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Podcast by The Pink Smoke

    Ep. 53 This Sweet Sickness

    Ep. 53 This Sweet Sickness

    Hosts John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg discuss Patricia Highsmith’s 1960 crime novel, This Sweet Sickness. The novel follows a stalker who constructs a perfect marriage in his mind and goes to horrifying extremes to make that vision of domestic bliss a reality. It’s a book about the psychosis of a romantic worldview, about the insanity lurking behind the ideas of a One True Love.

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    Intro & outro music by Marcus Pinn of Pinnland Empire.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep. 73 Jean-Claude Carrière

    Ep. 73 Jean-Claude Carrière

    Hosts John Cribbs & Christopher Funderburg sit down to pay tribute to one of the greatest screenwriters who ever lived, Jean-Claude Carrière. When Carrière recently passed away the hosts decided to pick a handful of the writer’s films to discuss as a way of exploring his long and incredibly varied career.

    From his career-defining work with Luis Buñuel to his long-running associations with filmmakers including Miloš Forman & Pierre Étaix to his more off-beat one-off projects, few screenwriters were as fearless & unpredictable. Carrière’s career began in the early 60’s & spanned decades - he kept working right up until the end, with screen credits as recent as 2019. This is our remembrance of the novelist, ghost-writer, conversationalist, adapter and screenwriter who collaborated with everyone from Umberto Eco to Nagisa Ōshima to the Dalai Lama.

    Rest in peace, Carrière.

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    Intro music: Unleash the Bastards / “Tea for Two”
    Outro music: Marcus Pinn / “Vegas”

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep. 72 Seijun Suzuki

    Ep. 72 Seijun Suzuki

    “Who speaks of realism here?”

    This is it: our mammoth exploration of the work of Japanese iconoclast Seijun Suzuki. Hosts Christopher Funderburg & John Cribbs are joined by poster illustrator and peerless cinephile Tony Stella to examine the legendarily idiosyncratic and uncontrollable director. From Suzuki’s start as an impossibly lazy assistant director at Shochiku to his his period as relentlessly prolific genre filmmaker at Nikkatsu to his second act as an esteemed independent artist.

    His films long-suppressed by Nikkatsu and unknown outside of his native country, Suzuki’s reputation took off in America in the 90s when filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch sang his praises (Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog is famously an extended homage to Suzuki’s career-breaking Branded to Kill); after a few tumultuous decades, Suzuki finally achieved the international renown he deserved.

    Join us as we follow the director’s journey, beat by beat, film by film; from his early “youth in revolt” films like Everything Goes Wrong to his wild genre experiments like Youth of the Beast & Tokyo Drifter to his notorious “flesh trilogy” that caps off his early career with the brilliant Carmen from Kawachi. We go after it all: the Taisho trilogy, his Lupin III anime, his golf comedy, his late-period curtain call.

    It’s here, the most comprehensive podcast study of a filmmaker like no other.

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    Intro music: Unleash the Bastards / “Tea for Two”
    Outro music: Marcus Pinn / “Vegas”

    • 3 hr 12 min
    Ep. 52 James Bond In The 60s

    Ep. 52 James Bond In The 60s

    Host John Cribbs is joined by John Arminio to discuss the James Bond films of the 60s. Looking at what many fans consider the series’ untouchable golden age, Cribbs & Arminio go film by film through every cinematic portrayal of Bond in the decade, not even skipping over 1967’s Casino Royale!

    Starting with Dr. No and Ursula Andress (as iconic as Venus de Milo) emerging from the ocean, touching on the duo’s consensus for the best film in the series, and capping off the conversation with a discussion of the series’ transition away from lead actor Sean Connery to George Lazenby with the undervalued On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Cribbs & Arminio drill down into what makes that era of Bond films so irresistible!

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    Intro & outro music by Marcus Pinn of Pinnland Empire.

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Ep. 25 The Glitter Dome

    Ep. 25 The Glitter Dome

    On this month's pulp fiction episode, Funderburg & Cribbs discussed former cop Joseph Wambaugh's brutal, depressing & hilarious Hollywood conspiracy thriller, The Glitter Dome.

    It's a masterpiece of the "sleazy cop" genre that depicts a world of casual racism, violence, and depravity in a chaotic story about cops wildly failing to live up their duty.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 71 Alan Dean Foster

    Ep. 71 Alan Dean Foster

    “Most great art has been commission work. Bernini didn’t sit around making statues because he liked making statues, he did it because Pope So-and-so wanted a bust of himself on his elaborate tomb… Rembrandt, I’m sure, would’ve been happier doing something other than painting fat businessmen most of his life.”

    No name is as synonymous with the art of novelization as “Alan Dean Foster,” known for his work reverse engineering novels out of films like The Thing, Alien and, most of all, Star Wars. We’re joined by the prolific sci-fi author to discuss his storied career - the novelizations, continuation novels and original work - in the context of his recent dispute with the Disney corporation over unpaid royalties after their acquisition of Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox.

    We start at the beginning with his adaptation of a crummy Italian gender-swapped Tarzan rip-off before the conversation explores everything from when Frank Frazetta’s artwork suggests stories far more compelling than the source they’re portraying, why world-building in novelistic writing is the same in original stories or adaptations, and how he came to write the first Star Wars expanded universe novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (which spawned an entire ecosystem of ancillary material.)

    Foster is a legend in his field and this discussion explores his crucial role in modern pop culture - and why the Disney company’s ambivalence about paying him the royalty money he’s unquestionably owed is so repellent in a larger context that extends beyond Foster himself.

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    Intro music: Unleash the Bastards / “Tea for Two”
    Outro music: Marcus Pinn / “Vegas”

    • 1 hr 16 min

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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It wasn't long before Phillip got lost. He looked around, but all he could see were trees. Nervously, he felt into his bag for his favourite toy, Ted, but Ted was nowhere to be found! Phillip began to panic. He felt sure he had packed Ted. To make matters worse, he was starting to feel hungry.

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A superb, engaging, and entertaining podcast

The brain power behind The Pink Smoke is utterly astonishing. Creators John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg, along with a host of brilliant contributors, have created a catalogue of outstanding podcasts and articles that any lover of cinema can enjoy. There are no guilty pleasures here, nor shame in enjoying the most obscure films and literature. The Pink Smoke is a wonderful group of people who have helped me enjoy and appreciate the art I love even more.

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