Month: February 2019

Criterion Now 80 – May 2019 Announcements, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Spike Lee

Cole Roulain and Ericca Long, hosts of the Magic Lantern and partners in this 25th Frame venture, join to get into all sorts of topics. We talk about the May 2019 announcements, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kore-eda, Jia Zhangke, David Bordwell, and we give tributes to Albert Finney and Bruno Ganz.

Movies Silently launches!

It feels strange typing that headline about a website and person that I’ve been reading for years. Fritzi Kramer, the charismatic and enthusiastic cinephile behind the Movies Silently blog, has launched a new podcast.

Fritzi has been hard at work for a couple of months working on the Movies Silenty Podcast and has released her first episode with guest Christopher Bird. They talk about tinting, which is the exact sort of uniquely silent film discussion that I’d hope to hear from her podcast. Coincidentally, her first guest just announced the production of a new Queen Documentary entitled The Show Must Go On on the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody picking up some statuettes at this Sunday’s Academy Awards presentation.

The episode is currently live on the website and can be heard on iTunes via the 25th Frame Media Master Feed. The standalone feed has been submitted to iTunes and should be available to subscribe to directly within the next couple of days. From there it should hit the majority of podcast devices and Fritzi can slowly continue her takeover of the film social media world.

Movies Silently Podcast Episode 01: Death and Tinting with Christopher Bird

The first episode of the Movies Silently Podcast with host Fritzi Kramer and special guest Christopher Bird.

Special thanks to William Remmers for Jazz Vampire, Evgeniy for helping with Russian pronunciation and Felicitas for helping with German. Be sure to get in touch if you are interested in offering pronunciation help as well!

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Post-interview, Chris did some checking and there were TWO nitrate fires at the venue. Also, he asked around and there are indeed new chemically tinted prints still being made right now, which is incredibly exciting. Finally, the Queen documentary Chris is co-directing was officially announced yesterday, so we can share a few more details. It’s called The Show Must Go On and American viewers can catch it on ABC in April.


I tried to keep this in the order that they came up in the podcast.

Our Film Picks:

Michael Strogoff (1926)

The Lucky Devil (1925)

Warning Shadows (1923)

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Just the Discs – Episode 95 – Two Pair of Westerns (with Patrick Bromley)

Friend of the show Patrick Bromley (of F This Movie) returns to kick off a new series we’re calling “Two Pair”. Brian and Patrick each pick two western films on Blu-ray for this edition, but this may expand into other genres as well. The westerns we cover are TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE (1969) and A MAN ALONE (1955) – both from Kino Lorber as well as Sam Fuller’s FORTY GUNS (1957) from Criterion and THE HANGING TREE (1959) from Warner Archive.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 098 – Andrei Rublev

This is a very special episode for us. For the first time, we are discussing a film that is a patron’s choice! Ian Buckley is our first Patreon supporter to pledge at our top tier. As a result, it was his prerogative to program an entire episode of The Magic Lantern. He chose what we would discuss and his viewing recommendation is included with ours and, I must say, he was not fooling around. He selected Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1966).

This marks our first foray into Russian cinema for the podcast and we couldn’t have chosen a better film ourselves to christen that part of the world. Andrei Rublev is arguably the greatest arthouse film ever made. This was both an intimidating and thrilling film to take on. It has the immense historical sweep of an epic, but simultaneously deals with the most eternal and perplexing questions about the interior life of the artist. 15th century Russia was not exactly a cakewalk. I can’t imagine trying to balance a subsistence existence with such lofty philosophical aspirations. Faith and artistic ability don’t keep the wolves or Tatars from the door. How does the artist survive, much less thrive? How does the penitent monk best serve his fellow man? Can you rekindle the passion for creating once you’ve lost it? We do our best to tackle all these questions and considerably more in this episode. Thanks again to Ian for giving us this opportunity to take up such a challenge.

What you’ll find in this episode: lofty pursuits, lowly peasants, crises of faith, political treachery, patrons and patronage, and the secret of casting a bell.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Andrei Rublev on IMDB.
Ian’s further viewing pick of The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Solaris.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Mill and the Cross.
A gallery of fifty-eight of Rublev’s artworks.
A brief overview of life in 15th century Russia.

25th Frame Features – Our Choices for Oscar 2019

Josh Hornbeck, Mark Hurne and Michael Hutchins join Aaron West to give our choices for winners within the Oscar categories. These are not predictions and aside from a couple occasions, we do not get into snubs. We just pick our favorites from the categories as they were nominated.

GTGM Episode 98: D.C. Cab (1983)

Preteen D.C. residents, Doug and Jamie are drawn to the local drug dealer and his daily confrontations with a local cabbie who is always dressed as though he’s heading to a ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’ taping. Most of the other neighborhood kids are enamored by the drug dealer’s killer car, but Doug and Jamie just can’t get enough of those sweet, sweet drugs!


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Magnificent Obsession: Jim Cummings

Alicia is back in studio C to talk with independent director / producer / writer / actor Jim Cummings about how to fund and distribute your own films outside of the traditional studio system, why watching movies feels like you have friends and his teenage version of ‘The Matrix’! I recommend following Jim on twitter: @jimmycthatsme

Criterion Close-Up 62: FilmSpotting, Cold Water

Yes, you read your podcast reader correctly. Criterion Close-Up is back! For this episode, Mark and Aaron kick things back on, and then dig into a conversation with Adam Kempenaar from FilmSpotting. This was initially recorded for Criterion Now, but was a better fit for Close-Up and a good way to relaunch the show. Adam talks a little bit about Criterion and his own experience with director marathons. We then dig into Cold Water and the career of Olivier Assayas. Glad to be back!

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Just the Discs – Episode 94 – COBRA at 10 TO MIDNIGHT (with Brendon Small)

Brendon Small returns to the show to talk Cannon Films, COBRA, Stallone, 10 TO MIDNIGHT and Charles Bronson as he and Brian run through the recent excellent Blu-rays from Scream Factory!

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