14. Reality Bites

February 29, 2016

My guest for this month is David Blakeslee, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1994 romantic comedy-drama film Reality Bites. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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13. Chungking Express

February 16, 2016

My guest for this month is David Blakeslee, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1994 Hong Kong drama film Chungking Express. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Sadly this film is currently not available for rent or purchase in the US anywhere that I can find. If you know someway to watch it, please let me know and I’ll update these notes.

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12. S1m0ne

January 30, 2016

My guest for this month is Serenity Caldwell, and she’s joined me to discuss the film she chose for me, the 2002 American science-fiction romantic comedy film S1m0ne. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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11. Alphaville

January 24, 2016

My guest for this month is Serenity Caldwell, and she’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for her, the 1965 French science fiction noir film Alphaville. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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10. Inside Out

December 30, 2015

My guest for this month is Maja Henderson, and she’s joined me to discuss the film she chose for me, the 2015 comedy-drama adventure Inside Out. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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9. All That Heaven Allows

December 20, 2015

My guest for this month is Maja Henderson, and she’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for her, the 1955 romance film All That Heaven Allows. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

  • My original thoughts on All That Heaven Allows
  • Technicolor is a chemical color process for film that produces a beautiful and very distinctive look
  • Bingo isn’t really a drinking game, but it is fun
  • A trope is a commonly recurring literary device, in this case that of love fighting disapproval
  • Jane Wyman absolutely kills it in this film as the main character Cary
  • Rock Hudson was a freakishly good looking man
  • It’s true, soap operas have nothing to do with this film
  • The Hays Code meant that everyone in a film plot had to be married or engaged at all times
  • Cary’s terrible son Ned is played by the old looking William Reynolds
  • Her daughter Kay is played by the Rachael Leigh Cook precursor Gloria Talbott
  • Conrad Nagel, who played Cary’s other suitor Harvey, was actually age appropriate for his role
  • Rock Hudson’s Ron is definitely something of a Beatnik
  • He might also be an early proponent of negging, as explained in the terrible book The Game
  • I’m using normative as a slightly pejorative term
  • For films involving couples kissing for the first time as they get engaged, watch any of the British films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • Chianti comes in a very distinctive bottle
  • Rock Hudson’s Ron is not just a Beatnik, but also living a very Bohemian lifestyle
  • New German Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s homage/remake Angst essen Seele auf came out in 1974

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8. Catch Me If You Can

November 30, 2015

My guest for this month is Allen Pike, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 2002 biographical crime drama film Catch Me If You Can. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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7. Brazil

November 11, 2015

My guest for this month is Allen Pike, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1985 dystopian science fiction film Brazil. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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6. Singin’ in the Rain

October 27, 2015

My guest for this month is Jessie Char, and she’s joined me to discuss the film she chose for me, the 1952 musical comedy Singin' in the Rain. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

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5. The Love Parade

October 16, 2015

My guest for this month is Jessie Char, and she’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for her, the 1929 Pre-Code musical comedy The Love Parade. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

  • Ernst Lubitsch was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for this film
  • Maurice Chevalier was a very, very French man
  • The queen was played by the very talented Jeanette MacDonald
  • The Listicle is an article format that allows for quick writing, often without much thought
  • The song that Jessie describes as being an adult version of Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty is called Dream Lover
  • The Hays Code made it impossible to make a film as irreverent about adult themes as this one
  • The song where they’re signing goodbye to Paris is called Paris, Stay the Same
  • Unlike, say, The Sixth Sense, this movie can’t really be spoiled
  • It cannot be overstated, that this film has virtually nothing in common with the Larry Clark film Kids. Except in the way that it does
  • The song about being common is called Let’s Be Common
  • If only Maurice Chevalier could have had an iPad and the Internet
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo says and does some things that would come off as super creepy if done by almost anyone else
  • Bill Hader could have done a phenomenal Maurice Chevalier impression on Saturday Night Live
  • Lupino Lane, who plays Chevalier’s French servant, was in fact a very British man
  • Perhaps this film isn’t a strong example of Second-wave feminism
  • On the other hand, maybe it is an example of Third-wave feminism
  • Maurice Chevalier was born in 1888, which means he’d be 127 today
  • The iPhone 6S Plus shoots native 4K video, which is capable of fully reproducing the quality of 35MM film
  • Jessie’s website is a website

This film is really only available as part of the Eclipse Series 8: Lubitsch Musicals set from Criterion, which you can also buy from Amazon

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