Trash, Art, And The Movies
The podcast that pits arthouse cinema against brainless entertainment—and then declares a victor.

Paul and Heather take a week off from watching new releases and take another dip into the DVD Helmet of Mystery, with reviews of Stephen Frears' offbeat 1984 contribution to the British gangster genre, THE HIT; and the 1971 lesbian-vampire cult classic DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS. Plus the usual roundup of the week's other most notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/THE HIT
19:53 — A.C. Newman, "Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer"
20:42 — DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS
32:29 — Jonathan Richman, "Vampire Girl"
33:32 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays 

Direct download: Episode_78__The_Hit_Daughters_Of_Darkness.mp3
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Paul and Heather review Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman's headbanging Sundance dramedy HESHER; and the documentary portrait of one of America's greatest chronicler's of big-city street fashion, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK. Plus: Paul contributes his mini-reviews of the movie-that-never-was documentary HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO and Luc Besson's unseen-in-North-America adventure yarn THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC, and Heather reports on a soul-stirring special-event screening of Carl Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC. All this, plus the usual roundup of the week's other most noteworthy new DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

0:00 — Intro/HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO/THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC/THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
15:03 — Clem Snide, "Joan Jett Of Arc"
16:12 — HESHER
30:58 — Ozma, "Natalie Portman"
32:09 — BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
46:24 — Good Shoes, "The Photos On My Wall"
47:37 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_77__Hesher_Bill_Cunningham_New_York.mp3
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Paul and Heather review two of the most highly acclaimed films of 2011: Kelly Reichardt's feminist revisionist Western MEEK'S CUTOFF, and Abbas Kiarostami's enigmatic two-hander CERTIFIED COPY. Also: Heather relays her reactions to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and revisits Philip Kaufman's isn't-it-time-we-declared-this-one-a-classic 1978 remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, while Paul reports on Jason Zinoman's new book SHOCK VALUE, about the game-changing American horror films of the 1970s and the men who created them. Plus our usual roundup of the week's other most notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/X-MEN: FIRST CLASS/INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS/SHOCK VALUE
19:00 — Skyhooks, "Horror Movie"
20:03 — MEEK'S CUTOFF
33:10 — The Magnetic Fields, "A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off"
34:02 — CERTIFIED COPY
48:22 — Hercules and Love Affair, "True False/Fake Real"
49:32 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_76__Meeks_Cutoff_Certified_Copy.mp3
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Paul and Heather discover what happens when you combine Will Ferrell with Raymond Carver as they review the Sundance dramedy EVERYTHING MUST GO, then argue over whether Susanne Bier deserved the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar she received earlier this year for her First World/Third World melodrama IN A BETTER WORLD. Plus: Heather's reaction to the demise of Blockbuster Video, Paul's mini-review of the new-to-DVD David Hyde Pierce thriller THE PERFECT HOST, a debate over George Lucas' latest round of edits and "improvements" to his STAR WARS trilogy, and the usual roundup of the week's other most noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/Blockbuster bites the dust/George Lucas: "Nooooooo!"/THE PERFECT HOST
14:22 — John Williams, "Cantina Band"
14:59 — EVERYTHING MUST GO
27:45 — The Mountain Goats, "Estate Sale Sign"
28:40 — IN A BETTER WORLD
41:49 — Clem Snide, "Better"
42:49 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_75__Everything_Must_Go_In_A_Better_World.mp3
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