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Episode 27: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Around the World in 80 Films, pt. 2 Thailand

Part 2 of Around the World in 80 Films. Joined by Matt Schlee from cineccentric.com, this episode goes into the Thai film industry. We focus on the career of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We also discuss the sin that Francis Ford Coppola committed against The Legend of Suriyothai, as well as my first experience watching a Thai film and seeing someone defecate on screen. (It made more sense the second time around).

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Episode 26: "Starring John Cho" - His Films & The Asian-American Experience in Hollywood

This episode is a doozy. I am joined by super-friend Jamie Loo and Fin Coe. Fin is the Co-Creative director of the New Colony theatre in Chicago. We discuss one of my favorite movie stars, John Cho. We discuss five of Mr. Cho’s films: Better Luck Tomorrow, Harold & Kumar, Star Trek, Columbus, and Searching. Fin and Jamie also share their perspective on the depictions of Asian-Americans in Hollywood and in the American media in general, and how important it is to see other Asian-Americans in film, tv, sports, etc. Phenomenal conversation about a phenomenal actor and a lot more.

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Episode 25: Luchino Visconti's Filmography, Pt. 2

Matthew Gasteier, co-host of The Complete podcast, joins FBF to discuss the filmography of Luchino Visconti. We cover the entire filmography in two episodes. Part 1 we covered OSSESSIONE to THE STRANGER. On this episode, the final part in this double-header, we begin with THE DAMNED and end with THE INNOCENT.

We also include a ranking of Visconti’s top 5 films, and I answer the very important question of who is hotter, Visconti’s men or Visconti’s women. Spoiler: they’re both hot.

We switch things up a bit this episode. Instead of discussing how hot Alain Delon was, we discuss how hot Helmut Berger was. This episode is pretty spoiler free, so feel free to listen even if you haven't watched every Visconti film made.

If you're new to Visconti, this episode is a terrific place to start. Matt is one of my favorite movie podcasters and it's an honor to have him on.

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Episode 24: Around the World in 80 Films, Pt. 1 - Cambodia and the Cinema of Rithy Panh

Matt Schlee from Cineccentric.com joins FBF to kick-off his "Around the World in 80 Films" essay series with a discussion about Cambodian film. We focus on the contemporary filmmaker Rithy Panh and his movies RICE PEOPLE, S21, and THE MISSING PICTURE (the latter of which is available streaming on Netflix).

On this episode we also discuss my Facets DVD experience with SATANTANGO, my obsession with Telluride Film Festival, and the time my friends yelled at me after someone shit in the woods during a Weerasethakul film.

(Mike and Stephanie, I am so glad I went to your wedding instead of a stupid film festival. Love you guys!)

Intro & History of Cambodian Cinema: 0:00 - 26:00
Rice People: 26:00-38:00
S21: 38:00-54:00
Missing Picture: 54:00-1:08:00
Outro & Upcoming Episodes: 1:08:00 - End

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Episode 23: Luchino Visconti's Filmography, Pt. 1

Matthew Gasteier, co-host of The Complete podcast, joins FBF to discuss the filmography of Luchino Visconti. We cover the entire filmography in two episodes. Part 1 we cover OSSESSIONE to THE STRANGER (part 2 will begin with THE DAMNED and end with THE INNOCENT).

We discuss bits of Visconti's biography, and we also discuss just how hot Alain Delon. This episode is pretty spoiler free, so feel free to listen even if you haven't watched every Visconti film made.

If you're new to Visconti, this episode is a terrific place to start. Matt is one of my favorite movie podcasters and it's an honor to have him on.

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Episode 22: All The President's Men

Guests Matthew Speredelozzi and Tracy Hresko Pearl, lawyers and culture vultures both, join the podcast to discuss All The President's Men, Nixon, and whether or not we are going to impeach the current President of these United States. Heavy topics, but both of them make light work of it.

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Lights, Camera, Law

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Episode 21: Purge: Anarchy

Welcome Robert Taylor to the FBF podcast, as we discuss  2014's PURGE: ANARCHY from Blumhouse Productions. The second film in the Purge series serves as a terrific take-off point for side discussions on politics, gun ownership, and how much I love Jason Blum. Oh, and it's also a terrific movie. Robert was a wonderful guest and I suspect we'll be hearing more from him soon.

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Episode 20: Winter Light/First Reformed

Becky D'Anna comes on the podcast to discuss First Reformed and the parallels with Winter Light. This episode is perfectly timed for Bergman 100 and the announcement for the new Ingmar Bergman Collector's Set, being released by Criterion Collection. Listening to Becky discuss Bergman is the perfect way to celebrate Bergman 100.

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Wrongreel Episode 396: Humiliation and Revenge in the Films of Ingmar Bergman

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Episode 19: Hard To Be A God

Martin Kessler from Flixwise and Flixwise Canada joins FBF to discuss the one and only HARD TO BE A GOD by Aleksei German. This episode will pair well with Martin's articles about Aleksei German, the brilliant Russian director who sadly made too few films over a pretty long career. You can find those essays over at The Pink Smoke (link below). FBF is back from vacation, and this notoriously dense and mysterious film is one hell of a way to get back in the saddle. Giddy-up.

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Episode 18: Thingmar Bergdays - Shame

Becky D'Anna joins us to discuss the movie SHAME, on our first Thingmar Bergday episode in 2018, the 100th Year of Ingmar Bergman. We start by discussing Becky's love for Bergman and how she got there, and then we discuss the context of the film in terms of his life, career, and the world around him. Among other things, we discuss why this movie is the closest thing to a Clint Eastwood/Michael Bay action film that Bergman ever made.

If you're a fan of Bergman, you've probably heard Becky before. She's one of the most informed people alive about the man and his movies. If you're not yet a fan of Bergman, do yourself a favor... subscribe to Filmstruck, watch some Bergman films, and then listen to all Becky's WrongReel episodes. And while you're at it, check out SHAME and listen to this. Don't worry, we'll be here waiting for you.

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Episode 17: Phantom Thread

Jordan Essoe joins FBF again, this time to discuss Paul Thomas Anderson's film Phantom Thread. Jordan and I discuss Vicky Krieps impressive performance, as well as various interpretations of the films ambiguous title. Jordan and I also commiserate on the joys and burdens of having boyish excitement, and the need to find passion for something, anything in life. Jordan is a wonderful guest and I am sure you will agree he has much insight to offer on all this and more as we discuss PTA's latest.

 

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Episode 15: Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 2 - There Will Be Blood & The Master

This is part 2 of the Paul Thomas Anderson discussion with guest host Jordan Essoe. We discuss THERE WILL BE BLOOD and THE MASTER, and then rank our favorite PTA films in order. Jordan continues to be awesome. Check it out.

Intro: 0:00-5:00
There Will Be Blood: 5:00-56:25
The Master: 56:26-1:19:50
PTA Films, Ranked: 1:19:51-End

Jordan's PTA Films, Ranked:
1. The Master
2. Magnolia
3. Boogie Nights
4. Punch Drunk Love
5. There Will Be Blood
6. Inherent Vice
7. Hard Eight

Jon's PTA Films, Ranked:
1. There Will Be Blood
2. Punch Drunk Love
3. Magnolia
4. Inherent Vice
5. The Master
6. Boogie Nights
7. Hard Eight

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Episode 14: Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 1 - Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Inherent Vice

Welcome to part one of our PTA retrospective. Joined by actor/writer/director/top 5 man-crush Jordan Essoe, who will help me dive deep on three of Paul Thomas Anderson's most Altman influenced films: Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Inherent Vice.

Introduction to PTA and Magnolia: 0:00-1:01
Punch Drunk Love: 1:01-1:36
Inherent Vice: 1:36-End

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Episode 12: Fritz Lang's M

One of the great films made during the early transition from silent to sound, Fritz Lang's M is a movie that has aged well. On this episode we discuss the 1931 German serial-killer thriller with Matthew Speredelozzi, a criminal defense attorney and actor. We discuss the film and its technical achievements, but we also focus on the ethical issues of criminal defense, and the importance of finding the right balance between due process and our desire for vengeance.

Definitely listen all the way to the end, as Matthew discusses some recent work where he helped get an innocent man a new shot at freedom.

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Episode 5: Thingmar Bergdays - Summer with Monika

Episode 5: Thingmar Bergdays - Summer with Monika

FBF welcomes back Travis Trudell to discuss Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman's 1953 film about falling in and out of love.

Until 17:40, we discuss Netflix shows and our favorite podcast. 17:40 to 40:35, Jon and Travis present an overview of the film, as well as some context about Bergman, Harriet Andersson, and Sweden (the setting for the film). From 40:35 on Jon and Travis discuss the film Summer with Monika in-depth. This is not spoiler-free, so watch the movie first.

Episode 4: Thingmar Bergdays - Secrets of Women

Episode 4: Thingmar Bergdays - Secrets of Women

FBF welcomes Travis Trudell to discuss Secrets of Women, Ingmar Bergman's 1952 film about the trials and tribulations of love and marriage. The best (and perhaps only) way to see this movie in the US is on Filmstruck. This is too bad, as Travis and Jon argue, because this movie marks a shift to the more mature and experimental Bergman.