Episode 134: Sofia Coppola

In this episode, the Director's Club looks at the films of Sofia Coppola (a.k.a., "The Good One"), whose movies had a dreamlike feeling of melancholy isolation, level of visual composition, and focus on young womanhood that was evident from the start of her career.  We're joined in our journey through her film work (that takes us from L.A. to Tokyo to Versailles to the Civil War South) by Rebecca Martin, an ultra-promoter of film appreciation in the Chicago area and host of Now Playing Network's "Fresh Perspective."

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James Laczkowski
Episode 133: Werner Herzog

We take a look at the unrestrainable visions of legendary German director Werner Herzog, following his quest to give audiences a sense of the "ecstatic truth" through his films.  He'll use any tool at his disposal to deliver this truth, from documentary techniques to hypnosis (and if there isn't a tool, he'll make one himself!).  We'll look at how the films span the globe from the Amazon to the Sahara to Wisconsin, and how his Muses of Madness Bruno S. and Klaus K. enhance the journeys we take.  What we can't do is fit all his works in a single episode, so this will cover from his first film "Signs of Life" through his 1987 film "Cobra Verde", and scattered throughout are quotes from the "Soldier of Cinema" himself!

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James Laczkowski
Episode 132: Jonathan Demme

This episode alongside guest film critic Collin Souter, we're taking a look at Jonathan Demme, whose interest in fascinating people, music, and minutiae was evident from his early work for Roger Corman through his final concert film.  It's a wide-ranging discussion about the vast scope of his work, fun details in his films, recurring concerns, and his varying levels of success in the Hollywood system.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 131: Terrence Malick Part Two

The Director's Club concludes our look at the films of Terrence Malick, from an appropriately epic examination of "The Tree of Life" through the more improvisational and abstract efforts of his later movies.  Thanks to the help of Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group, we aim to get a fuller look at what's amazing, infuriating, and fascinatingly unique about this later part of his movie career!

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James Laczkowski
Episode 130: Terrence Malick Part One

The Director's Club puts our heads together with Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group to have an epic discussion about the movies of Terrence Malick.  With three different perspectives, there's a comprehensive and fair look at his movies, here in part 1 dealing with "Badlands" through "A New World".   Whether you adore Malick's films, hate them, or just want to learn more, you'll find something interesting about them through our exploration of his work!

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James Laczkowski