They Shot Pictures Ep#23: Akira Kurosawa Part 2


On this episode of They Shot Pictures, we continue our discussion on Akira Kurosawa and shift our focus to his Samurai films. We discuss in detail the films The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail, Seven Samurai AKA The Greatest Film of All Time*  and Ran.

Lance writes about film eloquently albeit infrequently on this here blog and is also on twitter as @LanceJMc.

Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter as @wormatwork.


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*© 2013 Sean Gilman


They Shot Pictures Episode #22: Festival Recap Part Two


In the second part of our recap of the Vancouver and Toronto International Film Festivals, we take a look four films Sean saw and five that Seema saw:

Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz)
The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada)
Stranger By the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Yumen (JP Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang)
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher)
Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (Chai Chunya)
Bastards (Claire Denis)

And we wrap up the episode with some general thoughts on the film festival experience and Vancouver and Toronto in particular.


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They Shot Pictures Episode #21: Festival Recaps


In this special two-part episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema and Sean recount their experiences at the Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, respectively. In Part One, they discuss the films they both saw: Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs, Hong Sangsoo’s Our Sunhi, Ben Russell and Ben Rivers’s A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Mark Peranson and Raya Martin’s La última película, Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, Miguel Gomes’s Redemption, João Pedro Rodrigues’s The King’s Body and Johnnie To’s Blind Detective.


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They Shot Pictures Ep#20: Shinji Somai


On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema is joined by first-time guest Josh-Slater Williams and returning guests, Slayton Hurst Bourdon and Jhon to discuss the films of a truly under-seen and under-discussed Japanese filmmaker, Shinji Somai. Josh was the original inspiration for this episode having watched and loved a number of Somai films during a rare retrospective at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Thanks to that one and a couple other retrospectives, a few of Somai’s films have slowly become available and this is our modest attempt at bringing some much-needed attention to these unique films that we think set a precedent for various much more well-known filmmakers that were Somai’s contemporaries and/or came after him. We focus in particular on the films, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981), Typhoon Club (1985) and Moving (1993).

Josh Slater-Williams is the editor of the film section for SoundonSight.org. He is also a regular contributor to the Scottish culture magazine, The Skinny and writes about films regularly on his blog, Read Write HandHe also co-hosts the Seen Your Video podcast. You can pick Josh’s brains on twitter @jslaterwilliams.

Slayton Hurst Bourdon is currently working on his debut short, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart which will hopefully be available to watch soon at festivals worldwide and other media. To follow the project and find more information on the film, do visit the film’s Facebook Page. Slayton can also be reached on twitter @beefilmnz.

Jhon writes about a variety of visual media including anime and manga on his blog. He also really would love for you to reach out to him about all things cinematic on twitter, @cruyffbedroom.

Jhon and Seema co-host another podcast called Cinema on the Road focused entirely on world cinema. You can follow the podcast on @cinemaontheroad.

Seema is also on twitter under the handle @wormatwork.

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