Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Lucky Cat: Asian cinema at the London Film Festival

October 24, 2012

Posters for Doomsday Book, Ai to Makoto, Nameless Gangsters, Tetsuo II, Helpless

Posters for Doomsday Book, Ai to Makoto, Nameless Gangsters, Tetsuo II, Helpless

Asian cinema at the London Film Festival: Alex Fitch guest presents Lucky Cat, Resonance FM’s weekly radio show about Asian Culture; this week’s guest is Virginie Selavy, editor of cult and world cinema periodical Electric Sheep Magazine and they’re be discussing this year’s selection of Korean and Japanese titles screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival. Movies discussed include Korean crime dramas Nameless Gangsters and Helpless, portmanteau Sci-Fi apocalypse movie Doomsday Book and Miike Takashi’s reimagining of West Side StoryAi to Makoto – as well as the 20th anniversary of classic Japanese body horror movie Tetsuo II: Body Hammer. Music in this week’s show includes excerpts from the soundtracks of Ai to Makoto, The Good, The Bad and The Weird and Sukiyaki Western Django, plus tracks by the Pizzicato Five and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. (Originally broadcast 20/10/12 on Resonance FM) (more…)

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Today’s screening: Hero (2002)

August 11, 2010 1 Comment

Today’s screening: Hero / Yīngxióng (2002)

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Electric Sheep Film Club: Hero / Yīngxióng

Zhang Yimou’s breakthrough martial arts epic is a lavish visual feast best appreciated on the largest screen possible! Set in the third century BC as the ambitious, war-mongering king of Qin is trying to unite China by force, it stars Jet Li as a nameless swordsman granted a rare audience with his sovereign after killing three fearsome assassins (played by some of Hong Kong cinema’s greatest, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung). As the sly king questions the ‘hero’, we are presented with three different versions of the events, each colour-coded. The result is a sumptuous spectacle combining graceful fight scenes, magnificent décors, dubious truths and questionable politics.

Guest speaker: Zoë Baxter, presenter of Resonance FM’s radio show on East Asian culture.

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Hero and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. A film expert to be announced shortly will pick the best entry. Deadline: Thursday 26 August. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in September.

Hero pages on wikipedia and the IMDb

WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST, Prince Charles Cinema 8:45pm : HERO
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
Price: £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Certificate: 12
Dir: Zhang Yimou, China, 2002, 99 min

Lucky Cat podcast: The films of Park Chan-Wook

March 10, 2010 1 Comment

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Lucky Cat podcast:
The films of Park Chan-Wook

Originally broadcast 25/02/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Episode 4.6 of Resonance FM’s Asian culture show presented by Zoe Baxter. This episode is a Park Chan-Wook special to coincide with the UK DVD release of the Korean auteur’s vampire film Thirst. Zoë Baxter is joined in the studio by Mira Stout (author of bestselling novel “One Thousand Chestnut Trees”, playwright, and film critic) and Alex Fitch (broadcaster and assistant editor of Electric Sheep film magazine) to discuss Thirst and Chan-Wook’s oeuvre.

Lucky Cat series 4 continunes Thursdays at 7pm on www.resonancefm.com

For more info about this podcast, please visit www.luckykitty.blogspot.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Thirst and Park Chan-Wook

Listen to Alex’s appearance on Lucky Cat last year regarding the films of Tetsuya Nakashima
Listen to Alex’s 2008 interview with Park Chan-Wook, also available as a transcript in Wheel Me Out magazine

Other recommended shows:

Collected Comics Library podcast

The podcast: Collected Comics Library, has been a weekly staple for almost 5 years now, Chris Marshall blogs and podcasts about Collected Editions and reprints.

Last month saw Chris do a special four part series on the career of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, covering his time working for Marvel in the 50s and 60s, his tenure at DC and return to Charlton Comics in the 70s and 80s, his return to Marvel and Independant work from the 80s to the end of his career, plus Chris chats to Craig Yoe about his book The Art of Ditko.

The Collected Comics Library also has its own iPhone app which is well worth downloading if you’re a fan of the show

CCL Podcast #256-259 – The Career of Steve Ditko

Seqalab Express – Savannah College of Art and Design’s comics podcast

Students of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s SEQuential Art course interview comics creators and professionals to see what makes them tick. In the latest episode Jarrett and Kevin sit down with Wook-Jin (Hunter) Clark and discuss his new book from SCAD friendly publisher Oni Press.

Seqalab Express
: Wook-Jin Clark

Lucky Cat podcast: The films of Tetsuya Nakashima

January 16, 2010 3 Comments

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Lucky Cat podcast:
The films of Tetsuya Nakashima

Originally broadcast 13/01/09 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Kyôko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya in Kamikaze Girls

Kyôko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya in Kamikaze Girls

Episode 3.2 of Resonance FM’s Asian culture show presented by Zoe Baxter. This episode is a Tetsuya Nakashima special, looking at the films of the cult Japanese director who mixes pathos with a larger than life kitsch style to bewildering effect; including reviews of ‘Kamikaze Girls’ and ‘Memories of Matsuko’. Zoe is joined by the assistant editor of ‘Electric Sheep’ film magazine Alex Fitch and comic book artist Dan Lester. The Dim Sum Lunchbox contains a Japanese pickled herring dish.

Lucky Cat series 4 begins 21st January 2010 on www.resonancefm.com

For more info about this podcast, please visit www.luckykitty.blogspot.com

Links: Dan’s website
Zoe’s Lucky Cat blog
Info about Memories of Matsuko and Kamikaze Girls
Watch Nakashima’s short film Rolling bomber special on youtube
Listen to Alex’s interview with Dan about his comic book work

Other recommended shows:
Collected Comics Library podcast

The podcast: Collected Comics Library, has been a weekly staple for almost 5 years now, Chris Marshall blogs and podcasts about Collected Editions and reprints.

This week Chris interviews Kim Thompson, Vice President of Fantagraphics. Kim talks about the European market and the process of translating them for the American
audience. They also discuss their classic reprint projects Peanuts, Pogo and Prince Valiant.

CCL Podcast #253 – Kim Thompson, Vice President of Fantagraphics

Mr. Trick and Wrongtom

Like two old soaks chatting by the fire, Trick and Tom swap songs, talking with passion and insight about the music they love, both new and old. Uncovering music you may have missed is usually the order of the day, with “but I bet you’ve not heard this…” being an oft-muttered sentence. Anything from doo-wop to gospel, punk to dub is pulled out for consideration, with the sole hope of having you wanting to look up these artists when the show’s over.

Mr. Trick and Wrongtom #62
– December ’09 ’Spiky Dread’ special

With Trick suddenly bed ridden with a vicious case of the sniffles, the original plan for a decade rundown show was scuppered. Fortunately all was not lost as Santa’s little helper dropped by in the shape of our irregular regular Ed Zed who suggested a last minute ’Spiky Dread’ special! Featuring Basement 5 / Dangerous Girls / Red Beat / The Flesheater and more…