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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: February, 2016
Feb 21, 2016

Mark, Aaron and Kristen Sales give Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl a look. We look at Breillat's methods, and the points about women in society she is trying to make. We delve into feminism, fat shaming, and the dichotomy between the lives of men and and women. We also take a close look at the shocking ending, and try to reconcile what she is trying to say about the world.

Special Guest: Kristen Sales from Sales on Film. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro & Welcome Kristen
6:10 - Kristen's Criterion Connection.
17:50 - Busy Podcasting
22:00 - Short Takes (Chimes at Midnight, Sada, The Karate Kid)
34:00 - Fat Girl

Where to Find Us: Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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Feb 14, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Cole & Ericca from the Magic Lantern Podcast. They are Austin, TX residents and shed a lot of insight into this landmark independent film, Richard Linklater and his involvement in the Austin Film Society. They also talk about how the film reflects the city of Austin, and how much the place has changed in the years since.

Special Guest: Cole and Ericca from Magic Lantern Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro & Welcome Cole & Ericca.
2:55 - Cole & Ericca's Criterion Connections.
6:10 - Fat Girl delay
8:00 - Schedule Update
10:55 - Short Takes (Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Wim Wenders Retrospective, Me and Orson Welles, Anomalisa)
24:25 - Slacker

Where to Find Us:

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

Feb 4, 2016

Mark and Aaron take a trip north to the wonderful world of Canada. This is a special, unscheduled episode to celebrate the O' Canada Blogathon. We talk about all things Canadian, including our Canadian Connections, film and media culture from Canada, and two particular films from The Criterion Collection -- Videodrome and My Winnipeg.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Introduction to Canadian Close-Up
2:10 - Canadian Connections
9:30 - O' Canada Blogathon
15:30 - Celebrating Canadian Culture
29:20 - Videodrome
50:10 - My Winnipeg

O' Canada HQ

Where to Find Us:

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

Feb 1, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Matt Sheardown of ... Criterion Close-Up. You heard right. Long story. Matt is also a video games expert, so we borrowed his expertise as we broke down and evaluated the controversial Criterion release of Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes. We discuss the visuals, the influences, the intended audience, and how to classify it as a genre. We also ask the big question, which many have asked since the announcement -- is it worthy of Criterion?

Special Guest: Matt Sheardown from his YouTube channel. You can find him on Twitter. He is on Twitch as well.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 - Intro & Welcome Matt
7:20 - Matt's Criterion Connection
11:55 - Schedule Update
14:40 - Short Takes (Odd Man Out, Mustang, Room, The Revenant, The Room, Head) 38:15 - Jellyfish Eyes

Where to Find Us: Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Criterion Close-Up: Facebook | Twitter | Email

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