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Criterion Now 79 – Criterion 2018 Bracket Challenge

For this episode, we tried a new spin on the best of 2018. Rather than do lists or rankings, Aaron put together a bracket with seedings based on the general consensus of the opinions. The only difference was that the Bergman Box Set was removed from competition because it would be the winner against all other films. Unfortunately in the creation of the bracket, we missed the August 2018 releases including Tree of Life. We don’t think this would have changed our outcome, but the most recent bracket can be found in the Criterion Now Facebook group.

Criterion Now 78 – April 2019 Announcements, New Year’s Drawing, Wong Kar Wai, Orson Welles

Criterion Now is rebooted, reborn, or whatever you want to call it, under the 25th Frame. Here to celebrate the first episode of the year and this new network are partner Cole Roulain and creative consultant, Matt Gasteier. In addition to launching the new network, we get into some Criterion news. The big topic is the April 2019 announcements, and we briefly go over the New Year’s Drawing clues, MyCriterion, and speculate on what box sets are coming next.

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Criterion Now – Episode 77 – March 2019 Announcements, StudioCanal and Kino

Peter Labuza from The Cinephiliacs joins Aaron and Mark to catch up on the latest and share his opinions on the March 2018 announcements and various other topics. Peter was an excellent and enjoyable guests. He praises Robert Zemeckis as a filmmaker that does not get their proper due, and has some favorites in the March slate. We also talk about the impacts of StudioCanal sending classic titles to Kino Lorber, some of which had previously been on Criterion.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Criterion Now – Episode 76 – FilmStruck, Fandor, and the state of home media

Fritzi Kramer from MoviesSilently and Jill Blake from The Retro Set, a freelance writer for TCM and formerly FilmStruck join to discuss the big week with the end of FilmStruck, the potential end of Fandor, and all of the implications. From there we discuss how to balance the restoration, curation and exhibition of classic and art film in a culturally and commercially viable way. We discuss the challenges of obtaining access to film history, whether that includes larger, more popular titles, or obscure niche titles. Finally we talk about the future of film, how to reconcile the streaming initiatives of the major studios, and how to manage civil discourse within the community during such an uncertain period.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Criterion Now – Episode 75 – Bergman Box Set

Becky D’Anna and Dave Eves join to unpack and unravel the massive Bergman Box Set. They have previously done six Bergman related episodes for Wrong Reel, and Becky is a lifelong devotee, having seen all but one Bergman film in the box set. We discuss the success of the boxset, the curated structure, the love and care in which it was produced, and how we plan to watch the films. We also give our experiences on how we obtained the set, which has proven to be a difficult task for many in our community.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Criterion Now – Episode 73 – A Conversation with Risa Bramon Garcia

Jordan Essoe joins Aaron as they interview legendary casting director & filmmaker Risa Bramon Garcia. Risa has spent decades working as a casting director with credits including some of the best films of the 80s and 90s, and she has worked with some of the top directors in the industry. She currently casts mostly for television and she runs an acting studio. Jordan, who is a friend of the show, had taken one of her classes and gives us some interesting anecdotes. We talk a lot about the nature of casting, her part in the position and how the performers can make her proud. We talk at length about the acting studio and how to get people performing outside of their comfort zone, and we also talk about her 1999 feature 200 Cigarettes, which featured a who’s who of actors from the time.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Criterion Now – Episode 71 – RIP FilmStruck

This is an emergency episode to talk about the unfortunate news that FilmStruck will be shutting down next month. Matt and Aaron express some emotions, speculate on what was behind this decision, talk about the streaming landscape and where things are headed, the state of physical media, and where Criterion may end up. Mostly, we want to thank the people from Criterion and FilmStruck for putting together such a remarkable, enjoyable service. Hopefully the next niche service will learn from their curation.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Criterion Now – Episode 70 – Night of the Living Dead, Mandy, Greatest Special Features

Matt Kubinski from CinemaJaw joins Aaron and Mark for a discussion of Criterion horror films, George Romero, Mandy, and many other topics. The segment with Matt begins at the 42:30 minute mark. The first half of the show is Aaron and Mark discussing the latest in Criterion news. They talk about the latest newsletter clue, the potential of a post-Barnes and Noble world, recent Janus Films additions, the best special features of all time, the upcoming Fassbinder Center in Frankfurt, and the next Wes Anderson movie. 

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.