Mark and Aaron are joined by Dave Eves to evaluate the massive Zatoichi serial starring Shintaro Katsu. We explore the character of Zatoichi, and how he's an unusual type of superhero. We also share tips on the best way to watch the series, whether a little bit at a time or to go on a binge-watch. We evaluate the series as both a piece of art and as pop culture, observing the high and low points.
0:00 – Intro and Welcome Dave!
2:10 – Dave’s Criterion Connection Redux
5:00 – Short Takes (Love on the Run, The Cook the Thief his Wife and Her Lover, Cléo From 5 to 7)
17:35 – Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
Next time on the podcast: Appreciation of a Boutique Label
Mark and Aaron celebrate the Summer Olympics by exploring Downhill Racer, an independent film about the Winter Olympics. We draw parallels to what is portrayed in the Michael Ritchie with the actual sporting events that take place today, including the thrills of victory and the agony of defeat. We discuss the groundbreaking cinematography, the nature of winning in an individual sport and the the enduring legacy of Sundance that began with this film.
0:00 – Intro and Welcome
1:30 – Short Takes (The Secret in Their Eyes, Everybody Wants Some, Ride with the Devil, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
17:25 – Downhill Racer
Next time on the podcast: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
Mark and Aaron podcast live and in person for the first time ever. During Aaron's vacation up north, he visited "Casa Hurne" up in beautiful Vermont. While we weren't drinking beer and eating delicious food, we decided to podcast a little about the experience we've had with Criterion Close-Up. Aaron also talks about his journey through Canada and the film connections he made along the way.
0:00 – Intro & Welcome
2:10 – Aaron’s Canada Trip & Martin Kessler
7:30 - Short Takes (Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, The Witness, Green Room)
20:00 – Dinner at The 400 Blows
22:25 - Christopher Faulkner
30:15 – Reflecting on Criterion Close-Up
Next time on the podcast: Downhill Racer