Aaron West

GTGM Episode 11: The Gate (1987)

After opening a portal to hell in their backyard, Jamie and Doug decide to throw a party. It’s your typical ‘teen party’ for a while but once Jamie’s good friend, Levitation Lucy shows up, the real fun can begin!

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Criterion Close-Up 9: Moonrise Kingdom & the Wes Anderson Debate

Aaron, Mark and David Blakeslee talk about the new Criterion Collection of Moonrise Kingdom, which ties closely to personal events in David’s life that he was generous to share with us. We also discuss the dichotomy of Wes Anderson. Why is he such a divisive director? What is it about him that attracts and repels people with such passion?

Show notes:

Special Guest: David Blakeslee from Criterion Reflections, CriterionCast, and The Eclipse Viewer. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Welcome, Shout-Outs17:50 – News 27:30 – Moonrise Kingdom 1:26:15 – The Wes Anderson Debate

Intro

David and Mark on Pierrot le fou David and Mark on Red Beard David and Aaron on Violence at Noon David’s infamous Criterion shelf image that went viral.

News

Barnes and Noble Sale – potential confirmation Flash sale incoming? Newsletter Drawing – Rivette? Ousmane Sembene Phantom Page Welcome to Criterion’s Online Cinematheque

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

Criterion Close-Up 8: Hiroshima Mon Amour & Romance Across Borders

Aaron, Mark and Martin go in-depth as they explore romance in Alain Resnais’ debut film, Hiroshima Mon Amour. We look at how the sensuality and romance speaks to the tragic events and horrors of the atomic age, while they explore each other’s cultures through a brief relationship.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Martin Kessler from Flixwise. You can find him on IMDB, Twitter and Letterboxd.

Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Shout-Outs, Letterboxd Discussion. 9:55 – News 20:20 – Hiroshima Mon Amour Discussion (Some technical difficulties during this segment.) 1:11:05 – Romance Across Borders

Intro:

Letterboxd lists:

The Criterion Collection (thanks Arik!) The Eclipse Series (thanks Arik!) 1001 Movies to See Before You Die AFI 100 Movies, 10th Anniversary Sight & Sound 250 Oxford History of World Cinema A Story of Film

News:

Rome: Open City Coming to iTunes. Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest will debut on @mubi after its New York Film Festival premiere. Carlotta Films Box Set for Rivette’s OUT1. The Sonic Landscapes of The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Where to Find Us: Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

GTGM Episode 10: Labyrinth (1986)

Jamie works to convince her co-host that David Bowie is actually the owl that we see at the beginning and end of the film but Doug is too busy trying to win over Jennifer Connelly by making fun of her husband’s British accent.

And they both greatly discuss the Goblin King’s ‘package’.

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Criterion Close-Up 7: December Releases & The Cult of Collecting

Aaron, Mark and Keith give a tribute to William Becker, discuss the December releases, and get in-depth as to the Collection aspect of the Criterion Collection. We look at collecting in general, whether it is beer cans, baseball cards, or laser disc, and we discuss how the Collection curates a library that is worth collecting.

Show notes: Special Guest: Keith Enright. He has a blog called The Criterion Completion that focuses on collection and history of The Criterion Collection You can follow him on Twitter Outline: 0:00 – Welcome, Thanks, Housekeeping 12:30 – News 14:00 – William Becker Tribute 23:05 – News Continued 29:10 – December Releases 37:55 – The Cult of Criterion Collecting

NEWS

DVD Beaver Blu-Ray.com Criterion page Crowd Source Studios – Jonathan Turell Interview

November Releases

Burroughs the Movie

Downhill Racer  

Jellyfish Eyes

Speedy  

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Criterion Close-Up 6: 12 Angry Men (1957) and Single Location Films

Aaron, Mark and Doug explore innocent, guilt, and civic duty by discussing Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men. We also discuss other films that are shot primarily at one location, why these films are often good, and what ingredients are required for a quality film in a single location.

Show Outline:

0:00 – Intro, Welcome, Thanks.22:00 – Preview of December Releases 31:50 – 12 Angry Men Discussion 1:15:25 – Single Shot Discussion

Show notes:

Special Guest: Doug from Good Times, Great Movies. Twitter | iTunes.

News:

Amazon sale.Monkees’ Complete TV Series, ‘Head’ Coming to Blu-ray DVD Beaver Dressed to Kill review Toronto International Film Festival 45 Days Son of Saul Steve Jobs Michael Fassbender article. 12 Angry Men:

IMDB Top 250

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GTGM Episode 9: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Upon arriving in NYC, Doug and Jamie knock heads, develop amnesia, and go their separate ways. Having no discernible skills, Jamie gets a job as a projectionist as she’s slightly better at it than Aidan Quinn and because the wig looks so great on him, Doug becomes a magician’s assistant at the world famous ‘Magic Club’. And because they never hit their head again, this is how they live out their days.

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Criterion Close-Up 4: Day for Night and François Truffaut 1968-1975

Episode Outline:   0:00 – Welcome, Introduction, Corrections. 12:15 – News 34:25 – Day for Night 1:19:05 – François Truffaut 1968-1975   My Life as a Dog review My Life as a Troll – My take on the trolling On Spoilers and Trolls – MoviesSilently came to my defense.  

Corrections How I Won the War Badlands Black Girl and A Touch of Zen at NYFF The Last Temptation of ChristPop Culture Pundit  

News   Latest Wacky Drawing  iScottie list of titles Janus   Throne of Blood – Blu-Ray   Documentary Now!   Documentary Now: Kunuk Uncovered     Nanook of the North      Two Days, One Night   Zatoichi – one day sale at Amazon. The sale was last week, and is now back to regular price.   Criterion Completion  

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GTGM Episode 8: RoboCop (1987)

In the not-too-distant-future (I guess) Doug and Jamie’s plumber’s strike is overshadowed by the unveiling of a robotic killing machine and a police force strike. So, I guess they decide to become the Super Mario Brothers. But Jamie’s a woman, sooooooooooo…

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