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Joshua Reviews Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts [Theatrical Review]

20 July 2017 1:39 PM, PDT

For every cult classic like Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me or stone cold classic like Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, the folks at Janus and The Criterion Collection decide to use their platform to shine a light on some of film’s most interesting unsung gems. Be it from the early days of African cinema, the Romanian New Wave or even American indie cinema of the ‘80s and ‘90s, some of Janus and Criterion’s most interesting theatrical and home video releases are the ones that seemingly come out of nowhere.

Take, for example, Desert Hearts. From director Donna Deitch, Hearts tells the story of Vivian, a conservative, buttoned up English professor caught in the middle of late ‘50s Reno and a going-nowhere marriage. In the midst of a divorce Vivian meets Cay, a gorgeous and vibrant woman who helps not only open Vivian’s eyes to herself but to the world around her. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Joshua Reviews Martin Provost’s The Midwife [Theatrical Review]

20 July 2017 12:38 PM, PDT

What makes a truly great film? Is it a superlative stylist behind the camera? Maybe a top shelf screenplay? Or is it the skill with which the performers in front of the camera invite the viewer into the narrative? Well, when dealing with the likes of Catherine Deneuve, it’s hard for a viewer to find anything other than utter captivation in each and every line reading, no matter the source material.

Just take a look at the iconic French actress’ latest film, The Midwife. From writer/director Martin Provost, The Midwife finds Deneuve taking a supporting role in the story of Claire (Catherine Frot), a midwife and single mother on the verge of a truly life changing moment. As her son makes his way through college, Claire is facing a changing job landscape at her birthing clinic and the large hospital looking to steal her away as well as »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Comic Con 2017 Preview Podcast

19 July 2017 5:00 PM, PDT

For this special Comic Con 2017 preview episode, Ryan is joined by David Bax from Battleship Pretension to discuss the various panels, screenings, and events that they’re looking forward to this year.

This year’s meet-up (Thursday night at the Bootlegger) is sponsored by FilmStruck: For Film Lovers. By Film Lovers.

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Episode Links

Preview Night Comic-Con 2017 Thursday Programs Comic-Con 2017 Friday Programs Comic-Con 2017 Saturday Programs Comic-Con 2017 Sunday Programs Ryan Gallagher – Comic-Con 2017

Episode Credits

Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website) David Bax (Twitter / Website)

Music for the show is “Soho” from the YouTube Audio library.

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- Ryan Gallagher

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Scott Reviews Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Daughter of the Nile [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

18 July 2017 7:35 PM, PDT

Hou Hsiao-hsien is best known and most acclaimed for historical dramas like A City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, Flowers of Shanghai, and The Assassin, but a much more persistent subject for him has been contemporary films about young women. From his first two films through the early 2000s (after which he took a break from his native Taiwan, and, soon, directing in general), urban-set and neon-lit portraits of restless youth have proven a renewable source of interest. For those who casually dismiss Cute Girl and Cheerful Wind as pop entertainments he made for hire – they were, but they’re quite good – this trend can more definitively traced back to 1987’s Daughter of the Nile.

Lin (played by pop star Lin Yang) is in her late teens, working at KFC and attending night school (where, typically, underperforming or troubled students are shuffled). Her mother has passed away, her eldest brother killed in gang activity. »

- Scott Nye

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Criterion Now – Episode 24 – Ghost World, Crumb, Barnes & Noble Sale

17 July 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Aaron, Travis and Tim Leggoe dig into the world of Terry Zwigoff, the Barnes & Noble Sale, predictions and wish lists for October Criterion releases, reactions to the Sean Baker episode, and plenty more. We also have announced a contest so listen carefully.

Episode Notes

8:00 – Sean Baker Reactions

19:00 – Barnes & Noble

30:00 – October Predictions

47:00 – Ghost World

1:10 – Short Takes (The Exterminating Angel, Summer Interlude, Crumb)

1:21:30 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale Thora Birch: How Hollywood’s Darling Disappeared Janus Films – The Human Condition Tweet Criterion Close-Up 23: Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Tim Leggoe: Blog | Letterboxd | Twitter Travis Trudell: Twitter | Instagram Criterion Now: Twitter | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project. »

- Aaron West

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