Episode 46: I Am Not A Witch

Episode 46 of Fresh Perspective explores "I Am Not A Witch" (2018), directed by Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni and starring Maggie Mulubwa. This is part two of our two-part “Girl Power”-themed discussion, in celebration of strong performances by young African American actresses and magic realism in film.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 45: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Presented in the shaky but imaginative perspective of a child, this film pulses with the life blood of an impoverished and hurricane-torn but content Delta community free of the barriers of civilized society. The heart of the film beats with the will power of a young girl mature beyond her years as she tries to piece together a dysfunctional domestic life with fragmented memories and comes to profoundly understand the nature of life and death. Reel Reflection: If you lost everything and came face-to-face with your primal will to survive, would you befriend or fear it? Fabiola Auxila (https://instagram.com/just_fabi) guests, film lover, and aspiring script writer and producer, studying at the Second City for Writing and Film. And returning guest, Collin Souter, film critic featured on RogerEbert.com, and WGN radio co-host, "Monday Morning Movie Reviews"

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James Laczkowski
Episode 42: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Episode 42 we talk part 2 of our Paul Schrader films theme, with "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985), guest Brad Strauss, co-host of The Directors Club Podcast.  Next we discuss our "Teacher and Student" movie theme, with Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" (2018) and Dee Rees' "Mudbound (2017). Spike Lee was Dee Rees teacher at NYU Film School, and both films parallel each other and cover similar topics of racism in America. 

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James Laczkowski
Episode 40: The Babadook

Episode 40, part two of our "Maternal Macabre" movie theme, we talk about Jennifer Kent's film "The Babadook" (2014). This episode we take it a bit deeper with the topic of depression, that afflicts many, and we discuss how a horror film can perfectly depict that and ironically give you hope. Christopher Grace, film lover and horror aficionado returns as guest. You can find him on letterboxd (@icrowbot).

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James Laczkowski