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Criterion Now 102: February 2020 Announcements, Closet Visits

Cole Roulain and Josh Hornbeck join for a brief, lightly edited episode to discuss how much we adore the February 2020 Announcements. We talk about the significance of people visiting the Criterion closet, what the deal with StudioCanal is, anticipation of Bette Davis, and more.

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Deadline – Studiocanal 4K Re-Releases In 2020 To Include ‘Breathless’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Total Recall’ & ‘Flash Gordon’

Criterion Now 101: Wishlists Continued, Martin Scorsese

Mark Hurne and Trevor Berrett join Aaron again to continue where they left off at episode 100. Additionally we get into some news items including Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and potentially An Unmarried Woman from the newsletter clue. From then on it is more wishlists and enjoyable convo. Keep in mind that this was recorded prior to the February 2020 announcements so a couple of the items are already outdated.

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Criterion Now 100: Wishlist Part 1
John Sayles in the Criterion Closet
Peter Labuza Twitter regarding ItalianAmerican coming to Criterion
Vulture – A Guide to Orson Welles Other Unfinished Movies
The Eclipse Viewer 20 with Michael Koresky

Criterion Now 100: Memory Lane, Wish Lists

Mark Hurne and Trevor Berrett join Aaron to celebrate our 100th episode. In this discussion, we first reminisce about the origins not just of Criterion Now, but of Mark and Aaron’s podcasting exploits including Criterion Close-Up and CriterionCast. We then transition to the big wish list episode, based on polling in the Criterion Now Facebook group. We had compiled a number of titles and box sets that people would love to see on Criterion, whether they are grounded in reality or not. We talk about the merits of the releases and what chances they have of happening.

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The Complete – Dekalog 7-8
Criterion Reflections – The Devils

Criterion Now 99: Horror Films, January 2020 Announcements

Dave Eves joins again, and this time we take a detour and discuss horror films that are both in and out of the Criterion Collection. With it being October, we both committed to watch horror films throughout the month in order to get in the spirit of Halloween. We discuss a lot of the titles that we saw. We also spend some time discussing Criterion news, including a brief reaction to the Criterion January 2020 announcements, the upcoming Godzilla set, Bamboozled, UHD, and more.

Episode Links

25th Frame – Reaction to January 2019 Criterion Announcements
Introducing Criterion Channel Surfing
Spike Lee – Bamboozled Instagram Post
Digital Bits – 4K UHD List

Criterion Now 98: Criterion Channel Surfing, Godzilla Preview, Kino

Josh Hornbeck joins to introduce his new show, Criterion Channel Surfing, which should be a great fit on The 25th Frame. We also get into the latest with Criterion, including the trailer for Godzilla and some early expectations. We talk about the newsletter clue that looks to be for Sidney Lumet’s Fail-Safe. We also spend some time talking about Kino’s new streaming service and how that impacts the arthouse streaming scene.

Episode Links

Criterion Collection – Odorama Card Production
Godzilla Trailer/a>
Letterboxd and JustWatch
Kino Releases New VOD Platform

Criterion Now 97: December 2019 Announcements, John Waters, Blue Velvet

Daisuke Beppu and Doug McCambridge join the podcast to talk December 2019 announcements and more. December is usually a lighter month, but there was plenty for us to be happy about. We also talk about the charming John Waters, the potential for the extended cut of The Cotton Club to come, the filmmakers of The Assassination of Jesse James asking to be on Criterion. We also get into Blue Velvet and David Lynch eating quinoa.

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Criterion Now Group – December 2019 Predictions
John Waters in the Criterion Closet/a>
The Cotton Club Redux
Roger Deakins asks for Jesse James release

Criterion Now 96: Odorama

Dave Eves joins and we have a little fun with the recent release of Polyester and specifically the Odorama card. This is truly a unique film, and subsequently a unique release for Criterion. We discuss the best way to watch the film, answer questions about the experience, and talk about each of the smells. You could call it a smellebration.

Indicator Now – Episode 1 – Favorite Releases, Business Model, The Big Sale

Matt Schlee and Tim Leggoe join Aaron for the first episode dedicated to Indicator, which follows the Criterion Now format. We discuss the history of the label, how it compares with other labels, how their business model works, the way they handle supplements, and customer service and shipping. We also talk plenty about the films, including the upcoming and recent releases, and we all list three of our favorite releases from the label to this date.

Episode Links

Powerhouse Films
The Indicator / Powerhouse Films Blu Ray Collection Fan Group

Criterion Now 95: Temple Drake, Agnes Varda, RoboCop

Mark Hurne is back! We dig into a number of topics beginning with some of the upcoming Arrow releases that have Criterion crossover, specifically Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and RoboCop. We also talk about the newsletter clue, which is most likely The Story of Temple Drake. We reflect on the July slate now that we’ve had some time to watch them. We also talk about Kim Cattrall, Canadian access to Criterion, Criterion UK, and the potential for an Agnes Varda box set to potentially be released.

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Criterion Now Group – Best of July, 2019
Kim Cattrall Criterion Closet Picks
Criterion Charter Card
Interview with Rosalie Varda

Criterion Now 94: November 2019 Announcements, Teal Ray, Olympic Films

Jill Blake and Matt Gasteier join as we get to announcements beyond spine 1000 and found many surprises in the Fall lineup with a stellar Bette Davis duo and more. We also take on the idea of “Teal Ray” which is a phrase we’ve coined based on the continual complaints about teal hues in new transfers. Jill especially has some strong words about that subject. We also talk about Olympic films, gateways into foreign auteurs, Koker Trilogy, and more.

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DVD Beaver – Polyester Review
Letterboxd List of Films Premiering on the Criterion Channel in September 2019