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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: January, 2016
Jan 24, 2016

Mark, Aaron and Keith Enright give a look at D.A. Pennabaker's documentary portrait of Bob Dylan in Dont Look Back (the no apostrophe is intentional). This was a pivotal period in the artist's career, and both the film and the music were influential. We dig deep as to what type of persona Dylan revealed, the cinéma vérité filmmaking style that captured him in his element, and also his attitude towards the press and others who wanted to label him.

Special Guest: Keith Enright from Criterion Completion. You can find him on Twitter.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro & Welcome Keith
3:30 - Caitlin Kuhwald Aftermath
9:40 - Schedule Update
11:10 - Aaron's Blog Announcement
14:35 - Arik's Criterion Presentation
18:15 - Short Takes (The Apu Trilogy, My Golden Years, Hollis Frampton Odyssey, La Ronde, Labyrinth, Revanche)
33:00 - The Newsstand
34:45 - Dont Look Back 

Dont Look Back

FB Photo Album

Mark's Birthday - Amazon Wish List.

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Jan 17, 2016

Illustrator extraordinaire Caitlin Kuhwald joins us to talk about her artwork and the Criterion Collection. She is a professional artist and has worked extensively with many clients, including The Criterion Collection. She has created original artwork for Amarcord, To Be or Not to Be, The Organizer, and many others. She talks about her film tastes including an updated Criterion Top Ten, talks about how Criterion champions illustration, and weighs in on recent covers.

Show notes:

Special Guest: Caitlin Kuhwald from Caitlin Kuhwald Illustration. You can find her on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Caitlin Kuhwald's Criterion Top 10

Erik Skillman blog about Amarcord    

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Jan 14, 2016

This is our first bonus episode and we look at the behemoth of the moment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is a fun little detour from our usual serious, arthouse type of podcast. We tried to approach the movie as both fans and discerning cinephiles and I think we gave it an honest look.

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

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Jan 10, 2016

This is the first Criterion Close-Up double feature. Mark and Aaron take a close look at two films from Bruce Beresford, released theatrically a decade apart and just recently as part of The Criterion Collection. We look at Breaker Morant and how it reconciled British Colonialism on both its subjects and enemies, and how it dispensed justice. We then look at Mister Johnson, which deals with colonial issues such as commerce and civilization. 

Outline:

0:00 - Intro
2:55 - Criterion Connection
5:00 - Overview of Show for CriterionCast Listeners
8:50 - Schedule Changes
10:15 - Changes to News
12:20 - What Have We Seen Lately? aka Short Takes
22:00 - Breaker Morant
1:15:15 - Mister Johnson

Podcast Schedule

CriterionCast Newsstand Episode

Breaker Morant

 Facebook Photo Album

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Jan 2, 2016

Mark and Aaron start the New Year as members of CriterionCast, and jump into the world of Merchant Ivory. With such a lavish, large production with quite an ensemble of characters, there is a lot to say. We discuss the social constraints placed upon the characters, and how some groups have opposing world views that resemble traditional versus modernity, while also touching on the nature of wealth, class, and even gender. We also enjoy discussing how the film surprisingly works as a dry comedy, and we are pleased to have Merchant & Ivory back in print in the Criterion Collection.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro, Criterion Cast Announcement
7:00 - New Year's Discussion
13:30 - Ghost of Trevor
14:55 - CriterionCast Blu-Ray discussion
19:35 - New Week's Guest
21:15 - Not Really Any News
23:55 - A Room with a View

CriterionCast Announcement

CriterionCast Master Feed

CriterionCast Blu-Ray Wish list episode

CriterionCast Favorites of 2015

CriterionCast Wacky New Year's Drawing

A Room With a View

Trevor's A Room with a View review

Criterion | IMDB

Cohen Media Group Acquires Merchant Ivory Titles

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