Month: November 2018

GTGM Episode 92: Legend (1985)

While the kingdom has some very liberal policies, a Princess marrying a woods-boy isn’t one of them and the king casts Jack out beyond the castle walls. While Lily is devastated, Doug sees this as an opportunity to move in and decides to stop cutting his hair, bathing and wearing pants as he finally sees just what she’s into. At this same time, an awakening occurs in Jamie after seeing Jack and she realizes the woodland life is the life for her. She bolts from her job as a blacksmith’s apprentice and heads to the woods for a life of riding unicorns and getting drunk with dwarves!

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The Complete Supplemental Elaine May

Matt and Travis close out the season with May’s final film, an hour-long profile of Mike Nichols’s career. We start by discussing the special and Nichols’s career before closing out the season with a discussion of May’s films and her legacy.

Mike Nichols: An American Master

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Film Baby Film: Episode 26 – “Starring John Cho” – The Films & The Asian-American Experience in Hollywood

This episode is a doozy. I am joined by super-friend Jamie Loo and Fin Coe. Fin is the Co-Creative director of the New Colony theatre in Chicago. We discuss one of my favorite movie stars, John Cho. We discuss five of his films: Better Luck Tomorrow, Harold & Kumar, Star Trek, Columbus, and Searching. Fin and Jamie also share their perspective on the depictions of Asian-Americans in Hollywood and in the American media in general, and how important it is to tell stories from a broad range of perspectives. Phenomenal conversation about a phenomenal actor and a whole lot more.

Just the Discs – Episode 82 – “Collector’s Mentality” – Black Friday Shopping with Rob G!

On this episode, Rob Galluzzo is back for another installment of the “Collector’s Mentality” as Brian and Rob talk discuss some habits and tips they have for their Blu-ray Black Friday shopping every year and go through some of the pickups they made for 2018!

Just the Discs – Episode 81 – William Castle At Columbia Vol.1 (Indicator)

Brian is joined again by friend Bill Ackerman of the Supporting Characters Podcast to discuss the excellent and epic new William Castle At Columbia Volume One Box set from the fine folks at Indicator. Included in this set are THE TINGLER, 13 GHOSTS, HOMICIDAL and MR. SARDONICUS along with a smorgasbord of supplements (old and new)!

Criterion Now – Episode 74 – February 2019 Titles, Criterion Channel, StudioCanal, Andrei Rublev

What a week in Criterion news! Josh Hornbeck and Matt Gasteier join to go through the week’s events, including the drama with FilmStruck and the launch of the Criterion Channel, the February 2018 Announcements, the Kino Lorber StudioCanal deal, and we finish it out by talking about Andrei Rublev.

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

The Magic Lantern: Episode 091 – In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood (Brooks, 1967) is one of the most aptly titled works in either cinema or literature. I think of the Clutter family basement in November at 2 a.m. and it chills me to my very marrow. It was a galvanizing experience the first time I saw it as a young man and it still retains every bit of its power to shock, repel, and provoke. Richard Brooks’ exacting attention to detail, going so far as to incorporate the actual people and places affected by this crime, achieves an honesty and authenticity not often found in the genre. It results in a film that sidesteps sensationalism, but doesn’t avoid the difficult and complicated truth that the killers, their movements, and their motivations are an undeniably compelling aspect of this story. It’s a groundbreaking work, as well, falling in that period between the classic studio system as we knew it and what would become New Hollywood. Brooks and his collaborators seized on this opportunity to experiment and were able to explore darkness, literally and figuratively, in a way that had never been done before. It’s a film that taught me a lot of hard truths about humanity and what we are capable of. It can be a difficult watch, but it’s valuable for precisely that reason. Don’t turn away from the darkness.

What you’ll find in this episode: Richard Brooks and his reputation, how geography connects us to stories, the establishment of documentary noir, the uneasy alliance of the police and the press, and how a perfectly sane man can commit an absolutely crazy act.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out In Cold Blood on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of La Cérémonie.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Tower.
Dick Hickock and Perry Smith’s complete inmate case files.
The Clutter family home on Atlas Obscura.

The Complete Elaine May 4: Ishtar

Matt and Travis tackle one of the most notorious “debacles” in Hollywood history, Elaine May’s Ishtar. We discuss the sad history of a modest film buried under a legendary backstory, along with the surprisingly entertaining product actually at the center of it all.

Ishtar

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GTGM Episode 91: Rhinestone (1984)

Waiting in the wings, Jamie and Doug are shocked by that they’re seeing. This city slicker with a horrific voice suddenly breaks into a duet with the greatest singer that NYC has ever seen. They were explicitly told that this was amateur night and that there were no other duets playing. FU also assured them that the hecklers would boo this cab driver off stage and that they would walk away with that evening’s prize money.

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Just the Discs – Episode 80 – BAD RONALD TRILOGY OF TERROR

Brian digs himself out of the walls to take with Stephanie Crawford (The ScreamCast) about two seminal TV Movies from the 1970s: BAD RONALD (Warner Archive) and TRILOGY OF TERROR (Kino Lorber).