08/2/15

They Shot Pictures Ep#37: Preston Sturges

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Hibernating perhaps but not quite dead, we are finally back after a long hiatus and hopefully back to a more regular schedule. In this episode of They Shot Pictures, Sean and Seema are joined once again by past guest Nathan Rogers-Hancock to discuss the films of Preston Sturges. For six Thursdays in a row since July 8th, the Seattle Art Museum has been showing Preston Sturges films in 35mm with the last two (Miracle at Morgan’s Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero) coming up. It seemed like a good time to rewatch and reconsider Preston Sturges’s all too short career.

We start off discussing his career in screenplay writing prior to directing his own films with a discussion of The Good Fairy and follow that up with a discussion of Christmas in July and end by talking about Unfaithfully Yours.

Ed note: Apologies in advance for the technical issues that caused us to cut short our discussion of Unfaithfully Yours.

Nathan Rogers-Hancock can be cajoled into weird rabbithole film discussions especially late at night on twitter @nrogershancock or on letterboxd.

Sean frequently writes about all things film on his blog and edits and manages the spiffy new website essential to staying in touch with everything going on cinema-wise in the Seattle area, Seattle Screen Scene. He’s also on twitter @theendofcinema and on letterboxd.

Seema sometimes gets out from under that rock to say something on twitter @wormatwork or letterboxd.

 

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06/25/14

They Shot Pictures Ep#32: Lau Kar-leung

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Sean is joined by Matt Lynch and CJ Roy to talk about Hong Kong director Lau Kar-leung, the man behind many of the greatest kung fu films of the Shaw Brothers era. They cover pretty much his whole career, with many digressions on martial arts cinema in general, but focus especially on three of his best films: Dirty Ho (1979), My Young Auntie (1981) and Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (1984).
Sean writes about all things film on this here blog and is also on twitter @TheEndofCinema.
Matt can be found at Scarecrow Video in Seattle and on twitter @colonelmortimer.
CJ can be found in Canada, at The Vulgar Cinema and on twitter @CJRoy89.

 

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04/19/14

They Shot Pictures Ep#30: Vincente Minnelli Musicals

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On part 1 of this two-parter, Jhon, Sean and Seema discuss the lush musicals of Vincente Minnelli. We center our discussion around the films The Pirate (1948), The Band Wagon (1953) and Gigi (1958). We have one rather exhausted and drowsy host and if you’re lucky the editing still left in some of Sean’s interstitial singing!

On a follow-up to this episode, we will be discussing Minnelli’s melodramas.

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.

Sean writes about all things film on his blog and is also on twitter @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter @wormatwork

 

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02/15/14

They Shot Pictures Ep#28: F.W. Murnau

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On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Sean and Seema discuss the all too brief but remarkable and hugely influential filmography of F.W. Murnau. We focus in particular on the films Phantom (1922), Faust (1926) and City Girl (1930).

Sean writes about all things film on his blog and is also on twitter @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter @wormatwork.

 

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12/22/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#27: 2013 Year In Review – Part 2

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In Part 2 of our Year End Roundup, we discuss our favorites (and not so favorites) from the year in a few more categories and finally countdown our overall Top 5 Films of the Year.

Johnnie To or Hong Sang Soo 01:00
Best Music 05:37
Best Lead Performance 08:08
Best Supporting Performance 12:35
Worst Movie of the Year 16:00
Best Script 20:41
Best Director 27:37
Top 5 Films of the Year Countdown 35:00

Please add your own favorites in the comments section or email us at theyshotpictures@gmail.com and/or tweet us @TSP_Podcast.

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

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.

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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12/22/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#26: 2013 Year In Review – Part 1

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On this two-part episode Sean, Seema, Jhon and Lance discuss some of our favorite films from 2013. We start off by explaining our eligibility criteria or lack thereof and then move on to declaring our favorites in a bunch of categories. On this installment we cover the following categories:

Film We Haven’t Seen Yet That We Think Would’ve Made Our List 04:30
Best Debut Feature 06:40
Favorite Animation – Feature or Short 09:03
Best Documentary or Non Fiction Film 11:56
Best Science Fiction Movie 17:40
Favorite Horror Film 23:08
Best Hollywood Movie 31:22
Favorite Bollywood 37:25
Film We Like that (almost) No One Else Has Seen 41:56
Unpopular Pick / Film You liked that no one else liked 50:50
Most /Best Depressing Movie of the Year: 1:00:05
Best cinematic moment or scene 1:05:20

Please add your own favorites in the comments section or email us at theyshotpictures@gmail.com and/or tweet us @TSP_Podcast.

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

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.

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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12/19/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#25: John Ford – The War Films

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On this second of 4 (or possibly more!) episodes of They Shot Pictures dedicated to the filmography of the prolific and legendary John Ford, we focus our attention on his War Films. We center our discussion around the films Pilgrimage, They Were Expendable and 7 Women.

If you haven’t listened to the first instalment in our John Ford series, you can find it here.

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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11/28/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#24: Claire Denis

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On this episode of They Shot Pictures, we are joined by Lance to discuss one of our most beloved (well, for some of us anyway) working filmmakers, Claire Denis. We discuss in particular the films, Beau Travail, L’Intrus and 35 Shots of Rum.

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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10/31/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#23: Akira Kurosawa Part 2

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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

10/5/13

They Shot Pictures Ep#20: Shinji Somai

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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.

If you listen to and like the show, pls leave us a comment on the website, rate or review us on itunes or reach out via Twitter @TSP_Podcast.

 

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