Collectors can be a weird bunch. Just ask any of us. Add love of films off the beaten path and you’ve got a concoction that can be hard to understand even by the most supportive in our lives. It doesn’t help that so much media treats collectors of all stripes as dangerous loners just out to get their latest widget for the secret collection behind the trap door in the basement. The sole purpose of this podcast is to try and right those wrong perceptions to those that will listen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke fun at ourselves a fair amount as well.
But after we make a little fun, then we are right back to the obsessing of details like formats and restorations and packaging. Yes, packaging. That is where The Completionist turns his jaundiced eye for this latest go-round of CC minutia. You may not agree on each of his opinions, but I am confident you will agree that he has plenty of them!
After this gadfly stew, we’ll move on to an engaging conversation with THE Cinema Gadfly – Arik Devens. Stick around for 45 minutes while we explore his Criterion history and obsessions and how they have affected his life in many wonderful ways.
All of this grooviness along with a collector with too much time and money on his hands, a dip into the prog rock pool with some early Genesis, Shostakovich noodling the ivories for a take on his own Ovod, and the Griffin boys with their only somewhat harsh take on the perils of collecting.
- Are all collectors really this weird?
- keeproductions presents Persnickety about Packaging | 7m 49s
- A conversation with Arik Devens | 23m 38s
Arik Devens – The Cinema Gadfly
keith (at) criterioncompletion.com