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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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Apr 23, 2016

Mark and Aaron discuss Plain Archive, the South Korean Blu-Ray label, with input from Hyunhu Jang. He is a Producer and the Communications Manager for the label. In addition to talking about the label's titles and their terrific packaging, we also delve into the global Blu-Ray economy and the challenges with streaming media. We discuss the 2016 Cannes lineup and share our favorite 1988 films.

Outline:

0:00 - Intro and Welcome Ghost of Plain Archive
2:55 – Thanks & Feedback on New Format
7:25 – Hertzfeldt Giveaway Update
9:10 – Mark on First Time Watchers
14:00 – Plain Archive Discussion
37:15 – Movie Lists, 1988 Films
46:40 – Cannes 2016
54:20 – Short Takes (Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Steve Jobs, Ex Machina, Shame, Carol, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Episode Links & Notes

Plain Archive
Plain Archive International Facebook 
First Time Watchers 206: Sabotage
Criterion Blues Lists
Aaron's 1988 List
Mark's 1988 List
Aaron's 1978 List
Cannes 2016 Lineup

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

Apr 10, 2016

Mark and Aaron change things up by talking about a variety of topics. We delve into Don Hertzfeldt, Lady Snowblood, our recent purchases, films we've seen lately, Criterion news, and a strange story about a trolling incident.

Outline:

0:00 - Intro & Show Preview
2:15 – Show Format Changes
5:55 - The “Troll” Incident
14:00 – Don Hertzfeld
19:25 – Recent Purchases
31:05 – Lady Snowblood
38:35 – A Little Bit of Criterion News
51:15 – 4K TV Discussion
57:00 – Short Takes (A Poem is a Naked Person, The Miracle Worker, The Swimmer, Embrace of the Serpent, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Crimson Peak)

Episode Links & Notes

Wrong Reel: Episode 119

Don Hertzfeldt Kickstarter

CCU 23.5 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Clouds of Sils Maria

Movie Mezzanine. No Home Video: On Women-Directed Films

Criterion Response to Movie Mezzanine

Criterion Forum Women Filmmakers Thread

Where to Find Us:

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

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