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Monthly movie podcast, with bonus episodes throughout, that center around the work of one director per show. Hosted by Jim Laczkowski & Patrick Ripoll for the first hundred episodes or so, then Brad Strauss and Al Kwiatkowski took their place.

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Monthly movie podcast, with bonus episodes throughout, that center around the work of one director per show. Hosted by Jim Laczkowski & Patrick Ripoll for the first hundred episodes or so, then Brad Strauss and Al Kwiatkowski took their place.

    Episode 171: Ken Loach

    Episode 171: Ken Loach

    In this episode, the Director's Club hunts for the Riff Raff whose Hidden Agenda was to get the Angel's Share while the Wind Shakes the Barley as we look at the films of British director Ken Loach. Joined by "Fresh Perspective" host and founder of Cinema Femme Magazine, Rebecca Martin, we examine how he emerged from the tradition of the British "kitchen sink" drama, and then applied his emphatic technique and concerns of social issues to a variety of films, including several winners of the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival.
    [8:41] "Cathy Come Home" ("Kiss Me I'm Starving", The Heart Throbs)
    [20:53] "Poor Cow" ("Poor Cow", Elton Newton-John)
    [30:52] "Kes" ("Extra Ordinary", Ultra Vivid Scene)
    [44:21] "Hidden Agenda" ("We Come Undone", OSI)
    [58:21] "Riff Raff" ("Riff Raff", AC/DC)
    [1:17:09] "My Name Is Joe" ("This Is the Day", The The)
    [1:36:00] "Sweet Sixteen" ("Take Over Baby", Big Chief)
    [1:51:38] "The Wind That Shakes the Barley", ("The Wind That Shakes the Barley", traditional performed by Dead Can Dance/Lisa Gerrard)
    [2:08:26] "The Angel's Share" ("Raise Your Glass", P!nk)
    [2:20:57] "I, Daniel Blake" ("Help the Aged", Pulp)
    [2:45:00] "Sorry For Missing You" ("Keep the Line Moving", The Soundtrack of Our Lives)

    • 3 hrs 8 min
    Episode 170: Favorite Films Of 2019 (Part Two)

    Episode 170: Favorite Films Of 2019 (Part Two)

    It's that time! Jim and Patrick return to Director's Club for the year-end spectacular. Alongside current co-host Brad Strauss, we three run down a long list of awards, discuss our 25 favorite films of the year, and read several listener-submitted lists all while reflecting on the movie year that was. Part One is all about handing out our awards and running down numbers 25-11 on our list. Part Two is the much lengthier top ten discussion with some real surprises in store along the way. Thank you all so much for listening to this pinata of an episode and happy 2020 to all. If you want to spoil the fun, you can certainly check out all of our lists posted over on Letterboxd as well.
    00:00 - 01:43:40 - #10 - #6 Favorite Films Of 2019
    01:43:41 - 02:29:15 - #5 - #3 Favorite Films of 2019
    02:29:16 - 03:21:57 - Top 2 Favorite Films Of 2019

    Jim’s List
    Patrick’s List
    Brad’s List
     
     

    • 3 hrs 21 min
    Episode 170: Favorite Films Of 2019 (Part One)

    Episode 170: Favorite Films Of 2019 (Part One)

    It's that time! For the 9th time, Jim and Patrick return to Director's Club for the year-end spectacular. Alongside co-host Brad Strauss, we three run down a long list of awards, discuss our 25 favorite films of the year, and read several listener-submitted lists all while reflecting on the movie year that was. Part One is all about handing out our awards and running down numbers 25-11 on our list. Part Two is the much lengthier top ten discussion with some real surprises in store along the way. Thank you all so much for listening to this pinata of an episode and happy 2020 to all. If you want to spoil the fun, you can certainly check out all of our lists posted on Letterboxd as well.
    00:00 - 50:50 - Introduction, Acting Awards, etc.
    50:51 - 01:43:38 - #25 - #11 Favorite Films of 2019
    Jim’s List
    Patrick’s List
    Brad’s List

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 169: Brian De Palma Redux

    Episode 169: Brian De Palma Redux

    It's time for a new take on a director previously covered by the Director's Club.  We won't keep you in suspense - It's Brian De Palma Redux!  Former DC host, Jim Laczkowski reprises his role in the spirited debate on the career of one of our more controversial subjects.  We'll cover such horror staples as "Carrie" and "Dressed to Kill" as well as contrast him to another director who may have influenced him just a bit.  We won't forget early favorites like "Phantom of the Paradise" or mainstream hits like "The Untouchables" and "Mission Impossible".  Love him or hate him, we hope you enjoy our Brian De Palma Blow Out!   
    (Get your Top Ten Film selections for our annual Top Films episode by sending them to "directorsclubpodcast@gmail.com" by January 3, 2020!)

    [8:37] "Hi Mom!"
    [27:05] "Phantom of the Paradise" ("Rockin' The Paradise", Styx)
    [38:38] "Carrie" ("Disco Inferno", The Trammps)
    [53:35] "The Fury"
    [1:00:38] "Sisters" ("Double Vision", Foreigner)
    [1:13:00] "Obsession" ("Obsession", Animotion)
    [1:18:44] "Dressed to Kill" ("Pick Up the Knife", Dan Baird)
    [1:38:40] Blow Out (theme from movie, by PinoDonaggio)
    [1:54:44] "Body Double" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Relax")
    [2:06:31] "Scarface" ("Push It To The Limit", Paul Engemann)
    [2:17:30] "Carlito's Way" ("Wanted Man", Ratt)
    [2:27:21] "The Untouchables" ("The Untouchables Theme", Ennio Morricone)
    [2:35:32] "Casualties of War" ("Beware of Darkness", George Harrison)
    [2:48:02] "Bonfire of the Vanities" ("Eat the Rich", Aerosmith)
    [2:55:04] "Mission Impossible" ("Mission Impossible Theme", Adam Clayton
    and Larry Mullen Jr.)
    [3:00:11] "Snake Eyes - Sound of The Crowd (Human League)
    [3:06:15] "Raising Cain" ("Adam Raised a Cain", Bruce Springsteen)
    [3:13:04] "Femme Fatale" ("Femme Fatale", Velvet Underground and Nico)

    • 3 hrs 33 min
    Episode 168: Ingmar Bergman Part II

    Episode 168: Ingmar Bergman Part II

    It's been a while, but the Director's Club was spending some time putting together the Part Two of our Bergman 101 Project looking at all the films of the master director. This point of his career features some of the more legendary films of all time, and with the help of Film Discussion Group co-organizer Peter Richards, we not only look through a glass darkly at classics like "The Seventh Seal", "Wild Strawberries", and "Persona", but we also encounter a dark religious fable, a horror film about artistic scrutiny, a sex farce involving The Devil, and a notable trilogy of films (not the one you may be thinking about). Take a look at our take on one of the most bountiful set of films from a single director in history!
    [5:46] "The Seventh Seal" ("Don't Fear The Reaper", Blue Oyster Cult)
    [27:41] "Wild Strawberries" ("Story of My Life", Social Distortion)
    [53:28] "Brink of Life" ("Happy Birthday Blues", B.B. King)
    [1:00:06] "The Magician" ("Magic Man", Heart)
    [1:14:31] "The Virgin Spring" ("Cry Me a River", Ella Fitzgerald)
    [1:28:44] "The Devil's Eye" ("Friend of the Devil", The Grateful Dead)
    [1:40:52] "Through A Glass Darkly" ("We Call Upon the Author", Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
    [1:59:17] "Winter Light" ("Save A Prayer", Duran Duran)
    [2:23:49] "The Silence" ("Enjoy The Silence", Depeche Mode)
    [2:39:23] "All These Women" ("Not for You", Pearl Jam)
    [2:48:54] "Persona" ("Personality Crisis", New York Dolls)
    [3:25:20] "Hour of the Wolf" ("Bark at the Moon", Ozzy Osbourne)
    [3:37:28] "Shame" ("Ain't That a Shame", Fats Domino)
    [3:47:22] "The Rite" ("Cracked Actor", David Bowie)

    • 3 hrs 57 min
    Episode 167: Isao Takahata

    Episode 167: Isao Takahata

    In this episode the Director's Club casts their attention to the wonderful worlds drawn by legendary animation Studio Ghibli - but not the director you expect! Because while director Isao Takahata was not as prolific as Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, he put together a remarkable run of films in his own right, ones which pushed anime into whole new stylistic realms while touching on Japanese history and folklore to explore themes of memory, belonging, responsibility, and creative artistic transformations. Joined by "Fresh Perspective" podcast alum and animation superfan Christine Sellin, we explore what's special in his work from his first film "Horus Prince of the Sun" through the legendary "Grave of the Fireflies" to his ultimate masterwork, "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"
    [3:42] "Horus, Prince of the Sun" ("The Immigrant Song", Led Zeppelin)
    [20:52] "Panda! Go Panda!" (Theme from "Panda! Go Panda!")
    [30:38] "Gauche The Cellist" (6th Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven)
    [45:15] "Grave of the Fireflies" ("Goodbye Blue Sky", Pink Floyd)
    [1:07:27] "Only Yesterday" ("Yesterday Girl", The Smithereens)
    [1:22:00] "Pom Poko" ("Big Balls", AC/DC)
    [1:39:46] "My Neighbors the Yamadas" ("Que Sera Sera", Sly and the Family Stone)
    [1:52:33] "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ("Wandering Spirit, Mick Jagger)

    • 2 hrs 19 min

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