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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: July, 2016
Jul 24, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Matt Gasteier to explore Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place (1950) and evaluate Humphrey Bogart's body of work. We go into how Ray's life informed the cinema, why he wasn't celebrated during his time and subsequently appreciated later. We also go through Bogart's entire career, from getting his lucky break to becoming a superstar.

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Special Guest: Matt Gasteier from Criterion on the Brain and Criterion by Spine. You can follow him on Twitter.

0:00 – Welcome and New Music!

2:25 – Welcome Matt!

6:20 – Matt’s Criterion Connection

14:40 – In a Lonely Place

1:06 – Humphrey Bogart

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Next time on the podcast: North of the Border

Jul 16, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Scott Nye to hash out the intricate themes, history, and nuance of Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day. Given the length and depth of the film, we explored it in detail, distilling the cultural and societal clashes that took place in a pivotal period of Chinese and Taiwanese history. We also compare it to what is considered Yang's other masterpiece, Yi Yi, and we touch on the New Taiwanese Cinema movement.


Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Scott Nye from CriterionCast and Battleship Pretension. You can follow him on Twitter.

0:00 – Hello and Welcome Scott

2:25 – Scott’s Criterion Connection

5:10 – Film School in a Cast

8:00 – A Brighter Summer Day

25:00 – Spoiler Warning

1:14:45 – Ratings. No spoilers.

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: In a Lonely Place, Bogie Films

Jul 6, 2016

Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman's "Don't call it a" comeback. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending -- or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.


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Special Guest: Doug McCambridge from Good Times, Great Movies. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter.

0:00 – Intro and Welcome Doug

4:00 – Doug’s Announcement

7:30 – Thank Ben Model

9:20 – Criterion Completion

12:35 – Barnes and Noble Sale

22:00 – The Player

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: A Brighter Summer Day

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