#44 – Cody Clark 1-on-1 / Far From The Madding Crowd / The Visit (8/31/15)

Episode 441:02:16 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, Cody Clarke goes 1-on-1 with film critic and movie podcaster Cody Clark! Confused? Listen to the episode, it’ll all make sense. Plus, Chloe Pelletier with a review of No Escape!

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#43 – Movie Recommendation Triangle / Westerns / Brando / Pacino (8/24/15)

Episode 431:23:18 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico, Jenna Ipcar, and I recommend each other a movie to watch, and then we time travel to when we have watched it! Makes no sense? Listen to the episode and it will. Plus, we play a voicemail from a listener, and Chloe Pelletier reviews Trainwreck!

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‘Whiplash’ is Anime

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Whiplash (2014)
Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle
107 min.

Finally saw Whiplash, last year’s little-engine-that-could (and did—four Oscars). Can’t say I’m surprised at all that it was so well-received by critics and audiences alike—it’s a visceral, exciting film, one that, given its mundane subject matter, takes you by surprise with its intensity. An artificial, superimposed intensity, sure (a realistic film about getting good at drums would be more the vibe of Jeanne Dielman, but louder) but an intensity that is undeniably effective. At certain moments, I was quite literally on the edge of my seat.

My praise for the film ends there though, other than to say that J.K. Simmons delivers a phenomenal performance, his career best. And, there’s a few genuinely funny parts when you least expect them. In general though, the film is a shallow one. More specifically, it’s two-dimensional—so two-dimensional it’s damn near cel-based.

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Criterion Collection Announces ‘Criterienne’ Line For Women

Citing underwhelming numbers of female customers, The Criterion Collection has announced today that it will launch a ‘Criterienne’ line of DVDs and Blu-Rays, re-releasing select catalog titles with new art and packaging that they hope will appeal more to women.

Smug Film has exclusively obtained a photo of one of these new releases. What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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#42 – Another John D’Amico 1-on-1 / Green Brothers & Bed Update / Responsibility in Film (8/17/15)

Episode 421:03:50 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico and I sit down for our second 1-on-1, in which we give updates on our new films (click here for that first episode where we talk about them) and then discuss the topic of responsibility in film! Plus, Chloe Pelletier with a review of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F!

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