Aaron West

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)

Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Eddie Muller

Alicia goes backstage at the Noir City film festival to chat with its founder, the Czar of Noir, TCM host, Eddie Muller. They talk about his noir-esque father, how the film festival started and the possibly illegal things he’s done to save a movie from being destroyed.

Criterion Now 84 – Criterion Channel Hot Takes

The launch of the Criterion Channel called for an emergency podcast. Josh, Matt and Michael joined to talk about our first impressions, and Josh announces a new cast that’s in development.

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.