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Surprisingly Criterion - the podcast where we select and talk about the films that we’re surprised are a part of the Criterion Collection, and the films we can’t believe are not! The Criterion Collection brands itself as a depository of important classic and contemporary films for film aficionados. Their collection features over a 1000 movies and counting! Surely all of these can’t be important, can they? What does 'important' even mean!
 
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“You guys up for some reggae tonight?” We watched the first feature film made in Jamaica, starring reggae star Jimmy Cliff, and featuring one of the best soundtracks we’ve covered thus far. Bonus Material: Klive Walker’s essay: How The Harder They Come created Jamaican cinema Ulrick Casamir’s essay: A question of audience: revisiting Perry Henzell’…
 
A new segment - the Randomizer. Can the Criterion Collection handle a random selection and then subsequent viewing of one of the films? For our first Randomizer episode, we got Equinox, directed by Jack Woods and Dennis Murren - the 338th film on the list. Bonus material: Films made by students on cell phones in Nigeria discussed in the episode - n…
 
The cult classic with Spine number 872 starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi, by Dir./Writer Terry Zwigoff and writer Daniel Clowes Bonus material: Three Things You Never Knew About Ghost World (that we discuss in the show) “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée Fixe Records and Arts & Crafts Music Inc. Follow…
 
“I’d buy that for a dollar!” Criterion’s 23rd film is kind of an odd choice, and a surprise! Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a wonderful satire of the era it was made, but does it belong on the list? Bonus material: Theatrical vs Director’s Cut - the 1 minute difference Music: “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée Fixe Records and Ar…
 
John Carpenter! How has he been forgotten by the collection? We talk about his 1982 sci-fi horror classic, The Thing, featuring great performances from Kurt Russel, Wilford Brimley and Keith David, and a wonderful score from Ennio Morricone. Bonus material: - New reissue of the OST from 2020 - Story of the origins of the partnership of Morricone an…
 
We have our first guest! Our friend, comedian and fellow podcaster, Cas Knihnisky, brings us a movie only half of us had seen — Rosemary’s Baby! It’s on the list - we talk about it, and a lot of the things surrounding it like what kind of a nightmare Polanski is, and how funny Ruth Gordon is! Bonus Material: Cas’s podcast about Stephen King: Castle…
 
In the conclusion of our inadvertent and accidental prisons and prisoners trilogy, we talk about how Michael Bay’s 1996 adventure into Alcatraz. Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris star in this wild ride. Bonus Material: Every Frame A Painting - “Michael Bay - What Is Bayhem?” Music: “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée Fi…
 
In a new edition of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Criterion” we talk about Denis Villeneuve, Hollywood, and why our favourite French Canadian director deserves some recognition. Bonus material: Team Deakins podcast speaking with Denis Villeneuve Music: “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée Fixe Records and Arts & Crafts Music Inc. Fo…
 
Our final episode for 2020! Steve McQueen’s Hunger is visceral, artistic, and a 96 minute exploration of the convictions of prisoners inside Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison in 1981. Hunger's Criterion Collection page New York Times interactive article about Black and African-American directors largely absent from the Criterion Collection Music: “The…
 
In this, our third episode, we discuss the feature film directorial debut of Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne, True Stories. Featuring key performances from John Goodman, Spalding Gray, Anne McEnroe, and David Byrne himself. Do we agree it should be on the list? Why was it added so late? We get into it! Notes: Criterion Collection page Music: “T…
 
In our second episode we discuss the Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 2000, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Join us as we discuss the merits of the film, and try to parse whether it’s surprisingly of Criterion quality or not! Notes: Pollice Verso - 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme Music: “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée…
 
Our premiere episode! Join us as we discuss the 1973 not-so-classic 13th Godzilla film from 1973, directed by Jun Fukuda, Godzilla vs. Megalon — featuring the debut of Jet Jaguar! Notes: Criterion Collection page Criterion edition artwork by Ronald Wimberly Music: “The Endless Scroll” by Absolutely Free courtesy of Idée Fixe Records and Arts & Craf…
 
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