We continue our chronological look at the career of Carol Kane on PRAISING KANE with the surreal 1981 French drama THE GAMES OF COUNTESS DOLINGEN, partially based on the works of Unica Zürn (with a bit of Bram Stoker thrown in for good measure). A complex, twisting and often quite shocking film, it puzzled and intrigued our hosts who came away from it with two very different perspectives, and sparked a conversation about how much knowledge (or research) should be expected from an audience before watching a film. It’s more fun that that sounds! CHECK IT OUT!
The film can currently be viewed on archive.org right here.
Welcome to our least listened to episode of PRAISING KANE ever! On this episode, our chronological look at the career of the wonderful Carol Kane continues with 1979’s LA SABINA, a José Luis Borau film that is only partially available in English.. but we watched it anyway! It’s a drama filled with infidelity, regret, and a mysterious dragon lady that threatens to devour us all. FUN! But that’s not all! We decided to BEEF things up by also watching OUT OF OUR FATHER’S HOUSES, a filmed version of Eve Merriam’s play adapted from actual letters by women in the 19th century. I know you’re quaking with anticipation, so it’s time to listen right… now!
Check out the teleplay of OUT OF OUR FATHER’S HOUSES right here:
On the latest episode of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we’re traveling back to 2004 to check out Joshua Marston’s much lauded (particularly for its lead performance by Catalina Sandino Moreno) drug smuggling drama MARIA FULL OF GRACE. But aside from that dynamite lead, does the film hold up to our older – and somehow even MORE cynical – eyes? And does it even matter? Lots of talk about the drug war, hypocrisy, and all that good stuff. Check it out!
Well, here’s something a bit different. We were both dreading having to talk about ANNIE HALL on the latest episode of PRAISING KANE (Liam even wanted to skip this episode entirely), so instead, we spend the first half of the episode talking about why we almost skipped it (yes, it’s because of Woody Allen), our frustrations with separating art from artist, and how we personally deal with films that have been poisoned by the actions of people involved. After the break we shift gears to give our general thoughts on the film and, of course, Carol Kane’s performance within. Check it out.
Our look at the filmography of the great John Singleton continues with two of his mid-period films, starting with the often-brutal historical drama ROSEWOOD from 1997, followed by the coming-of-age comedy-drama BABY BOY from 2001. Also, we had already recorded this and Liam deleted it. HEAR THE WEARINESS IN OUR VOICES. Enjoy!
On the latest episode of PRAISING KANE we’re looking at Sidney Lumet’s 1975 masterpiece DOG DAY AFTERNOON, and along with it the 2014 documentary THE DOG which focuses on the real-life inspiration for the film. We take a look at some of the differences between adaptation and reality, Al Pacino (of course), the effect the film had on the real-life “Dog” and much more. Check it out!
DEAR GOD it’s a brand new episode of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE MAN REDUX! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
On this episode we’re joined by baseball journalist and podcaster Andrew Stoeten to discuss the 2019 faith-based (kinda) baseball movie 90 FEET FROM HOME, starring WWE hall of famer Shawn Michaels, former Superman Dean Cain and ERIC ROBERTS! We also talk about POLITICS, live music, DOCTOR WHO and so, so much more.
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You can watch 90 FEET FROM HOME on Tubi for free right here:
On the latest episode of PRAISING KANE we look at Carol Kane’s performance in Hal Ashby’s incredible 1973 movie THE LAST DETAIL starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid, Written by Robert Towne (and adapted from Darryl Ponicsan’s 1969 novel), the film details two Navy lifers (Nicholson and Young) bringing an 18-year-old Seaman to a naval prison after he’s caught committing a petty crime. We chat about the film, its legacy and Carol Kane brief, but essential, role. Check it out!
As discussed in the episode, here’s the episode of The American Parade from 1974 that features Carol Kane in a brief role.
A triumphant return for Cinema Smorgasbord after a week hiatus, and we bring with us both tales of Liam moving his family to a new state, as well as Barry Jenkins’ first feature film: the 2008 romantic-drama Medicine For Melancholy. Starring Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins, the movie traces the aftermath of a one-night-stand as two characters wander San Francisco and discuss relationships, race and gentrification. But is it a forgotten gem? Listen and find out!
On PRAISING KANE we take a chronological look through the film work of beloved actress Carol Kane! On the premiere episode we’re going back to 1971 to check out Frank D. Gilroy’s DESPERATE CHARACTERS starring Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars and featuring an 18-year-old Carol Kane in her film debut! Co-starring New York City, which is like a whole OTHER CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE! Oh, we have fun. Join us.