Episode #11 – Woody Allen/Blue Jasmine

Episode #11

In this episode we talk about the career of Woody Allen, including his new film Blue Jasmine.


We each choose a favorite film as well films we think someone new to Woody Allen should watch. After stipulating that Annie Hall is the ideal entry point, we came up with second movies for newbies to watch.

Our picks:

Nick – Favorite film: Mighty Aphrodite; film for newbies: Crimes and Misdemeanors

Chris: Favorite film: Purple Rose of Cairo; film for newbies: Everyone Says I Love You 

Erik: Favorite film: Husbands and Wives; film for newbies: Midnight in Paris

Links mentioned:

Podcore Nerdcast


Molly Laich’s film reviews

The Projection Booth



Episode #10 – Special Guest: Robert Burgoyne

Episode #10


Our RATINGSPALOOZA podcast drops today with our very special guest, Robert Burgoyne, Chair of the Department of Film Studies at St. Andrews, Scotland. Bob’s work centers on historiography and film, with a special emphasis on American cinema, history and national identity, and the counter narratives of nation that have emerged in many films.  Recent books include Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U. S. History: Revised and Expanded Edition and The Epic Film in World Culture.

Join us as we welcome Bob to the podcast Film Nationand discuss his background, current research, his reflections on teaching film over several decades, the differences between pursuing advanced film studies degrees in Europe and the U.S. and the state of cinema and cinema affairs.  We also discuss Bob’s fascinating take on Zero Dark Thirty for an article he has recently undertaken.  Be sure to drop us a review on iTunes today for our RATINGSPALOOZA extravaganza! 



Episode #9 – Back To School: Teaching Film & Man of Steel

Episode #9


We explore two lengthy topics in our 9th episode of That’s a Wrap!  Principal photography begins with part one of a two-part series on film pedagogy.  Erik, Nick and Chris discuss their various approaches to teaching film in past years, today and well into the future.  They discuss, among other things, the importance of visual literacy when navigating today’s media environment, how an understanding and appreciation of film history benefits an education and how unbridled enthusiasm goes a long way in generating student interest in films outside of their traditional comfort zones.  Part two will drop in a few months.

In segment two (starting at 1:08), Erik and Nick discuss and debate their reactions to Zach Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel. To be sure, they each had different reactions!  Tune in to see which side of the debate you fall on!


 And, as mentioned in the show’s Pick Ups, Nick’s current project of framing his 3×5 autographs with their respective 8x10s inaugurated with Stefanie Powers. So, here’s Stefanie!


[NOTE: We had an error with the audio file this week, which is now fixed. If you listen on the site, it’s not problem, but if you downloaded it on iTunes prior to 8/11/13 at 4pm, you will have to do the following to get the full episode:

Simply delete the corrupted episode in iTunes. The episode is no longer listed. Then click the arrow to close the listing of this podcast. Click the arrow again now to expand it while holding the shift key. Then all the deleted episodes are listed and you can download it a second time. Sorry for any inconvenience.]

Links Mentioned:

AFI’s Discussion of why KANE tops their list again and again…

Un chien andalou

Un Chien Andalou from razielle Φ on Vimeo.

Episode #8 – State of Cinema

Episode #8

Best Picture 1976, ROCKY. Timeless simplicity.
Best Picture 1976, ROCKY. Timeless simplicity.

Do you recall the days when spectacle-driven “event” cinema was the exception, not the rule?  Mid and low-concept minded films have been an endangered species over the years… This is not to say that we don’t have films to counter this increasingly stupid strategy (Erik and I just went and saw, and podcasted about, Before Midnight), but this approach from studios has prompted very vocal (and negative) responses from George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh (among others).  And, this is the focus of That’s a Wrap #8: The Current State and Future of Cinema.  It pairs nicely with a robust but elegant little podcast – Chateau “That’s a Wrap #2, vintage 2013” (On Demand Culture).

Links mentioned:

Noam Chomsky talk at University of Michigan

Chomsky slams Zizek and Lacan

Steven Soderbergh’s talk.

Spielberg and Lucas talk about the future of cinema

List of top films by decade.

Zach Braff’s kickstarter

Braff talks about Kickstarter campaign on KCRW

Youtube video of Soderbergh talk


Episode #7: Star Trek with Mark Clark

Episode #7

MarkIn episode seven, we talk to Mark Clark, author of Star Trek FAQ 2.0: Everything Left to Know About The Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond (Unofficial and Unauthorized), about his books and about the Trek universe in general.

This is also our first completely clean episode. No “F” words or anything else. Don’t get used to it, though.

Links mentioned:

Mark’s blog post about Star Trek: Into Darkness.

“Honest Trailers” Star Trek trailer.


That’s a Wrap! Co-host, Nicholas Schlegel, Interviewed about his Forthcoming Book on Spanish Horror

Hello Everyone.

[show_avatar email=3 align=left]Nick Schlegel here with a link to a wonderful interview I participated in while I was recently in Manhattan for the Music & The Moving Image Conference  While there, my friends Eddie Samuelson and Eric Cohen of The Cinefiles and This is Infamous provided an evening of fine dining and libation–Brooklyn Roof-Top Style!  The result is the above interview about Spanish Horror Films and the Spanish film industry in general during the late 1960s and 70s when horror production surged tremendously during Spain’s new transition from dictatorship to democracy.  I hope you enjoy it half as much as I had making it.  My book is currently undergoing revisions and should see publication early next year.  🙂

Episode #6 – Linklater’s “Before Midnight” and Special Guests Mark Clark & Bryan Senn on their book “Sixties Shockers”

Episode #6

BEFORE-MIDNIGHT-stillsRichard Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy began in 1995 with his magical Before Sunrise, continued 9 years later with his entracte Before Sunset and on June 13th, 2013 we witnessed the release (also 9 years later) of the third installment: Before Midnight.  Join us as we discuss this beloved trilogy of films–their longevity, their impact and the spell that they have collectively cast over us.

sixties shockersAnd, in segment two, Nick interviews authors Mark Clark and Bryan Senn on their collaboration “Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969.”  The authors discuss why they chose to undertake the massive project of canonizing this genre in this particular decade, the collaboration process and the possibility of another volume – Seventies Shockers?  Eighties Shockers?  Tune in!!




Links mentioned:

Chuck Tryon’s Review

The Up Series

Episode #5 – Film Adaptations: Our Favorites

Episode #5

Robert Bloch’s “Psycho” – 1959 (1st ed.)

The translation process from page to screen is endemic to the industry and is of particular importance to the public when the source is a beloved and/or bestselling novel, novella or graphic novel. (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Little Women, A Clockwork Orange, The Da Vinci Code, Watchmen, 300, Gone With The Wind, Of Mice and Men, Les Miserables, Lolita, etc).  This adaptation process incurs tremendous (and often, misguided) debate as to what was ultimately “better” — the film or the novel, when in fact, comparison of these two very different mediums requires proper contextualization. Our mission in Episode #5 is to each list our favorite three adaptations from novel to screen and also provide a snapshot of what we think makes for an “effective” translation from one medium to another.

Theodore Roszak's "Flicker" (1st ed.)
Theodore Roszak’s “Flicker” – 1991 (1st ed.)

We also take some time to acknowledge some titles that we would love to see successfully adapted into motion pictures (or conversely, fear that they will be unsuccessfully adapted!).  In the case of Nick and Erik, a prime contender in this category is Theodore Roszak’s complex, ambitious and classically “oh-so-hard-to-adapt” novel about the very nature of cinema, 1991’s “Flicker.”  In the final summary, some things are lost in translation and some things are gained.  These are two very different mediums that are often measured commensurately.  When a literary source is adapted into a film, comparisons are inevitable, but in our estimation, it’s not which “version” is “better”, it’s more about whether the story is well-suited for its new cinematic interpretation and is the essence translated from one medium to another?

Links Mentioned:

The Journal of Adaptation

Gods and Monsters: a novel Nick has wanted to read based on the strength of the film:


Episode #4 – Film Noir with Special Guest David J. Hogan

Episode #4

That’s a Wrap! proudly welcomes author and historian David J. Hogan to discuss his new book Film Noir FAQ.


In this episode we talk about film noir as a genre, as well as our favorite film and femmes fatales.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had a small recording problem that will become evident towards the end of the episode. It sounds like Nick and Erik are talking over David, but this is an error in the recording software. Most of it is fixed, and it is still easily listenable; it simply sounds like we are being rude at times, when we are not.

From the Film Noir FAQ description:

Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywoods Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but peoples plans are big — sometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off. Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Featuring numerous stills and postersmany never before published in book formhighlighting key moments of great noir movies. Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noirs greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers. Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.

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Nick’s Favorite Femme Fatale: Jane Greer

Three passionate media scholars debate film, television and pop culture.