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Film Baby Film: Episode 22 – All The President’s Men

Guests Matthew Speredelozzi and Tracy Hresko Pearl, lawyers and culture vultures both, join the podcast to discuss All The President’s Men, Nixon, and whether or not we are going to impeach the current President of these United States. Heavy topics, but both of them make light work of it.

Film Baby Film: Episode 21 – Purge: Anarchy

Welcome Robert Taylor to the FBF podcast, as we discuss 2014’s PURGE: ANARCHY from Blumhouse Productions. The second film in the Purge series is a great launching pad for side discussions on politics, gun ownership, and how much I love Jason Blum. Oh, and it’s also a terrific movie. Robert was a wonderful guest and I suspect we’ll be hearing more from him soon.

Film Baby Film: FBF 20 – Winter Light/First Reformed

Becky D’Anna comes on the podcast to discuss First Reformed and the parallels with Winter Light. This episode is perfectly timed for Bergman 100 and the announcement for the new Ingmar Bergman Collector’s Set, being released by Criterion Collection. Listening to Becky discuss Bergman is the perfect way to celebrate Bergman 100.

Film Baby Film: Episode 19 – Hard To Be A God

We are joined by Martin Kessler from Flixwise Canada to discuss Aleksei German’s film, HARD TO BE A GOD. Terrific movie, a classic in the Russian film tradition, and one worth discussing with someone as knowledgable as Mr. Kessler. After you listen, check out Martin’s essays over at The Pink Smoke to learn more about the films made by one of Russia’s most talented directors.

Film Baby Film: Episode 18 – Thingmar Bergdays – Shame

Becky D’Anna joins us to discuss the movie SHAME, on our first Thingmar Bergday episode in this, our 100th Year of Ingmar Bergman. We start by discussing Becky’s love for Bergman and how she got there, and then we discuss context of the movie in terms of his life, career, and the world around him. Finally we go through why this movie is the closest thing to a Clint Eastwood/Michael Bay action film that Bergman ever made.

If you’re a fan of Bergman, you’ve probably heard Becky because she’s one of the most informed people alive on the man and his movies. I was excited to have her on, and I was not disappointed. If you’re not yet a fan of Bergman: Do yourself a favor… subscribe to Filmstruck, watch some Bergman films, and then listen to all Becky’s episodes. And check out SHAME and listen to this. Don’t worry, we’ll be here waiting for you.

Film Baby Film: Episode 17 – Phantom Thread

Jordan Essoe joins FBF again, this time to discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Phantom Thread. Jordan and I discuss Vicky Krieps impressive performance, as well as various interpretations of the films ambiguous title. Jordan and I also commiserate on the joys and burdens of having boyish excitement, and the need to find passion for something, anything in life. Jordan is a wonderful guest and I am sure you will agree he has much insight to offer on all this and more as we discuss PTA’s latest.

Film Baby Film: Episode 16 – Top 10 Movies of 2017

DJ Moore joins FBF again, this time to discuss the top 10 movies of 2017. We both discuss how much we enjoyed this year’s films, as well as why we need movies in these rockiest of times. We also discuss some of the movies that didn’t make our list, and we mention some of the movies we didn’t see yet from 2017. DJ and I even get to disagree a couple of times, well, more like I disagree with DJ and he’s too polite to tell me to shut up. Thanks for that DJ.

DJ’s Top 10:

10. mother!
9. Phantom Thread
8. Coco
7. Get Out
6. Florida Project
5. Wind River
4. Blade Runner 2049
3. Lady Bird
2. The Post
1. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Jon’s Top 10:

10. Get Out
9. Your Name.
8. The Post
7. Lady Bird
6. Phantom Thread
5. Good Time
4. Columbus
3. Raw
2. A Quiet Passion
1. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Film Baby Film: Episode 15: PTA Pt. 2 – There Will Be Blood & The Master

Today is part 2 of the Paul Thomas Anderson discussion with guest host Jordan Essoe. We discuss THERE WILL BE BLOOD and THE MASTER, and then rank our favorite PTA films in order. Jordan continues to be awesome. Check it out.

Intro: 0:00-5:00
There Will Be Blood: 5:00-56:25
The Master: 56:26-1:19:50
PTA Films, Ranked: 1:19:51-End

Jordan’s PTA Films, Ranked:
1. The Master
2. Magnolia
3. Boogie Nights
4. Punch Drunk Love
5. There Will Be Blood
6. Inherent Vice
7. Hard Eight

Jon’s PTA Films, Ranked:
1. There Will Be Blood
2. Punch Drunk Love
3. Magnolia
4. Inherent Vice
5. The Master
6. Boogie Nights
7. Hard Eight

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Film Baby Film: Episode 14 – PTA Pt. 1 – Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, Inherent Vice

Welcome to part one of our PTA retrospective. Joined by actor/writer/director Jordan Essoe, who will help me dive deep on three of Paul Thomas Anderson’s most Altman influenced films: Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Inherent Vice.

Introduction to PTA and Magnolia: 0:00-1:01
Punch Drunk Love: 1:01-1:36
Inherent Vice: 1:36-End

Film Baby Film: Episode 13 – Book and a Movie-Roadside Picnic & Stalker

Get ready for the FIRST EVER CROSSOVER EPISODE! We joined forces with Reading Envy to discuss a book and movie. Jenny Colvin, the host of Reading Envy, is a total bad-ass. She read over 300 books last year, and she is one of the most intelligent podcasters I know. I thoroughly enjoy her podcast (if you’re New Years Resolution is to read more, check out her “Best of 2017” for book suggestions).

We discussed the book ROADSIDE PICNIC by the Strugatsky brothers, and the Tarkovsky slow-film classic STALKER. We discuss the similarities and differences between the source material and the adaptation, as well as some of the things we liked (and didn’t like). Jenny and I also discuss Infinite Jest, some of her favorite books of the year, a famous littering scene from the show MAD MEN, and finally my friend’s deepest fear.