Jonathan James

Film Baby Film: Episode 34 – Khrustalyov, My Car!

Martin Kessler (of Flixwise Canada fame) joins to discuss Aleksei German’s KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! Recently released by Arrow here in the US, this movie gives us the opportunity to revisit the absurd-grotesque-comedic world, that feels like a parallel universe to HARD TO BE A GOD… probably because it is.

Martin is one heck of a guest, and he makes an impassioned argument for why we should all be fans of German’s work.

Jon’s Stuff:

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Martin’s Stuff:

Khrustalyov, My Car! Essay on The Pink Smoke

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Film Baby Film: Episode 33 – Nightcrawler & Velvet Buzzsaw

Marcus Pinn takes a quick break before putting out episode 100 of Zebras in America (!) to come on FBF and discuss NIGHTCRAWLER and VELVET BUZZSAW. Pinn and Laubinger collaborate to discuss  theGyllenhaal and Gilroy team up for both movies. We discuss the sad plight of modern film and art criticism in the age of social media, and we discuss which movie is creepier.

Jon’s Stuff:

Film Baby Film Website

Marcus’s Stuff:

Velvet Buzzsaw Essay


Zebras in America Podcast (Apple)

Film Baby Film: Episode 32 – Bergman’s Music Films

Film Baby Film is back! This episode brings together Ingmar Bergman super-fans Becky D’Anna and Dave Eves for a Bergman Music episode. We discuss three of the director’s films that have a musical focus, namely TO JOY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and AUTUMN SONATA. Topics discussed include: why Dave was a total failure as a professional musician, Becky’s love for the sappy side of Bergman, as well as which movie Jon thinks he will rewatch the most. We also discuss an upcoming spin-off podcast, where the three of us talk nothing but Bergman gossip.

Bergman is the patron saint of this podcast, and Becky and Dave are the two best people to discuss him with. If you have half as much fun listening as we did recording… you’ll still have a lot of fun.

Film Baby Film: Episode 31 – The Seventh Seal

Becky D’Anna joins FBF to discuss Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL. This is the first time I’ve dared to discuss such a historically significant film, and thankfully Becky was more than up for the challenge. Becky discusses her favorite scenes in the film, the religious and biographical themes, and makes a spirited defense for THE SEVENTH SEAL as a life-affirming movie.

While many podcasts have been recorded about Bergman’s classic film, I am confident few have had this much discussion of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U.

Becky D’Anna

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Film Baby Film: Episode 30 – Hour of the Wolf

Join Dave Eves and your host Jonathan James as they discuss one of Ingmar Bergman’s most terrifying films: HOUR OF THE WOLF. Dave and Jon sift through the truths, semi-truths, and outright lies surrounding Bergman’s life story and discuss how they impact their interpretation of the film. Jon also presents some half-baked theories, and Dave offers a spirited defense of CRIES AND WHISPERS.

Listening to this episode is more fun than attending a haunted dinner party where all the other guests are Udo Kier.

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