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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. Contra Zoom is presented by Aesthetic Magazine. Email us at contrazoompod@gmail.com

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. Contra Zoom is presented by Aesthetic Magazine. Email us at contrazoompod@gmail.com

    141: Celebrating Japanese Cinema - Live Action

    141: Celebrating Japanese Cinema - Live Action

    Continuing our series celebrating cinema from around the world. On this episode we look at live action Japanese films, from Seven Samurai and Godzilla, to Ringu and House up to Shoplifters. We gush about Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Hirokazu Koreeda and others. Joining me on the show is Naomi Wada Platt, who guested on episode 130: imagineNATIVE, a YouTuber who often covers Japanese culture and politics in both English and Japanese language videos. Look forward to part two coming in a few weeks!

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    Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    140: SXSW Festival Preview

    140: SXSW Festival Preview

    The annual SXSW festival is gearing up to happen from March 16-20th online and we have a list of the ten most anticipated films we are looking forward too. Visit sxsw.com for the full festival lineup.

    The ten films we are looking forward to include: Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, Alone Together, Under the Volcano, Hysterical, Lily Topples The World, The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, Swan Song, Violet, How It Ends and The Spine of Night.

    Dakota was also recently a guest on Please Watch This as they discussed The Master. Sam and Hugh were also recent guests on episode 135: Make/Remake Citizen Kane and Mank and provided voicemails for 138: Best Films of 2020. 

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    Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo.

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    • 17 min
    139: Celebrating Asian American Cinema

    139: Celebrating Asian American Cinema

    On this episode Rachel Ho, who previously appeared on episode 129: Make/Remake Rebecca, comes on to celebrate Asian American cinema. We talk about some of the bigger classic films like The Joy Luck Club and Better Luck Tomorrow up to more recent films like The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians. We even spend some time discussing film tourism with the idea that studios will only make English language films with Asian casts (like Mulan or Memoirs of a Geisha) if they are set in Asia.

    Check out Rachel's film review site, including her terrific top ten films list of 2020.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    138: Best Films of 2020

    138: Best Films of 2020

    Normally we share our top films of the year after the Oscars, but with this year's ceremony being pushed back to April that doesn't make sense. Joining the show is Royce Benson as he and Dakota each share their top 10 films of 2020. A host of friends of the show also share their picks.

    Dakota's Top 10

    10. Promising Young Woman

    9. The Assistant

    8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

    7. Palm Springs

    6. Another Round

    5. Emma.

    4. Nomadland

    3. The Vast of Night

    2. Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    1. The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Royce's Top 10

    10. Possessor

    9. Boys State

    8. Palm Springs

    7. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

    6. Lovers Rock

    5. Mangrove

    4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    3. Sound of Metal

    2. Soul

    1. A Hidden Life

    The following friends of the show also shared their favourite films of the past year. 

    Stephanie Prior - The Vast of Night

    Sam Blakeley and Hugh Dempsey of Please Watch This - Soul and Tenet

    Calum McNabb of Scaretroducing - Saint Maud

    Rachel Ho - Sound of Metal

    Naomi Wada Platt - Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Maria Escribano - The Father

    John Brody - Wolfwalkers

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    Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo.

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    137: Happy New Year's

    137: Happy New Year's

    On this episode, Stephanie Prior joins the show as we talk about some classic New Year's movies including The Poseidon Adventure, When Harry Met Sally..., Four Rooms, Bridget Jones Diary and New Year's Eve. After we play some fun what if games with the situations that arose during the movies including what party we most want to be at and who we would want to be our midnight kiss. 

    Contra Zoom Pod is taking a brief hiatus and will be back in a few weeks. 

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    Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo.

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    • 34 min
    136: Disney Investor Day

    136: Disney Investor Day

    On this episode Sammy Feilchenfeld returns to discuss all the news from the December 10th Disney Investor Day announcements. We go over topics like Star being bundled with Disney+ (and the incoming price hike), the new movies and TV shows from Disney Animation, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, FX and much more.  

    Listen to Sammy on episode 90: Disney+ as we go more in depth for a lot of the projects that are recapped on this show. 

    List of full announcements and article about the price hikes and addition of Star.  

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    Please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen. Send us a screenshot of your 5 star rating and review to contrazoompod@gmail.com and we will send you free swag!

    Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo.

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    Contra Zoom is proudly presented by Aesthetic Magazine.


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    • 44 min

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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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