By Brahkage: An Anthology, Volume 1

This week's episode is a long one solely for the plethora and variety of material we're tasked with talking about. Stan Brahkage was an experimental filmmaker and a long-time film professor at the University of Colorado, who principally focused on non-narrative film. By Brakhage covers work from six decades of his career. With over four hours of material in 26 pieces ranging from 9 seconds to 74 minutes long, there's a lot to digest: a lot to love and some, well, not to.

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Man Bites Dog

Pasolini's Salo told us, among other things, that violent media only exists because we watch it. Man Bites Dog -- the 1992 Belgian pitch-black mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde -- in turn suggests that violent media also exists because we make it. A bit of a tautology, sure, but it allows for an interesting criticism of some of  the direct cinema we've seen so far: e.g. Are the Maysles responsible for the death of Meredith Hunter as Altamont wouldn't have happened without their film project? Pat and I tackle that and more this week, as we discuss a surprisingly complex film.

Hard Boiled

It's more John Woo this week on Lost in Criterion, as Pat and Adam watch the last movie he made before leaving Hong Kong for Hollywood: 1992's Hard Boiled. A word of warning: neither of us could find an official Criterion release for this -- Criterion has only released it on DVD and that DVD is out of print -- so we ended up watching an English-dubbed version on youtube. You smell that? That's the sweet scent of quasi-legality.