Fresh Listening and Viewing

Senses of Cinema has launched a podcast and topics discussed in the first episode (62’45”) include Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Jacques Tourneur, and the Mexican narco wars onscreen. And speaking of Blade Runner, Cinematologists Dario Llinares and Neil Fox are also talking about it on a special bonus episode (39’20”).

Here’s a whopper of an episode, running well over three hours. Guest co-hosts Christine Makepeace and John Walker join Mike White in the Projection Booth to discuss David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992; image above), the Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmerfan edit, Mark Frost’s book The Secret History of Twin Peaks, and Twin Peaks: The Return with Chrysta Bell, who plays Agent Tammy Preston, and Claire Nina Norelli, author of the 33 1/3 book Angelo Badalamenti's Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (207’58”).

Film Comment Podcast host Violet Lucca discusses Lucrecia Martel’s Zama with Esther Allen, “who produced the first English translation of Zama in 2016,” and Film Society of Lincoln Center director of programming Dennis Lim (45’17”). On an earlier episode, Lucca and critics and programmers Nellie Killian, Michael Koresky, Aliza Ma, and Wesley Morris look back on this year’s New York Film Festival (48’50”).

The Bela and Boris series continues on Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This podcast. On Episode 2 (62’46”), she focuses on Bela Lugosi, “how Dracula made him, and trapped him,” and she then talks about “the subsequent vampire roles that became his bread and butter.”

On the new BFI Podcast (15’18”), Henry Barnes hosts a look back at Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death (1946).

NPR’s Robin Hilton talks with Daniel Hart about composing the score for David Lowery’s A Ghost Story (14’48”).

Poster Boys Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith discuss their favorite book covers and film posters designed for work by Stephen King (104’11”).


“Strangulation Blues” is the title of Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin’s twelfth audiovisual essay for De Filmkrant (6’41”). “In Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1980), the central character of Milena played by Theresa Russell is a fascinating screen figure, and not only for her complex psychology. Bringing together many short fragments, our audiovisual essay evolves like a musical composition, foregrounding a crucial aspect of Russell’s performance: her work with voice.”

And for the Notebook, another new essay by Adrian and Cristina, “Under His Skin” (3’11”): “Watching the remarkable series of works forged by the collaboration of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton—including T-Men (1947), Raw Deal (1948), and Border Incident (1949)—we encounter a fine-grain aesthetic in which storytelling and abstraction are hard to separate. While the plotting follows a hardboiled minimalism familiar from many B movies, the compositions, lighting schemes, and mise en scène of bodily movements pushes into startling, ultra-stylized territory.”

Explore the artwork created for Fireflies Issue 5 in a microsite created by art editor Barbara Cueto.

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