They Shot Pictures Ep#18: Abbas Kiarostami

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, Seema is joined by her friends Chris and Lance to discuss a filmmaker who is frequently touted as one of the most important and original filmmakers of the past two decades - the Iranian master, Abbas Kiarostami. Our officially picks for the episode are First Graders, The Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy but per usual we digress and end up discussing a bunch of his films especially the Koker trilogy.

Chris contributes reviews and other film-related writing to the film website, NextProjection.com. He is also on twitter as @dancer_danger.

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

Seema also co-hosts Cinema on the Road, a podcast on world cinema with her friend Jhon. She is also on twitter as @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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They Shot Pictures Ep#17: Sammo Hung

Sean goes solo on the hosting duties on this episode where he is joined by our friend Jhon to discuss the films of Hong Kong filmmaker Sammo Hung.  Specifically, they discuss the films The Magnificent Butcher, Wheels on Meals and Pedicab Driver. Listen at your risk if you're allergic to fun!

Jhon blogs about visual media (esp. that anime show no one's heard of) on this here blog. He is also on twitter as @cruyffbedroom.

Sean blogs about all things cinema on his blog and is on twitter as @theendofcinema. For more Sammo fun, check out the index of Sammo Hung reviews Sean posted over this summer.

Both Sean and Jhon can also be found on letterboxd under the same usernames as their twitter handles.

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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They Shot Pictures Ep#16: Jane Campion

First and foremost, we are delighted to announce that past frequent TSP guest, Sean, is now an official co-host on the podcast. We will be recording most episodes jointly but also plan on recording a few episodes individually with other guests. With two of us on board, the hope is that we'll be better able to release episodes more regularly and stick to the posted schedule.

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, we are joined by our friend, Melissa, to discuss acclaimed Australasian filmmaker, Jane Campion. We focus on the films, An Angel at My Table and The Portrait of a Lady and her most recent television mini-series, Top of the Lake.

Melissa writes astute essays on films that move her on her blog, A Journal of Film. Her definitive essay on Campion's film, In the Cut, was a huge trigger for this episode. Melissa is also on twitter under the username @oneaprilday.

Sean and Seema are also on twitter as @theendofcinema and @wormatwork respectively.

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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They Shot Pictures Ep#14: James Gray

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, I am joined by my friend Brent to discuss the films of one of the if not our favorite working American filmmaker, James Gray. Even despite a relatively short filmography, Gray shows a distinctiveness of style and themes that has resonated strongly with both of us and that we think make him a filmmaker more than worth taking note of and following closely. This is a slightly different episode of TSP in that we don’t really break the episode up by specific films. Rather we go on to different aspects of Gray’s work and use examples from all of his films to illustrate what we think define James Gray’s style and fixations.

Brent occasionally writes about films on this here blog. He is also on twitter as @bmrow.

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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They Shot Pictures Ep#15: Akira Kurosawa Part 1: The Non-Samurai Films

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, Sean and Seema are joined by our friend Lance to discuss Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. In the first instalment of this two-parter, we focus exclusively on his non-Samurai films. Given the vast amount of writing and scholarship available on Kurosawa, we chose to focus on three of his relatively underseen films. We focus our discussion around the films, No Regrets for Our Youth, The Idiot and Red Beard.

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They Shot Pictures Ep #13: Johnnie To

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, I am joined by my friends Sean and Jhon and we set about trying to construct an unified understanding on prolific Hong Kong filmmaker. As big fans of the filmmaker, we've watched and enjoyed not only his action films which are primarily what he's most well-known for in the West but also his romantic comedies and others that cross genre boundaries are remain somewhat unclassifiable. We discuss in detail the films My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, Exiled and Throw Down.

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

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They Shot Pictures Ep#12: Wim Wenders

In this episode of They Shot Pictures, I am joined by my friend Kent Haley to discuss the moody visually arresting films of German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Specifically, we discuss the films Kings of the Road, <em>The State of Things</em> and <em>Until the End of the World</em>.

If you listen to and like the show, pls leave a comment on the website or itunes or reach out via twitter @TSP_Podcast. Any comments on the films/filmmakers discussed on the podcast are also welcome either via the website or through email.

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They Shot Pictures Ep#11: Mikio Naruse

In this yet again delayed episode of They Shot Pictures, we discuss another Japanese master, Mikio Naruse. This is kind of an all-stars episode with 3 amazing returning guests - Lance McCallion, Sean Gilman and Slayton Hurst Bourdon. We discuss in depth the films [i]Each Night I Dream[/i], [i]Flowing[/i] and [i]Yearning[/i] and as always digress and discuss other films from Naruse's filmography as well.

Sean blogs eloquently about films on his blog and is also present on twitter at @theendofcinema. Lance needs to blog more frequently on this here blog but is available to be nagged on twitter at @LanceJMc. Slayton is obviously a bot of some sort. If you like the show, pls leave a comment on the website or itunes or reach out via twitter @TSP_Podcast.

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cinema on the road #27 (top 10 of 2012)

After talking about their favorite older discoveries of 2012, Seema and Jhon settle down to talk about their favorite movies of the year. Will we see a repeat of what happened last year? Or will our hosts diverge? Listen and find out.

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cinema on the road #26: 2012 discoveries

In this episode, Seema and Jhon talk about their favorite older films that they saw for the first time this year. It starts out good and then it gets very bad, and then it gets good again.

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