Sean is joined by Scarecrow Video’s Matt Lynch and the Alamo Drafthouse’s Laird Jimenez to talk about famed Hong Kong action auteur John Woo. They cover the length of Woo’s 40+ year career, including his early studio days (Last Hurrah for Chivalry), his explosive peak years (Bullet in the Head), his mixed results working in the American studio system (Face/Off) and his return to Hong Kong in recent years (Red Cliff).
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.
Most/Best Depressing Movie of the Year 00:56
Best cinematic moment or scene 08:45
Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata 18:12
Best Music 24:00
TSP Guest Top 5 from CJ Roy 30:33
Best Lead Performances 32:33
Best Supporting Performances 41:39
Worst Movie of the Year 51:35
TSP Guest Top 5 from Annie 57:13
Best Script 59:01
Best Director 1:03:48
Honorable Mentions 1:11:27
TSP Guest Top 5 from Matt Lynch 1:17:22
Top 5 Films of the Year Countdown 1:20:09
On this two-part episode Sean, Seema, and Jhon discuss some of our favorite films from 2014. We start off by explaining our eligibility criteria or lack thereof and then move on to declaring our favorites in a bunch of categories. Interspersed are Top 5 lists from all of the nice people that guested on TSP in 2014. On this installment we cover the following categories:
Film We Haven’t Seen Yet That We Think Would’ve Made Our List 01:58
Best Debut Feature 06:34
Favorite Animated Film 12:00
Best Documentary or Nonfiction Film 14:14
TSP Guest Top 5 from Nathan Rogers Hancock 18:32
Favorite Science Fiction Movie 19:30
Favorite Romantic Comedy 24:33
Favorite Horror Film 29:12
Favorite Musical 37:29
TSP Guest Top 5 from Mike Strenski 43:24
Favorite Hollywood Movie 45:33
Favorite Bollywood Movie 51:16
Film We Like that (almost) No One Else Has Seen 58:59
Unpopular Pick / Film You liked that No One Else Liked 1:13:36
TSP Guest Top 5 from Kaj van Zoelen 1:20:12
On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Sean and Seema are joined by Nathan Rogers-Hancock to discuss the films of Chinese filmmaker King Hu, best known for his legendary and influential wuxia films. They focus in particular on the films, Come Drink With Me (1966), The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) and Legend of the Mountain (1971).
Seema is joined by her friend, Kaj van Zoelen to discuss the films of Douglas Sirk, best known from his Hollywood melodramas from the 50s but whose career was prolific and transcended countries and genres. In a strange (somewhat) unplanned twist, we end up ignoring the colorful melodramas he’s best known for (although they do come up) and instead focus on three of his relatively underseen films. We discuss the films, Das Mädchen von Moorhof (1935), Shockproof (1949) and There’s Always Tomorrow (1956).
On part 1 of this multi-part episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema is joined by her friend Annie to discuss the melodramas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Specifically, they discuss the films Martha (1967), The Mariage of Maria Braun (1979) and In a Year With 13 Moons (1978).
- Opening Music: Serenade Out of Tune from Lola by Peer Raben
- Closing Music: Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves from Querelle Vocals by Jeanne Moreau, Music by Peer Raben
On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Jhon and Sean are joined by guest Mike and the three of them discuss the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki and more broadly, Studio Ghibli. Over the course of nearly 3 hours, they discuss in detail the films Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991) and Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises (2013).
- Mike’s Review of Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Sean’s Review of The Castle of Cagliostro
- Jhon’s Studio Ghibli Rankings on Letterboxd
- Noel Vera on Only Yesterday
- Mike D’Angelo on Grave of the Fireflies
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.
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.
Sean goes solo on the hosting duties on this episode where he is joined by our friend Jhon to discuss the films of Hong Kong filmmaker Sammo Hung. Specifically, they discuss the films The Magnificent Butcher, Wheels on Meals and Pedicab Driver. Listen at your risk if you’re allergic to fun!
Jhon blogs about visual media (esp. that anime show no one’s heard of) on this here blog. He is also on twitter as @cruyffbedroom.
Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema. For more Sammo fun, check out the index of Sammo Hung reviews Sean posted over this summer.
Both Sean and Jhon can also be found on letterboxd under the same usernames as their twitter handles.
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