Category: Show Notes

Our special guest this month is Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, a prolific Australian film critic and writer of many articles and books on horror film theory. She is the author of “Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria” first published in 2015.

Alexandra is also the editor of and a writer for Senses of Cinema, one of the best film websites around. Check out her work, which includes a lot of writing on horror cinema and Australian cinema.
http://sensesofcinema.com/author/alexandra-heller-nicholas/

Alexandra wrote a piece of Suspiria, Argento and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli for Senses of Cinema.
http://sensesofcinema.com/2015/feature-articles/luciano-tovoli-suspiria/

You can also check out Alexandra’s personal website for a more comprehensive overview of her work, including other books that she has written.
http://www.thebluelenses.com

Suspiria is currently doing the rounds in cinemas, being projected in both 4K as well as from a new 35mm film print that has been discovered. Check it out while you can!
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/suspiria-uncut-35mm-print-discovered-screenings-1201844977/

Dario Argento is a student of cinema as much as he is a master. The British Film Institute took a look at five films that inspired Argento along the way to create his masterpiece.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/suspiria-dario-argento-influences

Den of Geek took a look back at Suspiria recently, calling it a one-off in their article “Looking back at Dario Argento’s Suspiria”.
http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/suspiria/21300/looking-back-at-dario-argento’s-suspiria

Film School Rejects also took a look back, focusing on the composition of shots used in the film to create an element of displacement and suspense.
https://filmschoolrejects.com/perfect-shots-dario-argentos-suspiria/

Slash Film have called Suspiria the craziest, most colourful bad dream you’ll ever watch.
http://www.slashfilm.com/suspiria-review/

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”, the second film we’ve looked at from an Australian director.

Our first special guest this month is Lesley Brill, author of “John Huston’s Filmmaking” first published in 1997. Lesley is a Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University.

Our second special guest this month is Jason Taylor, who created and writes The Bogie Film Blog. It’s an invaluable source of information on Humphrey Bogart, so check it out.
https://bogiefilmblog.wordpress.com

[To Be Continued]

AMC’s Filmsite.org has again given us a stellar write-up of this classic movie. Check this out, and then spend the next few months of your life following links on their page and researching every other great American movie ever made.
http://www.filmsite.org/what.html

VICE Magazine wrote a great article on why Baby Jane should not be considered ‘camp’, but instead should be regarded as one of the greatest movies of all-time.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/forget-campwhat-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-is-one-of-the-best-films-of-all-time

Dramatica has done another story write-up, following the key story arcs and dramatic beats of Lukas Heller’s gothic horror screenplay.
http://dramatica.com/articles/what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

If you don’t listen to the podcast “You Must Remember This”, then you must be missing out. Recently host Karina Longworth did a series called Six Degrees of Joan Crawford, and dedicated an episode to Baby Jane and the feud between Crawford and Bette Davis.
http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2016/9/3/six-degrees-of-joan-crawford-bette-davis-and-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

The University of Kent hold an interestingly-titled Melodrama Research Group, and have done an equally interesting article on Baby Jane.
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/melodramaresearchgroup/2013/11/01/summary-of-discussion-on-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane/

Senses of Cinema is another great website, and here’s their in-depth look at the movie.
http://sensesofcinema.com/2006/cteq/what-ever-baby-jane/

If you haven’t seen Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” on the Andy Williams Show, your life just isn’t complete.

 

The New York Times says Feud asks a question that is as important now as it was in 1962: where are the roles for women in the entertainment industry?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/arts/television/feud-fx-ryan-murphy-jessica-lange-susan-sarandon.html?_r=1

Harpers Bazaar has a thrilling timeline of the real-life antagonism between the two great actresses.
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a20666/feud-bette-davis-joan-crawford-timeline/

Flavorwire compare the show to the movie, and state that much of the ‘feud’ is on-screen in Baby Jane.
http://flavorwire.com/600794/what-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-already-told-us-about-bette-and-joans-feud

Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald looks at how the Hollywood system was originally responsible for turning Davis and Crawford against one another.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/feud-how-sexist-hollywood-turned-bette-and-joan-against-each-other-on-baby-jane-20170321-gv2son.html

Finally, Vanity Fair discuss the amazing opening credits of FX’s Feud. If you haven’t seen it, you need to!
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/03/ryan-murphy-feud-opening-credits-interview

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is an epic film, well and truly deserving of its place in the discussion of the best films of all-time. So we’ve done an epic podcast to cover it, and we’ve got an epic set of Show Notes to link you to some interesting discussion of the film. If you love the movie, we hope you’ll enjoy reading more about it.

Our first special guest this month is Murray Pomerance, author of “Alfred Hitchcock’s America” first published in 2013, and “An Eye For Hitchcock” first published in 2004. Murray is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Our second special guest this month is John Fawell, author of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film” first published in 2001. John is a Professor of Humanities at the College of General Studies at Boston University.

John Fawell also provided the audio commentary for Universal Studio’s remastered release of the 2008 DVD of “Rear Window”. This audio commentary was carried over to the 2012 Blu-ray release, which is available separately or as part of the 14-movie Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection.

Filmmaker Jeff Desom created a time lapse of the amazing set used in “Rear Window” which is definitely worth checking out.
http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/ccManager/clips/spatialized-timelapse-of-hitchcocks-rear-window/view

Or you could just check out 1,000 frames from the movie, courtesy of The Alfred Hitchcock Wiki.
https://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/1000_Frames_of_Rear_Window_(1954)

AMC’s excellent Filmsite.org has one of the best write-ups on the movie available anywhere online. It’s a very in-depth analysis of the plot, as well as a brief history of the movie.
http://www.filmsite.org/rear.html

Likewise, Turner Classic Movies has a pretty thorough set of links dealing with the movie, including a synopsis, review, trivia, quotes and behind-the-scenes.
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/87777/Rear-Window/articles.html

Dramatica have done a comprehensive analysis of “Rear Window”, including a storyform analysis, character analysis and ploy analysis. If you’re interested in how Hitchcock’s film works in any of these ways, this makes for some very interesting reading.
http://dramatica.com/analysis/rear-window

No Film School have done a good analysis of the editing techniques used in the film. ‘How Hitchcock used editing to turn “Rear Window” into a masterpiece of visual storytelling’.
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/alfred-hitchcock-editing-rear-window-kuleshov-effect

Dangerous Minds have compiled a series of amazing behind-the-scenes photos, all of which are worthwhile for film historians, Hitchcock fans and lovers of the movie.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/behind_scenes_alfred_hitchcock_rear_window

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at John Huston’s “Key Largo”.

In 2010 The Guardian named Hannah and Her Sisters the seventh-best romantic comedy of all-time. Certainly many current rom-coms could take a hint or three from Allen’s masterpiece.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/oct/16/hannah-sisters-romance

Want to go on your own Star Maps journey of New York City to see the locations in the film? Just check out this page, and then recreate David’s architecture tour with Holly and April as you meander through Central Park West, Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue.
http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/h/hannahand.html#.WL574KMr2CR

Woody Allen has obviously never been the best judge of his own work. He frequently cites Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters as three “disappointments”. What are his favourite films? Stardust Memories, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Match Point. But why does he feel that his three most critically lauded films were failures? Find out here.
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Woody-Allen-Explains-Why-Annie-Hall-Hannah-Her-Sisters-Were-Disappointments-31531.html

Carrie Fisher, who plays April in Hannah and Her Sisters, passed away in December 2016. She’s most famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but certainly had many amazing roles throughout her career, in addition to her other work. Find out some of the best of her work here.
http://www.vulture.com/2016/12/carrie-fisher-non-star-wars-roles.html

Turner Classic Movies wrote an eye-opening retrospective on Hannah and Her Sisters which is well worth the time for any fans of the movie.
http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/88182%7C0/Hannah-and-Her-Sisters.html

The Woody Allen fan-site Woody Allen Wednesdays does a “screening companion” for each of his films. Check out more tidbits of trivia and information on this and other Allen films.
http://woodyallenwednesday.com/hannah-and-her-sisters.html

Here’s the Reel Club article that we reference in the podcast. One of the best write-ups of the film available anywhere on the web.
https://reelclub.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/hannah-and-her-sisters-and-narrative-cinema/

Watch Woody Allen’s only appearance at the Academy Awards.

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at Alfred Hitchcock’s prototypical voyeur murder-mystery masterpiece “Rear Window”.

Our first special guest this month is Tarja Laine, author of “Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky”, first published in 2015. Tarja is the Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Our second special guest this month is Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, author of “Darren Aronofsky’s Films and the Fragility of Hope”, first published in 2015. Jadranka is a Professor in the College of Business, Affiliate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

We’ve touched in the episode on President Donald J. Trump’s association with professional wrestling, which began with his hosting WrestleMania IV in 1988, and was capped off with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. Here’s some interesting reading on the President’s time in wrestling, and his relationship with the McMahon family.

The history of professional wrestling is a rich and interesting one, with many melodrama-style stories of betrayal and reconnection. Perfect fodder for a filmmaker such as Darren Aronofsky. Here’s one of the best non-industry write-ups on what made the sport what it is today. ‘Breaking Kayfabe: An inside look at WWE’s unlikely business empire’ (VICE Sports)
https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/breaking-kayfabe-an-inside-look-at-wwes-unlikely-business-empire

Aronofsky is a director of details, and The Wrestler has them in abundance. He even created a fully-functioning video game for one scene. ‘The Making of Wrestle Jam: The Wrestler’s unsung hero’ (Kotaku)
http://kotaku.com/5158834/the-making-of-wrestle-jam-the-wrestlers-unsung-hero

IFC (formerly the Independent Film Channel) ran an interview with Aronofsky around the time of the film’s release back in 1988. His favourite wrestler was Ivan Putski (not Putsky).
http://www.ifc.com/2008/10/darren-aronofsky-on-the-wrestl

The visuals of The Wrestler are grainy, realistic and entirely different from anything Aronofsky had done in the past. Part of that was due to cinematographer Maryse Alberti, who shot on 16mm to increase the grain and bring out the grit. She’s spoken about the movie several times, including to the Museum of the Moving Image.
http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/making-the-wrestler-real-20090213

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters”.

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