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Writer-editor Nicolas Rapold talks with guests about the movies they've been watching. It's as simple as that.

The Last Thing I Saw Nicolas Rapold

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Writer-editor Nicolas Rapold talks with guests about the movies they've been watching. It's as simple as that.

    Episode 20: The Best of 2020 with Amy Taubin, Eric Hynes, Jessica Kiang, and Beatrice Loayza

    Episode 20: The Best of 2020 with Amy Taubin, Eric Hynes, Jessica Kiang, and Beatrice Loayza

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, with your host Nicolas Rapold. This is the 20th episode of the podcast, and we’ll be sharing our highlights from the year in movies. You might notice a few likely candidates are missing, such as First Cow or Time, but that’s because we tried to talk about movies that haven't been covered as much on this podcast, though a few old favorites do sneak in. It’s been a long year so I got some brilliant critics to share their picks: Amy Taubin, contributing editor at Artforum; Eric Hynes, curator of film at Museum of the Moving Image; Beatrice Loayza, a widely published freelance critic; and for the first time, Jessica Kiang, a veteran of Variety and other publications.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 19: Steve McQueen's Small Axe with Jonathan Romney and Nicholas Russell

    Episode 19: Steve McQueen's Small Axe with Jonathan Romney and Nicholas Russell

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, with your host Nicolas Rapold. On this episode I’m tackling a wonderful collection of new films by director Steve McQueen called Small Axe. The five Small Axe movies are on Amazon, completed today with the release of the fifth and final film, Education. Small Axe is a fascinating and ambitious chronicle of West Indian experience in London—personal, political, and cultural—and it’s definitely an event. First, veteran critic Jonathan Romney (Screen Daily, Sight & Sound) joins me to talk about Mangrove and Lovers Rock, which are about an infamous trial and a joyous night of partying, respectively. Then on the second half of the podcast, I’m joined by critic Nicholas Russell (Reverse Shot). We discuss McQueen’s approach in the three remaining films in the Small Axe series: Red, White, and Blue; Education; and Alex Wheatle. We also hear about the other last things Jonathan saw, from IDFA and elsewhere: The Wasteland, Inside the Red Brick Wall, Gorbachev. Heaven, and Fellini’s The Voice of the Moon.

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 18: Time with Amy Taubin + 70s Horror with Beatrice Loayza and Christina Newland

    Episode 18: Time with Amy Taubin + 70s Horror with Beatrice Loayza and Christina Newland

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, with your host Nicolas Rapold. This week, I start with a featured look at Time, directed by Garrett Bradley. I talk with the wonderful Amy Taubin about the movie, which is one of the year’s best. On the second half of the episode, I look at a terrific collection of 1970s horror available at the Criterion Channel. Critics Beatrice Loayza and Christina Newland join me to discuss the pleasures and politics of the movies, including: Death Dream, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, George Romero’s The Crazies, Death Line, and special bonus title, The Velvet Vampire, directed by Stephanie Rothman.

    Look for more of what I’m blithely calling audio magazine features in future episodes, with in-depth looks at films and filmmakers, interviews, and other stories.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 17: New Beginnings, with Beatrice Loayza, Susannah Gruder, and Eric Hynes

    Episode 17: New Beginnings, with Beatrice Loayza, Susannah Gruder, and Eric Hynes

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, with your host Nicolas Rapold. This week, we’re trying something different. After our usual discussion of recently watched movies, I dig into a special topic with another guest. First I trade New York Film Festival highlights with critics Beatrice Loayza and Susannah Gruder. Then on the second half, I talk about the possible futures facing moviegoing and film exhibition because of the pandemic, with Eric Hynes of the Museum of the Moving Image. We’ll have more of what I’m blithely calling audio magazine features in future episodes, with in-depth looks at films and filmmakers, interviews, and other stories.

    Movies discussed include: Dick Johnson Is Dead, On the Rocks, Smooth Talk starring Laura Dern, and Beginning. For complete show notes with links, subscribe to my newsletter at
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 16: Rob Sweeney of Kino Lorber

    Episode 16: Rob Sweeney of Kino Lorber

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, a podcast where we reach out to folks to talk about what they've been watching. It’s as simple as that. Joining Nicolas Rapold this time is R. Emmet Sweeney, producer of DVDs and Blu-rays for Kino Lorber. Rob has had two projects lately: looking for good movies to watch with his daughter, and watching fantastical Indian genre movies. Titles discussed include: Wee Willie Winkie and Heidi, both starring Shirley Temple; Mamoru Hosoda’s Wolf Children; The Wizard of Oz; S.S. Rajamouli’s Eega (“The Fly”); Bill & Ted Face the Music; High Risk, starring Jet Li; and the latest Charlie Kaufman creation, I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

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    • 48 min
    Episode 15: A Toronto Trio - Jordan Cronk, Eric Hynes, Beatrice Loayza

    Episode 15: A Toronto Trio - Jordan Cronk, Eric Hynes, Beatrice Loayza

    Welcome to The Last Thing I Saw, a podcast where we reach out to friends to talk about what we’ve been watching. It’s as simple as that. Joining Nicolas Rapold this time are critics Eric Hynes (curator of film, Museum of the Moving Image), Jordan Cronk (founder, Acropolis Cinema), and Beatrice Loayza, talking about their highlights from the Toronto International Film Festival. The movies include: Nomadland, The 180-Degree Rule, Pieces of a Woman, The Inheritance, Quo Vadis, Aida?, Fauna, Downstream to Kinshasa, 76 Days, and a previous favorite, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time.

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    • 58 min

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