Hello everyone. It’s been a quiet week here as far as posting is concerned (though the comment thread under Chinelo Okparanta’s story has been anything but quiet). I was sick and unable to polish up the posts I was going to put up. They’ll come up soon. I’m feeling better.

I’m excited to get on here now, though, to announced a new project I’m involved in. Well, new to me. I’m joining The Eclipse Viewer podcast and its host David Blakeslee, who blogs at Criterion Reflections here.

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David started The Eclipse Viewer podcast with Robert Nishimura in mid-2012, and the show is focused on The Criterion Collection’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Each Eclipse Series box set contains a set of films tied together by director or theme, and each episode of the podcast is focused on one set.

Up to this point, David and Robert have covered the following sets:

  • Eclipse Series 10: Silent Ozu — Three Family Comedies
  • Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse
  • Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko
  • Eclipse Series 5: The First Films of Samuel Fuller
  • Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer
  • Eclipse Series 24: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

At the end of 2012, after eight episodes, production on the podcast halted due to time, life, etc. I missed it. I love The Criterion Collection, and I love the Eclipse Series. And since the Eclipse Series is filled with obscure films, and since other than a few liner notes there are no supplements to give context, The Eclipse Viewer podcast was invaluable and always enjoyable.

In October, I reached out to David and offered my services. After a pleasant exchange of emails, David and I recorded Episode 8 1/2: Intermission, in which David explains what has been going on with the show and in which I introduce myself. Click here to go to the CriterionCast, where you can see the show notes and listen to the episod

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