Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula

Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula

Terence Fisher and Hammer Films introduced the world to its first truly modern vampire with Horror of Dracula (1958). Known in its native UK as simply Dracula, it was a technicolor explosion of blood, sex, and fury the likes of which the world had not yet seen. It was shocking…

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Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

After repeated viewings, contemplation, and discussion, I don’t know what drives the main character of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975). And I’m not just talking about the ending. Even after feeling a deep kinship with what I see on the screen, I don’t know that…

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Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood

Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) came to me at a difficult time in my life, and I find myself returning to it during difficult times as well. This might seem odd, because it’s not what you might think of as a comforting film. In fact, I reckon…

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Episode 056 – Rear Window

Episode 056 – Rear Window

Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) has always been one of my favorites, and having too much time on one’s hands while the summer heat drives one crazy was really speaking to me. I’ve seen the film over a dozen times, and I can fall into the habit of watching it, but…

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Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro

Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro

The dog days of summer are here! To celebrate, we thought we would devote a little time to my all time favorite cinematic canine, Carlos Sorín’s Bombón: El Perro (2004). I discovered this thanks to a series that Austin Film Society did back in 2008 called More Than Buenos Aires:…

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Episode 054 – Purple Noon

Episode 054 – Purple Noon

Patricia Highsmith’s creation Tom Ripley has had an extensive life. In addition to her novels, many film iterations have been made, and Purple Noon (Clément, 1960) stands as my favorite (The American Friend comes in a very close apples-and-oranges second place). Purple Noon towers over the rest of the competition…

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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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