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Stereoactive Movie Club

Stereoactive Movie Club

By Stereoactive Media
Alicia, Lora, Mia, Stephen, and Jeremiah are discussing some of the greatest movies ever made. Who says? Sight & Sound Magazine says. Every ten years, since 1952, the publication has surveyed critics and directors to determine which films, according to those surveyed, might be considered the best. The five film-loving friends take turns picking movies that have appeared on the list and then dig into them with an eye on their cultural impact, how they stand up today, and just whether they’re actually as good as all those critics and directors say they are.
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Ep 26 // Round 5 Picks!
Listen up as we reveal our picks for what we’ll be watching in Round 5 of the podcast! Spoiler alert: we have two bonus picks this time around, so we’ll be watching 7 films total. And, as referenced in the episode, here is the list of all movies released after 1980 that appeared in the top 100 of the Sight & Sound critics and directors surveys in 2012: 1982 - Blade Runner (Ridley Scott / USA) 1982 - Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, France) 1982 - Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden) 1983 - L’argent (Robert Bresson, France) 1985 - Come And See (Elem Klimov, USSR) 1985 - Shoah (Claude Lanzmann (France) 1986 - Blue Velvet (David Lynch, USA) 1990 - Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) 1990 - Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, USA) 1991 - A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, Taiwan) 1994 - Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, Hungary) 1988-1998 - Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean Luc Godard / France) 1999 - Beau Travail (Claire Denis / France) 2000 - In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong) 2000 - Yi Yi (Edward Yang, Taiwan) 2001 - Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, USA) 2005 - Caché (aka Hidden, Michael Haneke, France/Austria) 2007 - There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA) Produced by Stereoactive Media
26:33
September 15, 2022
Ep 25 // Pather Panchali
It’s Lora’s 4th pick: Pather Panchali, the 1955 film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali, which translates as “Song of the Little Road,” is based on the 1929 novel of the same name, which is the semi-autobiographical work of author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. Satyajit Ray was a graphic designer working on illustrations for a 1944 abridged edition of the book when it was suggested to him that the stoy’s depiction of rural life in the Bengali region of India would make for a good film. A few years later, as Ray became interested in making a movie, he decided to take that suggestion. After a start-stop-start production beset by funding issues, support from the regional government, as well as MoMA and filmmakers like Jean Renoir and John Huston helped to eventually push the production over the finish line. Its success was eventually sure enough that there were two sequels that, together with this film, form what’s known as the “Apu trilogy,” which when taken together follow Apu’s life through adolescence and into adulthood. Pather Panchali won Best Feature Film and Best Bengali Feature Film at India’s 3rd National Film Awards. It was also honored at Cannes with the aforementioned award for Best Human Document and was nominated for or won several other critics, festival, or industry awards around the world. As for our purposes, the film has appeared in the top 10 of Sight & Sound’s critics polls twice, once as a runner up in 1962 and then again at number 6 in 1992. In the 2012 polling, it was ranked #42 by critics and #48 by directors. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:00:30
September 06, 2022
Ep 24 // Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
It’s Stephen’s 4th pick: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Often cited as one of the best comedy films of all time – as well as simply one of the best films generally – this was Kubrick’s follow-up to Lolita, released two years before in 1962.Its making began with the director’s desire to produce a movie about a nuclear accident during the Cold War. As he was doing research for the project, someone suggested he read Peter George’s book, Red Alert, and he eventually bought the rights for it and began working with the author on an adaptation. As they began to write, Kubrick at some point came to the conclusion that there was no real way to depict the scenario he was interested in without it seeming absurd, so they decided to lean into that absurdity and make it a satire, which is a departure from the more serious depiction of the novel. Satirical author Terry Southern (perhaps best known by movie fans as a co-writer of Easy Rider a few years later) was brought in to help with the tone. The casting of Peter Sellers was instrumental in getting the film made, with Columbia Pictures making it a condition that the actor play 4 roles – one more than he had in 1959’s The Mouse that Roared. Originally, he was set to also play Major Kong, the bomber pilot, though perhaps against his better wishes since he wasn’t comfortable with the character’s Texas accent. But an injury forced him out of the role and it was recast with Slim Pickens, though not before it was offered to John Wayne. Another change of note is that the film legendarily originally ended with a giant pie fight between all the personnel in the War Room. The film was originally set to open in late 1963, but was delayed due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Instead it was released in January 1964 to good box office and it was eventually nominated for 4 Academy Awards – Best Picture, Director, Actor (Peter Sellers), and Adapted Screenplay – though it won none. It did however win 4 BAFTA awards, including Best British Film and Best Film From Any Source. And it was nominated for or won other Guild and Critics awards. As for our purposes, it only appeared in the top 10 of one of Sight & Sound’s polls once, when it was ranked the 5th greatest film by directors in 2002. In the 2012 polling, it was ranked #117 by critics and #107 by directors. Among the directors who included it in their top 10s were Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Mann, and Amos Poe. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:09:13
August 29, 2022
Ep 23 // Persona
It’s Mia’s 4th pick: Persona, the 1966 film directed by Ingmar Bergman. Persona is a film that is open to much interpretation about its themes, meaning, and maybe even its plot. In the most basic way, it’s the story of a well known Swedish actress who suffers an emotional shutdown and is put in a hospital. It’s explained that there is nothing wrong with her either mentally or physically, but she is completely unwilling to move or speak. A nurse is assigned to her, but a lack of any progress soon leads the attending doctor to send the actress, with her nurse, to a seaside cottage. With the actress still not speaking, but beginning to otherwise take part in life, the nurse finds a willing set of ears to spill her thoughts and secrets to. This eventually leads to a seeming betrayal of confidence. Meanwhile, both for the nurse and for the audience, the identities of the women become increasingly blurred. Persona was Ingmar Bergman’s 27th film as a director and was released 20 years after his first. It also came about a decade after The Seventh Seal firmly established him as a well-known name of world cinema. The experimental opening moments of the film effectively set up an experience that is harder to pin down than other, more mainstream films. Discussion and debate about how to interpret Persona tend to follow several different lines, from identity, gender, and sexuality to Jungian psychology, art, and even vampirism. For our purposes, Persona only appeared in the top 10 of Sight & Sound’s critics poll once, in 1972, when it was ranked 5th. In 2012, it was tied with The Seventh Samurai at number 17 on the wider critics poll, and it was ranked number 13 on the directors poll. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:05:54
August 03, 2022
Ep 22 // The Rules of the Game
It’s Jeremiah’s 4th pick: The Rules of the Game, the 1939 film directed by Jean Renoir. ‘The Rules of the Game’ was the most expensive film ever made in France at the time of its production and came on the heels of a series of successful films that had made Renoir one of the top French directors. After initial preview screenings that began in June of 1939 and a premier in July that met with low box-office and mixed reviews, a series of edits eventually whittled  the film down from its 113 minute runtime to 85 minute; many of the edits excised Renoir’s own performance, resulting in a much less complex and integral character. By October, the film was banned in France for being "depressing, morbid, immoral [and] having an undesirable influence over the young." A successful 1956 attempt at restoration led to the discovery of negatives and other prints and audio for the film that had been thought lost during World War II. Eventually, with advice from Renoir, a 106 minute cut was assembled that largely restored what had been cut after the film’s post-release failure. This restoration was screened for Renoir in 1959 and reportedly left the director in tears. Director Satyajit Ray – whose film, ‘Pather Panchali,’ we’ll be watching for an upcoming episode – said of The Rules of the Game: it is “a film that doesn't wear its innovations on its sleeve ... Humanist? Classical? Avant-Garde? Contemporary? I defy anyone to give it a label. This is the kind of innovation that appeals to me." For our purposes, this is the only film that’s been in the top 10 of Sight & Sound’s critics poll every single time since it began in 1952, when it debuted at number 10 (even before it’s restoration). It then fluctuated between number 2 and number 3 from 1962 to 2002 and was at number 4 in 2012. Additionally, it was on the directors poll in 2002, at number 9. In the 2012 polling, 100 critics had the film on their list – and 17 directors, including Olivier Assayas, Lawrence Kasdan, Steve McQueen, and Paul Schrader. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:06:04
July 20, 2022
Ep 21 // Hiroshima Mon Amour
It’s Alicia’s 4th pick: Hiroshima Mon Amour, the 1959 film directed by Alain Resnais. With ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour,’ Resnais and screenwriter Marguerite Duras, explore the intersection where tragedy and trauma meet history and memory. The film was released on May 8, 1959 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize. Among its other accolades was recognition by Cahiers du Cinéma on its list of the top 10 films of 1959, where it was ranked 2nd after Kenji Mizoguchi’s ‘Ugetsu.’ It opened in the United States in May of 1960 and went on to earn Marguerite Duras an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. To give a sense of what was popular in the United States in the years ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ was first released, then when it opened in the United States, the top grossing films in North America for 1959 and 1960 were Ben-Hur and Spartacus, respectively. Meanwhile, Ben-Hur was also the big winner at the Oscars for 1959, while The Apartment was the big winner for 1960. For our purposes, the film has never been in the top 10 of either the critics or directors polls done by Sight and Sound magazine to determine the greatest films ever made. It did, though, place, as a runner-up in both 1962 and 1972. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:21:26
July 07, 2022
Ep 20 // Round 4 Picks!
Listen up as we reveal our picks for what we’ll be watching in Round 4 of the podcast! Spoiler alert: it’s our most international round yet! Produced by Stereoactive Media
16:36
June 23, 2022
Ep 19 // Singin’ in the Rain
Singin’ in the Rain was a product of MGM’s so-called “Freed Unit,” named for the person who headed it -- Arthur Freed. Before this film, Freed worked on many of the best known musicals, both historically and of their respective days: The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Arms, Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies, Easter Parade, On the Town, Annie Get Your Gun, Show Boat, and An American In Paris. It was after working on An American in Paris -- which featured music by George Gershwin, and went on to win 7 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) while becoming one of the top 10 highest grossing films of 1951 -- that Freed decided to put together another musical featuring pre-existing music by a specific songwriter… namely, himself, along with collaborator Nacio Herb Brown. The resulting film features tunes the duo wrote for previous MGM musicals. Screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green worked on the initial draft of the screenplay with Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen jumping in to collaborate on adjustments to the story once they were done with American In Paris. Debbie Reynolds, who was not a dancer before the movie began production, had a particularly rough time making the picture -- with Kelly being rough on her throughout and one extremely long day of shooting a number resulting in bloody feet. In 2003, she told the Saturday Evening Post that "Singin' in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life." And the famed “Make ‘Em Laugh” sequence reportedly left heavy smoking Donald O’Connor recovering in a hospital bed for several days. The film was considered only a modest hit at the time it was released, though it did receive strong reviews from many of the major critics of the day and it did rank as the 10th highest grossing film of 1952. It was nominated for 2 Oscars -- Best Supporting Actress (Jean Hagen) and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture -- but won neither. The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture that year went to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth -- and that film was also the highest grossing of 1952. Over the nearly 70 years since its release, Singin’ in the Rain has arguably become one of the best loved movies of all time, especially as far as Hollywood movies go. It wa among the first batch of 25 films considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" that the Library of Congress recognized in 1989 for its National Film Registry. And it was included in AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list in 1998, ranked at #10... then rose to the #5 spot when that list was updated in 2007. AFI also listed it as the #1 greatest movie musical of all time in 2006, beating out West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and Cabaret... in that order. For our purposes, the film first ranked in the top 10 of Sight and Sound Magazine’s critics’ survey of the best films of all time in 1982.. At #3. It was then a runner up in 1992 and at #10 in 2002. And though it didn’t make the top 10 in 2012, it was included on the full list at #20, right behind Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror and just ahead of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura -- both of which we’ve discussed in previous episodes of this podcast… Ben Gibson, Director of the London Film School, put it on his list, saying: “Through the faked-up DIY of Singin’ in the Rain, seemingly a mad throwing together of stuff that somehow just gels, we’re allowed to feel the joy of creativity and to glimpse the very human face of genius. It’s the least improvised film providing the most thrillingly spontaneous feeling to be had in a cinema.” Singin’ in the Rain also came in at #67 on the 2012 directors’ poll. Among the directors who voted for it were Francis Ford Coppola and Marc Webb.
01:15:02
June 13, 2022
Ep 18 // The Godfather Part II
It’s Mia’s 3rd pick: The Godfather Part II, the 1974 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II both continues the story begun in the first film and also deepens it by depicting what came before. We watch as Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone continues in the family business, building his empire while trying to hold on to his family, both actual and figurative. This is crosscut with a portrayal of his father Vito’s rise from an unfortunate child in Sicily to a respected man in New York, as deftly played by Robert DeNiro. We watch as the older man builds his empire in order to, as he seems to view it, strengthen his family, just as the younger man causes his family to weaken as he extends his father’s empire. Mario Puzo, the author of the novel on which the first movie and the overall saga were based, began working on the script for Part II before the first movie was even released. And, at least according to Coppola, the production of this followup was much smoother than that of the first film, as that installment’s success afforded him greater opportunity for control and independence from the studio, Paramount Pictures. It was released in December of 1974 and, though the critical reception was mixed at first -- with the film’s structure drawing the most consternation -- reassessments began sooner than often happens. In addition to being the big winner at the Academy Awards that year, the film was also the 6th highest grossing film of 1974 in North America. The Godfather Part II was included in AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list in 1998, ranked at #32… and it stayed in the same spot when that list was updated in 2007. For our purposes, it gets a little messy -- the film ranked #9 on Sight and Sound Magazine’s survey of directors in 1992… But when it was paired with Part 1 for the the survey in 2002, the 2 films collectively came it at #4 on the critics poll and at #2 on the directors poll. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:30:51
June 02, 2022
Ep 17 // 8 ½
It’s Jeremiah’s 3rd pick: 8 ½, the 1963 film directed by Federico Fellini. 8 ½ was Fellini’s feature film follow-up to 1960s La Dolce Vita – with a segment for an anthology film produced in the interim. La Dolce Vita had been something of an international sensation when it came out, so perhaps the pressure of following that up led him to produce a film about the pressure on a director to make his next movie. It was released in February 1963 to much acclaim, especially from European critics, drawing comparisons to James Joyce’s Ulysses and Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane along the way. It then opened in the United States in June of that year, where it also earned mostly praise, but for a few critics (Pauline Kael among the detractors). And it ended up winning two Academy Awards, for Best Foreign Film and Best Costume Design (Black and White), while it was also nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. As for our purposes, 8 ½ was first on the Sight & Sound critics survey in 1972, ranked as the 4th greatest film of all time. It Was then at number 5 in 1982, fell off the list in 1992, reentered at #9 in 2002 and ended up at #10 in 2012. Meanwhile, it’s been on the directors survey each time they’ve had one so far, at #2 in 1992, at #3 in 2002, and then at #4 in 2012. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:18:38
November 01, 2021
Ep 16 // Lawrence of Arabia w/ Matt
It’s Alicia's 3rd pick: ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ the 1962 film directed by David Lean. The film is adapted from the autobiographical account of T. E. Lawrence, ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ which was first published in 1926 and told the story of his involvement with the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks, from 1916-1918. Over the decades, many filmmakers – chief among them legendary silent and early sound era producer/director Alexander Korda – courted Lawrence, his estate, and biographers who owned rights to their own versions of the story. But it was ultimately producer Sam Spiegel who secured the rights, looking to follow up on his successful production of ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ with director David Lean. By most accounts the extremely long shoot – which took place in Jordan, Morocco, and Spain – was hellish, but the resulting Super Panavision 70mm CinemaScope film, which premiered in December of 1962, went on to great success largely with both audiences and critics. In addition to its 7 Oscar wins for Best Picture, Director, Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Score, and Sound, it was also nominated for Best Actor (Peter O’Toole), Best Supporting Actor (Omar Sharif), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson). Notably, Gregory Peck won Best Actor that year for To Kill A Mockingbird. As for our purposes, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ has actually never appeared in the Top 10 or as a runner up on Sight & Sound magazine’s critics poll of the greatest films of all time, but it did rank at #4 on their poll of directors in 2002. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:46:04
October 13, 2021
Ep 15 // Vertigo
It’s Lora’s 3rd pick: ‘Vertigo,’ the 1958 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Considered by an increasing number of people to be the director’s masterpiece, the film relies on an against-type performance by Jimmy Stewart and a complex, multi-faceted performance by Kim Novak. It first appeared on the Sight & Sound magazine poll of the greatest films ever made in 1972, as a runner up. It’s then appeared on the decennial list every time since, moving up to number 7, then number 4, then number 2, before in 2012 being named the greatest film of all time, overtaking Citizen Kane from the spot it had held for 60 years. Meanwhile it was named the 6th greatest film on the directors poll in both 1992 and 2002, then came in at number 7 in 2012. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:22:22
August 13, 2021
Ep 14 // Round 2 Wrap Up / Round 3 Picks
It’s the end of Round 2 of the Stereoactive Media Movie Club podcast! We’re revisiting the films we’ve discussed in the last 6 episodes and we’re picking our next round of movies to watch and discuss! Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:26:47
July 22, 2021
Ep 13 // The Godfather
It’s Mia’s 2nd pick: 'The Godfather,’ the 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Foundational to modern cinema that’s followed in its footsteps and culturally influential beyond the scope of most movies, it’s often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. In the 2002 Sight & Sound magazine poll – in tandem with its sequel, Part 2 – it was named the 4th greatest movie of all time by critics while the 2 films together were named the 2nd greatest film of all time by directors. And on its own, it was named the 6th greatest film of all time by directors in 1992, then the 7th greatest in 2012. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:25:41
June 24, 2021
Ep 12 // Mirror
It’s Jeremiah’s 2nd pick: ‘Mirror,’ the 1975 film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Nonlinear in structure it features moments from the central character’s life, both as a young boy and as a father, interspersed with bits of newsreel footage, other memories, and poetic passages. It broke into the top 10 of Sight & Sound magazine’s ‘greatest films’ poll in 2012, ranking 9th on the survey of directors. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:19:60
June 14, 2021
Ep 11 // L’avventura
It’s Alicia’s 2nd pick: ‘L’avventura,’ the 1960 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. It’s departure from until-then standard plotting was something of a breakthrough and, along with other films by like-minded filmmakers of the time, helped to influence films – and style – to come. It was voted 2nd in Sight & Sound magazine’s ‘greatest films’ poll in 1962, then came in at #5 in 1972 and #7 in 1982. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:27:25
June 02, 2021
Ep 10 // Bicycle Thieves
It’s Lora’s 2nd pick: ‘Bicycle Thieves,’ the 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It’s an emblematic example of the neorealist movement that developed in Italy after World War II, depicting the lives of everyday people struggling to get by, and mostly cast with non-professional actors. It was voted the #1 greatest film of all time in the very first critics poll Sight & Sound magazine did back in 1952. Since then it’s placed #7 in 1962 and as a runner up in 1992. It was also on the directors poll, at #6 in 2002 and #10 in 2012. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:16:12
May 21, 2021
Ep 9 // The General
It’s Stephen’s 2nd pick: ‘The General,’ the 1926 film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman – and of course also starring Buster Keaton. It’s an action comedy set during the Civil War and largely centered around a stolen train and plenty of stunt work and it’s been on Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial poll of the “greatest films” twice – at #8 in 1972, then at #10 in 1982. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:11:03
May 05, 2021
Ep 8 // The Searchers w/ JPK
Very special guest JPK joins us with his pick: ‘The Searchers,’ the 1956 film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter. It’s a western that put new spins on some of the genre tropes that Ford himself helped to establish and it’s been on Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial poll of the “greatest films” every time since 1982. Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:42:57
April 29, 2021
Ep 7 // Round 1 Wrap Up / Round 2 Picks
It’s the end of Round 1 of the Stereaoctive Media Movie Club podcast! We’re revisiting the films we’ve discussed in the last 5 episodes and addressing comments from listeners and members of the Facebook group. Also, we’re picking our next round of movies to watch and discuss – but this time there’ll be 6 because we have a special guest joining us to make a pick and join us for the episode where we’ll discuss their choice! 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 10:38 - About the show / Does ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ belong on a greatest films list? 16:15 - ‘Citizen Kane’ and cruel portrayal 19:25 - ‘Kane’ and ‘Velvet Goldmine’ 23:45 - Which films have we thought about most since discussing them? 28:22 - Our thoughts on the Sight & Sound poll after Round 1 43:24 - A pitch for a future round of movies… 44:32 - Listener feedback: Women on the panel on the women in the movies so far 52:14 - Listener feedback: how was ‘Ambersons’ supposed to end / Welles almost shot something years later 57:13 - Has Lora watched ‘Bogus Journey’ yet????? 59:30 - Our Round 2 picks… w/ a special surprise guest! 64:45 - Final thoughts / wrapping up 12:48 - About the film / open discussion Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:06:55
April 16, 2021
Ep 6 // Rashomon
It’s Jeremiah’s pick… ‘Rashomon,’ the 1950 film by Akira Kurosawa, the premise of which has been emulated often over the decades. The film has appeared twice on Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial poll of the “greatest films” as voted on by directors – #10 in 1992 and #9 in 2002. 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 09:14 - About the show / expectations for ‘Rashomon’ 12:48 - About the film / open discussion 55:15 - Favorite scenes or moments / the test of time / influence or relevance today 59:28 - Bonus question: Which international/non-English language film is either your favorite or first made you want to explore more from that country or region? 55:59 - Next week on Stereoactive Movie Club… / Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:07:24
April 05, 2021
Ep 5 // Tokyo Story
It’s Alicia’s pick… ‘Tokyo Story,’ the 1953 film by Yasujirō Ozu, which filmmaker and critic, Lindsay Anderson, after seeing it in London in 1957 wrote a review for Sight & Sound magazine likened it to the Zen state of experiencing the world in the same way as before, but feeling as if you’re 2 inches off the ground. The film has appeared several times on Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial polls of the “greatest films” most recently at #3 on the critics poll and #1 on the directors poll. Also, with the horrific events recently in Atlanta and the overall rise in bigotry and violence toward our friends in AAPI communities, we suggest supporting groups Stop AAPI Hate. And for those who want to learn how they can assist people facing hatred and violence in person, we suggest looking into bystander intervention training with groups like Hollaback! 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 03:55 - About the show / expectations for ‘Tokyo Story’ 06:38 - About the film / open discussion 55:50 - Favorite scenes or moments / the test of time / influence or relevance today 61:31 - Bonus question: What movie's setting made you want to travel there, and have you actually gone or not? 70:13 - Next week on Stereoactive Movie Club… / Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:11:22
March 25, 2021
Ep 4 // Citizen Kane
It’s Lora’s pick… ‘Citizen Kane,’ the 1941 debut film by Orson Welles. Often referred to as the greatest film ever made, it’s possibly Welles’ greatest achievement, but the controversy surrounding it (mainly stirred up by William Randolph Hearst, the main target of the film’s narrative) also led to his quick fall from grace. The film has appeared on every single one of Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial polls of the “greatest films,” debuting as a runner up in 1952, then sitting at #1 for the next 50 years, before eventually dropping to #2 on both the 2012 polls of critics and directors. Also, with the horrific events this past week in Atlanta and the overall rise in bigotry and violence toward our friends in AAPI communities, we suggest supporting groups Stop AAPI Hate. And for those who want to learn how they can assist people facing hatred and violence in person, we suggest looking into bystander intervention training with groups like Hollaback! 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 10:21 - About the show / expectations for ‘Citizen Kane’ 14:19 - About the film / open discussion 54:02 - Disputed authorship of ‘Kane’ 61:34 - Favorite scenes or moments / historical context / the test of time / influence 75:34 - Bonus question: what’s your favorite “ripped from the headlines” movie? 83:29 - Next week on Stereoactive Movie Club… / Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:25:23
March 19, 2021
Ep 3 // The Magnificent Ambersons
It’s Stephen’s pick… ‘The Magnificent Ambersons,’ directed by Orson Welles and released in 1942. It’s the follow-up to his debut film, ‘Citizen Kane,’ and has one of the most famous production backstories of all time, due to reshoots and destroyed footage. The film has appeared in the top ten of Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial “greatest films” poll 2 times. 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 12:59 - About the show / expectations for ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ 15:59 - About the film / open discussion 46:27 - Favorite scenes or moments / historical context 57:50 - The test of time 63:00 - Bonus question: what’s your favorite movie that legitimately frightened you? 84:20 - Next week on Stereoactive Movie Club… / Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:25:55
March 05, 2021
Ep 2 // The Passion of Joan of Arc
For our first full-fledged movie chat, we discuss ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc,’ directed by Carl Thedor Dreyer, starring Maria Falconetti, and released in 1928. The film has appeared in the top ten of Sight & Sound magazine’s decennial “greatest films” poll 5 times – 4 times on the critics poll and once on the directors poll. 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 12:59 - About the show / about ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ 14:41 - Why Mia picked the movie and her thoughts on it / open discussion 44:45 - Historical context 54:08 - Favorite scenes or moments 56:45 - The test of time 59:16 - Bonus question: what’s your favorite Valentine’s Day movie? 69:53 - Next week on Stereoactive Movie Club… / Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
01:12:02
March 01, 2021
Ep 1 // Introductions & Round 1 Movie Draft
Welcome to a new movie podcast featuring 5 friends leading discussions on movies. In our inaugural episode, we discuss the decennial Sight & Sound poll, then each pick a movie that’s appeared on the list to watch in future episodes. So, listen along to find out which movies we’ll be watching, then watch along with us–and maybe even participate in the podcast? 00:00 - Intro + the last good movies we saw 05:08 - About the show / about the Sight & Sound poll 11:50 - Our movie picks 17:34 - Potential questions/issues with the Sight & Sound poll 23:00 - What we were watching in 2020 / comfort movies 26:14 - ‘The Invisible Man’ / does Elisabeth Moss shop at “that” Target? 27:50 - Our 1st movie might inspire Lora to chop off her hair 28:41 -  Outro Produced by Stereoactive Media
29:56
February 09, 2021
COMING SOON!
5 person discussions on films, starting with those on the decennial movie polls put out by Sight & Sound magazine.
00:25
February 06, 2021