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Episode 104 – Noir City Austin 2019 by Lantern Light

5/23/2019
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In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2019 and its theme of “It’s a Bitter Little World”, featuring a program of ten stellar examples of the progression of film noir from the end of the 1940s through the start of the 1960s. Noir City Austin… The post Episode 104 – Noir City Austin 2019 by Lantern Light appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:59:24

Episode 103 – The Hitch-Hiker

5/5/2019
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The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953) is not officially the first noir directed by a woman, but there is no doubt that director, producer, and screenwriter Ida Lupino was a pioneer. In adapting the true crime story of murderer Billy Cook, Lupino took the opportunity to get inside the mind of a… The post Episode 103 – The Hitch-Hiker appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:54:00

Episode 102 – Betrayal

4/21/2019
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I first encountered David Jones’ adaptation of Harold Pinter’s play about his extramarital affair, Betrayal (1983), when I was thirteen years old. Those were the heady days of the early cable television boom and my afternoon ritual was to walk to Head’s Grocery, get a Dr Pepper and some Hot… The post Episode 102 – Betrayal appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:02:32

Episode 101 – Shoplifters

4/8/2019
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Shoplifters (Kore-eda, 2018) was a revelatory filmgoing experience. So much so that as we were walking out of the theatre, I proclaimed that I would cover it in an episode as quickly as possible. I can’t think of another film in recent memory that I knew immediately was my new… The post Episode 101 – Shoplifters appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:13:19

Episode 100, Part Two – Listener Questions

3/24/2019
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Ok, grab yourself some treats from the concession stand and then we will get on to part two! If you just want to listen to us talk about Paris, Texas, please go back to Episode 100, Part One. If you would like to hear us answer listener questions, press on!… The post Episode 100, Part Two – Listener Questions appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:48:31

Episode 100, Part One – Paris, Texas

3/23/2019
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Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984) is our first ever crowdsourced episode choice, and we’re so grateful to you, our listeners, for sticking with us for 100 episodes, and for choosing something so wonderful to discuss and celebrate! Wim Wenders originally envisioned this as more of a cross-country film, but Sam Shepard… The post Episode 100, Part One – Paris, Texas appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:08:58

Episode 099 – The Duke of Burgundy

3/10/2019
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The Duke of Burgundy (Strickland, 2014) is a prime example of a film that you come to for one reason and love for another. I was drawn in by the lure of the sexploitation throwback and pleasantly surprised to find it was so much more than that. I found a… The post Episode 099 – The Duke of Burgundy appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:07:12

Episode 098 – Andrei Rublev

2/24/2019
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This is a very special episode for us. For the first time, we are discussing a film that is a patron’s choice! Ian Buckley is our first Patreon supporter to pledge at our top tier. As a result, it was his prerogative to program an entire episode of The Magic… The post Episode 098 – Andrei Rublev appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:06:09

Episode 097 – Antonia’s Line

2/10/2019
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I purchased Antonia’s Line (Gorris, 1995) sight unseen from a bin at my local Blockbuster Video soon after it came out. My friends and I sat down to watch it, and were rewarded with a delightful experience. This film is full of joy, even though the joy comes from small… The post Episode 097 – Antonia’s Line appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:25

Episode 096 – Thunder Road

1/28/2019
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It’s something that I always remind myself of anytime I begin to lament the state of the artistic landscape – there’s always someone out there, hustling, making sacrifices, trying to make that next great film. If I am not aware of it, that’s on me. I am not working hard… The post Episode 096 – Thunder Road appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:56:36

Episode 095 – Happy-Go-Lucky

1/13/2019
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Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008) may be a bit of a litmus test. Do you fully embrace the character of Poppy and her sensibilities. Do you gradually warm to her, or does she make you want to run for the hills? Luckily for me, because he knows me, Cole told me in… The post Episode 095 – Happy-Go-Lucky appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:12:10

Episode 094 – Ants In Your Pants of 2018

12/30/2018
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It’s our fourth annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2018! 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 094 – Ants In Your Pants of 2018 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:57:09

Episode 093 – Female Trouble

12/17/2018
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Female Trouble (Waters, 1974) is probably not for everyone, but I wish it was. The world would be a lot more fun if everyone could embrace their inner Divine. This towering achievement of trash cinema is my favorite of all of John Waters’ work. I think it’s the smartest, definitely… The post Episode 093 – Female Trouble appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:02:24

Episode 092 – Desk Set

12/2/2018
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Desk Set (Lang, 1957) arrived on the cusp of the information age, when the American office was poised to be transformed by room-sized machines. In this “situation comedy” is the corporation run by the women answering the phones or by the men flying off to meetings? This question of agency… The post Episode 092 – Desk Set appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:08:09

Episode 091 – In Cold Blood

11/19/2018
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In Cold Blood (Brooks, 1967) is one of the most aptly titled works in either cinema or literature. I think of the Clutter family basement in November at 2 a.m. and it chills me to my very marrow. It was a galvanizing experience the first time I saw it as… The post Episode 091 – In Cold Blood appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:17:25

Episode 090 – One Man Force

11/5/2018
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One Man Force (Trevillion, 1989) takes all the rogue cop movie tropes we have ever seen, turns them up to 11, blows out their back windows, shoots them in the face, ties a rope to them, throws them off a cliff, jumps off the cliff after them, douses them in… The post Episode 090 – One Man Force appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:59:26

Episode 089 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2018

10/31/2018
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It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2018, 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 089 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2018 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:19:52

Episode 088 – The Wicker Man

10/21/2018
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The Wicker Man (1973) is an undisputed classic of folk horror, though some of its principals would dispute that. Director Robin Hardy thought he was making a musical as much as anything else and star Christopher Lee has emphatically said he does not consider it a horror film. Well, gentlemen,… The post Episode 088 – The Wicker Man appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:55

Episode 087 – Get Out

10/7/2018
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In the groundbreaking Get Out (2017), director and writer Jordan Peele wove together terror, horror, dark satire, and laugh out loud comedy to create something much larger than the sum of its very interesting parts. He has alternatively called the film a social thriller and a documentary. To understand that… The post Episode 087 – Get Out appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:09:02

Episode 086 – 35 Shots of Rum

9/23/2018
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35 Shots of Rum (Denis, 2008) is a bit of a departure, both for Claire Denis and for me. It is still as incisive and poetic as her other work, but she has replaced the usual turbulent heart of her cinema with a tranquil one. Being a loving homage to… The post Episode 086 – 35 Shots of Rum appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:13:20