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

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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.

Check out more about Kurt Eidsvig at his website: http://www.eidsvigart.com

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.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) came to me at a difficult time in my life, and I find myself returning to it during difficult times as well. This might seem odd, because it’s not what you might think of as a comforting film. In fact, I reckon that it has shown me terrible truths about myself, for I identify strongly with the character of Daniel Plainview, for good or ill. I also think of it as inextricably linked with No Country for Old Men (2007). If my personal mythology were a silver dollar, these two films would be heads and tails, one side for my father, the other side for me. The idea of flawed men in self-imposed isolation is something that, at different times in our lives, has run parallel to our own circumstances. Perhaps I return to these films repeatedly because they assure me that I have a place, however perilous, in the larger American landscape. It’s a seductive idea, and Anderson’s film cast a spell on me from the opening buzz of that hornet’s nest of a score. It’s an epic and powerful story, an Old Testament kind of story, and if you ever come over and I have had it on a loop for the last two weeks, you know that I am in a bad way.

What you’ll find in this episode: mourning, wrath, family, blood, oil, and, strangely, Rik Mayall.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out There Will Be Blood on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Drop Dead Fred.
A mathematical breakdown of the cinematography in There Will Be Blood.
A history of Spindletop and the birth of the modern oil industry.