Celluloid Pudding: Movies. Film. Discussions. Laughter. History. Carrying on.
By The Celluloid Pudding Podcast
A celebration of movies and all earthly and otherworldly cosmic delights that inform the art of cinema—with your co-hosts Sam and Beth. A podcast with both brains and beauty. Follow us on Instagram @Puddpod on Twitter @CelluloidPuddn and our dedicated email IS firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFTERSUN ☀️ (Oscar Nominee Ep.)
Join us for a very special “first” for our podcast, as we welcome fellow cinephile and film student (and YouTube creator) Vivica Dunlap to discuss one of her favorite films of 2022. Paul Mescal is emerging as one of the finest actors of a new generation. Writer and Director Charlotte Wells’s masterfully crafted first feature film reconnects cinema to visceral human experience in a way this viewer hasn’t experienced in decades. Needless to say this was a deep conversation. The future is in good hands. —Beth. Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio “Snack Wars” https://youtu.be/RbLtnEtutfQ Charlotte Wells Criterion clip https://youtu.be/4uIXEiSB87I
January 28, 2023
Ope! Aw jeez, Sam and Beth went long on this episode, but well worth the effort. Put a hotdish in the oven and find a warm blanket for this one. Join us for our discussion of this Coen Brothers classic. https://stamps.org/news/c/collecting-insights/cat/culture/post/stamps-in-pop-culture-a-look-back-at-season-3-of-fargo ❄️ https://youtu.be/8MfuvOJfI_M ❄️
January 21, 2023
❄️❄️TRAILER: FARGO PLUS BONUS EPISODE
You betcha! This is a trailer PLUS. We can't wait to drop our episode for Fargo next week! We also give you a little retrospective of our doings in 2022 and how we rank the films we covered. But most importantly, we give a shout-out to YOU, our listeners, and ask you to join us this year for some very special episodes of The Celluloid Pudding Podcast. We want to involve you in real and exciting new ways. 💋⚔️🤗‼️
January 14, 2023
Eyes Wide Shut 🎬 A tribute to Stanley Kubrick's fascinating Swan Song. 👁
Please join us as we discuss Stanley Kubrick's final contribution to the cinematic arts, "Eyes Wide Shut." This film from 1999 has layers upon layers. No one really knew how to market this opus when it was released. Erotic thriller? Psychological thriller? Other? There are certainly some erotic elements in the film, but it's about so much more. Nicole Kidman and now ex-husband Tom Cruise give Kubrick everything. This film is a dreamscape, a social critique, a tale of what it means to be bound to another human being. It is about so many things, and accordingly we have much to say. This was such an enjoyable discussion, and we hope you will join us! 🎭 French press conference with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise discussing their experience working with Kubrick on "Eyes Wide Shut": https://youtu.be/3X7-4UA5xIc 🎭 https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/41996/1/eyes-wide-shut-stanley-kubrick-soundtrack-jocelyn-pook-interview 🎭 https://medium.com/feverdreams/over-the-rainbow-eyes-wide-shut-1999-e033f39527b1 🎭 https://youtu.be/2vdzA-82I-Q 👺 Music from film “Masked Ball Extended Mix” by Jocelyn Pook https://youtu.be/fHRLoVmPeLU
January 06, 2023
🎄🎄🎄CAROL PART 2 ❄️ The saga continues! 🎄🎄🎄
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings! Our tribute to the wonderful film “Carol” continues. Enjoy! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 https://filmmakermagazine.com/97325-are-we-telling-stories-with-images-through-the-camera-or-from-a-computer-ed-lachman-on-shooting-carol-in-super-16mm/#.Y6eUNi9OmfA 🎄 One Mint Julep, The Clovers. Atlantic Records, 1952. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkrbV9Riq3s
December 27, 2022
🎄🎄🎄CAROL - Our Christmas episode for you! Pt 1 🎄🎄🎄
Glide through the snowy streets of 1952 New York City as we love on the exquisite film Carol. Please accept our seasonal gift for you! Links: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/making-carol-why-took-60-851607/ LA Times https://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-patricia-highsmith-20160228-story.html “Easy Living” Teddy Wilson and Billie Holiday https://youtu.be/1PE2t-YT8D8
December 23, 2022
“Tangerine”: Dreaming of an Orange Christmas
The unconventional Christmas seems to be a theme for us this holiday season. Join us as we discuss this unique offering by director/writer Sean Baker and co-writer Chris Bergoch. Trans sex workers Alexandra and Sin-Dee are our two principal elves traversing the environs of a vibrant and gritty backdrop of L.A. in search of some comeuppance, and perchance a crumb of Christmas spirit. Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez give bitingly funny, authentic, and moving performances as the film’s locus. Join us for a hot toddy and grab yourself some Apple Cider donuts for this one. “Zero One Zero” Davidge, Stephonik Youth https://open.spotify.com/track/69OY3nknNu6RWWdMZIJT4I?si=1LaIm0FbSvibEiPn5cl4oQ&context=spotify%3Asearch Verge article link: https://www.theverge.com/2015/1/28/7925023/sundance-film-festival-2015-tangerine-iphone-5s Urban Justice Fact Sheet: https://swp.urbanjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2020/08/Fact-Sheet-Sexual-Violence-Against-Sex-Workers-1-1-1.pdf WaPo article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/transgender-sex-workers-feel-under-attack-these-women-are-working-to-protect-their-own/2019/09/16/2cfa1856-d58b-11e9-86ac-0f250cc91758_story.html
December 15, 2022
❄️Nobody's Fool. Join us for this hidden seasonal gem that shirks all artifice. 🎄
Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Jessica Tandy...This is a tight, beautiful, down-to-earth film with real heart and real performances. No gloss, no bullshit. And yet it still grabs you by the heart and makes you fall in love with Paul Newman all over again. The story is set in Bath, New York between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and couldn't be a better pick for this week's Celluloid Pudding episode. What an absolute treat. Please join us!
December 01, 2022
The Big Chill
On this day of thanks we are thankful for Lawrence Kasdan’s lovely ensemble piece about the deep and complex bonds of lifelong friendships. Sometimes the people that know us best are the people who knew us first. Sam waxes poetic about her hometown of Beaufort, SC. Enjoy this deep dive while stuffing your turkey. Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners and their loved ones. Link to the film’s iconic soundtrack https://youtu.be/9TPQurEzC5Y
November 24, 2022
❄️THE ICE STORM❄️ A discussion with our very special guest Suz Redfearn.
It's almost Thanksgiving, so what better way to consider the holiday than by watching The Ice Storm. It's got it all! Key parties, affairs, sexual exploration, ennui, molecules, exploding G.I. Joe dolls, and all of the social confusion swirling around the year 1973. This, dear friends, is Ang Lee's masterpiece. Article on “key parties” https://www.sfweekly.com/culture/did-key-parties-ever-really-happen/
November 17, 2022
Babette's Feast - 🍷🥂🍾🇩🇰🇫🇷 Please join us for a very seasonal treat.
Babette's Feast is more than a film. It is a sensory experience. It is a sublime tribute to love, to cuisine, to the artist. We enjoyed watching, contemplating, experiencing and tasting all of the delights this film offers. We think you'll enjoy our discussion, and we think (and hope) you will be inspired to watch the film. Join us!
November 11, 2022
🎃ROSEMARY’S BABY - Pt 2! A gripping discussion!🎃
Strong language and discussion that might be triggering for some listeners. Please take care. We kind of get after it. The saga continues! Join us! 🧙♀️🧙♀️🧙♀️
November 02, 2022
ROSEMARY’S BABY - 🎃 Part I ~ A satisfyingly deep dive with Sam & Beth. 🎃
PART 1! 🧙♀️Witches All of Them! Join us for a riveting discussion!
October 31, 2022
TRAILER - 👿 👼Rosemary's Baby 👿 🍼👶🎶 La la la la la la la la la la la la la 🎶
Rosemary's Baby is THE most brilliant and fantastic piece of cinematic work there is. Period. Please join us as we talk about the stellar ensemble cast, the phenomenal directing, the oh-so-sublime cinematography, and the eerie themes in this psychological thriller-horror (art) film. Bonus: We included some Appalachian fun with friends and recorded our Scary Movie Bingo game with them. We are quite silly and incapable, but it was fun!
October 28, 2022
Scared in Appalachia! (With Friends)
Welcome all ye sweet little baby ghouls, to a very special episode of The Celluloid Pudding Podcast, where we convene a round table with some dear friends and chat about our favorite scary movies as well as share some spooky experiences. The fire is crackling, the grog is good, and the room is dark. Wrap yourself in your most cozy blanket, and join us for some warmth and eerie tales, come in from the October chill. 💀🧙♀️🎃
October 20, 2022
👿JEEPERS CREEPERS👿 ~ A terrifying tale for many reasons. Join us!
Boy howdy! We had no idea discussing this episode would have us feeling so conflicted. That being said, Jeepers Creepers has to be one of the most original horror films of the genre in recent memory. Our “creature feature”pick for this most spooky time of year. And remember, monsters in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear. 💀
October 13, 2022
👻CARNIVAL OF SOULS👻 - We discuss one of the creepiest films in existence. Join us if you dare.
Please join us for what we thought was one of our most delightful discussions yet on Celluloid Pudding. We had such fun, so many accidental insights, occasional fits of helpless laughter, and loads of whiplash silliness somehow wrapped in a bow of reverence for this amazing film. Here's a very nice print of Carnival of Souls from the Film Heritage site: https://youtu.be/4HPaC8ZTxc0. Here's a crazy little disturbing experimental film based on Carnival of Souls: https://vimeo.com/36825874.
October 06, 2022
GOTHIC - Join us as we discuss the film, the terror, the stuff of nightmares.
Please join us as we get a jump start on our very favorite time of year: the Halloween season. This film is particularly appropriate as it portrays (in the way only Ken Russell can...) an infamous night of revelry and ghostly, disturbing goings on at the Villa Diodati. A night that spawned two new creatures: Frankenstein and the Vampyre. Here's a fun little piece about poor Polidori for your reading enjoyment https://stephanieweber.medium.com/poor-polidori-the-toxic-relationship-that-inspired-the-first-vampire-story-7f41fcc99227. Here's a piece about the tragic life of Shelly's first wife Harriette https://lynnshepherdbooks.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/this-fatal-catastrophe-the-sad-life-and-strange-death-of-harriet-shelley/. A fun little British review of Gothic with some inset interviews from the actors and Ken Russell https://youtu.be/mgsoav-L7j0. Oh! And if you're 18 or older, we present Thomas Dolby's stylings in his song (anthem) "The Devil is an Englishman" https://youtu.be/VuEk0h5nBAc. Link to Greg Olear on Sunstack article on Shelley https://gregolear.substack.com/p/sunday-pages-the-masque-of-anarchy?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=direct A very entertaining article from NCSE “Vermicelli and Vorticella” on the subject of Mary Shelley, Erasmus Darwin, pasta, and worms. https://ncse.ngo/vermicelli-and-vorticella
September 29, 2022
TRAILER FOR THE FILM GOTHIC!
Join us for one our famous meandering trailers! This time we’re promoting our next episode of Celluloid Pudding: Ken Russell’s rollercoaster ride of phantasmagoria, opulent sets and opium-fueled poetic shenanigans!
September 22, 2022
The Crown 👑 A tribute to the remarkable woman and the remarkable series.
In light of recent historic events, we have decided to change tracks and discuss a series instead of covering a film this week. Please join us as we talk about The Crown and the late and remarkable Queen Elizabeth II this series chronicles. Rest in Peace, Ma'am. 😔 “Duck Shoot” The Crown OST (Rupert Gregson Williams) https://youtu.be/JpNCuMRurmc. “How the Crown Uses Real History to make” Drama; Time Magazine Nov. 2016 https://cdn.jwplayer.com/previews/HqqXyIta Sir John Major interview from Sky News on the passing of Elizabeth II: https://youtu.be/YP069gLH8mk
September 18, 2022
BlacKkKlansman - A Spike Lee Joint. This film deserves big time credit and we're here to discuss it.
This may very well be Spike Lee's greatest contribution to the human cause. BlacKkKlansman is compelling, powerful, artistically exquisite, beautifully cast, exceptionally well scripted, and visually stunning...and that's on top of the MESSAGE the great auteur Spike Lee gives us. We love this film and loved sharing its countless merits on Celluloid Pudding. Please join us for some mental lubrication and a fine discussion! A link to the wonderful DJDiscoCat mix of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose “Too Late to turn back now” https://youtu.be/tO5uDW_tEwU And article links: New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/07/us/white-protestants-ku-klux-klan.html Bustle article: https://www.bustle.com/p/was-patrice-from-blackkklansmen-a-real-person-laura-harriers-activist-character-makes-a-big-impact-10037994
September 08, 2022
TRAILER - BlacKkKlansman. We discuss another phenomenal Spike Lee joint. Arguably his best.
September 05, 2022
SKELETON KEY - Join us we talk Hoodoo and Spanish moss in the Big Easy!
Skeleton Key is a terrific little film from 2005 starring John Hurt, Gena Rowlands, and Goldie Hawn's pride and joy, Kate Hudson. Join us as we discuss the creepy happenings of a remote bayou grand house and some pretty disturbing factoids about what humans and otherworldly spirits are capable of. Further reading and resources for your intellectual enjoyment: Charles W. Chesnutt - The Conjure Woman (1899); Afiya Atakora - Conjure Women: A Novel; Hoodoo as Ancestral Religion (video with guest lecturer Dr. Yvonne Chireau: https://cswr.hds.harvard.edu/news/magic-matters/2021/11/10. “Caroline’s Nightmare: “The Skeleton Key” as Visual Echo of Charles Chenutt’s Conjure Tales,” by Kameelah L. Martin, CLA Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, June 213, pp. 298-314.
August 26, 2022
REPUBLISHED! CRAWL (2019) AND Bonus discussion: Five Days at Memorial (2022).
We have republished this episode because we want you to have the best listening experience we can provide with our humble little podcast. Forgive us for the inconvenience. As promised, starting today we'll be giving you a two-for-one podcast! For the next five weeks we have a terrific lineup of disaster films we can't wait to discuss with you. Today we will bite into the thrill ride summer blockbuster Crawl! We had great fun revisiting this unapologetically adrenalin-fueled action-n-'gator thriller. We also wax philosophic about disaster tropes, the alligator death roll, and "you might be from Florida IF," type things. For the Bonus portion of this episode we discuss the Apple Original series Five Days at Memorial--a dramatization of the controversy surrounding the no-win situation medical personnel at the hospital faced during and after Hurricane Katrina hit. We hope you'll watch this series along with us on Apple TV. The pilot aired on August 12, 2022. 🐊🏥⛑🌀 How Five Days at Memorial (the mini-series) came together: https://www.thewrap.com/five-days-at-memorial-creator-interview-recreating-medical-crisis/. The making of Crawl, including deleted footage and extended scenes: https://youtu.be/5QW6x7CMzCg.
August 19, 2022
TRAILER - The film CRAWL🐊🐊🌀🌀🌀
We will be dropping our exciting new episode of Celluloid Pudding Thursday, June 18, wherein we ponder the likelihood of what happens in the 2019 film Crawl EVER happening! Shutter your windows and strap in, make sure the bar is fully stocked, and clear the grocery store shelves of masking tape, toilet paper and peanut butter! Join us for rollicking good time! Plus, bonus content coming in our “What Are You Watching?” segments for the next few weeks as we will be following the upcoming series on AppleTv “Five Days At Memorial”. The series covers the medical disaster that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hospitals struggled to treat and evacuate patients under extreme conditions of flooding, heat, and squalor, and without power and only limited resources. We hope you will join us in viewing this compelling series.
August 11, 2022
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN 🇺🇸
Forty-eight years ago today, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. This event forever changed the political worldview of America’s citizens. In this episode of Celluloid Pudding we discuss the dizzying, thrilling and fantastic film based on the tireless investigative work of renowned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who uncovered the illegal actions carried out by individuals at the highest levels of government, and exposed their corruption to the American people. The exquisite film based on these discoveries has been an inspiration to aspiring journalists since its release in 1976. All the President’s Men is an enduring and riveting classic. We enjoyed our discussion and we're particularly honored and excited about our fantastic guest and dear friend, Martin Kady II, who just so happens to be the Editorial Director for Politico. Please join us as we wind our way through the unique streets of 1970’s DC via the ground-breaking film, and through the eyes of a denizen of Washington DC, a journalist of the highest degree, Marty Kady. Wear some comfortable shoes for this sprint through the lives of investigative journalists Woodward, Bernstein, and Kady! For more about Politico, and Marty's work there, check out https://subscriber.politicopro.com/staff/martin-kady-ii. Here's a terrific piece from WaPo that recounts Robert Redford's personal investment in All the President's Men, and the intrigues, foils, and drama surrounding the scriptwriting process: https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/interactive/2022/all-the-presidents-men-robert-redford-woodward-bernstein/. And here's a gripping 40 year anniversary panel discussion that addresses the importance of the press during the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that put Nixon on the fast track to impeachment or resignation. https://youtu.be/GMAP0jZmlno.
August 08, 2022
Riffing and noodling with Sam and Beth! 🎙🗣🗣🗣🗣🕷
Please join us for an informal riff session this week. We banter about disaster movies, Joro Spiders, and Michelle Pfeiffer. We have some errata to address, but also some important news to declare, and most importantly a damned entertaining conversation. Join us! You're the reason we're here! 💗🎥 For the latest Joro Spider Update: https://www.wyff4.com/article/joro-spiders-south-carolina/40676999
August 05, 2022
TRAILER - All the President's Men with a special Politico guest! Special Edition!
Please join us on Monday, the 8th of August--the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation--for a very special episode of Celluloid Pudding with a very special guest! 📰🗞
August 04, 2022
DEATH PROOF - A grindhouse Tarantino extravaganza discussion!
Greetings summer lovers and others types! Please join us for a thoughtful and probing discussion of the double feature (Grindhouse) phenomenon and Tarantino's experimental exploitation film Death Proof. What a rabbit hole! We think you'll enjoy this one. Grab an Icee and some Hawaiian Tropic and plug us into your Walkman. Link to ‘Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez Discuss Grindhouse” ‘ as promised: https://youtu.be/6whPD-upZQY Support local independent theaters and Drive-Ins.
July 30, 2022
Coming Soon: “Grindhouse”
Join us later this week as we tackle Quentin Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriguez’s monster double feature and homage to low budget thriller exploitation cinema. “Planet Terror” and “Deathproof” are a perfect pair to wake us out of the doldrums on a hot summer night!
July 27, 2022
SUMMER OF SAM - A Spike Lee Joint. (A Beth and Sam joint.)
This 1999 Spike Lee film features a heatwave in New York in 1977, rolling blackouts, a deranged serial killer on the loose, disco & punk rock, orgies, infidelities, vigilantes, the Mob...and oh so much more! Did Spike Lee manage to cover all of those bases? Oh yes. Mad respect for Professor Lee. Please join us, but also please check out the film for yourself. Here is a terrific retrospective and dialogue Elvis Mitchel conducted with Spike Lee: https://youtu.be/pAkER9YPjaQ. Here’s a frank episode of Charlie Rose with Mira Sorvino and John Leguizamo. They are enchantingly down to earth. https://charlierose.com/videos/9425.
July 23, 2022
ALIENS - We revisit THE greatest SciFi summer blockbusters on its 36th birthday! Join us!
First there was Alien (1979), and it was meet and good. From its cells sprang forth a new species. Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver created a character as intriguing and formidable as the alien foe encountered on LV426. James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd saw the greatness in “Ripley” so much so that despite hemming and hawing of studio execs they were determined to center their epic Sci Fi/Action major motion picture on a woman as the hero. There is a truth in “Aliens” that supersedes all arguments in our current political retrograde. Women are strong, capable, intelligent, and brave. Women have proven themselves. Women are downright HEROES.
July 16, 2022
TRAILER - ALIENS! 👽👽👽👽👾👾👾👾
This time it’s war. Coming to a podcast near you this Thursday, July 14, 2022. Don’t go into space alone!
July 11, 2022
JAWS 🦈 🎣🚣🌊🕶🌅
Happy July! We are deep in summer—it’s a mood (especially if you have no air conditioning). We had a great time recording this episode on July 3rd with our dear friend and fellow movie lover Mr. Bill (Luckey). So get yourself a cold drink, your beach umbrella and most comfortable string bikini or baggies. Slap on some extra SPF 100 and dig those toes in the sand and listen to our latest ep. celebrating the original Summer Blockbuster— JAWS. Bonus: enjoy The Little Kintner Boys track “Same Old Life (Barroom)” —beach shanty mellow vibes abound. https://youtu.be/xBu0sdnaWDo
July 07, 2022
TRAILER: JAWS - …..🦈🦈🦈🦈⚓️🎣
Join us and one of our bestest friends Mr. Bill (Luckey) as we celebrate the 4th and discuss the grandpappy of all Summer Blockbusters. Coming this Thursday! #July4 #JAWS
July 04, 2022
🏳️🌈Portrait of a Lady on Fire🏳️🌈 - So very timely.
In light of recent events--yes, those events that just took away constitutional rights from women, we decided to do a flying lead change and cover the aptly-named Portrait of a Lady on Fire. The year is 1770, and a woman must make a decision about her body, her future and what she will do about it. But this is no grim tale of bloody hangers and sepsis (though the latter must surely have been a risk in these days and now *these* days), but a world where women are supportive of one another, do not flinch from the social or personal gaze in so private a choice, and take control without fanfare. This film is about many things, and we were hoping to save it for a rainy day, but alas that rainy day has come. It is an exquisite and relevant film about being a woman, an artist, a human being. A terrific article on the theme of abortion in Portrait of a Lady on Fire: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/portrait-of-a-lady-on-fires-abortion-scene-was-radical. More about artist Hélène Delmaire https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7084-the-brush-behind-the-film-how-painter-h-l-ne-delmaire-created-our-portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-cover.
June 30, 2022
🏳️🌈KYSS MIG🏳️🌈 A thoughtful discussion of a fantastic Swedish LGBTQ film.
Kyss Mig (Kiss Me) is a beautiful Swedish film from 2011 that throws some love to the red-headed stepchild of Queer Identity: Bisexuality. Every frame of this film is a delight, and the actors deliver fantastic and nuanced performances. Love is fluid and familial relationships are complicated. All relationships are complicated. Producer Interview link https://youtu.be/0BjyYergtT8 . Also, some Swedish Reggae for your Summer listening pleasure https://open.spotify.com/track/4UOIr6hSZ0b9gwembEIbd9?si=8IjzzbolRgqXc0sv717fwQ Join us as we serve up a smörgåsbord of a discussion for our third film of Pride Month. 🌈🌈🌈🌈
June 23, 2022
🏳️🌈THE FAVOURITE🏳️🌈 - We discuss the notorious love triangle during Queen Anne’s 18th c reign.
Rivalry. Jealousy. Competition. Foundation-wear on a rolling trolley. The dolly zoom. Whigs & Tories. Big beds and bloomers and wicked candlelit trysts. Just what *doesn’t* this lush and beautiful period piece have? Well…a male lead. That’s right. We said it. And what’s more, we’re here to talk about it. At length. Please join us in the East Gallery. Link to all 12 episodes of “The First Churchills” 1969 BBC https://youtu.be/zhniu4qFtqQ and additional link for the scene in this series: Anne and Sarah’s last meeting https://youtu.be/jZ1VSW5fnf0
June 16, 2022
🏳️🌈VICTIM (1961)🏳️🌈 - For Pride month we discuss this important and groundbreaking film. Join us!
To kick off Pride month, the first film in our Pride series is Dirk Bogarde's 1961 film Victim. This film was written and directed for the purpose of social justice and awareness in the UK at a time when same sex relations between men was a criminal and jail-able offense. 90% of all blackmail cases before the decriminalization Act in 1967 pertained to extortion of Gay men. We highly recommend this film. You will find nuanced performances set against a noir--sequence setting. This was a great pick (Thanks, Beth!) for our first film of Pride, and it yielded a thoughtful discussion. 🌈 You can watch it for free here: https://youtu.be/s2xUteY_emM. Also available on Amazon. Some informative links: Steve Dryden article https://www.bl.uk/lgbtq-histories/articles/a-short-history-of-lgbt-rights-in-the-uk Also Dirk Bogarde documentary 2001 https://youtu.be/adoKWuYvXQY
June 09, 2022
HENRY & JUNE - A sensory delight!
Please join us for our discussion of one of the most beautiful celluloid valentines to art, artists and all things sensuous. Or sensual. Both of those things. We love this film and we love the unexpurgated diaries of Anaïs Nin that inspired and informed the film. Beth poured herself a large glass of wine (she thought it necessary). RIP Fred Ward. You were born to play Henry Miller. You are greatly missed. You can watch the entire film for free here: https://ww1.soap2dayhd.co/film/henry-and-june-18600/ We encourage you to do so! And here's a little music (Je M'Ennuie) to get you in the mood: https://youtu.be/DugAwcM5XVI
June 02, 2022
MOMMY POSTMORTEM. We had more to say.
We had so much more to say about Joan Crawford and Faye Dunaway. Beth will use any excuse to talk about Barbara Stanwyck. We open up about certain Supreme Ct drafts. Sam’s opinions on scrubbing powder are publicly vindicated.
May 19, 2022
MOMMIE DEAREST - A treatment. A mental treatment.
Oh boy. This is our second film for Mothers of May. In this case, dysfunctional mothers of May. How could we NOT look at this campy classic from the 80s??
May 13, 2022
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE - The mother of all Mother’s Day films.
For May we’re celebrating mothers in film! There are SO many great films out there, and we’re starting with a superb treatment of Carrie Fisher’s eponymous autobiography Postcards from the Edge. The chemistry between Meryl Streep and Shirley MacClean truly captures the essence of Carrie Fisher’s competitive yet ride or die relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds. Carrie also wrote the screenplay, and I know if she’s watching from above (may she rest in peace) she will enjoy our valentine to this fantastic and re-watchable film. Please join us as we discuss the film and also wax philosophic about mother/daughter relationships.
May 06, 2022
CONCUSSION (2013) - a beautiful film about self, relationships, sensuality and oh so much more.
Please join us as we discuss one of our favorite films: Concussion. NOT to be confused with a 2015 film by the same title (that one is about football injuries). In our discussion of Concussion 2013 we hope to inspire you to watch this movie. It is a sublime indie film that is funny, sexy, touching, and ultimately extremely satisfying. We are delighted to add this film to our repertoire.
April 28, 2022
TRAILER - Concussion (2013).
The full episode for our discussion of Concussion (2013) will be posted on April 28! We LOVE this film. It truly is unique.
April 24, 2022
Bonus Riff With Beth & Sam.
We just had to get a few things off our bosoms. Receive our love, our walk of shame, our redemption, and our absolution. We recorded on 4/20 and speak of things one might celebrate on that day.
April 21, 2022
CALIGULA PT 3: Our final installment for this epic discussion! AKA 2B. Please don’t ask. It’s MATH.
You made it! Now we will exhaust all reserves of stamina to deliver the final part of our Caligula discussion!
April 14, 2022
CALIGULA PT 2: We dig deep—so deeply—into this anti-epic, anti-hero, anti-social opus.
Please stay with us as we continue with our second installment of our Caligula epic discussion.
April 14, 2022
CALIGULA PART I - Yes, *that* Caligula.
In this epic two-parter, we attempt to deconstruct the movie, the man, the god, the myth, and the more aptly epic production crew and their flights of fancy, fits of indignation and squabbles of enduring lore. Please join us as we attempt the impossible. Link to Rome: “Empire Without Limit” by Mary Beard https://youtu.be/img2acHgiCs
April 07, 2022
Midsommar - We had fun with this little scary, messed up gem.
What a terrific pick for the first of our films during April F*Vck Fest. Jävla Fest in Swedish. There’s a whole lotta shaking going on. And it takes a village. Please join us as we irreverently talk you through this half folk horror/half slasher film that made one of us (okay it was Sam) blush wildly because of her day job, and one of us (Beth) gleefully point out macabre and distressing elements of a film designed just to make you uncomfortable. We watched it so you don’t have to! Confidentially speaking, we prefer our production. Join us! Take some shrooms or lemonade vodka, grab a meat pie and ENJOY! Link to banned IKEA ad: https://youtu.be/AIf1fydxrfo
March 31, 2022
Ed Wood - A thrilling discussion of Tim Burton’s beautiful tribute to the B-movie King.
In this episode we discuss Tim Burton’s fantastic tribute to schlock-n-shock B-movie filmmaker Ed Wood. Ed Wood was famous for his (really) bad movies, including Plan 9 from Outer Space, and the surprisingly prescient and relevant Glen or Glenda. He was a winsome wheeler-dealer in the dog-eat-dog movie machine of 1950’s Hollywood, an open Transvestite when such things were far from understood, and pulled Bela Lugosi from his post-stardom decline back into the spotlight. Ed Wood might have been lacking in production know-how, but he made up for it with heart and enthusiasm.
March 24, 2022
TRAILER - ED WOOD! Join us this Thursday as we discuss this fantastic film!
“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”
March 23, 2022
Sláinte! Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Join us and find out!
In this episode we tackle Mike Nichols’ debut wundermaisterfest of marital discord and drunken academic revelry. We may have been sipping along with the actors to get through the merriment-hate-love fusion cocktail of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on the big screen. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sláinte! ☘️
March 17, 2022
Celluloid Pudding MIDNIGHT MADNESS! March 10 2022.
Here’s a little short for your Thursday listening pleasure. We—your co-hosts Sam and Beth—have some unfinished business and news. What’s our frequency? Tune into ours as we receive yours.
March 10, 2022
TRAILER - Beth and Sam discuss mindful things and talk about their upcoming movie discussions!
In tomorrow’s “Short,” we’ll discuss some things that are going on in the world, some mortifying gaffs from our Dolores Claiborne episode, which film we’ll be discussing for St. Paddy’s Day (VERY EXCITED), and also let you know about some good works Celluloid Pudding is doing in the name of peace and harmony on Earth. Please join us now AND tomorrow!
March 08, 2022
Dolores Claiborne - A heartfelt discussion followed by a fantastic interview!
Please join us for one of our rawest discussions yet. We went light on the editing and kept it real. We also have an interview Beth conducted with the fantastic Mona—a native of Maine—who provides us with terrific insights about the era in which she grew up, her memories of Stephen King, and some of the linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies of the great state of Maine. Thank you, Mona! End song ‘Prayer for Ukraine’ performed by Endpin Project Cello Choir. Composed by Mykola Lysenko.
March 03, 2022
Off the record riffing with Sam & Beth.
It’s Wednesday night and we can’t stop thinking about you! This is a little freestyle riff, along with some fact corrections that embarrassed us from previous episodes. But we mostly just wanted to commune with you before we release our next episode next Thursday.
February 24, 2022
Boogie Nights Pt 2 - We reluctantly conclude our Porno/Boogie Nights discussion.
“I like simple pleasures, like, butter in my ass and lollipops in my mouth.” If you like old school disco mixes, you’ll love this channel: https://m.youtube.com/user/DJDiscoCatV2
February 20, 2022
Boogie Nights Pt 1 - Climb aboard as Beth talks about porn. Sam helps.
“There are shadows in life, babe.”
February 14, 2022
TRAILER - BOOGIE NIGHTS with your co-hosts Beth &Sam.
Boy are you in for a big surprise!
February 08, 2022
A Raisin in the Sun- A fascinating discussion about a gem of a masterpiece.
In this episode, we take a wonderfully difficult look at Lorraine Hansberry’s play-adapted-to big screen, A Raisin in the Sun, starring a fantastic ensemble, including the late, GREAT Sidney Poitier. This is more than a film; it is an entire multi-generational experience captured by the skill and imagination of a true artist. This time we refer to the writer; though director Daniel Petrie and two famed producers were able to explore so many themes with grace and nuance. Listen as we try our best to do this work of art justice in our discussion. Perhaps we didn’t quite get there…but we did our damnedest to honor the film, the themes, and the artists. We hope you are inspired to watch the film and to dig more deeply into themes that are just as relevant today as they were in 1961. Related episode links: https://girlsinmitsouko.medium.com/the-double-life-of-lorraine-hansberry-out-magazine-september-1999-a60c1d471d49, https://www.theroot.com/a-raisin-still-in-the-sun-1790875491, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o-yD0wGxAc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnnjS4ivBJI, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot7xCM-Oeig, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hdVFiANBTk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkFR_6DGJ3o.
February 04, 2022
American Sniper - A discussion of Clint Eastwood’s controversial film.
In this episode, your co-hosts Beth and Sam—and our resident expert and German veteran—take on American Sniper (2014), a Clint Eastwood film based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same title. We do warn you that the subject matter we cover might be disturbing to some listeners. Included in our discussion are the subjects of war and guns, which are integral parts of the film. We would love to interact with you, our listeners, and get to know you. Please follow us on Twitter @CelluloidPuddn. As always, be kind and rewind.
January 28, 2022
TRAILER - A discussion of AMERICAN SNIPER, with Sam, Beth, and a very special guest.
For this episode, our special guest lends his perspective as a non-national and former member of the German military, while we (your co-hosts Beth & Sam) attempt to discuss a rather controversial film about a decidedly difficult subject. The material we cover may be disturbing to some listeners. We respectfully claim fair use of the opening montage snippets from the film American Sniper, 2014, which we do not in any way claim as our own. This segment is for reference only. Thank you.
January 25, 2022
Run, Lola, Run — Is life but a soccer game, or the deepest of existential chicanery? Lola knows.
This week we kick the ball around with a very exciting guest for Run, Lola, Run! Do you know what time it is? Trick question. Join us as we discuss this groundbreaking film by the great Tom Tykwer, starring the most exquisite Franka Potente. We wax a little nostalgic about the age of the mall cinema, and then do a deep dive. What a treat our guest brought us with his energy and knowledge. We had such fun making this episode and hope you enjoy it, too.
January 20, 2022
TRAILER FOR RUN, LOLA, RUN!
Do you ever wish life had a reset button? In our next episode we discuss the German film Lola Rennt aka “Run Lola Run” (1998). Director Tom Tykwer takes us on a frenetically paced adventure against the backdrop of pre-Millennium Berlin as Franka Potente races to beat demon time and change the variables in her chaotic universe. The techno soundtrack (also credit to Tykwer) is (chef’s kiss) superb!
January 18, 2022
The World According to Beth and Sam. Just kidding. It’s according to Garp. And John Irving.
In episode #4 of The Celluloid Pudding Podcast, we examine the 1982 film The World According to Garp, and consider some great themes the movie (and the book) throw at viewers. Is it a film ahead of its time? Or a film that time forgot? We aim to find out. Join us!
January 13, 2022
Late Weekend Discussions
Bonus episode where we briefly discuss the contributions of Hollywood legends Betty White, Sidney Poitier, and Peter Bogdanovich. We look forward to honoring their work in future episodes.
January 10, 2022
Please bear with us as we find our legs in the weightlessness of the podcast universe.
We’re striving to overcome a few technological difficulties.
January 07, 2022
The Apartment. A discussion of one of the most sublime films ever to grace the silver screen.
Arguably one of Billy Wilder’s greatest cinematic achievements is his film The Apartment. In this episode we talk about the exquisite cinematography, the outstanding performances, and also the social milieu of the time (1960) and how much has changed—and maybe hasn’t changed—since that time. We are super excited to discuss this cinematic gem.
January 06, 2022
TRAILER for January 6 episode of Celluloid Pudding! Join us!
We will have a look at Billy Wilders masterpiece The Apartment. This will be a fun movie to talk about, and we guarantee you’ll want to watch it immediately.
January 04, 2022
The Innocents: Part 2
We continue our discussion of the The Innocents. Join us as we dissect this film to bits.
January 02, 2022
The Innocents: a traditional ghost story… or a cautionary tale about precocious children?
Part 1. In our bonus episode of Celluloid Pudding we discuss the 1961 film The Innocents. We chose this film to expand upon the time-honored tradition of telling ghost stories around Christmas. Sam and Beth—that’s us!—hope to regale listeners with anecdotes, trivia and observations as we explore this confounding masterpiece. Please check out Part 2 as we delve more deeply into this fascinating tale. Our biggest hope is to engage our listeners. If you have additional input for the topics/films we will be covering, let us know! We will have an audience participation segment soon!
December 30, 2021
Trailer for The Celluloid Pudding Podcast with Beth & Sam.
The Celluloid Pudding Podcast: A new and fun podcast about cinema—sometimes joyful, sometimes chaotic—but always interesting! Coming to your favorite podcast platform soon!
December 28, 2021