Tag Archives: The Practice of Film Criticism 2021

Max Bawtree on Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho, South Korea, 2003)

I talk to Max Bawtree about Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho, South Korea, 2003), focussing on  its use of violence, representation of gender, and the importance of cinematography and framing throughout. The podcast may be listened to here:

Memories of Murder – Podcast

Peau d’Âne/Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy, 1970)


In this podcast Leann Rivera and I discussJacques Demy’s 1970 fairytale classic ‘Peau d’Âne’ / Donkey Skin by delving closely into the genre of the fairytale and its shift from its traditional and subjective roots due to the standardising of Walt Disney. We investigate how the French filmmaker illustrates (through style and narrative) an innovative approach which contemporary live-action fairytales should appreciate to observe. Furthermore highlighting how Demy, and his childhood reverence for these fantastical tales and keen eye to convey visual pleasure for all ages, sexualities and backgrounds, manages to encapsulate both the genre’s beauty and ugliness all in one to appreciate but to also analyse, uncovering its secrets and layers to be learnt from and understood.

The podcast may be listened to by clicking below:


Donkey Skin – Podcast

Practice of Film Criticism 2012: Harry Russell on Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante, 1990)


A new series of podcasts. In this one I talk to Harry Russell about Gremlins 2 and he tries to convince me it’s even better than the original and very possibly a work of art:

Gremlins 2: The New Batch – Podcast

You may also be interested in this conversation, kindly brought to our attention by James MacDowell, between Joe Dante and the Chap Trap House gang:


and in this sketch:

José Arroyo