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Mark Hurne and Aaron West look carefully at The Criterion Collection a title at a time. We discuss all things Criterion, delve into the library and will explore relevant topics such as directors, themes, actors, genres that encompass all of film.
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Oct 31, 2015

Aaron and Mark talk about David Lynch's recent Criterion Collection release of Mulholland Drive. We talk about the nature of the production, from pilot to feature, the randomness, the allure of Naomi Watts, and why the film is so popular. We then turn the blue key and try to make sense of some of the reasonable and wild theories out there. Do we solve this possible? Maybe, maybe not, but we at least make some sense out of it.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Housekeeping
3:40 - News
12:25 - Mulholland Drive
46:00 - Unraveling the Mystery

News

Only Angels Have Wings - likely coming to Criterion.
David Lynch degree
"Most if not all of the Almodovar catalog is coming to Criterion."
Hou Hsiao Hsien on Criterion Current.

Mulholland Drive

Mookes and the Gripes review.

Unraveling the Mystery

Pilot Analysis

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive

David Lynch's 10 Clues

Film Crit Hulk on Mulholland Drive

Mulholland-Drive.net Essay

Other Theories

What's Real About Mulholland Drive?

Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive - Psychological abstract

The Perils of Fantasy: Memory and Desire in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

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Oct 24, 2015

Aaron, Mark and Brian Saur talk about David Croneberg's recent Criterion Collection release of The Brood. We talk about the intense acting, the pseudo-science that goes into the film, and we delve into spoiler territory. Don't worry -- we give plenty of warning. We also talk about the early body horror of Cronenberg and how he integrated science and sexuality into his films, which would continue.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Brian Saur from Rupert Pupkin Speaks and Criterion Cast's Off the Shelf. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Welcome, Housekeeping
10:20 - News
22:00 - The Brood
45:45 - Spoiler section
52:15 - Ratings. Spoilers over.
1:02:40 - Early Cronenberg

Intro

The O' Canada Blogathon Criterion Blogathon 

Weekend - second Criterion Short Cuts episode.

News

Wenders Looking Back - confirms these titles are coming to the collection.

Coen Brothers tease

Ron Benson, founder of Eureka passes away.

The Brood

The incomparable Oliver Reed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXMHZ4XEs0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_hBnSkQZCQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKdtP_CDpm8

Early Cronenberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCseP01zg7w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM3CeWkixVc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kThDU7FhUBY

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Oct 23, 2015

Aaron West does another solo cast looking at one of the later Godard works, as well as one of the most inflammatory, and one of the strangest. That's saying something for Godard. He talks about the tracking shot, the political message, the references to film, and whether Godard was serious or just toying with the audience.

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Oct 18, 2015

Aaron, Mark and Kristina Dijan talk about the recently announced January 2016 Criterion Collection releases. We also delve into the film blogosphere. There is a huge blogging community that spans across multiple platforms, social or technological, and Kristina is at the heart of that community.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Kristina Dijan from Speakeasy. You can find her on Twitter.

Outline: 0:00 - Intro, Welcome, Housekeeping
17:25 - News
27:30 - January 2016 Releases
52:15 - The Film Blogosphere

Intro

Criterion Blogathon - Deadline for submissions this Friday, 10/23.

Alambrista - first Criterion Short Cuts episode.

InSession Film: 99 Homes, The Third Man

New header image at Criterion Blues. Thanks, Aaron Bird.

Jean Grémillon During the Occupation - giveaway. Listen for details. US only.

News

Criterion Current: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson - The Graduate mention.

Cohen Media Acquires Merchant-Ivory.

Criterion Instagram Nerdist - More on new Wes Anderson project.

January 2016 Releases

The Complete Lady Snowblood
Bitter Rice
The American Friend
Inside Llewyn Davis
Gilda

The Film Blogosphere

Movie Musings and Podcastings - Mark's new blog.

Reader Programs:

Wordpress, Feedly, Reeder

Blogathon Info:

Classic Movie Hub's Blogathon page.
Great Villain Blogathon
Aaron's The Blob contribution to the Great Villain 'thon.
Beach Party Blogathon
Classic Movie History Blogathon
Last year's O Canada Blogathon.

Veteran Bloggers:

Classic Film & TV Cafe
Shroud of Thoughts
Greenbriar Picture Shows
Laura's Misc Musings
Self-styled Siren
The Stop Button

Blogs Mentioned:

Mike's Take on Movies
Blonde at the Film
Movies Silently
Now Voyaging
House of Self Indulgence
Wonders in the Dark
Interested in Sophisticated Fun
Criterion Reflections
Rupert Pupkin Speaks
Pre-Code.com
Outspoken and Freckled
Aurora's Gin Joint
Cinematically Insane

Blogger Groups:

Classic Movie Blog Association - eBook here and here.
Classic Movie Hub

TCM:

TCM Party on Twitter
TCM Film Festival

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Oct 13, 2015

Aaron West starts out this new, shorter series with a solo cast about The Criterion Collection's release of Robert M. Young's Alambrista. In this short episode, he explores the low budget "guerrilla" filmmaking, the neo-realism, nature of the immigrant, and evaluates the film and Criterion release.

 

 

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Oct 12, 2015

Aaron, Mark and Keith Silva talk about the Japanese cult, off-the-wall horror film House. This is a film that has to be seen and can hardly be described. We follow it up with a discussion of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which we feel is the benchmark when it comes to haunted house films. Unfortunately we had some technical issues and lost a good bit of the House segment, but plan to re-record soon.

Show notes:
Special Guest: Keith Silva from Interested in Sophisticated Fun, CriterionCast and Psycho Drive-In. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline:
0:00 - Message from Aaron about Technical Difficulties
1:40 - Intro, Welcome to Keith
15:00 - Housekeeping, Show Announcements including new splinter show.
19:20 - News
35:05 - House (abbreviated, tech issues)
44:35 - The Shining

Intro

Shout out to Criterion Confessions.

Thanks to David for Moonrise Kingdom episode!

Tweet about Wes Anderson's new project from Peter Putzel.

Housekeeping

Updated Facebook Page. Please like it!

New Mini-Episodes coming soon.

Criterion Short Cuts!

News

Chantal Akerman Tributes:

FilmInc Tribute
RogerEbert.com Tribute
Flixwise Episode about Jeanne Dielman.

Whit Stillman tweet about Barcelona.

No more replacement title cases on the Criterion site.

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Criterion Close-Up: Twitter | Email

Oct 3, 2015

Aaron, Mark and David Blakeslee talk about the new Criterion Collection of Moonrise Kingdom, which ties closely to personal events in David's life that he was generous to share with us. We also discuss the dichotomy of Wes Anderson. Why is he such a divisive director? What is it about him that attracts and repels people with such passion?

Show notes:

Special Guest: David Blakeslee from Criterion Reflections, CriterionCast, and The Eclipse Viewer. You can find him on Twitter.

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Welcome, Shout-Outs
17:50 - News
27:30 - Moonrise Kingdom
1:26:15 - The Wes Anderson Debate

Intro

David and Mark on Pierrot le fou
David and Mark on Red Beard
David and Aaron on Violence at Noon
David's infamous Criterion shelf image that went viral.

News

Barnes and Noble Sale - potential confirmation
Flash sale incoming?
Newsletter Drawing - Rivette?
Ousmane Sembene Phantom Page
Welcome to Criterion's Online Cinematheque

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Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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