They Shot Pictures Ep #28: F.W. Murnau

On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Sean and Seema discuss the all too brief but nevertheless spectacular and influential filmography of F.W. Murnau. We focus in particular on the films Phantom (1922), Faust (1926) and City Girl (1930). 


Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is also on twitter @theendofcinema

Seema is also on twitter @wormatwork
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They Shot Pictures Ep#27: 2013 Year In Review - Part 2

In Part 2 of our Year End Roundup, we discuss our favorites (and not so favorites) from the year in a few more categories and finally countdown our overall Top 5 Films of the Year.

  • Johnnie To or Hong Sang Soo 01:00
  • Best Music 05:37
  • Best Lead Performance 08:08
  • Best Supporting Performance 12:35
  • Worst Movie of the Year 16:00
  • Best Script 20:41
  • Best Director 27:37
  • Top 5 Films of the Year Countdown 35:00
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They Shot Pictures Ep#26: 2013 Year In Review - Part 1

On this two-part episode Sean, Seema, Jhon and Lance discuss some of our favorite films from 2013. We start off by explaining our eligibility criteria or lack thereof and then move on to declaring our favorites in a bunch of categories. On this installment we cover the following categories:

  • Film We Haven't Seen Yet That We Think Would've Made Our List 04:30
  • Best Debut Feature 06:40
  • Favorite Animation - Feature or Short 09:03
  • Best Documentary or Non Fiction Film 11:56
  • Best Science Fiction Movie 17:40
  • Favorite Horror Film 23:08
  • Best Hollywood Movie 31:22
  • Favorite Bollywood 37:25
  • Film We Like that (almost) No One Else Has Seen 41:56
  • Unpopular Pick / Film You liked that no one else liked 50:50
  • Most /Best Depressing Movie of the Year: 1:00:05
  • Best cinematic moment or scene 1:05:20

Please add your own favorites in the comments section or email us at theyshotpictures at gmail dot com and/or tweet us @TSP_Podcast.

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They Shot Pictures Ep#25: John Ford Part 2 - The War Films

On this second of 4 (or possibly more!) episodes of They Shot Pictures dedicated to the filmography of the prolific and legendary John Ford, we focus our attention on his War Films. We center our discussion around the films Pilgrimage, They Were Expendable and 7 Women.

If you haven't listened to the first instalment in our John Ford series, you can find it here.

Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter as @wormatwork.


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They Shot Pictures Ep#24: Claire Denis

On this episode of They Shot Pictures, we are joined by Lance to discuss one of our most beloved (well, for some or one of us anyway) working filmmakers, Claire Denis. We discuss in particular the films, Beau Travail, L'Intrus and 35 Shots of Rum.

Lance writes about film eloquently albeit infrequently on this here blog and is also on twitter as @LanceJMc.

Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter as @wormatwork.

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They Shot Pictures Ep#23: Akira Kurosawa

On this episode of They Shot Pictures, we continue our discussion on Akira Kurosawa and shift our focus to his Samurai films. We discuss in detail the films The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail, Seven Samurai AKA The Greatest Film of All Time*  and Ran.

Lance writes about film eloquently albeit infrequently on this here blog and is also on twitter as @LanceJMc.

Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema.

Seema is also on twitter as @wormatwork.

*© 2013 Sean Gilman

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They Shot Pictures Episode #22: Festival Recaps Part Two

In the second part of our recap of the Vancouver and Toronto International Film Festivals, we take a look four films Sean saw and five that Seema saw:


Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz)
The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada)
Stranger By the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Yumen (JP Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang)
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher)
Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (Chai Chunya)
Bastards (Claire Denis)

And we wrap up the episode with some general thoughts on the film festival experience and Vancouver and Toronto in particular.

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They Shot Pictures Episode #21: Festival Recaps Part One

In this special two-part episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema and Sean recount their experiences at the Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, respectively. In Part One, they discuss the films they both saw: Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Hong Sangsoo's Our Sunhi, Ben Russell and Ben Rivers's A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Mark Peranson and Raya Martin's La última película, Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, Miguel Gomes's Redemption, João Pedro Rodrigues's The King's Body and Johnnie To's Blind Detective.

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They Shot Pictures Ep#20: Shinji Somai

On this episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema is joined by first-time guest Josh-Slater Williams and returning guests, Slayton Hurst Bourdon and Jhon to discuss the films of a truly under-seen and under-discussed Japanese filmmaker, Shinji Somai. Josh was the original inspiration for this episode having watched and loved a number of Somai films during a rare retrospective at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Thanks to that one and a couple other retrospectives, a few of Somai's films have slowly become available and this is our modest attempt at bringing some much-needed attention to these unique films that we think set a precedent for various much more well-known filmmakers that were Somai's contemporaries and/or came after him. We focus in particular on the films, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981), Typhoon Club (1985) and Moving (1993).

Josh Slater-Williams is the editor of the film section for SoundonSight.org. He is also a regular contributor to the Scottish culture magazine, The Skinny and writes about films regularly on his blog, Read Write Hand. He also co-hosts the Seen Your Video podcast. You can pick Josh's brains on twitter @jslaterwilliams.

Slayton Hurst Bourdon is currently working on his debut short, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart which will hopefully be available to watch soon at festivals worldwide and other media. To follow the project and find more information on the film, do visit the film's Facebook Page. Slayton can also be reached on twitter @beefilmnz.

Jhon writes about a variety of visual media including anime and manga on his blog. He also really would love for you to reach out to him about all things cinematic on twitter, @cruyffbedroom.

Jhon and Seema co-host another podcast called Cinema on the Road focused entirely on world cinema. You can follow the podcast on @cinemaontheroad.

Seema is also on twitter under the handle @wormatwork.

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They Shot Pictures Ep#19: John Ford Part 1 - The Westerns

This episode of They Shot Pictures is the first in a series of episodes on one of the most beloved and prolific of American filmmakers, John Ford. On this episode, we restrict our focus to his Westerns and discuss in-depth the films, Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Two Rode Together.

On future episodes in this series, we will be talking about his War Films, his films that center around Communities and Ford films that focus on American History.

Sean writes extensively about film on his blog, The End of Cinema. He can be found on twitter under the name @theendofcinema. He also co-hosts another podcast called The George Sanders Show with his friend Mike where they pair a new film with an older classic and discuss both films on each episode.

Seema also co-hosts another podcast called Cinema On the Road focused entirely on world cinema with her friend Jhon. She is also on twitter under the handle @wormatwork.

If you listen to and like the show, pls leave us a comment on the website, rate or review us on itunes or reach out via Twitter @TSP_Podcast.

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