On this week’s Fresh Films, we talk about the Oscar winner for best foreign language film. Transcript below.
[Fernanda Carreño - “Periódico de Ayer”]
Marco: So when we saw this movie we had a very interesting person sitting behind us, would you agree Elliot?
Elliot: Yeah she seemed like a nice woman, maybe not A Fantastic Woman, but a nice woman.
Marco: She had a very interesting insight into this move.
Elliot: That it wasn’t about being trans. It was about the feelings?
Marco: Yes, it was about the feelings. The film that directly addressed transphobia was not about being trans, it was about the feelings.
Marco: Hello, and welcome to Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted to new movies that have just come out in Evanston. I’m Marco Cartolano.
Elliot: And I’m Elliot Kronsberg.
Marco: Today we’re going to be talking about the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman. It stars Daniela Vega ...
On this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano picks some of his favorite Janelle Monae songs. This mixtape is available on Spotify here.
Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. If you're anything like me, you dropped whatever you were doing when you heard that Janelle Monae released two new tracks. While we’ll get to those tracks later, I want to take a look back at Monae’s last two albums. Before her acting career kicked into high gear with roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, Monae released two of the most critically acclaimed R&B albums of the 2010s. Both encompassed an afrofuturist suite about an android who breaks from captivity. They also mixed R&B with various other genres. “Tightrope,” the big single off of her label debut The Archandoid, mixes R&B, hip-hop and big band. The record scratches, coupled with the brass section, create a more modern take on retro music ...
On this week’s Fresh Films, we review the highly anticipated new Marvel movie, Black Panther. Transcript below
[“Seasons” – Mozzy, Sjava and Reason]
Marco: You have to buy into the corporate attempts to make this all connected. You have to buy into the corporate mindset and declare your brand loyalty to Marvel by watching all the way to the credits. Come on.
Marcus: After credits, you mean. Watching just to the credits is just watching the movie. Right?
Elliot: Well, the credits are party of the movie.
Marcus: No they’re not.
Elliot: They put the music in. There’s a little bit of… You know, there are mid-credit scenes. There are after-credit scenes. There’s little MPAA…
Marcus: I know, but they’re not part of the self-contained story.
Elliot: They are! The after-credit scenes are.
Marcus: No, they’re fucking not! They’re really not.
Marco: So welcome to Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted ...
Why are some RTVF students mad about grants? Marco Cartolano tries to figure that out on AskNBN.
Correction: Dasha Gorin is a communication senior.
[Clip from RTVF film]Marco: If you any know film majors at Northwestern, there’s a chance you’ve heard them complain about grants, but you may have been too afraid to ask what was going on. I’m Marco Cartolano and this is AskNBN. Today I’m going to explain what is the deal with RTVF grants.
Student films, like the one you just heard, often rely on grants for funding. The Radio Television Film Department, or RTVF, introduced controversial changes to their grant policy. They mostly concern the Media Arts Grants, widely known as MAGs. These are grants that the department gives students in order to help them make films. The new policy has made MAGs the predominant way to get funding, which has raised concerns for people in student groups.
Communications junior Tyler ...
On this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano indulges in awards season and picks some of his favorite Oscar winners for Best Song. You can listen to this mixtape on Spotify here.
[“Moon River”-Audrey Hepburn]
Hello everybody and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano and it’s time to talk about the Oscars. No, you didn’t click on the wrong podcast. The Academy Awards have a category called Best Original Song. In honor of awards season, I decided to choose some of my favorite winners. Recently, Disney has had a stranglehold on the category and a lot of the older ballads aren’t my cup of tea. And while this mixtape also sorely lacks any Prince songs from Purple Rain, which won for something called Best Original Song Score, some of the actual winners are real gems. You just heard Audrey Hepburn’s rendition of “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A ballad dedicated to ...
The Oscars may be coming soon, but the Fresh Films crew recommends the real best and worst pictures of 2017. Transcript below:
Elliot: You know what’s another upset? Two documentaries that I saw. The only two documentaries I saw this year, neither made it into the Oscars. Jane from National Geographic, it was going to be the frontrunner. Nothing, it’s not nominated. And then, Long Strange Trip, who doesn’t want to see a six-hour multi-part documentary on The Grateful Dead? I watched it three times.
Marcus: I don’t know anyone that can name a single song by The Grateful Dead.
Elliot: “Candyman,” “Brown Eyed Women.”
Marcus: Don’t know it.
Marco: Ok, welcome to Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted to films that have been released in Evanston. Today we’re going to take a break from recommending some new films and talk about some films that came out last year. Specifically our favorite ...
On this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano embarrasses himself by recommending some of his guilty pleasures. You can listen to the songs here. Transcript below.
[“Cum On Feel The Noize”-Quiet Riot]
Hello everybody and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano and I’m going to regret this mixtape. This week’s playlist focuses on my guilty pleasures, the songs that I thought I was too cool for when I was a teenager – which I was not. I’ll argue most of these songs actually have merit, but they’re a far cry from the hipster-approved music I usually recommend. The first song is a throwback to ‘80s rock at its most immature. “Cum On Feel the Noize” was originally a Slade song from the ‘70s, but there was no way a hair metal band could turn down covering a song with such a creatively spelled title. Quiet Riot’s version embodies hair metal at its most ...
The Henry Crown Sports Pavillion, known colloquially as SPAC, can often be busy. On this episode of AskNBN, Madison Dong tries to find alternative gyms on campus for when SPAC is too crowded.
NBN’s data visualization on times that the gym is busy/least busy: http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/when-should-you-go-the-gym/
Madison: Hi. Here’s a situation: It’s 5 pm, your classes for the day are done. Things are winding down, and you want to get a nice workout going. So naturally, you head to Henry Crown Sports Pavilion--otherwise known as SPAC--all geared up and ready to go. You go through the nice glass doors, but it’s so crowded. The ellipticals are full, lots of people are using the weights. It can make a workout slow as well as a bit intimidating.
So, the question is: “Where can you work out when SPAC is full?” or, for some people who live South campus: “Where can you work ...
On a Valentine’s Day themed Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano recommends songs with “love” in the title. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here!
[“Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town”-Talking Heads]
Happy early Valentine’s Day. I’m Marco Cartolano and this is Monday Mixtape. In honor of the holiday, I put together a playlist of songs with “love” in the title. Don’t worry if you’re lonely like me, these songs cover the wide spectrum of love. From gooey ballads to pissed-off punk songs, this mixtape has something for everybody this Valentine’s Day. You just heard “Uh oh, love comes to town” by the Talking Heads. One of my favorite bands of all time, the Talking Heads revolutionized new wave music and wrote some of the cleverest albums of the ‘70s. “Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town” is about how love is so powerful that it makes smart people make stupid decisions. David Byrne sings ...
This week, the Fresh Films crew reviews Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film Phantom Thread. Transcript below.
[Plays clip from Phantom Thread soundtrack]
Marco Cartolano: The Oscars don’t respect a lot of things that aren’t typical Oscar canon of historical film, a film about a topical subject or stuff where actors get to yell a lot. But you know what isn’t a film that doesn’t fall into the Oscar category?
Elliot Kronsberg: Yet it was nominated for best picture?
Marco: Yes. Phantom Thread. Hello, this is Fresh Films, we’re a podcast devoted to new films that just came out in Evanston. I’m Marco Cartolano.
Elliot: I’m Elliot Kronsberg.
Marcus Galeano: And I’m Marcus Galeano.
Marco: Today we’re talking about the newest Paul Thomas Anderson film and best picture nominee Phantom Thread. Paul Thomas Anderson is the director of some modern cinematic classics. Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood Punch-Drunk Love ...
In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano lists some of his favorite instrumentals. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.
[“Green Onions”-Booker T. and the M.G.s]
Hello everybody and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano. I often talk about the importance of vocals on these mixtapes, so I thought it would be cool to dedicate this episode to songs that were never meant to feature a live vocalist. From the complex soloing of jazz to the layered sampling of hip-hop, instrumentals are more than just incomplete songs. You just heard “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the M.G.s., As a seminal instrumental track from the early ‘60s, the track combines the fundamentals of the blues with an energetic organ. When you mix them together, you get soul. Particularly, the more groove-focused soul of Stax Records. Songs like “Green Onions” set Stax apart from the more traditionally polished soul of ...
This week on Fresh Films. The guys debate whether I, Tonya earns perfect 10s. Transcript below.
[“Every 1's a Winner”-Hot Chocolate]
David: Speaking of grandmas, let’s talk about Margot Robbie’s portrayal of a 15 year-old in I, Tonya.
Marco: Not since I had to watch 30-year-olds play high schoolers in High School Musical did I think there was a more realistic –
Elliot: Zac Efron was like 20.
David: Zac Efron was a young boy, he fit right in. He was just held back a few years, Marco.
Marco: OK, and now welcome to Fresh Films. We’re a film podcast devoted to reviewing films that are out in theaters right now in Evanston. I’m Marco Cartolano. And that’s Elliot Kronsberg.
Marco: And David Gordon.
David: Hello there. Today we’re talking about I, Tonya. So I, Tonya is about a figure skater named Tonya Harding played by Margot Robbie who struggles with ...
In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano talks about friendship. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! transcript below.
[“You’re My Best Friend”-Queen]
What’s up my dudes, welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano and this mixtape is about friendship. Friendship can last forever, come crashing down or slowly fade away. These songs explore friendship from a variety of angles. You just heard “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. The song’s energy comes from the distinctive bass notes of the wurlitzer electric piano, which bassist John Deacon plays in the recording. Freddie Mercury, one of rock’s most charismatic frontmen, belts out this tribute to a special person in his life. Mercury’s gleeful tone accentuates the upbeat feeling of the track. The backing vocals that Mercury provides are another nice touch.
[“Stay Free”-The Clash]
A reunion song for the punk rock kids, “Stay Free” by the Clash tells the story ...
This week, the Fresh Films crew sings the praises of Call Me by Your Name.
Elliot Kronsberg: So Marco, you were in France?
Elliot: Where in France?
Marco: I lived in Paris. I studied at Sciences Po. I was in the 13th Arrondissement.
Elliot: How much French did you actually learn? Can you speak it fluently now?
Marco: Un petit.
David: Can you do the entire episode in French?
David: Why not?
Marco: Pourquoi I don’t speak French.
David: That’s upsetting
Marco: Who you know who does speak French
Marco: That characters in Call Me by Your Name. Welcome to Fresh Films, we’re a podcast devoted to reviewing films that are in theaters right now in Evanston. I’m Marco Cartolano. And with me today are David Gordon.
Marco: And Elliot Kronsberg
Elliot: Hi. So today we’re going to be talking about Call Me By Your Name. The ...
Marco Cartolano serves up some beef on this week's mixtape. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! https://open.spotify.com/user/zcm9w01ehy3iaeuhdsjlfibl9/playlist/4kFmKdcRxKzFjAzbBnQxZC transcript below.
[Kick In the Door”-Notorious B.I.G.]
Welcome to Monday Mixtape. On this episode, we’re serving up some beef. This mixtape is devoted to songs where artists diss other artists. Whether they be devoted to artistic rivals, former bandmates or cruel exes, these tracks bring the heat. You just heard “Kick in the Door” by the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie allegedly takes shots at some of the biggest names in ‘90s rap. Tupac, Nas, Jeru the Damaja as well as the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and Raekwon are some of the artists that the track supposedly disses. Biggie states that he will end the careers of anyone who messes with him and calls himself the king of New York. With a flow that tight and a with ...