Episode 053 – The Conversation

Episode 053 – The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola has a soft spot for The Conversation (1974) and so do I. When you hear him talk about it, there is a melancholy undercurrent in his voice that almost makes it seem like he laments getting caught up in the cycle of turning out one big project…

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Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

If you are over 30, you may have experienced something that is likely gone from this earth. You had to stand in line, outdoors, to get into a big, popular film, probably a blockbuster. You may have waited for hours, and you may not have gotten into the movie. Was…

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Episode 051 – Little Murders

Episode 051 – Little Murders

Little Murders (1971) is the most personal choice I have made for the show so far. Prior to discovering it, I don’t think I had ever seen anything that so accurately summed up how I felt about a lot of things and there might be no better delivery system for…

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Episode 050 – Say Anything…

Episode 050 – Say Anything…

I saw Say Anything… (Crowe, 1989) when I was fourteen. It changed my life. I was a young person then. I felt the pulls of longing and desire and hope and excitement and anticipation and awkwardness and embarrassment keenly. It was wonderful to know that at least somewhere in the…

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Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light

Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light

In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2017 and its theme of The Big Knockover: Heists, Holdups, and Schemes Gone Awry. This is the second of two episodes devoted to covering the Noir City festival, and we hope you’ll check out the previous episode and…

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Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller

Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller

In this special episode, we had the distinct honor to sit down with the Czar of Noir himself, Eddie Muller. Eddie is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, as well as an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and programmer of the Noir City film festival,…

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Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village

Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village

It is fair to say that no movie has ever made as big a difference to me as The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). I was fourteen when it arrived and it became the conduit to cinema adulthood for me. I might not have been able to articulate it at…

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Episode 046 – Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Episode 046 – Michael Jackson’s This Is It

I usually seek out documentaries to find a fresh perspective or insight on the film’s subject. When the documentary is about a person, I want to try to understand, to know the person. Part performance, part rehearsal, part behind-the-scenes documentary, Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Ortega, 2009) chronicles the preparations…

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Episode 045 – The Third Man

Episode 045 – The Third Man

The Third Man (1949) is rightly hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. I thought so the very first time I saw it and I think so even more now. Carol Reed’s virtuosity and Graham Greene’s nimble and acerbic assessment of the post-war human condition (and possibly himself)…

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Episode 044 – The Enchanted Cottage

Episode 044 – The Enchanted Cottage

I first saw The Enchanted Cottage (1945) very late at night, alone. I was entranced by the very singular tone and the quiet romance, and while the film stayed with me, it hasn’t necessarily been constantly on my mind. Since our episode on Desperately Seeking Susan (Seidelman, 1985), I’ve been…

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