Aaron West

Criterion Now – Episode 88 – Cannes 2019, Prince of Tides, iTunes, Kanopy

Cole and Matt return to discuss the latest goings on with the Criterion Collection. We take a look at the Cannes 2019 lineup, how they were received, and which ones we expect will be remembered later. We talk about the Prince of Tides newsletter clue and the interesting history of it being released on LaserDisc. We also talk about the evolving streaming media landscape with the upcoming end to iTunes, and the headwinds libraries are facing with Kanopy.

Episode Links

25th Frame – Criterion Completion
Cannes 2019 Ratings
Janus Films – Streetwise
HomeTheaterForum Interview Opportunity with Lee Cline
Film Quarterly – Kanopy is not just like Netflix and not free

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

Criterion Now 86: Newsletter, Cannes Classics, Wong Kar Wai

Michael Hutchins joins as the special guest as we do a remote episode in a hotel which appropriately features an interruption from housekeeping. We dissect what is perhaps the most perplexing newsletter clue in months, talk about the Cannes Classics lineup and what is and isn’t likely to come to Criterion, the potential of a Wong Kar Wai set given the 2020 retrospective confirmation, and plenty more. We also dig into the Criterion Channel and discuss the May lineup and system upgrades.

Episode Links

Cannes Classics 2019
Criterion Channel Update – May 2019

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Leonard and Jessie Maltin

Alicia visits the home of the Maltins, to talk with film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie Maltin… about being in the family business of loving movies, and why they wanted to start their own film festival: Maltin Fest.

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

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.

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)