Our cast of Steven Spielberg fans somehow manage to find new things to say about the films of the highest-grossing director of all time, and marvel at how his movies feel more potent than ever in the time of coronavirus. Guests: Chris Evangelista from SlashFilm’s 21st Century Spielberg podcast, comedian/writer Gabriel Gundacker of “I Wanna meet Richard Dreyfuss” fame, and Letterboxd’s West Coast editor Dominic Corry.
Steven Spielberg’s filmography.
1993: a big year for Spielberg, as chronicled by Ed Power in The Independent.
Watch the moment Spielberg is not nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Jaws.
Susan Lacy’s 2017 Spielberg documentary.
Spielberg at Cannes in 1975.
Composer John Williams (and Rolling Stone film critic David Fear on his work in Catch Me if You Can).
The Spielberg Quarantine Challenge:
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Dominic)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Gabriel)
The Indiana Jones box set (Gemma)
The Last Days of Disco (Dominic)
The Rocketeer (Chris)
Blazing Saddles (Gabriel)
The Muppet Movie (Gemma)
Filmmakers on the Internet:
Vulture’s conversations with directors in insolation, including Reuben Ostland and Claire Denis (Gemma)
Mary Neely (Dominic)
Settling the Score podcast (Gabriel)
SlashFilm’s Quarantine Stream (Chris)
Recorded in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Auckland. Edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music: ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite quarantine rewatch for our next episode (don’t forget to introduce yourself and please record in a quiet place too).
Has lockdown got you thirsty? This is the episode you need. Inspired by film writer Justine Peres Smith’s popular ‘Best Horny Movies for Quarantine’ list, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, Montreal-based Smith, and The Black List’s Kate Hagen dive deep into several erotic thrillers from the past two decades: Jane Campion’s In The Cut, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden and Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart. And we ask: where’s all the hot sex in Western film these days? Plus: Cronenberg, PTA, Roeg, Marilyn Monroe and more.
Kate’s Essential Erotic Thrillers and 365 Sex Scenes
The Black List
In The Cut
Justine’s 2018 re-examination of In The Cut for Little White Lies
God’s Own Country
Knife + Heart
Don't Look Now
Kate’s Playboy article
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Justine)
Peggy Sue Got Married (Kate)
Filmmakers on social:
K. Austin Collins’ Shut-in Movie Club and Letterboxd profile (Justine)
Vidiots and video stores everywhere (Kate)
Joss Ackland’s #ReadaLetter (Gemma)
Edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music: ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite Steven Spielberg film for our next episode.
Nostalgic for recent life, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, our West Coast editor Dominic Corry and New York-based freelance film critic Susannah Gruder celebrate movies set in big cities while we stay home to save lives. We discuss how directors like Michael Mann, Susan Seidelman and Richard Linklater move through cityscapes, and we see New York through newcomers’ eyes in Eliza Hittman’s stunning new film.
P.S. Join our L.A. Showdown: nominate your favorite films set in the City of Angels.
City films for empty streets:
Vanilla Sky, The Quiet Earth and Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
Desperately Seeking Susan
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
The Omega Man, Woodstock
Light Sleeper, Three Days of the Condor
Bright Wall/Dark Room’s list of obscure recommendations
Babylon incl. the engagement-party scene
Art House Online
Frederico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria and Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity (Susannah)
Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (Dominic)
Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (Gemma)
Filmmakers on the Internet:
Ritesh Batra’s scriptwriting chats (Gemma)
ScriptNotes podcast with John August and Craig Mazin, including this live episode (Dominic)
Love from BAM Netflix parties, Lou Doillon’s Instagram feed (Susannah)
Edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite erotic thrillers for the next episode.
Locked down and looking for comfort, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, London-based film and music writer Ella Kemp and LA-based musician and writer Demi Adejuyigbe explore why Paddington Bear, Donald O’Connor and Talking Heads are deeply uplifting in these strange times, nominate their favorite actors-doing-things-on-the-internet, and find film-watching solutions to the attention-span issues that come with staying home.
Pixar director recommendations for children:
7 to 12 Years
12 Years and Over
The Letterboxd Feel-Good Showdown
Our interview with Paddington and Paddington 2 writer-director Paul King
Edgar Wright’s 100 favorite comedies
Rian Johnson’s favorite 70s movie musicals
Bright Wall/Dark Room’s crowd-sourced list of most obscure movie recommendations. Our panel’s picks:
The Castle (Demi)
Wham! in China: Foreign Skies (Gemma)
Patrick Stewart’s Sonnets
Sam Neill’s therapeutic Twitter and Instagram feeds
Demi’s food-bank donation drive
Richard E. Grant on Twitter
Art House Online—help us support art house cinemas by renting these new, recent and re-released films, and read Ella’s interview with Levan Akin, director of And Then We Danced
The panel’s feel-good picks for this week:
Donald O’Connor’s ‘Make ’em Laugh’ dance sequence from Singin’ in the Rain (Gemma)
Stop Making Sense (1984), Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads film (Demi)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (Ella)
This podcast was recorded in Los Angeles, London and Auckland and edited by Morgan Avery. Our podcast artwork is by Ann Davenport. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite films set in big cities for our next episode, in which our West Coast editor Dominic Corry and New York correspondent Susannah Gruder will remember the recent past through movies.
A panel discussion ahead of the 2020 Oscars, hosted by Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood with guests Kate Hagen, Demi Adejuyigbe and Dominic Corry. We revisit our favorite films of 2019, figure out why we still love the Oscars, award some additional trophies, and talk maybe a little too much about Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Letterboxd’s downloadable Oscars Ballot: JPEG or PDF
Letterboxd 2019 Year in Review
2020 Oscars — All nominated films
2019–2020 awards season winners
The best years for Best Picture nominees, ranked (thanks to Jack Moulton)
Kate Hagen’s list of Essential Erotic Thrillers
Demi Adejuyigbe’s lists of Movies whose full titles can be perfectly sung to the rhythm and cadence of “Moon River, wider than a mile” and Movies whose entire titles can be comfortably sung to the tune and rhythm of “Little Red Corvette”
Dominic Corry’s lists of Yuppies in Peril and Films that Poetically Capture the Experience of Living in Los Angeles
Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66): What really happened at the end?
Watch: Anna Paquin wins Best Supporting Actress at the 66th Academy Awards, hyperventilates for 22 seconds straight
Watch: La La Land, sorry Moonlight wins Best Picture
Letterboxd’s Top 10 Sundance 2020 World Premieres