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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: October, 2016
Oct 30, 2016

We let our hair down for Halloween and celebrate the oddity that is Ôbayashi's House (1977). Dave and Jessica join Mark and Aaron. We agree that House is the most random and the most bonkers "horror" film in existence. Rather than break it down thematically, we celebrate its weirdness by pointing out the WTF moments and the occasions that make us laugh. Warning: this episode has a lot of profanity.


Episode Links & Notes

Special Guests: Dave Eves and Jessica Ramos. You can follow Dave on Twitter.

1:10 – 1:00 – Reflections on our last House episode.

2:50 – Welcome Dave and Jessica!

7:50 - House

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: Cronos

Oct 18, 2016

Mark and Aaron cover the Dutch and French horror/suspense classic, The Vanishing. Having experienced this film numerous times before, we are able to explore the foreshadowing and narrative structure that led us on a wild journey to an even wilder ending. We talk about obsession, control, that harrowing ending, and yes, we even get into the American remake.


Episode Links & Notes

3:10 - October Horror Schedule

5:00 – Short Takes (The Tin Drum, Chevalier, Stop Making Sense, Tapeheads)

23:00 – The Vanishing

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: House

Oct 10, 2016

Mark, Aaron and Eric Ford begin a month of horror with the micro-budget cult classic, Carnival of Souls. We talk about what makes this such an enduring classic that has held up over time, the bizarre story about how it was made, its influences and what it has influenced, and what type of artistic aims the filmmakers tried to reach.


Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Eric Ford from The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Festival.

1:10 – Welcome Eric Ford from Burlington Film Society, Vermont International Film Festival.

4:10 – Vermont International Film Festival

11:20 – Short Takes (Angst, The Neon Demon, Son of Saul, The Brood, Neon Bull, Anomalisa)

31:45 - Carnival of Souls

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: The Vanishing

Oct 2, 2016

Mark and Aaron are joined by Marcus Pinn to explore the filmography of Jim Jarmusch, beginning with Mystery Train (1989). We explore the triple storyline, the coalescence of the director's indie experience and arthouse sensibilities, and the film's sense of place. We then dive into his library and style, and choose our five favorite Jarmusch films.


Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Marcus Pinn from Pinnland Empire. You can follow him on Twitter.

2:15 – TIFF talk with Marcus

17:40 – Criterion Connection “Shelved”

19:00 – Mystery Train

1:01:00 – Jim Jarmusch

Episode Credits


Next time on the podcast: Carnival of Souls

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