Episode 132: Jonathan Demme

Episode 132: Jonathan Demme

This episode alongside guest film critic Collin Souter, we're taking a look at Jonathan Demme, whose interest in fascinating people, music, and minutiae was evident from his early work for Roger Corman through his final concert film.  It's a wide-ranging discussion about the vast scope of his work, fun details in his films, recurring concerns, and his varying levels of success in the Hollywood system

Episode 131: Terrence Malick (Part Two)

Episode 131: Terrence Malick (Part Two)

The Director's Club concludes our look at the films of Terrence Malick, from an appropriately epicexamination of "The Tree of Life" through the more improvisational and abstract efforts of his later movies.  Thanks to the help of Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group, we aim to get a fuller look at what's amazing, infuriating, and fascinatingly unique about this later part of his movie career!

Episode 130: Terrence Malick (Part One)

Episode 130: Terrence Malick (Part One)

The Director's Club puts our heads together with Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group to have an epic discussion about the movies of Terrence Malick.  With three different perspectives, there's a comprehensive and fair look at his movies, here in part 1 dealing with "Badlands" through "A New World".   Whether you adore Malick's films, hate them, or just want to learn more, you'll find something interesting about them through our exploration of his work!

Bonus Episode: Keith Gordon Returns!

Bonus Episode: Keith Gordon Returns!

Cross-posted from Voices & Visions.  This time around, we talked about his last feature, THE SINGING DETECTIVE, working on shows such as THE LEFTOVERS, FARGO & BETTER CALL SAUL, having the pleasure of directing an incredible actress like Carrie Coon, as well as a conversation about directors he considers to be underrated.  One of the highlights of this episode is an in-depth look at how television is changing the way directors like himself find work, which has been both good and bad.

Bonus Episode: 1987 Movies - The Year In Review - Part Two

Bonus Episode: 1987 Movies - The Year In Review - Part Two

We go through the entire year chronologically covering titles that range from THE STEPFATHER to SPACEBALLS and everything in between (LA BAMBA, BROADCAST NEWS, WALL STREET, THE GATE and so much more).  Yes, some big titles come up, but have no fear, we talk OVER THE TOP and ISHTAR too.  Some debates come up mainly revolving around horror films, but for the most part, it's a friendly 4-hour conversation between 3 die-hard movie fans that enjoy sharing memories, insights, and reviews.  At the end of this, we list our favorite films of 1987.  We hope you enjoy each the conversation, and yes, consider this our major malfunction!  Eventually, we snapped out of it.  This is Part Two.

Bonus Episode: 1987 Movies - The Year In Review - Part One

Bonus Episode:  1987 Movies - The Year In Review - Part One

PART ONE (OF TWO):  Nothing's gonna stop us now!  Ladies and gentlemen, let's go back thirty years to when three film critics fell in love with going to the movies.  The mid-80s informed a lot of my taste, and much like previous years' retrospectives, it's always a blast to go back and see what holds up and what we each consider to be personal favorites from a particular year.  RogerEbert.com's very own Erik Childress and Collin Souter return for what is officially a yearly tradition that started thanks to original podcast creator Jim Laczkowski (that's me).  We started with 1985 two years ago, and plan to do this all the way up until 1999 as a bonus excursion for reflection, nostalgia, and to celebrate those 80s and 90s kids that adored film as much as we did.

Episode 123: Danny Boyle

Episode 123: Danny Boyle

It is my esteemed pleasure and honor to introduce the all-new Director's Club!  This is the first official episode hosted by your two new hosts.  The great Brad and Al have been handed the keys to the kingdom and inherited a chocolate factory.  Please give them your support, kind words, and feedback for their stay here on the podcast.  It will continue to be bi-weekly, sometimes featuring guests, sometimes not.  The format is very similar so don't fret.

Episode 122: Favorite Films Of 2016

Episode 122: Favorite Films Of 2016

This is the end!  Well, no of course not.  But this is the last episode where I officially host.  Fear not, there will be bonus episodes and I’ll be guesting from time to time throughout the year.  Give all your support to Al & Brad when they begin in three weeks on the Danny Boyle episode.  Of course, this is the year-end spectacular for 2016 and it should come as no surprise that it’s 4 hours long.  I enlisted the help of two great friends of mine to contribute their thoughts on the year that was, as well as sharing their favorite films of 2016.  Supporting Characters’ very own Bill Ackerman as well as Film Jive co-host Zach Betonte expand with me in great detail about memorable moments in film from the year that was! 

Episode 121: NPN Podcast Sampler (A Christmas Gift)

Episode 121:  NPN Podcast Sampler (A Christmas Gift)

What I have prepared for you is a gift that I will call the "Royal Sampler Volume One."  It contains short clips from all the podcasts featured at The Now Playing Network such as Vinyl Emergency and Tracks of the Damned, as well as extended highlights from Supporting Characters & Director's Club from over the years.  You also get a brief glimpse into some of my interviewing skills with various guests over the years.  There's also some kind of unusual collage towards the end.  This is a special episode, highlighting the talented folks of NPN for the first half, and then highlighting some of the better moments from the recent wave of Director's Club episodes. 

Episode 120: Jonathan Glazer

Episode 120: Jonathan Glazer

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  And I want to say thank you for all the very kind words and messages in regards to my introduction from the last episode in which I announced the show will be hosted by two different voices next year. For this episode, it is my pleasure to welcome back two special guests from the past that have meant a great deal to me and for their friendship, I am grateful. The first is the co-host of RowThree.com’s Cinecast, and has been a frequent contributor to the show here going all the way back to his first appearance on the Michael Winterbottom episode, the loquacious and astute Kurt Halfyard. The other is a film graduate and she has joined me twice this year, the intelligent and good-natured Kate Blair.  We cover the surprising winner of the listener’s poll, UK’s very own Jonathan Glazer.

Episode 119: Peter Bogdanovich

Episode 119: Peter Bogdanovich

I will be leaving Director's Club as full-time host in mid-January. Not only will Bill be my guest for Episode 121, he joins me today to discuss the life and films of a fascinating figure by the name of Peter Bogdanovich. We talk about his most renowned work such as THE LAST PICTURE SHOW & PAPER MOON, but we also touch upon overlooked gems like TARGETS, THEY ALL LAUGHED & SAINT JACK. There's a review for all of his films overall. Please listen to the entire episode this time around, it would be greatly appreciated. And I can't thank Bill enough once again for another wonderful conversation and education about one of cinema's greats!  For some reason, we forgot to give our top three lists! 

Bonus Episode: John McNaughton, Courtney Hunt, Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell

Bonus Episode: John McNaughton, Courtney Hunt, Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell

The introduction finds me reflecting on baseball, The Cubs, and the city of Chicago which segways nicely into my first guest who is from the South Side.  John McNaughton got his start early on in theater, and then collaborated with talented actors to make the truly disturbing HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Then I talk to Courtney Hunt about her courtroom drama THE WHOLE TRUTH and conclude the episode with a joyful conversation about the new animated film TROLLS with directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn!

Bonus Episode: WEOW Halloween 2016!

Bonus Episode: WEOW Halloween 2016!

Folks, I had no choice. I was forced to allow DJ Tanner to take over the feed at exactly 12am on October 31st, 2016, or my soul would be damned forever. Sadly, the same goes for you if you choose NOT to listen.  So please, save yourselves!  Listen to this special mix of scary songs, followed by a scary story hosted by DJ Tanner who will introduce you to the proceedings before letting the shuffle button take control. I am still traumatized by the masked men that came into my home and forced me to upload this at 12am. Please, you have to listen to this either on Halloween or any day you want to get the willies. Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good fright!

Bonus Episode: Zach Harris, Sean Pierce, Kevin Cline (MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD)

Bonus Episode: Zach Harris, Sean Pierce, Kevin Cline (MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD)

The Hollywood Reporter said that MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD is "A psycho-breakdown flick that goes full-tilt violent without losing its odd, almost endearing underlying friendliness." Which is a great summation of this thought-provoking dark comedy that is somewhat inspired by one of my favorite movies AFTER HOURS. One of its creators, Sean Pierce has been on the show twice before as a guest for the Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder episodes. Along with Zach and Kevin, they each played a significant role in putting together an urban monster movie of sorts that's sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, but consistently entertaining.