The Cinephiliacs (general)

If there is one thing that has defined the New York Film Festival since its first year in 1963, the festival has always aligned itself with the most essential names in world cinema (the first film to play NYFF? Buñuel's Exterminating Angel). So as Peter closes out his coverage of the festival's 50th iteration, he brings on world cinema aficionado David Ehrlich from the Criterion Corner to discuss the biggest auteurs and their new ambitious movies. Included in this final dispatch are a story of love from Michael Haneke, a celebration of movement from Leos Carax, a cynical autobiography from Olivier Assayss, and a Tokyo-set puzzler from Abbas Kiarostami.

0:00-1:37 Opening

2:00-8:54 Amour (Michael Haneke)

9:01-15:33 Spoiler Discussion of Amour

16:08-26:59 Holy Motors (Leos Carax)

27:54-37:46 Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)

38:01-52:45 Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarsotami)

52:46-54:46 Close/Outtake

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Many of the films at this year's New York Film Festivals are filled with various cinematic references that can go over Peter's head without him ever realizing, so he brings Slant Magazine contributor Jaime Christley to help him parse through some of this week's fascinating films. The two dig into the big Hollywood opener Life of Pi from Ang Lee, as well as the extreme art house pleasures of new films from directors like Raoul Ruiz,  Pedro Gomez, and the Taviani Brothers.  Plus, documentaries on conspiracy theorists deconstructing Kubrick's The Shining, and another one about fishing in the Atlantic, but from the perspective from the fish.

0:00-2:01 Introduction

2:36-13:04Life of Pi (Ang Lee)

13:04-21:37Caesar Must Die (The Taviani Brothers)

21:37-29:30Night Across The Street (Raúl Ruiz)

30:07-43:31Room 237 (Rodney Ascher)

43:32-46:42Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)

47:25-57:04 Tabu(Miguel Gomes)

57:04-58:22 Close

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In this special edition of The Cinephiliacs, Peter averts from the regular format for the next three weeks to report back from his annual visit to the New York Film Festival, a favorite cinephile event of his. To help him break down the first week of films, freelancer extraordinaire Simon Abrams joins him to discuss a cornucopia of films that explore cinema, religion, history, and the imaginative process. They dive into the bold use of digital imagery in Brian De Palma's Passion, clash on the complex morality in Christian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, and elate over the joy of Alain Renais's You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet. Also included in this episode are thoughts on Christian Petzold's Barbara, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, Valeria Sarmiento's Lines of Wellington, and Peter Strikland's Berberian Sound Studio.

0:00-2:11 Introduction

2:54-11:31 Passion (Brian De Palma)

11:31-21:26 Barbara (Christian Petzold)

21:26-23:49 Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

24:30-35:36 Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu)

35:36-43:53 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (Alain Renias)

43:53-46:49 Lines of Wellington (Valeria Sarmiento)

47:16-53:27 Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strikland)

53:29-54:45 Close

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The Cinephiliacs #5 - Bilge Ebiri (Barry Lyndon)

New York Magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri loves films that he can constantly revisit and pry deeper and deeper, so Peter has no problem prying into Bilge’s own head for his conversation on The Cinephiliacs. Bilge talks about his early exposure to the Hollywood New Wave in Turkey as a young boy, and then traces his cinephilia through his desires to trying to become a filmmaker (including working on a film by Nikita Mikhalkov) before finding his voice as a critic. The two then discuss his love of films that indulge their wildest pleasures, some of his favorite auteurs (a list that includes Terrence Malick and Christopher Nolan side by side), and his own feature film, New Guy. Finally, the two dive into the truly daunting task of investigating Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece Barry Lyndonand try and make sense of a film that asks us to identify with "The Past" yet always undercuts and manifests itself as something even more audacious.

0:00-4:48 Opening / Establishing Shots – Film Vs. Digital

5:04-1:14:17 Deep Focus – Bilge Ebiri

1:15:13-1:45:31 Double Exposure – Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)

1:45:32-1:47:58 Close / Outtake

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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

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The Cinephiliacs #2 - Matt Zoller Seitz (Born on the Fourth of July)

Peter sits down with New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz to talk about the many different hats he has worn during his cinephile life, which have included film critic, pop culture journalist, filmmaker, video essayist, blogger, and more. Matt discusses growing up in Texas, discovering New York City, and dissecting some of his favorite filmmakers. The two explore his nature as both a film and TV critic, his discovery and love of video essays, and how The New World inspired one of the best film criticism blogs today. Finally, they dig into the Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, which Matt explains as one of the quintessential great narratives about a man discovering his true self.

0:00-4:00 – Act One: Establishing Shots — Think Pieces on Aurora

4:10-52:30 – Act Two: Deep Focus – Matt Zoller Seitz

53:33-1:11:38 – Act Three: Double Exposure – Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)

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The Cinephiliacs #1 - Glenn Kenny (Blow-Up)

In episode #1 of The Cinephiliacs, Peter sits down with the former Premiere and current MSN Movies chief film critic Glenn Kenny to talk about his life reviewing movies. Glenn discusses his early childhood reading about films he never thought he would see, his days as a minor rock star and music critic, and eventually finding his way to Premiere. The two also explore his habit of policing bad criticism, his issues with Joe Swanberg, and his relationship with David Foster Wallace. Finally, they get into the Michelangelo Antonioni film, Blow-Up, examining how it refutes categorization (and how Antonioni turns a photo shoot into cinema’s greatest sex scene).

0:00-4:20 - Act One: Establishing Shots

4:37-1:35:37 - Act Two: Deep Focus – Glenn Kenny

1:36:25-1:52:12 - Act Three: Double Exposure – Blow-Up (Michaelangelo Antonioni)

1:52:13-1:53:29 - Close

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