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Scarecrow Video Podcast Episode X: James Cameron & Criterion Wish Lists

Greetings and welcome to the 10th episode of The Scarecrow Video Podcast. In our first double digit installment, Kevin Clarke, Laird Jimenez, Alex Thomas, and Matt Lynch gather at Ballard landmark watering hole Hattie's Hat for cans of Olympia Beer and film conversation. This podcast contains a lot of what Spock refers to in STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME as "colorful metaphors"--aka SWEARING--and therefore is NSFW. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


After jumping right in with a quick chat about Matt's recent PEARL HARBOR viewing, Alex shares a bit about one of the films she watched on Singapore Airlines on her way back from Japan: NORWEGIAN WOOD, based on the superb novel by Haruki Murakami. It will hopefully be in theaters here soon.

Laird recently watched WOLF BLOOD, a silent 1925 horror film from the good folks at Grapevine Video.

Kevin finally watched the questionably necessary GODFATHER III. Was it just for that one famous line?Speaking of Francis Ford Coppola, Matt very much enjoyed 1997's THE RAINMAKER, a surprisingly good adaptation of a John Grisham novel starring the about-to-be-famous Matt Damon.Everyone moves on to talk about James Cameron's entire body of work.� Matt and Kevin particularly recommend the making-of documentaries on the ALIENS, AVATAR, and THE ABYSS DVDs to see Cameron's innovative, mean genius in action.� Everyone suggests you revisit TRUE LIES.Next, the group discusses their CRITERION COLLECTION WISH LIST--movies they wish the fine folks at Criterion would give their special release treatment.� We'll have picks from all of our staff up soon in a Special Rental Section. Kevin picked William Wyler's Best Picture Oscar winner� THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and Albert Brooks' oddly prophetic look at reality TV, 1979's REAL LIFE.Laird would like to see Peter Greenaway's TULSE LUPER SUITCASES trilogy and CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER (or what he calls "Big Trouble In Little China 1961") starring Vincent Price. It's never been released on DVD. He watched it after seeing its inclusion on Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 100 Films of American Cinema

Alex couldn't find any Korean films in Criterion's canon and encourages the label to seek some out. In the meantime, she's hoping for THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN with Helen Slater and Christian Slater and Gillian Armstrong's new wave Aussie musical STARSTRUCK.

Matt wants to see�a Criterion edition of Peter Bogdanovich's SAINT JACK starring Ben Gazzara and Howard Hawks' mail-carrying adventure ONLY ANGLES HAVE WINGS starring Jean Arthur and Cary Grant. Matt says it's one of the best movies he's ever seen (and he's seen a lot of movies).

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