Month: March 2018

Just the Discs – Bonus – Olive Films Signature

On this episode, Brian is joined by returning guest Rob Hunter to discuss Four 2017 releases from the Olive Signature line: A NEW LEAF, LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, OPERATION PETTICOAT and FATHER GOOSE.

Just the Discs – Episode 47 – An Umbrella Entertainment Threesome

On this episode, Brian looks for the first time at three discs from the Australian Umbrella Entertainment Label – SILVER BULLET, DARK AGE and FAIR GAME.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon

When the Creature from the Black Lagoon crawled from the sea onto cinema screens in 1954, Universal Studios found its last great monster. When I discovered it in 1976, I found my first great cinematic love. The Universal monster pantheon turned out to be one of the foundations of my movie education. I loved the spooky atmosphere and the tortured, misunderstood creatures that populated that universe. And my first viewing was an event, as my folks had gone out of their way to procure a set of 3-D glasses for me for the occasion. The man who would turn out to be my favorite horror host – Count Gregore, one of the best in the business – was overseeing a broadcast of the original 3-D version on local television. It was almost more than my six year-old brain could take! It made an indelible impression on me that I still feel the echoes of today. It instilled in me a lifelong fondness for monsters and kicked off my cinephilia in grand style. It’s still an annual tradition for me to watch all of the foundation Universal monster films at least once a year and with this year’s Best Picture, the lovely The Shape of Water (del Toro, 2017), freshly on everyone’s mind, I thought it would be a perfect time to pay homage to the film that inspired it and me, so many years ago.

What you’ll find in this episode: my greatest joke in the history of the podcast so far, a breakdown of the Universal monster pantheon, why it’s not called Creature from the Woke Lagoon, and the relatability of monsters.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Creature from the Black Lagoon on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Gorilla at Large.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Monster of Piedras Blancas.
A nice reminiscence about Count Gregore.
Monsters Love Carrying Chicks.
A history of the Universal monster Aurora models.
A treasure trove of promotional and other materials from Creature from the Black Lagoon.

GTGM Episode 74: Midnight Madness (1980)

Jamie and Doug show up at their favorite restaurant, Johnny’s Fat Boy for their usual 3:00am meal. Jamie doesn’t do the ‘meat thing’ but knows that Johnny’s is famous for their cantaloupe salad. She is devastated to find that every sort of melon in the place had been mutilated by a group of rowdy hoodlums from the local University.

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Criterion Now – Episode 50 – June 2018 Announcements, Geekfest Part 2

For our 50th episode, we welcome back Mark Hurne and Matt Gasteier to dig deeper into the Collection. We begin by talking about the June 2018 Announcements and the potential for more Bergman around the corner. We then dive deeper and have a spiritual sequel to the original GeekFest from a couple of years ago where Aaron, Mark and Trevor talked about a long list of rumored and confirmed titles coming to the collection. This time we use Matt’s How Do I Criterion? series on Letterboxd as a starting point, and use the forthcoming list from CriterionForum to dive even deeper. 

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

Just the Discs – Episode 46 – ROCKULA LEATHERFACE

Stephanie Crawford (of The Screamcast) returns to discuss a couple more gems – the unassailable cult classic ROCKULA (starring SUMMER SCHOOL’s Dean Cameron in the titular role) from Scream Factory and the trouble production turned interesting sequel LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III from Warner Archive.

Criterion Now – Episode 49 – TCM Select, Elevator to the Gallows, Marlene Dietrich

Aaron is joined by Josh Hornbeck and Robert Taylor, who get into the new FilmStruck changes, the newsletter clue, Louis Malle, Elevator to the Gallows, the Oscar telecast, Andrei Tarkovsky, Mathiew Amalric, The Color of Pomegranates, and many other topics.

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

Just the Discs – Episode 45 – More Twilight Time

This week, Brian goes back to the Twilight Time well to cover their recent releases of BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE, THE HOSPITAL, DRAGONWYCK, FOREVER AMBER and THE L-SHAPED ROOM.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 071 – Hoosiers

A first among equals as a sports film, Hoosiers (Anspaugh, 1986) is an ideal choice for this time of year: March Madness and the coming of spring and fresh starts. With a lead and supporting cast of characters each battling their own frailties, potential, and failings, there’s no need for a big bad guy. Be it an institution, a local villain, or the whole world against them, it is enough in this film to battle week after week to keep winning those important games, because what is on the line for each is often nothing short of a reason to go on. This is nothing new to the sports film genre, but director Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo are smart enough to focus on the heart and soul behind each point, behind each new battle both at home and on the court. And they are smart enough to know, as Roger Ebert put it, that there “is a passion to high school sports that transcends anything that comes afterward; nothing in pro sports equals the intensity of a really important high school basketball game.”

So while many of us may not understand the true stakes of that really important game, we can feel it from the young players for whom this may be the high point of their lives, the coach with no place else to go, the teacher forced to return home because things don’t always turn out right, and the father whose high point has come and gone.

What you’ll find in this episode: Cole’s illustrious basketball career, Ericca’s one-man horse game, and what in a sports film appeals to a non-sports fan.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Hoosiers on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of 30 for 30: Guru of Go.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Hoop Dreams.
Definitive proof that Cole Roulain is Ron Swanson.
The story behind Hoosiers.
Crispus Attucks Basketball and Black Indianapolis in the 1950s.

The Complete Kubrick 9: A Clockwork Orange

Matt and Travis welcome author and film scholar Kenneth James to discuss Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. We discuss the film’s many thematic and aesthetic elements as well as the film’s notoriety both on release and in its legacy as one of Kubrick’s thorniest films.

A Clockwork Orange

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