Month: November 2019

GTGM Episode 118: Nighthawks (1981)

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate Slysgiving. But this year, after the meal, we sever up some Billy Dee-ssert! In our discussion of Nighthawks, Jamie wishes for a Face-Off-esque film where Sly plays both parts…with and without a beard, and Doug questions why The Bionic Woman was even in this film and if Ann Taylor makes men’s clothes.

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Just the Discs – Episode 134 – November Announcements!

Some announcements for the Month of November — labels talked about include 101 Films, Flicker Alley, Indicator, Kino Lorber, MVD Rewind, Scorpion Releasing, Shout Factory,  and more!

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Criterion Now 102: February 2020 Announcements, Closet Visits

Cole Roulain and Josh Hornbeck join for a brief, lightly edited episode to discuss how much we adore the February 2020 Announcements. We talk about the significance of people visiting the Criterion closet, what the deal with StudioCanal is, anticipation of Bette Davis, and more.

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Deadline – Studiocanal 4K Re-Releases In 2020 To Include ‘Breathless’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Total Recall’ & ‘Flash Gordon’

Daisuke Beppu – Godzilla Showa Era Videos

Greetings from Tokyo,

Daisuke has completed his comprehensive review of the Godzilla boxset. Feel free to watch the videos here or check out his YouTube channel.

Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 3: The Masters (November 2019)

For our November2019 episode of Criterion Channel Surfing, Josh is joined by Aaron West of The 25th Frame, Criterion Now, and Criterion Close-Up to discuss the Criterion Channel’s expiring and new releases for the month of November, as well as a few recommendations for films by “The Masters” in the Criterion Collection’s permanent digital library. He also talks with friend of the show Michael Hutchins about the history of Criterion’s online presence, and Matt Gasteier of The Complete podcast stops by for some advice on using the channel across different devices.

Correction: It looks as though Meet Me in St. Louis has been removed from the Leaving November 30 page, and we were informed that Klute did not, in fact, appear on the channel prior to this month’s limited engagement.

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Just The Discs – Episode 133 – “Odds & Ends” Vol. 3 – TV (Mostly Animated)

On this “Odds & Ends” Episode, Brian runs through a short stack of Television titles (mostly Warner Archive) – which includes V – The original Miniseries, Batman Beyond, Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and Charlie’s Angels.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 118 – Hyenas

This year has been a journey of discovery for me with African cinema. Our Patreon listeners may remember that one of my resolutions this year was to become better acquainted with African films. To that end, I set myself a goal of fifty films from the continent in 2019 and I am on pace to surpass that mark. I am only beginning to scratch the surface of what there is to find, but I wanted to share some of that before the year was over. There is a tendency to think of African cinema as monolithic and grim. Nothing could be further from the truth, but finding those exceptions can sometimes take effort. Distribution is a major issue. Even with that, though, I saw some amazing films this year and one stood out above all the rest, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Hyenas (1992).

Hyenas belongs on any list of must see international films. It is a savage metaphorical critique of the World Bank. It is pitch black comedy. The reason I chose it above all the others, though, is the way it both embraces and subverts some of the more common characteristics of African film. The oral storytelling tradition, the clash between ancient traditions and modernity, the looming spectre of colonialism – they are all present. Mambéty, though, turns them inside out. He forces us to think about what every single one of these things means, but he does it with poetry and magic.

What you’ll find in this episode: a whirlwind tour of African cinema, the filmmaker as iconoclast, corruption, eunuchs, and truth, justice, and the African way.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Hyenas on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Claim.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Cairo Station.
A list of great African films, with one choice from each of the 54 countries.
One of our favorite domestic distributors of African films, ArtMattan Productions.

Criterion Now 101: Wishlists Continued, Martin Scorsese

Mark Hurne and Trevor Berrett join Aaron again to continue where they left off at episode 100. Additionally we get into some news items including Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and potentially An Unmarried Woman from the newsletter clue. From then on it is more wishlists and enjoyable convo. Keep in mind that this was recorded prior to the February 2020 announcements so a couple of the items are already outdated.

Episode Links

Criterion Now 100: Wishlist Part 1
John Sayles in the Criterion Closet
Peter Labuza Twitter regarding ItalianAmerican coming to Criterion
Vulture – A Guide to Orson Welles Other Unfinished Movies
The Eclipse Viewer 20 with Michael Koresky

The Complete Kieślowski 13 – Dekalog 9 & 10

To close out our 6-part miniseries covering the individual episodes of the Dekalog, Matt and Travis welcome Daisuke Beppu, who hosts a wonderful YouTube channel covering the Criterion Collection and other film and home media topics. We discuss episodes 9 and 10 of the series, which stand out in distinctive ways. For episode 9, we discuss the powerful depiction of a relationship on the ropes and the film’s influence on Kieślowski’s later work, while our discussion of episode 10 covers the value of the film’s offbeat humor and emotional depiction of two brothers finding each other as the final story in the series.

We hope you enjoy the discussion!