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Film academics Dr Dario Llinares and Dr Neil Fox introduce a live screening followed by an audience Q&A. The podcast also features interviews with filmmakers, scholars, writers and actors who debate all aspects of cinema and film culture.

The Cinematologists Podcast The Cinematologists

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 7 Ratings

Film academics Dr Dario Llinares and Dr Neil Fox introduce a live screening followed by an audience Q&A. The podcast also features interviews with filmmakers, scholars, writers and actors who debate all aspects of cinema and film culture.

    Ep133 - Raising Films and Recent Films (w/So Mayer)

    Ep133 - Raising Films and Recent Films (w/So Mayer)

    In the latest episode, Dario talks to poet and activist So Mayer about their work on the recent Raising Films survey ‘How We Work Now’ about the impact of Covid-19 on those working in the screen industries whose lives also involve caring responsibilities of various shades. So and Dario discuss how vital this work is on its own terms but also as part of a broader landscape of rethinking how the film industry operates and who gets to participate.


    Elsewhere there’s a deep dive into Celine Sciamma’s new film Petite Maman. There was due to be a whole episode dedicated to her latest masterwork but there were technical difficulties at the live taping at Cornwall Film Festival and the audio is unusable. We hope Neil and Dario’s deep chat about the pandemic, parent and child feelings and anxieties, makes up for that somewhat.


    Then stick around for the bonus where Neil and Dario sink their teeth into some key recent 2021 releases such as Dune, The Card Counter and First Cow, as well as a wonderfully guilty pleasure.


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    Music Credits:


    ‘Theme from The Cinematologists’


    Written and produced by Gwenno Saunders. Mixed by Rhys Edwards. Drums, bass & guitar by Rhys Edwards. All synths by Gwenno Saunders. Published by Downtown Music Publishing.


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    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.


     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep132 Dr Alison Peirse - Women Make Horror

    Ep132 Dr Alison Peirse - Women Make Horror

    A Tale of Two Sisters, 2003, Editor Lee Hyeon-mi


    In this episode, Neil talks to one of Horror Cinema’s leading scholars and all-round creative force of nature, Dr. Alison Peirse. Alison teaches film at Leeds (and is an old colleague of Dario’s!) where she is an associate professor. She writes a brilliant newsletter called The Losers Club and is finding success on the film festival circuit with her debut video essay Three Ways to Dine Well.


    Alongside monographs on 1930s and Korean horror, Alison is the editor of the recent publication Women Make Horror which is a groundbreaking piece of scholarship in form and focus, and she contributes an intellectually provocative and exhilarating piece that explodes the previous limits of not only Horror scholarship but cinema scholarship more broadly. It’s a great book.


    It was a pleasure to welcome Alison to the podcast and you can learn more about her work (and sign up for her newsletter) on her terrific website here.


    Elsewhere on the show Neil and Dario discuss their evolving and crystallised thoughts on academic practice growing out of the conversation with Alison and also extol the virtues of Alexandre Rockwell’s new film Sweet Thing (Neil) and the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune (Dario).


     


    It’s also worth hanging around and signing up for the bonus episode where Neil and Dario get deeper into questions about film academia and purge some negative feelings that have built up over time.


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    Music Credits:


    ‘Theme from The Cinematologists’


    Written and produced by Gwenno Saunders. Mixed by Rhys Edwards. Drums, bass & guitar by Rhys Edwards. All synths by Gwenno Saunders. Published by Downtown Music Publishing.


     


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    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep131 - London Film Festival: Part 2

    Ep131 - London Film Festival: Part 2

    The second episode in our coverage of the London Film Festival is a bumper one with Dario and Neil discussing a ton of new movies from all over the world. They are joined by regular visitor to the pod Savina Petkova, who Dario talked to at the festival itself as it wound down, who added discussions about new films by Joanna Hogg, Terence Davies and Julia Ducournau to the mix. Neil waxes lyrical about the Japanese masterpiece Drive My Car by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Hit The Road, the debut feature by Panah Panahi. Dario meanwhile loves Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God unapologetically and reserves special, high praise for Joel Coen’s first solo outing, The Tragedy of Macbeth.


    Other films discussed are:


    Flee (dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen)


    Compartment No. 6 (dir. Juho Kuosmanen)


    Benedetta (dir. Paul Verhoeven)


    Boiling Point (dir. Philip Barantini)


    You can follow Savina on Twitter here where she posts links to all the wonderful pieces she writes across the year.


    (Apologies for the constant banging under my audio. 6 years in and still making silly mistakes like that. NF)


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    Music Credits:


    ‘Theme from The Cinematologists’


    Written and produced by Gwenno Saunders. Mixed by Rhys Edwards. Drums, bass & guitar by Rhys Edwards. All synths by Gwenno Saunders. Published by Downtown Music Publishing.


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    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write about the show (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 130 - London Film Festival: Part 1

    Ep 130 - London Film Festival: Part 1

    The first episode in our coverage of the London Film Festival. Dario and Neil discuss the blended format of the festival and the context by which one comes to watch specific films at certain moments because of festival serendipity. Under the spotlight for this mid-festival check-in are:


    The Storms of Jeremy Thomas (Mark Cousins, 2021)


    Memory Box (Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, 2021)


    Luzzu (Alex Camilleri, 2021)


    Azor (Andreas Fontana, 2021)


    Leave No Traces (Jan P. Matuszyński, 2021)


    Citizen Ashe. (Rex Miller & Sam Pollard)


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    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write about the show (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.


     

    • 28 min
    Ep129 - Independent Magazines

    Ep129 - Independent Magazines

    In this slightly longer than normal episode, Neil indulges his love of magazines by having conversations with editors of print magazines with a varying focus on film about setting up print enterprises in the digital age. He talks to Maria J Pérez Cuervo about her folk horror magazine Hellebore, Gabriel Solomons about illustrated film magazine Beneficial Shock and Cathy Lomax & Lucy Bolton about a special British film edition of art and culture periodical Garageland. All the conversations revolve around a love of magazines and we are grateful to all the contributors for their time.


    Around these conversations Neil and Dario discuss collecting, objects and mortality, the physical v the digital and what they want from cultural experiences and how magazines can play into that. They also talk about Dario’s visit to the ICA to see Annette and a Leos Carax Q&A and Neil recommends the new BFI Blu-ray of Powell & Pressburger’s 1942 propaganda classic One of our Aircraft is Missing.


    To buy Hellebore click here.


    To buy Beneficial Shock (who have a new issue imminent) click here.


    To buy Garageland click here.


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    Music Credits:


    ‘Theme from The Cinematologists’


    Written and produced by Gwenno Saunders. Mixed by Rhys Edwards. Drums, bass & guitar by Rhys Edwards. All synths by Gwenno Saunders. Published by Downtown Music Publishing.


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    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write about the show (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep128 - Rose Plays Julie (w/Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor)

    Ep128 - Rose Plays Julie (w/Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor)

    For the season 14 premiere Neil and Dario discuss one of 2021’s best releases, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s dark and magnetic psychodrama Rose Plays Julie starring Ann Skelly, Orla Brady and Aidan Gillen.


    Neil talks to the filmmakers about their unique, exploratory process, growing as filmmakers, working with actors and timing. Elsewhere Neil and Dario catch up about some recent watches and what they’ve been up to over the summer, before heading off to the bonus episode for Patreon subscribers to discuss Jean-Paul Belmondo and Michael K. Williams.


    It’s good to be back.


    Thank you to Nicki at Premier PR and Claire At Eclipse Pictures for their help in setting up the conversation and for advance access to the film.


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    Music Credits:


    ‘Theme from The Cinematologists’


    Written and produced by Gwenno Saunders. Mixed by Rhys Edwards. Drums, bass & guitar by Rhys Edwards. All synths by Gwenno Saunders. Published by Downtown Music Publishing.


    ———


    You can listen to The Cinematologists for free, wherever you listen to podcasts: click here to follow.


    We also produce an extensive monthly newsletter and bonus/extended content that is available on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/cinematologists. You can become a member for only $2.50.


    We also really appreciate any reviews you might write about the show (please send us what you have written and we'll mention it) and sharing on Social Media is the lifeblood of the podcast so please do that if you enjoy the show.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

enelsonpa ,

Berlinale Festival Report #1

Enjoyed your first podcast from Berlinale very much. I like that you don't get into the weeds too much since we listeners have not seen the films. Joseph Owen is an insightful and enjoyable reviewer. Please have him on again. Savina is film academic reviewer smart and interesting to have her particular point of view.

Zombiekillerjimbob ,

Highly recommended

Such a great film podcast. Always a pleasure hearing true film scholars talk about the greatest artwork out there. Thanks for all the great episodes guys.

Dan S_ ,

Excellent!

My absolute favorite film podcast. So far they have done a fantastic job choosing a variety of great films and the analysis is in-depth without being pretentious or overly academic - the discussions are both accessible and intelligent/nuanced. Neil and Dario’s passion for film is very apparent in their chats, hearing them speak (and argue!) gives me a greater appreciation for the films I’ve already seen and gets me excited to seek-out the ones that I haven’t seen.

I also quite enjoy the format of the program. They always interview an interesting person between the before and after analysis of the film, this breaks up the discussions nicely and differentiates The Cinematologists from other film discussion podcasts that are quite monotonous.

I highly recommend the Cinematologists to both cinephiles and casual viewers. I enjoy it immensely and I hope it continues for a long time.

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