The 1001 Movies Podcast

Known as a "Hong Kong Second Wave" director, Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express paints the city and its denizens in lyrical strokes, belying the dirt and grit lurking just underneath what we can see.

Part action, part romance, the film is an excellent introduction to the director's work, with a unique narrative style; it's no surprise that it caught the attention of Quentin Tarrantino, who made it a mission to market the film to Western audiences.

Chungking Express was released on Blu Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, but unfortunately it is out of print at the time of this writing.  Tenacious film buffs in the U.S. can spend upwards of $100 for a copy or alternately purchase an imported edition if they have a region-free player.

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Direct download: Episode_2_Chungking_Express_1994.mp3
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After the successful Back to the Future (1985), director Robert Zemeckis turned his sights to something even more ambitious, a full-length feature combining live actors and animated ones.

We start our journey through 1,001 movies with lighter - albeit technically groundbreaking and comedic - fare, with the story of an alcoholic private eye on the quest of saving an animated bunny rabbit.  The movie was a box office smash and won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects, and a Special Achievement Award for its technical advancements.

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Inspired by the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, this podcast will examine films picked randomly from the book.  Nearly every genre will be covered, with movies from 1902 through 2012 and made throughout the world.

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Direct download: Episode_0_Introduction.mp3
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