Month: February 2018

Just the Discs – Episode 43 – Animation with Raven!

Brian’s daughter Raven returns once more to talk about four animation Blu-rays: BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT, FLIGHT OF DRAGONS, TEEN TITANS Season One and THE PINK PANTHER CARTOON COLLECTION Vol.1.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time

It’s not often that a recent release strikes such an immediate chord with us that it makes its way into our show rotation so quickly, but I knew from the first few moments of Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) that I wanted to talk about it right away. I share an affinity for so many of the things that are integral to his work – forgotten corners of history, the limitations and unique advantages of film as a physical medium, time and distance – that at times I feel like he is speaking directly to me. That feeling is one of the primary reasons we keep up this chase as cinephiles (or with any other art form), right? That resonance that serves a dual purpose, letting us feel understood while simultaneously helping us understand our world a little more. It’s a profound feeling and it doesn’t happen all that often, but it certainly happened here.

Dawson City, the place, and the medium of film both sprang into being at approximately the same time and their histories are oddly intertwined and explosive. Hollywood has its cycle of boom and bust similar to the one that defines life in a gold rush town, but somehow, Hollywood has sustained that for over a century. Dawson City, on the other hand, had its day in the sun and then settled into a modest existence as a nice, quiet place on the edge of the frontier for the last hundred years. Throughout its history, Dawson City seemed determined to sever its connections to its boom town and cinematic roots, either intentionally or completely by chance, but some things won’t stay buried. In 1978 when a cache of forgotten films fought its way out of the ground and back into our collective cultural memory, it set another cycle in motion that includes the National Film Board of Canada, the Chicago Black Sox, Bill Morrison, and now me and hopefully you. I truly hope everyone seeks this film out and experiences it for themselves. It is remarkable.

What you’ll find in this episode: the beauty of decay, archivist envy, and fire upon fire.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Dawson City: Frozen Time on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Wages of Fear.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Decasia.
The landmark Canadian documentary, City of Gold.
An extensive archive of Eric Hegg’s photography, documenting life in the Klondike during the gold rush.
Keep up with all things Bill Morrison here.

GTGM Episode 72: Dead of Winter (1987)

Doug and Jamie get absolutely hammered at their friend’s New Year’s party. The evening takes a bad turn when they stumble out into the night and are immediately lost and alone. Luckily, they come upon a woman in a giant hat and trench coat sitting in a parked car. But instead of ask for directions the two think it would be a whole lot funnier if they just beat on the car and scare the hell out of her.

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Just the Discs – Bonus – An Indicator Foursome

On this bonus episode, Brian delves into four excellent new releases from Indicator in the UK – CHARLEY VARRICK, BLUE COLLAR, THE BORDER and THE FORTUNE.

Film Baby Film: Episode 18 – Thingmar Bergdays – Shame

Becky D’Anna joins us to discuss the movie SHAME, on our first Thingmar Bergday episode in this, our 100th Year of Ingmar Bergman. We start by discussing Becky’s love for Bergman and how she got there, and then we discuss context of the movie in terms of his life, career, and the world around him. Finally we go through why this movie is the closest thing to a Clint Eastwood/Michael Bay action film that Bergman ever made.

If you’re a fan of Bergman, you’ve probably heard Becky because she’s one of the most informed people alive on the man and his movies. I was excited to have her on, and I was not disappointed. If you’re not yet a fan of Bergman: Do yourself a favor… subscribe to Filmstruck, watch some Bergman films, and then listen to all Becky’s episodes. And check out SHAME and listen to this. Don’t worry, we’ll be here waiting for you.

Criterion Now – Episode 47 – May 2018 Announcements, Guillermo del Toro, John Waters

Aaron is joined by David Blakeslee and Arik Devens to cover just the May 2018 Criterion lineup and the latest film and Criterion news. This includes Guillermo del Toro as a Criterion fixture and his role as an auteur tastemaker, and the potential for a couple of John Waters titles. Arik is only able for the first segment, but David and Aaron dig deep for the remainder of the discussion and even touch on some recent events.

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

Just the Discs – Episode 42 – MATINEE from Shout Factory!

On this episode, Brian is joined by John Cribbs (head writer and co-founder of The Pink Smoke) to talk about their mutual love of MATINEE (via the recent Shout Select Blu-ray) and Joe Dante in general.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light

Episode 069. Nice. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

We learn an awful lot of things from the movies, so I don’t know why the birds and the bees should be any different. In my adolescent world, the options were either the dubious news gathering of the schoolyard or less than reputable cousins. You can see why I would turn to the cinema for sex education, like I would for many other things. It was no contest, really. If your choices were watching your older cousins hit on girls at the state fair or trying to retro-engineer the train scene from Risky Business (1983) into your life through rigorous study, there really isn’t a choice to be made. This episode is a rundown of the pivotal things about human sexuality, our own and in general, that we gleaned from the silver screen – what we liked, what excited us, valuable lessons learned, and new worlds introduced to us. We each chose five films that were a milestone for us in some way or another.

Ericca’s choices:
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Sacred Passion (1989)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
The Lover (1992)
A Room with a View (1985)

Cole’s choices:
The Hunger (1983)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Prom Night (1980)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976)

What you’ll find in this episode: secret stashes, the eternal debt we owe to the pause button, the golden age of the video store, the “rise” of cable television, first times, weird times, and good times.

– Cole and Ericca

Links (just assume they’re all NSFW):
An illustrated index of the history of sex in cinema.
How many ’80s sex comedies have you seen? Check your score!
The Rialto Report – an audiovsual archive of the golden age of adult film.
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Bawdy 1970s Hospital.
A brief history of the sexploitation genre from the New York Times.

Just the Discs – Episode 41 – HELL NIGHT RAPPIN’!

Brian is joined by special guest Stephanie Crawford (making her first appearance on the show) of the ScreamCast to discuss two films that aren’t really connected at all (but a lot of fun to talk about) in HELL NIGHT (Scream Factory) and RAPPIN’ (Shout Factory).