Month: November 2017

The Complete Kubrick 6: Lolita

Matt and Travis welcome Ericca Long of The Magic Lantern Podcast to the show to talk Lolita. We talk about the choices Kubrick made in adapting the book and discuss the controversial subject matter and its treatment by the director.


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Ericca – Twitter/The Magic Lantern

Just the Discs – Episode 31- Hammer Horror From Indicator

On this episode, Brian talks about the recent Hammer Volume 1: Fear Warning set from Indicator. This set includes THE GORGON (1964), MANIAC (1963), FANATIC (1965) and THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1964).

Criterion Now – Episode 39 – February 2018 Announcements, Foodie Films

Matt Gasteier returns to catch up on recent Criterion news and discuss some foodie film in anticipation of Thanksgiving. We cover the February 2018 Criterions, introduce a new challenge called Febluary, and talk about rumors around social media including possibly another Kubrick. We spent a lot of time talking about food on film, whether it is from Criterion or other art films, and we discuss Babbette’s Feast and Eating Raoul in greater length.

Episode Notes

7:40 – February 2018 Announcements

38:00 – Recent Releases and News

54:45 – Foodie Films

1:06:00 – Short Takes (Babette’s Feast, Eating Raoul)

1:13:40 – FilmStruck

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Episode Credits

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

The Magic Lantern: Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night

The moment Sandra wakes up from her sleep, I knew Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) had me. I knew what that sleep meant. I have also slept during the day, clothed, while others around me worked, lived, and thrived. Maybe you have too. I knew what it meant to have to force myself to get up, to do something. I also know now what it means to have a partner who is trying to fight for you and alongside you every day, and the toll–this need to sleep and inability to want to do anything besides sleep–takes on those you love and who love you.

So this film has a deep, personal poignancy for me. Though, I think even if this is a world that’s unfamiliar to you, there will still be a great deal of meaning for you too. Because you have a stellar performance from Marion Cotillard, and the equally necessary but more unsung contribution from Fabrizio Rongione, inhabiting the world that the Dardenne Brothers curate and showcase for us. They understand the psychic damage that lack of work coupled with one’s own demons can wreak on a person and on a partnership, and they are able to boil down social and institutional issues to the deeply personal.

Thank you for taking this personal journey with us.

What you’ll find in this episode: a lot of reflection on depression, partnership, and enduring.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Two Days, One Night on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Sweet Charity.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Rosetta.
In Europe, fake jobs can have real benefit, from The New York Times.
Recognizing suicidal code words and phrases.
More from the Dardenne Brothers.

Just the Discs – Episode 30 – INTO THE NIGHT and SCARECROW

On this episode, Brian is joined by returning guest Rob Hunter (writer for Film School Rejects) to discuss two disparate but equally excellent gems in INTO THE NIGHT (1985) and SCARECROW (1973). These Blu-rays come from the Shout Select line and Warner Archive respectively.

Just the Discs – Bonus Episode – WIND RIVER

On this Bonus episode, Brian is joined by his wife Lisa to discuss the 2017 film WIND RIVER and the new Lionsgate Blu-ray.

GTGM Episode 65: Cobra (1986)

Sales at Jamie’s roadside ‘dollar store junk’ stand have been a bit slow and the soft-spoken Italian gentleman and his friends handling the merchandise and not buying a single thing isn’t helping. Luckily, she also supplies ketchup to Doug’s restaurant down the road and a full shipment is needed after this group consumes one order of fries.


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Criterion Now – Episode 38 – The Piano Teacher, Bergman 100, Herzog & Kinski

Aaron is joined by Jonathan Laubinger and Jordan Essoe to discuss The Piano Teacher and the latest in Criterion. We get into some predictions for the February 2018 releases, including going into our wish list. We also get excited about the possibility of the Bergman centennial tour and hopeful Criterion release. We spend a good bit of time dissecting The Piano Teacher and going through the week of FilmStruck including Herzog & Kinski, and the Greek Weird Wave.

Episode Notes

9:00 – Criterion News

44:30 – The Piano Teacher

59:30 – Short Takes (Visions of Eight, The Innocents, Sunday Bloody Sunday)

1:11:00 – FilmStruck

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Episode Credits

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

Film Baby Film: Episode 10 – Thor Ragnarok

Guest Nick Pizzolato joins FBF to discuss Thor: Ragnarok. We also touch on many other topics, and this free-ranging conversation was great fun. For you comic book movie fans, or fans of Taiki Waititi, or just fans of having fun, this movie should be right up your alley. And the podcast too.

Just the Discs – Episode 29 – Kino Westerns

On this episode, Brian runs down a stack of Western Blu-ray releases from Kino Lorber including: THE LONG RIDERS, JUNIOR BONNER, DEATH RIDES A HORSE, THE MERCENARY, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK and CANNON FOR CORDOBA.