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The last word in film criticism.

The Last Picture House covers films that have finally made their way into Japanese cinemas.

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The last word in film criticism.

The Last Picture House covers films that have finally made their way into Japanese cinemas.

    The Decade in Film - LPH018

    The Decade in Film - LPH018

    The Decade in Film - LPH018
    In their first episode back after hiatus, Dai, Maria, Iain and Marcus attempt the impossible - a comprehensive survey of the best films of the 2010s. They nominate the movies they loved on first viewing, the films they learned to love, as well as those which best captured the spirit of the “post truth” era. As always, they finish the show with a nervous search through correspondence to learn whether listeners agree with them.
    Links to some of the things discussed:
    The Making of Tampopo Cultural Details You Missed in Parasite
    The Best Films of the Decade Phantom Thread Review: A deftly spun yarn As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Christmas Special - LPH017

    Christmas Special - LPH017

    On this special episode, Dai, Maria, Iain and Marcus discuss their favorite Christmas movies. They talk reconnection and nostalgia, surviving the holiday season, as well as Christmas movies that celebrate love and romance. Along the way, they share their thoughts on what makes the perfect Christmas film, as well as stories from their own (sometimes chaotic) lives. Finally, the panel delve into Santa's sack to sift through listeners' favorites.
    Links to some of the things discussed this week:
    What makes the perfect Christmas movie? The magic formula that makes the perfect Christmas film What Makes a Great Christmas Movie? Trailer for The Silent Partner The key to a great Christmas film: misery and mayhem Christmas Movies So Awful They’d Make Santa’s Naughty List As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.

    • 1 hr
    2019 Tokyo International Film Festival, Part II: "Jojo Rabbit," "Disco," and "Advantages of Traveling by Train" - LPH016

    2019 Tokyo International Film Festival, Part II: "Jojo Rabbit," "Disco," and "Advantages of Traveling by Train" - LPH016

    On this episode, Iain, Maria, and Marcus continue their discussion of the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival. They begin with "Disco," a provocative Norwegian drama about a young woman growing up within an evangelical church, before moving onto a live-action adaptation of Tezuka Osamu's manga "Barbara." They then examine Iranian film "Old Men Never Die," and Turkish allegory "Food For a Funeral." Next, the panel discuss two crime dramas with a social conscience: cops and robbers on the streets of Tehran in  "Just 6.5," and Italian coming of age drama "Nevia." Finally, the team reviews Taika Waititi's much-anticipated "anti-hate satire" "Jojo Rabbit," and daring Spanish comedy "Advantages of Traveling by Train."

     
    Links to some of the things discussed this week:
     
    ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is ‘Easy Listening’ Cinema: Critics Debate the Success of Taika Waititi’s ‘Anti-Hate’ Satire Springtime for Nazis: How the Satire of “Jojo Rabbit” Backfires International trailer for Advantages of Travelling by Train Advantages of Travelling by Train on Rotten Tomatoes
    As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    2019 Tokyo International Film Festival, Part I: Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," Frelle Petersen's Grand Prix winner "Uncle," and Valentyn Vasyanovych's Jury Prize-winning "Atlantis" - LPH015

    2019 Tokyo International Film Festival, Part I: Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," Frelle Petersen's Grand Prix winner "Uncle," and Valentyn Vasyanovych's Jury Prize-winning "Atlantis" - LPH015

    On this month's episode, Maria, Iain and Marcus discuss the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival.
     
    They begin by talking about Danish Grand Prix winner "Uncle," before moving on to "Cry," whose director Hirobumi Watanabe was awarded Best Director in the Japanese Cinema Splash category. Then they discuss two movies about troubled relationships: Japanese comedy "A Beloved Wife," and Noah Baumbach's Netflix divorce drama "Marriage Story." Next, they examine two movies that explore war and its impact: the hard-hitting Ukranian film "Atlantis," and French historical drama "Towards the Battle." Finally, the team reviews Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated gangster film, "The Irishman."
     
    Links to some of the things discussed this week:
     
    'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane Film Review: Life Finds A Way (2018) by Hirobumi Watanabe Shin Adachi's mission to bust the myth of marital bliss in 'A Beloved Wife' So, How Is the De-Aging in The Irishman? Incredibly Impressive. The Lies of the Irishman Jimmy Hoffa and 'The Irishman': A True Crime Story?
    As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.

    • 58 min
    Guilty Pleasures - LPH014

    Guilty Pleasures - LPH014

    On this month's episode, Iain, Maria and Marcus discuss (cinematic) guilty pleasures. What makes a bad movie a cult classic? Can you have too much of a good (bad) thing?
     
    Links to some of the things discussed this week:
    Roger Ebert on Showgirls Suicide Squad: (nearly) one year on The Art of Editing and Suicide Squad Sam Elliott is Road House's Real Sex Symbol Why Road House remains and action movie classic Ten Reasons Why Road House is Basically The Greatest Movie Every Made An Exhaustive Breakdown of Patrick Swayze's 'Road House' Demolition Man: How Do The Three Seashells Actually Work? Demolition Man's a black movie and here's why 'My Geisha' Arrives Kimono my house - Shirley MacClaine does yellowface, but is this the Black Like Me of Asian exotica? Ranked: Every James Bond Film From Best to Worst As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - LPH013

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - LPH013

    On this episode, Maria, Iain and Marcus discuss “One Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” the latest film from Quentin Tarantino. They compare the film with the director's previous work, ask whether or not it exploits the tragic death of Sharon Tate, and discuss how it treats the many other 60s film stars who make an appearance.
     
    Links to some of the things discussed this week:
     
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s many, many controversies, explained
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review – uneven ode to a lost era
    Quentin Tarantino and His Many Italian Movie References
    Music in the movies: Quentin Tarantino
    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: the music
     
    As always, this episode contains mild spoilers.

    • 46 min

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