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Four Favorites with Cory Everett: French New Wave, giallo, noir and RoboCop
Four Favorites with Cory Everett: French New Wave, giallo, noir and RoboCop
Dead or alive, Slim is watching RoboCop. Cinephile: A Card Game creator, author and Letterboxd member Cory Everett joins Mitchell and Slim to tell us all about his new collection of children’s board books, My First Movie, curating his four favorites around them: RoboCop, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Pierrot Le Fou and Murder, My Sweet. Plus: Cinephile as a lifeline for social engagement; Cory’s unforgettable encounter with Spike Lee; seeing RoboCop at age 5; the 6000 SUX and NUKEM family game; bring in the perverts; movies with that “la la la” score; Tubi ad breaks; is Suspiria giallo?; keeping film culture alive; lovers on the run; nerding out over comics and Batman: The Animated Series; jaw-dropping film techniques of the old days and Cory’s bonkers histogram. Sponsor: You can try MUBI free for 90 days at https://mubi.com/letterboxd. With MUBI, each and every film is hand-selected. It’s like your own personal film festival—streaming anytime, anywhere. Decision to Leave streaming exclusively on MUBI in the UK, US, and other countries starting December 9. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production. Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Cinephile’s HQ Page; A is for Auteur; Letterboxd vs. The Film Stage at Cinephile Game Night; “Movies with whispery female “la-la” vocal soundtrack cues” by laird; “Top 200 Italian Giallo Films as Rated by the Letterboxd Community” by Paul D; Cinephile’s lists for “My First Giallo Horror”, “’My First Film Noir” and “’My First French New Wave”; “movies where white hetero couples do wild shit” by anna Reviews of: RoboCop by Cory, brando and ScreeningNotes; Murder, My Sweet by Mitchell and Sally Jane Black; Emily the Criminal by Cory
01:04:55
December 06, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Violent Night, The Eternal Daughter and Emancipation
Weekend Watchlist: Violent Night, The Eternal Daughter and Emancipation
This week Mitchell and Mia discuss their growing watchlists including Violent Night, The Eternal Daughter and Emancipation. Mia also talks about the sexification of Santa. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss watching depressing movies. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Servedthendied & Lia’s Violent Night reviews David Sims & Fran Hoepfner’s The Eternal Daughter review Marco’s Glass Onion review Ryan Silberstein’s Clearcut review Lunchmoney’s Angst review Jessica’s When Harry Met Sally… review Gemma’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish review James Gray’s Four Favorites episode Katie Rife’s latest Shelf Life column Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Delaware, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:42
December 01, 2022
Four Favorites with Jamelle Bouie: Black Dynamite, political thrillers, baby’s first art film
Four Favorites with Jamelle Bouie: Black Dynamite, political thrillers, baby’s first art film
Podcaster and New York Times columnist and Letterboxd member Jamelle Bouie joins Gemma and Slim to talk about American political thrillers and his four Letterboxd faves: Children of Men, Black Dynamite, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (the 1974 version) and Touch of Evil. Plus: why is filmmaker David Lowery starstruck by Jamelle, the two faces of Harrison Ford, the days of loafing around watching TBS and TNT, why the world needs more star-driven, character actor-saturated, mid-budget thrillers, why movies with people in meetings shouting at each other is Jamelle’s sweet spot, baby’s first art film, the many talents of direct-to-video king Michael Jai White, why we need more Blaxploitation spoofs, the intoxication of a dirty city, how it’s too easy to do stuff these days, bring back foot-chases, subway tunnel nightmares, will The Rock ever be in a good movie? And a great holiday double-feature to watch with the family. Credits: This episode was recorded in Charlottesville, Auckland and greater Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production. Lists, Reviews & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; WMcGinty’s “First Seen During Covid”, Silent Dawn’s “Effortlessly Cool”, Jamelle’s Unclear and Present Danger Podcast. Reviews of White Sands by Sammypants69, Children of Men by Matthew, Luke Hicks, Black Dynamite by Branson, Sally Jane, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by Will Menaker.
57:12
November 29, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Strange World and Devotion
Weekend Watchlist: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Strange World and Devotion
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Strange World and Devotion. Mia also does her best Norah Jones impression and we talk about our upcoming Black Friday sale on Pro/Patron. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss why watching duds can be a good thing. Sign up for Letterboxd Pro/Patron membership at 20% off the normal price and be sure to check out our FAQ about the sale here if you have questions. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Jay’s Glass Onion review Ash’s Strange World review Tessa Smith’s Devotion review Darthnome’s Spirited review Flynn’s Bones and All review Eric’s The Menu review Emma Hodge’s She Said review Taylor’s Quiz Show review NerdGirl84’s Rope review Kingston’s Amadeus review Jake Gyllenhaal awkward Strange World press interview Patrick Willems’s Four Favorites episode Listen to the Weekend Watchlist team do battle at movie trivia! Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:23
November 24, 2022
Four Favorites with Ryan Connolly: nineties action heroes, Fincher
Four Favorites with Ryan Connolly: nineties action heroes, Fincher
Filmmaker and YouTuber Ryan Connolly of Film Riot joins Gemma and Slim to throw some Dutch angles on his four Letterboxd faves, which all happen to be action films of the 1990s: Speed; Die Hard with a Vengeance; The Game and The Matrix. Plus: why Speed has the greatest film score of all time, how did that bus jump that gap, Jeff Daniels and Dennis Hopper cheek-to-cheek, how Keanu reinvented the masculine action hero, how Michael Douglas reinvented it right back, sequels that are better than originals, being able to smell the stink on John McClane through the screen, why ’90s practical action stunts just rule, why The Game is a great holiday movie, why Spielberg is the GOAT at the “moving master”, believing in yourself, the importance of working with nice people, the supremacy of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’, and why Ryan doesn’t rate anything on Letterboxd (except Jurassic Park). Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Ryan’s “action films from the 1990s” list, reviews of Speed by Terry, The Game by Dfred22 and Ian West Credits: This episode was recorded in Dallas, Auckland and greater Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
01:07:22
November 22, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Bones and All, The Menu and She Said
Weekend Watchlist: Bones and All, The Menu and She Said
This week Mitchell and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Bones and All, The Menu and She Said. There is also a discussion about a topless Dennis Quaid so YMMV. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists with witchy camping trips gone wrong and Jackie Earle Haley in a wig. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Cory Everett’s Bones and All review movie enjoyer’s The Menu review shoji’s The Menu review Flynn’s The Menu review Gemma’s She Said review fran hoepfner’s She Said review Ella Kemp’s EO review Joe Reid’s The Inspection review Kev’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever review Aeon’s Falling for Christmas review scott17’s The Fabelmans review Ian’s The Game review Angel’s Smile review Amanda Wheeler’s My Cousin Vinny review Fran Hoepfner’s Four Faves episode Kier-La Janisse’s Four Faves episode Letterboxd’s Top 50 Horror Films of 2022 Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Delaware, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:58
November 17, 2022
Four Favorites with Kier-La Janisse: psychotic women, Matt Dillon, Bee Gees and cockfights
Four Favorites with Kier-La Janisse: psychotic women, Matt Dillon, Bee Gees and cockfights
Author and filmmaker Kier-La Janisse joins Slim and Mitchell to discuss the tenth-anniversary expanded edition of her book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography Of Female Neurosis In Horror And Exploitation Films, as well as taking a dive through her four favorite films: Over the Edge; Melody; Cockfighter and The Last Wave. Plus: Kier-La’s trick to seeming so productive; Matt Dillon’s iconic outfits; knife fights in the woods; twelve year olds on acid; parents just don’t understand; Jack Wild’s preternaturally youthful looks; the dulcet sounds of the Bee Gees; the masterpiece that is Little Darlings; Kier-La’s work with Severin Films restoring underground classics; taking vows of silence; the amount of cockfighting in Cockfighter; our shared adoration for physical media; cosmic horror; the absolute legend Peter Weir; and Kier-La’s super-top-secret Letterboxd account (no we won’t share it, don’t ask). Sponsor: You can try MUBI free for 90 days at www.mubi.com/letterboxd. With MUBI, each and every film is hand-selected. It’s like your own personal film festival—streaming anytime, anywhere. Find out more about Notebook at mubi.com/magazine. Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; MUBI – Notebook; Kier-La’s Magic Hour conversation with Ben Wheatley; “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography Of Female Neurosis In Horror And Exploitation Films”; House of Psychotic Women: Rarities Collection boxset from Severin Films; “Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive”; “Bleak and Gritty Teen Films” by Vanina Reviews of: Over the Edge by MandrakeGray and JRK; Cockfighter by Adam Robertson Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia, Delaware and British Columbia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
52:55
November 15, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans and Falling for Christmas
Weekend Watchlist: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans and Falling for Christmas
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans and Falling for Christmas. Mia also makes some shocking Best Picture predictions. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists with sexy eyebrow man and sexy vampire man. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available GeegklyGoods and slim’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever review Brian Formo’s The Fabelmans review LG’s Falling for Christmas review Luke Hicks’ Is That Black Enough For You?! Review Emma Hodge’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story SarahMae’s The Wonder review Charith’s Hope Springs review Amanda Wheeler’s From Durk Until Dawn review Robin’s Ticket to Paradise review Rowan Hulsman’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:38
November 10, 2022
Four Favorites with Fran Hoepfner: classical kings, theater queens and kissing socialists
Four Favorites with Fran Hoepfner: classical kings, theater queens and kissing socialists
“I am fed up to the teeth with all these old, dead legends.” Writer and classical music fan Fran Hoepfner joins Gemma and Mia to talk us through her four favorite films on Letterboxd: Miloš Forman’s Amadeus; Merchant-Ivory’s A Room With a View; Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy and Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women. Plus: why we can’t stop talking about TÁR (and what Fran would love to hear Lydia conduct next); the political and economic realities of creating art; why the world needs more pink; what cinephilia owes to The Simpsons; Daniel Day-Lewis’s finest underdog; our love for Simon Callow; Helena Bonham-Carter on all the kissing in A Room With a View; being unapologetic period-film fans; our favorite Mike Leigh players; the community of theater; when will we enter the Lily Gladstone rom-com-lead era?; the joys of Magic Mike XXL; and a brief meeting of the Jude Law thirst society. Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; “obsession for perfection” by Mal, “The obsessed artist” by Laikha, “*jo march voice* women…” by BRAT, “gays who drive” by Kyle. Fran Magazine; Fran’s TÁR review on Gawker; Bright Wall/Dark Room Podcast’s Amadeus episode; Criterion interview with Helena Bonham-Carter; Law School Podcast Reviews: The Shape of Water by Fran; Topsy-Turvy by Ashton and Ben; Certain Women by Trevor and Kat. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Auckland and Brooklyn, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
01:04:27
November 08, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Wonder and Causeway
Weekend Watchlist: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Wonder and Causeway
This week Mitchell and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Wonder and Causeway. Is it time to look back on the Don’t Look Up discourse? (No.) After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists with weird stylish gibberish, assorted quaaludes, and maybe hear from the Scream King (tm) Justin Long. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available AmandaTheJedi & Gemma’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story review Nicole Ackman & Paul Oyama’s The Wonder review Mitchell’s Causeway review Ella’s Causeway review Mitchell’s Don’t Look Up review Emma Hodges’s Wendell & Wild review SignsofLight’s All Quiet on the Western Front review Justin LaLiberty’s Convoy review Ian Pratt’s Dark Night of the Scarecrow review MrsDarcy’s Stars at Noon review James Gray Four Faves Letterboxd Show episode Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:46
November 03, 2022
Four Favorites with James Gray: Armageddon Time, The 400 Blows and the misery of school
Four Favorites with James Gray: Armageddon Time, The 400 Blows and the misery of school
“The spirit is filled by cinema; our dreams rendered tangible.” Filmmaker and inspirational-quote master James Gray joins Gemma and Slim to talk about the 1980s New York childhood that underpins his new drama, Armageddon Time, and four films that strongly relate to it—Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows; Jean Vigo’s Zero for Conduct; John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence and Federico Fellini’s Amarcord. Plus: this “salesman for old cinema” on why students should be forced to watch obscure films; the trauma of the classroom; how teachers can change lives; James’s morning ritual for waking his teenagers; American power structures; why cinema is not compatible with angry tweeters; magic sauce; Anthony Hopkins; Times Square in the ’80s; making waves and fitting in. Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Marsh Boy’s list of “films that are even more damaging to think of than to actually see”; Ella Kemp’s feature with Aftersun’s Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio Reviews of Two Lovers by Evan and Nathan; Ad Astra by Levi; We Own the Night by Ed, Paddy and Francesco; Armageddon Time by Tony and Oliver; Killer of Sheep by Graham. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Auckland and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
01:06:52
November 01, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Armageddon Time, Wendell & Wild and Holy Spider
Weekend Watchlist: Armageddon Time, Wendell & Wild and Holy Spider
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Armageddon Time, Wendell & Wild, and Holy Spider. Succ-heads and The Last of Us fans, this might be the episode for you. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss tragic real-life stories and sensual vampiric kisses. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Tony, Oliver, and Nathan’s Armageddon Time reviews David and Kristina’s Wendell & Wild reviews Jack and Afra’s Holy Spider reviews Kev’s Vampire’s Kiss review Freya’s Banshees of Inisherin review theriverjordan’s Aftersun review Austin’s Climax review Jeff Kycek’s His House review Bryce X Chapman’s The Witches of Eastwick review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:57
October 27, 2022
Four Favorites with Kevin from Waxwork Records: The Exorcist, House and hanging with Glenn Danzig
Four Favorites with Kevin from Waxwork Records: The Exorcist, House and hanging with Glenn Danzig
“No derivative shit.” Spooky season concludes with Waxwork Records co-founder Kevin Bergeron, who talks to Gemma and Slim about his four favorite films—Black Christmas; Hausu; Tetsuo: The Iron Man and The Exorcist—and the craft and care that goes into Waxwork’s vinyl reissues of great horror soundtracks. Watch Hausu before 30 November 2022, tag your review with “waxwork”, and you’re in the draw to win a copy of the brand new soundtrack to the 1977 horror-fantasy classic (est. $35 value). Plus: never use a ouija board in your own home, the original hot priest, the feminist horror of Black Christmas, psychiatry versus spirituality in 1970s America, the curse of being a single mom, finding your tribe, stealing White Zombie cassettes, hanging out with Glenn Danzig, building a record plant and shooting your shot, the genius of horror-soundtrack composers, and William Friedkin is a boss. Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Milo’s “movies that have the craziest last 15 or 20 minutes”, Mosquitodragon’s “Elevated Horror” is nothing new”, Andre de Nervaux’s “You’re not the same person once the film has finished”. Waxwork Records. Reviews of Tetsuo: The Iron Man by Hoyden42, Alee55, Black Christmas by Alex, Mag, The Exorcist by Lucy, Matt Brown, Hausu by Ayo Edebiri. Credits: This episode was recorded in New Orleans, Auckland and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
01:02:32
October 25, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Banshees of Inisherin, Aftersun and Black Adam
Weekend Watchlist: Banshees of Inisherin, Aftersun and Black Adam
This week Mia and Mitchell discuss their growing watchlists including Banshees of Inisherin, Aftersun and Black Adam. They also debate the importance of having a movie posters in your Zoom backdrop. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss banning space trucking and nerdy record store dweebs. Also Mia name-drops talking with Barry Koeghan like a boss. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Soph’s list of Blu-Rays Mitchell owns but has never watched Clint Worthington, Katie Walsh, and Modern Lights’ Banshees of Inisherin reviews Brian Tallerico, Paul Oyama, Rafa Sales Ross, Josie Marie, and Ella Kemp’s Aftersun reviews Matt Goldberg and Chris Aguilar’s Black Adam reviews Justmiaslife’s Ticket to Paradise review Josh Larsen and Darren Carver-Balsiger’s Decision to Leave reviews Slim’s Halloween Ends review Hope’s TÁR review Tripp Burton’s A Heart in Winter review Angel’s Friday the 13th review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:27
October 20, 2022
Four Favorites with Ana Lily Amirpour: sad cinema, hungry babies, Keanu Reeves and American Psycho
Four Favorites with Ana Lily Amirpour: sad cinema, hungry babies, Keanu Reeves and American Psycho
“It’s so fun to be bad.” Spooky season continues with filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, who talks to Gemma and Slim about her four favorite films—American Psycho; Death Becomes Her; Gremlins; The NeverEnding Story—and the makings of her latest feature Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon and her episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Plus: how Ana Lily got Keanu Reeves to sport a ’stache (and why he paid for his own wig in The Bad Batch), the saddest scene in all of cinema history, the deep and psychedelic qualities of Everything Everywhere All at Once, crushing on Atreyu, how to care for your psychic health when you are a filmmaker, how Mary Harron nailed her American Psycho adaptation, the story behind the gorgeous poster for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Gemma’s love for Kate Micucci, Slim’s love for Kate Hudson, Ana Lily’s love for hard lighting, why we’ve been watching movies all wrong, the intelligence of comedians, making sure there are snacks in the story, walking red carpets with your dog, the genius of Robert Zemeckis, peak Rossellini, and is Gizmo a symbol of consumerism or cinephile pin-up? #hopefordweebs Lists & Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode. Rachel’s “Movies I wanna show my kids”. Yazz’s “When you’re feeling a little lost”. Josiah’s “The filmbro watchlist” (aka the gaslighter’s bible). Etsy’s “red flag for men, white flag for women”. Cult Girls - Jack’s interview with Guinevere Turner Reviews: The NeverEnding Story by Danny, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by Jon Williams, Gremlins by Willow McLay. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Auckland and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
50:35
October 18, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Decision to Leave, Halloween Ends and Till
Weekend Watchlist: Decision to Leave, Halloween Ends and Till
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Decision to Leave, Halloween Ends, and Till. Mia also coins a new terrible phrase for a certain type of scary movie; “Hole Horror”. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss banning creep jocks and re-animating the dead. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mitchell and Andy’s Decision to Leave reviews Robert Daniels’ Till review KK Slider’s Triangle of Sadness review Ev’s Hellraiser review Jack and Mitchell’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On reviews Diegoberto’s Smile review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:46
October 13, 2022
Four Favorites with Scott Derrickson: Suspiria, Poltergeist, The Black Phone and America’s appetite for revenge
Four Favorites with Scott Derrickson: Suspiria, Poltergeist, The Black Phone and America’s appetite for revenge
This week, spooky season continues so we picked up The Black Phone and called in a sinister filmmaker known for raising hell. Writer and director Scott Derrickson talks to Gemma and Slim about growing up at the drive-in, and how his four favorite films (Poltergeist; Suspiria; Carrie and I Saw the Devil) have influenced his filmmaking career. Plus: that Sinister jump-scare, being too scared to go on ghost hunts, learning about horror films from episodes of Community and The Simpsons, how Poltergeist is Spielberg’s raciest story, why the first act of Suspiria is the best cinema ever made, why the last act of Carrie is the best cinema ever made, the Letterboxd community’s thirst for Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, America’s problem with revenge (and Korea’s answer to it). The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode. Forbes’ article “What Is The Scariest Movie Ever?”. Reviews of Poltergeist by Willow Maclay; Suspiria by Proftonks; The Black Phone by jude!, ZaraGwen, abbie and alex; Carrie by Noah and Lil Jake; I Saw the Devil by Supreme Lemon and james Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd Show is a TAPEDECK production.
58:13
October 11, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Triangle of Sadness, TÁR and Hellraiser
Weekend Watchlist: Triangle of Sadness, TÁR and Hellraiser
This week Mitchell and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Triangle of Sadness, TÁR, and Hellraiser. Mitchell also discusses who would play them in their Dover, Delaware biopic. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss banning vampiric movie-goers and depressing morning movie viewings. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Flynn, Cory, and Joe’s Triangle of Sadness reviews Mia and Brian’s TÁR reviews Liz’s Hellraiser review Bianca’s Blonde review Kaden’s Smile review Ismael’s Deep Red review Kayla’s Poltergeist review Zacky’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On review Georgia Carson’s Vanilla Sky review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Delaware, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:39
October 06, 2022
Four Favorites with Ti West: Bad Taste, Indy, Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Pearl insider secrets
Four Favorites with Ti West: Bad Taste, Indy, Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Pearl insider secrets
It is spooky season and our first Hallowe’en month guest is X and Pearl writer-director and cinema devotee Ti West, who joins hosts Gemma and Slim to talk about four films that influenced his moviemaking career: Bad Taste, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Two-Lane Blacktop, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. We also attempt to squeeze Ti for details on MaXXXine, and he tells us some Pearl tales, including how that final shot came about. Plus: being a Hollywood outsider; the movies that give us permission to be filmmakers; our demands for a Pearl-trilogy theme park; Ti’s defence of Spielberg’s West Side Story; rubbing shoulders with Peter Jackson; the best moment in cinema ever (involving Indiana Jones); the greatest tagline in cinema ever; why Gemma is obsessed with maggots; and what made Slim cry this week. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Andrea’s movies that got us into movies list; Wesley’s The Basics of Cinema Starter Pack; Gemma’s Maggots in Movies list and Holli’s “nothing happens” yeah but the vibes. Reviews of Raiders of the Lost Ark by Naughty aka Juli Norwood, Ciara, Josh Larsen; Janica’s Two-Lane Blacktop review. Cinemonster’s Hoop-tober challenge.
01:00:54
October 04, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Blonde, Smile and Bros
Weekend Watchlist: Blonde, Smile and Bros
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Blonde, Smile, and Bros. Mia also discusses the sexiest hands on the planet. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss banning certain words from the English language and questioning our friends' assumptions. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Marya and Brian’s Blonde reviews Joe’s Smile review Alex and Jocey’s Bros reviews Tosh’s Don’t Worry Darling review Robin’s Athena review Kweekwegg’s Confess, Fletch review Matty J’s Jurassic World Dominion review Kate Rose’s Do Revenge review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:35
September 29, 2022
Four Favorites with Jordan Raup: NYFF, gorgeous redheads, Terrence Malick and Blow Out
Four Favorites with Jordan Raup: NYFF, gorgeous redheads, Terrence Malick and Blow Out
Get your 60th New York Film Festival watchlists ready! Gemma and Mitchell are joined by Film at Lincoln Center’s (and NYFF) assistant director of marketing Jordan Raup, who is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Film Stage. We get you all ready with everything you need to know for this year’s NYFF, but most importantly Jordan takes us on the ride through his four favorite films: Canyon Passage, The Tree of Life, The Heartbreak Kid (the good one) and Blow Out. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Film at Lincoln Center’s Letterboxd HQ page; the full NYFF60 lineup; Gorgeous Technicolor Masterworks That Prominently Feature a Redhead by Alyssa Heflin; The Tree of Life trailer; movies where jessica chastain gets fed up with the useless men around her so she decides to save the world herself by Wes; Jordan’s interview with Gus Lanzetta on his AI-upscale of Heartbreak Kid; Help! I Got Too Horny and Now Everything’s Bad by Tommy; Jordan’s Blow Out essay for The Film Stage; Sub 2K by Jordan Raup Reviews of Canyon Passage by Ziglet_mir, The Tree of Life by Daniel, Plaid Flannel and Muriel, The Heartbreak Kid by Ella Kemp, Brianna, sydney and Melissa Tamminga, Blow Out by Brian Tallerico, Evan Eaton and comrade_yui, Top Gun: Maverick by Jordan Raup Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and New York, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:08:49
September 27, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Don’t Worry Darling, Avatar and Athena
Weekend Watchlist: Don’t Worry Darling, Avatar and Athena
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Don’t Worry Darling, Avatar and Athena. Mia also angles for a Snapple sponsorship, she’s out of control. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss luscious man-hair and obscure watches. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Katie Walsh’s Don’t Worry Darling review Soph’s Avatar review Matt Neglia’s Athena review Brent’s Pearl review Kayla’s See How They Run review Emma Hodge’s The Woman King review Tripp Burton’s Elevator to the Gallows review Ocean’s Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris review JoJo Wild’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On review Dave’s Confess, Fletch review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:39
September 22, 2022
Four Favorites with K. Austin Collins: crosswords, vampires, Elaine May and Bill Paxton
Four Favorites with K. Austin Collins: crosswords, vampires, Elaine May and Bill Paxton
By the end of this episode, we promise you’ll be better at cracking those crosswords. Slim and Mitchell are joined by K. Austin Collins, film critic for Rolling Stone (heard of it?) and former writer for hotshot places like Vanity Fair, Slate, The Ringer and Reverse Shot. In his spare time, Kameron also moonlights as a crossword creator for The New Yorker and The New York Times. No big deal. Once we’re finished grilling him for his tips to make us smarter, we discuss Kameron’s four favorite films (for now): John’s Carpenter’s Vampires; Mikey and Nicky; Atlantics and The Naked Kiss. Plus: the impossibility of picking your favorite film (theme of the show, woops); letting go of crossword anxiety; putting your taste to the test; Kameron (maybe) sells Slim on Vampires; Slim regrets lapsing his Catholicism; women making the best movies about male friendship; these are not Kameron’s legally binding four favorites; not being prepared for The Naked Kiss; men are trash; Samuel Fuller is fucked up; beating your pimp’s ass; being a “Superstation ass kid”; the truth of Power Rangers and we’re starting the Bill Paxton fan club. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Kameron’s crossword puzzles at The New Yorker; Mia Vicino’s Four Faves episode; Mitchell’s Mikey and Nicky essay for Paste Magazine; Wet Streets on Film by John Frankensteiner; movies that are actually gay rom-coms but are advertised as men being Cool by alva; soft horror by Liam; “nothing happens” yeah but the vibes by holli; Samuel Fuller’s Letterboxd page; abusers die, suffer, or rot in prison by Madison; List of Movies From My Childhood by K. Austin Collins; A24’s crossword book Reviews of Vampires by DallasFrance, Mikey and Nicky by KYK, Atlantics by Sarah and demi adejuyigbe, The Naked Kiss by Cole and Chris, My Brother’s Wedding by K. Austin Collins Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and New York, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:08:22
September 20, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Pearl, See How They Run and The Woman King
Weekend Watchlist: Pearl, See How They Run and The Woman King
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Pearl, See How They Run and The Woman King. Is it time to crown our very first “Scream King.” After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss Kyle MacLachlan’s a-cheeks and working for a newspaper. Also Brian and Flynn call to give us a TIFF wrap-up! Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Sponsor: A24 presents Pearl, an origin story from Ti West’s world of X, starring Mia Goth and critics are calling it a “blood soaked & unforgettable” technicolor slasher. Add it to your watchlist! Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Matt Neglia and BlazBad’s Pearl reviews Tyler’s See How They Run review Sarah and David Sims’ The Woman King reviews How to Blow Up a Pipeline acquired by NEON Proto’s Blue Velvet review Emma Hodge’s Barbarian review Kayla’s The Conversation review Greg’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Review MattyJ’s Fallen Angels review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Portland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:59
September 15, 2022
Four Favorites with Julian Higgins: mythic storytelling, Foxcatcher, Orson Welles and father figures
Four Favorites with Julian Higgins: mythic storytelling, Foxcatcher, Orson Welles and father figures
We’re all Golden Eagles here. Gemma is away on festival assignment, so filling in for her we’ve got Letterboxd senior editor and Weekend Watchlist co-host Mitchell Beaupre! Slim and Mitchell are joined by Julian Higgins, director and co-writer of God’s Country—his neo-Western debut feature which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is hitting theaters September 16 from IFC Films. We also dive deep into Julian’s four favorite films: Rashomon; Chimes at Midnight; The Return and Foxcatcher. Plus: Julian growing up with college professor cinephile parents; why he’s never seen a single Star Wars movie (hint: those two things are related); why is everyone in Rashomon sweating so much?; Toshiro Mifune is the last 30 seconds of a bag of Skittles; Slim (still) isn’t a Shakespeare person; the relentless pursuit of making a juicy period epic; going “full-on Orson Welles”; Thandiwe Newton having bigger balls than Slim; “We all gotta play by the same rules if this is gonna work”; Julian being afraid of reading reviews from writers he loves; Mitchell watching Foxcatcher in the heart of du Pont country; rich people can get away with anything; ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist; nostalgia for HD DVD and how they made Slim’s dad cry, and Julian’s childhood hero Basil Rathbone. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune by Stuart Goldbraith IV; The Criterion Collection’s HQ page; Julian’s Instagram, Winter Light by James Lee Burke; New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France by Lynn A. Higgins—Julian’s mother Reviews of Rashomon by Esther Rosenfield and DallasFrance, Chimes at Midnight by Alyssa Heflin, God’s Country by Brian Tallerico, The Return by Marcissus
01:09:29
September 13, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Barbarian, Pinocchio and Speak No Evil
Weekend Watchlist: Barbarian, Pinocchio and Speak No Evil
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Barbarian, Pinocchio and Speak No Evil. Ever get a tattoo while watching a movie with friends? Mia has a story that may shock you. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss Smart Person Movies and Edgar Allen Poe. Also Brian Formo calls in one final time from Venice. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Brenna and Hanny’s Barbarian reviews David Erlich and Justin LaLiberty’s Speak No Evil reviews Brian Ly’s Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. review Diddy Rose’s Jaws review Liam’s First Reformed review Bola’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On review Justin L’s Ran review Cassi’s Emily the Criminal review David’s Films to be Avoided at All Costs by Cat Lovers list Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Portland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:39
September 08, 2022
Four Favorites with Chandler Levack: her TIFF premiere, Almost Famous, The Apartment, Canadian schlock
Four Favorites with Chandler Levack: her TIFF premiere, Almost Famous, The Apartment, Canadian schlock
Movies are sex! Toronto movie critic and filmmaker Chandler Levack joins hosts Gemma and Slim ahead of the world premiere of I Like Movies—her debut indie dramedy about a narcissistic teenage cinephile that had Slim weeping-laughing and Gemma hoping it’ll win the TIFF People’s Choice Award—to talk about four films she loves: Almost Famous; Fat Girl; The Apartment and Crime Wave. Plus: Chandler and Slim reminisce about their glittering careers in the video store industry; everything Cameron Crowe means to us; Catherine Breillat and her brutal realism; the joys of making a film about an insufferable cinephile; how to nail an audition (hint: wear a t-shirt for The Lighthouse); we’re all in love with Shirley MacLaine; why Gemma wants to live in old movies; John Paizs’ absurdist brilliance and his lasting legacy—that you can make anything you want!; Funny Pages’ sweaty basement apartment; is this the greatest year for cinema made just for Slim? Possibly yes. Did Steven Spielberg make The Fabelmans in homage to I Like Movies? Maybe. See both films at TIFF (8—18 September) to find out! Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Toronto and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Fat Girls on Film by Kate Hagen; Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe; Jack Facts’ interview with Owen Kline; ‘Stillwater Runs Deep’—William Miller’s $1000 essay for Rolling Stone; When you’re feeling a little lost by yazz!; Coming-of-age movies by andrea; Films that took an already amazing and well-known song by starboy; Movies that are like I Like Movies by Chandler Levack; Male Protagonists that I Could Easily Beat Up in a Fight by Claira Curtis; Man