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The Magic Lantern

Summary: The Magic Lantern is a film podcast hosted by Ericca Long and Cole Roulain devoted to sharing our enduring cinematic memories. Join us for an ongoing, informal discussion of the classic and contemporary films we love and the things we love about them. If you've been looking for a podcast to explore old and new favorites with fellow film lovers, you've come to the right place. New episodes every other Monday.

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 Episode 084 – Funeral Parade of Roses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:27

I only saw Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) for the first time a few years ago and immediately wondered where this movie had been all my life. I always love it when I discover something like this that blows my expectations into tiny pieces. This pioneering LGBTQ film…

 Episode 083 – Chinatown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:17

It is a very great pleasure to revisit something you think you know well and find new facets and new dots to connect. That was certainly the case for both Cole and I when coming back to Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), though we have both seen it multiple times. There is…

 Episode 082 – Zama | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:05

This episode celebrates the return of one of my favorite filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel. It’s been ten years since her last feature film and two years since we last discussed one of her films on the show. With the arrival of her new film, Zama (2017), the wait is over and…

 Episode 081 – They Live | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:20

For some reason, whenever I think of They Live (Carpenter, 1988), I remember it as a rip-roaring, good-time kind of movie. Something perfect for summer, perfect for a late night. I probably have that idea because when I first saw it in my teens, I was enthralled by the famous…

 Episode 080 – Blue Ruin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:08

Will I ever get tired of talking about or recommending Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013)? Not likely. I think it is one of the best films of this millennium and I think Macon Blair’s performance as Dwight, our wounded protagonist, is the best. The film upends every revenge thriller cliché…

 Episode 079 – Wake in Fright | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:57

Every time I watch Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971), I just want it to be over. Then I want to watch it again. It is just as terrifying each time, and I am just as much a prisoner to its landscape as John, played here by Gary Bond. I know…

 Episode 078 – The Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2018 by Lantern Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:35

In this special episode we discuss the films and symposiums of the inaugural Toronto True Crime Film Festival, a two day festival devoted to true crime on the big screen, including both documentaries and fictionalized films based on true crimes. The program included five features, each paired with a thematically…

 Episode 077 – Daratt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:15

“This view of the world, from this country where there aren’t filmmakers, is very important I think. So, I do it through solidarity and because I feel a responsibility not to leave this country invisible.”– Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, on his responsibility as a Chadian filmmaker. It was with extreme delight that…

 Episode 076 – Noir City Austin 2018 by Lantern Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:00

In this special episode, we discuss the films of Noir City Austin 2018 and its theme of “Film Noir from A to B” featuring a program of five genuine “A” and “B” double bills. We were delighted to be at Noir City Austin again this year, hosted by The Czar…

 Episode 075 – In a Lonely Place | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:11

In preparing to watch In a Lonely Place (Ray, 1950) for this episode, I read the source novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, though source is a misnomer as this film adaptation kept only the main characters and modified the plot. The novel is absolutely stellar, and I highly recommend it.…

 Episode 074 – Rope | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:30

Rope (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock’s almost perfect crime. Based loosely upon the real life case of Leopold and Loeb, it was Hitchcock at his most experimental, plumbing the chilly depths of the murderous impulse. It featured limited cuts and long, unbroken takes to approximate the appearance of the real time…

 Episode 073 – Beauty and the Beast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:54

With circumstances completely against it, but with the brightest imaginations around set alight by a poet and artist, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast or La Belle et la Bête (1946) is one of the most indelible creations ever committed to film. My connection to Jean Cocteau, like so many…

 Episode 072 – Creature from the Black Lagoon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:35

When the Creature from the Black Lagoon crawled from the sea onto cinema screens in 1954, Universal Studios found its last great monster. When I discovered it in 1976, I found my first great cinematic love. The Universal monster pantheon turned out to be one of the foundations of my…

 Episode 071 – Hoosiers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:28

A first among equals as a sports film, Hoosiers (Anspaugh, 1986) is an ideal choice for this time of year: March Madness and the coming of spring and fresh starts. With a lead and supporting cast of characters each battling their own frailties, potential, and failings, there’s no need for…

 Episode 070 – Dawson City: Frozen Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:03

It’s not often that a recent release strikes such an immediate chord with us that it makes its way into our show rotation so quickly, but I knew from the first few moments of Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) that I wanted to talk about it right away.…

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