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December 14 2013


Cinema Journal Presents Aca-Media, Ep. 10: We Might Have to Be More Vulgar

After a long absence spent recovering from Episode 9, in which MOOC spores wiped the brains of film and media scholars everywhere, we're back up and running. This month we feature an interview with Mary Beltrán about Latinization and the Fast & Furious franchise, based on her two Cinema Journal articles on the topic (note: this segment was recorded before the death of Paul Walker). Then Jennifer Proctor reports on the 2013 University Film and Video Association conference. Finally, Chris and Michael reveal what might be the only way to enjoy 2 Broke Girls.

December 13 2013


Not Playing Episode 4: Field of Dreamy

It’s another homage to the heyday of 1989 this week, as Dan takes Lex on a trip—through the imagination!—to a land called Iowa, and a sport called baseball. Yes, we’re watching Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. Hot topics include the rules of magic, the death of an American icon, and arguing with your parents. Don’t have the movie? Why not support Not Playing by picking up the Field of Dreams (Blu-ray + DVD) or just streaming it online from the fine folks at Amazon. http://notplaying.net/field-of-dreams/

Not Playing Episode 2: Die Hardy Boys (Commentary Track)

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with Bruce Willis’s star-making turn as an everycop? Dan introduces Lex to the best Christmas movie ever, 1988′s Die Hard. Hot topics include Alan Rickman’s death scene, expletives in movies, and the many lives of Alexander Godunov. http://notplaying.net/die-hard/

Not Playing Episode 1: Beverly Hills Copacetic (Commentary Track)

It’s true: Neither Lex nor Dan had ever seen Beverly Hills Cop before 2013. For the debut episode of Not Playing, they sit down together to watch the 1984 Eddie Murphy classic. Hot topics include vests, asses, and who exactly is the title character. http://notplaying.net/beverly-hills-cop/

November 26 2013


Holiday Movies 2013: Big Films With Vintage Flair

We talk with top film critics about this holiday season’s gusher of new movies, from Disney’s “Frozen,’ to “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “American Hustle.”


A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times. (@aoscott)

Carrie Rickey, longtime film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (@CarrieRickey)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: The Big Picture Strikes Back — “Maybe the failure of so many overblown, mediocre movies would inspire the flowering of smaller, better ones. Maybe the audience, fed a steady summer diet of sequels, merchandising tie-ins and animated family fun, was finally saying ‘enough.’ Maybe a lesson could be drawn from the success of the previous year’s crop of Oscar movies, and the future would belong to the Argos and Djangos and Lincolns rather than the Avengers and Transformers.”

The Daily Beast: Holiday Movie Preview: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ And More – “It’s been a pretty dismal summer movie-wise. Remember ‘The Internship’? ‘After Earth’? We hardly do, either. The fall brought some welcome relief in the form of ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’, but now, we’re getting into the real bread-and-butter: awards season. The next six weeks will see a bevy of awards-bait films—and grand blockbuster entertainments—hit theaters, including ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and much more. ”

The Wall Street Journal: Hollywood’s Gift List: Holiday Film Preview — “The film calendar is always heavily backloaded with Oscar contenders, in part so the films are fresh in the minds of Academy members when they are voting. But this year, studios seem to be conceding that they have packed far too many films into too few weekends. Some are pulling movies out of the fray. One big film was delayed until late December and five more have already been pushed into 2014, even if it means deferring Oscar aspirations until the 2015 ceremonies.”

November 11 2013


Caustic Soda: Vampires Part 1

Just in time for Halloween, it’s the first part of a blood-gorged Caustic Soda Vampire episode. In part one Toren covers several vampire “facts” in a pop quiz, Joe and Kevin join in talking about just what it takes to be considered a vampire. Following a vampiric musical break we look at vampires in history such as Jure Grando, “the hysteria”, and then a look at “real-life vampires” like Mercy Brown, Fritz Haarmann, Richard Chase, and James Riva.

Caustic Soda: Genocide Part 1

This episode is rated ‘T’ for TRIGGER ALERT. In part 1 of 2 on genocide, we discuss Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, The Tasmanian “Black Wars” and the Maori invasion of the Moriori.

October 31 2013


Wes Craven And Fright-Meisters On Why We Love Horror

For Halloween, we look at the horror genre today — in the movies and in print — with some of the best fright-meisters in the business.


Wes Craven, horror film director, writer, producer and actor. (@WesCraven)

Elizabeth Massie, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror novels and short fiction, including “Hell Gate,” “Desper Hollow,” “Playback” and “Sineater.”

Michelle Hodkin, young-adult novelist, author of “The Mara Dyer Trilogy.” (@MichelleHodkin)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian: Halloween Reading — “I’m convinced that people who write and read horror are saner and better-adjusted than those who casually dismiss the genre. By engaging with horror, we take a journey into every possible fear. We open the closet door, rip the mask from the psycho’s face, embrace ghosts and demons, cast ourselves into the hellish chasm of the imagination. We return, not polluted but cleansed and set free.”

New York: The 25 Best Horror Movies Since the Shining – “One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released ‘The Shining’ and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema.”

The Morning News: Our Hallows Eve — “This will be my son’s first Halloween, and I’m taking him to Indiana to give him a taste of Halloween as I remember it. My mom and I have been making plans to take him to a pumpkin patch and maybe a costume party at the zoo. We chat on the phone while I follow Fabian around the playground, discussing the tiny Purple Rain Prince costume she is making for him. She tells me to measure his arms, as she wants to make sure she gets the ruffles at the ends of the sleeves just right.”

Read An Excerpt Of “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin

October 29 2013


Episode 28 :: Screenwriter Brian McDonald's Creative Process :: Pt.1 - The 20/20 Awards at KIRORadio.com

Filmmaker and Author, Brian McDonald takes us into his creative process, tackling Movie Reality, his influences, and his book THE GOLDEN THEME. - The 20/20 Awards at KIRORadio.com. http://kiroradio.com/listen/9963191

October 07 2013


Adult Children Of Divorce Still Feel The Sting

A new comedy about adult children of divorce and what they carry with them.  It’s funny –and it’s not.


Stuart Zicherman, co-writer and director of “A.C.O.D.” (@StuZicherman)

Courtney Zazzali, Clinical Intake Coordinator at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. (@AckermanInstitu)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Dissolve: A.C.O.D. (Review) – “For most people, divorce remains a bummer, but it’s no longer inherently noteworthy or dramatic, at least not for outside observers. That puts the onus on ‘A.C.O.D.’ to find an interesting angle on the material. Its approach is to tell the story comedically, and well after the fact, through the grown children who have been shaped by their parents’ divorce.”

New York Times: So, It’s Your Father, or Me. Decide. — “In the film, the divorcés feud, but the Zichermans agree that their divorce was remarkably amicable: they had regular family dinners and even took a vacation together after the breakup, which Stuart Zicherman found quite confusing. ‘I’m very happy that you guys have such a good relationship,’ he said, ‘but there are times where it’d be much easier if you didn’t.’”


October 03 2013


Sneakpod. Hören, was wir gesehen haben.

Sneakpod der Sneakpreview Podcast aus Kino10. Der wöchentliche Podcast über die Überraschungsfilme aus der Sneakpreview in Kino10. Darüber wie es wirklich in Kino10 ist. Die Stimmung, die Filme, die Sprüche. Jede Woche eine Filmkritik zu einem topaktuellen Kinofilm. http://www.sneakpod.de/

October 02 2013


#461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Woman on the Beach | Filmspotting

Adam resists the urge to spend the whole show quoting "Tombstone" as he and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1993, part of Filmspotting's year-by-year countdown series. Plus, a review of the new.. http://filmspotting.net/reviews/1068-461-short-term-12-top-5-films-of-1993-woman-on-the-beach.html

Killer POV: Ep. 31: The United States of Horror!

The Killer POV gang (Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry) are joined by very special guests Cinefamily programmers Phil Blankenship, Tom Fitzgerald, and Bret Berg to talk about their exciting upcoming schedule for the month of October 2013. They’re celebrating the spooky season with 30 midnight screenings, each one from a different state, hence giving genre fans “The United States Of Horror” road tour. So Oct. 3rd, we’ll hit Nevada with Tremors, on the 15th you can make a pit-stop in Pittsburgh for George Romero’s Martin, or celebrate October 19th in New York City with Basket Case. The entire group discusses their favorite theatrical experiences, what goes into programming a bill this intricate and why midnight movies are the most fun way to enjoy the theatrical communal experience. http://geeknation.com/podcasts/killer-pov-ep-31-the-united-states-of-horror/

September 28 2013


John Carpenter: The Daily Grindhouse Interview

The Man Called Perry is tied up with a Steve Guttenberg marathon, so G decided to post the infamous John Carpenter interview. This interview is widely considered by no one to be the best interview that Carpenter ever gave. We talk about his legendary career, the films that inspired him to be a director, the writing process, and more. http://dailygrindhouse.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-26T14_05_58-07_00

September 17 2013


Caustic Soda: Mummies

Various kinds of mummies are discussed, including ancient Egyptian methods, bog mummies, saponification, and electroplating. Plus the mummies of Guanajuato, Chiesa dei Morti, Luang Pho Dang, and plenty of pop culture.

September 16 2013


Elysium colorists

In this Episode of the Coloristos 1on1, Juan interviews Andrea Chlebak, lead DI colorist for the new sci-fi action film "Elysium". Andrea breaks down her ACES workflow, tells us about her techniques for keeping focused, and shares what it's like to grade Matt Damon's big blue eyes. All that and much more. The Coloristos ColorCast is a monthly podcast about Film and Television Color Grading, Color Science, and Post-Production. If you're interested or involved in color grading, finishing, and digital intermediate post-production, this show is for you. The Coloristos are: Josh Petok, a colorist working on reality and episodic television in Los Angeles. Juan Salvo, a colorist and online editor for films and commercials in New York. Jason Myres, a colorist and post-production engineer in Los Angeles." name="DESCRIPTION http://coloristos.podomatic.com/entry/2013-08-12T21_18_30-07_00

September 15 2013


Tavi Gevinson: Tavi's World

Tavi Gevinson was 11 when she kicked off her writing career with a fashion blog called Style Rookie. She had smart, sharp observations on fashion and visual style and the usual girl things that an 11 year old is obsessed with and she had an audience. And it was big. They were pre-teens and teenagers who had someone from their cohort who spoke to them. Gevinson was soon reporting on Fashion Weeks in Paris, London and New York and quickly got up the noses of the fashion editors and style queens. Who was this upstart 11 year old? Your first response may be to immediately dislike someone this young... with talent; and you might immediately assume that she’s as obnoxious as some soapie star. You’d be wrong. Tavi is now 17. Though it’s 17 going on 48 or 50. She’s smart, witty, erudite, with a good line in self-deprecating patter. She was a keynote speaker at the Melbourne Writers Festival and she packed out the Athanaeum Theatre with young women wearing ‘Tavi headgear’ the bunches of roses that she used to wear when she was 11 or 12, and their mums and the odd dad. Here, she’s giving her ‘fangirl’ keynote speech. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/09/09/3840224.htm

September 11 2013


August 17 2013


FS #317: I'm Still Here / Top 5 Films of 1996 | Filmspotting

Filmspotting's discussion of "I'm Still Here" -- chronicling the "lost year" of actor Joaquin Phoenix -- is NOT a hoax. Or is it? Plus, the second film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "Black.. http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/show-archive/27-2010/595-fs-317-im-still-here-top-5-films-of-1996.html Filmspotting #317 - :34-25:18 - Review: "I'm Still Here" Music: Smith Westerns, "Be My Girl" - 26:14-27:54 - Audible Recommendation - 27:55-32:27 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: J. Eaken) - 32:28-36:50 - Correction / Polls - 0:36:51-49:54 - Archers #2: "Black Narcissus" Music: Smith Westerns, "Girl in Love" - 50:52-59:13 - DVDs / Donations - 59:14-1:19:40 - Top 5: Films of 1996 - 1:19:41-1:24:07 - Close / Outtakes

August 14 2013


Andrew Fowler on We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks - Arts - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Opinion has always been sharply divided about Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, between the welded on uncritical fandom and former co workers or ‘donors to the cause’ who’ve put up bail money and done their dough; and now have fairly dark views of Assange. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/08/12/3820449.htm
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