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Surprisingly Criterion

Oct 1, 2021

“You guys up for some reggae tonight?” We watched the first feature film made in Jamaica, starring reggae star Jimmy Cliff, and featuring one of the best soundtracks we’ve covered thus far.

Bonus Material:
Klive Walker’s essay: How The Harder They Come created Jamaican cinema

Ulrick Casamir’s essay: A...


Aug 6, 2021

A new segment - the Randomizer. Can the Criterion Collection handle a random selection and then subsequent viewing of one of the films? For our first Randomizer episode, we got Equinox, directed by Jack Woods and Dennis Murren - the 338th film on the list.

Bonus material:
Films made by students on cell phones in Nigeria...


Jul 9, 2021

The cult classic with Spine number 872 starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi, by Dir./Writer Terry Zwigoff and writer Daniel Clowes Bonus material:
Three Things You Never Knew About Ghost World (that we discuss in the show)

“The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free
courtesy of Idée Fixe Records...


Jun 4, 2021

“I’d buy that for a dollar!” Criterion’s 23rd film is kind of an odd choice, and a surprise! Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a wonderful satire of the era it was made, but does it belong on the list?

Bonus material:
Theatrical vs Director’s Cut - the 1 minute difference

 

Music:
“The Endless Scroll”...


May 7, 2021

John Carpenter! How has he been forgotten by the collection? We talk about his 1982 sci-fi horror classic, The Thing, featuring great performances from Kurt Russel, Wilford Brimley and Keith David, and a wonderful score from Ennio Morricone.

Bonus material:
- New reissue of the OST from 2020
- Story of the origins of...