“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!

@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)

2 New Podcasts: @fogoftruth on “Life Underground” + @RoughlySpeaking on “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

This past Wednesday, we posted a special bonus episode of my documentary-themed podcast The Fog of Truth – available on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher – on the fascinating interactive web documentary Life Undergound. Just today (Friday), Linda DeLibero and I joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story and the legacy of its franchise. Here is the link to that episode. Enjoy!

And in Podcast News … @roughlyspeaking on Oscar Noms and @fogoftruth on “Rat Film” and “The Blood Is at the Doorstep”

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018,  Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (that’s me) – Chair and Professor, Department of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University – joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss the  Oscar nominations announced earlier that day. Here is the link to the show. Enjoy!

Then, the next day, my podcast on documentaries  – The Fog of Truth – released its fourth episode (also available on iTunes and Stitcher). This latest was on Theo Anthony’s Rat Film and Erik Ljung’s The Blood Is at the Doorstep. Hope you enjoy this one, as well!

@BaltimoreSun’s @RoughlySpeaking Podcast on Sexual Harassment in Hollywood (and Beyond), Oscar Buzz, Current Films, Claude Rains and Ennio Morricone

On Friday, December 8, 2017,  Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (that’s me) – Chair and Professor, Department of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University – joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss the following topics: the ongoing revelations of sexual predation and harassment in both Hollywood and the political realm; what’s currently getting Oscar buzz; what is currently out in cinemas that we recommend (including Coco, The Disaster Artist, Lady Bird and the upcoming The Shape of Water); and  highlights from the careers of actor Claude Rains (1889-1976) and film composer Ennio Morricone (1928 – ), both of whose birthdays are on November 10, when we originally planned to celebrate them (a podcast we had to cancel for various reasons). Here is the link to the show. Enjoy!

4 Reviews + 1 Podcast: “Bending the Arc” & “Human Flow” @hammertonail + “The Foreigner” & “Marshall” @filmfesttoday + “Blade Runner” & “Blade Runner 2049” @roughlyspeaking

Since my last omnibus post, I have written, or participated in, the following movie reviews: at Hammer to Nail, reviews of Bending the Arc and Human Flow; at Film Festival Today, reviews of The Foreigner and Marshall; and on The Baltimore Sun‘s “Roughly Speaking” podcast – with Dan Rodricks and Linda DeLibero – an episode on the original 1982 Blade Runner and its just-released sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Here are links to all 5 pieces:

Enjoy!

@BaltimoreSun’s @RoughlySpeaking Podcast on What to Watch on Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix (and Others)

On Friday, September 22, 2017,  Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (that’s me) – Chair and Professor, Department of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University – joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss our favorites among the plethora of shows available to watch right now on Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix, as well as others services. Here is the link to the show. Enjoy!

@BaltimoreSun’s @RoughlySpeaking Podcast on Female Action Stars + Reviews of “The Mummy” and “My Cousin Rachel” @filmfesttoday

On Thursday, June 8, 2017,  Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (that’s me) – Chair and Professor, Department of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University – joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” to discuss the new Wonder Woman and other female-centered action films, including the World War II classic Mrs. Miniver, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month. Here is the link to the show. Enjoy!

Also this week, in addition to the review I published here on my blog (of It Comes at Night), I reviewed both The Mummy and My Cousin Rachel for Film Festival Today. Check them out at the links, below:

The 2017 Maryland Film Festival Is Here, in Brand New Digs!

If it’s early May in Baltimore, it must be time for the Maryland Film Festival again. This year, the festival premieres its brand new venue, the renovated Parkway Theater, located on the southwest corner of Charles Street and North Avenue. Want to know what to see? You’re in luck! I wrote a piece in BmoreArt this week, and also participated in a podcast for Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” in which we discussed the festival (as well as the current movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Their Finest). Here are links to both pieces:

Enjoy!