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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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May 30, 2016

Aaron is joined by Keith Enright for a discussion of politics, new and old, through the lens of The War Room (1993), the behind-the scenes 1992 Clinton campaign documentary. We go into depth about the backroom politics and how those are what defines the campaign, but are usually far from the public eye. We contrast the politics of today and yesterday by looking the current affairs and Robert Drew's Primary.

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

Episode Links & Notes

0:00 – Introduce and Welcome Keith
3:40 – Keith’s FilmStruck take
12:00 – Collecting discussion
19:00 – The War Room

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Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
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May 22, 2016

Mark, Aaron and Paul Cobb look at John Frankenheimer's political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate. We explore the originality and how it influenced other paranoia films, how it spoke to the spirit of the 1960s, as a satire towards McCarthyism, and how it has remained relevant throughout the years.

Special Guest: Paul M. Cobb from the Blogue Cinéastique. You can find him on Twitter.

0:00 - Intro and welcome Paul
2:55 – Paul’s Criterion Connection
11:20 – Don Hertzfeldt Revisit
12:20 – August 2016 Criterion Releases
31:10 – The Manchurian Candidate

Episode Links & Notes

Criterion Collection: The Manchurian Candidate

Where to Find Us:

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

May 15, 2016

Mark and Aaron fly back to 1939 to discuss Howard Hawks' classic Only Angels Have Wings. We evaluate the special effects, how the film built suspense, the context of aviation in the late 1930s, and later films that embody a similar masculinity. We also reveal the winner of our Don Hertzfeldt contest and talk about region free players.

Show notes:

Outline:

0:00 – Welcome and Intro
1:50 – Don Hertzfeldt giveaway winner
7:55 – Podcastaggedon
12:40 – Region Free Player
18:05 – Short Takes (Everybody Wants Some, Amy, Blue Velvet, Chimes at Midnight, Son of Saul, A Vermont Romance)
39:20 – Only Angels Have Wings

Episode Links & Notes  

The Newsstand

On the Screen: Out 1 and the Jacques Rivette Collection

CriterionCast Chronicles

220 Electronics

Multi-System Electronics Amazon Store

Criterion: The Special Effects of Only Angels Have Wings

Criterion: Only Angels Have Wings

Where to Find Us:

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

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