Coverage of DOC NYC 2018 at @filmfesttoday and @hammertonail (Part 1)

This year’s DOC NYC (November 7-14) offered its usual terrific selection of documentary films. Here is my initial coverage of the fest for both Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail:

Enjoy!

“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Denise Kitashima Dutton – on “Halloween” (and Other Horror), “Boy Erased” and “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Denise Kitashima Dutton, of “Atomic Fan Girl”

Welcome to the second episode of the 2018-2019 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was the Atomic Fan Girl herself, Denise Kitashima Dutton, returning to the show once more. We discussed Halloween (and a little bit of Suspiria), as well as Denise’s other favorite recent horror films (and how the genre is not really my thing), plus Boy Erased and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, the new Netflix documentary about Orson Welles’ last film. Enjoy? Be sure to check out our first episode of the season, or even last year’s season (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 and Episode 5). We’ll be back in January. Until 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!

“Roughly Speaking” on the Many Incarnations of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster in James Whale’s 1931 FRANKENSTEIN

Today – Friday, October 26, 2018 – Linda DeLibero and I joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and its cinematic legacy. Here is the link to that episode. Enjoy!

Episode 405 of @fogoftruth Is Now Up, with Review of MR. FISH and Interview with Melissa Haizlip of MR. SOUL!

This week on The Fog of Truth, we discuss our own personal work and creative ventures and look at two doc portraits of activists doing what they love for careers in the arts: Mr Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End and Mr. Soul! As always, you can find the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

Episode 404 of @fogoftruth Is Now Up, with Review of MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. and Interview with Jenny Murray of ¡LAS SANDANISTAS!

What better time to focus on docs about strong dissenting women effecting positive change in the world? Feels like now is good, so in this Fog of Truth episode we review Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. and Chris interviews the director of ¡Las Sandanistas! As always, you can find the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.

“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.

Enjoy!

@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)