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Criterion Crack is a podcast hosted by Amanda Iman and Liam Underwood. Each month they break down one movie from the Criterion Collection as they work their way through the collection in spine order. In the main episode they do a deep dive into the film itself and in the extras episode they examine all of the special features included in the Criterion release. New episodes every other week.


Amanda and Liam take on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai this week. Amanda gets riled up about the portrayal of women in the film, Liam comes up with nicknames for the samurai and they both discuss auteurism.


Amanda and Liam are tackling the Grand Illusion Extras this week and playing some games. Amanda nerds out about film commentaries, Liam makes his inaugural #Zefron4Criterion and they both enjoy reading some listener correspondence.


Amanda and Liam kick off their first fix with spine #1 film, Grand Illusion. Amanda is all about the influences Grand Illusion has on later films, Liam has a killer inaugural fun fact, and they learn they might both be monsters.


Amanda and Liam introduce the podcast and share how they’ll be breaking down the Criterion Collection.