The Cinephiliacs

For a film critic who has to keep his reviews under 250 words, Time Out New York staff writer Keith Uhlich has quite a lot to say as he joins Peter for the podcast. Keith explains how he originally got the cinephile bug watching films like Popeye and Spaceballs, as well as his frustrations in making his own films at NYU. They then dive in deep to Keith's unique writing process and spar a bit over some of his more oddball opinions (a love of The Black Dahlia, anger toward Steven Soderbergh). Keith also explains his frustrations over the current state of independent LBGTQ cinema (never have the words “Fuck you, Tom Ford” been spoken with such force). Finally, the two discuss Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie, an often maligned remake of Charade that inspires both of them for its visual appreciation of Paris and its overlooked humanism.


0:00-4:50 - Opening/Act One: Establishing Shots - Remembering Tony Scott

5:05-1:40:50 - Act Two: Deep Focus - Keith Uhlich

1:41:40-2:06:18 - Act Three: Double Exposure - The Truth About Charlie (Jonathan Demme)

2:06:20-2:08:00 - Close/Outtake

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Kenji Fujishima might not have the wisdom that comes from age of Peter's previous guests, but the two have an excellent time talking about how he became a hardcore cinephile and writing for The House Next Door. Kenji discusses reading Pauline Kael at an early age, choosing to forgo his mother’s wishes to go into accounting, and becoming a consumer of arts beyond cinema. The two also chat about his blog My Life, 24 Frames Per Seconds, balancing emotion and formalism in writing, and the beauty of “cinematic recklessness.” Finally, they explore the dark beauty of Wong Kar-Wai’s Fallen Angels, which Kenji posits as the filmmaker’s most reflexive commentary on his own feelings to transition toward a new style.


0:00-5:00 - Act One: Establishing Shots - Sight & Sound Poll

5:16-52:13 - Act Two: Deep Focus - Kenji Fujishima

53:07-1:18:12 - Act Three: Double Exposure - Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai)

1:18:13-1:19:50 - Close/Outtake

Direct download: The_Cinepheliacs_3_-_Kenji_Fujishima_Fallen_Angels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

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