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 102 – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris
David and guests spend 3 1/2 hours contemplating a luminous pulsating oceanic mind and the dazzling phantoms it projects into our collective consciousness.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 101 – John Waters’ Pink Flamingos
David and guests have a tasty treat made just for you, served up nice and warm, straight from our own little oven!
Criterion Reflections – Episode 100 – Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie… and More!
For the 100th episode, David has a conversation with Alexander Cormier about Dennis Hopper's ill-fated magnum opus, and also does a bit of reflecting on his experiences in podcasting and blogging about the films of the Criterion Collection.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 99 – Sidney Poitier’s Buck and the Preacher
David is joined by William Remmers to talk about Sidney Poitier's directorial debut and the suppressed history that this film brings to our attention.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 98 – Federico Fellini’s Roma
David and guests take on the role of tourists as they accompany Fellini on an impressionistic travelogue dedicated to his adopted home.
Criterion Reflections – Episode 97 – Jun Fukuda’s Godzilla vs. Gigan
David teams up with Richard Doyle, Brad McDermott and Robert Taylor in a star-studded low-budget brawl to talk about a kaiju film matching that very description.
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.
Where are the women?
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this podcast and would recommend it to anyone who wants a variety of in-depth perspectives on cinematically significant titles. I like the fact that David brings on younger voices who are often seeing the 70s films for the first time, or at least weren’t born when they were first released. However, there is a noticeable dearth of women’s perspectives, which in several cases (Klute, Straw Dogs, The Last Picture Show to name a few) leave a gaping hole in the analysis.
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.