Episode 136: Alan Parker

Episode 136: Alan Parker

Alan Parker, whose atmospheric visuals, ability at world-building, affinity to and for music, and brushes with controversy are some of the themes pulsing through a wide range of films in his career.  This led us to an epic conversation which ranged from rampant praise to stupefying anger and to several extended arguments about the value of his work.  We were treated to a return visit from Chicago cinerenaissance man Collin Souter, who not only joined in the conversation from coming back from a U2 show, but provided the DC with some excellent U2 music clips to introduce each film! 

 

Bonus Episode: Jonathan Milott & Katherine Craft

Bonus Episode: Jonathan Milott & Katherine Craft

Since my guests today are both tremendously talented filmmakers with a lot of insights, stories and new projects to promote, I decided to include this in both feeds for this show and Voices and Visions.  After my introduction to the proceedings, I first speak with writer/director Jonathan Millott who alongside collaborator Cary Murnion have recently made a film called BUSHWICK that couldn't be more timely.  We delve into exactly why that is as well as the history between this team who is also responsible for the indie horror/comedy COOTIES.  Then around the 40 minute mark, I then speak with someone I've known for quite awhile since she also happens to be the wife of one of my closest friends and former guests, Mr. Dan Solomon.  Katherine Craft is an established writer in many forms with a lot of success stories, both as an activist and as a creative artist.  Her latest endeavor involves HBO (yes that HBO) so we discuss the experience surrounding that as well as her IndieGoGo campaign for her personal project CHARLOTTE AND CHARLIE, which I hope you'll contribute to. 

Episode 134: Sofia Coppola

Episode 134: Sofia Coppola

The Director's Club looks at the films of Sofia Coppola (a.k.a., "The Good One"), whose movies had a dreamlike feeling of melancholy isolation, level of visual composition, and focus on young womanhood that was evident from the start of her career.  We're joined in our journey through her film work (that takes us from L.A. to Tokyo to Versailles to the Civil War South) by Rebecca Martin, an ultra-promoter of film appreciation in the Chicago area and host of Now Playing Network's "Fresh Perspective."
 

Episode 133: Werner Herzog

Episode 133: Werner Herzog

In this episode of the Director's Club, we take a look at the unrestrainable visions of legendary German director Werner Herzog, following his quest to give audiences a sense of the "ecstatic truth" through his films.  He'll use any tool at his disposal to deliver this truth, from documentary techniques to hypnosis (and if there isn't a tool, he'll make one himself!).  We'll look at how the films span the globe from the Amazon to the Sahara to Wisconsin, and how his Muses of Madness Bruno S. and Klaus K. enhance the journeys we take.

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.