Month: August 2019

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Lori Balton

Alicia sits down with location scout Lori Balton, to hear all about her impressive career, what qualities you need to work in the location department on films and what working on ‘Heat’ with Michael Mann taught her.

Just the Discs – Episode 121 – August Announcements!

Another new feature! On this episode, Brian runs down a bunch of announcements that came out in the month of August about various labels putting out all kinds of stuff on Blu-rays. Labels discussed include Eureka, Indicator, Kino Lorber, Olive Films, Shout Factory, Vinegar Syndrome, Warner Archive and Criterion Collection among others! Enjoy!

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Film Baby Film: Episode 33 – Nightcrawler & Velvet Buzzsaw

Marcus Pinn takes a quick break before putting out episode 100 of Zebras in America (!) to come on FBF and discuss NIGHTCRAWLER and VELVET BUZZSAW. Pinn and Laubinger collaborate to discuss  theGyllenhaal and Gilroy team up for both movies. We discuss the sad plight of modern film and art criticism in the age of social media, and we discuss which movie is creepier.

Jon’s Stuff:

Film Baby Film Website

Marcus’s Stuff:

Velvet Buzzsaw Essay


Zebras in America Podcast (Apple)

The Magic Lantern: Episode 111 – Evolution

Upon my first viewing of it, Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Evolution (2015) leapt to the top of the list of my favorite movies of this decade, perhaps of any decade. It’s a deft intermingling of modern body horror and much more ancient fears. Sometimes you’re not sure if you just saw an elder god out of the corner of your eye. Sometimes you’re not sure what you saw, even though you were looking right at it. I was in a bit of daze after seeing it that first time. Was it the buzz of Fantastic Fest or was it a voice I had been eagerly awaiting? It was beautifully perplexing.

And it’s alright to be confused. Hadžihalilović didn’t mean to make it easy for you. That’s precisely what I love most about Evolution. It doesn’t provide easy answers. It’s maternity and mortality. It’s coming of age and coming undone. And all of that in the body least likely to house these powerful, contrary forces. The push and pull can be confounding. It’s a murky world we find ourselves in. We can ultimately take comfort in the fact that we are in the hands of a skilled filmmaker. Hadžihalilović exercises control and precision when necessary, but she also values the unknown in a way that I admire. That enigma is what motivates her as an artist and it’s her gift to us as viewers. We dive into the crashing surf and emerge unsteady and transformed.

What you’ll find in this episode: the Lynchian and the Lovecraftian, asexual reproduction, nosebleeds, starfish, and how there’s always that one nurse on the ward.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Evolution on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Innocence.
Get to know the starfish!
Is male pregnancy closer than we think?

Criterion Now 94: November 2019 Announcements, Teal Ray, Olympic Films

Jill Blake and Matt Gasteier join as we get to announcements beyond spine 1000 and found many surprises in the Fall lineup with a stellar Bette Davis duo and more. We also take on the idea of “Teal Ray” which is a phrase we’ve coined based on the continual complaints about teal hues in new transfers. Jill especially has some strong words about that subject. We also talk about Olympic films, gateways into foreign auteurs, Koker Trilogy, and more.

Episode Links

DVD Beaver – Polyester Review
Letterboxd List of Films Premiering on the Criterion Channel in September 2019

GTGM Episode 111: Fame (1980)

On this episode, Jamie and Doug can’t get enough Leroy but have no interest in much else going on at this school. Jamie can’t stop thinking about Freddie Prinze Jr. and Doug takes any chance he can get to bring up Can’t Stop the Music. Oh, and the next episode’s a birthday choice so get ready!

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Just The Discs – Episode 120 – The To Watch Pile – Vol.1

On this new series, Brian and a guest will talk through a bunch of discs they have in their “To Watch” Pile (a phenomenon all collectors will be familiar with), but have not yet gotten a chance to check out. For this first round, Brian is joined by YouTuber and returning guest Aaron Pynn to chat about some movies they’ve been waiting to get to on disc. Labels touched on include Nameless Media, Film Movement, Arrow Video, Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome, Kino Lorber, Scorpion Releasing and more!

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Criterion Now 93: Best of the Year So Far

Robert Taylor joins to cover the first half of the year, up through the June Criterion releases. We discuss our favorite films, upgrades, covers, discoveries, wishlists come true, and the best month of releases. Along the way Robert also talks about a fun Jon Mulvaney story, and we cover a number of news items along the way including a tribute to D.A. Pennebaker.

Episode Links

The Robert Taylor Odyssey – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jacqueline Noval and John Early in the Criterion Closet
Studio Visits: Danielle Mation

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Stephen Bettles

Alicia talks to prosthetic and special effects makeup artist Stephen Bettles, about what his job entails, why Brad Pitt is the best, how he calms actors during long sessions in his chair and CGI vs practical makeup…

Just The Discs – Episode 119 – “Odds & Ends” Vol. 1

In this new series, Brian takes a big pile of discs he’s been meaning to talk about on the show, but hasn’t necessarily had time to watch and runs through each one briskly. Some labels discussed on this episode include Shout Factory, Scream Factory, MVD Entertainment, Mill Creek,  Arbelos Films, Twilight Time and also – Scorpion Releasing, Disney Movie Club, and GarageHouse Pictures (all three of which have not gotten much air time thus far).

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