67 episodes

Host Bill Ackerman talks to writers, bloggers, podcasters, fanzine publishers, programmers, preservationists and more about their creative endeavors and today’s film culture.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 75 Ratings

Host Bill Ackerman talks to writers, bloggers, podcasters, fanzine publishers, programmers, preservationists and more about their creative endeavors and today’s film culture.

    Episode 67: Katie Rife

    Episode 67: Katie Rife

    Bill talks to writer/editor/podcaster/programmer Katie Rife about her many endeavors, from co-founding Everything Is Terrible, inventing puns for Mr. Skin and presenting films at Facets Night School to writing/podcasting for The A.V. Club, programming for The Music Box Theatre and freelancing for outlets like Rolling Stone, Vulture and Roger Ebert.com. Topics include: Mike McPadden, Daily Grindhouse, gatekeepers, Odd Obsession Movies, her book IF YOU LIKE QUENTIN TARANTINO…, William Morris, Film Club, Fantastic Fest 2017, online harassment, Elizabeth Purchell, ironically working for Jerry Springer and getting judged for renting THE WIRE.
    Follow Katie Rife on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/rifewithkatie
    Keep up with the latest articles by Katie Rife on Muck Rack:
    https://muckrack.com/rifewithkatie/articles
    Read Katie Rife on GHOST WORLD:
    https://www.avclub.com/20-years-on-a-self-proclaimed-enid-looks-back-at-ghost-1848132541
    Watch Everything Is Terrible: “Flirting With Magic”
    https://vimeo.com/34270515
    Watch Everything Is Terrible: “Moms On The Net!”https://vimeo.com/34523789
    Watch Everything Is Terrible: “Rock Music And The Occult”
    http://everythingisterrible.blogspot.com/2009/06/rock-music-and-occult.html
    Read Katie Rife on TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE’s controversial screening at Fantastic Fest 2017:
    https://www.avclub.com/an-unseen-ed-wood-movie-ignites-a-firestorm-of-controve-1818767773
    Read Katie Rife’s 4-part series on CARMILLA:
    https://www.fangoria.com/what-girls-do-when-theyre-left-alone-150-years-of-carmilla/
    Buy Katie Rife’s book IF YOU LIKE QUENTIN TARANTINO… https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/KATHERINE-RIFE
    Watch Katie Rife talk about LADY SNOWBLOOD on The Brandon Peters Show:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQxBWuiG2a0&t=1400s
    Watch the Film Club Podcast with Katie Rife and A.A. Dowd:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLslxeOGneMPsb4FjarRN8DByJi_xxYYni
    Read Katie Rife on her time working for THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW:
    https://www.avclub.com/trash-class-and-free-cigarettes-my-life-with-the-jer-1828530477
    Listen to Katie Rife on Drinks On Monday with The Strike Team:
    https://drinksonmonday.libsyn.com/whats-high-in-the-middle-and-round-on-both-ends
    Read Katie Rife on The A.V. Club:
    https://www.avclub.com/author/katierife

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Episode 66: Elena Lazic

    Episode 66: Elena Lazic

    Bill speaks to Animus Magazine founder/editor and film critic Elena Lazic. Topics include: Stéphane Delorme, PETRA, having a responsibility to cinema, The Prince Charles Cinema, STRAW DOGS, filmmaker intentionality, Another Gaze, The Relentless Picnic, the Oscars, Cahiers du Cinéma, the solitary nature of writing, TITANE, Reverse Shot, Vincent D'Onofrio and developing critical faculties through disappointment with INSPECTOR GADGET.

    Read Animus Magazine:
    https://animusmagazine.com

    Subscribe/Read Animus on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/animus_mag/posts

    Visit Elena Lazic’s website:
    https://elenalazic.wordpress.com

    Read Elena Lazic’s interview with Abel Ferrara:
    https://elenalazic.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/abel-ferrara-on-the-driller-killer/

    Read Elena Lazic on WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED - A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR:
    https://animusmagazine.com/2021/08/23/a-man-who-would-come-here-of-his-own-free-will/

    Read Elena Lazic on ONIBABA for The Criterion Collection:
    https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7556-onibaba-masks-and-faces
    Hear Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss THE PARENT TRAP on Blank Check:
    https://soundcloud.com/griffin-and-david-present/the-parent-trap-with-elena-lazic-and-mani-lazic
    Hear Elena Lazic on The Evolution Of Horror:
    https://www.evolutionofhorror.com/elenalazic
    Watch Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss the films of Robert Pattinson:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu2STc_wQ7k
    Watch Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss iconic cinema serial killers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_ZnIt58bic&t=1009s
    Buy Indicator’s limited edition Blu-Ray for Don Siegel’s MADIGAN, with a new booklet essay by Elena Lazic:
    https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/madigan-le-indicator-uk-blu-ray-region-b/
    Visit Another Gaze:
    https://www.anothergaze.com
    Read Daniel Bird on POSSESSION for Animus:
    https://animusmagazine.com/2021/12/31/everything-old-is-new-again-or-how-we-grew-to-stop-hating-and-love-possession/

    • 2 hr 46 min
    Episode 65: Brad Stevens

    Episode 65: Brad Stevens

    Bill speaks to author and film critic Brad Stevens about his film cultural endeavors, from contributing to publications like The Dark Side, Sight & Sound and Video Watchdog to writing books like MONTE HELLMAN: HIS LIFE AND FILMS and ABEL FERRARA: A MORAL VISION. Topics include: Auteurism, Robin Wood, BBC’s “The Great American Picture Show” season, alternate versions of films, Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll, SCHINDLER’S LIST, Nicole Brenez, writing the novel THE HUNT, warming up to the films of Steven Soderbergh, physical media versus streaming and Abel Ferrara.

    Read Brad Stevens’ “Bradlands” articles for Sight & Sound:
    https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/bradlands

    Visit Brad Stevens’ Amazon author page:
    https://www.amazon.com/Brad-Stevens/e/B001KHCUEQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1654470806&sr=1-3

    Buy Arrow Video edition of THE DRILLER KILLER, with commentary by Abel Ferrara moderated by Brad Stevens
    https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/driller-killer-arrow-us-dvd-blu-ray-combo/
    Buy MONTE HELLMAN: HIS LIFE AND FILMS:
    https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/monte-hellman/

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Episode 64: Anna Bogutskaya

    Episode 64: Anna Bogutskaya

    Bill speaks to film programmer, broadcaster, writer, podcaster and festival director Anna Bogutskaya about her many endeavors in film culture, from co-founding The Final Girls collective and programming for BFI Southbank to serving as director of Underwire Festival, producing podcasts and recording Blu-Ray audio commentaries. Topics include: THE WIZARD OF OZ and tiny philistines, The Hot Fuzztival at the Prince Charles Cinema, TROUBLE EVERY DAY and arthouse horror, Yhara Zayd, Russian dubbing practices, “The B word” programming controversy, The Filmcast and parasocial relationships, the WE ARE THE WEIRDOS touring program and reediting a Pedro Almodóvar movie to discourage internet piracy. 
    Visit Anna Bogutskaya’s official site:
    https://www.annabogutskaya.com

    Visit The Final Girls site:
    https://www.thefinalgirls.co.uk/home
    Hear The Final Girls podcast:
    https://thefinalgirlspodcast.transistor.fm
    Learn about Underwire Festival:
    https://filmfreeway.com/UnderwireFestival
    Buy the Second Sight 4k UHD / Blu-Ray:
    https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/the-witch-le-second-sight-uk-4k-uhd-blu-ray-see-note-preorder/

    Read about Cruel Flesh: Films of the New French Extremity:
    https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=newfrenchextremity
    Watch Anna Bogutskaya discuss Pedro Almodóvar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWHrRxRrlxA

    Follow Anna Bogutskaya on Twitter:
    @annabdemented

    • 3 hr 22 min
    Episode 63: Kim Newman

    Episode 63: Kim Newman

    Bill speaks to novelist and film critic/historian Kim Newman about some of his many endeavors. Topics include: NIGHTMARE MOVIES, originality in horror, SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, audio commentaries, Carlos Clarens’ ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE HORROR FILM, gatekeepers, toxic fandom, LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH and how a unique series of quirks in the British education system helped to prepare him for a freelance writing career.


    Visit The Kim Newman website:
    https://johnnyalucard.com
    Buy Kim Newman’s novel SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT:
    https://johnnyalucard.com/2021/04/20/cover-reveal-something-more-than-night/
    Read about Sheep Worrying:
    https://www.sheepworrying.co.uk
    Watch MISSING GIRL:
    https://johnnyalucard.com/fiction/screen-audio/missing-girl/
    Listen to Kim Newman on The Evolution Of Horror podcast:
    https://www.evolutionofhorror.com/what-is-horror

    Watch Kim Newman introduce a Mario Bava double feature on BBC2 in 1990:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfmXZvOn68Y&t=37s

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 62: Michael J. Weldon

    Episode 62: Michael J. Weldon

    Bill speaks to author and magazine publisher/editor Michael J. Weldon about his many endeavors, from drumming with Cleveland proto-punk act Mirrors and reviewing movies for Cle, to Psychotronic, his photocopied, hand-written fanzine that lead to books like the influential PSYCHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM, the long-running PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO magazine, calendars, film festivals and the Psychotronic store he manages today.  Other topics include Ghoulardi, Roger Corman, hypnotism, Diane Keaton’s HEAVEN, Club 57, Johnny Ramone, cattle call auditions for GHETTO FREAKS, childhood filmmaking efforts, Alfred Sole, research methods, 42nd Street theatres, THE HYPNOTIC EYE and being killed over and over by Dr. Butcher, M.D.

    Visit Psychotronic.com:
    http://psychotronic.com
    Read old issues of Psychotronic Video Magazine:
    https://archive.org/details/psychotronic
    Watch a Psychotronic tour of 42nd Street:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTNAE82werw
    Kurt Loder plugs Psychotronic on MTV:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M--jNfflu8M
    Hear Michael Weldon’s band Mirrors:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENw6co2BUc4
    Buy THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS:
    https://mondoshop.com/products/these-fists-break-bricks
    Buy: DO YOU BELIEVE IN SWEDISH SIN? SWEDISH EXPLOITATION FILM POSTERS 1951-1984:
    https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Swedish-Exploitation-Posters-1951-1984/dp/9198677209

    • 2 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

akdonelly ,

The Best

Bill is hands down the biggest cheerleader when it comes to people who love film as much as he does. He brings attention to the voices bringing the most thoughtful criticism and analysis in film culture today and deserves to be recognized as one of the best interviewers there ever was.

FredSMade ,

Pure pleasure

More please. I discovered through the now playing network array and was thrilled to hear a different take on the podcast interview, catering to cinephiles of all kinds as stated in the description. Bill has a unique quality in style and delivery in which he’s clearly done his research and cares about the guest but magically doesn’t make it all about him either. He lets the guest shine in the brightest of ways.

I’ve heard many podcast hosts that suddenly shift into a long story about their personal lives which Bill might do from time to time but never in a way that sounds self-indulgent. It’s hard to pick favorites from the dozen or so I’ve heard so because they’re all equally interesting and you’ll likely want to explore the work of the guests to the point of creating watchlists and making mental notes. More podcasts need to be like this one especially when it comes to interviewing talent that usually brings a lot to the table or in this case the microphone. My only quibble is that there should be more but it sounds like each episode is a beast to prepare for so it makes sense. Keep up the stellar work!

gregorygob ,

One of the very best interview shows out there!

My only complaint (deduction of a half star) would be is that there aren’t consistently new episodes. It really is a joy to listen to what exists out there thus far but I would love if this were at least a new monthly show because the host does his research and the guests are always excellent conversationalists. Thanks Bill!!!

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