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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.

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

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.

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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

Criterion Now 81 – Oscars 2019, Stanley Donen, Film Festival Season

Doug McCambridge and Josh Hornbeck are back and they talk about the Oscars, Flash Sales, the March Criterion slate, the new My Collection feature on the Criterion website, upcoming film festivals, give tributes to Stanley Donen and Katherine Helmond, and discuss a lot more.

Criterion Now 80 – May 2019 Announcements, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Spike Lee

Cole Roulain and Ericca Long, hosts of the Magic Lantern and partners in this 25th Frame venture, join to get into all sorts of topics. We talk about the May 2019 announcements, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kore-eda, Jia Zhangke, David Bordwell, and we give tributes to Albert Finney and Bruno Ganz.

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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Episode Credits


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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Episode Credits


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