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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


Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017

12/17/2017
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It’s our third annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2017! 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 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017 appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:55:32


Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

12/4/2017
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A world of pure imagination. That’s what we’re promised by Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and boy, does it ever deliver. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s sweet satire is full to the brim with novelties and notions, some whimsical, some bittersweet. What it doesn’t advertise right… The post Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:00:50:57


Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night

11/20/2017
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The moment Sandra wakes up from her sleep, I knew Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) had me. I knew what that sleep meant. I have also slept during the day, clothed, while others around me worked, lived, and thrived. Maybe you have too. I knew what… The post Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night appeared first on The Magic Lantern.

Duration:01:00:12


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

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