Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 25: Blake Edwards Remembered, Unstoppable, Morning Glory, Megamind, and Christmas Movie Moments

Blake Edwards remembered.″

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.″

Unstoppable.  Will the Misfits try to put the brakes on this one, or are they along for the ride?″

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Tom Stempel: Islander Guest and More (audio interview)

In 1975, I attended LACC (Los Angeles City College) and took as many film classes as I could.  Tom Stempel taught three of them: film history, documentaries and screenwriting.  The film history class would meet and watch films in the science lecture hall, a large echoy room with seats set at a steep rake which made it a good place to watch films.

I remember watching The Seven Chances there.  It was my first introduction to Buster Keaton, who would, in time, become my favorite comedian — in either silent or sound films.  That semester, we also watched Storm Over Asia (Potomok Chingis-Khana), a film by V. I. Pudovkin, and definitely in the Eisenstein  mold of early Soviet films.  With its bold, direct images; its at times heavy-handed visual metaphors; and didactic, unapologetic, manipulative editing; this film, in an odd way, spoke to me.  I’d never seen anything like it, and it was a surprise and a thrill to watch.  Other great films that I saw for the first time in that lecture hall were Jesse James and My Darling Clementine.

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