Sunday, January 5, 2014

Special Episode - 2013 Episode (Part 2)

A film does not become something more than a mechanical work of reproduction until it is viewed. It only becomes art when it is presented to an audience, as masterpieces are born through the interaction between cinema and cinephile. It is these films that lead Peter and Time Out New York critic Keith Uhlich to their list of the the best films of 2013. They are films about possibilities of imagination both delightful and threatening. They are comedies, thrillers, documentaries, and romances. They are sensuous yet biting, philosophical yet bawdy. Two of them feature characters removing their heads. All in all, another year of cinema. Plus, the two mention their favorite repertory discoveries of the year, and a number of former guests chime in with their own picks.

This is Part 2. Listen to Part 1 here.

0:00-1:34 Opening / Introduction
2:53-11:58 Favorite Repertory Picks
12:55-26:25 Picks for #5
28:33-1:05:20 Picks for #4-3
1:09:05-1:50:15 Picks for #2-1
1:50:20-1:51:59 Close
Follow Keith Uhlich on Letterboxd and Twitter, and read his work at Time Out New York.
Also heard in this episode: Gina Telaroli, James Hansen, Vadim Rizov, Robert Greene, and Dan Sallitt.

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 Links and Notes from the Conversation
-Viola: Peter's discussion and Keith's review.
-To The Wonder: Keith's Letterboxd take and Peter's first and second review.
-Post Tenebras Lux: Keith's review and Letterboxd take.

-At Berkeley: Peter's review.
-The Lords of Salem: Keith's Letterboxd take.
-Side Effects: Peter's review and Keith's review.
-Museum Hours: Keith's review, his interview with Jem Cohen, and Peter's Letterboxd take.
-Computer Chess: Peter's essay and Keith's review
-Bastards: Keith's review from Cannes, his interview with Denis, and Peter's review.
-Faust: Peter's review.

-Michael Sicinski on Post Tenebras Lux
-Mike D'Angelo on At Berkeley
-Sicinski on At Berkeley
-Genevieve Yue on At Berkeley
-Vadim Rizov on Museum Hours and Computer Chess
-The Tindersticks score for Bastards
-D'Angelo on Faust
-Casper David Friedrich's Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog


  1. HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY is set in Wales, not Ireland! But I guess it's an easy mistake to make as the film's as false and mythologised a recreation as exists in Ford.

  2. Thanks Chris! Meant to add a correction and then forgot. A horrible mistake!

  3. Great episode guys! Listened to it twice. This is quickly becoming an essential podcast. Viola, Bastards, The Unspeakable Act and Faust are now at the top of my list of films to see. Keep up the good work.

  4. When are you going to do an episode with Michael Sicinski? If it's because Sicinski is in a different city and you only record episodes in-person rather than doing interviews on Skype, you should reconsider, because that severely limits the guests you can have on your show.

  5. Jonathan - I do have a policy to record in person, which as you stated, is limiting. There's a couple reasons for this: better sound quality, and being able to look someone in the eye can mean a lot for a conversation. I've been lucky to catch many guests like Ali Arikan and Craig Simpson when they were visiting New York, and whenever I have traveled I have tried to interview people as well. It's a policy I'll be considering opening up at some point, especially when someone like Michael Sicinski is a critic and scholar I adore for so many reasons, but I want to keep the "in person" policy for now, but please note I am certainly considering ways to change this.

  6. Thanks for the reply, and keep up the great work!