Aaron West

Criterion Now 83 – Agnes Varda, Kino Lorber, Criterion Channel

Aaron is joined by Dave Eves and Matt Schlee. We begin the show by paying tribute to a master, the great Agnès Varda, who we lived a long life yet it still feels like we lost her too soon. We also talk about all of the titles that were announced as part of the Kino Lorber Studio Canal Deal, and we give a brief preview of the Criterion Channel that launches on April 8th. We cover a number of March releases with our Short Takes, and we cover the recent Criterion news.

Episode Links

Kino Lorber Complete List in StudioCanal Deal
Criterion Announces Channel Lineup
Polyester Confirmed

Daisuke Beppu – Sid & Nancy: Comments on the Criterion Collection

Daisuke talks about the Criterion Collection edition of Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy, spine number 20.

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Fred Berger

Alicia visits the production office of producer Fred Berger, who talks about the type of obsession and passion it takes to shepherd an original film from concept to cinema, without sacrificing the vision of the director. And… what a producer actually does!

Daisuke Beppu – Comments on The Room

Daisuke seriously breaks down an interesting film (to say the least) — THE ROOM. Oh hai, Mark!

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Kent Jones

Alicia talks to Kent Jones in a loud hotel room. He is the former director of the New York Film Festival, who is now a filmmaker in his own right. They chat about being obsessed with film, taking time to achieve your goals and feeling the fear but doing it anyway.

Podcast Milestones

As podcasters, we love our special round number episodes. It really is baffling because I’ve probably been on somewhere between 200-300 shows, perhaps even more, but having the numbers line up on your primary feed is an achievement and it calls for something special.

We had two such milestones reached over the past weekend, and our hosts unquestionably made the episodes special.

One of our flagship shows, The Magic Lantern Podcast went a little above and beyond. They started by asking their community to choose the film, which ended up being one of my personal favorites — Paris, TX. Additionally, they took listener questions and recorded a second part of their 100th episode. And then they dropped the mic and decided to leave the country. Enjoy the other hemisphere, Cole and Ericca.

Jamie and Doug also reached 100 and covered one of the worst best movies of the 1980s, Mac and Me. It is essentially an E.T. ripoff and a full-length McDonalds commercial all in one. Have I mentioned that it’s terrible and that I love it? While they didn’t go to the same extent as Cole and Ericca, they certainly prepared a tentpole title and had a lot of fun with it.

There are a couple of other podcasts that are nearing the same milestone. Just the Discs is currently at episode 98, and I happen to know that episode 100 is recorded and in the can, ready to be released soon. And I look forward to listening to it.

The next one up is Criterion Now which is at episode 82. At this rate, we will probably reach episode 100 by the end of the year, perhaps late fall depending on how things go. We will certainly do something special, but as of right now haven’t planned anything. Suggestions are welcome.

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Arrow Now – Episode 4 – Best of 2018

Aaron is joined by Dave Eves and Tim Leggoe. We enjoyed a belated year in review for Arrow Now’s 2018 release slate. We each narrowed down our top 5 from all of Arrow’s catalog including Arrow Video, Arrow Academy, Region A or Region B. We also talk about the recent releases, the upcoming announcements for the next few months, and the titles that have been confirmed or teased in the future.

Episode Links

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Nina McNeely

Alicia chats with choreographer Nina McNeely, who worked with Gaspar Noé for ‘Climax’. Nina reveals the challenges in creating a one take sequence featuring dancers with very different styles and how she became a choreographer.

Criterion Now 82 – June 2019 Announcements, Claire Denis, Documentary Now

Aaron is joined by Brad McDermott and Matt Gasteier. They start with the June 2019 Criterion releases, talk about their flash sale experiences (or lack thereof), discuss the visits to Criterion, the Claire Denis and Mike Leigh screenings, the potential of Buster Keaton, Wong Kar-wai, Abbas Kiarostami, and others to come out. They also talk about Documentary Now! episodes and how the Company episode is not potentially going to be connected to an upcoming Criterion release.

Episode Links

Criterion Now Facebook – June Prediction Poll
Richard E. Grant Closet Visit
Chaz Ebert’s Oral History of the Documentary Now Company Episode

25th Frame Feature – Alicia Malone and Jill Blake

Alicia Malone and Jill Blake join to talk a little about film, but also announce that they are both joining the 25th Frame Network. Alicia already has a “magnificent” show and Jill will be developing one soon. Please give them a warm welcome to the network!