Not ready for the spooky season to be over? Join the club. The Crit Club! We're back this week with our Halloween themed episode where we discuss Vincent Price's 1973 schlocky romp Theater of Blood. The Criterion Channel has a lot of fun horror selections for scary October (and the far more frightening November), but only one movie has the costumes, the monologues and the fake mustaches of Theater of Blood. Come for the reviews, stay for the trampoline fencing scene.
Other things talked about on this episode:
- The Lure
- Shaun of the Dead
- Masque of the Red Death
- The West Wing
- Star Trek: Discovery
- What We Do in the Shadows
- It Follows
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
Join us next week for what became our election episode, as we watch the groundbreaking 1976 documentary Harlan County U.S.A.
To quiet things down a bit, Crit Club takes a look at Hirokazu Kore-eda's 2008 meditative family drama Still Walking. It was Angela's pick, and as her, Coire, Wizard Chris and Peter form a family of their own in discussing this move, will they fall to the same brooding in-fighting and passive aggressive shaming on display in the film? Why don't you listen and find out, nosy.
Other media we discussed:
Yasoira Josu - Tokyo Story
Midnight Diner - Tokyo Stories
Join us next week, when Crit Club will belatedly celebrate Halloween with 1973's campy Vincent Price horror film Theatre of Blood.
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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Actually, it's Albert Brooks' 1979 directorial debut Real Life, and Crit Club wants to talk about it. Peter, Coire, Angela and Wizard Chris are back this week to talk about this dark mockumentary, how it stands the test of time now in our reality show lives and where it ranks in the history of comedy. Come listen!
Other media discussed during this episode:
An American Family (obviously)
Judd Apatow movies
Defending Your Life
You Only Move Twice (Simpsons)
Music for Torching by AM Homes
Gone With the Wind
Next week join us while we quiet things down a bit with Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking.
The Crit Club crew (Coire, Peter, Angela, and Wizard Chris) takes on Cheryl Dunye's 1994 The Watermelon Woman, a playful fake documentary about Dunye's search for a 1930's Black film actor whom she only knows as the watermelon woman. Part of the new queer cinema, the Watermelon Woman is a stage for Dunye to share her experience as a young, Black lesbian and explore the culture that came before her.
Other media we mentioned during our discussion:
Totally F***ed Up
F for Fake
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Join us next week as we discuss Albert Brooks' directing debut, 1979's Real Life.
This week, it's Wizard's pick! Crit Club takes on the 1987 Norwegian movie Pathfinder. Written and directed by Nils Gaup, it revolves around the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia and tells the story of one of their old legends.
Other things mentioned in this episode:
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Next week we will watch The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye. Come join us!
Crit Club heads to Eastern Europe on a cryptozoological safari. This week we're talking about Agnieszka Smoczyńska's 2015 Polish horror musical The Lure. Join us while some of us fall for the sirens' song, and some of us get lost in translation.
Other things brought up in this episode:
Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya daren
Umbrellas of cherbourg - Jacques Demy
Ginger snaps - John Fawcett
Mulholland drive - David Lynch
Demon - Marcin Wrona
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tombstone - Clint Eastwood
Relic - Natalie Erika James
Next week's movie will be 1987's Pathfinder.
Crit Club takes on the Australian New Wave! This week, we discuss Peter Weir's 1979 psychological thriller The Plumber, a truly harrowing story about class, colonialism, and cannibalism.
On the inaugural episode of Crit Club, Coire, Angela, Wizard Chris and Peter look at Greg Arraki's 1993 New Queer Cinema classic Totally F***ed Up.