Season 4 of @fogoftruth Launches, with FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review + Interview with PURE NONFICTION’s Thom Powers!

Today (here is the link) we launched Season 4 of our podcast with a review of Michael Moore’s latest inspirational polemic, Fahrenheit 11/9, and follow that up with a group interview with Thom Powers, Documentary Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Moore’s film just recently had its world premiere. You can find the episode in the usual spots: on our “Episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

It is a special treat to have Powers on our podcast, as he is a podcaster, himself, with not one, but two to his name: WNYC’s Documentary of the Week and Pure Nonfiction. In addition to his work for TIFF, he is also Artistic Director of America’s largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, among other gigs. Enjoy!

“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Jeffrey Lyles – on Our Favs of Summer 2018, “The Happytime Murders” and “Bel Canto”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Jeffrey Lyles, of “Lyles Movie Files”

Welcome to the first episode of the 2018-2019 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was Jeffrey Lyles, of Lyles Movie Files. We discussed our favorite films of the 2018 summer season and reviewed two recent releases: The Happytime Murders and Bel Canto (in that order). Like what you see? Be sure to check out last year’s season (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 and Episode 5). We’ll be back in November; see you then!

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney, as well as floor manager Anthony Hoos. Have fun this summer at the movies! Here’s hoping there are at least a few great films!

New Bonus Episode of @fogoftruth: Documentaries from THE GUARDIAN

We are back (here is the link), with our second pre-Season 4 bonus episode. That season will launch on September 26, so get ready, as the fog is rolling back in. Here, we take a look at the documentary content The Guardian produces and chat with Charlie Phillips about being Head of Documentaries there and overseeing the commission and production of almost 25 short films a year. As always, you can find the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.


@RoughlySpeaking on My Top 10 Films (or at Least 10 of My Favs)

Today, Dan Rodricks of The Baltimore Sun released an episode of his “Roughly Speaking” podcast in which I list, with great difficulty, 10 of my top films. I omitted foreign films (so we could have good English-language clips), pre-1940 films (or the list would go on and on), documentaries (ditto) and films only released within the last 10 years (too soon).  Here is the link to that episode. Enjoy!

My list:

  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • The Piano (1993)
  • Nine Lives (2005)

End-of-Summer @hammertonail Documentary Coverage

Over the course of August and into the start of September, Hammer to Nail ran 5 reviews of mine of new documentary films, and 2 interviews with documentary directors. Here are the links: