Month: May 2019

GTGM Episode 105: The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Grab a giant can of Aqua Net, slather some cheap eyeliner on your face, squeeze into your assless chaps and join Doug and Jamie as they venture deep into the Southern California hair metal scene of the late 1980s. It’s the first documentary covered on the show and a fitting way to close out the fourth year! Thanks to all the listeners through the first four years of the show and here’s to another 4+!!!

 

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Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Bob Murawski

Alicia talks to Oscar-winning film editor Bob Murawski about his early love of horror movies, working with Sam Raimi, finishing Orson Welles’s final film and preserving cult movies. For more about Bob’s company Grindhouse Releasing and upcoming film releases, visit: http://grindhousereleasing.com

Just The Discs – Episode 108 – Teen Movie Hell!

On this very special episode, Brian takes a look at Mike McPadden’s new book TEEN MOVIE HELL – which is filled to the brim with teen movie recommendations – and offers up 10 selections from the text that are on Blu-ray!

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Criterion Now 87: August 2019 Announcements, Bold Spine 1000 Prediction, Janus Restorations

Keith Enright makes his grand return with a bombshell. First we have a nice discussion about the August 2019 announcements, but that’s like the appetizer before the entree. He then drops his major prediction for a Spine 1000 box set. Expect some jaw dropping on this episode. We also talk about a lot of news items such as Terry Gilliam, After Hours, Ikarie XB-1, John Sayles, Odorama, Paris is Burning, Buster Keaton, and a whole lot more.

Episode Links

August 2019 Prediction Poll
Spine 999 Prediction Poll
Terry Gilliam Closet Video
Divine FB talks about Polyester
Paris is Burning – Restoration Trailer

The Magic Lantern: Episode 104 – Noir City Austin 2019 by Lantern Light

In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2019 and its theme of “It’s a Bitter Little World”, featuring a program of ten stellar examples of the progression of film noir from the end of the 1940s through the start of the 1960s. Noir City Austin is always a highlight of our year and The Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller, never fails to bring a stunningly dark vision of the recent past.

Thanks to the great work of the Film Noir Foundation, we were able to escape into glorious 35mm restored and preserved titles from the genre. In counterpoint to last year’s journey through the 40s, there are new forces at work in the world of noir, notably the advent of television and the Red Scare. As always, we hope to see you at next year’s festival!

The Noir City Austin 2019 Festival Line Up:
Trapped (Fleischer, 1949)
The Turning Point (Dieterle, 1952)
City That Never Sleeps (Auer, 1953)
Private Hell 36 (Siegel, 1954)
Killer’s Kiss (Kubrick, 1955)
A Kiss Before Dying (Oswald, 1956)
Nightfall (Tourneur, 1956)
Murder by Contract (Lerner, 1958)
The Crimson Kimono (Fuller, 1959)
Blast of Silence (Baron, 1961)

What you’ll find in this episode: a Dark City dame and new discoveries, the influence of the Korean War, and some cagey teasers on new titles coming from the Film Noir Foundation.

– Cole and Ericca

Links:
The Film Noir Foundation
Noir City
TCM’s Noir Alley
Eddie Muller’s website
Alamo Drafthouse

The Complete Kieślowski 7 – No End

Matt and Travis welcome Caitlin, the host of Her Head in Films, to discuss Kieślowski’s final film before creating the internationally acclaimed Dekalog series for Television, 1985’s No End. Released in the wake of a two-year period of martial law in Poland that marked the end of the Solidarity breakthroughs of 1980-81, the film was largely panned by the political establishment and resistance in equal measure, though Polish audiences who were able to see the movie (despite marketing sabotage designed to limit its success) responded enthusiastically to its depiction of the national state of affairs.

No End is notably different from Kieślowski’s previous films in a number of apparent ways: this is his first female protagonist, the only movie so far to feature supernatural elements on screen (rather than conceptually supernatural structures as in Blind Chance), and his most mournful and defeated tone. But it is also a departure behind the scenes, as the director began working with his two most significant collaborators here: Krzysztof Piesiewicz, a lawyer he met while filming a never-completed documentary would go on to co-write all of his subsequent films, and Zbigniew Preisner, the composer who would score them all. Their effects on the director’s work are already apparent here, but they would fully blossom in the decade to come.

DWT: Drinking While Talking – Episode 4: Roe V. Wade & Jill

Jill and Wade go from mass entertainment to mass hysteria as they tackle the latest threat to abortion rights that’s sweeping the South, discussing the what and why’s of Georgia and Alabama’s attempts to whittle away at Roe v. Wade. They also cover Politics in film, those movies that help shape our opinions and tell the tales of the little guy agains the system, and the corruptible nature of the system itself. Then they lighten the mood with a Name That Tune round where Jill challenges Wade’s bold assertion that he can name the artist or title of music from the 30s through the mid 60s. It’s a whirlwind of hot topics that turn our hosts into a hot mess, all brought to you by vodka and vino.

Check out Jill and Wade’s classic film site theretroset.com and follow them on Twitter @the_retro_set

Just The Discs – Episode 107 – A FACE IN THE CROWD + THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING

Stephanie Crawford guests with Brian again this episode to talk about one of her favorite films of all-time: A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) and the new Criterion Blu-ray. Brian offer’s up the slighter John Ford comedy THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING (1935) with Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur (on Blu-ray via Twilight Time).

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GTGM Episode 104: Blue Velvet (1986)

Jamie and Doug dig deep on the latest episode as they try and figure out what exactly is going on in Lumberton, what Frank Booth is sucking down in that gas tank, when this movie takes place, why Laura Dern looks the way she does when she cries, how many mechanical birds actually populate this town, why half the dialogue is beer-centric, and why Frank thinks that disguise would fool anyone. It’s our first David Lynch film folks so strap in for this wild ride that is Blue Velvet!

 

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Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Joanna Hogg

Alicia visits British filmmaker Joanna Hogg at the shiny new A24 LA offices, to chat about Joanna’s new film “The Souvenir”, how Joanna delves into her past for ideas and our shared childhood crushes on Gene Kelly.