Episode 34. Classic Capra

Back in America after a long series abroad, Alex and Jonathan look at the life and work of all-American director Frank Capra with It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). We talk about the limitations and creativity that came from the Hays Code, innovations Capra made in directing… Continue reading Episode 34. Classic Capra

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Ep 33. WORLD TOUR: Last Layovers

As the World Tour comes to an end, Alex and Jonathan make a few final stops on the way home to talk about the further reaches of world cinema. We stop in Sweden with Hour of the Wolf (1968), in Taiwan with A Touch of Zen (1971), and in Brazil with City of God (2002). We talk about… Continue reading Ep 33. WORLD TOUR: Last Layovers

Ep 32. WORLD TOUR: Introspective Iran

As the World Tour starts to wind down, Alex and Jonathan make a stop in Iran to look at the small, personal films Close-Up (1990), Children of Heaven (1997), and A Separation (2011). We talk about portraying compassion in film, movies without a "bad guy," and the self-sufficiency of Iranian cinema. Also on iTunes Skip to: Close-Up (4:19), Children of… Continue reading Ep 32. WORLD TOUR: Introspective Iran

Ep 31. WORLD TOUR: Kruel Korea

The World Tour carries Alex and Jonathan to South Korea this week where we look at Oldboy (2003), The Host (2006), and The Good the Bad the Weird (2008). We discuss elements that make up neo-noir films, mixing tones, and the pervasive violence of Korean film. Also on iTunes Skip to: Oldboy (2:49), The Host (25:40), The Good the Bad the… Continue reading Ep 31. WORLD TOUR: Kruel Korea

Ep 30. WORLD TOUR: Russian Ruminations

As Dostoyevsky once wrote: "All true Russians are philosophers." This week Alex and Jonathan head to Russia and look at three legendary and formative filmmakers with Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925), Lev Kuleshov's Po Zakonu (1926), and Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker (1975). We talk the various forms and uses of montage, the Kuleshov effect, and filmmaking outside the bounds of traditional… Continue reading Ep 30. WORLD TOUR: Russian Ruminations

Ep 29. WORLD TOUR: Dunkel Deutschland

This week Alex and Jonathan go way back and take a look at German Expressionism with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927). We talk about the theatricality of early film, conventions of German Expressionism, and why the influence of German Expressionism will never fade. Also on iTunes Skip to: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (5:14), Nosferatu (26:44),… Continue reading Ep 29. WORLD TOUR: Dunkel Deutschland

Ep 28. WORLD TOUR: México Macabro

Alex and Jonathan head south of the border this week to talk about three Mexican films: Macario (1960), Amores Perros (2000), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006). We talk the significance of a story within the story, the international influence of Quentin Tarantino, and how Hollywood has benefitted from Mexican filmmakers. Also on iTunes Skip to: Macario (4:06), Amores Perros (20:02), Pan's Labyrinth (43:28), Overall… Continue reading Ep 28. WORLD TOUR: México Macabro