A current rundown of the world of Criterion with a round table of guests. We talk about new and upcoming releases, what's happening on FilmStruck, and other related topics related to the Criterion Collection.
Criterion Now – Episode 115 – March 2021 Announcements, Ashley Clark, Upcoming Titles
Jon Laubinger returns to talk about the March 2021 announcements and especially the World of Wong Kar Wai set
Criterion Now – Episode 114 – February 2021 Announcements, Fellini Boxset, Wong Kar Wai, Arrow Academy
Dave Eves joins Aaron during the Thanksgiving break to catch up on all things Criterion and some Arrow
Criterion Now – Episode 113 – January 2021 Announcements, Janus Theatrical Releases, Flash Sale
David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett join to talk about Criterion January 2021 announcements, Janus films that are going to hit theaters, and the October flash sale.
Criterion Now – Episode 112 – December 2020 Announcements, Black Films, Theatrical Releases
Brad McDermott and Josh Hornbeck join to discuss December 2020 Announcements, black films, Wong Kar Wai and more.
Criterion Now Episode 111 – October & November Announcements, Fellini, Varda
Michael Hutchins joins Aaron to catch up on the October & November announcements, plus talk about Fellini and Varda.
Criterion Now – Episode 110 – A Conversation with Atom Egoyan
Film Director Atom Egoyan joins for a discussion about his new and old films.
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Criterion love fest
Have been listening to most of the podcasts in this family of Criterion centered discussions for about 5 years. Anyone familiar with the brand gets it has marketed wisely and now has a following that supercedes the actual movies themselves it releases. Films become dubbed by the Criterion faithful as "Criterion worthy" or not and you soon realize the cart has now surpassed the horse. I have a rather large collection myself as a career filmmaker and find most of their films as being worthy of study for not only my own joy but for work. Though I am far from the cover critisizing devotees that obssess over this stuff, I still have a far above normal collection of blurays and DVDs (including a few 16mm prints) of films I love.
But the cinephiles that have taken over essentially the flag ship program here are a different breed. I give it four stars as for those who love the films and listening to others indulge in the somewhat uncomfortable affection for them will enjoy returning to this. It misses the more direct and focused voice of Ryan Gallagher, even if his political penchant at times filtered in (though the recent hosts have made comments like, I am paraphraing "those on the right might not like Boogie Nights" or that Criterion themselves as a company support Hillary Clinton) but you still get your fill of unadulturated movie talk to fall asleep to or listen on your drive home. Some of the routines like "piece of flare" and the word games they play are a bit tiresome and not of any interest to me, but there is still enough in there for me to kill an hour to.
Croterions fans wil, and do, love the show, but think it has plenty of room for a smoother show that does not lapse into somewhat slightly personal banter between the current hosts.
Fun Podcast & Exceptional Host
I gotta tip my hat to host Aaron West and the work he does with this remearkable podcast. It's a thoughtful and engaging show about a fetish that every true film lovers has, a Criterion Collection jones. Anyway, you can keep up to date by Aaron and his guests by subscribing, something I urge you to do.
Criterion Now is my favorite podcast
For real. It’s like the hub of the Criterion cinephile universe. Aaron is a great host and has terrific guests especially Jon Laubinger who is the best guest