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Episode 085 – Grey Gardens

9/9/2018
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When they were first tasked with making a documentary about the Bouvier family and their reminiscences of East Hampton, Albert and David Maysles soon realized that they were dealing with some “staunch” characters in Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, and that these women would make much more interesting… The post Episode 085 – Grey Gardens appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:58:56

Episode 084 – Funeral Parade of Roses

8/27/2018
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I only saw Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) for the first time a few years ago and immediately wondered where this movie had been all my life. I always love it when I discover something like this that blows my expectations into tiny pieces. This pioneering LGBTQ film… The post Episode 084 – Funeral Parade of Roses appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:54:27

Episode 083 – Chinatown

8/12/2018
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It is a very great pleasure to revisit something you think you know well and find new facets and new dots to connect. That was certainly the case for both Cole and I when coming back to Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), though we have both seen it multiple times. There is… The post Episode 083 – Chinatown appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:02:17

Episode 082 – Zama

7/29/2018
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This episode celebrates the return of one of my favorite filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel. It’s been ten years since her last feature film and two years since we last discussed one of her films on the show. With the arrival of her new film, Zama (2017), the wait is over and… The post Episode 082 – Zama appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:57:04

Episode 081 – They Live

7/15/2018
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For some reason, whenever I think of They Live (Carpenter, 1988), I remember it as a rip-roaring, good-time kind of movie. Something perfect for summer, perfect for a late night. I probably have that idea because when I first saw it in my teens, I was enthralled by the famous… The post Episode 081 – They Live appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:19

Episode 080 – Blue Ruin

7/2/2018
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Will I ever get tired of talking about or recommending Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013)? Not likely. I think it is one of the best films of this millennium and I think Macon Blair’s performance as Dwight, our wounded protagonist, is the best. The film upends every revenge thriller cliché… The post Episode 080 – Blue Ruin appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:59:08

Episode 079 – Wake in Fright

6/17/2018
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Every time I watch Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971), I just want it to be over. Then I want to watch it again. It is just as terrifying each time, and I am just as much a prisoner to its landscape as John, played here by Gary Bond. I know… The post Episode 079 – Wake in Fright appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:53:57

Episode 078 – The Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2018 by Lantern Light

6/13/2018
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In this special episode we discuss the films and symposiums of the inaugural Toronto True Crime Film Festival, a two day festival devoted to true crime on the big screen, including both documentaries and fictionalized films based on true crimes. The program included five features, each paired with a thematically… The post Episode 078 – The Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2018 by Lantern Light appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:44:34

Episode 077 – Daratt

6/3/2018
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“This view of the world, from this country where there aren’t filmmakers, is very important I think. So, I do it through solidarity and because I feel a responsibility not to leave this country invisible.”– Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, on his responsibility as a Chadian filmmaker. It was with extreme delight that… The post Episode 077 – Daratt appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:54:15

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