A show telling the story of the legendary film and special features curation done by The Criterion Collection, going all the way back to 1984.
From Graduating to Flunking
In the third installment of our ongoing series on the films and career of Yasujiro Ozu, we find a filmmaker in transition, with Ozu finding elements of his voice and themes that will persist over the following three decades. Part 3 in Ozu Seasons, an ongoing series
Absurdity and Despair, with Oscar Isaac
Self-described "Cheknov and Shakespeare fan" Oscar Isaac on the distinctly different personalities of the directors he's worked with, mostly focusing on his work with the Coen Brothers for new-to-the-Collection Inside Llewyn Davis.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984): Out of Character Commentary
Out of print since 2000, this out-of-character commentary track by stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer was originally recorded in 1994 for Criterion's Laserdisc release. It was ported to the 1998 DVD edition, along with the 20-minute "pitch reel" cut and a second commentary featuring director Rob Reiner, producer Karen Murphy, and editors Robert Leighton and Kent Beyda. Christopher Guest would not begin directing his series of improvisational comedy-documentaries until two years after this was recorded (and over ten years after the original film was completed) with 1996's Waiting for Guffman.
Bonsai Chia Pet
This Is Spinal Tap is probably the most-selected OOP title on filmmakers' Criterion Top Ten lists. The 1994 Laserdisc (1998 DVD) features the only out-of-character commentary track ever recorded by the headline trio. Featured here: excerpts from that track, as well as a mournful recounting of the now-fifteen-years-out-of-print features that really "lick [the] love pump" for fans.
The Edge of Regret
In the second installment of our ongoing series on the films and career of Yasujiro Ozu, we blaze through his first eight films (seven of which are competely lost) as we watch a Japanese slacker who loves American movies find his voice. Ozu Seasons Part 2
Roger Ebert's voice introduces us to a new, "seasonal" (in more than one sense) series focusing on Yasujiro Ozu. Ozu Seasons Part 1
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So glad I stumbled on this new podcast, can't wait for more. Offers very interesting insight and takes on the Criterion brand. I would actually like to hear longer episodes if the topic warrants it. Pretty sure most would and I'm not sure of the reasoning to limit them to 5 minutes. Really great content so far
i just ran across this podcast. i love movies and with the Criterion collection, i get more out of the movies i love. i understand this is a new podcast and it only has two shows unde their belt. i enjoyed it and it was infromative and a quick listen.
The first full episode was incredibly informative and interesting, even though it was only around 10 minutes long. I love this show and I really hope that it continues.