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Month: March 2019
In this, our premiere episode, hosts Jill Blake and Wade Sheeler get blitzed in a hotel room in Atlanta while discussing Jill’s obsession with actor Fredric March, Wade’s obsession with classic comedy teams, and the struggle to get people unfamiliar with classic films to actually watch classic films. Then Jill dives into the Drunk Tank where Wade quizzes her on a classic rock “name that tune,” a topic she has no problem excelling in – when sober.
Alicia talks to Kent Jones in a loud hotel room. He is the former director of the New York Film Festival, who is now a filmmaker in his own right. They chat about being obsessed with film, taking time to achieve your goals and feeling the fear but doing it anyway.
Brian returns to a Just The Discs favorite label in Twilight Time – with a stack of five of their releases including: THE HOT ROCK, CINDERELLA LIBERTY, THE BRAVADOS, GLORIA and PLAY DIRTY.
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As podcasters, we love our special round number episodes. It really is baffling because I’ve probably been on somewhere between 200-300 shows, perhaps even more, but having the numbers line up on your primary feed is an achievement and it calls for something special.
We had two such milestones reached over the past weekend, and our hosts unquestionably made the episodes special.
One of our flagship shows, The Magic Lantern Podcast went a little above and beyond. They started by asking their community to choose the film, which ended up being one of my personal favorites — Paris, TX. Additionally, they took listener questions and recorded a second part of their 100th episode. And then they dropped the mic and decided to leave the country. Enjoy the other hemisphere, Cole and Ericca.
Jamie and Doug also reached 100 and covered one of the worst best movies of the 1980s, Mac and Me. It is essentially an E.T. ripoff and a full-length McDonalds commercial all in one. Have I mentioned that it’s terrible and that I love it? While they didn’t go to the same extent as Cole and Ericca, they certainly prepared a tentpole title and had a lot of fun with it.
There are a couple of other podcasts that are nearing the same milestone. Just the Discs is currently at episode 98, and I happen to know that episode 100 is recorded and in the can, ready to be released soon. And I look forward to listening to it.
The next one up is Criterion Now which is at episode 82. At this rate, we will probably reach episode 100 by the end of the year, perhaps late fall depending on how things go. We will certainly do something special, but as of right now haven’t planned anything. Suggestions are welcome.
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Ok, grab yourself some treats from the concession stand and then we will get on to part two! If you just want to listen to us talk about Paris, Texas, please go back to Episode 100, Part One. If you would like to hear us answer listener questions, press on!
We wanted to make episode 100 all about the listeners that have been so great to us for the last three and a half years. So, not only did we ask them to choose the film they most wanted to hear about, we also collected all of the questions that they had about us and the show. As usual, they did not disappoint. These listener questions run the gamut. We get into everything from childhood inspirations to adult pastimes. It’s everything you wanted to know about the Lantern and maybe then some. Thanks to everyone that contributed such wonderful questions! We had a great time answering them!
What you’ll find in this episode: who is on our cinematic Mount Rushmore, our process for creating an episode, from viewing through posting, what film courses we would teach, and a lot of other surprises!
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Aaron is joined by Dave Eves and Tim Leggoe. We enjoyed a belated year in review for Arrow Now’s 2018 release slate. We each narrowed down our top 5 from all of Arrow’s catalog including Arrow Video, Arrow Academy, Region A or Region B. We also talk about the recent releases, the upcoming announcements for the next few months, and the titles that have been confirmed or teased in the future.
Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984) is our first ever crowdsourced episode choice, and we’re so grateful to you, our listeners, for sticking with us for 100 episodes, and for choosing something so wonderful to discuss and celebrate!
Wim Wenders originally envisioned this as more of a cross-country film, but Sam Shepard had a different idea. He encouraged Wenders to stick mainly to Texas for the setting, as he thought the whole of America could be found there and, by extension, in this film. And we happen to agree with him. It’s a road movie, it’s a movie about families, it’s a movie about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and brothers. Whether you’ve traveled any of that terrain yourself—physical, emotional, or metaphorical—there’s always something new to be found in the performances, in Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson’s script, in Wim Wenders’ direction and Robby Müller’s capturing of light and color.
Is there a character you identify most closely with? Travis, Walt, Jane, Anne, or Hunter? What might keep you from speaking? Where does this film fall on the spectrum of your favorite Wenders films?
This episode is also special in that it’s a two-parter. Episode 100, Part Two is our version of an Ask Me Anything. We took questions from our listeners, and had a wonderful time answering them. Thank you for this journey to 100 episodes, and we hope you’ll stick with us for the next 100!
What you’ll find in this episode: an exploration of Robby Müller’s reds and greens, Allison Anders’ story of catatonia, and a discussion of where we think everyone goes after the ending.
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Check out Paris, Texas on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Mud.
Cole’s further viewing pick of David Holzman’s Diary.
Blind Willie Johnson, an inspiration for the score.
Robin Holland’s photos on the film set.
Jamie and Doug celebrate this milestone by taking in one of the most legendary bad movies of the decade. Grab your bag of Skittles and Coca Cola, slide into the booth at your favorite McDonald’s and embrace the nonsense!
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Alicia chats with choreographer Nina McNeely, who worked with Gaspar Noé for ‘Climax’. Nina reveals the challenges in creating a one take sequence featuring dancers with very different styles and how she became a choreographer.