Film Baby Film

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

Flixwise & Flixwise Canada Website

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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:

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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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Film Baby Film: Episode 29 – Top 10 Films of 2018

End of the year top 10 list featuring Josh Hornbeck and DJ Moore. Also check includes a list of honorable mentions, as well as movies to look forward to in 2019.

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Film Baby Film: Episode 28 – Ben Fritz’s THE BIG PICTURE w/ James Hancock from WrongReel

Guest James Hancock (host of the film Uber-podcast WrongReel) joins to discuss the book, THE BIG PICTURE by Ben Fritz from the Wall Street Journal. We touch on everything the book touches on: Disney, AT&T, and Netflix; peak television; comic book movies; China’s importance to international box office and to Hollywood financing; and the downfall of Amy Pascal after the Sony hack.

And of course, the Death of Filmstruck.

I hope you enjoy.

Film Baby Film: Episode 27 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Thai Cinema – Around the World in 80 Films pt. 2

Part 2 of Around the World in 80 Films. Joined by Matt Schlee from, this episode goes into the Thai film industry, with a focus on the career of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We also discuss the sin that Francis Ford Coppola commits against The Legend of Suriyothai, as well as my first experience watching a Thai film and seeing someone defecate on screen. (It made more sense the second time around).

Film Baby Film: Episode 26 – “Starring John Cho” – The Films & The Asian-American Experience in Hollywood

This episode is a doozy. I am joined by super-friend Jamie Loo and Fin Coe. Fin is the Co-Creative director of the New Colony theatre in Chicago. We discuss one of my favorite movie stars, John Cho. We discuss five of his films: Better Luck Tomorrow, Harold & Kumar, Star Trek, Columbus, and Searching. Fin and Jamie also share their perspective on the depictions of Asian-Americans in Hollywood and in the American media in general, and how important it is to tell stories from a broad range of perspectives. Phenomenal conversation about a phenomenal actor and a whole lot more.

Film Baby Film: Episode 25 – Luchino Visconti, pt. 2

Matthew Gasteier, co-host of The Complete podcast, joins FBF to discuss the filmography of Luchino Visconti. We cover the entire filmography in two episodes. Part 1 we covered OSSESSIONE to THE STRANGER. On this episode, the final part in this double-header, we begin with THE DAMNED and end with THE INNOCENT.

We also include a ranking of Visconti’s top 5 films, and I answer the very important question of who is hotter, Visconti’s men or Visconti’s women. Spoiler: they’re both hot.

We switch things up a bit this episode. Instead of discussing how hot Alain Delon was, we discuss how hot Helmut Berger was. This episode is pretty spoiler free, so feel free to listen even if you haven’t watched every Visconti film made.

If you’re new to Visconti, this episode is a terrific place to start. Matt is one of my favorite movie podcasters and it’s an honor to have him on.