Noir Foundation
Noir City
TCM’s Noir Alley
Eddie Muller’s website
Alamo Drafthouse

GTGM Episode 52: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

For their second anniversary Doug and Jamie decide to have dinner at the most lavish 1930s Asian/American nightclub in the area. After walking up 12 flights of stairs, Doug has his flaming meal stolen by an adventurer in a white tuxedo and watches as he harpoons someone with it. Jamie is punched in the face by a cigarette girl who appears to be seeking revenge for her own broken nose and the two manage to escape before shots are fired and multiple people killed.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village

It is fair to say that no movie has ever made as big a difference to me as The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). I was fourteen when it arrived and it became the conduit to cinema adulthood for me. I might not have been able to articulate it at the time, but I was ready to go beyond the influence of my parents (no slight on them, they encouraged exploration) and begin developing my own tastes. Like a lot of people that age, I was keenly aware of the need to establish myself, at least in my own mind, as more “grown up”. Fortunately for me, my burgeoning young adulthood coincided with Mickey Rourke’s burgeoning career. All of a sudden, I could see why people were drawn to their Marlon Brandos and James Deans. I know it’s a bit “you had to be there”, but for a young cinemagoer in the mid-1980s, there was nothing more exciting than what Mickey Rourke was doing. The word electric doesn’t begin to cover it, at least not in my case. It was nothing short of galvanizing. I am confident that I will never experience anything like those heady days of vintage Rourke ever again and this film sits atop them all. Rourke’s effortless cool, Eric Roberts’ twitchy obliviousness, a cavalcade of some of the best character actors ever assembled, the greatest lesson I ever learned, and that song. That song is the story of my relationship with this movie – two sweethearts and the summer wind. Halcyon days, my friends.

What you’ll find in this episode: Ericca’s stirring rendition of Summer Wind, the greatest advice ever given, schemers, dreamers, bedbugs, wackadoos, and did I mention I love Mickey Rourke?

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Pope of Greenwich Village on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of You Can Count on Me.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Star 80.
A neat look at some of the film’s locations, then and now.
That timeless tune, Summer Wind.

Criterion Close-Up 60 – Julien Duvivier in the 1960s

Mark, Aaron, David and Trevor return for part two of our exploration of the under-appreciated French director, Julien Duvivier. The first episode, Eclipse Viewier 54, looked at the first two films in his Eclipse set. This episode looks at the peak of his career, particularly La Belle Equipe, Pépé le Moko, and La Fin du Jour, along with an overview of his career and the availability (or lack) of his work in the states.

Episode Links & Notes

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

GTGM Episode 51: La Bamba (1987)

While Rock and Roll was all the rage in 1957, High School students Doug and Jamie struggled to book gigs as nobody wanted to hear polka music. They caught a break after landing the former lead singer of The Silhouettes only to quickly discover that his voice was embarrassingly awful and his sax playing was suspect at best. A week later the band broke up and the pair concentrated on their studies, which is what teenagers should do. Don’t follow your dreams because stars fall out the sky…or something like that.

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