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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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Marker's Level Five, including playdates.
-Lev Manovich's The Language of New Media
-Oshima's The Dead Remain Young is sadly unavailable.
-The Three Lives of Thomasina
-Stephanie's obit for Pauline Kael
-A KCRW episode where Stephanie discusses Kael
-On the James Brown biopic Get On Up
-Taking movies seriously: The Master and Premium Rush
-Stephanie's wonderful pan of Inception
-On Camera Shaking
-On Femme Fatales at Film Forum
-Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast
-In The X-List, Stephanie has essays on Morocco, De Palma's Femme Fatale, and Shampoo among others.
-On Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
-A great description of Cameron Diaz in Stephanie's Bad Teacher review
-De Palma reviews: Passion, The Black Dahlia
-Best of the Decade List
-On A Hard Day's Night
-Glenn Kenny on Having A Wild Weekend (called Catch Us If You Can in the UK)
-On Idlewild 

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