In 'Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' Al Sjoerdsma is dedicated to examining each episode of the original 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' television series, show by show in chronological order, in depth and with an eye to the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s.
The Michigan Theater Foundation's round-table discussion podcast that takes you behind the scenes of an independent Art House Cinema. Featuring discussions on what's new and interesting playing outside the megaplex theater, film festival roundups, and the general love of movies that drives us.
In this installment, John Qualen makes his final AHP appearance, playing a man so desperate for a job that he accepts a position with an anonymous employer. Surely, nothing good will come of that. Or will it?
Nick speaks with writer/director Haroula Rose, author Bonnie Jo Campbell, and producer David Macias of Once Upon a River. The Q and A includes discussion points about how Bonnie’s book was adapted and the relationship between the author and screenwriter, casting and location decisions, Annie Oakely, the fictional Stark River and more!…
In this installment, Alexander Arlington, our protagonist, finds himself in Heaven, where he learns that he's been murdered. So, what is he going to do about it?
Charles Bronson returns, this time as a crook, as he and Norma Crane come up against Estelle Winwood's alternate reality. So, which reality wins out?
Nick speaks with Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, directors of the documentary Vinyl Nation, about the resurgence of vinyl over the past decade, filming across the country, their personal connections with records, and more!
Nick speaks with Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!, about her uncle Ellis’ television program Soul!, the legacy of Ellis Haizlip, the state of television today, and the 10 year journey that was taken to make this film.
Nick hosts a virtual Q and A with Brigitte Amiri, deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, an Ann Arbor native, and on-screen subject of the ‘The Fight’. Brigitte discusses the trust she had with the filmmakers while making the documentary, how she guards herself from outside criticism, and what she finds most rewarding about the…
It's Sir Alfred's 121st birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a character who thinks he can pull off the perfect murder.
Nick has a virtual discussion with Rik Cordero and Hafsah Mijinyawa from the A2 Tech Film Showcase to discuss the history and inspiration of their showcase, this year’s curation, silver linings of going virtual, and what the films mean for our times.
It’s been 4 months since the Michigan and State Theatre debuted the Virtual Movie Palace, so Nick Alderink is joined by Sarah Escalante, Fionn Pooler and Jared Van Eck to discuss some of their favorite films now playing virtually, as well as what they’ve learned over the past four months, some of their favorite moments so far, where they see it all…
In this installment, Al and Amy look at the last Hitchcock-directed episode of the first season. Is it Hitch's best one so far? Al thinks so but Amy has a different opinion.
Nick is joined by Meredith Finch, Festival Director and Founder, and Alana Davis, Director of Artist Relations, of the Nevertheless Film Festival being held virtually July 9-12! Discussion includes the silver linings of holding a virtual film festival, some exciting things that must be held for next year, and a few of their personal favorites from …
In this installment, Al adjusts to podcasting from home by presenting a bonus episode: the radio version of "Breakdown" starring Joseph Cotten.
In this installment, Al wanders into a monastery with a man seeking revenge but will forgiveness be found within those walls...or retribution?
In this installment, Al enters the Cold War on a train from the East with a reporter who believes she has safe conduct out of the country.
Nick is joined remotely by Makenzie and Jay to discuss life in quarantine and the Classic Movie Madness bracket challenge being held on social media! 32 classic movies matched against each other to find the find the best of the best. And as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments!
In this installment, Al looks at the story of a love between a man and his puppet and the murder that occurs as a result of it.
In this installment, Al looks at the Lizzie Borden story and somehow manages to examine Hitchcock's "Stage Fright," too.
Nick, Makenzie, Ariel and Jay recap 2019, discuss their favorite films of the last decade, what they’re most looking forward to in 2020, what trends they hope to continue in the next decade, and conclude with their “Movie Gifts”.
In this installment, Al looks at a story about an escaped prisoner who doesn't have the luck he thinks he has, starring John Cassavetes, the father of American independent film.
Nick is joined by Zoe Clark (Program Director of Michigan Radio and Co-Host of ‘It’s Just Politics’) and Robert Yoon (Visiting Professor of Journalism at U of M and former CNN Director of Political Research) to talk about the upcoming Journalism on Screen film series at the State Theatre! Discussion includes journalism’s depiction in the movies, it…
In this installment, Al looks at the first episode based on a story by Cornell Woolrich naturally leading to a look into a Rear Window.
Nick, Nadeem and Ariel dive into everything that's happening at the Michigan and State Theatre in October including 'Joker', 'El Camino', Late Nights, DOCtoberfest, an anniversary for the Michigan, and more! About half-way through Nick suffers through a coughing fit, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.…
Nick, Sarah, and Nadeem discuss the discrepancies between critical and audience reviews, where they stand in the great divide, some films they're willing to defend, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
In this installment, Al looks at Mr. Stepp's murder of Mr. Baldwin. But did Mr. Stepp really murder Mr. Baldwin or is it all in his head?
In this installment, Al celebrates Sir Alfred's 120th birthday with a popular little piece of pottery called the Cheney Vase.
Nick, Nadeem, and Jonathan dig into Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and discuss some of the controversies, its themes, the 1960s, pros of 35mm presentation, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
In this installment, Al celebrates Christmas in July with Barry Fitzgerald as the original Bad Santa.
Nick, Makenzie, and Andi sit down to talk about their favorite movies to watch around the Fourth of July that you can find on the shelves of the Ann Arbor District Library, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Nadeem, Nick, Andi, and Thomas discuss their time working in Front of House in this much looser episode of the Behind the Marquee. They give some Michigan and State Theatre history, what they love most about working in a 90 year old building, what they’ve learned, dig into the FOH Log, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the W…
In this installment, Al looks at an episode that seeks to determine if an abused wife has murdered her husband. But who is the witness and why are they guilty?
Nick and Nadeem recap the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival before discussing what movies they're looking forward to this Summer, favorite summer movie memories, and which films they predict to be huge successes. And as always, they end with their Movie Magic Moments.
In this installment, Al and Amy Cantu look at the one episode for which Hitchcock earned an Emmy nomination; a strange story in a literary tradition that runs from Euripides to Jordan Peele.
Nick, Makenzie, and Ariel give a day-by-day breakdown of the Cinetopia 2019 schedule and discuss which films they would be attending. Program guides are now available for pick-up! Get yours and follow along with their discussion.
Nick, Makenzie, and Nadeem discuss the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival schedule, the anticipated hits, and a few their favorite outlying selections. And as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the week.
In this installment, Al looks at a story dealing not with who the murderer is but who the murderer murdered.
In this installment, Al looks at an adaptation of Dorothy Sayers' story “Suspicion,” offering a perfect excuse to also talk about Hitchcock’s film “Suspicion.”
Nick, Makenzie, and Tyler discuss their experiences from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the best movies they saw, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week
Nick, Nadeem and Ariel give the first updates to the Cinetopia Film Festival and their favorite films in consideration so far, discuss the documentary The Biggest Little Farm, and as always conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma discusses the second Hitchcock-directed episode along with Hitchcock films "Shadow of a Doubt" and "Under Capricorn," somehow managing to bring up Zane Grey more than once. Amy Cantu joins Al for a discussion that doesn't bring Zane Grey up at all.
In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma examines "Salvage," the first of the "retribution" stories but without the "retribution" closing narration as Gene Barry returns as a vengeful criminal three episodes after playing a cowboy.
Nick, Nadeem, and Jean-Marie discuss Roma and The Favourite, as well as the varying styles and themes of anime, classic musicals, the legacy of Nicolas Roeg, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Nick, Nadeem, and Jean-Marie welcome Jonathan to discuss Mamoru Hosoda's new film Mirai, discuss upcoming features like Mary Poppins Returns, delve into holiday classics like Rare Exports, Gremlins, Elf, and It's a Wonderful Life, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.…
In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma delves into a story with roots in "The Lady Vanishes," Alexander Woolcott, Ernest Hemingway, Marie Belloc Lowndes, old-time radio, and the Detroit Free Press of the 1890s; an episode starring Pat Hitchcock, Sir Alfred's daughter.