Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Favorites With Keith Uhlich (Part 1)

In times of crisis, sometimes the easy answer is to escape to the cinema. But the movies of 2016 did not necessarily bring escape, whether it was the mortgage crisis in Texas, homophobia in Miami, or misogyny in Montana. But in these cinematic works of art, some relief or euphoria can transform real life into something more bareable (or if you're Rob Zombie, even more screwed up). Keith Uhlich joins the podcast for his 5th time to countdown the favorites of 2016. Discussions range from the nature of experimental cinema, to the nature of historical fact, to what it means to go past idenity and into specificity. Plus, Peter and Keith list their favorites repertory discoveries of the year.

0:00-3:20 Opening 
3:20-22:39 Picks for #10
22:39-39:42 Picks for #9
39:42-1:13:06 Picks for #8
1:13:53-1:16:12 Sponsorship Section
1:17-00-1:36:26 Picks for #7
1:36:26-1:57:00 Picks for #6
1:57:00-2:10:33 Favorite Repertory Picks of 2016
2:10:51-2:12:46 Close / Outtake
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Peter Labuza's List
6. Sxity Six (Lewis Klahr, USA)
7. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, USA)
8. Allied (Robert Zemeckis, USA) // Sully (Clint Eastwood, USA)
9. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie, USA)
10. Sunset Song (Terence Davies, UK)

Repertory Picks: The Italian Straw Hat (Rene Clair, France, 1928); Shift (Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1982), The Eiger Sanction (Clint Eastwood, USA, 1975); Eight Hours of Terror (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1957); Best of Cinerama (Merian C. Cooper / Fred Waller / Lowell Thomas, USA, 1963)

Keith Uhlich's List
6. Silence (Martin Scorsese, USA)
7. The BFG (Steven Spielberg, USA/UK)
8. 31 (Rob Zombie, USA) // Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, USA)
9. Things To Come (Mia Hansen-Løve, France) // Certain Women (Kelly Reichard, USA)
10. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, France) // The X-Files, "Babylon" (Chris Carter, USA)

Repertory Picks: To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett, USA, 1990); Who's Camus Anyway (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Japan, 2005); Videograms of a Revolution (Harun Farocki / Andrei Ujica, Romania / Germany, 1992); Line Describing a Cone (Anthony McCall, USA, 1973)

Notes and Links from the Conversation
—Vadim Rizov on Nocturama
—Keith discuss A Quiet Passion
—Peter reviews Moonlight and The BFG
—While many have said the line about Opening Shots, a good place to review is Jim Emerson's Opening Shots Project
—The extended kiss in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
—Richard Brody on Sully
—Read more on Michael Sicisnki
—On Sxity Six: Manohla Dargis and Kristin M. Jones
—Genevieve Yue discusses how to watch avant-garde cinema
—During my discussion of The Eiger Sanction, I refered to the challegene as skiing when I meant to say mountain climbing. Apologies for the error.

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