We're going one by one through the Sight and Sound list of Greatest Movies of All Time. Listen up and find out if we agree with the critical consensus of cinema history.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 33 – The Materiality of Film with Daniel Bird 08/22/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 33 – The Materiality of Film with Daniel Bird Martin is joined by film maker and expert Daniel Bird to discuss the physical and ephemeral nature of film. Hear all about the nitty-gritty of producing a number of film restoration projects and 'reinventing the DVD extra as conceptual art'.
info_outline Ep 127: Pulp Fiction 08/14/2019
Ep 127: Pulp Fiction Host Lady P is joined by fellow UW-Madison grad students Megan Boyd and Tim Brayton to discuss the legacy of the 127th film on the Sight and Sound International Critics Poll, Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994). With the recent release of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, director Quentin Tarantino has indulged a nostalgic remembrance of movies past. This episode follows his lead by revisiting Pulp Fiction, one his best known and most influential works.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 32 – Khrustalyov, My Car! 07/24/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 32 – Khrustalyov, My Car! Martin is joined by Peter Rinaldi of Filmmaker Magazine and Back To One podcast, and filmmaker/actor/teacher Mtume Gant to discuss Aleksei German's Khrustalyov, My Car! They get into their personal experiences with the film and if feeling the film is more important than understanding it.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 31 - Sex, Okra and Salted Butter / A Screaming Man 04/24/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 31 - Sex, Okra and Salted Butter / A Screaming Man Martin is joined by returning guest Spencer Seams to follow-up their conversation on Daratt. On this episode they discuss two more of Mahamat Saleh Haroun's films; a French comedy Sex, Okra and Salted Butter, and a Chadian tragedy A Screaming Man. They compare and contrast the two films, and further explore Haroun's approach to political subjects, and father/son relationships. Also there's plenty of yelping.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 30 – Revenge of a Kabuki Actor (a.k.a. An Actor's Revenge) 04/02/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 30 – Revenge of a Kabuki Actor (a.k.a. An Actor's Revenge) Martin is joined by master poster designer and dilm enthusiast Tony Stella to discuss Kon Ichikawa 1963 film, Revenge of a Kabuki Actor. They cover the film's unexpectedly pulp serial roots, talk about unlikely heroes and archetypical villains, and look at how the film fits into Kon Ichikawa's long and varied career.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 29 - Upgrade 03/10/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 29 - Upgrade Marcus Pinn joins Martin in discussing Leigh Whannell's 2018 film Upgrade. They talk about the virtues of small budgets, dweeby villains, and what a potential sequel would entail. They also get into what the film says about our relationship with technology, and look at how the film puts a fresh spin on old tropes.
info_outline Ep 202: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom 03/08/2019
Ep 202: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom To discuss Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, we've assembled a quartette of liberties: Danica Anna Uskert Quinn, Caleb Quinn, Emma Guerard, and Martin Kessler. They cover the film's enduring notoriety, its source material written by Marquis de Sade, its significance in Pasolini's filmography, and its relevance to today. Then they close things off by deciding if it is worthy of the 202nd place on the Sight & Sound list.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 28 – Pom Poko 02/05/2019
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 28 – Pom Poko Martin is joined by Amanda, to discuss the animated film of Pom Poko. They cover a wide array of cartoon racoon-related subjects including environmentalism, the legacy of Rascal the Raccoon, and Tanuki 'pouches'. They also discuss the late, great Isao Takahata's body of work, as well as his unique working relationship with Hayao Miyazaki.
info_outline Ep 81: The Magnificent Ambersons with Joseph McBride 01/15/2019
Ep 81: The Magnificent Ambersons with Joseph McBride A look back to Turn-of-the-Century Midwestern America with Orson Welles's adaptation of Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). Film historian and author, Professor Joseph McBride joins host Lady P to talk about the fraught production and enduring legacy of Welles' feature follow-up to Citizen Kane.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 27 - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 12/24/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 27 - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Martin is joined by returning guests Zachary Curl and Leanne Kubicz to discuss Nagisa Oshima's atypical war film, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. They talk in-depth about the film's four leads: Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Bowie, and Takeshi Kitano. They examine Oshima's themes and dream-like style, look at the films flashback structure, and talk about how they connect personally to it.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 26 - A History of Violence & Eastern Promises 12/11/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 26 - A History of Violence & Eastern Promises Martin is joined by returning guest Matthias van der Roest to discuss a pair of David Cronenberg films: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. They talk about what makes the pair a pair, and where they fit into Cronenberg's filmography as a whole. Then they talk about both films status as 'Canadian films', and what makes a film 'Canadian'.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 25 - Broadcast News 11/29/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 25 - Broadcast News Martin is joined by returning guest Becky D'Anna to discuss her second favourite film of all time, Broadcast News. Becky explains why the film means so much to her, and they take a deep dive into its themes, characters and performances. Becky and Martin then politely debate the film's ending, and bemoan the lack of film award recognition for Albert Brooks.
info_outline Flixwise: The Other Side of the Wind ft. Joseph McBride 11/20/2018
Flixwise: The Other Side of the Wind ft. Joseph McBride Film historian, Joseph McBride, joins Lady P to talk about Orson Welles long awaited new release, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 24 - Luis Buñuel: Piety & Heresy 10/25/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 24 - Luis Buñuel: Piety & Heresy Martin is joined by the very best Buñuel-enthusiasts he know, Chris Funderburg and John Cribbs to discuss the film of surrealist master Luis Buñuel by focusing specifically on the theme related to religion in his films. They look primarily at Nazarin, Viridiana, Simon of the Desert, and The Milky Way. However, other films make their way into the conversation too, like Mexican Bus Ride, as our panel shines a light on the unfair obscurity of many of Buñuel's Mexican films. They break down some of the misconceptions about Buñuel, and give their interpretations of his films.
info_outline Ep 117: Trouble in Paradise with Professor Joseph McBride 10/16/2018
Ep 117: Trouble in Paradise with Professor Joseph McBride Lady P is joined by Professor Joseph McBride to talk about his latest release, How Did Lubitsch Do It?. The book is a comprehensive critical study on the film works of famed German-American filmmaker, Ernst Lubitsch. McBride steps listeners through Lubitsch's early years, and discusses how his technique and style evolved through the various phases of his career. He also talk about career highlights, with special attention paid to what many consider to be his masterpiece, Trouble in Paradise (1932).
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 23 – David and Lisa 10/05/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 23 – David and Lisa Martin is joined by returning guest Spencer Seams of the High and Low podcast to discuss Frank & Eleanor Perry's David and Lisa. They talk about the film's approach to character, and its portrayal of mental illness and psychiatric care. They cover surreal dream sequences and low budget naturalism, and consider the legacy of the Perrys and their post-divorce careers (as well as their relation to a certain pop superstar).
info_outline Ep. 73: Children of Paradise 09/25/2018
Ep. 73: Children of Paradise At long last, Lady P and Martin are doing a show together again. They are joined in their reunion by film fanatic, and Wrong Reel mainstay, Becky D'Anna. The three of them join forces to tackle Marcel Carné's lengthy, 1945 period drama, Les Enfants du Paradis (aka Children of Paradise). The film was initially released in two parts, and remains bifurcated even in it's completed form. The first part, "Boulevard du Crime", follows the rising star of a young mime named Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault), who makes the leap from penniless street performer to veteran actor at a famous theatre. This part also introduces us to Baptiste's love interest, Garance (Arletty), a courtesan to whom Baptiste pledges his undying love. Initially, Garance doesn't seem to feel the same level of devotion, as she's got three other suitors vying for her affection, and she eventually opts to be with a wealthy Count over Baptiste. However, in the second half of the film "L'Homme Blanc", after a six year time-jump, it is revealed that Garance has been carrying a torch for Baptiste and would still like to be with him. The remainder of the film explores the will-they/won't-they dynamic of that relationship, as well as the other criminal entanglements of the tertiary characters. We here at Flixwise ascribe to the conviction that a mime is a terrible thing to waste (Thanks Mel!), however, three plus hours of backstage pantomime drama can prove taxing to even the most ardent theatre nerd. Listen up to find out how well the misadventures of Baptiste and co. held our panelists's attention and whether the broader themes of tragic love and virtuous poverty hold up in 2018. They also discuss the remarkable circumstances of the film's production, and whether there are traces of Nazi propaganda or subversive French Resistance messaging in the material. Plus, they decide whether the film is worthy of the 73rd spot on the Sight and Sound list.
info_outline FF 35: Burlesque 08/21/2018
FF 35: Burlesque On today's show, we have another musical entry for the Flixwise Favorites List. This time UW-Madison Media and Cultural Studies graduate student, Austin Morris, is pitching Steve Antin's 2010 cultural artifact, Burlesque for inclusion in our little pantheon. In order for Burlesque to make the cut, Austin must convince host, Lady P, and our guest panelist Assistant Professor and Reverse Shot film critic, Matt Connolly, that this cinematic oddity is one of the greatest films of all time.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 22 – Withnail and I 08/19/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 22 – Withnail and I Martin is joined by Alistair Pitts of the Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast to talk about the classic (or possibly cult classic) Withnail and I. They talk about the comedy that isn't immediately apparent that it's a comedy, its depiction of the 1960s, alcoholism, and tiptoe through the character Uncle Monty. Also Martin picks on Johhny Depp, but can't pronounce "Withnail".
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 21 – Martin Scorsese's Religious Trilogy 08/13/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 21 – Martin Scorsese's Religious Trilogy Martin is joined by Scorsese aficionado Robert Cotto to discuss Martin Scorsese's Religious Trilogy (The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, and Silence). Together they examine the themes of the trilogy, praise the many performances throughout, talk about the varied responses to each film upon their release, and manage to give their personal feelings toward each film as well.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 20 - The Jackass Trilogy 08/05/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 20 - The Jackass Trilogy Martin is joined by Leanne Kubicz to discuss Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 3D, and everything that can be squeezed in between. They talk about which jokes hold up and which skits couldn't be done today. They take a look at the members of the Jackass crew, and discuss bad taste and the virtues of outsiderdom.
info_outline FF 34: Oliver & Company and The Hunchback of Notre Dame 07/17/2018
FF 34: Oliver & Company and The Hunchback of Notre Dame The all-but-forgotten 1988 Disney Animated Film, Oliver and Company (Scribner), squares off against the film that rang the death knell for the Disney Renaissance, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Trousdale and Wise, 1996), to determine which movie is the most deserving of a spot on the Flixwise Favorites list.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 19 – La Haine 07/10/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 19 – La Haine Martin is joined by Matthias van der Roest to discuss Mathieu Kassovitz' 1995 breakout film, La Haine. They talk about the film's look, soundtrack, and influences. They discuss the housing projects depicted in the film, the hip-hop soundtrack, and the continues relevance of its story. They cover the film's sound and visual style, and talk about the not-so-French films that influenced it.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 18 – Daratt 05/27/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 18 – Daratt Martin is joined by Spencer Seams of the High and Low podcast to discuss Chadian filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun's story of revenge and compassion, Daratt. They discuss the film's characters, themes, politics, and Martin manages to shoehorn Star Wars into the conversation. They examine the film's striking colour palette, its subtle soundscape, and the role of bread.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 17 – Eiko Ishioka 05/10/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 17 – Eiko Ishioka Martin and resident artist Emma Guerard have a discussion about the film work of designer Eiko Ishioka. The discuss her production designs for the literary sequences in Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, as well as her costume designs for Dracula, The Cell, and The Fall. They try to pin down her unique aesthetic, and look at how sets and costumes can do their part to tell a story on film. They manage to touch on some of her work outside of film as well, including her work in advertising, the Beijing Olympics, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
info_outline Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 16 – Akira 04/17/2018
Flixwise: CANADA Ep. 16 – Akira Martin is joined by special guest Zachary Curl for a fast-paced conversation about Katsuhiro Otomo's animated masterpiece, Akira. They talk about the film's cyclical themes and its motorcycles, then get personal about perfection, imperfection, and inspiration. They discuss how Akira fits into the contexts of animated films, Japanese history, and life in general (everything from Sonic Youth to Katsushika Hokusai). Martin and Zachary also get into the follies of Hollywood remakes, with the threat of a live action adaptation of Akira dangling over all our heads.
info_outline Ep. 78: Chinatown with James Naremore 04/03/2018
Ep. 78: Chinatown with James Naremore Film Noir expert, Professor James Naremore, joins Lady P to tackle Chinatown (1974). They discuss the film's amalgam of Classic Noir homages along with its infusion of Nixon-era paranoia and cynicism. They also delve into how well the style and themes of the film hold up today, and make a series of feeble excuses for why they are able to still enjoy it in spite of the obvious parallels between the film's villain, Noah Cross, and the criminal behavior of the film's director, Roman Polanski.
info_outline Ep. 144: Faces / A Woman Under the Influence 03/20/2018
Ep. 144: Faces / A Woman Under the Influence Lady P is joined by Michelle Buchman (the social media maven over at Nerdist) and Kate Hagen (the Director of Community at The Blacklist), to discuss a pair of John Cassavetes films: Faces and A Woman Under the Influence. Or is it a pair of Gena Rowlands films? Either way, our panel discusses both films' ground breaking experimentalism, their emotional resonance, and whether or not their worthy of their places on the Sight & Sound list.