Month: April 2018

Just the Discs – Episode 51 – Criterion Double – THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and THE AWFUL TRUTH

On this first Criterion-Centric “Double Episode” Brian first sits down with his wife Lisa to discuss Martin Scorsese’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and the pairing they suggest with it (PHANTOM THREAD) – this is followed by a solo ‘episode’ with Brian talking about Leo McCarey’s THE AWFUL TRUTH with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne and his pairing of Hitchcock’s MR. AND MRS. SMITH.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 074 – Rope

Rope (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock’s almost perfect crime. Based loosely upon the real life case of Leopold and Loeb, it was Hitchcock at his most experimental, plumbing the chilly depths of the murderous impulse. It featured limited cuts and long, unbroken takes to approximate the appearance of the real time aftermath of homicide as intellectual exercise. James Stewart plays wonderfully against type as the mentor of the murderers and John Dall and Farley Granger are a perfect yin and yang as the killer lovers. I came to this film after having gone through the more well known titles in Hitchcock’s filmography and immediately fell in love with it. I was intrigued by the true crime element of it at first, but then was completely taken in by the style of it, the intellectual jousting and the manipulations, subtle and otherwise, that I would later come to understand were Hitchcock’s stock-in-trade. It was the first time I had a specific experience that it turns out that I really enjoy: finding the odd, smaller, more personal films in a prominent dierctor’s body of work. I was just entering my teens when I discovered this and that idea, and understanding that there were these gems to uncover was like I had unlocked a new level of cinephilia. I know sometimes this is a difficult one for people to get into – it can appear a little clinical, the ramifications of the killers’ sexual orientation can be problematic, some say Stewart was miscast (I disagree) – but I urge you give it a try. As Brandon says to Rupert at the climax of the film, I hope you like what you see!

What you’ll find in this episode: the significance of musical accompaniment to murder, a macabre trip to the antique mall, yet another trial of the century, and the thorny issues that arise when sexuality is conflated with deviant desires.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Rope on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Gaslight.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Celluloid Closet.
An archive of the Leopold and Loeb trial, including scans of pertinent documents.
D.A. Miller’s groundbreaking dissection of Rope along the lines of sexual identity, Anal Rope.

Criterion Now – Episode 53 – Fake Covers, Netflix, Milos Forman

Aaron is joined by graphic designer Doug McCambridge and Fake Cover Artist Tim Porter. They get into the fake Criterion cover phenomenon, and Tim’s post that went viral with fake covers of the Oscar nominations (and The Florida Project). We also get into the Netflix vs Cannes debate, pay tribute to Milos Forman, talk some Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Liv Tyler, Kanopy, and other news items and FilmStruck features.

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

The Complete Kubrick 10: Barry Lyndon

Matt and Travis welcome cinema samurai and man-about-Twitter Dave Eves to discuss Barry Lyndon. We discuss the film’s uncanny reproduction of 18th Century Europe and the film’s thematic depth, along with the many mysteries of Barry and Ryan O’Neil’s performance.

Barry Lyndon

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Dave – Twitter/Letterboxd

GTGM Episode 76: Liquid Sky (1982)

After reading about the mysterious disappearances of fashion icons, Jimmy and Margaret, Jamie and Doug decide to drown their sorrows in heroin. Finding that their usual (large toothed) dealer has also disappeared, the two dry out and turn their lives around. Jamie nabs a position as a theater instructor at the local University and Doug becomes the new rhythm box sensation down at ‘The Club’.

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Just the Discs – Episode 50 – THE BURBS – From Shout Factory Select!

On this episode, John Cribbs (of The PinkSmoke.com) returns to talk more Joe Dante with THE BURBS – in a lovely new collector’s edition from Shout Factory Select!

Just the Discs – Bonus – 90s Kino Comedy!

For this bonus episode, Brian runs through a stack of 90s films from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, including some films from Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and more. Films like CROSSING THE BRIDGE, INDIAN SUMMER, CAMP NOWHERE, STRAIGHT TALK, MY FATHER THE HERO, CADILLAC MAN, BIG BUSINESS and SCENES FROM A MALL.

Criterion Now – Episode 52 – Lynne Ramsay, King of Jazz, April Fools’

Mark Hurne returns and discusses a lot of the latest with Aaron, including Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher, Molly Ringwald’s take on her films in light of the MeToo movement, and the playful April Fools’ Jokes from boutique labels. Aaron gushes about King of Jazz, and we take a look at FilmStruck UK, some of the 4k restorations currently touring, the latest newsletter clue, and predict some Bergman hitting our mailboxes soon. 

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

Just the Discs – Episode 49 – Hammer Volume 2 from Indicator

On this episode, Brian takes a look at yet another cool box set from Indicator. This one is their second volume of Hammer films and includes the thrillers THE SNORKEL, NEVER TAKES SWEETS FROM A STRANGER, THE FULL TREATMENT and CASH ON DEMAND.