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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


Episode 056 – Rear Window

8/27/2017
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Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) has always been one of my favorites, and having too much time on one’s hands while the summer heat drives one crazy was really speaking to me. I’ve seen the film over a dozen times, and I can fall into the habit of watching it, but… The post Episode 056 – Rear Window appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:03:59


Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro

8/13/2017
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The dog days of summer are here! To celebrate, we thought we would devote a little time to my all time favorite cinematic canine, Carlos Sorín’s Bombón: El Perro (2004). I discovered this thanks to a series that Austin Film Society did back in 2008 called More Than Buenos Aires:… The post Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:52:18


Episode 054 – Purple Noon

7/30/2017
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Patricia Highsmith’s creation Tom Ripley has had an extensive life. In addition to her novels, many film iterations have been made, and Purple Noon (Clément, 1960) stands as my favorite (The American Friend comes in a very close apples-and-oranges second place). Purple Noon towers over the rest of the competition… The post Episode 054 – Purple Noon appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:00:14


Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

7/3/2017
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If you are over 30, you may have experienced something that is likely gone from this earth. You had to stand in line, outdoors, to get into a big, popular film, probably a blockbuster. You may have waited for hours, and you may not have gotten into the movie. Was… The post Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:58:41


Episode 051 – Little Murders

6/19/2017
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Little Murders (1971) is the most personal choice I have made for the show so far. Prior to discovering it, I don’t think I had ever seen anything that so accurately summed up how I felt about a lot of things and there might be no better delivery system for… The post Episode 051 – Little Murders appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:10:46


Episode 050 – Say Anything…

6/5/2017
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I saw Say Anything… (Crowe, 1989) when I was fourteen. It changed my life. I was a young person then. I felt the pulls of longing and desire and hope and excitement and anticipation and awkwardness and embarrassment keenly. It was wonderful to know that at least somewhere in the… The post Episode 050 – Say Anything… appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:59:57


Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light

5/25/2017
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In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2017 and its theme of The Big Knockover: Heists, Holdups, and Schemes Gone Awry. This is the second of two episodes devoted to covering the Noir City festival, and we hope you’ll check out the previous episode and… The post Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:55:42


Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller

5/21/2017
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In this special episode, we had the distinct honor to sit down with the Czar of Noir himself, Eddie Muller. Eddie is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, as well as an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and programmer of the Noir City film festival,… The post Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:01:46


Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village

5/8/2017
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It is fair to say that no movie has ever made as big a difference to me as The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). I was fourteen when it arrived and it became the conduit to cinema adulthood for me. I might not have been able to articulate it at… The post Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:18:31


Episode 046 – Michael Jackson’s This Is It

4/24/2017
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I usually seek out documentaries to find a fresh perspective or insight on the film’s subject. When the documentary is about a person, I want to try to understand, to know the person. Part performance, part rehearsal, part behind-the-scenes documentary, Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Ortega, 2009) chronicles the preparations… The post Episode 046 – Michael Jackson’s This Is It appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:58:50


Episode 045 – The Third Man

4/10/2017
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The Third Man (1949) is rightly hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. I thought so the very first time I saw it and I think so even more now. Carol Reed’s virtuosity and Graham Greene’s nimble and acerbic assessment of the post-war human condition (and possibly himself)… The post Episode 045 – The Third Man appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:12:19


Episode 044 – The Enchanted Cottage

3/27/2017
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I first saw The Enchanted Cottage (1945) very late at night, alone. I was entranced by the very singular tone and the quiet romance, and while the film stayed with me, it hasn’t necessarily been constantly on my mind. Since our episode on Desperately Seeking Susan (Seidelman, 1985), I’ve been… The post Episode 044 – The Enchanted Cottage appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:25:13


Episode 043 – The Andromeda Strain

3/13/2017
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The Andromeda Strain (1971) is one of the building blocks of my scifi cinema education. I was born as science fiction films really began to lean into realism and more serious subject matter. The fears of the atomic age were beginning to wane and anxieties about artificial intelligence and what… The post Episode 043 – The Andromeda Strain appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:20:53


Episode 042 – Desperately Seeking Susan

2/27/2017
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Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) blew my nine year-old mind, coincidentally arriving at the time when Madonna was just beginning to blow my mind. I had never seen anything like the film or Madonna, the New York they presented, or the characters they created. I was immediately smitten. They… The post Episode 042 – Desperately Seeking Susan appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:24:01

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