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Podcast title The Magic Lantern
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Description Cinematic Memories, Classic and Contemporary
Updated Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:34:41 +0000
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1. Episode 095 – Happy-Go-Lucky
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Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008) may be a bit of a litmus test. Do you fully embrace the character of Poppy and her sensibilities. Do you gradually warm to her, or does she make you want to run for the hills? Luckily for me, because he knows me, Cole told me in…

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2. Episode 094 – Ants In Your Pants of 2018
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It’s our fourth annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2018! 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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3. Episode 093 – Female Trouble
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Female Trouble (Waters, 1974) is probably not for everyone, but I wish it was. The world would be a lot more fun if everyone could embrace their inner Divine. This towering achievement of trash cinema is my favorite of all of John Waters’ work. I think it’s the smartest, definitely…

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4. Episode 092 – Desk Set
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Desk Set (Lang, 1957) arrived on the cusp of the information age, when the American office was poised to be transformed by room-sized machines. In this “situation comedy” is the corporation run by the women answering the phones or by the men flying off to meetings? This question of agency…

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5. Episode 091 – In Cold Blood
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In Cold Blood (Brooks, 1967) is one of the most aptly titled works in either cinema or literature. I think of the Clutter family basement in November at 2 a.m. and it chills me to my very marrow. It was a galvanizing experience the first time I saw it as…

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6. Episode 090 – One Man Force
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One Man Force (Trevillion, 1989) takes all the rogue cop movie tropes we have ever seen, turns them up to 11, blows out their back windows, shoots them in the face, ties a rope to them, throws them off a cliff, jumps off the cliff after them, douses them in…

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7. Episode 089 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2018
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It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2018, we once again bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in…

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8. Episode 088 – The Wicker Man
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The Wicker Man (1973) is an undisputed classic of folk horror, though some of its principals would dispute that. Director Robin Hardy thought he was making a musical as much as anything else and star Christopher Lee has emphatically said he does not consider it a horror film. Well, gentlemen,…

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9. Episode 087 – Get Out
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In the groundbreaking Get Out (2017), director and writer Jordan Peele wove together terror, horror, dark satire, and laugh out loud comedy to create something much larger than the sum of its very interesting parts. He has alternatively called the film a social thriller and a documentary. To understand that…

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10. Episode 086 – 35 Shots of Rum
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35 Shots of Rum (Denis, 2008) is a bit of a departure, both for Claire Denis and for me. It is still as incisive and poetic as her other work, but she has replaced the usual turbulent heart of her cinema with a tranquil one. Being a loving homage to…

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11. Episode 085 – Grey Gardens
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When they were first tasked with making a documentary about the Bouvier family and their reminiscences of East Hampton, Albert and David Maysles soon realized that they were dealing with some “staunch” characters in Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, and that these women would make much more interesting…

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12. Episode 084 – Funeral Parade of Roses
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I only saw Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) for the first time a few years ago and immediately wondered where this movie had been all my life. I always love it when I discover something like this that blows my expectations into tiny pieces. This pioneering LGBTQ film…

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13. Episode 083 – Chinatown
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It is a very great pleasure to revisit something you think you know well and find new facets and new dots to connect. That was certainly the case for both Cole and I when coming back to Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), though we have both seen it multiple times. There is…

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14. Episode 082 – Zama
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This episode celebrates the return of one of my favorite filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel. It’s been ten years since her last feature film and two years since we last discussed one of her films on the show. With the arrival of her new film, Zama (2017), the wait is over and…

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15. Episode 081 – They Live
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For some reason, whenever I think of They Live (Carpenter, 1988), I remember it as a rip-roaring, good-time kind of movie. Something perfect for summer, perfect for a late night. I probably have that idea because when I first saw it in my teens, I was enthralled by the famous…

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16. Episode 080 – Blue Ruin
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Will I ever get tired of talking about or recommending Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013)? Not likely. I think it is one of the best films of this millennium and I think Macon Blair’s performance as Dwight, our wounded protagonist, is the best. The film upends every revenge thriller cliché…

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17. Episode 079 – Wake in Fright
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Every time I watch Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971), I just want it to be over. Then I want to watch it again. It is just as terrifying each time, and I am just as much a prisoner to its landscape as John, played here by Gary Bond. I know…

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18. Episode 078 – The Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2018 by Lantern Light
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In this special episode we discuss the films and symposiums of the inaugural Toronto True Crime Film Festival, a two day festival devoted to true crime on the big screen, including both documentaries and fictionalized films based on true crimes. The program included five features, each paired with a thematically…

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19. Episode 077 – Daratt
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“This view of the world, from this country where there aren’t filmmakers, is very important I think. So, I do it through solidarity and because I feel a responsibility not to leave this country invisible.”– Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, on his responsibility as a Chadian filmmaker. It was with extreme delight that…

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20. Episode 076 – Noir City Austin 2018 by Lantern Light
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In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2018 and its theme of “Film Noir from A to B” featuring a program of five genuine “A” and “B” double bills. We were delighted to be at Noir City Austin again this year, hosted by The Czar…

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21. Episode 075 – In a Lonely Place
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In preparing to watch In a Lonely Place (Ray, 1950) for this episode, I read the source novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, though source is a misnomer as this film adaptation kept only the main characters and modified the plot. The novel is absolutely stellar, and I highly recommend it.…

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22. Episode 074 – Rope
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Rope (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock’s almost perfect crime. Based loosely upon the real life case of Leopold and Loeb, it was Hitchcock at his most experimental, plumbing the chilly depths of the murderous impulse. It featured limited cuts and long, unbroken takes to approximate the appearance of the real time…

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23. Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast
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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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24. Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon
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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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25. Episode 071 – Hoosiers
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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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26. Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time
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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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27. Episode 069 – The Birds and the Bees by Lantern Light
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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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28. Episode 068 – Sweet Charity
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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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29. Episode 067 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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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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30. Episode 066 – The Apartment
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Like so many of my favorite Billy Wilder films, The Apartment (1960) begins with a voiceover. Our very own buddy boy C.C. Baxter puts us firmly in the world of making a living, of rising up in the world, or being ground beneath its boot heel. He begins to show…

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31. Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017
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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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32. Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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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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33. Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night
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The moment Sandra wakes up from her sleep, I knew Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) had me. I knew what that sleep meant. I have also slept during the day, clothed, while others around me worked, lived, and thrived. Maybe you have too. I knew what…

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34. Episode 062 – Wanda
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Barbara Loden is a unique figure in American independent cinema. Before directing her lone feature film, she was a Tony winner on Broadway and appeared in a couple of Hollywood productions. None of these endeavors seemed wholly satisfying, though. That was our good fortune, as she was driven to helm…

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35. Episode 061 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017
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It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017, we once again bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in…

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36. Episode 060 – The Thing
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“You have to embrace the darkness,” film editor Todd Ramsay told director John Carpenter. “That’s where this movie is. In the darkness.” The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) is bathed in darkness, even though it happens to be set in a landscape of blinding whiteness. Whether it’s the black and blue palate,…

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37. Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula
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Terence Fisher and Hammer Films introduced the world to its first truly modern vampire with Horror of Dracula (1958). Known in its native UK as simply Dracula, it was a technicolor explosion of blood, sex, and fury the likes of which the world had not yet seen. It was shocking…

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38. Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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After repeated viewings, contemplation, and discussion, I don’t know what drives the main character of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975). And I’m not just talking about the ending. Even after feeling a deep kinship with what I see on the screen, I don’t know that…

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39. Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) came to me at a difficult time in my life, and I find myself returning to it during difficult times as well. This might seem odd, because it’s not what you might think of as a comforting film. In fact, I reckon…

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40. Episode 056 – Rear Window
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Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) has always been one of my favorites, and having too much time on one’s hands while the summer heat drives one crazy was really speaking to me. I’ve seen the film over a dozen times, and I can fall into the habit of watching it, but…

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41. Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro
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The dog days of summer are here! To celebrate, we thought we would devote a little time to my all time favorite cinematic canine, Carlos Sorín’s Bombón: El Perro (2004). I discovered this thanks to a series that Austin Film Society did back in 2008 called More Than Buenos Aires:…

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42. Episode 054 – Purple Noon
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Patricia Highsmith’s creation Tom Ripley has had an extensive life. In addition to her novels, many film iterations have been made, and Purple Noon (Clément, 1960) stands as my favorite (The American Friend comes in a very close apples-and-oranges second place). Purple Noon towers over the rest of the competition…

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43. Episode 053 – The Conversation
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Francis Ford Coppola has a soft spot for The Conversation (1974) and so do I. When you hear him talk about it, there is a melancholy undercurrent in his voice that almost makes it seem like he laments getting caught up in the cycle of turning out one big project…

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44. Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
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If you are over 30, you may have experienced something that is likely gone from this earth. You had to stand in line, outdoors, to get into a big, popular film, probably a blockbuster. You may have waited for hours, and you may not have gotten into the movie. Was…

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45. Episode 051 – Little Murders
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Little Murders (1971) is the most personal choice I have made for the show so far. Prior to discovering it, I don’t think I had ever seen anything that so accurately summed up how I felt about a lot of things and there might be no better delivery system for…

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46. Episode 050 – Say Anything…
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I saw Say Anything… (Crowe, 1989) when I was fourteen. It changed my life. I was a young person then. I felt the pulls of longing and desire and hope and excitement and anticipation and awkwardness and embarrassment keenly. It was wonderful to know that at least somewhere in the…

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47. Episode 049 – Noir City Austin 2017 by Lantern Light
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In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2017 and its theme of The Big Knockover: Heists, Holdups, and Schemes Gone Awry. This is the second of two episodes devoted to covering the Noir City festival, and we hope you’ll check out the previous episode and…

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48. Episode 048 – Noir City Austin 2017 with Eddie Muller
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In this special episode, we had the distinct honor to sit down with the Czar of Noir himself, Eddie Muller. Eddie is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, as well as an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and programmer of the Noir City film festival,…

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49. Episode 047 – The Pope of Greenwich Village
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It is fair to say that no movie has ever made as big a difference to me as The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). I was fourteen when it arrived and it became the conduit to cinema adulthood for me. I might not have been able to articulate it at…

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50. Episode 046 – Michael Jackson’s This Is It
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I usually seek out documentaries to find a fresh perspective or insight on the film’s subject. When the documentary is about a person, I want to try to understand, to know the person. Part performance, part rehearsal, part behind-the-scenes documentary, Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Ortega, 2009) chronicles the preparations…

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51. Episode 045 – The Third Man
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The Third Man (1949) is rightly hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. I thought so the very first time I saw it and I think so even more now. Carol Reed’s virtuosity and Graham Greene’s nimble and acerbic assessment of the post-war human condition (and possibly himself)…

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52. Episode 044 – The Enchanted Cottage
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I first saw The Enchanted Cottage (1945) very late at night, alone. I was entranced by the very singular tone and the quiet romance, and while the film stayed with me, it hasn’t necessarily been constantly on my mind. Since our episode on Desperately Seeking Susan (Seidelman, 1985), I’ve been…

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53. Episode 043 – The Andromeda Strain
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The Andromeda Strain (1971) is one of the building blocks of my scifi cinema education. I was born as science fiction films really began to lean into realism and more serious subject matter. The fears of the atomic age were beginning to wane and anxieties about artificial intelligence and what…

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54. Episode 042 – Desperately Seeking Susan
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Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) blew my nine year-old mind, coincidentally arriving at the time when Madonna was just beginning to blow my mind. I had never seen anything like the film or Madonna, the New York they presented, or the characters they created. I was immediately smitten. They…

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55. Episode 041 – Do the Right Thing
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Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) is an all time great. It bursts with life and joy while simultaneously chronicling one of the things that is worst about life in America: our racial discord. It’s a hard movie to watch in places, and those are the places we most…

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56. Episode 040 – I Walked with a Zombie
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If someone tells you not to love them, take them at their word. Who knows what may be lurking in their tower? So if we learned anything from I Walked with a Zombie (1943), producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur’s spare yet lush and dreamy film, it’s that not…

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57. Episode 039 – Master of the Flying Guillotine
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We talk a lot about the arthouse here at The Magic Lantern, but we have an unabashed love of the grindhouse as well, and this film is a stone classic in that regard. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) is one of those all time great, you have to see…

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58. Episode 038 – Meet John Doe
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I first saw Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe (1941) at least fifteen years ago and had not revisited it, though it left me with very strong impressions. It was those impressions that made it a clear choice for the new year and our new political landscape. As for the film…

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59. Episode 037 – Ants In Your Pants of 2016
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It’s that time of year again! We bring you our year-in-review, but with a twist, in Ants In Your Pants of 2016. Our lists were culled from the tremendous number of quality films we saw this year, and we focused on those we saw for the first time which made…

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60. Episode 036 – Payday
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If ever there was an object lesson in not confusing the art with the artist, Daryl Duke’s Payday (1973) is just that lesson. Rip Torn stars as second-rate country singer Maury Dann and we spend 36 hours with him in which he leaves nothing but scorched earth in his wake.…

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61. Episode 035 – Smile Jenny, You’re Dead
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We have a special episode for you guys this time! We are joined by our special guest Lars Nilsen, lead programmer at the Austin Film Society, to discuss his selection for the show, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974). Directed by Jerry Thorpe, the choice is a bit of a departure…

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62. Episode 034 – Once
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“A little movie called Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year” – Steven Spielberg (USA Today) Me too, Steven! Once (Carney, 2007) came along just when I needed it most (to paraphrase Zelda Fitzgerald). Sometimes it is the quietest, most modest and unassuming work that…

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63. Episode 033 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2016
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In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2016, we bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in hopes that you might find some…

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64. Episode 032 – Halloween
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I was eight years old when I saw the first television commercial for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and it was galvanizing. At that age, my horror cinema experience centered mainly around the cadre of Universal monsters, and I loved them, but this was a shot across my bow that I…

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65. Episode 031 – Black Christmas
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I resisted the pull of Black Christmas (Clark, 1974) for a very long time. Too long. I thought it was going to be too scary (it is), or too violent (it’s not), or too gory (not really). When I finally watched it several years ago, I was delighted that it…

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66. Episode 030 – The Exiles
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Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles (1961) was one of the first films to portray Native Americans as actual flesh and blood human beings with dreams, hopes, and flaws. For decades, Hollywood had perpetuated an array of stereotypes–the stoic noble savage, the princess and the squaw, and the bloodthirsty warrior among them–but…

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67. Episode 029 – Top Hat
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Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935), and by extension Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, breezed into my life and introduced me to a dreamy world of class, romance, and farce wrapped in a froth of Art Deco detail and the most beautiful dancing I’d yet seen. Even though I’ve enjoyed Astaire’s pairings…

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68. Episode 028 – Van Diemen’s Land
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The first time I saw Jonathan auf der Heide’s Van Diemen’s Land (2009), it knocked me back in my seat. My head was already swirling that day seven years ago from everything else that Fantastic Fest had jammed into it. When you are trying to take in all that one…

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69. Episode 027 – Waiting for Guffman
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Ding dong! In 1996, a very special gift arrived for this theatre nerd. Waiting for Guffman (Guest, 1996) ticked many of my boxes: it was hilarious, well-acted, a musical, outrageously quotable, took place in a familiar milieu, and begged for repeated viewings. I was the loudest, most obnoxious moviegoer that…

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70. Episode 026 – Cloak & Dagger
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Very high stakes, an intelligent but troubled preteen, a plucky sidekick, an imaginary super spy friend, and Atari–put them all together and you’ve got Richard Franklin’s Cloak & Dagger (1984). As a nine year-old, I was thrilled by the twisting plot, effective performances and very real danger at the core…

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71. Episode 025 – La Ciénaga
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I first saw Lucrecia Martel’s debut feature, La Ciénaga (2001), in late 2008 and I have been thinking about it ever since. I was so thoroughly impressed with the clarity and completeness of her vision and her obvious self-possession that the images and, crucially, the sounds are never that far…

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72. Episode 024 – Psycho
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You may think you know all there is to know about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Watch it again. Right now. Joseph Stefano (from Robert Bloch’s novel) adapted a corker of a suspense tale centered around a deeply troubling, even Gothic, family history, and a false protagonist set to remedy a…

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73. Episode 023 – Inherit the Wind
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Hear ye, hear ye! Court is now in session. All rise for our examination of Stanley Kramer’s sterling courtroom drama, Inherit the Wind (1960). This film, an excoriation of McCarthyism dressed up in the garb of the Scopes Monkey Trial, is a true cinematic building block of my adulthood. As…

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74. Episode 022 – Darker Than Amber
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I first saw Robert Clouse’s Darker Than Amber (1970) two years ago, which was a full 44 years after its initial release. That year, I counted it among the very best of what I saw, and I saw a lot of wonderful films. Why did it make such an impression?…

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75. Episode 021 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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It’s been a long time since I have been as immediately taken with a film the way I was with Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013). We don’t often feature films that are this new on the show. Typically, for a movie to make its way into…

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76. Episode 020 – The Vanishing
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How far are you willing to go? In George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1988), Rex makes the ultimate choice to follow the trail of the disappeared Saskia until the eternal uncertainty of her fate can be resolved. Few endings in modern memory can match that resolution. Skip the dumbed down (and…

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77. Episode 019 – Blue Collar
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Blue Collar (1978) was Paul Schrader’s first foray into film direction after the notable success of his screenplay for Taxi Driver (1976), and it almost ended his directorial career before it even began. It was a tumultuous enterprise, with Richard Pryor providing fireworks ranging from thrown chairs to pulled pistols,…

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78. Episode 018 – Groundhog Day
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I’ve written and deleted a lot of opening statements for this post. First, I set out to simply state that Groundhog Day (1993) is universally beloved. I began to list its accolades, but it doesn’t feel quite fitting to take a comedy and explain its praise. That should be easy;…

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79. Episode 017 – The Long Goodbye
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The Long Goodbye (1973) is my favorite Robert Altman film. For the longest time that was McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), but as soon as I saw this I knew I was home. It’s like it was tailor-made for me. Elliott Gould’s everyman detective brings noir, one of my favorite…

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80. Episode 016 – Wings of Desire
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And we, spectators always, everywhere, looking at, never out of, everything! —Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Eighth Elegy” Dear Compañeros, I invite you to fall under the spell of Wings of Desire (1987), Wim Wenders’ visual poem of a scarred, haunted Berlin, of the mortals who inhabit it and the immortal…

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81. Episode 015 – Suspiria
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Suspiria (1977) is Dario Argento’s lurid, unreal masterpiece. Its garish palette (it was one of the last films made in Technicolor), baleful sound design and stylized brutality force us through the looking glass in more ways than one. Little did I know when I discovered this that it would be…

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82. Episode 014 – Let There Be Light
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John Huston’s Let There Be Light (1946) was the final installment in a trilogy of wartime documentaries produced for the U.S. Army. He set about following a group of soldiers who had experienced severe battle fatigue and were undergoing treatment in a military psychiatric facility for a wide array of…

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83. Episode 013 – The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
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Eleven years ago, I was lured into the world of German Expressionism via the hypnotic gaze peering out at me from the cover of Fritz Lang’s The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). It sat on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, beckoning me. Little did I know that my consumption…

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84. Episode 012 – The Thin Man
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With three bodies, a missing inventor, a host of suspects and hundreds of martinis, The Thin Man (1934) sparkled into life from the page to the screen. Much later, watching as a young kid, Nick and Nora Charles swanned away with my heart. The thorny mystery at the center of…

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85. Episode 011 – Ants In Your Pants of 2015
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In this episode, Ants In Your Pants of 2015, we bring you our year-in-review, but with a twist. Rather than focus exclusively on new releases, we each chose ten of our favorite film finds. These are older films that we watched for the first time this year which made the…

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86. Episode 010 – Gregory’s Girl
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Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl (1981) is the best teen comedy ever made and I will stand on John Hughes’ coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that. When I discovered it at age 12 it felt like it had been beamed across the Atlantic directly into my heart and…

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87. Episode 009 – The Thing from Another World
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The world changed in 1945. With the atomic bomb, a beast with unimaginable destructive power was unleashed. The world changed again in 1950 when Senator Joseph McCarthy became the face of the Red Scare. The Thing from Another World (1951) arrived shortly after, and captures a time of paranoia–both scientific…

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88. Episode 008 – No Country for Old Men
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There aren’t many films more personal to me than Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men (2007). I grew up at the foot of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma, so I am intimately familiar with this scrub brush landscape and these hard-bitten, laconic plainsfolk. They are my people.…

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89. Episode 007 – The Uninvited
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Why do I enjoy this film so much? In the simplest terms, The Uninvited (1944) features a big house by the sea I really want to live in. Put that together with a great puzzle to solve, and I think this is a corker of a film. A couple of…

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90. Episode 006 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ripped into my life on Thanksgiving 1984 and I have, gratefully, never fully recovered. It was spawned from the belly of a country that was sick and sad during my earliest formative years. As a nation, we were burdened with post-Watergate paranoia, the exhaustion…

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91. Episode 005 – Mahanagar
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What does it mean to set out in an unknown world, independent and eager? What does it mean to set out in a world when you have never known independence and when eagerness is considered shameful? Satyajit Ray’s landmark work Mahanagar (1963), or The Big City, seeks to explore these…

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92. Episode 004 – It’s a Gift
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I have an abiding fondness for a number of comedians from cinema’s infancy. Buster Keaton is a true daredevil and a genius, in my estimation. It never fails to make me laugh when Stan Laurel brings Oliver Hardy that bag of hard boiled eggs and nuts in the hospital. The…

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93. Episode 003 – Hannah and Her Sisters
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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) made me want to be a film director. Maybe it was that rosy glow the film cast over me as a young person, which we try to describe several times in the episode–the cast, the music, the poetry, the setting. Maybe it was the theme…

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94. Episode 002 – The Old Dark House
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When it came to deciding on my first selection for the show, it was simple. There was no other choice for me but the film I have seen more than any other, James Whale’s The Old Dark House (1932). Whale is one of the primary architects of classic horror cinema,…

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95. Episode 001 – Rebecca
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The choice of Rebecca (1940) as not only the kick off episode but my kick off episode was an easy one. It was my first revival in a movie theatre setting; my first black and white on the big screen. An adult and heady choice for a kid. I felt…

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