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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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Dec 28, 2015

This is a special Christmas episode as we discuss some end of the year Criterion news along with Arnaud Desplechin's 2008 A Christmas Tale, released on The Criterion Collection in 2009. Rather than a pleasant family Christmas film that fills all with glee, we have a deep, ensemble family tale with rivalries, bitterness, illness and even betrayal. It culminates with a Christmas reunion out of medical necessity. We dig deep into the film and try to explore and find answers for the divided nature of the characters.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Christmas, Housekeeping
19:00 - News
47:00 - A Christmas Tale

Intro

Upcoming Podcast Schedule

Alex Cox Indiegogo Campaign

News:

The Criterion Chronology - Letterboxd list from David Blakeslee

Criterion - National Film Registry Titles

2015 National Film Registry Titles

Tati Hulu Announcement

Lady Snowblood Hulu Announcement

Where to Stream the Best Films of 2015

The Graduate Leaving Netflix in January

Film Comment Best Films of 2015 AFI Best of 2015

Jean Eustache Controversy

Amazon 50% Sale

A Christmas Tale

Facebook Photo Album

Tim's Post about A Christmas Tale

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Dec 20, 2015

Aaron, Mark and Martin Kessler discuss the March 2016 Criterion Collection releases, and then go further by talking about our favorite Blu-Ray releases of the year. These include Criterions, but we also discuss many other boutique labels including Twilight Time, Kino Lorber, Flicker Alley, Masters of Cinema, Shout Factory, and many others.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Martin Kessler from Flixwise.

You can find him on IMDB, Twitter and Letterboxd.

Outline: 0:00 - Intro, Post-Surgery, Podcasts
18:15 - News
30:15 - March 2016 Criterion Releases
45:45 - The Best Blu-Rays of 2015

Intro:

Criterion Cast - Best of 2015 Podcast

InSession - Settling the Score

Vice Piece on Mexican Narco Cinema

News:

Boyhood hint on Instagram

Mike Leigh and Roger Pratt on Criterion Instagram

Marcel Pagnol Phantom Page

Godard’s Une Femme Mariee coming from Cohen Media

March 2016 Criterion Collection Releases

Paris Belongs to Us

The Manchurian Candidate

A Brighter Summer Day

Bicycle Thieves

A Poem is a Naked Person

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Dec 12, 2015

Mark and Aaron talk to Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Author (and many other titles) Alex Cox. We focus on his films in the Criterion Collection, including Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Walker and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, but we delve into a lot of other interesting subjects. Most of this is just film aficionados talking to each other and sharing tastes. Alex was a candid, forthcoming, interesting and humorous guest, who were were honored to speak with.

Alex Cox

Tombstone Rashomon Indiegogo

Contact Us to get involved with Alex's project.

Alex Cox's Current Website

Alex Cox's Old Website

Various topics discussed:

Alex's Criterion Connections.
His films in the Criterion Collection.
Tombstone Rashomon and Crowdfunding.
The casting of Sid.
The cinematography of Roger Deakins and Robby Müller.
Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.
West Coast USA versus British Punk Scene.
Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski.
His favorite films that he has made.
Other films of his Criterion should release.
Modern Mexican cinema.
Repo Man and Kenny Rogers.
Harry Dean Stanton.
Lawrence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, and method acting.
Roger Corman & independent filmmaking.
Fear & Loathing with Hunter S Thompson

Doc (1971), Frank Perry

15 Mexican Films You Should Stream on Netflix.

Miguel Sandoval         

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Dec 9, 2015

Aaron West and David Blakeslee talk about Richard Brooks' 1967 adaptation of the popular Truman Capote "Non-fiction Novel," In Cold Blood. We talk about the actual crime itself and how the perpetrators are portrayed, whether accurately or not, the wide reaching influence it had, and the film language that was used in order to tell the story.

Special Guest - David Blakeslee from Criterion Reflections and The Eclipse Viewer. You can follow him on Twitter.

In Cold Blood

Facebook Photo Album

David's Blog Post about In Cold Blood (with an interesting comment discussion)

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Dec 6, 2015

Mark and Aaron have to abbreviate the episode, but we expand the news and get into what is happening not just with Criterion, but also with other films out there during awards season and that are in the wheelhouse of Criterion fans. We also finally (yes, finally) announce our special guest, who has 3.5 films in The Criterion Collection.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Housekeeping
14:55 - News


Intro, Housekeeping:

Here is Your Life - Short Cut

Met our Facebook challenge - thanks guys.


News:

Jellyfish Eyes

Speedy

Wexner Center to Showcase Criterions and a New Restoration

New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Restored Mizoguchi Masterpiece Gets an Overdue Theatrical Run

Review: Hitchcock/Truffaut Revisits the Master of Suspense

Ana Lily Amirpour Top Ten List

Where to Find Us:

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

Dec 2, 2015

Aaron West discusses This Is Your Life, Jan Troell's debut film on The Criterion Collection, which he co-write, directed, photographed, and edited. The intent was not to compare him to Bergman, but that was easier said than done. Any 1960s Swedish art film has to invoke Bergman, but this work stands alone as a historical and personal epic.

Facebook Photo Album

Where to Find Us:
Mark Hurne: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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