24. The Happiness of the Katakuris

August 1, 2016

My guest for this month is Christa Mrgan, and she’s joined me to discuss the film she chose for me, the 2001 surreal horror-comedy film The Happiness of the Katakuris. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

  • Takashi Miike has made an astonishing 90 films in his career, but none quite like this one
  • Thematically it would be hard to have two films as different as this one and our last episode on Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon
  • Arcadia, California was home to at least one video store, in 2004
  • It really is quite hilarious that both An Autumn Afternoon and this were released by Shochiku, how the world changes
  • Shochiku were, of course, also the sometime home to films by Nagisa Oshima, and Mikio Naruse
  • As well as the phenomenally goofy films of their horror period, so brilliantly captures by Criterion in the When Horror Came to Shochiku Eclipse set
  • Those films were inspired by the likes of Godzilla, and Jigoku
  • House, by Nobuhiko Obayashi, is a much watch film if you even kind of enjoy this one
  • The RankinBass production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has undoubtedly caused its share of nightmares
  • The Big Lebowski is one of my all-time favorite films. I can quote it endlessly
  • I’d really like to see The Quiet Family someday, just to see how far this adaptation strayed
  • Sadly you won’t find this film on Netflix
  • As of this writing, you can still watch the film on Fandor though
  • The film is also coming to iTunes, as of the end of August, 2016
  • It was also released on Blu-ray by Arrow in a Region A and B edition
  • If you can find a copy of Nowhere you’re in for a treat, there has never been a Region 1 DVD
  • If you’re ever in Portland you should absolutely check out Movie Madness, it’s an incredible store
  • And, yes, they have the knife from Psycho
  • I love Letterboxd
  • Civil Comments is amazing. You should all check it out!

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23. An Autumn Afternoon

July 18, 2016

My guest for this month is Christa Mrgan, and she’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for her, the 1962 Japanese drama film An Autumn Afternoon. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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22. Bob Roberts

June 30, 2016

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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21. The Vanishing

June 18, 2016

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

  • The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake
  • The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me
  • Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly
  • Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film
  • If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes
  • The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated
  • Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big deal to me
  • The first girlfriend, Saskia, is played by Johanna ter Steege. I think I would have enjoyed her in a Kubrick film
  • I want to be very clear that this film is a billion times better than The Blair Witch Project
  • Apparently Curious George is alternately called “Slimme Sjors” and “Nieuwsgierig Aapje” in the Netherlands
  • This film is really nothing like Requiem for a Dream or Audition
  • Seriously, please don’t watch the remake, it’s not even fun ironically
  • I don’t know how much we can blame the remake on the adapted screenplay by Todd Graff, but I would hazard a guess that it’s a lot
  • A more subtle mistake was the changing of cinematographers from the sublime work of Toni Kuhn to the mediocre adaptation by Peter Suschitzky
  • The changes go way, way beyond those of Brazil’s Love Conquers All cut. Also, at least that one includes the entire original film to enjoy
  • Jeff Bridges is usually pretty good, so I’m not sure what happened here. I tend to believe Herb’s Silence of the Lambs theory
  • Milton from Office Space was played by the incomparable Stephen Root
  • R.I.P.D. is really an underrated example of good acting in a terrible film
  • Jeff Bridges is truly terrible here, while Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock are just really bad
  • This film was two years before The Net, but a year after Love Potion No. 9, so I’m not sure how famous Bullock was
  • Nancy Travis is terrible as well, but her character does provide a lot of the unintentional comedy, so I mind less
  • The award Blood Simple got was the Mel Novikoff award
  • Peter Becker and Jonathon Turell didn’t start the Criterion Collection, but they do run it today
  • To my mind, the Coen Brothers, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Blood Simple definitely belong in the collection
  • I am irrationally excited for the arrival of FilmStruck, and just wish it was here already

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20. The Front

May 31, 2016

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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19. ¡Alambrista!

May 18, 2016

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1977 drama film ¡Alambrista!. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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18. Moon

May 1, 2016

My guest for this month is Patrick Gibson, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 2009 science fiction drama film Moon. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

  • This film was co-written and directed by the former Zowie Bowie, Duncan Jones
  • It stars the delightful Sam Rockwell, with voice acting from the also delightful Kevin Spacey
  • We recorded this episode right after the sad passing of Jones' father, David Bowie
  • I watched this film via a Blu-ray that was given to me by former guest of the show Jake Desaulniers
  • The music was composed by Clint Mansell, who has also scored a bunch of Darren Aronofsky films
  • I still maintain that Steve Jobs is the reason my internet was being flaky
  • Daren Arinofsky isn’t Paul Thomas Anderson, thank goodness
  • Mallrats cost $6 millon to make, whereas Clerks cost $27,575. This film cost $5 million
  • There were two slogans for this film, both are very much like what I remembered
  • I haven’t seen Matt Damon in The Martian because I rarely see new films. It cost $108 million to make
  • Here at Cinema Gadfly, we recognize former guest Serenity Caldwell as our official French pronunciation expert
  • It’s way beyond the powers of a one line note to explain set theory. It’s very cool though
  • I wouldn’t watch a television sequel staring Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher. On that point I’m pretty confident
  • This film owns a lot to 2001: A Space Odyssey, in really great ways
  • The Three Laws of Robotics are followed fairly closely in this film
  • Another reminder that Patrick’s wife Maja appeared in two great episodes of this very show
  • I’ll admit that I haven’t actually watched K-PAX. Maybe it’s a great film?
  • Firewatch may not have come out last Tuesday, but it’s a phenomenal game everyone should play
  • Bon Iver’s first album was recorded in singer Justin Vernon’s father’s remote Wisconsin hunting cabin
  • It’s no longer current, but the piece on Apple I mention is still up on Patrick’s awesome site
  • Patrick and Maja are currently traveling around the world, while writing about it. It’s an awesome way to learn about a bunch of interesting places, and see a bunch of cool photos

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17. Wild Strawberries

April 16, 2016

My guest for this month is Patrick Gibson, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1957 drama film Wild Strawberries. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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16. Taste of Cherry

March 29, 2016

My guest for this month is Neven Mrgan, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1997 drama film Taste of Cherry. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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15. Day of Wrath

March 16, 2016

My guest for this month is Neven Mrgan, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1943 romantic drama film Day of Wrath. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

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