Month: September 2017

Film Baby Film: Episode 7 – Thingmar Bergdays – Sawdust & Tinsel

On today’s episode, we discuss SAWDUST & TINSEL by Ingmar Bergman. Dave Eves joins us for this latest episode in our Thingmar Bergdays series, where we make our way somewhat chronologically through the Ingmar Bergman filmography. Dave is a wonderful guest who has been on several other great film podcasts to discuss our boy Bergman. Check it out, and make sure you pay attention for a special guest appearance by a certain Mrs. Danvers!

Criterion Now – Episode 34 – The Music Geek Episode, Festival

Aaron is joined by David Blakeslee and Matt Gasteier as they take a detour from Criterion to talk about art music in general. We tie it to the label by doing a bracket challenge for the best Criterion music on disc, but we also talk about our personal experiences and tastes in music, and have a short debate about whether rock is dead. We include some Criterion news and FilmStruck, including Peter Becker’s interview and some recent OOP titles on streaming.

Episode Notes

11:30 – Our Music Backgrounds

33:45 – The Criterion Music Bracket Challenge

40:40 – Piece of Flair (Flipper, Bjork, The Strokes)

54:30 – Short Takes (Science is Fiction, Koyaanisqatsi, Inside Llewyn Davis)

1:03:00 – Murray Lerner’s Festival

1:23:00 – Is Rock Dead?

1:50:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links

Episode Credits

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Just the Discs – Bonus Episode – THE BIG SICK with my Wife

On this Episode, Brian is joined by his wife Lisa to discuss THE BIG SICK and the new Blu-ray from Lionsgate as well as a few other films they recommend that might be watched with it.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

After repeated viewings, contemplation, and discussion, I don’t know what drives the main character of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975). And I’m not just talking about the ending. Even after feeling a deep kinship with what I see on the screen, I don’t know that what drives me also drives her. It strikes me, though, that possibly our closest answer comes from how Chantal Akerman approached filming: with a lack of close ups, point-of-view shots, or quick cuts. She wanted the viewer to “always know where I am.” Maybe that’s why Jeanne fills every moment of the day with some task, to always know where she is, and therefore always know who she is.

But I still don’t know. Because Akerman expressly desired a style that removed all outward expression of excessive emotion or motivation, and instead explored both the beauty and tension in action and task. I can watch but I can’t always understand, which is how great art often affects me, and probably most of us. Do you recognize yourself, or perhaps your mother or relative? Or do you find some other corollary not defined by gender?

What you’ll find in this episode: more questions than answers, personal responsibility, choice, and the sublime that comes from the simple.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Jeanne Dielman on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of National Gallery.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Hôtel Monterey.
A brief clip of Delphine Seyrig’s documentary Be Pretty and Shut Up.
The text of the anti-diversity manifesto from a former employee at Google, where women are paid less than men.

GTGM Episode 61: Working Girl (1988)

Upon overhearing Olympia Dukakis advise yet another client that it will be ‘four strikes and you’re out’ she is called into Jamie’s office along with her immediate supervisor, Doug where she is again told that they cannot limit the number of times individuals can come in looking for work. Later, Doug explains that ‘4 strikes and you’re out’ isn’t even a thing and proceeds to go over the basic rules of Baseball with Olympia.


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Film Baby Film: Episode 6 – Book and a Movie – The Long Goodbye

Welcome back to Film Baby Film. Life has been very good and very busy, as I’ve been traveling and moving and recording game shows (!), but I am definitely thrilled to get back to podcasting.

On today’s episode, we are joined by artist/poet Kurt Eidsvig, who joins us to discuss THE LONG GOODBYE, both the 1973 film by Robert Altman and the 1953 novel by genre master Raymond Chandler.

The first 13 minutes are an intro where I discuss some of what has been happening since my last episode, as well as explaining why I podcast. Feel free to skip ahead to listen to the discussion, but do yourself a favor: listen to the ending. Kurt is one hell of a guest and I am confident this won’t be our last “Book and a Movie” episode we record together.

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Criterion Now – Episode 33 – December 2017 Announcements, Abbas Kiarostami, Film Festival News

Just the Discs – Episode 22: FREEBIE NIGHT MOVES from Warner Archive

On this episode, Rob Hunter (Film School Rejects) returns to discuss the excellent duo of FREEBIE AND THE BEAN and NIGHT MOVES, which have recently come to Blu-ray via Warner Archive.

Criterion Completion: Hour 8

For those of you that follow this site regularly (who are you?), you will notice that this episode has been a long time coming. If you’re finding this right after listening to Hour 7, then you have noticed a thing! Either way, I’m hopeful that you will find this hour quite interesting whether you waited 8 months or 8 hours to hear it.

Hour 8 of The Podcast takes us down way below Rio to find out what people in Buenos Aires know of the Criterion Collection. Delfina Krusemann is a features reporter for the La Nacion in Argentina. I was lucky enough to be a part of an article she wrote in February of 2017 on the history of Criterion and it’s then new foray with TCM and FilmStruck into their streaming partnership. Ms. Krusemann and I exchanged a few emails, but unfortunately not much of my info made it into the article. Nonetheless, I was a pleasure to partake of this opportunity along with Aaron West and his great story as well.

After our South American foray, we’ll head to the Boston area to speak with Matthew Gasteier. Matthew is a strong presence in the Criterion social media world, and I find him to be one of the most fascinating people to speak with on this and many other topics. Matt is the author of two pop culture books on Nas and penguins (every time I type those words together, I laugh). He is a Criterion fan going back many years, and while not a physical media completionist, he has probably seen more Criterion titles than any of us here and reading this. I trimmed our conversation to less than an hour, but I’d be happy to spend a weekend talking shop, music, and movies with this man.

Overall, some great information and conversation this time around. Plus another song about collecting that doesn’t make us out to be too weird, Dick Van Dyke making a better dancing penguin than a Cockney sweep, and a rousing finale of running bombs for Mr. J.D. Ripper.

  • I’m back but I’ve been busy!
  • keeproductions presents Criterion in La Nacion | 9m 23s
  • A conversation with Matthew Gasteier | 23m 00s

Matthew Gasteier

Fuck You, Penguin

33 1/3 Nas Illmatic



Criterion on the Brain

Criterion Considered

Keith Enright

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Just the Discs – Bonus Episode – Hitchcock’s REBECCA on Criterion Blu-ray

On this Bonus episode, Brian chats about Hitchcock’s debut American film REBECCA and the lovely new Criterion Blu-ray.