New episodes of the film podcast I co-host with Stephen Cooke, LENS ME YOUR EARS, have been arriving regularly every two weeks or so since the start of the year.
Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Our most recent episode is a look at the work of David Koepp, a Hollywood insider and wildly successful blockbuster screenwriter and director. Kimi is his newest, excellent screenplay for director Steven Soderbergh, and we go back to watch his earlier, indie-er work, including Apartment Zero, Bad Influence, Stir of Echoes, and Premium Rush, amongst others.
Recent episodes of LMYE have included a look at the career of Jane Campion, with her film Power Of The Dog an Oscar favourite. We check out Sweetie, Angel At My Table, The Piano, Holy Smoke, and a few others. We also enjoy at the films of Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven — his early work in the Netherlands, his 80s and 90s genre pictures for Hollywood, and his more recent return to Europe, including the 2022 lesbian nun picture, Benedetta.
Going further back we did an episode on a few prominent filmmakers out of Iran, including work by Asghar Farhadi, Jafar Panahi, and Abbas Kiarostami.
We also took a trip through time to admire and revisit the films of the late, great Sidney Poitier, who for decades, in movies like Blackboard Jungle, A Raisin In The Sun, Look Who’s Coming To Dinner, and Sneakers, was all class.
Around the beginning of the year we watched movies set in sideshows and carnivals — a pretty grim collection of thrillers and creepy semi-classics, and back in December we took a second look at the Movie Musical with so many strong genre entries coming out in 2021 — West Side Story, In The Heights, and Annette to name just a few.
And that’s just a smattering of the movie chat that awaits you when you take a listen to LENS ME YOUR EARS — we’re into our 142nd episode!
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