Sunday, October 26, 2014

Episode #47 - Angela Catalano (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

"We've been trying to think what can challenge people, 
but also what fits in the aesthetic of the city as well."

If movie theaters are dying and 35mm is turning into a rarity, it's great to know that there are resistance fighters like Angela Catalano, who along with Travis Bird, founded a repertory cinema in New Orleans, Louisiana. Peter sits down with the co-founder of Shotgun Cinema to discuss her original passion for cinephilia in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her work as the program manager for the city's regional film festival. We also talk about the challenges and pleasures of repertory programming in a city in a changing Hollywood landscape, and the influence of tax breaks in New Orleans's cinema culture. Finally, they discuss The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a perfect horror movie—perhaps because it's completely unaware of any horror tropes.

0:00-2:14 Opening
3:03-7:22 Establishing Shots - The Color of Pomegranates 
8:05-54:20 Deep Focus - Angela Catalano
55:02-56:32 Mubi Sponsorship - Hatchet for the Honeymoon
57:55-1:15:59 Double Exposure - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
1:16:02-1:17:41 Close
Check out Shotgun Cinema and Read Angela on the blog.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was recently released on Blu-Ray.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Episode #46 - Karina Longworth (Wanda)

"One of the things that keeps me excited is figuring out who these people were and where they were in their lives when they were making these things that mean so much to me."

Peter doesn't listen to many other film podcasts, but one of his joys this year has been the transporting mysteries of You Must Remember This, hosted by former LA Weekly critic Karina Longworth. Karina discusses how her interest in writing about Hollywood's golden era brought her from the throes of academic writing to the world of online film writing and finally to her new podcast. The two also discuss her books on the careers on Al Pacino and Meryl Street, and her latest text, Hollywood Frame by Frame, which investigates the ins and outs of contact sheets. Finally, the two examine Barbara Loden's singular feminist triumph, Wanda, and how this tragic film explores the psychology of an "ordinary woman." Plus, an brief on the rarities from this year's CineCon, including films by John Ford and Allan Dwan.

0:00-1:50 Opening
2:45-7:18 Establishing Shots - CineCon
8:04-53:50 Deep Focus - Karina Longworth
57:03-1:10:00 Double Exposure - Wanda (Barbara Loden)
1:10:03-1:11:41 Close
Listen to Karina Longworth on You Must Remember This, and purchase her books Hollywood Frame by Frame, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and George Lucas. Read her work on LA Weekly, Grantland, and Slate.
Follow Karina on Twitter here
Wanda has been released on DVD, but it is currently out of print.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Episode #45 - Stephanie Zacharek (Having A Wild Weekend)

"I dont care how bad blockbusters get. You've gotta keep your finger on that pulse."


It often seems like writing for a large general audience and maintaining an idiosyncratic voice could be on polar opposite planes, but Village Voice critic Stephanize Zacharek has proven for many years they go hand-in-hand. In his final New York episode, Peter sits down with Stephanie to discuss her origins as a writer and learning from Pauline Kael, her entrance into the online world with Salon.Com and the challenges Internet criticism faces, as well as her interests in keeping up with contemporary film in each little aspect. Finally, the two dive into the Dave Clark Five movie, Having A Wild Weekend, and look at its success as a post-Beatles film that happens to critique its culture as much as celebrate.

0:00-3:10 Opening / Location Announcement
3:52-9:38 Establishing Shots - Chris Marker's Level Five
10:23-50:00 Deep Focus - Stephanie Zacharek
52:46-1:10:50 Double Exposure - Having A Wild Weekend (John Boorman)
1:10:54-1:12:33 Close
Read Stephanie Zacharek at The Village Voice, Movieline, and Salon.Com You can Follow Stephanie on Twitter here
Watch Having A Wild Weekend via Fox Archive on Amazon Instant.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Episode #44 - Gabe Klinger (The Bowery)

"Writing is a solitary activity, but programming is a social activity."

Critic, programmer, and teacher Gabe Klinger isn't interested in what we know about the movies—his journey has been fueled by searching beyond the even the outskirts of the canon to many of the far reaches of cinephilia, bringing those films to light by any means necessary. In his interview with Peter, Gabe discusses his origins as a cinephile in Barcelona, his work as a programmer at a young age in Chicago, and the current state of the world film festival environment. They also discuss two major accomplishments: his co-edited volume on filmmaker Joe Dante and Double Play, a documentary that follows directors Richard Linklater and James Benning, finding the uncommon links between them. Finally, the two examine The Bowery, Raoul Walsh's pre-code historical comedy, and the unique similarities it shares between a 1900 actuality called Namo Village, which was shot in Indochina. 

0:00-1:47 Opening 
2:57-8:27 Establishing Shots - The Lovers on The Bridge
9:12-1:07:20 Deep Focus - Gabe Klinger
1:10:06-1:29:11 Double Exposure - The Bowery (Raoul Walsh) with Namo Village (Gabriel Veyre)
1:29:15-1:30:53 Close
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Watch Double Play on iTunes on YouTube.
Read Gabe Klinger on Cinema Scope, Mubi Notebook, and Senses of Cinema. Purchase his co-edited volume on Joe Dante. You can Follow Gabe on Twitter here
Watch The Bowery and Namo Village, both on YouTube.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Episode #43 - Dave Kehr (The Whistler)

Photo Credit: Ray Pride
"The real benefit of auteurism was taking the pressure off this endless search for stand alone masterpieces...there was an entire range of cinema not being addressed."

There are those who search out the most majestic works of cinema, and those who would rather search under the cracks for oddities and beyond. Dave Kehr, the former critic of the Chicago Reader and New York Times, and now a programmer at the Museum of Modern Art, certainly fits the latter bill. In his brief conversation with Peter, Dave talks about his origins as a cinephile in Chicago, the challenges of keeping the archive alive in the face of the digital programming switchover, and his recent series at MoMA—Lady in the Dark—dedicated to various crime films made at Columbia Pictures from the 30s to the 50s. Finally, the two investigate one series in particular, The Whistler starring Richard Dix, which features the former silent actor in terrifying and fatalistic situations, only to be reincarnated again and again.

0:00-1:27 Opening 
2:49-8:12 Establishing Shots - Boyhood and Dazed and Confused
8:55-48:47 Deep Focus - Dave Kehr
51:07-1:01:15 Double Exposure - The Whistler Series (William Castle, Lew Landers, and George Sherman)
1:01:18-1:04:04 Close / Outtake
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Read Dave Kehr on his website and check out his NYTimes Column. Purchase When Movies Mattered here. You can Follow Dave on Twitter here
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Episode #42 - J. Hoberman (Poor Little Rich Girl)

"I was encouraged to be as opinionated and obscure as I wanted."

While his origins as a cinephile are based largely in his interest in the avant-garde, J. Hoberman has become one of the most influential critics through his examinations of Hollywood blockbusters, world cinema, the outer limits of experimental works, and most importantly, film history. In his appearance on the podcast, Hoberman talks to Peter about his adventures as a kid traversing New York City's film culture, his movement through the the city's underground scene, and eventually to his position at The Village Voice and creating a voice that often examined the relationship between politics and cinema. Finally, the two discuss Poor Little Rich Girl, Andy Warhol's out-of-focus and out of this world portraiture of Edie Sedgwick, which Hoberman describes as a work of "pure cinema."

0:00-1:38 Opening 
2:03-10:18 Establishing Shots - 2 Years of Cinephiliacs / Donations and Reviews
11:02-1:09:29 Deep Focus - J. Hoberman
1:12:19-1:28:52 Double Exposure - Poor Little Rich Girl (Andy Warhol)
1:28:57-1:31:32 Close / Outtake
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