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The Cinephiliacs is a podcast exploring the past and future of cinephelia. Film critic Peter Labuza has interviewed critics, programmers, academics, filmmakers, and more about their relationship to film and film culture. Additionally, each guest will bring in a particular favorite film and discuss it with Labuza. Indiewire declares, "If you want to hear film critics talk at length about their craft, there are few better places on the Internet" and Keyframe Daily has called it "Exhibit A" for the future of film culture

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The Cinephiliacs is a podcast exploring the past and future of cinephelia. Film critic Peter Labuza has interviewed critics, programmers, academics, filmmakers, and more about their relationship to film and film culture. Additionally, each guest will bring in a particular favorite film and discuss it with Labuza. Indiewire declares, "If you want to hear film critics talk at length about their craft, there are few better places on the Internet" and Keyframe Daily has called it "Exhibit A" for the future of film culture

    TC #124 - Brian L. Frye (The Hart of London)

    TC #124 - Brian L. Frye (The Hart of London)

    To suggest that Brian L. Frye has lived an eclectic life would be an understatement. A former experimental filmmaker, a collector of home movies, and a legal scholar of intellectual property among other strange, often quizzical projects at the University of Kentucky. After having Peter on his own podcast, Brian sat down tor return the favor. We discuss his oddball way into filmmaking (including his notorious film, Brian Frye Fails to M********e), his collaboration on the most curious documentary about home movies perhaps ever made—Our Nixon—and then look at much of his legal scholarship and the various avenues of exploration that has led him down (including how the defendant of one of the most important cases every 1L learns may have been lying the entire time). The discussion remains quite strange: from the Supreme Court nominee who was squashed by Flaming Creatures to the intellectual property history of the Zapruder film, to why you should plagiarize. Finally, the two discuss The Hart of London, Jack Chambers's amazing experimental film and the failure of words to possibly describe this monumental work.
    0:00–5:57 Opening
    6:43–1:21:44 Deep Focus — Brian L. Frye
    1:22:21–1:27:24 MUBI Sponsorship Section
    1:28:34–1:40:16 Double Exposure — The Hart of London (Jack Chambers)
    1:40:22–1:41:59 Close 

    • 1 hr 42 min
    TC - Live Sports! A Chat on Recent Non-Fiction

    TC - Live Sports! A Chat on Recent Non-Fiction

    Desperate for bodies in motion, five quarantined cinephiles joined Peter and a number of podcast listeners on Zoom to talk about the recent non-fiction films they've been devouring on the world of athletics. Some shows favor the classic narratives; others a different approach. All made for a great happy hour. Join Peter alongside Carman Tse, Nate Fisher, Eric Marsh, Jake Mulligan, and Matt Ellis for a talk about ESPN and the NBA's ten hour "examination" into Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls with The Last Dance, Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein's expose into the history of baseball's oddest team with The History of the Seattle Mariners, and Theo Anthony's 30 for 30 special on tennis replay, Subject to Review, which might not actually be about tennis but all society. Plus, they remember some guys. Man, remember those guys? Whatever happened to those guys????
    0:00–5:16 Opening
    6:07-51:41 The Last Dance (Jason Hehir [or Michael Jordan and the NBA])
    52:29–56:23 Sponsorship Section
    57:25–1:40:10 The History of the Seattle Mariners (Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein)
    1:41:18–2:03:48 Subject to Review (Theo Anthony)
    2:04:05–1:56:51 Close

    • 2 hr 5 min
    TC #123 - James Leo Cahill (Pom Poko)

    TC #123 - James Leo Cahill (Pom Poko)

    As a constant Instagram user, I find it hard not to love the numerous videos of mammals and other species in behavior whose response always comes down to "they're just like us!" But what about that history of cinema that shows us how animals are not like us, and perhaps encourages us to think outside our own worldview. In Zoological Surrealism, University of Toronto professor James Leo Cahill explores the wondrously strange history of filmmaker Jean Painlevé, best known for his documentary The Seahorse, and explores the numerous scientific films and how he and his collaborators essentially embraced a different worldview by merging art and science. In this long ranging history, James takes us through his first fascinations with cinema and animals as well as through the numerous unique theories he develops through tracing a transhistorical understanding of Painlevé. Finally, the two embrace every emotion through examining Pom Poko, a curious anime from Studio Ghibli that traces the last years of a dying species and celebrates the way we feel loss....a film quite appropriate for our current moment.
    0:00–7:10 Opening
    7:54-13:05 MUBI Sponsorship
    13:50–1:32:30 Deep Focus — James Leo Cahill
    1:34:35–1:37:35 OVID.TV Sponsorship Section
    1:38:21–1:54:08 Double Exposure — Pom Poko (Isao Takahata)
    1:54:56–1:56:51 Close 

    • 1 hr 56 min
    TC #122 - Marie-Louise Khondji (Birth)

    TC #122 - Marie-Louise Khondji (Birth)

    Nothing is more frustrating in our streaming era than turning on any specific app and suddenly staring hundreds of movie posters with only an algorithm trying to decide what you might like (especially if such product is actually made by the company to help its margins). But what if there was a streaming site that only offered a single movie a week, and maybe not even a feature but a short or medium-length feature? And what if it had circulated ultra-rare films by Claire Denis, Hong Sang-Soo, Matias Piñeiro, Jonas Mekas, and fascinating filmmakers you had never heard of? That's the promise Marie-Louise Khondji has brought to her site Le Cinéma Club. Marie sits down to talk about growing up with her father (the cinematographer Darius) and how she moved into management through distribution and production before starting a site to help filmmakers showcase work that needed an outlet and created to be accessible for all. Finally, the two talk about the wonderful Jonathan Glazer film Birth, and how it seems to capture a certain timeless stasis of its upper elite New York culture.
    0:00–6:27 Opening
    7:40-11:32 OVID.TV Sponsorship
    12:17–45:51 Deep Focus — Marie-Louise Khondji
    46:40–51:15 MUBI Sponsorship Section
    52:31–1:03:47 Double Exposure — Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
    1:04:12–1:06:42 Close 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    TC #121 - Jon Dieringer (Made in Hollywood)

    TC #121 - Jon Dieringer (Made in Hollywood)

    The podcast returns in our perilous times with a profile of the website all about what's playing in repertory and experimental cinemas across New York. And though the balconies remained closed and the popcorn machines without an ounce, there are plenty of reason to subscribe to Screen Slate and listen to this conversation with Jon Dieringer. Jon takes us to his early programming days and work on a few Hollywood movies before diving into the complex work preserving the history of experimental video at Electronic Arts Intermix. He then talks about the origins of Screen Slate (including its infamous and now defunct competitor) and how it continues to push the boundaries of what curious cinephiles can and should watch. Finally, the two dive into the absolute oddity that is Made in Hollywood, a proto-Lynch take on the industry from Bruce and Norman Yonemoto with Patricia Arquette that is both highly artificial and highly bizarre. 
    0:00–6:18 Opening
    7:27-10:43 OVID.TV Sponsorship
    11:28–1:20:21 Deep Focus — Jon Dieringer
    1:21:32–1:24:57 MUBI Sponsorship Section
    1:25:37–1:40:32 Double Exposure — Made in Hollywood (Bruce and Norman Yonemoto)
    1:40:36–1:42:33 Close // Outtake

    • 1 hr 42 min
    TC #120 - Alison Kozberg (Nowhere)

    TC #120 - Alison Kozberg (Nowhere)

    If cinema enters what might be its 100th identity crisis since its birth, there is at least a more appropriate question to ask: where will cinema take place? As the first guest of 2020, Peter brings in Art House Convergence director Alison Kozberg to tackle how the art house scene has changed less in Los Angeles and New York but instead transformed cities like Tuscon and Charleston. Alison charts her life as a repertory-goer in the 1990s to learning the tricks of programming for both classic Hollywood and experimental works in places like Minneapolis, Boston, and South Carolina. She then looks at the new challenges—but more so, opportunities—for art houses to engage and create new community spaces. Finally, the two dive back into her teen years to examine Gregg Araki's apocalyptic teenage satire Nowhere, which Alison argues as a rare breakthrough film of the time to openly accept queer identities as normative.
    0:00–5:06 Opening
    5:52–51:11 Deep Focus — Alison Kozberg
    52:28–57:34 Sponsorship Section
    58:57–1:17:03 Double Exposure — Nowhere (Gregg Araki)
    1:17:28–1:19:21 Close

    • 1 hr 19 min

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114 Ratings

114 Ratings

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The most comprehensive film podcast

This podcast covers everything from the Nickelodeons to current Hollywood product to the most groundbreaking of-the-moment Avant Garde work... it’s really unparalleled. The year-end recaps always highlight a handful of films that I wouldn’t otherwise hear about (even if they include too much TV). In today’s increasingly fragmented media landscape, having a resource like this podcast helps tie things together. Thanks Peter!

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The Best Film Podcast, Bar None.

If you're interested in film, don't sleep on this podcast - it deserves ten times the number of ratings it currently has. Every episode centers around an interview with a different guest which include many of the brightest minds in the field of film studies (scholars, critics, professors, and even some directors). The discussions are always highly engaging and tightly-edited so as to never drag or meander. Subjects ranging from archivism to film analysis are explored at a length and depth barely touched on in other podcasts. I can't recommend this show enough, it's a vital addition to online film culture.

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