"Talk Cinephilia to me" is a podcast about watching cinema--artistic, outsider, experimental and B movies--brought to you by author playwright, Juli Kearns, and her son, Aaron Dylan Kearns, an experimental filmmaker who, though he was raised on great cinema, loves tawdry horror. He knows things I don't about film. I know things he doesn't. Most importantly, we know enough to be very aware of what we don't know. We promise to be humble, somewhat meandering hosts because we're disaffected dyslexic leftists with opinions and our filters are busted.
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Examining the Films and Career of Child Actress and Singer Betty Brewer
This is a bit of a different episode. There are two mid 19th century actresses and singers by the name of Betty Brewer and though efforts have been made online to separate their careers, they remain enmeshed. Indeed, I found that newspapers were confusing the two even back when they were active. This episode distinguishes who did what, focusing on the Betty Brewer who was a singer before she became a child actress, daughter of an Ozark lead miner. This was part of the studio hype, that she came from harsh circumstances, which was questioned by some reviewers (it was true). Another part of the studio hype was that she was unattractive, which wasn't true, she instead wasn't glamorous. She was supposed to connect as the honest, down home girl. Betty came out strong and quickly faded. I don't know what happened, but as a distant relative I took an interest, watched her films, and was surprised at how good she was. This episode examines the several movies she was in that are available for viewing.
We love Hammer's Scream of Fear and Paranoiac and trash Nightmare
Three Hammer films today! We're thrilled over Oliver Reed going all out in "Paranoiac" (that scene on the stairs!) and eventually ponder what if it had been the tale of two Reeds. "Scream of Fear" was also named "Taste of Fear" and we wonder about the ability to taste terror while method acting with Susan Strasberg. Those two films were so good that by the time Hammer got to "Nightmare" it was tired. Aaron and I separately, bizarrely, came to the conclusion they wanted Sandra Dee for that one, in which case it would have been amazing, but that wasn't happening so they lost the lead actress part way through. Oh, where was Sandra Dee?! Pretending Sandra Dee was in it makes it better.
Oops! All Mason! (James Mason strangles his real life wife Pamela in three films, which is obvious fodder for discussion.)
Aaron and I discuss James Mason strangling his wife Pamela in not just one but three films! We have fun examining "I Met a Murderer", "The Upturned Glass", and "Portrait of The Murderer". Pamela and James not only starred together in these films, they are responsible for the stories. And then for good measure we add "The Night Has Eyes", in which Pamela doesn't appear but when it's a full moon James must take his pills so that he doesn't go out and strangle things.
The Real Horror of Kubrick's "The Shining"--The Misogyny of the Audience for Wendy Torrance
Are we back? Is "Talk Cinephilia to Me" recording again? Maybe. We may be back. This episode is on "The Real Horror of Kubrick's The Shining--The Misogyny of the Audience for Wendy Torrance". The next episode is in the can and will be the both of us, but this one, with the exception of the opening, is me (Juli) speaking on the subject.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
We did no research for this podcast. We just watched the movie with no plan other than to see if Aaron might enjoy it and find it involving, considering how he doesn't like to watch Spielberg films as he feels manipulated by them (I agree, but I give a few films of Spielberg's a pass). We end up discussing what happened after Roy Neary took off for the stars. And I tell my own UFO story from 1993.
Marathon Episode on the Soviet Necrorealist Films of Evgeny Yufit and Vladamir Maslov
Aaron has long been an appreciator of the Soviet Necrorealist films of Evgeny Yufit, who later teamed up with Vladamir Maslov. For those who are unfamiliar with the genre, we discuss its frenetic history, pondering the myth versus reality of artistic spontaneity, dissect Yufit's early work for themes that will be elaborated upon in his features, and compare and contrast Yufit's early films with those he later co-directed and co-wrote with Maslov. The movies covered in this episode are: "Werewolf Orderlies", "Woodcutter", "Spring", "Suicide Monsters", "Fortitude", "Knights of Heaven", "Daddy, Father Frost is Dead", "The Will", "The Wooden Room", and "Silverheads". If we took 2 hours it's because these dreamlike, absurd films, both grotesque and comic, confrontational, aesthetically remarkable in every respect, eventually even startlingly beautiful, demand deep consideration.
Great podcast! A real treat!
I love this podcast! I listen to podcasts frequently and am discerning about what makes a podcast great. Talk Cinephilia To Me is a wonderful blend of history of film, the historical context for the film, and ways that that may relate to us in the present. More than that, Talk Cinephilia To Me has Juli and Aaron, two people who love film, know a lot about it, and love to talk about film with each other. This podcast is full of intelligent conversation and playful wit. And the sound quality is great, too! Aaron often sounds as if he would have been right at home in radio broadcasts when radio was in its heyday. And Juli has a lovely voice, pleasing to listen to, expressive and flexible and warm. All these elements together make Talk Cinephilia To Me a pleasure to listen to.
A Hidden Gem!
I highly recommend this podcast. It's funny, insightful, and intelligent, and they seem to be having a great time. Do yourself a favor and subscribe.
Fantastic podcast! Juli and Aaron are awesome!