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Mark Reviews John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

21 March 2017 9:02 PM, PDT

From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion?  And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.

“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs »

- Mark Hurne

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Icarus Films Releases Two DVDs Looking At The Early Days Of Non-Fiction Cinema

21 March 2017 8:43 PM, PDT

Over the last decade or so, non-fiction and documentary cinema has been the breeding ground for some of cinema’s most interesting films and film-makers. However, for many cinephiles the history of this world of cinema has been vastly undervalued and works vastly underseen. Be it the earliest days of silent cinema to the importance of documentary films in global conflicts, non-fiction directors have crafted some of the greatest and most influential works in all of the art form.

And thankfully two great, if light, histories of some of the great films are finally available on DVD.

From Icarus Films comes the release of three films, across two DVDs, that take a direct look at the early days of documentary cinema, ostensibly from the beginning with films like Nanook Of The North to the work of German propagandists like Leni Riefenstahl and Us news reels which would see names like »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 59 – Late Spring and the Films of Yasujiro Ozu

21 March 2017 12:28 PM, PDT

Mark, Aaron and Matt Gasteier explore the filmmaking world of Yasujirō Ozu, centering on his pivotal masterpiece Late Spring (1949). It would be impossible to explore all of his dozens of his films in one episode, so we give an overview of his work, his style, and his contributions towards international cinema.

3:00 – Ozu Introduction

15:00 – Ozu biography & style

29:00 – Setsuko Hara

39:00 – Late Spring

Criterion Current – Ozu and Setsuko Hara David Bordwell – Ozu Book Criterion Collected Episode Credits Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Matt Gasteier: Twitter | Letterboxd Criterion Close-Up: Facebook | Twitter | Email

Next time on the podcast: French Series, Part Three


- Aaron West

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Joshua Reviews Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell [Blu-ray Review]

20 March 2017 2:34 PM, PDT

There are moments in any art form’s history where one will look back and describe things as before and after that film, painting, song or piece of literature. The greatest films of all time are not only superlative motion pictures, but have had an impact, a reach if you will, that informs generations and transcends the medium.

For feature-length, animated filmmaking, one of these history shifting works is Mamoru Oshii’s iconic Ghost In The Shell. Set to get the real stamp of modern approval with a remake just a few weeks out, this legendary 1995 anime feature has arrived on Blu-ray once again in a gorgeous, if frustratingly thin, new Steelbook Blu-ray edition.

Consistently considered one of the greatest anime features ever made, Oshii’s film draws its inspiration from a manga of the same name, and thrusts the viewer into the future, the year 2029. With cybernetic enhancements a feature of everyday life, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Joshua Reviews Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After The Storm [Theatrical Review]

20 March 2017 1:33 PM, PDT

Since the early 1990’s, director Hirokazu Kore-eda has churned out films at not only a shockingly consistent pace but also of a shockingly consistent quality. Going from documentarian to one of world cinema’s modern juggernauts, Kore-eda’s unassuming and yet emotionally poignant style has helped fill his filmography with masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece.

And yet his newest may very well be a new high water mark for the Japanese master.

Entitled After The Storm, Kore-eda’s newest film is deeply rooted in his quiet, humane aesthetic, and tells the story of a bumbling loser trying to make the most of his lot in life. The picture stars Hiroshi Abe as Ryota, a gambling addict who moonlights as a private detective. Following the death of his father, Ryota spends time tending to his mother Yoshiko (played by the iconic Kirin Kiki) and trying to do as right by his »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Criterion Now – Episode 9 – June 2017 Announcements, Ingmar Bergman, Canoa

20 March 2017 12:27 PM, PDT

Aaron, Arik Devens, Scott Nye and Travis Trudell dig into the June Criterion announcements, Ingmar Bergman on FilmStruck, Canoa: A Shameful Memory, Werner Herzog versus Klaus Kinski, Iranian Cinema, and plenty of other topics including the latest news from Criterion and FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

1:50 – June Announcements

34:00 – Ingmar Bergman

43:00 – Canoa: A Shameful Memory

49:00 – Criterion Coming Soon & Misc News Items

53:00 – Short Takes (Burden of Dreams, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The House is Black, For Heaven’s Sake)

1:04:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion – Ugetsu Criterion – They Live by Night Criterion – The Marseilles Trilogy Criterion – The Lodger Criterion – Straw Dogs Scott Reviews Ingmar Bergman’s The Devil’s Eye CriterionCast 173 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer Interlude CriterionCast 174 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika CriterionCast 175 – Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night A History of Jazz Podcast Arik Reviews Canoa: A Shameful Memory Albert Brooks Tweet about Lost in America »

- Aaron West

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