Episode 8: Citizen Kane / Kristen Lopez

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Kristen Lopez confesses her dirty little secret to the world. She was a film writer and pop culture commentator that had not seen Citizen Kane. She joins James to confess and correct her shame. In this 90-minute conversation Kristen and James exorcise some demons and confront Citizen Kane’s place in film history, film criticism and popular culture. Is it possible to truly appreciate Citizen Kane without a proper cinematic education?

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – First discovered Orson Welles by watching Transformers: The Movie.

Kristen Lopez (@Journeys_Film) – Film writer and pop culture commentator. She also runs the Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business podcasts.

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Prelude” – Bernard Herrman

“Xanadu” – Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O.

Supplementary Links:

Kristen’s List of Shame on Letterboxd

Citizen Kane (BFI Classics), Laura Mulvey

Citizen Kane: A Filmmakers Journey, Harlan Lebo

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Recorded in December 2017. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

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So 2018 is still shameful.

In 2017 not only did I tackle a great many Shames, I also started the Cinema Shame Podcast. As a result, I checked off some unforeseen Shame and helped others scratch their biggest itches.

As a refresher here was my 2017 list (watched):

The Magnificent Ambersons
Five Easy Pieces
The Gold Rush
It’s a Gift
The Black Pirate
Ride the High Country
My Darling Clementine
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Rope
Lifeboat
Friday the 13th
Stop Making Sense
The Commitments
Viva Las Vegas
Zatoichi: The Long Game (completed Zatoichi 1-10)

Additionally I watched the following as a result of the Podcast:

Fatal Attraction
Godfather Part III

Not too bad, if I do say so myself. But that merely sets up 2018 to be one of the most Shameful years in moviewatching history. The Shame! rolls ever onward. Behind every Shame! is another Shame! and still another and still another… you get the picture.

To compile my list for 2018, I took a slightly different approach. Like past years, I consulted by Entertainment Weekly lists and carried unwatched Shame! over. For 2018, however, I solicited lists from my followers on Twitter. Send me your favorite movies, I said! The first four responses contributed to my 2018 Shame Statement.

My trusty Shame! companion:

EW GUIDE TO THE GREATEST MOVIES EVER MADE

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And now on with the shame.

Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970) – #20 Drama

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Carry over from 2017. I can think of no logical reason I’m avoiding Five Easy Pieces. It’s on my Criterion shelf, readily available.

 

Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944)

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More carryover. A few more Hitches and I’ll have seen all of his sound films.

 

Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1986) – #15 Music

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Carryover. Sigh. I’ve built this concert film up in my brain so much that I keep waiting for conditions to be perfect for viewing.

 

The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926) – #8 Action

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I’ve seen my share of Errol Flynn swashbucklers. After seeing Fairbanks’ Zorro on the big screen earlier this year, I’m jazzed to catch up on some of his other films. I’m considering a Quadruple Shame! of The Black Pirate, The Crimson Pirate (1952) starring Burt Lancaster, Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate (1948), and The Pirate Movie (1982). Maybe I’ll plan an entire week of Pirate movies. Hrm.

 

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1990) – #13 Sci-Fi/Horror

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I know plenty about this movie and no part of me wants to watch it. I even swapped it out last year for Friday the 13th without hesitation.

 

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) – courtesy of @emily_dawn

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Wenders is a bit of an enigma for me. I’ve seen a couple of his films and they were fine, but I slacked off after that and Paris, Texas fell by the wayside despite *knowing* I needed check this box. When @emily_dawn shared her favorites list with me and I saw Paris, Texas up at the tippy top, I knew its day had come. #DoItForHarry

 

Wuthering Heights (William Wyler, 1939) – courtesy of @Journeys_Film

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All signs pointed to Wuthering Heights this year. The Pure Cinema Podcast recently lauded Wyler’s film. While digging up Orson Welles information for an upcoming Cinema Shame podcast, I read a fair amount of criticism linking Wuthering Heights and The Magnificent Ambersons. Then Kristen came at me with her list of favorites and Bob’s your uncle.

 

Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973) – courtesy of @arbogast1960

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No excuses. I love Bogdanovich. I own this movie on Blu-ray. I even have the soundtrack on vinyl. I guess I just needed a kick in the pants from @arbogast1960.

 

Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927) – courtesy of @wez_Luigi

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Another obvious choice. @wez_Luigi made me aware I’d forgotten about F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece.

 

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) – courtesy of @ElCinemonster

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Fuel for an upcoming Cinema Shame episode courtesy of @ElCinemonster.

 

Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982) – #24 Comedy

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I consulted the EW Guide for my highest rated unwatched comedy. I’ve been meaning to watch Victor/Victoria for many moons.

 

Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) – #16 Western

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Yeah. Clearly an oversight.

 

Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

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I’ve watched a lot of Kurosawa. Clarification. I’ve watched a lot Kurosawa samurai films. I could fill an entire year of Shame! with the non-Samurai Kurosawas I haven’t seen.

 

Help! (Richard Lester, 1965) – #4 Music

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The EW Guide ranked Help! above A Hard Day’s Night. So I had to see about all the fuss.

 

Ongoing Long Plays:

Zatoichi Criterion Box (Various, 1964-1973)

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I watched the first ten last year, time to finish the job.

 

January Prompt: 2018 Shame Statements

2018 thought it could sneak up on us. Not so, you fargin’ icehole. This post may or may not have been written by Roman Moronie. And if you don’t know Roman Moronie maybe you should add Johnny Dangerously to your 2018 Shame Statement.

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It’s time again to consider your Shame! for 2018. Take a moment to review the new Cinema Shame modus operandi. Post/blog/share your Shame Statement before the end of January to be featured in the Cinema Shame monthly roundup. If you need some space to broadcast your plans for 2018, the Shame page is always open for your writing.

When you scratch off one of your Shames, post it wherever you like, share your link with Cinema Shame (via Twitter or email to cinemashame@gmail.com) and we’ll broadcast it to the moon… or at least Sweden so poor Roman Moronie can get a taste.

If you’re new to Cinema Shame and you’d like a sample from past years, here’s @007hertzrumble’s 2017 Shame Statement.

Create your list however you want. Consider friend recommendations, classics you’ve always meant to watch, AFI/BFI/IMDB lists, whatever movie guilt hangs on your conscience — take this opportunity to place your gameplan for 2018 on the Interwebs for all to see. Once it’s out there, you’re obligated to follow through.

For those Penitent Moviewatchers returning for 2018, welcome back. For anyone who has never participated in Cinema Shame, it’s good to have you aboard the Shame train. Embrace your penitence and kneel before the cinema greatness you’ve yet to discover.

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Cinema Shame in 2018

Dear Penitent Moviewatchers:

Cinema Shame will be undergoing a change of formats in 2018. The output from participating writers has dwindled, yet more people are participating in Cinema Shame than ever before. Shamers are shaming, but they’re not writing. Which is okay. Which is good! The point is to put in the effort to watch.

The Podcast, which first aired in 2017, marches on and continues to convert new listeners. We haven’t taken over the world yet, but we’re working on it. We can do better. We wrapped up Year 1 with episodes on Police Academy, The Godfather, Fatal Attraction, The Marx Brothers, Rocky IVI, and Friday the 13th. Look for upcoming episodes on Citizen Kane and The Bad News Bears. #ComingAttractions

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When we first began Cinema Shame, Nick and I thought it would be nice to have a central location to display all of our writing here on the Shame page. This worked out well in the beginning, but nowadays most people have their own platforms and their own blogs. Now we want to make it easier for everyone to participate in the Cinema Shame movement. 

Starting in 2018, we will be posting monthly Shame prompts. It doesn’t matter if you’re participating in a year-long shame plan or the monthly installments you can join the legions of penitent moviewatchers.

During the last week of the month, we’ll post a Shame prompt.

For example: “I love [insert director here] but I still haven’t seen [insert unwatched movie here].” 

Participating watchers/bloggers can take this prompt, watch their movie and post on their own website. (If you don’t have your own website, we’d be happy to supply space right here at Cinema Shame.) Each month it’s like a new Shame Blog-a-thon (a Shame-a-thon!). Merely tag @CinemaShame when you post or share your article and we’ll include it in our constantly updated monthly roundup.

I think that’s all the housekeeping I have for the moment. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at cinemashame@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter at @cinemashame.

January’s prompt is on the way… but I’ll give you a little hint before I post it:

It rhymes with “blame abatement.”

Happy New Year, everybody!

Love,

Cinema Shame

 

 

Episode 7: Rocky Part 2 / Raquel Stecher

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Raquel Stecher once again joins James on the Cinema Shame podcast to complete their conversation about the Rocky series with bits and baubles about Rocky IV, Rocky V, and Rocky Balboa.

How much of a role does nostalgia play in the enjoyment of the Rocky films? And does that even matter when sitting down to enjoy a film franchise? As we weave our way through the decline of Rocky, we talk Dolph Lundgren’s unholy bench press, the inexplicable creative decisions behind Rocky V, and the sweet and sentimental coda to the franchise. We play the inaugural “Hot Minute of Cinema Shame” game and wax romantic about training montages.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Host, lover of horror and crazy cinema challenges.

Raquel Stecher (@QuelleLove) – Classic movie blogger, workout and training aficionado.

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Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Living in America” – James Brown

“Hearts on Fire” – John Cafferty

“Redemption” – Bill Conti

“Go For It” – Joey B. Ellis

“The Final Bell” – Bill Conti

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Supplementary Links:

Raquel’s Out of the Past Classic Film Blog

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Recorded in October 2017.

Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Episode 6: Friday the 13th / El Cinemonster

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David aka “the Cinemonster” joins James to discuss his monstrous creation, the Hooptober Horror Movie Challenge on Letterboxd.com. Our host and guest then give birth to a pair of “baby Hooptober” lists to demonstrate the ever-growing social media phenomenon and give a few horror viewing recommendations to populate your own Hooptober lists.

Cinema Shame’s Halloween Special also flips the Shame script and places our host in the hot seat for his first viewing of Friday the 13th Parts 1 and 2 for a conversation and analyzes how a horror-loving child of the 1980’s somehow avoided the grandaddy (or at least the Great Uncle) of the modern American slasher genre. The conversation then turns to the historical origins of the slasher within film, literature and contemporary popular culture.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Host, lover of horror and crazy cinema challenges.

David the Cinemonster (@ElCinemonster) – Horror lover, expert and Cinema Shame’s resident Dr. Frankenstein.

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Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

“Friday the 13th Original Theme” – Harry Manfredini

“Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Supplementary Links:

El Cinemonster’s Hooptober 4.0 Rules and List on Letterboxd.com

James Patrick’s Hooptober 4.0 Watchlist

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Supplementary Materials:

Theatre of Fear & Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962

So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

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Recommended Homework Films:

Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971)

Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Sergio Martino, 1972)

Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974)

Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)

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Recorded in October 2017.

Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

Episode 5: Rocky / Raquel Stecher

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In our first ever Series Shame!, Raquel Stecher (@quellelove) steps into the ring to tussle with the entire six-film ROCKY series. In the first of two very special episodes, Raquel and James (@007hertzrumble, as always) discuss ROCKY I-III and in doing so gush over gooey love stories, sweaty workout montages and surf-laden bromances. As a fitness guru herself, Raquel goes as far to question the effectiveness of Rocky’s training methods. This episode boasts perspectives on Rocky about which even Sly Stallone never dreamed.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Host, lover of crazy cinema challenges.

Raquel Stecher (@quellelove) – Classic movie blogger at outofthepastblog.com, fitness guru, cocktail aficionado.

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Gonna Fly Now” – Bill Conti

“Know How” – Young M.C.

“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

Supplementary Materials:

Tin Cup (1996, Ron Shelton)

The Set-Up (1949, Robert Wise) 

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Recorded in September 2017.

Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.