Episode 57: Alfonso Cuaron

Episode 57: Alfonso Cuaron

Hey wow, it's been a while, hasn't it? Fear not, the wait is over*. Director's Club Podcast is back with a brand new episode. With Jim on holiday, Patrick chats with Chicago film critic Brian Tallerico about world renowned Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. In addition to covering his touchstone classics Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men, we talk about a wide variety of films such as The Burning, After Earth, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Fast and the Furious 6, and even indie video game Proteus. What a wealth of ear candy! Yum yum! Don't get ear diabetes.

Episode 56: David Lynch

Episode 56: David Lynch

We are back with an official episode at last, this time with two guests.  Nat Almirall and returning champion Zach Betonte are joining us for the long awaited episode on surrealist director David Lynch.  Included are discussions around most of his films, but the two main reviews include the neo-noir BLUE VELVET and his more recent critical darling MULHOLLAND DRIVE.  Patrick gives it his all during the what we watched segment with another lightning round edition, Nat brings up LOL, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, THE GREAT GATSBY, Zach went to the museum of contemporary art for a unique movie-watching experience with THE PARADISE INSTITUTE, and Jim reveals his favorite movie of 2013 thus far with STORIES WE TELL.

Episode 55: Michael Haneke

Episode 55: Michael Haneke

Hope you're ready for an epic-length episode featuring the great Kurt Halfyard of RowThree.com, who returns for the fourth time to talk with us about the controversial and divisive director Michael Haneke. We talk about most of his filmography throughout the conversation but the two main reviews include CODE UNKNOWN and his critically acclaimed paranoia thriller CACHE. In addition, Kurt revisits Soderbergh's underappreciated THE INFORMANT while Jim trashes the latest horror remake EVIL DEAD.

Episode 54: Claire Denis

Episode 54: Claire Denis

No guest this week which means we are back to our old ways. For this episode, we focus on French filmmaker Claire Denis, chosen mostly due to Patrick's love of the film WHITE MATERIAL when he first saw it. We first review the understated and critically acclaimed 35 SHOTS OF RUM, in addition to a couple more of her films. For what we watched, I checked out the Mamet-directed HBO film PHIL SPECTOR, while Patrick revisits the JACKASS trilogy and legacy!

Episode 53: John Cassavetes

Episode 53: John Cassavetes

Film Jive co-host Zach Betonte joins us to talk about the remarkably influential independent filmmaker John Cassavetes. We discuss his most critically lauded film, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, as well as his foray into the Mafia crime genre, THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE. In addition, Zach revisits THE ROAD WARRIOR, Jim discusses STOKER, and PATRICK talks about his love of horror fan fiction and Troma films.

Episode 52: Robert Zemeckis

Episode 52: Robert Zemeckis

Returning guest Erik Childress of Efilmcritic and The Chicago Film Critics Association joins us to talk about the incredibly innovative Robert Zemeckis. We definitely touch upon some of his classic films later in the show but the main reviews we focus on are the more divisive choices, FORREST GUMP and his follow-up foray into science-fiction CONTACT. In addition, Erik talks about A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, Jim discusses WRONG, and Patrick reviews the classic SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.

Episode 51: The Coen Brothers

Episode 51: The Coen Brothers

Returning guests Matt Gamble of Where The Long Tail Ends as well as writer/musician Russ Woods joins us to talk about visionary filmmakers The Coen Brothers.  We review their take on the beloved gangster film noir with MILLER’S CROSSING as well as their critically lauded follow-up BARTON FINK.  In addition, Matt talks about both THE LAST STAND & RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES, Jim discusses a rewatch of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, Russ reviews INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE which then leads Patrick into an impassioned conversation about Lucasarts videogames. 

Episode 85: Stanley Donen

Episode 85: Stanley Donen

Though not in the same room, the show must go on! Returning guest and WHPK DJ Sergio Mims to talk about the extraordinary Stanley Donen, one of Hollywood’s living legends. The conversation dances around some classics such as SINGIN IN THE RAIN, CHARADE, TWO FOR THE ROAD, FUNNY FACE and a whole lot more! Earlier in the show, Jim talks about WAKE IN FRIGHT, Sergio reviews BLACKHAT, and Patrick does the lightning round!

Episode 49: Buster Keaton

Episode 49:  Buster Keaton

No guest joins us this week so we go back to the way we started, which is appropriate since we will be celebrating our 2-year anniversary with Episode 50 next week!  For this episode, we tumble into the silent film era to discuss comedy legend Buster Keaton.  We touch upon his large body of work including many of his short films, but we mainly focus on the romantic comedy SEVEN CHANCES as well as the beloved action-packed classic THE GENERAL.  In addition, Jim slows things down with a trek through THE LONELIEST PLANET while Patrick revisits a couple of Tarantino films as well as reviews the new musical adaptation of LES MISERABLES.  As we mention at the top of the show, we would love to be flooded with emails and voicemails for next week with your top ten films of 2012 for us to read on the show

Episode 48: Park Chan-wook

Episode 48: Park Chan-wook

CFCA member, film and television journalist Brian Tallerico stops by to talk about the critically acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook.  For this episode, we take a different approach and talk about his renowned, violent, existential revenge films, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, OLDBOY, and LADY VENGEANCE.  We later expand upon a couple more of his other films as well. In addition, Brian talks about a couple of recent and upcoming releases particularly ZERO DARK THIRTY, Patrick talks about the incredibly well-acted THE DEEP BLUE SEA, and Jim reviews the much-discussed, critically acclaimed HOLY MOTORS.  Also, for a special treat during the first half of the show, we go over some of the nominees from the 2012 CFCA Awards.

Episode 47: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Episode 47: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Friend to the show and film writer Robert Reineke stops by to talk about the groundbreaking French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot.  We start off by discussing his widely acclaimed success THE WAGES OF FEAR and then take a look at the influential noir thriller LES DIABOLIQUES.  We later expand upon a couple more of his other films as well. In addition, Robert reviews the Christmas crime film CASH ON DEMAND, Patrick talks about his unusual affection for MY SOUL TO TAKE, and Jim reviews the latest from Andrew Dominik, the talky crime drama KILLING THEM SOFTLY.

Episode 46: Joe Dante

Episode 46: Joe Dante

Friend and filmmaker Collin Souter returns to the show to talk about the legendary Joe Dante.  We start off by discussing his breakthrough blockbuster success GREMLINS and then take a look at the underappreciated coming-of-age gem MATINEE.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well. In addition, Collin reviews the recent RED DAWN remake, Patrick talks about THE DIRTY HARRY films and FANTASIA, and Jim gives mad props to Spielberg’s dialogue-driven take on the biopic, LINCOLN.

Episode 45: John Carpenter Part 2

Episode 45: John Carpenter Part 2

Jay Cheel of the Film Junk podcast (also as an established filmmaker himself) returns to talk about horror master John Carpenter, and this happens to be our first sequel episode!  This time we delve into his now widely regarded sci-fi horror classic THE THING as well as the action throwback cult favorite THEY LIVE.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well. In addition, Jay revisits FRIGHT NIGHT PART II, Patrick talks about CLOUD ATLAS, and this time Jim takes a turn with the Director's Club Lightning Round in which he reviews ten films including a few newer releases out in theaters as well as some horror classics!

Episode 44: Mario Bava

Episode 44: Mario Bava

The great Gabe Powers of DVDActive.com (and regular contributor to our site) returns to talk about the incredibly influential horror director Mario Bava. We focus on his debut Gothic horror classic BLACK SUNDAY as well as what is considered the first slasher film of its kind, TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well.  In addition, Jim dives into the past to track down films he hasn't seen since he was a teenager starting with DEAD OF WINTER, Gabe talks about the original GONE IN 60 SECONDS, and Patrick does something very special for the What We Watched segment by reviewing 19, yes 19 horror movies in the very first edition of the Director's Club Lightning Round!

Episode 43: Wong Kar-wai

Episode 43: Wong Kar-wai

Damon Houx of ScreenCrush.com joins us to talk about the influential and original Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. We briefly touch upon on his breakout film CHUNGKING EXPRESS (most of that discussion was lost due to technical difficulties) but the main film we focus on is the very beloved IN THE MOOD OF LOVE.  We definitely expand upon some more of his lesser known work as well.  In addition, Jim lept into Rian Johnson’s extremely entertaining LOOPER, Damon reviews the new sci-fi opus from Tom Tykwer and The Wachowski’s CLOUD ATLAS, and Patrick recently had a chance to see GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 on the big screen.

Episode 42: Ralph Bakshi

Episode 42: Ralph Bakshi

Troy Anderson joins us to talk about our very first animated filmmaker, the audacious and highly original Ralph Bakshi. We mainly focus on his adaptation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS as well as his unique look back at American history with AMERICAN POP, but we definitely touch upon some more of his lesser known work as well.  Towards the end, we realize that a 2nd episode may come into fruition in the future simply because there's a lot to be said about this incredibly unique artist.  In addition, Jim had time to take a stroll with Mike Birbiglia's rather charming SLEEPWALK WITH ME, Troy discusses BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART ONE and SWEET KILL, while Patrick takes a look at an animated short entitled DISKJOCKEY, which is linked in the show notes.

Episode 41: William Friedkin

Episode 41: William Friedkin

The great Phil Nobile Jr returns to talk with us about the legendary (and often controversial) director William Friedkin. Although we do touch upon his more renowned 70s era favorites, the two films we focus on are the controversial CRUISING as well as the mid-80s action crime drama TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA.  In addition, Jim digests the rather subpar Stephen King adaptation THINNER, Phil talks about a private 35MM screening he had of COCKFIGHTER, and Patrick ventured out the theater to see the newly released PARANORMAN.

Episode 40: Noah Baumbach

Episode 40: Noah Baumbach

Jim and Patrick reunite alongside guest and friend to the show Dan Solomon, a journalist that has written for a wide variety of news outlets including Austin Chronicle, Texas Observer, and Culture Map.  We decide to talk about a filmmaker whose main strengths rely on screenwriting and characterization for this episode.  Noah Baumbach first came onto the scene in the mid 90s with the cult Gen-X classic KICKING AND SCREAMING.  Then we elaborate more on his even bigger success a decade later with the divorce dramedy THE SQUID AND THE WHALE.  In addition, Jim revisits the incredibly overlooked Billy Wilder satire ACE IN THE HOLE, Dan reviews the highly acclaimed documentary THE IMPOSTER, and Patrick addresses some questions we got from a listener that makes for some fun discussion!

Episode 39: Richard Lester

Episode 39: Richard Lester

This week Director’s Club has film buff and hobbyist filmmaker Greg David talking with Patrick about highly influential American-turned-Brit director Richard Lester. The films we focus on capture the many sides of this unique director, from the French new-wave inspired pure joy of A Hard Day’s Night (where the template for the modern music video was born) to the unexpectedly touching and heartfelt Robin and Marian, which simultaneously tells a rousing adventure story while capturing deep feelings of loss and love. In addition, we talk about Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut and some low-budget superhero sequel that a guy named Chris Nolan did. Maybe you heard of it, it came out recently.

Episode 38: Lars Von Trier

Episode 38: Lars Von Trier

Kurt Halfyard returns once again, alongside film blogger Matt Marko as they join Jim (sans Patrick this week) to talk about the controversial provocateur Lars Von Trier. Despite touching upon a few of his films throughout the conversation, we mainly focus on the stylistic film noir EUROPA as well as the highly acclaimed BREAKING THE WAVES.  In addition, Kurt revisits E.T, Jim reviews Oliver Stone's latest film SAVAGES, and Matt touches on Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM.