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Her Head in Films

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My head isn't in the clouds. My head is in films. I'm Caitlin. On this podcast, I share my personal thoughts and feelings about the films I watch, mainly art house and world cinema. This podcast celebrates the personal, the subjective, and the emotional. I weave together my life experiences with an … read more

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Episode 118: RaMell Ross's 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' (2018)

December 1st, 2020


In this episode, I talk about RaMell Ross's 2018 documentary, "Hale County This Morning, This Evening." In 2009, RaMell Ross moved to Hale County in Alabama to teach photography and coach basketball. While living there, …

Episode 117: Julie Dash's 'Daughters of the Dust' (1991)

November 17th, 2020


In this episode, I'm talking about Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust. This is a dreamlike film that focuses on the Peazant family who live …

Episode 116: George Sluizer's 'The Vanishing' (aka Spoorloos) (1988)

October 27th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about George Sluizer's 1988 film "The Vanishing." It's about Rex and Saskia, a Dutch couple who go on vacation in France and have their lives turned upside down when Saskia is abducted. To give …

Episode 115: Lynne Littman's 'Testament' (1983)

October 13th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Lynne Littman's 1983 film, "Testament." It's about how a mother and her children in a California town survive the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. We don't know who dropped the bombs, what …

Episode 114: Olivier Assayas's 'Clouds of Sils Maria' (2014)

September 29th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Olivier Assayas's 2014 film "Clouds of Sils Maria." It's a complex film starring Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders, an …

Episode 113: John Cassavetes's 'Opening Night' (1977)

September 15th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about John Cassavetes's 1977 film, "Opening Night." It's about an actress named Myrtle Gordon (played by the magnificent Gena Rowlands) who witnesses the death of one of her fans and begins to …

Episode 112: Charles Laughton's 'The Night of the Hunter' (1955)

August 25th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Charles Laughton's 1955 film "The Night of the Hunter." It's about two young children--John and Pearl--who are pursued …

Episode 111: Theo Angelopoulos's 'Landscape in the Mist' (1988)

August 11th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Theo Angelopoulos's 1988 film, "Landscape in the Mist." This film follows a brother and sister--Alexandros and …

Episode 110: Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Le silence de la mer' (1949)

July 28th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Jean-Pierre Melville's 1949 film "Le silence de la mer." It's set in France in 1941 at the time of the Second World …

Episode 109: Jean Vigo's 'L'atalante' (1934)

July 14th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Jean Vigo's wondrous and magical 1934 film, "L'atalante". On the surface, it's the simple story of Jean and Juliette, …

Episode 108: Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' (2011)

June 30th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Terrence Malick's 2011 film "The Tree of Life". This is a monumental and important film in my life. It's hard to describe what it's about because it's really about everything--the cosmos, …

Episode 107: Terrence Malick's 'Days of Heaven' (1978)

June 16th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven." Set in 1916, it follows a man named Bill, his sister Linda and his …

Episode 106: Michael Curtiz's 'Casablanca' (1942)

May 26th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about the 1942 classic, "Casablanca," directed by Michael Curtiz. Often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Casablanca is set in 1941 during the Second World War and centers around …

Episode 105: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's 'Singin' in the Rain' (1952)

May 12th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's 1952 musical, "Singin' in the Rain." Often voted the greatest musical ever made, this …

Episode 104: Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain' (2005)

April 1st, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Ang Lee's 2005 film, "Brokeback Mountain." It's a grand love story about two cowboys--Ennis and Jack--who fall in love in 1960s Wyoming. Their romance spans decades but, because of …

Episode 103: Catherine Corsini's 'Summertime' (aka 'La Belle Saison') (2015)

April 1st, 2020


In this episode, I talk about Catherine Corsini's glorious 2015 film "Summertime" (aka "La Belle Saison"). Two women--Carole and Delphine--fall in …

Episode 102: Bong Joon-ho's 'Memories of Murder' (2003)

October 8th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Bong Joon-ho's 2003 film "Memories of Murder." It's based on the real-life Hwaseong serial murders that happened in a rural area of South Korea in the 1980s and early 1990s. At the time the …

Episode 101: Roberto Rossellini's 'Journey To Italy' (1954)

August 27th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Roberto Rossellini's groundbreaking 1954 film, "Journey To Italy." It stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as Katherine and Alex Joyce, a couple whose relationship starts disintegrating …

Episode 100: Vittorio De Sica's 'Umberto D.' (1952)

August 13th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Vittorio De Sica's classic 1952 Italian Neorealist film, "Umberto D." It's about an elderly man trying to evade eviction against the backdrop of post-World War II Italy. As his life becomes …

Episode 99: Kelly Reichardt's 'Wendy and Lucy' (2008)

July 30th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Kelly Reichardt's 2008 film, "Wendy and Lucy." It stars Michelle Williams as Wendy Carroll, a young woman stopping in …

Episode 98: Dardenne brothers' 'Two Days, One Night' (2014)

July 16th, 2019


In this episode, I explore the Dardenne brothers' 2014 film, "Two Days, One Night." Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a factory worker who tries to return to her job after a bout of depression only to find that her …

Episode 97: Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Three Colors: Blue' (1993)

June 25th, 2019


In this episode, I explore Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1993 film, "Three Colors: Blue." Juliette Binoche plays a woman who loses her husband and daughter …

Episode 96: Pablo Larrain's 'Jackie' (2016)

June 11th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Pablo Larrain's 2016 film, "Jackie." It looks at Jackie Kennedy's grief in the days after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. I explore how the film …

Episode 95: Agnès Varda's 'The Gleaners and I' (2000)

May 28th, 2019


On this episode, I talk about Agnès Varda's 2000 documentary, "The Gleaners and I." It looks at people who glean in modern society, whether in the fields, at orchards, or after the markets have closed in Paris. With her …

Episode 94: Nicolas Philibert's 'To Be and To Have' (2002)

May 14th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Nicolas Philibert's 2002 documentary, "To Be and To Have." It focuses on a small school in rural France where the kind …

Episode 93: Todd Haynes's 'Far From Heaven' (2002)

April 30th, 2019


In this episode, I explore Todd Haynes's 2002 film, "Far From Heaven." It's an homage to 1950s melodramas and stars Julianne Moore as Cathy Whitaker, …

Episode 92: Todd Haynes's 'Safe' (1995)

April 16th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Todd Haynes's 1995 film, "Safe." It stars Julianne Moore in her first collaboration with Haynes. Moore plays Carol …

Episode 91: Jane Campion's 'The Piano' (1993)

March 29th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about the mysterious power and beauty of Jane Campion's 1993 film, "The Piano." It stars Holly Hunter as Ada McGrath, a …

Episode 90: Maïwenn's 'My King' (2015)

March 12th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Maïwenn's "My King," a raw and intense film that stars Emmanuelle Bercot as a woman struggling to heal her body and mind in the wake of a toxic and destructive relationship. I discuss how …

Episode 89: Peter Webber's 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' (2003)

February 26th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Peter Webber's 2003 film "Girl with a Pearl Earring." It's an adaptation of the 1999 Tracy Chevalier novel by the same name, which imagines how Johannes Vermeer's 17th century painting, …

Episode 88: Pete Travis's 'The Go-Between' (2015)

February 12th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Pete Travis's dreamy 2015 film, "The Go-Between," produced by the BBC, based on the classic L.P. Hartley novel of the same name, and starring Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, and Lesley …

Episode 87: Patricia Cardoso's 'Real Women Have Curves' (2002)

January 29th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Patricia Cardoso's feminist coming-of-age classic, "Real Women Have Curves" (2002). I discuss body image, factory work, …

Episode 86: Nancy Savoca's 'Dogfight' (1991)

January 22nd, 2019


In this episode, I talk about Nancy Savoca's beautiful 1991 coming-of-age film, "Dogfight." It stars River Phoenix and Lili Taylor as Eddie Birdlace …

Episode 85: An Interview with Leon Lee on 'Letter From Masanjia' (2018)

January 15th, 2019


In this episode, I interview director Leon Lee on his latest documentary, "Letter from Masanjia." In 2012, a story in The Oregonion went viral. A …

Episode 84: François Ozon's 'Under the Sand' (2000)

November 28th, 2018


In this episode, I explore François Ozon's mysterious and emotionally devastating 2000 film "Under the Sand," starring Charlotte Rampling as Marie Drillon, a woman whose husband, Jean, unexpectedly disappears during a …

Episode 83: Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours' (2012)

November 4th, 2018


In this episode, Carolyn Petit joins me for a conversation about Jem Cohen's 2012 film "Museum Hours." Carolyn is managing editor at Feminist …

Episode 82: Robert Wise's 'The Haunting' (1963)

October 28th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Robert Wise's 1963 cult classic, "The Haunting." It's based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel "The Haunting of Hill …

Episode 81: Alejandro Amenábar's 'The Others' (2001)

October 14th, 2018


In this episode, I delve into Alejandro Amenábar's haunting 2001 film, "The Others." This episode contains FULL SPOILERS. If you have not seen the film and you choose to listen to this episode, it will be ruined for you.

Episode 80: John Cromwell's 'The Enchanted Cottage' (1945)

October 7th, 2018


In this episode, I welcome my first guest, Jesse Ataide, and we talk about our love for John Cromwell's 1945 film, "The Enchanted Cottage." It tells the story of Laura Pennington, a woman who struggles with her …

Episode 79: Lynne Ramsay's 'Morvern Callar' (2002)

September 23rd, 2018


In this episode, I talk about the intense personal connection I feel to Lynne Ramsay's 2002 film, "Morvern Callar," starring Samantha Morton. I discuss how the film represents grief, death, and sensuality, and I situate …

Episode 78: Carol Morley's 'Dreams of a Life' (2011)

September 16th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Carol Morley's haunting 2011 documentary, "Dreams of a Life," which tells the tragic story of Joyce Carol Vincent, a …

Episode 77: Jessica Hausner's 'Lourdes' (2009)

September 9th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Jessica Hausner's 2009 film, "Lourdes." It tells the story of Christine, a young woman in a wheelchair who goes to the …

Episode 76: 'Sharp Objects' Recap - Ep 7 and 8

August 28th, 2018


In this episode, I provide my concluding thoughts on the final two episodes of "Sharp Objects." I discuss episode 7 ("Falling") and episode 8 …

Episode 75: Wong Kar-wai's 'In the Mood for Love' (2000)

August 26th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Wong Kar-wai's 2000 film, "In the Mood for Love," which follows two people--Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan--in 1960s Hong Kong …

Episode 74: David Lean's 'Brief Encounter' (1945)

August 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about David Lean's 1945 film, "Brief Encounter." Set in 1938, in pre-WWII England, it's about Laura and Alec, two strangers who fall in love despite being married to other people. I talk about …

Episode 73: 'Sharp Objects' Recap - Ep 5 and 6

August 15th, 2018


In this episode, I recap episodes 5 ("Closer") and 6 ("Cherry") of the HBO limited series, "Sharp Objects." I talk about how the relationship between Camille and Adora is getting darker and how the show continues to …

Episode 72: James Ivory's 'Maurice' (1987)

August 12th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about James Ivory's 1987 film, "Maurice." It's based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster. It's set in 1910 and tells the story of Maurice Hall, a young man who attends Cambridge …

Episode 71: 'Sharp Objects' Recap - Ep 3 and 4

August 1st, 2018


In this episode, I recap episodes 3 and 4 of the HBO limited series, "Sharp Objects." I discuss the importance of more women having a role in films …

Episode 70: Ingmar Bergman's 'Autumn Sonata' (1978)

July 29th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Ingmar Bergman's devastating 1978 film, "Autumn Sonata." It's an unforgettable portrait of a mother/daughter …

Episode 69: Ingmar Bergman's 'Wild Strawberries' (1957)

July 22nd, 2018


In this episode, I explore Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic, "Wild Strawberries," in which an elderly man remembers moments from his past and struggles …

Episode 68: 'Sharp Objects' Recap - Ep 1 and 2

July 18th, 2018


In this episode, I try something new by talking about the first two episodes of the HBO limited series, "Sharp Objects." This is more than just an episode recap. It's a personal exploration of the ways in which the show …

Episode 67: Ingmar Bergman's 'Summer Interlude' (1951)

July 15th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Ingmar Bergman's 1951 film "Summer Interlude." It's about Marie, a young ballet dancer who receives the diary of a young man with whom she had a passionate love affair in her teens. The …

Episode 66: Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' (2004)

June 24th, 2018


In this episode, I explore the mystery and power of Jonathan Glazer's 2004 masterpiece, "Birth." This is the most important episode I've ever produced for the podcast. This is the film that defines me, that I can't get …

Episode 65: John Cassavetes's 'A Woman Under the Influence' (1974)

June 17th, 2018


In this episode, I explore Gena Rowlands's raw and uncompromising performance as Mabel Longhetti in John Cassavetes's 1974 film, "A Woman Under the Influence." Mabel is a woman struggling with mental illness and coming …

Episode 64: Michael Haneke's 'The Piano Teacher' (2001)

June 3rd, 2018


In this episode, I explore Michael Haneke's 2001 film, "The Piano Teacher." Isabelle Huppert gives one of the greatest acting performances of all …

Episode 63: Yasujiro Ozu's 'Late Spring' (1949)

May 27th, 2018


In this episode, I explore Yasujiro Ozu's 1949 classic, "Late Spring." Setsuko Hara stars as 27-year-old Noriko who feels a strong bond with her …

Episode 62: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's 'The Lives of Others' (2006)

May 20th, 2018


In this episode, I continue my exploration of films that helped me through my grief after my father died in 2006. "The Lives of Others" is an important film in my life. I have intense memories of watching it for the …

Episode 61: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006)

May 14th, 2018


After my father died in 2006, my mom and I lost ourselves in the films shown at a local discount theater. In this episode, I talk about Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," a movie I saw in that theater and one that …

Episode 60: Donna Deitch's 'Desert Hearts' (1985)

April 22nd, 2018


In this episode, I explore Donna Deitch's 1985 cult classic, "Desert Hearts." It's about Vivian Bell, who travels to Reno, Nevada in 1959 to get a …

Episode 59: Kathleen Collins's 'Losing Ground' (1982)

April 15th, 2018


For decades, the work of Kathleen Collins languished in obscurity. She was a writer, filmmaker, and professor who is considered one of the first …

Episode 58: Ounie Lecomte's 'A Brand New Life' (2009)

April 8th, 2018


In this episode, I explore Ounie Lecomte's moving 2009 debut feature film, "A Brand New Life." The film is based on Lecomte's own life and centers …

Episode 57: Joanna Hogg's 'Unrelated' (2007)

April 1st, 2018


For the month of April, I'm focusing on debut feature films by women directors. I'm kicking off the series with Joanna Hogg's 2007 debut film, "Unrelated." The film explores the emotional crisis of a woman who escapes …

Episode 56: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Close-Up' (1990)

March 18th, 2018


What happens when cinema becomes an obsession? I explore that question and many more in this episode on Abbas Kiarostami's 1990 genre-blending film, …

Episode 55: Michelangelo Antonioni's 'L'avventura' (1960)

March 11th, 2018


In 1960, Michelangelo Antonioni released "L'avventura," a film that would make him world-famous and that would change cinema forever. Antonioni was …

Episode 54: Agnès Varda's 'Cléo from 5 to 7' (1962)

March 4th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Agnès Varda's 1962 film "Cléo from 5 to 7." It's about a French pop singer who is waiting for test results that will …

Episode 53: Chris Marker's 'La Jetée' (1962)

February 25th, 2018


In this episode, I explore all the many facets of Chris Marker's landmark and influential 1962 short film, "La Jetée." Told almost exclusively …

Episode 52: Carl Theodor Dreyer's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' (1928)

February 18th, 2018


I would not be a cinephile without Carl Theodor Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc." This silent film from 1928 awakened me to the power of cinema …

Episode 51: Ceyda Torun's 'Kedi' (2016)

January 31st, 2018


For thousands of years, stray cats have roamed the streets of Istanbul, becoming an integral part of the city. Ceyda Torun's extraordinary 2016 …

Episode 50: Celebrating the 50th Episode of the Podcast and Answering Listener Questions

January 28th, 2018


For the 50th episode of the podcast, I answer listener questions! Thank you to all who listen. I am so grateful to have this outlet for all my …

Episode 49: Peter Weir's 'Dead Poets Society' (1989)

January 21st, 2018


I saw 'Dead Poets Society' for the first time when I was a teenager. It was a revelatory film for me because of the way it celebrated the power of literature and poetry. In this episode, I talk about why the film means …

Episode 48: Larisa Shepitko's 'Wings' (1966) and 'The Ascent' (1977)

January 14th, 2018


Larisa Shepitko is one of the greatest directors that many people have never heard of. In this episode, I seek to change that. I talk about two of her greatest films: "Wings" (1966) and "The Ascent" (1977). Shepitko …

Episode 47: Luca Guadagnino's 'Call Me By Your Name' (2017)

January 7th, 2018


In this episode, I talk about Luca Guadagnino's 2017 film "Call Me By Your Name." In 2017, I read Andre Aciman's book by the same title in one …

Episode 46: The Keepers, Big Little Lies, and Broadchurch

December 26th, 2017


For the final episode of 2017, I thought it would be interesting to spotlight three television shows that I loved over the year--The Keepers, Big …

Episode 45: Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of Her Head in Films

December 17th, 2017


On December 8, 2017 the Her Head in Films podcast officially turned a year old! This is a major milestone. Over the past year, I've brought you over …

Episode 44: Elem Klimov's 'Come and See' (1985)

December 10th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Elem Klimov's monumental 1985 Soviet film, "Come and See," which follows a young man named Florya who witnesses …

Episode 43: Tasha Hubbard's 'Birth of a Family' (2016) and Kalina Bertin's 'Manic' (2016)

December 3rd, 2017


In this episode, I talk about two powerful documentaries from the Montreal International Documentary Festival. The first film is Tasha Hubbard's …

Episode 42: Ettore Scola's 'A Special Day' (1977)

November 19th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Ettore Scola's 1977 film, "A Special Day," starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in some of the most raw …

Episode 41: Mathieu Amalric's 'Le Stade de Wimbledon' (2001)

November 12th, 2017


Released in 2001, Le Stade de Wimbledon (The Wimbledon Stage) is French actor Mathieu Amalric's second feature film, and it stars his ex-wife, the brilliant Jeanne Balibar. It is based on the Italian novel, Lo stadio di …

Episode 40: Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' (1973)

November 5th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Nicolas Roeg's 1973 psychological horror film, "Don't Look Now." It's about John and Laura Baxter, a British couple who …

Episode 39: Herk Harvey's 'Carnival of Souls' (1962)

October 29th, 2017


It's the most ghoulish time of the year now that Halloween is here. In this episode, I explore Herk Harvey's 1962 cult horror classic "Carnival of …

Episode 38: Agnieszka Holland's 'The Secret Garden' (1993)

October 22nd, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Agnieszka Holland's beloved 1993 children's film "The Secret Garden," which tells the story of Mary Lennox, a …

Episode 37: Maurice Pialat's 'The Mouth Agape' (1974)

October 1st, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Maurice Pialat's "The Mouth Agape," a devastating film about a woman named Monique who is dying and how her son and husband deal with the situation. "The Mouth Agape" is a brutal …

Episode 36: Lee Chang-dong's 'Poetry' (2010)

September 29th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Lee Chang-dong's devastating 2010 film "Poetry". It tells the story of 66-year-old Mija, who is struggling with her …

Episode 35: Andrea Arnold's 'Fish Tank' (2009)

September 24th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Andrea Arnold's 2009 film "Fish Tank." It's about 15-year-old Mia who lives on a housing estate in England with her …

Episode 34: Laura Citarella and Veronica Llinás's 'Dog Lady' (2015) and Notes on a Cinema of the Unruly Woman

September 17th, 2017


In Laura Citarella and Veronica Llinás's 2015 Argentine film "Dog Lady," a woman lives in the woods with no companionship except that of her dogs. This nameless woman lives outside of society, either by necessity or by …

Episode 33: Barbara Loden's 'Wanda' (1970)

September 10th, 2017


Released in 1970, Barbara Loden's "Wanda" is a monumental achievement of American independent cinema. It tells the story of a woman living on the margins of society, rejected by almost everyone, a failure in just about …

Episode 32: Katell Quillévéré's 'Heal The Living' (2016) and Radu Jude's 'Scarred Hearts' (2016)

September 3rd, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Katell Quillévéré's "Heal The Living" (2016) and Radu Jude's "Scarred Hearts" (2016), two films that explore illness, …

Episode 31: Vadim Perelman's 'House of Sand and Fog' (2003)

August 27th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about the ways in which Vadim Perelman's 2003 film "House of Sand and Fog" foreshadowed many of the issues that would …

Episode 30: Sally Potter's 'The Tango Lesson' (1997)

August 20th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Sally Potter's 1997 film, "The Tango Lesson." The film stars Potter as herself in a semi-autobiographical story about a film director who becomes interested in learning how to tango. The …

Episode 29: Mike Mills's '20th Century Women' (2016) and a Tribute to Jeanne Moreau

August 6th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Mike Mills's exceptional film "20th Century Women." The setting is Santa Barbara in 1979. Dorothea (Annette Bening) is …

Episode 28: Agnès Varda's 'Vagabond' (1985)

July 30th, 2017


In this episode, I examine Agnès Varda's 1985 film, "Vagabond". It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Sandrine Bonnaire won a César …

Episode 27: Two Made-For-TV Movies from the 1990s - Christopher Leitch's 'She Fought Alone (1995) and Marina Sargenti's 'Lying Eyes' (1996)

July 23rd, 2017


Often maligned and disparaged, made-for-tv movies from the 1990s have gotten a bad reputation. The biggest critique is that they always portray women as victims. As a child of the 1990s (I was born in 1989), I grew up …

Episode 26: Alain Resnais's 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' (1959)

July 16th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Alain Resnais's 1959 classic "Hiroshima Mon Amour." I combine excerpts from Marguerite Duras's screenplay for the film and portions of John Hersey's "Hiroshima" to explore how the film …

Episode 25: Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color' (2013)

July 9th, 2017


In this episode, I explore the controversies and complexities of Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 film "Blue is the Warmest Color," which also took home …

Episode 24: Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' (2016)

July 9th, 2017


In this deeply personal episode, I discuss Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winning "I, Daniel Blake," which is a searing indictment of how the poor and …

Episode 23: Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy

July 2nd, 2017


In this episode, I discuss Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy, which consists of the films "Where Is My Friend's House?," "Life, and Nothing More," and "Through the Olive Trees." They span the years 1987 to 1994. Film …

Episode 22: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Where Is My Friend's House' (1987) and Mohammad-Ali Talebi's 'Willow and Wind' (2000)

July 2nd, 2017


In this episode, I focus on two films and the ways in which they portray friendship and childhood. The first film I talk about is Abbas Kiarostami's 1987 film "Where Is My Friend's House?" The second film I discuss is …

Episode 21: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Taste of Cherry' (1997)

July 2nd, 2017


In this episode, I discuss depression, suicide, and Abbas Kiarostami's 1997 film "Taste of Cherry."

Note: In the episode, I misspoke when, at one point, I say "Iranian new cinema." I meant to say "Iranian New Wave" …

Episode 20: Claude Chabrol's 'La Cérémonie' (1995)

June 25th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about class and crime in Claude Chabrol's 1995 masterpiece, "La Cérémonie." Spoilers are discussed in this episode.

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Episode 19: Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' (2014)

June 18th, 2017


In this episode, I discuss Christian Petzold's 2014 film, "Phoenix," which is about a woman who survives the Auschwitz death camp, undergoes facial …

Episode 18: Alan J. Pakula's 'Sophie's Choice' (1982)

June 18th, 2017


In this episode, I discuss trauma, the Holocaust, and Meryl Streep's astonishing performance in "Sophie's Choice."

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Episode 17: Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy

May 15th, 2017


In this episode, I share my thoughts, feelings, and emotions about Satyajit Ray's monumental Apu Trilogy, which consists of Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959). Note: This episode contains …

Episode 16: Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' (1955)

May 11th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Satyajit Ray's 1955 masterpiece "Pather Panchali."

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Episode 15: Jean-Jacques Beineix's 'Locked-In Syndrome' (1997) and Julian Schnabel's 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' (2007)

May 3rd, 2017


In this episode, I discuss two films about Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was an editor at Elle Magazine in France and suffered a stroke in 1995 at the age of 43. The stroke plunged him into a rare condition known as …

Episode 14: David Lean's 'Summertime' (1955)

May 1st, 2017


In this episode, I talk about David Lean's dreamy 1955 film "Summertime."

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Episode 13: Krzysztof Kieślowski's 'The Double Life of Veronique' (1991)

April 28th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Krzysztof Kieślowski's "The Double Life of Veronique," which is my favorite film. I discuss why I love the film so much …

Episode 12: Satyajit Ray's 'The Big City' (1963)

April 27th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about Satyajit Ray's 1963 film "The Big City."

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Episode 11: João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa's 'Arábia' (2017)

April 6th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa's 'Arábia,' a powerful and haunting film about a Brazilian laborer. Note: At the 41 …

Episode 10: Barmak Akram's 'Wajma' (2013) and Julia Haslett's 'An Encounter With Simone Weil' (2012)

March 6th, 2017


In this episode, I discuss the films "Wajma" and "An Encounter with Simone Weil."

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Episode 9: Barry Jenkins's 'Moonlight' (2016)

March 1st, 2017


In this episode, I discuss the magnificent film "Moonlight."

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Episode 8: My French Film Festival 2017

February 25th, 2017


In this episode, I discuss some of the films I watched from the My French Film Festival 2017.

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Episode 7: Jennie Livingston's 'Paris is Burning' (1990)

February 3rd, 2017


In this episode, I discuss the 1990 classic documentary 'Paris is Burning,' which documented the drag balls in New York City during the 1980s. I talk about critiques of the film and why the film matters.

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Episode 6: A Break From Films

February 2nd, 2017


In this episode, I take a break from films and, instead, talk about the current situation in the United States after the inauguration of Donald Trump. We are sliding into a fascist state. This podcast is about me trying …

Episode 5: Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's 'Big Night' (1996)

January 15th, 2017


The latest episode of the Her Head in Films podcast is about the 1996 cult classic, Big Night, which focuses on food and the bond between two …

Episode 4 - How I Discovered Cinema and Why It's So Important to Me

December 20th, 2016


In this podcast, I discuss the high school class that sparked my love for cinema. I also talk about losing my father and how film has been a source …

Episode 3: My Favorite Films Watched in 2016

December 9th, 2016


In this episode, I discuss my favorite films that I watched in 2016. Some of the films were released in 2016 and some are from other years. All of these films have made an impact on my life.

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Episode 2: Krzysztof Kieślowski's 'Dekalog'

December 9th, 2016


In this episode, I talk about Krzysztof Kieślowski's 'Dekalog,' a masterpiece of Polish cinema.

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Episode 1: An Introduction

December 9th, 2016


An introduction to the Her Head in Films podcast.

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