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The Cinephiliacs

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The Cinephiliacs is a podcast exploring the past and future of cinephelia. Film critic Peter Labuza has interviewed critics, programmers, academics, filmmakers, and more about their relationship to film and film culture. Additionally, each guest will bring in a particular favorite film and discuss it with Labuza. Indiewire declares, "If you want to hear film critics talk at length about their craft, there are few better places on the Internet" and Keyframe Daily has called it "Exhibit A" for the future of film culture

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TC #119 - Racquel Gates (White Chicks)
In some regards, cinephilia often defines itself in knowing what is good from what is bad, highlighting the rarity of intention and execution in a select few texts from the rest of the trash. But what about those supposedly bad films? Do they not offer insight into our culture as well? In Double Negative, Associate Professor Racquel Gates explores the supposed bad mirror image of black cinema and television from the 1980s and beyond. Looking at a set of nearly forgotten works, Gates examines how these texts reveal insights into black popular culture often ignored by the mainstream. As Peter and Racquel discuss, these texts often aim to show a slice of American life what is usually acceptable in white popular culture—if only simply showing suburban middle-class life. In their final segment, they dissect the topic of whiteness with the 2004 Wayans Brother flick White Chicks, a very silly film with a very insightful dissection of privilege and femininity, as well as absolute sheer gross-out humor.  0:00–3:03 Opening3:41–11:37 Establishing Shots — At the Mill Valley Film Festival12:23–49:33 Deep Focus — Racquel Gates50:52–54:23 Sponsorship Section55:33–1:06:04 Double Exposure — White Chicks (Keenen Ivory Wayans)1:06:25–1:08:17 Close / Outtake
TC #118 - Daniel Steinhart (Bunny Lake Is Missing)
As much as many will espouse the "universal language" of cinema, the experience of both making and watching films from location to location is full of fascinating difference. As someone who grew up watching films in both America and Colombia, Daniel Steinhart became attuned to look for these differences as he traveled film festivals as well. But his book, Runaway Hollywood, moves from the audience to the filmmakers who escaped the studio lot and made works across the globe in the postwar era. Peter and Dan discuss this fascinating taxonomy of taxes and tea, gaffers and genre, politics and panning shots. How exactly could this cultural exchange create a change in film style? Finally, they dive into an oddball thriller from Otto Preminger shot in London, Bunny Lake Is Missing, examining how this film balances both its unique locale and the demands of its auteur. 0:00–3:28 Opening5:11–12:52 Establishing Shots — Gilberto Perez's The Eloquent Screen13:37–1:07:22 Deep Focus — Daniel Steinhart1:08:06–1:11:33 Sponsorship Section1:12:52–1:33:02 Double Exposure — Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger)1:33:07–1:35:50 Close  
TC #117 - Justin Chang (Flowers of Shanghai)
Being the metropolitan area newspaper's film critic has its set of burdens and responsibilities to a number of diverse audiences, but for Justin Chang, those challenges are multiplied by the the odd nature of Los Angeles as the movie capital of the  world. In this final episode from the City  of Angels as Peter says adios to the city he's called home for the last five years, he sits down with the former Variety and current Los Angeles Times critic to explore how to look and consider the industry and the various entanglements that expand out from it. Justin explains his growth from intern to critic within the city's oldest trade publication to the issues of representation and politics within Hollywood today. The two cap off their conversation by looking at Hou Hsiao-Hsien's strange and hypnotic Flowers of Shanghai, looking at how the director lays clues throughout to explore a 19th century brothel wrapped into a romantic mystery. 0:00–3:11 Opening3:51–11:39 Establishing Shots — Celebrating Seven Years of The Cinephiliacs12:24–1:04:31 Deep Focus — Justin Chang1:05:28–1:09:15 Sponsorship Section1:10:27–1:28:49 Double Exposure — Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)1:29:02–1:31:29 Close / Outtake
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    Podcast Details
    Started
    Jul 13th, 2012
    Latest Episode
    Sep 17th, 2019
    Release Period
    Weekly
    No. of Episodes
    161
    Avg. Episode Length
    About 2 hours
    Explicit
    No

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