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Jul 5, 2022

Bill speaks to Animus Magazine founder/editor and film critic Elena Lazic. Topics include: Stéphane Delorme, PETRA, having a responsibility to cinema, The Prince Charles Cinema, STRAW DOGS, filmmaker intentionality, Another Gaze, The Relentless Picnic, the Oscars, Cahiers du Cinéma, the solitary nature of writing, TITANE, Reverse Shot, Vincent D'Onofrio and developing critical faculties through disappointment with INSPECTOR GADGET.

Read Animus Magazine:
https://animusmagazine.com

Subscribe/Read Animus on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/animus_mag/posts

Visit Elena Lazic’s website:
https://elenalazic.wordpress.com

Read Elena Lazic’s interview with Abel Ferrara:
https://elenalazic.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/abel-ferrara-on-the-driller-killer/

Read Elena Lazic on WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED - A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR:
https://animusmagazine.com/2021/08/23/a-man-who-would-come-here-of-his-own-free-will/

Read Elena Lazic on ONIBABA for The Criterion Collection:
https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7556-onibaba-masks-and-faces

Hear Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss THE PARENT TRAP on Blank Check:

https://soundcloud.com/griffin-and-david-present/the-parent-trap-with-elena-lazic-and-mani-lazic

Hear Elena Lazic on The Evolution Of Horror:
https://www.evolutionofhorror.com/elenalazic

Watch Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss the films of Robert Pattinson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu2STc_wQ7k

Watch Manuela and Elena Lazic discuss iconic cinema serial killers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_ZnIt58bic&t=1009s

Buy Indicator’s limited edition Blu-Ray for Don Siegel’s MADIGAN, with a new booklet essay by Elena Lazic:

https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/madigan-le-indicator-uk-blu-ray-region-b/

Visit Another Gaze:
https://www.anothergaze.com

Read Daniel Bird on POSSESSION for Animus:

https://animusmagazine.com/2021/12/31/everything-old-is-new-again-or-how-we-grew-to-stop-hating-and-love-possession/

Jun 8, 2022

Bill speaks to author and film critic Brad Stevens about his film cultural endeavors, from contributing to publications like The Dark Side, Sight & Sound and Video Watchdog to writing books like MONTE HELLMAN: HIS LIFE AND FILMS and ABEL FERRARA: A MORAL VISION. Topics include: Auteurism, Robin Wood, BBC’s “The Great American Picture Show” season, alternate versions of films, Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll, SCHINDLER’S LIST, Nicole Brenez, writing the novel THE HUNT, warming up to the films of Steven Soderbergh, physical media versus streaming and Abel Ferrara.

Read Brad Stevens’ “Bradlands” articles for Sight & Sound:
https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/bradlands

Visit Brad Stevens’ Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Brad-Stevens/e/B001KHCUEQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1654470806&sr=1-3

Buy Arrow Video edition of THE DRILLER KILLER, with commentary by Abel Ferrara moderated by Brad Stevens
https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/driller-killer-arrow-us-dvd-blu-ray-combo/

Buy MONTE HELLMAN: HIS LIFE AND FILMS:
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/monte-hellman/

May 11, 2022

Bill speaks to film programmer, broadcaster, writer, podcaster and festival director Anna Bogutskaya about her many endeavors in film culture, from co-founding The Final Girls collective and programming for BFI Southbank to serving as director of Underwire Festival, producing podcasts and recording Blu-Ray audio commentaries. Topics include: THE WIZARD OF OZ and tiny philistines, The Hot Fuzztival at the Prince Charles Cinema, TROUBLE EVERY DAY and arthouse horror, Yhara Zayd, Russian dubbing practices, “The B word” programming controversy, The Filmcast and parasocial relationships, the WE ARE THE WEIRDOS touring program and reediting a Pedro Almodóvar movie to discourage internet piracy. 

Visit Anna Bogutskaya’s official site:
https://www.annabogutskaya.com

Visit The Final Girls site:
https://www.thefinalgirls.co.uk/home

Hear The Final Girls podcast:
https://thefinalgirlspodcast.transistor.fm

Learn about Underwire Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/UnderwireFestival

Buy the Second Sight 4k UHD / Blu-Ray:
https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/the-witch-le-second-sight-uk-4k-uhd-blu-ray-see-note-preorder/

Read about Cruel Flesh: Films of the New French Extremity:
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=newfrenchextremity

Watch Anna Bogutskaya discuss Pedro Almodóvar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWHrRxRrlxA

Follow Anna Bogutskaya on Twitter:
@annabdemented

Apr 11, 2022

Bill speaks to novelist and film critic/historian Kim Newman about some of his many endeavors. Topics include: NIGHTMARE MOVIES, originality in horror, SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, audio commentaries, Carlos Clarens’ ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE HORROR FILM, gatekeepers, toxic fandom, LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH and how a unique series of quirks in the British education system helped to prepare him for a freelance writing career.

Visit The Kim Newman website:
https://johnnyalucard.com

Buy Kim Newman’s novel SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT:
https://johnnyalucard.com/2021/04/20/cover-reveal-something-more-than-night/

Read about Sheep Worrying:
https://www.sheepworrying.co.uk

Watch MISSING GIRL:
https://johnnyalucard.com/fiction/screen-audio/missing-girl/

Listen to Kim Newman on The Evolution Of Horror podcast:
https://www.evolutionofhorror.com/what-is-horror

Watch Kim Newman introduce a Mario Bava double feature on BBC2 in 1990:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfmXZvOn68Y&t=37s

Mar 7, 2022

Bill speaks to author and magazine publisher/editor Michael J. Weldon about his many endeavors, from drumming with Cleveland proto-punk act Mirrors and reviewing movies for Cle, to Psychotronic, his photocopied, hand-written fanzine that lead to books like the influential PSYCHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM, the long-running PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO magazine, calendars, film festivals and the Psychotronic store he manages today.  Other topics include Ghoulardi, Roger Corman, hypnotism, Diane Keaton’s HEAVEN, Club 57, Johnny Ramone, cattle call auditions for GHETTO FREAKS, childhood filmmaking efforts, Alfred Sole, research methods, 42nd Street theatres, THE HYPNOTIC EYE and being killed over and over by Dr. Butcher, M.D.

Visit Psychotronic.com:
http://psychotronic.com

Read old issues of Psychotronic Video Magazine:
https://archive.org/details/psychotronic

Watch a Psychotronic tour of 42nd Street:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTNAE82werw

Kurt Loder plugs Psychotronic on MTV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M--jNfflu8M

Hear Michael Weldon’s band Mirrors:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENw6co2BUc4

Buy THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS:
https://mondoshop.com/products/these-fists-break-bricks

Buy: DO YOU BELIEVE IN SWEDISH SIN? SWEDISH EXPLOITATION FILM POSTERS 1951-1984:

https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Swedish-Exploitation-Posters-1951-1984/dp/9198677209

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