A podcast where four friends (Coire, Angela, Peter and Wizard Chris) discuss Criterion Channel streaming service movies we have never seen. We also love Dungeons and Dragons, so there might be some of that in there as well.
Space Is the Place (1974)
1:12:44The Crit Club doesn’t want to live on this planet anymore, so we’re reading the vibrations of the 1974 experimental jazz movie Space Is the Place. Following the music, the philosophy and the interstellar aspirations of Sun Ra, Space Is the Place unfolds a cosmic story about Black identity. Sun Ra plays a prophet of Black excellence and a shepherd to usher Black people into the heavens and away from systemic racism and institutional exclusion of white power structures. It’s a truly unique ride. Other things we discussed: Welcome II the Terrordome Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Wave Twisters When I Get Home Lemonade Licorice Pizza Don’t Look Up Yellowjackets Breaking Bad Join us next week, when we continue this exploration of the stars with the 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky classic Solaris. Watch along and join the discussion. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
1:17:45We’re back from holiday break in time to bring you a nice British romantic drama, aggressively titled Sunday Bloody Sunday. Sorry, The Edge fans, you won’t find any U2 here. Rather, it’s a contemplative, wry story about finding what we need from each other and from love. So basically, any U2 song. That’s a joke. U2 is bad. But what do the rest of the Crit Club think about U2, or this movie? Listen and find out. Other things we discussed: Jubilee Desert Hearts Multiple Maniacs Better Watch Out Lord of the Rings The Artful Escape The Witcher Shang-Chi And join us next week for a WIZARD PICK (rippin’ guitar solo). Our Great Northern friend has picked a hallucinogenic jazz opus for us, in hopes of opening the closed doors of our limited perception: 1974’s Space Is the Place. Watch along and rise to a higher vibration with us! And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
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Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
1:26:00That's not a rusty saxophone playing echoing through a dirty LA alleyway you hear, that's the Crit Club investigating the 1975 Dick Richards mystery movie Farewell, My Lovely. Based on the excellent Raymond Chandler book of the same name, Farewell, My Lovely follows rumpled private dick Phillip Marlowe who's found himself in league with the enormous Moose Mallow, a lost jade necklace and an awkward friendship with a newsie. Will we find enough evidence to love this film, or will the trail go cold? Ya gotta listen to find out! Other things we talked about: - The Big Lebowski - Devil in a Blue Dress - Brick - Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Fargo - Chinatown - Psychonauts 2 - Roma - The Great - Hotel Deluna - Star Wars Visions - Scrooged - The Power of the Dog -OLD (The movie about a beach that makes you old.) Join us next week where we'll discuss the 1971 relationship drama Sunday Bloody Sunday. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
1:11:26Your beloved Crit Club rises from the dregs of the previous week's watch with 1966's Daisies. This Czechoslovakian funhouse mirror of a movie from director Věra Chytilová is filled to the brim with bohemian delight and nihilistic exhibitionism. Plot-wise, you might say it follows two women named Marie as they scrape together an existence in their Soviet paradise, but Daisies is not at all worried about plot. Did we find this deconstructed collage of surrealist reality compelling enough to join into the feast, or did this film's waste of food turn our stomach? You'll have to listen to find out, you nosy person. Other things we discussed: - Jubilee - The Lure - Playtime - Holy Mountain - Mulholland Drive - Multiple Maniacs - Violet Evergarden - Metroid Dread - Black Lady Sketch Show - Midnight Mass - The Last Blockbuster - Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street - Old (that movie about the beach that makes you old) Join us next week where we'll watch Dick Richards' 1975 Farewell, My Lovely, a neo-noir murder mystery that's an adaptation of the 1940 Raymond Chandler book. I finally get to talk about Raymond Chandler. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
1:20:44Well, well, well, it seems like the Crit Club took their recent fascination with adult animation just a bit too far this week as we try to shake off the patina of slime that 1973's Belladonna of Sadness dipped us in. While we expected to watch an animated, mature-themed romp, fate had other, crueler plans. We're not even going to hide our attempt to tease you into listening for our opinions: this was a wretched movie and we talked about its wretchedness. Other things (that were much nicer) that we discussed: - Tokyo Godfathers - The Witch - Perfect Blue - Paprika - Amelie - Point Break - Mulholland Drive - John of God - Midnight Mass - The Righteous Gemstones - Titane Join us next week while we shake off this trash and watch the avant garde 1966 Czechoslovakian surrealists adventure Daisies. I promise we will roll higher on this one. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
Summer Hours (2008)
1:16:26We're celebrating (U.S.) Thanksgiving the right way: with quiet, sad, potentially boring family time. This week, the Crit Club watched Olivier Assayas' 2008 film Summer Hours, a contemplative movie about siblings dealing with the loss of their mother. With different priorities and different expectations of life, two brothers and a sister reckon with what will become of their family's legacy and what they will leave for their children. Will we find this film layered and complex like a well constructed Thanksgiving stuffing? Or will this movie set us up to snooze like an overdone turkey? Wouldn't you like to know! Other things we talked about: - Still Walking - Personal Shopper - Bram Stoker - The Sparks Brothers - Last Night in Soho - Tombstone - Love on the Spectrum - Censor - OLD (the movie about the beach that makes you old) Next week, we'll be watching the 1973 animated movie Belladonna of Sadness. You can join us in watching it if you'd like, but you might want to skip this one and just listen to our episode instead... And drop us a line! You can email us at crit[email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
Watership Down (1978)
1:29:31As the sun slips away earlier and earlier, it's only natural for the Crit Club to spend this time imagining what it would be like to bound through sunny British meadows like rabbits. In aid of this, we watched the 1978 animated classic Watership Down, based on the 1972 Richard Adams novel of the same name. The surprisingly serious movie takes viewers on an adventure with a renegade group of rabbit wanderers as they look for a new home and safety. Will we find solace and comfort in the raw watercolors of independently funded animation, or will we side with those dastardly humans and their lack of concern for all things in nature? Come find out! Other things we talked about: - The Green Knight - Jubilee - Heavy Metal - The Hobbit - Firewatch - Disco Elysium - Kirsten Dirksten - Fair Companies - Only Lovers Left Alive - OLD (the movie about a beach that makes you old) Join us next week when we watch Olivier Assayas' 2008 contemplative family drama Summer Hours. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
1:17:11And Crit Club is back! We've returned from our extended summer vacation to rejoin the world of cinema, starting with Jacques Tati's 1967 spectacle of a film Playtime. Focusing on how the modern world buzzes and shines with its steel and glass, this very creative movie plays with how people clumsily bumble through it. Will the Crit Club be won over by its futuristic vision of modernity, or will nostalgia hold us back? Give a listen and find out! Other things we talked about: - Star Trek: Voyager - She - Pig - Roadside Picnic - Abroad in Japan - Australia the cookbook - Inside - Eighth Grade Join us next week, where we'll discuss the 1978 animated classic Watership Down. And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
1:05:27Welcome to another Wizard Pick™! On this week’s Crit Club, our dear co-host Wizard Chris takes us on something of an… uneven journey with the 1970 “horror” film Equinox. Eleven years before Evil Dead, Equinox follows four friends who venture into mysterious woods to discover an ominous book and an eternal evil. They are plagued by oddly designed claymation monsters and a park ranger named Asmodeus. Sigh. Who knows if it’s a movie worth watching, but it’s an episode worth listening to! Other things we talked about: Evil Dead Multiple Maniacs Jason and the Argonauts Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep Voyager Amphibia And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)
1:23:53No longer content with sitting in one country, this week the Crit Club joined icon Grace Jones in a trip around the world. We watched Sophie Fiennes’ Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which chronicles Jones recording her 2008 album Hurricane, its subsequent world tour and her visit to her family in Jamaica. Come listen to us discuss divas stripped down, musical documentaries, the benefits of confidence and the persistent force of Grace Jones. Other things we discussed: Don’t Look Back Bandsplain Shadow and Bone For All Mankind Major League Baseball And join us next week for a WIZARD PICK (rippin’ guitar solo). Chris, as Chris does, chose Jack Woods’ 1970 monster movie Equinox. Find it on the Criterion Channel, or wherever you get your 1970s supernatural horror movies, and watch along! And drop us a line! You can email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter with the handle @critclubcast.