Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast

Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast

With circumstances completely against it, but with the brightest imaginations around set alight by a poet and artist, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast or La Belle et la Bête (1946) is one of the most indelible creations ever committed to film. My connection to Jean Cocteau, like so many…

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Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon

Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon

When the Creature from the Black Lagoon crawled from the sea onto cinema screens in 1954, Universal Studios found its last great monster. When I discovered it in 1976, I found my first great cinematic love. The Universal monster pantheon turned out to be one of the foundations of my…

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Episode 071 – Hoosiers

Episode 071 – Hoosiers

A first among equals as a sports film, Hoosiers (Anspaugh, 1986) is an ideal choice for this time of year: March Madness and the coming of spring and fresh starts. With a lead and supporting cast of characters each battling their own frailties, potential, and failings, there’s no need for…

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Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time

Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time

It’s not often that a recent release strikes such an immediate chord with us that it makes its way into our show rotation so quickly, but I knew from the first few moments of Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) that I wanted to talk about it right away.…

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Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light

Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light

Episode 069. Nice. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! We learn an awful lot of things from the movies, so I don’t know why the birds and the bees should be any different. In my adolescent world, the options were either the dubious news gathering of the schoolyard or less than reputable…

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Episode 068 – Sweet Charity

Episode 068 – Sweet Charity

What happens when you take a preternatural talent and give him a gigantic crew, cast, resources, many stages, and let him loose to reimagine a work he created with his muse, another preternatural talent? In the case of Sweet Charity (1969), you get a young but experienced dynamo, Bob Fosse,…

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Episode 067 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Episode 067 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

When I first encountered Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), I had no idea how important to me he would become. His films mercifully allow me a window into another world. They are a method of escape, but not in the way you typically think…

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Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017

Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017

It’s our third annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2017! As always, our lists were culled with much difficulty from all the wonderful films we saw this year, and we only talk about those we saw for the first time which made the biggest impressions on…

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Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A world of pure imagination. That’s what we’re promised by Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and boy, does it ever deliver. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s sweet satire is full to the brim with novelties and notions, some whimsical, some bittersweet. What it doesn’t advertise right…

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