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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: June, 2016
Jun 26, 2016

Mark and Aaron welcome Ben Model, silent film historian, accompanist, distributor, and enthusiast. He gave a presentation about "undercranking" on Criterion's release of Chaplin's The Kid. We discuss the idea of undercranking, scoring silent music, and the state of silent media today theatrically and in the home video market.

Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Ben Model from Silent Film Music and Undercrank Productions. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Ben

1:15 – Ben’s Criterion Connection

4:00 – Discussion and explanation of undercranking

18:20 – Ben’s background

24:00 –Silent films on Criterion and other labels

27:20 – Silent Film Kickstarters

38:00 – Silent Film discussion

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: The Player

Jun 19, 2016

Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman's Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.

About the film:

Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.

Episode Links & Notes

0:00 – Intro and Welcome

4:25 – Podcastings

10:00 – Upcoming Series Announcement

13:20 – Short Takes (The Lobster, Love & Friendship)

33:00 – Barcelona and Whit Stillman

Episode Credits


Jun 6, 2016

Mark and Aaron explore the popular genre that is science fiction. At the core of our discussion is a science fiction project that Aaron has been working on, but we also explore the genre on Criterion, and delve further into Rainer Werner Fassbinder's World on a Wire.

Episode Links & Notes

0:00 – Welcome and Intro
3:00 – The War Room, Thanks Keith
4:30 – Mark’s Decision
8:30 – Short Takes (Frau im Mond, The Fits, Captain America: Civil War, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Mysterious Island, Stalker)
29:00 – The Sci-Fi List Project
50:30 – Sci-Fi Criterion Titles
57:00 – World on a Wire

CCU39: The War Room Wonders in the Dark

CCU12: The Brood & Early Cronenberg

Musical Notation: Metropolis

Great Criterion Sci-Fi (Corby D.)

Criterion Science Fiction (kafkaesque)

Taste of Cinema: 15 Great Scientific Movies in the Criterion Collection

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