A Place for Film: The IU Cinema Podcast
By IU Cinema
Weekly conversations about what is happening in the world of film, including programs related to IU Cinema, a world-class venue and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in both its traditional and modern forms. Hosts David Carter and Elizabeth Roell enlist other cinephiles, including filmmaker friends, to regularly join the conversation. Always interesting, relevant, fun and sometimes, even provocative, the energetic conversations will made you want to listen often.
A Place For Film: Episode 60 - Underground Film (with Joan Hawkins)
On this weeks A Place For Film, Professor Joan Hawkins joins me once again. We discuss the origins of the "Underground Film" series in Bloomington as well has this history of Underground film and upcoming screenings at the IU Cinema this semester featuring exciting pieces of Underground celluloid. Joan is a wellspring of information and knowledge so I hope you enjoy the conversation. You can find more information about upcoming Ryder Film Series screenings, here: https://www.theryder.com/ You can read Jesse Pasternack's recent write up about the film Possession, here: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2022/01/20/the-enduring-mysteries-of-possession-1981/ More information about past and present screenings in the Underground Film Series can be found at the IU Cinemas website, here: https://cinema.indiana.edu/upcoming-films/series/underground-film-series
January 24, 2022
A Place For Film: Episode 59 - The State of International & Arthouse Cinema (with Dr. Alicia Kozma and Brittany Friesner)
On this weeks episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Associate Director and returning guest Brittany Friesner, as well as new Indiana University Cinema Director, Dr. Alicia Kozma about the current state of international/arthouse cinema exhibition and distribution in honor the IU Cinema's returning International Arthouse series as well the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. They discuss how the model has changed over the past 30 years as well as the challenges and realities of finding the right cross section of films to both entice and enlighten a theater going audience. Learn more about the International Arthouse Series here: https://cinema.indiana.edu/upcoming-films/series/international-arthouse-series
January 17, 2022
A Place For Film: Episode 58 - A VERY Brief History of Midnight Movies.
On this weeks episode of A Place For Film, I do my best to give you the short version of the history of the midnight movie in honor of the IU Cinema's "Not-Quite Midnights". How it came to be, how it evolved, how it went mainstream and how it (sadly) ended. I also admit on air that I've never been to a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening in my 31 years of life and ask you to be cool about it (or invite me to a screening). You can find the entire line up of "Not-Quite Midnights" screenings here: https://cinema.indiana.edu/upcoming-films/series/not-quite-midnights You can find my writing on Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and The Holy Mountain here: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2017/09/05/the-climb-to-the-holy-mountain/ If you're interested in the audio project I did with Dr. Terri Francis interviewing scholars and filmmakers about the movies and what moves them, please check out "Frame By Frame" here: https://anchor.fm/black-film-centerarchive
January 10, 2022
A Place For Film: Episode 57 - A Conversation with Drusilla Adeline a.k.a Sister Hyde
This weeks joint A Place For Film/Physical Media Isn't Dead, It Just Smells Funny episode is a special one. Artist and graphic designer Drusilla Adeline made her way down to the IU Cinema to chat about her work as an artist designing some of the best and most instantly recognizable work for distributors like Criterion, Kino Lorber, Arrow, Vinegar Syndrome and Fun City Editions. She discusses her non-traditional art background and then dives into the wonderful period of discovering cinema in her youth and how that opened her world as a queer woman. Things then turn to discussion of her latest collaboration with Jonathan Hertzberg and Fun City Editions with their latest release, Radio On. It's was an honor to have who is essentially the "Cal Schenkel of Criterion" on the podcast and also just a lovely evening of gushing about what movies mean to two cinephiles from Indiana. You can check out more of Drusilla's work at her website: https://www.sisterhydedesign.com/ You can order Radio On from Fun City Editions through Vinegar Syndrome: https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/radio-on-fun-city-editions
December 22, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 56 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for December 2021
Happy holidays, everyone! 'Tis the season for merriment, goodwill to your fellow man, and watching people beat the living hell out of each other, or at least it is on “Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny.” There’s something in the air within the world of physical distribution. It seems that the time has come for balletic martial arts and high-octane action films to get their time to shine. On this month's episode, we have three labels and all of them have brought some of the greatest films featuring fast and furious fists and a symphony of squibs. New to the round-up this month we have 88 Films US, a label that specializes in martial arts films from the golden age of the medium. Their contribution is the workers' rights-infused Shaw Brothers film directed by legend Chang Cheh, Disciples of Shaolin, starring the charismatic Alexander Fu Sheng. Kino Lorber doubles down this month with Mei-Chun Chang’s follow-up to the thoroughly entertaining Dynasty with Revenge of the Shogun Women, another collaboration with the 3-D Film Archive and their initiative to seemingly bring you eye-popping action whenever they can. Kino Lorber has also decided to grace us with an HD and 4K release of John Woo’s American debut film, the 1993 film Hard Target, starring Jean Claude Van Damme’s mullet and Wilford Brimley's Cajun accent (along with Jean Claude Van Damme and Wilford Brimley). For such an occasion I had the opportunity to sit down with CMCL PhD candidate and all-around lovely person Jessie Balzer to discuss what makes Jean Claude Van Damme compelling and just what is going on with Lance Henrikson's physical performance in this film. Finally, for my pick of the month, I swing back around to Criterion's November release of the staggering Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films boxset -- a must-own for anyone even vaguely interested in exploring the world of Hong Kong action cinema. Limber up and get ready for a month of grace, violence, and doves making welcome appearances into the frame. You can read the rest of the reviews over at the IU Cinema blog
December 16, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 55 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for November 2021
Believe it or not, I’ve been doing these reviews for over a year at this point and it’s been lovely watching how much it's all grown. This originally started with me desperately wanting to review the Criterion Collection’s The Complete Films of Agnès Varda boxset and it has grown into something I couldn’t imagine. Over the past 12 months, this has gone from just the lovely folks over at Kino Lorber and the Criterion Collection to also working with other lovely folks over at Arrow Video, Fun City Editions, GKIDS, Code Red, MVD Entertainment, Synapse Films, and Cohen Film Collection to help bring awareness to the wide world of well-curated and pristinely-packed cinema you could experience from the comfort and safety of your home with no more than a TV and a Blu-ray player (no internet required). This started as a way to keep people engaged with repertory and arthouse titles while theaters were closed and tech companies continued to gobble up the scope of cinema, but it’s now evolved into blog discovery and being intentional and passionate about cinema I consume. It’s been great hearing all the feedback over the past 12 months and getting to hear from people who found this column by chance. I love doing it and I hope you guys still like listening to and reading it. So what better way to celebrate a one-year anniversary than with the addition of two new distributors! From the UK but bearing “All Region” gifts comes Imprint Films with its releases of Basil Dearden’s penultimate film, The Assassination Bureau starring late greats Oliver Reed, Telly Savalas, and of course Diana Rigg, a romp about assassins who clearly don’t understand there are more efficient ways to kill a person than bombs (more on that later). They also have released a handsome boxset containing both the 1951 Anthony Asquith/Michael Redgrave and 1994 Mike Figgis/Albert Finney adaptations of Terrence Rattigan's The Browning Version. Also making their debut is the long-awaited and oft-asked-for Vinegar Syndrome! We're starting off with their exclusive release of the very exciting reconstruction of the nearly lost and soon-to-be-cult-favorite New York Ninja. We also have our usual suspects with Kino Lorber giving us releases of director John G. Avildsen and composer Bill Conti’s unlikely but welcome follow-up to Rocky, Slow Dancing in the Big City starring unlikely romantic lead Paul Sorvino. John Huston’s Freud biopic starring Montgomery Clift and Susannah York makes a welcome appearance, which prompts me to once again think about what makes a biopic work artistically in the first place. There is also the season 1 release of Rod Serling’s horror-tinged Twilight Zone follow-up Night Gallery. Arrow Video brings us two welcome releases for cinephiles who have their sights set on lesser-known Japanese genre cinema: Gamera director Noriaki Yuasa’s adaptation of Kazuo Umezu’s manga “Hebi shōjo (Snake Girl)” into a horror film aimed to traumatize children everywhere, The Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch, and there’s also the genre-bending mash-up that is Shinji Somai’s Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, which somehow threads the needle between quiet coming-of-age drama, yakuza movie, and Japanese “idol movie.” Finally, we have my pick of the month from Fun City Editions with their recent release of Christopher Petit’s New German cinema-inspired and new wave-scored British road movie Radio On, a gem I hope won’t remain hidden for long. After a year of doing this, I hope some of you have found something you’ve enjoyed that you would have otherwise missed or overlooked, and if you haven’t yet, I hope this month can change that. You can read the rest of the written reviews on the IU Cinema Blog, here: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/
November 30, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 54 - Talkin' Tierney 2021 (featuring Emma Kearney and Michaela Owens)
This weeks episode is all about the ethereal talent and beauty of the one and only Gene Tierney. In honor of the IU Cinema's "A Century of Tierney" series and "Noir-vember" I decided to have two Tierney techs on to talk about her career, persona, and life off camera. Publications Editor Michaela Owens and Maurer School of Law student Emma Kearney, lend their expertise to a lovely and lively conversation about the enchanting and entrancing star. You can read Michaela's writing on Gene Tierney here... https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2020/11/19/100-years-of-gene-tierney/ ...and Emma's, here: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2021/09/23/seeing-god-in-a-lightbulb-gene-tierney-and-the-work-of-viewed/
November 25, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 53 - Back At It Again, With The Theatrical Experience
On this weeks episode, Elizabeth and David chat about their experience returning to theaters the past 7 months or so since their vaccines took hold. The go down a partial list of films they've seen (Nobody, Pig, The French Dispatch The Card Counter, Petite Maman, Bergman Island A Quiet Place 2, Malignant, Thelma and Louise, Last Night in Soho, Dune) and what the general vibe and decorum has been with audiences since returning to such an intimate space.
November 16, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 52 - The News Marches On
This week on A Place For Film, David and Elizabeth reunite during David's social media hiatus to talk about some film news that did trickle down him in his Twitter and Instagram free "Fortress of Solitude". They discuss Disney's refusal to make a separate cut of The Eternals, Robert Downy Jr. being cast in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer film as well as his new partnership with Universal, and they also discuss the Taika Waititi being tapped as director for adapting Alejandro Jodorowsky's Incal to the big screen. It's lite, it's fun, it's A Place For Film
November 08, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 51 - Physical Media Isn't Dead, It's Undead: Blu-ray Reviews for October 2021
Full transparency: all Blu-rays reviewed were provided by Kino Lorber, Arrow Video, and Synapse Films. Finally, the best month of the year is here: OCTOBER! The one I’ve been waiting for, folks. There’s nothing quite like the thrills and chills of a month marinated in the macabre. As the days dwindle and the nights grow longer, it’s nice to sit down with a spooky story or two to keep you company and to keep you and your loved ones on your toes. Who knows what creeps around every conspicuous corner? Horror movies are always a fun and communal way to let the hairs stand up on your neck and get your pulse pounding and your stomach churning without having to go out and find a masked killer to get the job done. So that is why I bring you some of the wildest, weirdest, and most weighty selections this column has seen to date. Joining us this month is Synapse Films with their reissue of Lamberto Bava and giallo giant Dario Argento’s nightmare-inducing (and nightmare-logic-infused) horror duology Demons and Demons 2. Arrow Video comes in swingin' with a substantial piece of film history and a fresh collection for non-weeby western eyes: the Yokai Monsters Collection, featuring the entire trilogy of the influential yokai monster movies produced by Daiei, the studio behind Gamera, as well as exhaustingly prolific auteur Takashi Miike’s 2005 yokai free-for-all, The Great Yokai War, which begs the question "What if there was a great yokai war?" The final addition to my reviews this month -- as well as my pick of the month -- comes from Kino Lorber, but not in the form of a film. No, ma’am. We are treading into the uncharted territory of TV and TV movies with, if not the granddaddy of “monster of the week” television shows then certainly the cool uncle of them, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. For such a momentous occasion I decided to bring back past guest, Lotus operations & visual arts manager, radio DJ, and The X-Files aficionado Amanda Hutchins to talk about the sizable impact this show has had on TV and film as a whole, its never-ending delightfulness, its fascinating pedigree, and how it embodies the more “fun” side of the Halloween season. Take a listen... if you dare. You can find the rest of the months reviews in written form on the IU Cinema blog
October 29, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 50 - Fun City Editions/Primetime Panic Interview (with Jonathan Hertzberg)
This week on A Place For Film, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Fun City Editions founder Jonathan Hertzberg to talk to him about his experience starting up a boutique blu-ray label in an already crowded landscape. We also get into his passions as a programmer and his time as an IU alumni in The Department of Communication and Culture. After that, we dive into Fun City Editions latest release of a trio of "Golden Era" TV movies titled "Primetime Panic" and how they really illustrate a very specific moment in cinema history. Jonathan was an absolute joy to talk to, and it's always nice to talk to another collector about our sickness. I hope you enjoy the episode and if it so moves you, you can purchase Primetime Panic here: https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/primetime-panic-fun-city-editions
October 22, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 49 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for September 2021
This month’s round-up is an eclectic bunch, which, if you know me at this point, is a good thing. Things are beginning to lean towards the change of seasons thematically. There is a Carl Reiner/Steve Martin comedy-noir collab called Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid featuring some help from a bevy of screen legends, plus an unexpected discovery from Code Red in the form of Story of a Woman, a romantic drama starring Ingmar Bergman regular Bibi Andersson, Dead and Buried star James Farentino, and Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack. In collaboration with Greenwich Entertainment, Kino Lorber brings us All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997), a loving look back at two subcultures intersecting right before they became mainstream. Kino Lorber also has a delectable double feature starring IU Cinema favorite Vincent Price with The Tomb of Ligia, debatably the best of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, and Theater of Blood, the second best Price movie where he theatrically and thematically gets revenge on those who wronged him. My dual picks of the month come in the form of Criterion's release of Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa, starring the late great Bob Hoskins in a surprisingly tender role, and Arrow's luxuriant release of Ridley Scott's aesthetically ambitious Legend. To me, it's a line-up of films that feel like fall (noir! dramatic romance! dark fantasy! horror!) and nicely transitions us to the spooky stuff coming down the pipeline in October. As always, a month filled with pleasures I can’t wait to tell you about. Head over to the IU Cinema Blog to read the written reviews for films I did not mention here. https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/
September 29, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 48 - Glenn Close and The Art of The Character Exhibit (with Kelly Richardson)
This week on A Place For Film, David sits down with Eskenazi and Elizabeth Sage Collection Curator Kelly Richardson to discuss the ongoing Art of The Character exhibit featuring costumes from Glenn Closes most iconic films and characters. As this is also in partnership with IU Cinema, Kelly explains how that came to be along with what the collection is, what curating fashion and costumes is like and her own personal passions.
September 26, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 47 - A Short Conversation on Princess Mononoke
This week on A Place For Film, we take some time to eulogize Michael K Williams and Norm MacDonald. We get excited about Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley and finally we give some short and sweet thoughts on the film Princess Mononoke and discuss why its so special us. You can purchase The IU Cinema's first book "Indiana University Cinema: The New Model", at IUPress: https://iupress.org/9780253058089/indiana-university-cinema/
September 19, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 46 - Fall 2021 Preview
David and Elizabeth (after a small delay and some Matrix Resurrections talk) finally bring you Fall 2021 preview ep! Tune in to get a full run down of what the IU Cinema has to offer this fall.
September 13, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 45 - A Conversation on IU Cinema's New Book (with Brittany D. Friesner, Jon Vickers, Michaela Owens, and Kyle Calvert)
This week on A Place For Film, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the team behind "Indiana University Cinema: The New Model", the new book from Indiana University Press looking back at the first 10 years of IU Cinema's journey. The team discusses the fun and unexpected hardships of writing and publishing a book, as well as the possible future of the IU Cinema publishing more books. An engaging conversation with friends and family of the IU Cinema
September 06, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 44 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for August 2021
The semester has started, summer is coming to a close, but the Blu-ray reviews are back in full swing. If there was a theme to this month’s titles, it would be stellar performances and star personas, with the exception of one title that actually played at the IU Cinema in a long-ago era known as “November of 2019.” Cohen Film Collection has a great double feature of French crime films (The Gang/Three Men to Kill) featuring the magnetic and alluring Alain Delon. Kino Lorber brings us a film featuring a major and culturally significant performance from the noble and charming Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field. New addition to the blog Code Red kicks off the spooky season with queer-adjacent horror featuring a movie-devouring performance from the great Susan Tyrell in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker. And finally, there is my pick of the month, a contemplative and bittersweet piece of cinema from the master of contemplative and bittersweet pieces cinema, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s international breakthrough film After Life. I made many great discoveries and I sincerely hope you find something that piques your interest. Give it a listen and I'm sure something will catch your ear and hopefully soon after that your eye. You can find the rest of the blu-ray reviews on the IU Cinema Blog
August 29, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 43 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Criterion Presents "Working Girls" Blu-ray Reviews for July 2021
Our final review for the month is Criterions release of Lizzie Borden's socio-economic examination of middle class sex work: Working Girls. "Physical Media Isn't Dead, It Just Smells Funny" Will be back in the podcast feed AND on the IU Cinema blog later this month. Thanks for hangin out with me this week folks.
August 06, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 42 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Fun City Editions Presents "Rancho Deluxe" Blu-ray Reviews for July 2021
Todays episodes focuses on Fun City Editions most recent release: Rancho Deluxe. A slacker western about how the west was done. Take a listen and find out why I loved this movie and this release so much.
August 05, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 41 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Arrow/Severin/Blue Underground Blu-ray Reviews for July 2021
Up next in our week of blu-ray reviews, we have the MVD Entertainment Group umbrella of labels. From Arrow, a cult favorite 1975 gang exploitation film. From Severin, a mid-career masterpiece from art house provocateur Alejandro Jodorowsky. And we round out the month with the Lovecraftian delight co-penned by Alien writer Dan O'Bannon. Once again if you like the music from this episode, most of it comes from or is inspired @iansundstroms yearly summer mixtapes.
August 04, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 40 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Kino Lorber Blu-ray Reviews for July 2021
We've been mostly dark this past July for some R&R but that doesn't mean you aren't getting some bonus episodes before the summer falls away! This week on the pod is Physical Media Isn't Dead Week! I decided to split up the giant pile of blu-ray reviews into their own episodes. Todays episode is all about Kino Lorber's crop of hidden gems. A romantic cop dramady from the writer and director of The Onion Field, an NBC made for TV movie by director Don Seigel starring Henry Fonda, a movie where Ray Milland plays The Devil, a psycho-sexual noir starring Rita Hayworth, and visceral piece of sensual cinema from master Andrej Żuławsk. A joy to watch and a joy to talk about. Id like to give a special shout out to Ian Sundstrom, who's 2017 Summer mixtape was the basis for the music used in this episode and will be for the rest of the episodes this week. Go ahead and give Ian a follow @IanSundstrom on Twitter!
August 03, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 39 - Cry Baby and the Summer Movie Musical Series Post Mortem.
We've come to the end of our summer movie series once again, and its been a great time. To send the who thing off we decided to have a very chill conversation about John Waters 1990 film Cry Baby (A MOVIE WE WILL REVISIT IN THE FUTURE. DO NOT PANIC AT THE LENGTH OF THIS EPISODE) and to give our thoughts about how much fun exploring these movies the past 5 weeks have been, as well as talk about possibly returning to musicals later this year...
July 19, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 38 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for June 2021 (with Michaela Owens)
Summer is here and that means things are gonna wind down around here at the blog for the month of July, but I had one more round-up of Blu-rays to bring the people while we try and get some rest before the pandemonium of August brings us out of our sleep. This month, we’re rollin' with Kino and Criterion to bring you an underseen “cops and robbers” film from across the pond with Basil Dearden’s The Blue Lamp, while Criterion’s on a welcomely humanist kick in June with their releasing of the seminal Seattle-set documentary about unhoused and abused youth Streetwise and its follow-up, Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell. Criterion has also finally brought Masaki Kobayashi’s towering achievement, The Human Condition, to Blu-ray (about time!). We then wrap things up with some comedy double features in the form of Tamra Davis’s cable staples CB4 and Half Baked and I talk about a couple of Mae West comedies with my *tries to think of something nice to say* great editor, Michaela Owens! We chat about My Little Chickadee and She Done Him Wrong, and get into what makes Mae West and her leading men so interesting. You can find more great writing on the IU Cinema Blog here
June 30, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 37 - You Were Never Lovelier (with Emma Kearney)
For our final episode with a guest we decided to bring a delightful and warm presence from the recesses of the World Wide Web. Emma Kearney joins us to talk about the 1942 Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth re-team, You Were Never Lovelier. Elizabeth and David sit back and listen while Emma dazzles them facts about fashion, Rita Hayworth history and why Fred Astaire astounds as a performer. There couldn't be lovelier way to end the guested portion of the summer musical series. Producer's Note: The last 4 minutes of Emma's audio was somehow lost but everything of importance was intact.
June 21, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 36 - In The Heights (with Jesse Pasternack)
GOOOOOD MORNING LISTENERS. We're happy to present the next film in our summer series of symphonic-esque sweets: In The Heights. That's right, we decided to do an ep on the brand spankin' new musical you can see in your home on HBO Max OR in your local multiplex. However, when we decided we were going to do this episode, there was only one person we had in mind. Long past due returning guest Jesse Pasternack joins us this week to shine so much light on the heights. He talks about his love of Lin Manuel Miranda's work, the differences between the stage and screen versions of In The Heights, as well his background with this miracle of a modern major musical. It's tight ep but its packed to the brim. Take a listen!
June 12, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 35 - West Side Story (with Jay Hurst)
You guys are in for a treat with this episode. Not only are we covering David's favorite musical of all time, West Side Story, were doing it with a bonafide PH.D. holder. Jay Hurst, a wonderful and incredibly talented composer, has come on the podcast to bring his musical expertise to give a crash course on some of the dense musical motifs present in Leonard Bernstein's incredible compositions. They also talk about the unreality of world, racial dynamics in and out of the film, and just gushing about how good this thing is. Its sonic feast this week on A Place For Film and we hope you take something from it. *Producers Note* The audio quality of Elizabeth and David occasionally drops due to a recording error. Its very clear and listenable, this is just a heads up!
June 07, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 34 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for May 2021 (with Amanda Hutchins)
Well, folks, things have heated up considerably since I started doing these reviews last fall. I’ve reached out to so many great distributors and all of them have been kind, helpful, and generous with what they allow access to and there are some genuinely amazing new discoveries this past month. Joining the round-up we have Arrow Video with its release of post-war Japanese New Wave director Yasuzo Masumura’s cult satire Giant and Toys, a movie about avarice and the water/vinegar mix of western influence on Japanese salaryman culture. In association with Arrow, MVD’s “Rewind Collection” has put out an extended director's cut of a 1997 Hong Kong action-cinema-inspired barnburner, Drive. Criterion comes in strong with its own underrated film in the Tyrone Power carny-noir Nightmare Alley, based off of the controversial and extremely racy novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. Fun City Editions returns this month with a little seen Robert Forrest/Nancy Kwan two-hander called Walking the Edge, a low-budget and slick-sounding neo-noir and revenge film. However, our main segment focuses on two art-centric docs released by Kino Lorber: the impassioned and red-hot Chris McKim documentary about queer East Village artist David Wojnarowicz, Wojanrowicz: F**k You You F*ggot F**ker, as well as the more whimsical and pragmatic look into graphic artist M.C. Escher's process, life, and dreams with M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity. Joining me for that segment will be the lovely and engaging new Operations and Visual Arts Manager at the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Amanda Hutchins! Honestly, May has probably been the most interesting month to date, filled with movies packing much style, heft, and aesthetic. Give it a listen and I'm sure you’ll find something to watch while the cicadas hum in the background as spring winds down and summer starts peeking its head through. If you want to read my thoughts on some films that didn't quite make the cut, head on over to the IU Cinema Blog and check those out!
June 03, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 33 - Vincent Price Visits A Place For Film
Todays heralds some pieces of good news. The first being that it is Vincent Prices birthday. It also marks the time Vincent Price joined us at A Place For Film to talk about his illustrious career in honor of his daughter Victoria Price visiting the cinema back in March of 2018. We accomplished this by having Vincent's good friend and birthday buddy Nile Arena give us his contact info (did you know Vincent Price communicates exclusively through Live Journal DM's?) and he was a treat to have on! This also marks the official beginning of our effort to rescue old A Place For Film episodes. Listen in to find out what happened behind the scenes, but needless to say we are relieved and happy to bring you the loose, fun and sometimes embarrassing early episodes of this podcast. We hope you enjoy this blast from the past and keep your eyes peeled for other classic episodes in the future
May 27, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 32 - Bells Are Ringing (with Michaela Owens)
"It's showtime, folks!" This week on A Place For Film, we begin our six week soak in the sun celebrating our summer series with movie musicals! We dive headfirst in to the oeuvre of acclaimed musical director Vicente Minelli and his final MGM musical, Bells Are Ringing. Who better to start us off than three time returning guest AND publications editor for the IU Cinema, Michaela Owens. She guides Elizabeth and David through the wonders of the movie musical, why its artificiality is important, the underrated Judy Holiday and disagrees with David about Dean Martin being the worst Rat Packer. Friends are laughing and the bells are ringing. Wont you take a listen?
May 24, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 31 - Weekly Watch #3 and Announcing Our Summer Series
On this weeks A Place For Film, David and Elizabeth announce the winner of the summer series poll and dish on what they've been watching the past few days. Short, sweet, and simple. Give it a listen!
May 17, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 30 - Smile Blu-ray Review
Sometimes the movies reviewed for Physical Media Isn't Dead just don't show up when my deadlines are long past due and usually it wouldn't be a huge issue, but considering that Fun City Editions went out of their way to send me a copy of Michael Ritchie's seemingly under talked about film Smile in the mail, I figured I'd make some space for some conversation. I'm so happy I did! In this short episode I talk about why Smile is such a funny and sharp movie that successfully walks the satire line. I hope after you listen, you decide to give the film a chance the next time you're browsing for something new to you and want something that hasn't been talked about to death. You wont be sorry. You can pick up a copy of Smile from Fun City Editions, here Featuring the song "JM" by the band Snaarj.
May 10, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 29 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for April 2021 (with Nile Arena)
On this month's episode, I’m very happy to have my first guest with fellow Cicada Cinema co-founder and by far the most encyclopedic cinephile I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my friend, Nile Arena! I decided I need some help talking about the mountain of movies Kino Lorber and Criterion sent over to me this month and he was more than happy to help. We get into a couple of hidden gems with the 1984 coming-of-age comedy written by a post-Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cameron Crowe, The Wild Life, and a nasty piece of British noir called Cast a Dark Shadow that comes as double feature with a similar film, Wanted for Murder. We finally wrap it up with a personal favorite of both of ours, Mel Brooks's directorial debut, The Producers. I also fly solo for a bit and get into what I love about Kino’s most recent release of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and try and triangulate my thoughts about Olivier Assayas’s Maggie Cheung vehicle Irma Vep. The format shifts once again, but the movies continue to be great. Give it a listen and hear for yourself. Also, you can find the reviews for five other films (Dynasty, The Man in Search of His Murderer, Heartworn Highways, Heartworn Highways Revisited, and Spaceballs) on the IU Cinema blog.
May 02, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 28 - The Oscars...I Guess...
This week on the pod David and Elizabeth don't really have the energy or excitement this year for the normal Oscar fanfare so they give their casual thoughts on this years Oscars as well as just some things they had the pleasure of viewing. Sometimes you just aren't excited for something that used to excite you immensely!
April 24, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 27 - Spring and Earth Day Movies (with Alyssa Brooks)
This week, returning to the podcast we have special guest Alyssa Brooks on to talk about some of our favorite films that pull us out of the Winter doldrums and remind that Spring has sprung! Elizabeth goes wild for her first viewing of Little Shop of Horrors. Alyssa talks about the unsung beauty of Agnieszka Holland's 1993 The Secret Garden adaptation, and David talks tanuki and Isao Takahata as he gushes about the complex, bizarre, and lively 1994 film Pom Poko. If you'd like to read more about David's thoughts on Isao Takahata, visit his piece on the IU Cinema Blog: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2018/06/18/the-hardworking-sloth-a-farewell-to-isao-takahata/
April 20, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 26 - Weekly Watch #2
This week on A Place For Film, Elizabeth and David take another small break to catch up and talk about the things they watched this week. David gushes about the 1972 Elaine May film The Heartbreak Kid while Elizabeth talks about her first watch of Ang Lee's 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain. They also mention Godzilla vs Kong, some basketball talk and the Paul Rudd show Living With Yourself. David also announces his new gig to the world.
April 12, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 25 - A Conversation with the Students Behind Double Exposure's "Amici Novum" (with Alex Kopnick, Daniel Cueto and Joey Miller)
This weeks episode of A Place For Film has Elizabeth sitting down with Double Exposure's closing film team, the makers of Amici Novum. Alex Kopnick, Daniel Cueto and Joey Miller walk Elizabeth through the process of collaborating for Double Exposure, as well as the process of making a film not only in the time of COVID, but also in general. It's an insightful episode about the filmmaking process from three passionate students of their craft. Please tune into Double Exposure Friday, April 9th to watch the short films of some truly talented students. Find more information here: https://cinema.indiana.edu/upcoming-films/screening/2021-spring-program-friday-april-9-700pm
April 07, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 24 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for March 2021
Don't Panic! There's nothing wrong with your podcast feed. Us here at A Place For Film decided that it was time to bring over David 's other audio project, Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny, over to the podcast feed. We want everyone who tunes into this to also check out the A Place For Film blog and this seemed like a natural way to connect the two. It's just your co-host David Carter gushing about the blu-ray's he's been sent by distributors like Criterion, Kino Lorber and GKIDS. It's less than 30 minutes movie love set to music and we hope you enjoy it.
March 29, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 23 - Spring Break Vibes
This weeks episode has Elizabeth and David taking a look at movies that put them in the mood or encompass spring break for them. Elizabeth brings the 2014 comedy 22 Jump Street, while David discusses his love for the film Summer Wars.
March 14, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 22 - A Conversation With "Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack" Director, Deborah Shaffer
This weeks A Place For Film episode is a conversation with Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and Academy Award winner Deborah Shaffer. She talks about meeting Audrey Flack (the subject of her most recent film) her influences and experiences as a filmmaker over many decades. She's an effusive person and a wonderful listen.
March 08, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 21 - Womanhouse and Wiley House (with Mary Figueroa)
This week on A Place For Film, we are joined by graduate student projectionist and all around great person Mary Figueroa. She comes on the pod to talk about her Staff Selects series pick of the 1972 documentary about the art instillation and performance venue called Womanhouse. She also talks about her time as a volunteer at Bloomington's own historic house, Wiley House and gives context to both venues and the film itself. It's a lovely conversation and we hope to have Mary back on the podcast ASAP.
February 28, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 20 - The Films of Cathy Yan (with Ben Helmrich )
This week on A Place For Film, we have 4 time guest Ben Helmrich back to talk about the films and style of up and coming filmmaker, Cathy Yan. Cathy Yan is best known for her 2020 film, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and now (after years of distribution woes) her 2018 debut Dead Pigs. Elizabeth, David and Ben go deep into all the emerging thematic and stylistic choices Yan has developed in just two films. David and Elizabeth even take some to delve into the Scorsese and "old film" discourse that has left the internet in shambles this week. It's a thicc ep, and we hope you enjoy it! You can stream Cathy Yan's Dead Pigs exclusively on one of Martin Scorsese's favorite streaming services: Mubi
February 22, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 19 - Weekly Watch #1
This week on A Place For Film, David and Elizabeth bring back an old segment to give themselves a breather. They talk about what they watched this week and were you can check those films out. David tries to stay on top better in regards to new release films in 2021 and Elizabeth brings an eclectic batch of topical and nostalgic movies she stumbled into this week. It's a chill ep with hopefully some good recommendations for your viewing pleasure. Films discussed: When Harry Met Sally Dead Pigs New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears Malcom and Marie 50 First Dates Judas and the Black Messiah Rest in Peace Chick Corea
February 15, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 18 - IU Cinema Memories (with Joseph Toth and Kirstin Wade)
The IU Cinema family extends far and wide. For example, ever wonder who shoots and produces those slick and insightful 10 questions interviews on the IU Cinema's YouTube channel? Well, look no further than Joe Toth and Kirstin Wade, the founders and minds behind Toth Media LLC. They've been responsible for giving the IU Cinema one of its signature pieces media for the public to learn from and engage with. Elizabeth and David sit down with Kirstin and Joe and let them have their own recollections of the IU Cinema, growing up in the Midwest, how they came to filmmaking, cinematic favorites, and their involvement with the cinema for the better part of a decade. They even sprung an activity on our unsuspecting co-hosts. They're wonderful, and you should give this one a listen. For more information on Toth Media, visit their website here: https://www.tothmedia.com/
February 09, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 17 - Ida Lupino's "The Hitch-hiker" (Special appearance by Brittany Friesner)
On this weeks episode of A Place For Film (and what a week it has been), our two co-host decide revisit a landmark of the film noir genre, Ida Lupino's lean and mean 1953 thriller: The Hitch-hiker. Elizabeth and David delve back and talk about what makes The Hitch-hiker such a standout piece of American cinema and what made Ida herself such a standout director. Also as a treat, we have Interim Director Brittany Friesner report in and give her thoughts on opening night and weekend at Sundance 2021! Find out more about Ida Lupino by checking Karina Longworth's episode on Ida from Longworth's podcast, You Must Remember This: http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/youmustrememberthispodcastblog/the-many-loves-of-howard-hughes-part-2-the-many?rq=ida Rest In Peace Cloris Leachman Rest In Peace Cicely Tyson
February 01, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 16 - A Fond Farewell to Tees-en-scène
This week on the show, we say au revoir to one of our favorite cinephile centric companies, Tees-en-scène. They're closing there doors and David and Elizabeth felt like spreading the word and alerting listeners to a company that tried to put some good out in the world by highlighting the work of usually invisible or underappreciated artists. They're good people and we hope you check out their final wave of pre-orders and clearance items (alot of which center around past IU Cinema guests!) while they're still around. You can check out their products here: https://www.teesenscene.com/ And follow their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/teesenscene/ We also spotlighted artist Drusilla Adeline aka Hyde Sister. You can find her website here: https://www.sisterhydedesign.com/
January 25, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 15 - FilmEx 2021 (with Yeeseon Chae)
This week on A Place For Film, Elizabeth and David give a brief account of their time at this years FilmEx conference. They talk about their favorite panels, the state of independent exhibition and what its like to attend their first formal film conference, let alone virtual film conference. They briefly talk to Yeeseon Chae, another first time attendee and a research assistant at the Black Film Center Archive. Come hear about their discoveries! Producer Note: Due to the Co-host/Editor/Producer's stupidity, David's audio sounds a little weird. It'll be better next week. Check out Elizabeth's audio tho...silky...
January 21, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 14 - Virtual Monthly Movie Round-Up (with Alyssa Brooks, Laura Ivins, Jack Miller, Jesse Pasternack and Michaela Owens)
On December 15th, 2020, the IU Cinema hosted a virtual edition of the A Place For Film blog's "Monthly Movie Round-Up". A time for (most of) the regular contributors to highlight a film that stood out to them once a month. It was the first time all the bloggers had been in the same location at the same time, virtual or otherwise. It was a great night filled with in depth discussion of some picks that showcased the holiday in some interesting ways. We hope to do it again someday. Time Stamps for individual segments: 08:46 - David talks about Strange Days (1995) 21:05 - Laura talks about Tampopo (1985) 29:33 - Jack talks about Tale of Winter (1992) 39:20 - Jesse talks about The Apartment (1960) 47:57 - Michaela talks about Holiday Affair (1949) 1:00:39 - Q&A
January 10, 2021
A Place For Film: Episode 13 - Bonus Episode (Wonder Woman 1984 & Soul)
A couple days after Christmas, Elizabeth and David decided to have a brief chat about two of the most anticipated releases of 2020 that got a straight to streaming deal for the holiday. They give their thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984 and Pixar's Soul. It's a good time.
December 31, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 12 - Holiday Favorites (with Alyssa Brooks)
Well folks, we made it. Another year of doing this podcast and we finally get to reward ourselves with some comfort food. David, Elizabeth and special guest Alyssa Brookes come together to talk about three of their favorite films that get them through the hectic holidays. It's an episode that 2 parts rom-com (While You Were Sleeping, The Holiday), 1 part anime (Tokyo Godfathers) and all love. Grab a hot dog, your warmest jacket, a glass of white wine and listen in while kick it conversatin' about some Christmas classics.
December 21, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 11 -Nontraditional Holiday Movies (with Ava Clouden)
In a A Place For Film first, we have an immediate returning guest. Ava Clouden returns to talk about some of our favorite nontraditional holiday movies! They delve what the holiday means to each of them and how these films encompass those feelings despite using the holiday as a backdrop. They talk about the films Black Christmas (1974), Hustlers (2019), and Batman Returns (1992). It's a good time
December 14, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 10 - Warner Media and The Future of Theatrical Exhibition (with Ava Clouden)
On this emergency episode of A Place For Film, David, Elizabeth and returning guest Ava Clouden lament Warner Media's decision to release their 2020 and 2021 slate of films day and date in theaters and on their HBO Max streaming service. They get into what this means for the future of theatrical exhibition, how the fall of the Paramount Decree will effect this choice and most importantly, what this means for cinema as a conversation piece and artform. Unfortunately, this probably wont be the last time they visit this topic. For more on the topic, read David article here: https://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2020/08/27/state-of-da-movies-the-end-of-the-paramount-decree-and-the-decline-of-physical-media/
December 07, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 9 - Addams Family Values (with Laura Ivins)
In the spirit of the recent holiday, David, Elizabeth and returning guest Laura Ivins got to gush about a film near and dear to there hearts: Addams Family Values. They discuss its production, not so subtle subtext, Joan Cusack's unforgivable Oscar snub, The late great Raul Julia and just what makes this movie such an odd little masterpiece.
December 01, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 8 - Notorious (with Michaela Owens)
This week on A Place For Film, Elizabeth and David talk the 1946 Alfred Hitchcock film Notorious with returning guest, Publications Editor Michaela Owens! They delve into the allure of Cary Grant, parse what a Noir even is and get deep into what makes this somewhat underrated film in Hitchcock's oeuvre so great. Spoilers galore but the movie came out in 1946 so maybe give it a watch. Its good. We promise
November 24, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 7 - Election Anxiety Viewing
After a week away due to election anxiety, Elizabeth and David talk about...election anxiety! Rather, they talk about what they watched while the votes were being counted. It's a short and sweet catch up convo with two friends dealing with difficult democracy.
November 17, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 6 - A Conversation on Agnès Varda (with Joan Hawkins)
This week on A Place For Film we have a special treat. On September 8th, the IU Cinema hosted a virtual conversation about the life and work of French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda. The conversation was between David and Professor Joan Hawkins and moderated by Elizabeth. It was an hour of love, remembrance, analysis and laughs between our co-host and their immensely knowledgeable guest. What's presented here is a lightly edited version of what streamed that night. So please sit back and listen to Professor Hawkins, David and Elizabeth have a spirited conversation about the ever inspiring Agnès Varda.
November 02, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 5 - Apocalyptic Horror (with Saul Kutnicki)
Some say the best way to deal with something that's bothering you is to confront it head on. That's what's happening this week on A Place For Film. Elizabeth, David, and special guest (and friend!) Saul Kutnicki are talking about the end of the world. Apocalyptic horror films to be exact. Each brings a different film that explores a unique aspect of the end of days. Along the way they discuss everything from religion, family, music and just exactly what the apocalypse means to them. If that sounds heavy: It's not! These dorks can't help but having a laugh. Here for a good time, not for a long time, right? Films discussed: 28 Days Later Night of the Comet Prince of Darkness Featuring the music of Mort Garson
October 26, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 4 - Fall Movies
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but Elizabeth and David aren't California dreamin', they're pumpkin spice latte steamin'! Anyway...they're talking about Fall movies. Elizabeth and David delve into Douglas Sirk's All that Heaven Allows and Herbert Ross' Steel Magnolias as well as a grab bag of other movies that take place during the contemplative season of Fall. They talk about what the season means to them and how these movies bring those feeling to the forefront.
October 19, 2020
A Place For Film: Episode 3 - Kris Rey Interview
This week on A Place For Film, Elizabeth and David are a little tired, but what's NOT tired is there lively and spirited interview with filmmaker Kris Rey! They sit down with Kris to talk about here new film, I Used to Go Here, as well as what she's been watching, her creative process during a pandemic and what the future holds for her. They also get an exclusive on some inspiration for the film that may have been pulled from her 2016 visit to the IU Cinema. Listen and find out what that that is.
October 13, 2020
A Place for Film: Episode 2 - Allis Markham Interview
In this episode, Elizabeth and David speak to Allis Markham, who is one of the subjects of the 2019 documentary, Stuffed. Allis Markham, owner of Prey Taxidermy, is an award-winning taxidermist based in Los Angeles. In 2017, she was named ‘Third in the World’ at the World Taxidermy Championships. Born in the small town of Madison, Ind., Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art—happily with a lack of supervision that made exploring both possible. Her clients include the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Moore Lab of Zoology, The Frost Museum of Science, Colorado State University, and The Getty Museum.
October 06, 2020
A Place for Film: Episode 1 - We're Back!
Its been over a year since A Place For Film went on hiatus. Some things have changed but your two co-host haven't. Listen to Elizabeth and David talk about there quarantine watch habits and what you can expect from the third launch of A Place For Film.
October 06, 2020