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Contra Zoom is a film based podcast going in depth about varying movie related subjects. Dakota Arsenault and guests go over both academic and the fun aspects of enjoying the film medium. Episodes feature lists, interviews and comparisons. Visit contrazoompod.com for more details!

Contra Zoom Pod Dakota Arsenault

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Contra Zoom is a film based podcast going in depth about varying movie related subjects. Dakota Arsenault and guests go over both academic and the fun aspects of enjoying the film medium. Episodes feature lists, interviews and comparisons. Visit contrazoompod.com for more details!

    279: Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

    279: Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

    Summer movie season is upon us, so it is time to pick what movies with a confirmed release date we are most excited about seeing this year!

    Dakota's picks are The Bikeriders, Kinds of Kindness, Wolf Man, Gladiator 2 and Nosferatu.

    Rachel's picks are Twisters, Trap, Speak No Evil, Wolfs and Mufasa: The Lion King.

    Rachel also announced that she is ending her run as permanent co-host. She will still come back as a guest, but won't be a full time contributor going forward. She listed her three favourite episodes, 161: Fantasia Fest Interviews, 171: The Unholy Trinity of Folk Horror and 185: 2022 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations.

    I hope you join me in thanking Rachel for all her contributions to the podcast over the last few years!

    Read Rachel's interview with Sam Taylor-Johnson director of Back to Black.

    Read Dakota's review of Tim Travers and the Time Traveler’s Paradox and Hitchcock’s Pro-Nazi Film. Also Jeff Bulmer's reviews of Madame Web and River.

    Follow Rachel on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, bookmark ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Asian Cut⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and check out her ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠website⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for more great reviews.

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    278: 2024 SIFF Wrap Up

    278: 2024 SIFF Wrap Up

    The 2024 Seattle International Film Festival just concluded and we wrap up some of the films we saw. Joining the show again is Thomas Stoneham-Judge, the owner of For Reel, who was last heard on episode 270: 2024 Oscar Draft.

    We talk about Dìdi, The Missing (Iti mapukpukaw), Tiger Stripes, Terrestrial Verses, Hitchcock's Pro-Nazi Film and Bob Trevino Likes It.

    Read Dakota's review of Hitchcock's Pro-Nazi Film and Red Rooms. Paulo Bautista's reviews of The Missing and Dìdi.

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    277: A24 Retrospective - Dark Places

    277: A24 Retrospective - Dark Places

    We continue our series going through the entire catalog of A24's films. On this episode we are looking at 2015's Dark Places directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. The film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day a woman who witnessed her older brother murder her entire family in a satanic ritual as a child, only to now be forced to questioned if that's what really happened. Joining the show is Matthew Simpson, one half of the Awesome Friday Podcast.

    Our double bill pairings include Satan Wants You⁠ (Dakota) and Gone Girl (Matthew). See our complete A24 Double Bill Pairings on ⁠⁠⁠Letterboxd⁠⁠⁠.

    Check out Dakota's interview with Steve J. Adams and Sean Horler, the directors of Satan Wants You.

    If you haven't heard our deep dive into the origins of A24, listen to episode ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠108: A History of A24 Films⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and our last episode in this series episode 274: A24 Retrospective - The End of the Tour.

    Read Contra Zoom's reviews from Hot Docs including Fire Tower, Secret Mall Apartment, The Click Trap and more.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    276: Hot Docs 2024

    276: Hot Docs 2024

    For the fifth year in a row we are covering the Hot Docs Film Festival, which celebrates the best in documentary films. We discuss 6 films watched during this year's fest. Joining the show is Jeff Bulmer, one half of the Classic Movies Live podcast.

    The films covered are Secret Mall Apartment, American Cats, Red Fever, Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story, Agent of Happiness and Michel Gondry: Do It Yourself.

    Read Jeff's reviews for Whatever It Takes and Agent of Happiness, with more to come!

    Read Dakota's reviews for Red Fever and Michel Gondry: Do It Yourself with more to come!

    To learn more about the state of Hot Docs read Pat Mullen's in depth reporting over at POV Magazine on the subject HERE, HERE and HERE.

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    275: Seven Samurai at 70 Years

    275: Seven Samurai at 70 Years

    Back in 1954, Akira Kurosawa made the seminal samurai epic Seven Samurai starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film tells the story of a group of ronin who band up together to save a farmers village from a group of bandits. The film came out 70 years ago, so to celebrate the anniversary we review it and talk about the film’s influence. Joining the show is Bryan Loomis host of the What a Picture Podcast.

    Check out Matthew Simpson's Letterboxd list Movies that are just The Seven Samurai Again.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    274: A24 Retrospective - The End of the Tour

    274: A24 Retrospective - The End of the Tour

    We continue our series going through the entire catalog of A24's films. On this episode we are looking at 2015's The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky a Rolling Stone journalist who spends five days interviewing breakout author David Foster Wallace, played by Jason Segal. Joining the show for the first time is critic Nick Tiffany.

    Our double bill pairings include Almost Famous (Dakota) and Birdman (Nick). See our complete A24 Double Bill Pairings on ⁠⁠Letterboxd⁠⁠.

    If you haven't heard our deep dive into the origins of A24, listen to episode ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠108: A History of A24 Films⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and our last episode in this series episode 265: A24 Retrospective - Amy.

    Read Dakota's review of Red Rooms and Jay Stryker's review of BlackBerry.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Brodie Cotnam ,

Two Thumbs Up

Consistently informative & entertaining, the pod covers a wide range of film topics with great insight and intriguing questions. The hosts have great chemistry & banter as they expertly articulate their opinions on the various films they cover. Always enjoy!

the_environmental ,

Great film podcast

love these conversations. Most film podcasts I find are either too informal (don’t get much value from them) or too academic (not enjoyable). This one strikes a great balance, is always fun and I find I relate with their opinions on films!

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