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Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro

8/14/2017
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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

7/31/2017
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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 053 – The Conversation

7/17/2017
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Francis Ford Coppola has a soft spot for The Conversation (1974) and so do I. When you hear him talk about it, there is a melancholy undercurrent in his voice that almost makes it seem like he laments getting caught up in the cycle of turning out one big project… The post Episode 053 – The Conversation appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:53:48


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…

6/6/2017
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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

3/28/2017
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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

2/28/2017
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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


Episode 041 – Do the Right Thing

2/14/2017
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Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) is an all time great. It bursts with life and joy while simultaneously chronicling one of the things that is worst about life in America: our racial discord. It’s a hard movie to watch in places, and those are the places we most… The post Episode 041 – Do the Right Thing appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:25:50


Episode 040 – I Walked with a Zombie

1/31/2017
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If someone tells you not to love them, take them at their word. Who knows what may be lurking in their tower? So if we learned anything from I Walked with a Zombie (1943), producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur’s spare yet lush and dreamy film, it’s that not… The post Episode 040 – I Walked with a Zombie appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:07:00


Episode 039 – Master of the Flying Guillotine

1/17/2017
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We talk a lot about the arthouse here at The Magic Lantern, but we have an unabashed love of the grindhouse as well, and this film is a stone classic in that regard. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) is one of those all time great, you have to see… The post Episode 039 – Master of the Flying Guillotine appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 00:38:59


Episode 038 – Meet John Doe

1/10/2017
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I first saw Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe (1941) at least fifteen years ago and had not revisited it, though it left me with very strong impressions. It was those impressions that made it a clear choice for the new year and our new political landscape. As for the film… The post Episode 038 – Meet John Doe appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:14:24


Episode 037 – Ants In Your Pants of 2016

12/20/2016
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It’s that time of year again! We bring you our year-in-review, but with a twist, in Ants In Your Pants of 2016. Our lists were culled from the tremendous number of quality films we saw this year, and we focused on those we saw for the first time which made… The post Episode 037 – Ants In Your Pants of 2016 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:23:28


Episode 036 – Payday

12/6/2016
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If ever there was an object lesson in not confusing the art with the artist, Daryl Duke’s Payday (1973) is just that lesson. Rip Torn stars as second-rate country singer Maury Dann and we spend 36 hours with him in which he leaves nothing but scorched earth in his wake.… The post Episode 036 – Payday appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration: 01:13:13

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