Sunday, April 27, 2014

Episode #37 - Carrie Rickey (Clueless)

"I love engaging the audience, and the Internet gives you the ability to do that."

From Los Angeles to New York, Carrie Rickey spent many of her years during the heyday of the Golden Age of Film Criticism, writing about some of the truly great movies as they were released, before moving cities for the Philadelphia Inquirer. No longer working the daily beat, Carrie found time in her busy schedule to sit down with Peter for a chat about her training under Manny Farber, that infamous Heaven's Gate screening, and her various pieces and pursuits in examining women and women's cinema. Finally, the two get like totally on board with Amy Heckerling's Clueless, which like is for sure Frank Tashlin except given this sweet makeover.

0:00-1:12 Opening 
1:47-10:19 Establishing Shots - East Asia Films At Tribeca / Donations
11:02-56:25 Deep Focus - Carrie Rickey
57:58-1:13:03 Double Exposure - Clueless (Amy Heckerling)
1:14:06-1:15:56 Close / Outtake
Read Carrie Rickey at her website.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Episode #36 - Matt Lynch (Hard Boiled)

"Deep down, I still crave that jolt. That's what keeps me coming back."

In a world where streaming services have attempted to kill physical media, Scarecrow Video proudly boasts row after row of DVDs, VHS tapes, and more in its 120,000 title collection located out in Seattle, Washington. Matt Lynch has worked at Scarecrow for over 10 years, and knows the store in and out, from the location of every auteur to where you can find "Little Bastards" flicks. So Peter visited the store and sat down with Matt to get a sense of the independent video store's history and future, as well as talk movie violence in its utter grotesqueness and pure visceral pleasure. Finally, the two examine John Woo's 1992 Hong Kong blockbuster Hard Boiled, which not only features some of the most spectacularly crafted action sequences in any film, but examines its own violence through a deeply moralistic lens.

0:00-1:33 Opening 
2:26-9:48 Establishing Shots - Dietrich and Von Sterberg / Donations
10:33-1:09:12 Deep Focus - Matt Lynch
1:10:44-1:29:32 Double Exposure - Hard Boiled (John Woo)
1:29:35-1:31:15 Close
Read Matt Lynch on Letterboxd, In Review Online, and The Stranger. Check out Scarecrow Video.
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