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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: March, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Michele Rosenthal, professional illustrator and Criterion fan artist. She's also a Criterion fan, but approaches the label from a different angle compared to most collectors. We talk to her about her process, passion, and dedication, and we also discuss the June 2016 release slate with her.

Special Guest: Michele Rosenthal from Criterion Affectiont. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at her personal/professional website.

Outline:

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Michele
2:15 – Michele’s Criterion Connection
7:30 – Housekeeping
10:45 – June Criterion Releases
31:10 – Michele Rosenthal

Episode Links & Notes

CriterionCast Interview with David Blakeslee
Get Michele's Graphic Novel at FutureVisions
Queers in History Tumblr
Funny or Die, Robert E Lee - Children Beware!
Funny or Die - Honest Snow Globes
Head
Antichrist
Summer Hours
Mon Oncle
In the Mood for Love

Where to Find Us:

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

Mar 20, 2016

Mark, Aaron, and Tim are seduced by plastics. We explore what turned out to be a pivotal film in Hollywood history. The Graduate paved the way for many films to come, from casting lead actors, film structure, cinematography, and to the use of music in film. We explore the complexities of Ben's relationships, speculate about the ending, and flesh out the time period in which the film was made.

Special Guest: Tim Costa from the First Time Watchers Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Tim
4:25 – Tim’s Criterion Connection
7:00 – Criterion Chronicles discussion
9:00 – Feedback from Gross-Out
11:00 – Listener feedback
13:10 – Short Takes (The Seventh Seal, Cinema Paradiso, Spotlight)
26:00 – The Graduate

Episode Links & Notes

LMK Film Picks: Nymphomaniac
Mark's Top 10 of 2015
First Time Watchers 200th Episode with Mark guesting
First Time Watchers: The Graduate
Mark Harris: Pictures at a Revolution

Where to Find Us:

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

Mar 13, 2016

Mark, Aaron, Cole, and Dustin are back to continue the conversation about "Gross Out" films. This time we strike a balance between artistry and filth, and try to find redeeming qualities in some of the films considered to be among the grossest of all time. We cover genres and movements, including Giallo, 80s horror, New French Extremity, and the Cannibal series.

Special Guests:

Cole Roulain and Dustin Schultz. Cole is from the Magic Lantern Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook. You can find Dustin on Twitter.

Where to Find Us:

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

Mar 8, 2016

Mark, Aaron, Cole, and Dustin go further than most people want to go. This is our exploration of the gross film, and whether the subgenre has any artistic merit. Our main episode is a deeper look at Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), followed by a history of gore and violence in film, and then a discussion about Ken Russell's The Devils (1971) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò.

Special Guests: Cole Roulain and Dustin Schultz. Cole is from the Magic Lantern Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook. You can find Dustin on Twitter.

Show notes: Outline:

0:00 – Intro and Welcome.
4:40 – Spoilers & Cleanliness
7:10 – Dustin’s Criterion Connection
11:40 – David and Criterion Reflections
14:20 – Podcasting Episode Recap
17:25 – Antichrist 1:07:25 – Gross-Out Part 1

Antichrist

Controversy about it being banned.
Dogme 95 (Wikipedia)

Gross-Out Episode (Part One)

Dustin’s Salò Article
Aaron's Salò Article
Wrong Reel Salò Commentary

Where to Find Us:

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

Mar 2, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by JD and Brendan from InSession Film Podcast to discuss the world of film podcasting. We talk about what led us to this new medium, how the community embraces and enhances it, and how much of an impact it has on our lives. We compare it to the terrestrial radio days, and marvel at how much more captivating "friends talking to each other" can be.

Special Guests: JD Duran and Brendan Cassidy from InSession Film Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Intro & Welcome
2:10 – JD and Brendan’s Criterion Connection
11:15 – JD and Brendan on the recent Criterion releases
14:30 – Fat Girl recap
17:00 – Trust the West
19:00 – Podcasting Discussion

Where to Find Us:

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

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