Thursday, October 31, 2013

Episode Eighteen: Ingeborg Holm and The Holy Mountain

This week, Mike and Sean celebrate a number of milestones: the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Victor Sjöström's seminal realist feature Ingeborg Holm, the 40th anniversary of Alejandro Jodorowsky's surrealist masterpiece The Holy Mountain and the 100th birthday of actor Burt Lancaster. They also pick their essential Social Problem films, take a look at new directions for a pair of former Chicago Reader film critics and listen to a lot of Lou Reed music.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Episode Seventeen: Cat People and The Black Cat

Celebrating a Feline Halloween, this week we take a look at Paul Schrader's 1982 film Cat People, starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell and Edgar G. Ulmer's 1934 The Black Cat, with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. We'll also talk about Lugosi in general and pick our Cinemessential Cats. And, of course, we talk about Johnnie To, specifically in unhappy response to the recent Grantland article about the Hong Kong director.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Episode Sixteen: Belle de jour and Belle toujours

This week, in honor of the 70th birthday of iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, Mike and Sean take a look at one of her classic films, 1967's Belle de jour, directed by Luis Buñuel, along with Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira's 2006 sequel/homage to that film, Belle toujours. They'll also talk about Deneuve's career as a whole, name their essential movies wherein a housewife becomes a prostitute and discuss the impact of Instant Netflix on canon formation on the eve of Video Store Day.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Episode Fifteen: Solaris and Solaris

This week, tying in with the high-profile release of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Mike and Sean take a look at one of that film's star's earlier sci-fi films, George Clooney in Solaris, directed by Sean's directorial Kryptonite Steven Soderbergh, along with an earlier adaptation of that same material by Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky. They also recap Sean's trip to the Vancouver International Film Festival, discuss George Clooney's career and make their picks for the Essential Film Wherein People See Dead People.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Episode Three: Charade and The Truth About Charlie, Redux

Sean and Mike tackle the subject of remakes with Jonathan Demme's 2002 film The Truth About Charlie and the film it was based on, 1963's Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn vehicle Charade. They also discuss their picks for the Essential film remake, the career of Charade director Stanley Donen, what Criterion DVDs should be on your wishlist for the big sale and the intentional nature of Marky Mark Wahlberg's hats.

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Here are some show-related links:

The Cinephiliacs episode with Keith Uhlich where The Truth About Charlie is discussed.
Sean's Stanley Donen list at letterboxd.