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.
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
Next time on the podcast: North of the Border
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.
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.
Next time on the podcast: In a Lonely Place, Bogie Films
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.
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
Next time on the podcast: A Brighter Summer Day