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We're going one by one through the Sight and Sound list of Greatest Movies of All Time. Now, I know what you're thinking, what do those crazy Europeans know about cinema anyway? Well listen up and find out if agree with Sight and Sound's summation of cinema history. And as a bonus, if you listen to this podcast you are eligible to become a bona fide cinephile. And really, who doesn't want to be a cinephile?

We're going one by one through the Sight and Sound list of Greatest Movies of All Time. Now, I know what you're thinking, what do those crazy Europeans know about cinema anyway? Well listen up and find out if agree with Sight and Sound's summation of cinema history. And as a bonus, if you listen to this podcast you are eligible to become a bona fide cinephile. And really, who doesn't want to be a cinephile?
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We're going one by one through the Sight and Sound list of Greatest Movies of All Time. Now, I know what you're thinking, what do those crazy Europeans know about cinema anyway? Well listen up and find out if agree with Sight and Sound's summation of cinema history. And as a bonus, if you listen to this podcast you are eligible to become a bona fide cinephile. And really, who doesn't want to be a cinephile?






Ep. 73: L’eclisse

On today's show, we're sinking into the sweet embrace of existential despair. Host Lady P is joined by co-producer Martin Kessler, Battleship Pretension writer and Flixwise regular Scott Nye, and new friend of the show Lilly Holman, to evaluate Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 classic L'Eclisse. They step through some of the films forays into genre cinema - including it's sci-fi, dystopian elements. Plus, they draw comparisons between the previous two films in Antonioni's Eros Trilogy and...

Duration: 01:07:22

Ep 69: Blade Runner & Favorite Sequels

On today's show, NYC film critics, Caroline Golum and Matt Prigge, of Blue Velvet fame make their glorious return to Flixwise. In their previous appearance they discussed David Lynch's 1987 neo-noir, and so we thought it would be appropriate to stick with the freshman dorm-room milieu and talk about the other 69th film on the Sight and Sound Critics' poll, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982). They join host, Lady P (as well as Lady P's new school chum and fellow adventurer in grad school,...

Duration: 01:16:24

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 9 – Shohei Imamura

Martin Kessler is joined by Chris Funderberg and John Cribbs of thepinksmoke.com to discuss the films of two-time Palme d'Or award-wining director Shohei Imamura. They talk about his dark subject matter, his bleak point of view, the phases of his career, and his wild sense of humour. They discuss how Imamura has been handled by critics, compare him to New German Cinema, Luis Buñuel, and discuss why comparing him to other Japanese filmmakers may be a misleading.

Duration: 01:47:27

Ep 69: Sans Soleil

Martin Kessler is joined by Jon Laubinger and Jason Beamish to discuss Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil. A film that seems to defy classification, they consider whether it’s a documentary, travelogue, essay, poem, or survival guid for the 21st century. They examine its varied images, and look for meaning in its unexpected juxtapositions and distortions of reality, and consider it it’s worthy of its 69th place on the Sight & Sound List (or maybe a Nobel prize).

Duration: 00:50:42

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 8 – Low-Fi Sci-Fi

Join Martin Kessler and Dave Eaves as they travel through time (forward, at regular speed) and try to figure out what Lo-Fi science fiction is exactly. They discuss examples new and old, of films that take an unconventional approach to all manner of sci-fi subjects. They discuss the themes, subtle production design, and walking the tightrope of pretentious in films that may not be obviously sci-fi. Then they let their humanity show, and can’t resist comparing them to sci-fi films on the...

Duration: 01:41:45

Ep 69: Blue Velvet and Auteurists Television

Lady P is joined by a pair of NYC film critics: Caroline Golum and Matt Prigge, to discuss the 69th (nice!) film on the Sight and Sound International Critics Poll: David Lynch's 1986 release, Blue Velvet. They talk about Lynch's manichean universe and his use of pastiche to emphasize his themes. Due respect is paid to the universally beloved artists that Lynch references in his work including Bobby Vinton, Roy Orbison, and Laura Dern. The Blue Velvet discussion then segues into Lynch's...

Duration: 01:08:26

Ep 63: Pickpocket / A Man Escaped

Martin Kessler and David Blakeslee shimmy across a line between two towering films by certified auteur Robert Bresson, Pickpocket and A Man Escaped; at the 63rd and 69th spots on the Sight & Sound list respectively. They examine Bresson’s style & technique, the plausibility of A Man Escaped, consider if Bresson is more theatrical than he may lead us to believe, and examine Bresson’s (in)famous approach to performers. Will both Bresson films prove worthy of their position on the Sight &...

Duration: 00:59:59

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 7 – Amélie

Sony executive Becky D'Anna joins Martin for a conversation about love, happiness, and digital color timing. They look at how Amélie fits into the filmography of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and discuss its cast, visual style, and music as well as its enduring appeal. Becky relates Amélie to Terminator 2 and Martin gives his Paris hot take.

Duration: 01:12:43

Ep 63: Sunset Boulevard ft Phyllis Nagy

On today's show Lady P welcomes back Carol (2015) screenwriter, Phyllis Nagy, for an in-depth discussion of Phyllis' all-time-favorite film, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950). Phyllis isn't the only one celebrating her glorious return to Flixwise. This is also the second appearance of one Norma Desmond, or rather Lady P's rather embarrassing imitation of the silent age film star. Norma first appeared on our original Sunset Boulevard episode, which features Professor Joseph McBride...

Duration: 01:16:04

Ep 63: Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries

On today's show, get ready for some resentment, misery, and existential dread. That's right, it's Ingmar Bergman time!! Lady P is joined by Michael Leader of Film 4, and resident Bergman aficionado, Dave Eves, to discuss the 63rd movie on the Sight and Sound Critics' Poll, Wild Strawberries (1957). The film follows an elderly protagonist named Isak Borg, who's played by Victor Sjöström, on a road trip through the Swedish countryside. Along the way, he has a series of flashbacks that force...

Duration: 01:32:55

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 6 – Peter Weir

Burton Fischer returns to discuss with Martin the eclectic and profound body of work of Australian filmmaker, Peter Weir (Picnic At Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Mosquito Coast, Fearless, The Truman Show)They talk about their impressions of his film, and unpack the Weir’s complex themes of spirituality, nature, culture, history and gender. They reflect on the many ambiguities in Weir’s films, discuss his dramatic tendencies, musical choices,...

Duration: 01:16:09

Ep. 63: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo with Joseph McBride

On today's show, it's time for a good ole fashioned bro-down. For the 63rd entry on the Sight and Sound International Critics' Poll we have Howard Hawks' 1959 Classic Western/Hang-Out Movie, Rio Bravo. On hand to share his analysis and personal anecdotes from his encounters with the director is film historian and author of the book Hawks on Hawks, Professor Joseph McBride. McBride joins host, Lady P, for a discussion on what makes Rio Bravo the quintessential Hawks film. They also discuss...

Duration: 01:06:27

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 5 - West of the Tracks

Martin is joined by film distributor and slow cinema guru Nadin Mai to discuss Wang Bing’s Tie Xi Qu: West of The Tracks, an over nine-hour long look at a collapsing industrial district in China. They look at how best to watch it, how it fits into Wang Bing’s body of work, whether it can even be classified as a documentary, and how it connects the present to the past. They switch rails to discuss the appeal of Slow Cinema. and then move on to look at the challenges and virtues of film...

Duration: 01:13:53

Ep. 63: Modern Times

On today’s show, we have the 63rd entry on the Sight and Sound International Critics’ Poll, and the second Charlie Chaplin film on the list, Modern Times. We have a full assembly line of guests to look at the final outing of The Little Tramp. Lady P welcomes Flixwsie art director Emma, Eclipse Viewer host David Blakslee, and criterion enthusiast Jason Beamish. Will they find it worthy of its spot on the list? How does it compare to Chaplin’s other films? More importantly how does it...

Duration: 01:16:45

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 4 – Canuxploitation

Certified hoser Martin Kessler welcomes Wrongreel podcast host James Hancock to discuss the dark corner of cinema known as Canuxploitation. They look at tax shelter film funding, try to figure out what constitutes Canadian content, and attempt to wrap their heads around a parade of some of the strangest films ever made. Things go full-Cronenberg. Listen to find out if they think Canuxploitation was a worthy venture or a failed experiment, learn which popular Canadian film Martin hates, and...

Duration: 01:08:32

Ep. 63: The Night of the Hunter

Film historian, professor James Naremore returns to discuss Charles Laughton’s dark southern classic, The Night of the Hunter (1955). We ask ourselves if it’s love or hate we feel for the film, and unpack how absolutely bonkers it is; a dark fairy tale that climaxes in a showdown between an evil bible-thumping Robert Mitchum and a shotgun wielding Lillian Gish. A commercial and critical failure upon its initial release, we ask ourselves if its worth of the 63rd position on The Sight &...

Duration: 00:59:59

Ep. 59: The Mother and The Whore

On today's show, we have a messy love triangle to sort through. No, I'm not referring to any sordid entanglements with our trio of panelist - host Lady P, co-producer Martin Kessler, and Battleship Pretension's Scott Nye - but rather the messy bed hopping and relationship dramas of the central trio in Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore (1973). Despite it being a notoriously difficult movie to see, The Mother and the Whore has drummed up enough critical support to land the 59th slot...

Duration: 01:00:43

Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 3 - Mikhail Kalatozov

Dave Eves joins Martin Kessler for a wildfire fast conversation about filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov. They brave the elements to marvel at I Am Cuba’s famous long takes, consider the logistics of Letter Never Sent’s forest fire, and look at how The Cranes Are Flying set the bar for self-serious Russian directors. If you survive to the end you’ll hear some strong opinions on arthouse theatre audiences, Hard to Be a God, Blumhouse horror movies, the accents of token straw-man Americans, and of...

Duration: 00:33:18

Ep. 59 - Sansho The Bailiff and Favorite Long Takes

Buckle up, things are about to get slow. Lady P welcome Monique “Momo” Morgan in her Flixwise debut, and Flixwise co-producer Martin Kessler, to talk about the second Kenji Mizoguchi entry on the Sight and Sound list, Sansho The Bailiff. They navigate its murky waters in discussing its themes, symbols, and moral quandaries, the role of women in the film, and Mizoguchi’s filmmaking technique. For our second topic we take a long look at long takes. Our panelists discuss different types of...

Duration: 01:22:26

Ep. 3: TCM Classic Film Fest 2017 Minisode

It's our final installment in this coverage of the TCM Classic Film Fest. For this last minisode, Lady P and Kristen Sales are talking Cock... Cock of the Air (1932), that is. Produced and directed by Howard Hughes, Cock of the Air is a bawdy Pre-Code comedy/adventure flick that serves primarily as a showcase for actress Billie Dove and her ample (ahem) talents. And in keeping with the sexual objectification theme, the gals take a good gander at the David Farrar shapely gams, which really...

Duration: 00:30:05

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