Month: April 2019

Just The Discs – Episode 104 – An Indicator Quartet

On this week’s show, Brian discusses four recent releases from the wonderful Indicator label – BREAKOUT (1975), R.P.M. (1970), GARDENS OF STONE (1987) and A DANDY IN ASPIC (1968).

For more information on Indicator and their releases, go to:

https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/

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Daisuke Beppu – Akira Kurosawa and the Criterion Collection

Daisuke completes yet another amazing series. This time he goes through the library of the master, Akira Kurosawa, and the Criterion releases. This includes the DVD and Blu-Ray versions.

Criterion Now 85 – July 2019 Announcements, OOP Comebacks, Criterion Channel

Aaron is joined by David Blakeslee from Criterion Reflections and Jon Laubinger from Film Baby Film. We dig into the Criterion July 2019 slate, tackle some rumors about OOP discs that could potentially come back to Criterion or to another label. Finally we check in with the Criterion Channel and cover a series or title from each as our Short Take. We also talk about Lost Highway, Godzilla, Paris is Burning, Karel Zeman, and we give tribute to the recent passings of Bibi Andersson, Seymour Cassel, and Kazuo Koike.

Episode Links

Do the Right Thing cover time lapse
Paris is Burning Returning to Theaters
Karel Zeman Coming to Criterion

Movies Silently Podcast Episode 02: Flipping for Fairbanks with Kelley Smoot

The second episode of the Movies Silently podcast with host Fritzi Kramer and special guest Kelley Smoot, who has spearheaded the republication of The Fourth Musketeer by Letitia Fairbanks.

A huge thanks to Eduardo and Julie for their help with the pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese and Dutch!

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Show Notes

Book tour dates for Kelley and The Fourth Musketeer can be found here.

You can order The Fourth Musketeer from most major retailers. (BN link)

Letitia Fairbanks’ fantasy picture book (inspired by the work of Douglas and her father, as well as her own Hollywood experiences) Princess April Morning-Glory can be found here.

Flicker Alley’s excellent Douglas Fairbanks set, which includes When the Clouds Roll By, Flirting with Fate and The Mark of Zorro.

My review of The Mark of Zorro covers Fairbanks’ contributions.

The original Zorro story, The Curse of Capistrano.

Kino’s release of The Good Bad Man.

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Stella Maris (1918)

The 1925 Ben-Hur is included on this DVD.

Read the first four Boston Blackie short stories here:

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015056072427;view=1up;seq=19

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015056072427;view=1up;seq=141

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015056072427;view=1up;seq=231

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015056072427;view=1up;seq=307

You can watch The Bargain (1914) for free here, courtesy of the wonderful Library of Congress.

 

Just The Discs – Episode 103 – CLEOPATRA SUPER FLY!

Stephanie Crawford is back to talk Blaxploitation this round as we dive deep on CLEOPATRA JONES (and it’s sequel, which is NOT yet on Blu-ray) as well as the original SUPER FLY — both Blu-rays from Warner Archive.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 102 – Betrayal

I first encountered David Jones’ adaptation of Harold Pinter’s play about his extramarital affair, Betrayal (1983), when I was thirteen years old. Those were the heady days of the early cable television boom and my afternoon ritual was to walk to Head’s Grocery, get a Dr Pepper and some Hot Tamales, and then walk to my grandmother’s house to absorb whatever HBO and The Movie Channel had in store for me for a few hours until my parents picked me up on their way home from work. I saw some incredible films that way, including some eternal favorites that we’ve already discussed on the show, like Gregory’s Girl (1980).

Most of my favorites shared one particular characteristic. They were a window into the world of adulthood. Just having entered my teenage years, I was keen to accelerate the process of growing up. Betrayal may be responsible for that more than any other film. I was enthralled by these urban sophisticates and the adult facades they maintained. The appeal wasn’t just the gossipy nature of Pinter laying his indiscretions bare, either. It was the tangle of melancholy and joy within. It was a glimpse into a world that I didn’t know what to do with. And it was the deft use of the backwards chronology that transcended gimmickry. I was beguiled and perplexed. I knew that I was supposed to be feeling something very specific, but I wasn’t yet fully equipped to understand what. Over the ensuing years, I returned to it again and again and each time I grasped more of it. It’s still yielding its pensive pleasures thirty-odd years down the road. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Maybe one of these days it will see the home media release it deserves. For now, it languishes in the realm of VHS only. That’s the true betrayal here.

What you’ll find in this episode: tablecloths from Venice, deception, the terrifying intensity of Sir Ben Kingsley, and growing up via cable television.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Betrayal on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Song of Lunch.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Turtle Diary.
A great list of films employing reverse chronology.
A handy introduction to Harold Pinter and his works.

Criterion Close-Up 63: Notorious (1946)

Mark and Aaron bring back Criterion Close-Up is back, this time with Jill Blake and Wade Sheeler from Drinking While Talking to dive into one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces. We look at the history with Selznick and how that helped develop Hitchcock’s later style. We also discuss Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in detail, including their friendship and the chemistry they showed in this film. We get into the gender politics, how the film pushed the boundaries of the code, how it built suspense without extensive action sequences, and also how it incorporates some surprising comedic moments. While we do not settle the debate, we also touch on whether Hitchcock’s 40s or 50s period was his strongest, and how this was a pivotal film between those periods.

GTGM Episode 102: The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

On this listener recommended episode, Jamie and Doug try and figure out why Lilly Tomlin plays roughly 45 roles in this film, who thought it would be a good idea to include a man in a gorilla suit, and why the movie refuses to send any sort of message. Seriously, give us anything!

 

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Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Roxann Dawson

Alicia talks with actress turned director Roxann Dawson, about her feature directorial debut “Breakthrough”, getting busted skipping work for an audition, working on “Star Trek: Voyager” and the power of faith (in whatever form you believe in)

Filmshake Episode 2.5 – The Life of Oharu Spoilers

Jordan and Nic get into the spoilers from The Life of Oharu and conduct the Eye(s) of the Duck segment (how many eyes can a film duck have?). Plus Nic discovers the Internet.