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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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Now displaying: November, 2015
Nov 28, 2015

Aaron and Mark talk about Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Brian De Palma's 1980 sensual thriller, Dressed to Kill. We go into De Palma and how he's just a film buff that is able to make movies, plus we investigate the expression of sexuality through therapy, and how De Palma was able to use film language to convey his character's desires. And of course, we talk about the iconic museum scene.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Housekeeping
19:00 - News
30:20 - Dressed to Kill

Intro

Criterion Fans Show Their Dedication

#BringBackMST3K Kickstarter

The Talk Film Society Podcast

Short Cuts 4: 3:10 to Yuma

Get us to 1,000 likes on Facebook

News

Entertainment Aids Alliance

Setsuko Hara: Ozu's Quiet Muse Dies at 95.

Criterion Tribute to Ozu and Hara

Code Unknown Issue

John Waters at Criterion

Dressed to Kill

Facebook Photo Album

 

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Nov 26, 2015

Aaron West discusses the second in the Delmer Daves, Glenn Ford trilogy, which could be considered a "Western Noir" because of the clever shot selection, the use of light and shadow, and the multifaceted characters.

Facebook Photo Album

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Nov 22, 2015

Aaron, Mark, Kristina Dijan (Speakeasy) and Ruth Kerr (Silver Screenings) discuss the February 2016 Criterion Collection line-up and then we delve into the Criterion Blogathon, which was an epic experience for all of us. We talk about some of the behind the scenes info, give out prizes, talk about the social media thrills with the #CriterionBlogathon, and give our thanks to all who participated.

Outline: 0:00 - Intro, Housekeeping
9:20 - News & February Releases
38:40 - Criterion Blogathon

Intro

Kristina - Speakeasy Blog | Twitter
Ruth - Silver Screenings Blog | Twitter

Image of 4 Month, Three Weeks, 2 Days

Facebook page

News

Dont Look Back
Ruth's Ikiru review
Kristina's In Cold Blood review
Aaron's The Apu Trilogy Review

Out1 streaming from Fandor

Kitchen Conservations: Gaspar Noé

February 2016 Releases

Criterion Cast The Newsstand

The Emigrants/The New Land

The Kid

Death by Hanging

The Graduate

I Knew Her Well

Criterion Blogathon

Recap, Day One: English Language Films released before 1947
Recap, Day Two: Europe and Mexico
Recap, Day Three: English Language Films, 1947-1980.
Recap, Day Four: Asian Cinema Recap.
Day Five: English Language films, 1981 to present.

Recap, Day Six: Essays and Box Sets.

Complete Roster

F For Films - Favorites from the Criterion Blogathon

Grand Prizes:

Research: Cinematic Scribblings
Portrait: Coffee Gone Cold
Originality: Criterion Affection
Humorous: CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

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Nov 14, 2015

Aaron, Mark and Doug McCambridge from the Good Times, Great Movies podcast discuss this early work of Michael Haneke's recently released on The Criterion Collection. We discuss the famous tracking shot, the way he explores culture, and of course the incomparable Juliette Binoche. We also discuss Haneke's body of work, exploring how he works as a filmmaker, what he is trying to say, and why he is so often provocative. #ParisIsAboutLife

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Housekeeping
20:00 - News
38:40 - Code Unknown
1:22:50 - Michael Haneke

Intro

Doug - iTunes | Twitter

#CriterionBlogathon preview.

News

Ryan Gallagher's tweet about The Manchurian Candidate

Emir Kusturica

Dont Look Back packaging from Criterion Forum

The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection from Arrow

Code Unknown

Photo Album on Facebook.

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Nov 11, 2015

Aaron and Dave Eves kick off Noirvember with a discussion about Jules Dassin's last Hollywood film before being blacklisted and out of work. We talk about the fascinating characters of Harry, Gregorius, and many of the other supporting actors. We also discuss the actual blacklisting experience and how that materialized on the screen.

Show notes: Special guest: Dave Eves - Blog | Twitter

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Nov 7, 2015

Aaron and Mark first talk about the aftermath of a monumentally popular Mulholland Drive episode, which may or may not have had a guest. We also have an extended intro and news section before delving into Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski's 1981 (or 1987) Blind Chance. It is a product of a volatile political time, very much a product and statement about that time, while also being an important work in the career of a respected international auteur.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Mulholland Drive Aftermath, Housekeeping
25:00 - News
45:40 - Blind Chance

Intro

Trevor - Blog | Twitter

Criterion Blogathon - Schedule

News

Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

David Lynch Shorts post 

Christian Petzold

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