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A podcast about movies from the makers of Letterboxd, the social network for film lovers. Hosted by Gemma and Slim. Transcripts available.

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A podcast about movies from the makers of Letterboxd, the social network for film lovers. Hosted by Gemma and Slim. Transcripts available.

    Four Favorites: The National’s Bryce Dessner and Carin Besser on romance and musicals

    Four Favorites: The National’s Bryce Dessner and Carin Besser on romance and musicals

    To sign off Mr November, two of The National’s creative minds, lyricist Carin Besser and musician Bryce Dessner, dive deep into their four favorite films: The Green Ray and Singin’ in the Rain for Carin, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Harold and Maude for Bryce. Plus! Bryce shares all about three new films landing this holiday season with his musical stamp on them: Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon, Clint Bentley’s Jockey, and Joe Wright’s take on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, with lyrics by Carin and her husband, Matt Berninger. And there’s more! Romance! Peter Dinklage thirst! MGM musicals! Debbie Reynolds, badass! The joy and pain of touring, and the joy and pain of not touring.

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Reviews of Cyrano by David Ehrlich, Eternal Sunshine by katie and juulindonkeyboy; Letterboxd lists mentioned: Typically comedic actors play dramatic roles and smash the f—king shit out of them; Movies where the Romantic Moment™ features profound chasteness instead of making out; Feel-good films to watch when you’re depressed, lonely, or have a general feeling of worthlessness.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in France, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Four Favorites: Lars Nilsen on Weird Wednesdays, Switchblade Sisters and Buster Keaton

    Four Favorites: Lars Nilsen on Weird Wednesdays, Switchblade Sisters and Buster Keaton

    Noirvember continues with Austin Film Society lead programmer and exploitation genre fan Lars Nilsen, who dives into the muck and the grime, the farts and the fights, the stunts and the songs of his four Letterboxd favorites: Touch of Evil; The Switchblade Sisters, The General; and Phantom of the Paradise. Lars chats with hosts Gemma and Slim about his new memoir of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series—Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday & The Birth Of The American Genre Film Archive—on sale now from Mondo. Also in the conversation: tiny men doing huge stunts, the cult of Jessica Harper, old folks and young folks partying together, the best genre film of 2021, shout-outs to Shudder and Kier-La Janisse, and aiming for that ‘car-crash experience’ with cinema audiences.

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; reviews from Wood on Touch of Evil, Timcop on The Switchblade Sisters, Wes on The General, COBRARocky on Phantom of the Paradise; Letterboxd lists Femme Dirtbag/Burnout/Hessian Personal Canon, Anxiety-inducing comedy of errors, Train Cinema, Movies That Get Batshit Insane/A Shocking Genre Shift, Rian Johnson’s 70s Musical Extravaganza!; Warped & Faded on Mondo.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Austin, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Four Favorites: Sean Fennessey on Orson Welles, Tupac, Kurosawa, Keanu

    Four Favorites: Sean Fennessey on Orson Welles, Tupac, Kurosawa, Keanu

    Noirvember continues with podcaster and new dad Sean Fennessey, whose four favorites feature “a lot of powerful men who are f—kin’ idiots”: The Third Man; Throne of Blood; The Candidate; and Juice. Sean also chats with hosts Slim (of 70mm podcast infamy) and Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) about Harry Lime’s cuckoo speech, the zither as a weapon of war, best cat in a movie?, Mifune the supreme performer, Noh theater, judging Macbeth adaptations by the ‘out, damned spot!’ scene, his hip-hop obsession, how a profound soundtrack can create a movie audience, gateway Ghibli for newborns, how actors build mythologies, handsome men, men in overalls, men in sneakers, men with accents, and dudes being dudes, generally. Sean is head of content at The Ringer, co-host of The Big Picture, and a frequent guest on The Rewatchables.

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Litterboxd—a list of cats in movies; Official list of gay subtext in film; Ghostdinosaur’s review of The Third Man; Throne of Blood reviews from elliebean and Sammie; Parker’s review of The Candidate; Sean’s review and abid_ism’s review of Juice; Sean Baker’s review of Bodied.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Four Favorites: Angelica Jade Bastién on Possession, neo-noir, rage, and beautiful men

    Four Favorites: Angelica Jade Bastién on Possession, neo-noir, rage, and beautiful men

    For Noirvember, we celebrate the new 4K release of Possession with Vulture film critic and spooky dame Angelica Jade Bastién, who joins hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast) to discuss her four favorites, which also include Le Samouraï; The Passionate Friends; and The Handmaiden. Plus: the ‘Feminine Grotesque’, that subway scene, “Possession pink socks meaning”, Keanu Reeves, the people on Angelica’s time-travel f—k-list, why directors should make shorter films, mental health in movies, neo-noir shortcomings, saying what you really think, and her cat’s fave Paul Newman film.

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Andrzej Żuławski interview; Angelica’s writing at Vulture, her newsletter and her Twitter profile; Rudi’s review of Possession; Angelica’s episode of Blank Check Podcast; Slim’s man ass list (again); Matthewcutchen’s review of Le Samouraï; Reviews of The Handmaiden from Joan, Aaron and Sree

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Chicago, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Four Favorites: Ella Kemp on Moulin Rouge!, Magnolia, CMbYN and Marmite movies

    Four Favorites: Ella Kemp on Moulin Rouge!, Magnolia, CMbYN and Marmite movies

    Letterboxd’s London film correspondent Ella Kemp joins hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast) to discuss her four favorites: Moulin Rouge!; Magnolia; Call Me by Your Name; and Singin’ in the Rain. Plus: Ella’s top picks from the BFI London Film Festival, making peace with problematic favs, what your favorite films reveal about you on dates, Slim’s Luhrmann aversion, Tom Cruise’s tighty whities, Debbie Reynolds’ gruelling dance classes, Gene Kelly the sadist, jukebox musicals, Marmite movies, how Gerwig and Guadagnino created a Letterboxd tipping point, Ella’s many theories about CMbYN, and the long wait for Paddington 3.

    Related links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode, The Quietus, ReadMe, Ella’s Moulin Rouge! story for Letterboxd, the Most Fans list by she/her members, and he/him members, reviews of Moulin Rouge! by scoobert doo (aka mo) and Timcop, Ella’s friends Joe, Tony and Jack, Aimee Mann’s Magnolia soundtrack on Spotify, Ella’s interview with Nikole Beckwith, Iana’s review of CMbYN, Letterboxd’s Spotify profile, our Festiville HQ.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in London, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 59 min
    Four Favorites: Kate Hagen on cinematic sex, David Lynch and 80s vampire Westerns

    Four Favorites: Kate Hagen on cinematic sex, David Lynch and 80s vampire Westerns

    Cinematic-sex sleuth, Kate Hagen (director of community for The Black List) discusses her four favorites—Near Dark; Baby It’s You; Wild at Heart; and Morvern Callar—with hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast). Also: the genius of how Bigelow stages action; Verhoeven’s kink for unisex shower scenes; the unacceptable decline of sex scenes in American movies; an awkward conversation about David Lynch’s films; the worst movies with the best sex scenes; Oscar Isaac thirst; the rarity of male frontal nudity; why you should get a region-free Blu-ray player. And, Kate unpacks Hollywood’s “cult of perfection” and what that means for fat actresses on and off screen (her essay for Letterboxd is publishing soon).

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; The Black List; Kate’s long-form sex essay for Playboy; Shudder on Letterboxd; Brendan’s review of Morvern Callar; Kate’s lists of Essential Erotic Thrillers; 365 Sex Scenes; three eggplant emojis (a companion to Slim’s man-ass list); and the Cinematic Canon for Fat Grrls; NWorbb’s list of Films in the Splatter-Cannibal She-Devil Vein.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcripts by Sophie Shin.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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