David Blakeslee and guests engage in concise but in depth conversations about Criterion films in their original historic context, and reflect on what they say to us today. Each episode covers a season of a year, discussing the movies in their chronological order of release.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 90 – Short Films of 1971
David and guests discuss nine films involving notable directors like Ingmar Bergman, Agnes Varda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Hollis Frampton, Stan Brakhage and more in this final episode of Season 3.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 89 – Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude
David and guests sing out their thoughts on this beloved cult film that kicked off Hal Ashby's excellent cinematic run through the 1970s.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 88 – Roman Polanski’s Macbeth
David and his coven of weird brothers meet upon the blasted heath to share their strange intelligence about Shakespeare's timeless and most timely tragedy.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 87 – King Hu’s A Touch of Zen
David is accompanied by his guardian protectors Robert Taylor and Michael Worth as they embark upon a perilous, transcendent exploration of this magnificent wuxia classic.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 86 – Francois Truffaut’s Two English Girls
David and guests discuss Truffaut's somewhat overlooked and deeply personal film, his follow-up (of sorts) to JULES ET JIM.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 85 – Claude Jutra’s Mon Oncle Antoine
David and guests celebrate Christmas in July as they discuss The. Best. Canadian. Film. Ever.
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Best Criterion podcast out there
I’m a fan of the Criterion Collection and have about a dozen or so titles in my home collection. So I’m always interested in podcasts that focus on the series. Unfortunately, most are just of the “two guys blowing smoke” variety, often ill-informed and merely expressing like or dislike. That doesn’t tell me anything. David respects the listener enough to provide historical context, where a movie fits in its cinematic tradition, and informed biographical information about directors, actors, screenwriters, and the culture which produced the film. And he does so without being pedantic (the only exception to this would be the review of Saló, but that film is such an outlier that, really, all bets are off. So if you’re looking for informed commentary on movies, this is a great place to start.
One of the best Criterion Specific Movie Podcasts
I love the chronological format, and David is a mad genius. I feel like I am getting some pretty good insight into this fraught time (late 60s), which also give me insight into our current time. Thanks David! Also, thanks for having on Jordan Essoe, who is just dreamy.
I am stunned by how often your guests do not like these great works of art. The two episodes that have pushed me beyond my limits were “Death in Venice” and “Klute”. I find it so disappointing that there are hours of in-depth analysis of many great films and yet you do not select people that appreciate them. Instead you select shallow and idiotic critics that are self-absorbed. David I know you put a lot of work and devotion into these podcasts but I really cannot bear to listen to another one.