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Episode 076 – Noir City Austin 2018 by Lantern Light

5/22/2018
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In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2018 and its theme of “Film Noir from A to B” featuring a program of five genuine “A” and “B” double bills. We were delighted to be at Noir City Austin again this year, hosted by The Czar… The post Episode 076 – Noir City Austin 2018 by Lantern Light appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:03:59

Episode 075 – In a Lonely Place

5/6/2018
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In preparing to watch In a Lonely Place (Ray, 1950) for this episode, I read the source novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, though source is a misnomer as this film adaptation kept only the main characters and modified the plot. The novel is absolutely stellar, and I highly recommend it.… The post Episode 075 – In a Lonely Place appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:02:11

Episode 074 – Rope

4/23/2018
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Rope (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock’s almost perfect crime. Based loosely upon the real life case of Leopold and Loeb, it was Hitchcock at his most experimental, plumbing the chilly depths of the murderous impulse. It featured limited cuts and long, unbroken takes to approximate the appearance of the real time… The post Episode 074 – Rope appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:58:30

Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast

4/9/2018
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With circumstances completely against it, but with the brightest imaginations around set alight by a poet and artist, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast or La Belle et la Bête (1946) is one of the most indelible creations ever committed to film. My connection to Jean Cocteau, like so many… The post Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:49:53

Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon

3/25/2018
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When the Creature from the Black Lagoon crawled from the sea onto cinema screens in 1954, Universal Studios found its last great monster. When I discovered it in 1976, I found my first great cinematic love. The Universal monster pantheon turned out to be one of the foundations of my… The post Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 071 – Hoosiers

3/12/2018
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A first among equals as a sports film, Hoosiers (Anspaugh, 1986) is an ideal choice for this time of year: March Madness and the coming of spring and fresh starts. With a lead and supporting cast of characters each battling their own frailties, potential, and failings, there’s no need for… The post Episode 071 – Hoosiers appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:10:27

Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time

2/25/2018
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It’s not often that a recent release strikes such an immediate chord with us that it makes its way into our show rotation so quickly, but I knew from the first few moments of Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) that I wanted to talk about it right away.… The post Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:44:03

Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light

2/12/2018
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Episode 069. Nice. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! We learn an awful lot of things from the movies, so I don’t know why the birds and the bees should be any different. In my adolescent world, the options were either the dubious news gathering of the schoolyard or less than reputable… The post Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:46:56

Episode 068 – Sweet Charity

1/28/2018
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What happens when you take a preternatural talent and give him a gigantic crew, cast, resources, many stages, and let him loose to reimagine a work he created with his muse, another preternatural talent? In the case of Sweet Charity (1969), you get a young but experienced dynamo, Bob Fosse,… The post Episode 068 – Sweet Charity appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:10

Episode 067 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

1/15/2018
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When I first encountered Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), I had no idea how important to me he would become. His films mercifully allow me a window into another world. They are a method of escape, but not in the way you typically think… The post Episode 067 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:57:14

Episode 066 – The Apartment

1/1/2018
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Like so many of my favorite Billy Wilder films, The Apartment (1960) begins with a voiceover. Our very own buddy boy C.C. Baxter puts us firmly in the world of making a living, of rising up in the world, or being ground beneath its boot heel. He begins to show… The post Episode 066 – The Apartment appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:02:40

Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017

12/17/2017
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It’s our third annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2017! As always, our lists were culled with much difficulty from all the wonderful films we saw this year, and we only talk about those we saw for the first time which made the biggest impressions on… The post Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:55:32

Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

12/4/2017
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A world of pure imagination. That’s what we’re promised by Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and boy, does it ever deliver. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s sweet satire is full to the brim with novelties and notions, some whimsical, some bittersweet. What it doesn’t advertise right… The post Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:50:57

Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night

11/20/2017
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The moment Sandra wakes up from her sleep, I knew Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) had me. I knew what that sleep meant. I have also slept during the day, clothed, while others around me worked, lived, and thrived. Maybe you have too. I knew what… The post Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:12

Episode 062 – Wanda

11/7/2017
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Barbara Loden is a unique figure in American independent cinema. Before directing her lone feature film, she was a Tony winner on Broadway and appeared in a couple of Hollywood productions. None of these endeavors seemed wholly satisfying, though. That was our good fortune, as she was driven to helm… The post Episode 062 – Wanda appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:54:11

Episode 061 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017

10/31/2017
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It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017, we once again bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in… The post Episode 061 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:07:51

Episode 060 – The Thing

10/23/2017
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“You have to embrace the darkness,” film editor Todd Ramsay told director John Carpenter. “That’s where this movie is. In the darkness.” The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) is bathed in darkness, even though it happens to be set in a landscape of blinding whiteness. Whether it’s the black and blue palate,… The post Episode 060 – The Thing appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:55:57

Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula

10/8/2017
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Terence Fisher and Hammer Films introduced the world to its first truly modern vampire with Horror of Dracula (1958). Known in its native UK as simply Dracula, it was a technicolor explosion of blood, sex, and fury the likes of which the world had not yet seen. It was shocking… The post Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:50:39

Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

9/24/2017
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After repeated viewings, contemplation, and discussion, I don’t know what drives the main character of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975). And I’m not just talking about the ending. Even after feeling a deep kinship with what I see on the screen, I don’t know that… The post Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:15:42

Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood

9/12/2017
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) came to me at a difficult time in my life, and I find myself returning to it during difficult times as well. This might seem odd, because it’s not what you might think of as a comforting film. In fact, I reckon… The post Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:10:27

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