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#131: TCM Classic Film Festival 2015 Wrap Up!

I am feeling a little like Clint Eastwood in the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly after Eli Wallach has dragged him through the desert, only, instead of being sleep and food deprived from that ordeal I feel exhausted from the sheer rapture that was the 2015 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. Just as with last year's wonderful event, I have a podcast wrap up here for you. Don't forget, though, to check out my other TCMFF-inspired episodes that just went online. One is about the 1940 scifi classic Dr. Cyclops and the other is a look at race representation in film using pre-code films as a social benchmark. That last one is part of the Pre-Code Blogathon that is being put on by Shadows and Satin, as well as Pre-Code.com

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And now for what you'll find in episode 131! I got a small collection of memories from a number of my #TCMParty fans. You can learn more about that group in the episode, but the people you will hear from include:

@NextOnTCM

@Santaisthinking

@NitrateDiva (follow her blog)

@JoelRWilliams1

@AlanHait

@oldfilmsflicker

@MiddParent

Click on the links to follow them on Twitter. They are all great! At the same party, I was joined by @WillMcKinley to discuss his various thoughts about the 2015 festival. Will has several unique perspectives that are worth listening to. Follow him too, and do yourself a favor and read his blog Cinematically Insane.

The last part of the episode is a discussion I have with KPBS Arts and Culture reporter Beth Accomando, @Cinebeth on Twitter, who writes the Cinema Junkie blog, as well as our friend Bill about the films we watched. It is our personal wrap-up that we do in the car on the sad drive from Hollywood to San Diego. My hope is that you will use our conversation to discover some classic films. They may be old, but if you haven't seen them before they are new! Keep listening to the show--more classic film goodness to come!

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#130: Pre-Code Blogathon! Race Representation In Film, Historically and Today

tcm logoThe Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival has inspired us to take a look at classic films, so it was providential that two websites decided to host a blogathon about a historic era of film history. The websites in question are Shadows and Satin, as well as Pre-code.com, and the era of film history is what is known as the pre-code era of around 1929-ish-1934. If you don't know about that era, I highly encourage you to visit those sites and explore the blogathon and listen to this episode! I also have an interview I am soon posting with Pre-Code.com's Danny Reid. That will be episode number 132. Look out for it after my TCM Film Festival Wrap Up episode, number 131! 

For this episode, I have very pleased to say I have a new co-host, who I hope to have join me many times in the future. Her name is Angela Englert, and she has been a good friend in livetweeting glory with the Drive-In Mob, TCM Party, and other livetweeting groups on Twitter. She's brilliant and fun, and is going to be a wonderful addition to our podcast thinkers! 

When discussing what pre-code films to discuss, we quickly noticed the number of Caucasian actors playing people of color, and that made us think of similar practices today (Exodus, the proposed Ghost In the Shell), and so our topic was born. We chose to look at how different races have been portrayed over the years, and how much it has changed today. Yes, it is a bit of a volatile topic. Doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. The use of the pre-code films are set as a sort of social benchmark. Best to listen to the episodes, but the films we talk about are:

The Mask of Fu Manchu

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The Hatchet Man

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Thirteen Women

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I hope you enjoy our talk as much as we enjoyed having it. If you can acquire and watch the films in question, I recommend them quite highly. For various reasons, including their historical context, I think they are highly enjoyable and important films. Keep tuning into my TCM Film Festival-inspired episodes!

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#129: TCM Film Fest Pre-Game: Schlockfest and 1940s Dr. Cyclops!

Good evening listeners! In this episode I discuss the underrated 1940 gem Dr. Cyclops, directed by the man who gave us King Kong!

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It is passed 1:00 am on the day before I leave for TCM Film Festival. Earlier tonight, I played Dr. Cyclops to a crowd of people at my Schlockfest at the San Diego Central Library. I was asked about podcasts discussing the films I choose to program. I guess I took the question seriously! Instead of getting rest, here I am! I hope you enjoy this short little episode! Stay tuned for more episodes about classic films coming up! I am covering the TCM Classic Film Festival again this year, and the next episode will focus specifically on films of the pre-code era! So much goodness! Until next time!