Month: December 2018

Just the Discs – Episode 87 – Favorite Blu-ray Discoveries of 2018

Brian is joined by returning guest Patrick Bromley (of FThis Movie) to talk count down each of their five favorite older films they saw for the first time in 2018 – on Blu-ray!

The Magic Lantern: Episode 094 – Ants In Your Pants of 2018

It’s our fourth annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2018! As always, our lists were culled with much difficulty from all the wonderful films we saw this year, and we only talk about those we saw for the first time which made the biggest impressions on each of us. We try to go around the world, and cover many different decades. We have some classics and some little-seen gems that we hope you check out. Thank you for listening to us throughout 2018 and we can’t wait to get started on the 2019 list!

Our shared favorite:
The Executioner (Berlanga, 1963)

Cole’s favorites:
Lake of the Dead (Bergstrøm, 1958)
Very Nice, Very Nice (Lipsett, 1961)
A Man Vanishes (Imamura, 1967)
The Hospital (Hiller, 1971)
Manila in the Claws of Light (Brocka, 1975)
You Got to Move (Phenix, Selver, 1985)
A City of Sadness (Hou, 1989)
Madame Tutli-Putli (Lavis, Szczerbowski, 2007)
Two Years at Sea (Rivers, 2011)

Ericca’s favorites:
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)
The Brotherhood of Satan (McEveety, 1971)
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zeman, 1962)
The Man in the Raincoat (Duvivier, 1957)
My Life as a Zucchini (Barras, 2016)
Cries and Whispers (Bergman, 1972)
Life is Sweet (Leigh, 1990)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman, 1955)
True Stories (Byrne, 1986)

What you’ll find in this episode: our regrets, our honorable mentions, and our thanks to you, the listener.

– Cole and Ericca

Austin Film Society
The Criterion Collection
The National Film Board of Canada

GTGM Episode 94: She’s Out Of Control (1989)

Mornings With Jamie & Doug wasn’t a big hit anyway but with the emergence of The Howard Stern Show, Doug Simpson moved the duo to evenings and ratings steadied for some time. Sadly, and to the shock of the two hosts, they were soon moved to overnights to accommodate an advise show specifically geared to single fathers of teenage daughters. Fed up after not getting their spot back when that show tanked after just a single day, the duo left and were picked up by Power 106.





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Just the Discs – Episode 86 – Favorite Blu-rays of 2018!

We’ve come to the end of another great year for the kind of Blu-rays we talk about on this show — and there’s A LOT to talk about! Brian is joined by JTD regular Stephanie Crawford to each pick 5 of their favorite Blu-ray releases of the year – that would be enough for one show, BUT there’s more! We also have a bunch of honorable mentions to discuss and thus this show is quite epic! Enjoy and happy shopping afterwards!

Just the Discs – Episode 85 – NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Indicator)

On this episode, Brian is joined by regular John Cribbs (of The Pink Smoke) to discuss what is easily one of the best releases of the year – Indicator’s NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957) set.

Film Baby Film: Episode 28 – Ben Fritz’s THE BIG PICTURE w/ James Hancock from WrongReel

Guest James Hancock (host of the film Uber-podcast WrongReel) joins to discuss the book, THE BIG PICTURE by Ben Fritz from the Wall Street Journal. We touch on everything the book touches on: Disney, AT&T, and Netflix; peak television; comic book movies; China’s importance to international box office and to Hollywood financing; and the downfall of Amy Pascal after the Sony hack.

And of course, the Death of Filmstruck.

I hope you enjoy.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 093 – Female Trouble

Female Trouble (Waters, 1974) is probably not for everyone, but I wish it was. The world would be a lot more fun if everyone could embrace their inner Divine. This towering achievement of trash cinema is my favorite of all of John Waters’ work. I think it’s the smartest, definitely the funniest, and, surprisingly, the sweetest underneath. Through sheer force of will, Waters created a universe where people on the margins could be powerful and celebrated and everyone else deservedly got taken down a peg or two. I wouldn’t blame you if you missed that the first time around, though. It can be hard to concentrate on anything else as Divine rips through this thing like a fabulous tornado – picking pockets, mugging people, breaking and entering, robbing, assaulting, and finally graduating to murder, all in pursuit of becoming the ultimate personification of the unity of beauty and crime. It truly is something to behold. And let’s not forget my favorite, Mink Stole, throwing spaghetti, dousing herself with fake blood while playing car accident, and hurling insults with incomparable élan. Oh, and did we mention it’s a Christmas film? Have some eggnog, get yourself a double egg salad on white toast, and knock the tree over on you mom. A finer yuletide tradition I can’t imagine!

What you’ll find in this episode: crime, beauty, the Balmer accent, cha-cha heels, and which sandwich is the funniest sandwich.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Female Trouble on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Carol.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
If you’re going to strut down the street, you must play Dig by Nervous Norvus!
Let John Waters be your guide to Baltimore.

Film Baby Film: Episode 27 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Thai Cinema – Around the World in 80 Films pt. 2

Part 2 of Around the World in 80 Films. Joined by Matt Schlee from, this episode goes into the Thai film industry, with a focus on the career of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We also discuss the sin that Francis Ford Coppola commits against The Legend of Suriyothai, as well as my first experience watching a Thai film and seeing someone defecate on screen. (It made more sense the second time around).

GTGM Episode 93: Going Ape! (1981)

Business is good at Jamie’s Fruit and Sawdust delivery company. So good that her top deliveryman, Doug can’t even finish his route each day without enlisting the help of strangers to deliver the product for him. Thankfully for them both, Los Angeles is full of the most trustworthy citizens on the planet.





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Just the Discs – Episode 84 – Warner Archive Love with Rob G!

Rob Galluzzo returns to discuss some favorites from the wonderful Warner Archive label (just as we did with Kino Lorber not to long ago)! 10 picks each between Brian and Rob here so you get a nice sampling of the good stuff Warner Archive has to offer.