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The Popcorn Auteur

Pretty straightforward. We watch all the movies of famous filmmakers and then discuss anything and everything that happens to interest us about them.

Jan 31, 2020

Jeff Nichols hasn't made a feature film since 2016.  Despite being Cannes-approved and critically appreciated, Nichols' films have never broken through to mainstream audiences or the major award circuits.  Listen as we delve into his films.


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Jan 3, 2020

For a while Neill Blomkamp seemed to inhabit a unique space in modern filmmaking - big original science fiction films.  Then Chappie happened. Listen as we dive into the three films of Blomkamp starting with District 9, the critical darling that garnered a Best Picture nomination, and ending with Chappie, basically a...

Dec 13, 2019

Oftentimes strange, consistently unpredictable, increasingly political and entirely fun.  Are we describing John Carpenter's second half or this podcast episode?  Listen to find out.  Paul Kowalski returns for the trip through Carpenter's later films.


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Oct 31, 2019

John Carpenter's films have been remade, imitated, and satirized.  In this episode, we go to the source material and dive into the first five films that Carpenter wrote and directed, included cult classic Assault on Precinct 13.  Also, it's Halloween!  What better time to check out the works of a horror master?  Paul...

Oct 16, 2019

When you have a fan that recommends a filmmaker that "carries on the legacy" of Jane Campion, it's worth taking note.  Andrea Arnold's films may not be easy to watch, but there is power in her work.  In this episode, we immerse ourselves in the Arnold's films. 


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