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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 066 – The Apartment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:41

Like so many of my favorite Billy Wilder films, The Apartment (1960) begins with a voiceover. Our very own buddy boy C.C. Baxter puts us firmly in the world of making a living, of rising up in the world, or being ground beneath its boot heel. He begins to show…

 Episode 065 – Ants In Your Pants of 2017 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:32

It’s our third annual Ants In Your Pants episode, as we close out 2017! As always, our lists were culled with much difficulty from all the wonderful films we saw this year, and we only talk about those we saw for the first time which made the biggest impressions on…

 Episode 064 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

A world of pure imagination. That’s what we’re promised by Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and boy, does it ever deliver. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s sweet satire is full to the brim with novelties and notions, some whimsical, some bittersweet. What it doesn’t advertise right…

 Episode 063 – Two Days, One Night | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:13

The moment Sandra wakes up from her sleep, I knew Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) had me. I knew what that sleep meant. I have also slept during the day, clothed, while others around me worked, lived, and thrived. Maybe you have too. I knew what…

 Episode 062 – Wanda | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:12

Barbara Loden is a unique figure in American independent cinema. Before directing her lone feature film, she was a Tony winner on Broadway and appeared in a couple of Hollywood productions. None of these endeavors seemed wholly satisfying, though. That was our good fortune, as she was driven to helm…

 Episode 061 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:07:52

It’s that time again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2017, we once again bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in…

 Episode 060 – The Thing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:57

“You have to embrace the darkness,” film editor Todd Ramsay told director John Carpenter. “That’s where this movie is. In the darkness.” The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) is bathed in darkness, even though it happens to be set in a landscape of blinding whiteness. Whether it’s the black and blue palate,…

 Episode 059 – Horror of Dracula | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:39

Terence Fisher and Hammer Films introduced the world to its first truly modern vampire with Horror of Dracula (1958). Known in its native UK as simply Dracula, it was a technicolor explosion of blood, sex, and fury the likes of which the world had not yet seen. It was shocking…

 Episode 058 – Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:42

After repeated viewings, contemplation, and discussion, I don’t know what drives the main character of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975). And I’m not just talking about the ending. Even after feeling a deep kinship with what I see on the screen, I don’t know that…

 Episode 057 – There Will Be Blood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:28

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) came to me at a difficult time in my life, and I find myself returning to it during difficult times as well. This might seem odd, because it’s not what you might think of as a comforting film. In fact, I reckon…

 Episode 056 – Rear Window | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:00

Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) has always been one of my favorites, and having too much time on one’s hands while the summer heat drives one crazy was really speaking to me. I’ve seen the film over a dozen times, and I can fall into the habit of watching it, but…

 Episode 055 – Bombón: El Perro | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:19

The dog days of summer are here! To celebrate, we thought we would devote a little time to my all time favorite cinematic canine, Carlos Sorín’s Bombón: El Perro (2004). I discovered this thanks to a series that Austin Film Society did back in 2008 called More Than Buenos Aires:…

 Episode 054 – Purple Noon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:15

Patricia Highsmith’s creation Tom Ripley has had an extensive life. In addition to her novels, many film iterations have been made, and Purple Noon (Clément, 1960) stands as my favorite (The American Friend comes in a very close apples-and-oranges second place). Purple Noon towers over the rest of the competition…

 Episode 053 – The Conversation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:49

Francis Ford Coppola has a soft spot for The Conversation (1974) and so do I. When you hear him talk about it, there is a melancholy undercurrent in his voice that almost makes it seem like he laments getting caught up in the cycle of turning out one big project…

 Episode 052 – Raiders of the Lost Ark | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:41

If you are over 30, you may have experienced something that is likely gone from this earth. You had to stand in line, outdoors, to get into a big, popular film, probably a blockbuster. You may have waited for hours, and you may not have gotten into the movie. Was…

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