Listening: Film Comment, Kubrick, Lynch

It’s been weeks since we’ve pointed to any online listening, so for starters, we’ve got several Film Comment podcasts to catch up with—beginning with a discussion of Nick Pinkerton‘s piece in the current issue on film criticism in the age of social media (48’47”). Then there’s a free-ranging conversation sparked by the relaunch of the magazine (43’21”), a roundtable on this year’s New York Film Festival (63’45”), and Violet Lucca‘s interview with Errol Morris (24’26”).

Directors Keith Gordon and Vincenzo Natali join Mike White in the Projection Booth to discuss Stanley Kubrick and The Shining (1980). Special guests: Cameraman Douglas Milsome, Steadicam operator (and inventor) Garrett Brown, Rodney Ascher (Room 237), and Rob Ager. And this is a long one: 4 hours, 21 minutes, and 11 seconds.

In the Notebook, Clare Nina Norelli gives a close listen to David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet (1986): “The song slowly fades out of the soundtrack and is replaced by a manipulated sound montage (no doubt co-created by Lynch and the wonderful sound designer, Alan Split) that overwhelms and unnerves, rendering the otherwise unthreatening undergrowth dwellers monstrous and horrifying.”

At DC’s, Terence Hannum presents a playlist culled from horror soundtracks: “I try and balance out the decades, there’s obviously a ton of Italian pieces from the 1970s and 1980s, and it would be easy to do an entire piece on Carpenter or Goblin. But I also like to keep my ears open for more recent original soundtracks. Enjoy.”

Adam Schartoff‘s guests on the new episode of Filmwax Radio (82’16”) are Ti West (In a Valley of Violence), Joel Potrykus (The Alchemist Cookbook), and “the team behind a new documentary called Davi’s Way, which follows the character actor Robert Davi as he attempts to launch a tribute performance of Frank Sinatra’s famous 1974 concert, The Main Event, at Madison Square Garden.”

Poster Boys Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith discuss posters made over the years for Hammer Films (98’23”).

On Talk Easy, Sam Fragoso talks with Margaret Brown, who made the short embedded above. She’s probably best known for The Order of Myths (2008) and The Great Invisible (2014). The conversation covers “everything from the state of American politics headed into this election, the power of documentary filmmaking, and finding the right balance between work and living.”

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #123: The David Lean Question (1957-1984) (110’52”) and #124: The Unedited Commentary Track: Blow Out (Brian De Palma; 1981) (110’42”).

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