A Place For Film: Episode 29 - Physical Media Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Blu-ray Reviews for April 2021 (with Nile Arena)


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On this month's episode, I’m very happy to have my first guest with fellow Cicada Cinema co-founder and by far the most encyclopedic cinephile I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my friend, Nile Arena! I decided I need some help talking about the mountain of movies Kino Lorber and Criterion sent over to me this month and he was more than happy to help. We get into a couple of hidden gems with the 1984 coming-of-age comedy written by a post-Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cameron Crowe, The Wild Life, and a nasty piece of British noir called Cast a Dark Shadow that comes as double feature with a similar film, Wanted for Murder. We finally wrap it up with a personal favorite of both of ours, Mel Brooks's directorial debut, The Producers. I also fly solo for a bit and get into what I love about Kino’s most recent release of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and try and triangulate my thoughts about Olivier Assayas’s Maggie Cheung vehicle Irma Vep. The format shifts once again, but the movies continue to be great. Give it a listen and hear for yourself.

Also, you can find the reviews for five other films (Dynasty, The Man in Search of His Murderer, Heartworn Highways, Heartworn Highways Revisited, and Spaceballs) on the IU Cinema blog.

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