Month: October 2017

The Magic Lantern: Episode 061 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017

It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017, we once again bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in hopes that you might find some new scares for your regular viewing rotation or revisit some old spooky favorites. Here’s the full list!

Day 1: The Night Stalker (Moxey, 1972)
Day 2: Carnival of Souls (Harvey, 1962)
Day 3: Horror Express (Martin, 1972)
Day 4: The Awful Dr. Orlof (Franco, 1962)
Day 5: Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (Burnley, 1972)
Day 6: The Day of the Triffids (Francis, Sekely, 1963)
Day 7: The Haunting (Wise, 1963)
Day 8: Curse of the Headless Horseman (Kirkland, 1972)
Day 9: Horror of Dracula (Fisher, 1958)
Day 10: Burn, Witch, Burn (Hayers, 1962)
Day 11: Night of Fear (Bourke, 1972)
Day 12: The Witch’s Mirror (Urueta, 1962)
Day 13: Doña Macabra (Gavaldón, 1972)
Day 14: Even the Wind Is Afraid (Taboada, 1968)
Day 15: Tragic Ceremony (Freda, 1972)
Day 16: Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory (Heusch, 1961)
Day 17: Night of the Lepus (Claxton, 1972)
Day 18: Slaughter of the Vampires (Mauri, 1964)
Day 19: Deathdream (Clark, 1974)
Day 20: Tower of London (Corman, 1962)
Day 21: Ghostwatch (Manning, 1992)
Day 22: The Burning Court (Duvivier, 1962)
Day 23: The Thing (Carpenter, 1982)
Day 24: Captain Clegg (Scott, 1962)
Day 25: Straight on Till Morning (Collinson, 1972)
Day 26: The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Freda, 1962)
Day 27: Necromancy (Gordon, 1972)
Day 28: Ju-on: The Grudge (Shimizu, 2002)
Day 29: Three on a Meathook (Girdler, 1972)
Day 30: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Aldrich, 1962)
Day 31: La Cabina (Mercero, 1972)

What you’ll find in this episode: spooks, spectres, hippies, hillbillies, more monkey’s paws than you can shake a stick at, and lots of damsels, both in distress and otherwise.

– Cole and Ericca

The history of the Jack O’Lantern.
A brief history of the haunted house.
The culinary side of Vincent Price.
Debunking the 1962 Halloween Massacre.

Criterion Now – Episode 36 – Twin Peaks S3, Fire Walk With Me, The Art Life

Doug and Jackie are back, which means we are talking more David Lynch. This time we talk about the remainder of Twin Peaks Season 3 including the finale, what it means and whether it was satisfying. We talk about Fire Walk With Me, and how it fits so well with Season 3. We touch on David Lynch: The Art Life, and we talk about the Criterion news and FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

7:40 – Criterion News

18:18 – Twin Peaks: The Return Discussion

31:50 – Twin Peaks: The Return Spoiler Discussion

40:00 – Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

50:00 – David Lynch: The Art Life

54:20 – Short Takes (Personal Shopper, House, Rebecca)

1:01:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links

Episode Credits

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

Just the Discs – Episode 27 – An Epic Vinegar Syndrome Stack


Film Baby Film: Episode 9 – Wonderstruck, The Florida Project, Thor: Ragnarok, Three Billboards, The Shape of Water

Welcome back to Film Baby Film… today we have another Trailer Trash episode, where we will be discussing five trailers: Wonderstruck, The Florida Project, Thor: Ragnarok, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, and The Shape of Water.

My guest is Brendan Murray, working stiff by day, but electronic music and film score composer by night. We had a terrific discussion about film scoring and audio in movies, as well as many other things: 1980s super hero tv shows, being a latchkey kid, and how bad one of the trailers looks for a certain movie with Oscar buzz. One of the best discussions we’ve had on FBF, and I can’t wait to have Brendan back on.

Jon Laubinger:

Brendan Murray:

Intro: 0:00 – 7:45
Discussion with Brendan Murray: 7:45 – 25:00
Wonderstruck: 25:00 – 46:00
The Florida Project: 46:00 – 57:40
Thor: Ragnarok: 57:40 – 1:13:00
Three Billboard: 1:13:00 – 1:27:00
The Shape of Water: 1:27:00 – End

Just the Discs – Episode 26 – The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Vol.1 from Indicator

On this episode, Brian runs through the new Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Vol.1 (1955-1960) boxset from from Indicator. This set includes IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER and is their second Harryhausen set after their excellent Sinbad Trilogy Blu-ray boxset (which was also discussed on a previous episode).

Criterion Now – Episode 35 – January 2018 Announcements, Flash Sale

Aaron is joined by Mark Hurne and Jason Michael to catch up on a month’s worth of Criterion stuff, including January 2018 announcements. We talk about what we got in the latest Flash Sale, many of the recent Janus Films announcements from restoration screenings to posters, and we share some Short Takes that are technically horror, but not too scary.

Episode Notes

6:00 – January 2018 Announcements

29:30 – Flash Sale and Criterion News

59:15 – Short Takes (Cronos, Cat People, The Lure))

1:08:21 – FilmStruck

Episode Links

Episode Credits

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

The Complete Kubrick 4: Paths of Glory

Matt and Travis turn to Kubrick’s first masterpiece, Paths of Glory. They discuss why the movie still speaks to us so strongly today and break down the elements that make this feel like the first major Stanley Kubrick work.

Paths of Glory

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The Complete Twitter

Matt – Twitter/Letterboxd

Travis – Twitter

The Magic Lantern: Episode 060 – The Thing

“You have to embrace the darkness,” film editor Todd Ramsay told director John Carpenter. “That’s where this movie is. In the darkness.”

The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) is bathed in darkness, even though it happens to be set in a landscape of blinding whiteness. Whether it’s the black and blue palate, the ingenious/throwback use of fade outs, shadows, masks, coverings, or the lack of a key light to indicate which of the human inhabitants of United States National Science Institute Outpost 31 have been taken over, darkness pervades every nook and cranny. After the span of several decades and a reexamination of the film (critically and commercially panned at the time), I think a lot of us see this as more than just a “geek show” as Roger Ebert called it, and more than just a scary movie.

I’m particularly attracted to stories of exploration and survival, and especially those around the sea and the Poles. I like to think about what brought those characters to that outpost, and that setting. They must have been attracted to the isolation, to the silence, or to the escape from “civilization” possibly. They landed at a place where you have the same game shows to watch, where your introductory conversations and getting-to-know-you’s are long since in the past, and where something or someone can be too loud and drive you mad. This setting, due to its very nature, must strip away individuality in order for the larger work to be accomplished, and where a loss of humanity may not be noticed. And then, The Thing is introduced, and the questions of who is human, and what does it mean to be human, are suddenly critical as never before.

So then, how do you know you’re human, when that humanity has been slowly worn away in this environment? And how do you identify the humans from the monsters?

What you’ll find in this episode: computer chess, slipshod alien autopsy protocol, cool dogs, hot wires, and that hat.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out The Thing on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Moon.
Cole’s further viewing pick of A Cold Night’s Death.
The current weather at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Who Goes There? by John Campbell.

Just the Discs – Episode 25: An 80s Quartet

On this episode, Brian looks at four films from the 1980s: DUDES (1987) from Shout Select, and ROLLING VENGEANCE (1987), THE FLAMINGO KID (1984) and SPACECAMP (1986) – all from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Criterion Completion: Hour 9

I really enjoy doing this podcast. Not so much that I need to work on it every day, but it is a personal joy to come back to this every few weeks and put down some more thoughts on our modern wax cylinders about why the Criterion Collection means so much to me and to others. Every episode has been a joy, but I have to say that this ninth hour seems particularly special to me due to the topics and wonderful conversation.

This hour allows me to share some general details about my recent trip to The Criterion Collection offices in Manhattan. Don’t get excited, there are no spoilers or scoops here, just a few minutes of me going on and on about how it was such a pleasure to visit the place and to spend a short amount of time letting Jonathan Turell know how much their output means to me (and to so many of you and others).

I hate to sound like a party pooper or a broken record, but I must mention here what I mention in the piece:

The Criterion Collection offices are not open to the public and it must be stressed that you shouldn’t just show up expecting to be given the red carpet treatment or to be able to really speak with anyone other than the receptionist. These are busy people with jobs to do and they don’t want you to be disappointed. My visit was a long time coming and was developed through a classic “friend of a friend” situation. Even with that, I was in and out pretty quickly so that I wouldn’t waste too much of anyone’s busy day at work.

From there please listen along and enjoy a super conversation with filmmaker Michael Worth. Michael is an accomplished actor who has taken his love of film in general and the CC in particular and carved out a nice niche in the indie market as not only an actor, but also as a director/writer/producer of features. Michael graciously reached out to me to offer his thoughts on being in the business and how a love of Criterion and collecting informs his work. It was a true pleasure to speak with Michael recently, and a lot of the conversation didn’t even make it to this hour. You can look for much more of our conversation in an upcoming “Deleted Scenes” episode of this program.

Michael Worth

If you couldn’t tell already, I’m very pleased to offer this hour to you! Come along as we get uncomfortable listening to another creepy song about collectors, take a creepy boat ride as we enter the hallowed halls of Criterion, segue through another creepy song about being complete and then a full hour of decidedly non-creepy conversation with our considered guest.

  • No time to gab, let’s get on with the “hour.”
  • keeproductions presents A Visit to Criterion | 4m 40s
  • A conversation with Michael Worth | 16m 00s

Michael Worth

Grizzly Peak Films

Michael @ IMDB



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