Monday, May 26, 2014

Special Episode - Cannes Film Festival 2014

The Cannes Film Festival has been the premiere location for the more masterworks in cinema than likely any other festival in the medium's history. And with its 67th iteration, Peter finally made it to the Croisette to see what the fuss was about. Thankfully, he was not alone, so in this special episode of the podcast, Keith Uhlich, Glenn Heath Jr., and Jordan Cronk join Peter to discuss some of the highlights that made a splash during their last day at the festival. From heavy-hitting works as far as Turkey and Mali, auteurs working with unexpected performers, and Jean-Luc Godard's 3D extravaganza, the festival provides more than enough fascinating material to simply scrape the surface of these enormous works. 

0:00-1:16 Opening
1:17-7:16 Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
7:52-14:22 Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
14:23-20:05 Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
20:55-30:04 Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assyas)
30:57-37:15 Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
37:16-48:28 National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman)
49:27-1:02:06 Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
1:02:08-1:14:12 Critics Picks
1:14:13-1:16:32 Close / Outtake
Read Keith Uhlich at Time Out New York, Glenn Heath Jr. at Fandor, and Jordan Cronk at Fandor and Reverse Shot.
Twitters: Keith, Glenn, Jordan
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Episode #38 - Sam Adams (The Long Goodbye)

"You have to follow your star for what's exciting or offensive to you about this movie...writing about what interests you the most produces the best criticism."

Sam Adams may not be in the center of the criticism landscape from his home in Philadelphia, but his presence at the editor for the Criticwire blog has made his dialectic voice a reasoned and fascinating one in a world of polemics. In this latest episode, Peter sits down with Sam to talk about his first interest in criticism through his desire to talk through a film, his participation in the experimental Flaherty seminar, and his thoughts on the strange world of television criticism and its constant evolution. Finally, the two work through Robert Altman's 1973 hazy noir The Long Goodbye and consider how the director's comedic take on the Chandler hero with Elliot Gould might in some ways be more noir than most revisionist works.

0:00-1:25 Opening 
2:46-9:13 Establishing Shots - Mann Noirs / Donations
9:59-1:15:19 Deep Focus - Sam Adams
1:16:45-1:42:42 Double Exposure - The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
1:42:45-1:44:40 Close / Outtake
Read Sam Adams at Criticwire, The Dissolve, The AV Club, and The Philadelphia City Paper.
Follow Sam on Twitter.
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