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55 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
PoMoCon #36 Michael Anton On Spiritual Warfare
Titus & Mike Anton talk about Machiavelli's republicanism, his fighting spirit, his education for rash young men, & the attempt to educate the very online right away from extremism, toward political success.
85 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
ACF Critic Series #44 Wag The Dog
Titus & Telly Davidson talk Wag The Dog, David Mamet & Barry Levinson's satire on media & politics in the 90s, the merger of Hollywood & D.C., of news & entertainment, the collapse of politics into rhetoric, & the corruption of elites.
55 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
ACF Middlebrow #36 Ripley
Titus & Sam Goldman talk Ripley, the novel & 1999 movie adaptation, the 50s, the strange transformations of the WASP elite & the middle class, America & Europe, bourgeoisie & aristocracy, art & therapy, evil & the desire for acceptance.
66 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
ACF Critic Series #43 Erotic Thrillers
Titus & Geoff Schulenberger talk about erotic thrillers & tragedy, about the neo-noir of the 80s-90s, & the disappearance of stories about dangerous women.
49 minutes | May 28, 2021
ACF Critic Series #42 Zack Snyder
Titus & Armond White talk Zack Snyder--the artist of the year, with Justice League & Army Of The Dead giving us a beautiful & a dark vision of the American future. We talk about the power of his imagery, the way he's taken up Spielberg's mantle as America's leading cinematic humanist, & how he stands up for the part of America that's now silenced--faith, heroism, patriotism...
50 minutes | May 16, 2021
ACF Middlebrow #35 Metropolitan
Titus & Sam Goldman talk about Whit Stillman, Metropolitan, & the twilight of WASPs: The romance of the Doomed Bourgeois in Love facing democracy--the reaction on the left & the right to the abolition of gentlemanship--the Tocquevillian view of middle class societies & the middlebrow art that typically reflects their experience.
56 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
ACF Europe #15 Chernobyl
Titus & Flagg Taylor talk about the remarkable HBO series Chernobyl, the only serious cinematic treatment of the peace time event that came closest to nuclear Armageddon. We talk about the Soviet regime, Russian character & Russian humor, the friendship & conflict between science & politics, & the limits of liberalism when it comes to storytelling, to say nothing of globalization.
49 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
ACF PoMoCon #35 David Goldman
Titus & David Goldman discuss Chins & America, the two models for political assimilation on a continental scale in modern politics. We talk about competition, the hard teaching war offers, & the requirements for leadership, national vision, & respect for knowledge in a society.
66 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
ACF Europe #14 Dear Comrades
Titus & Flagg Taylor talk about the best movie of 2020, Konchalovsky's story of a suppressed revolt in Soviet Russia, where the very existence of revolt is suppressed ideologically. A story about a mother & daughter, about private life, our embodied nature, yearning for holiness, & how politics can turn all of these things into crimes.
35 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
ACF PoMoCon #34 Angelo Codevilla
Titus & Angelo Codevilla talk about cancel culture as a tool of oligarchy & the way democratic politics could overcome it: Cancellation is a two-way street, the more it's wielded, the more oligarchs & their minions isolate themselves from the people.
35 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
ACF PoMoCon #33 Vaccines & Digital Media
Titus & Matt Shapiro (Polimath) talk about his data project on COVID--cases, deaths, state by state, across the US. We also talk about the great big good news story the media isn't dealing with well: America's vaccination success, which seems to augur a return to normal life--or a chance to put life back together again--by summer. (We also talk about Looney Tunes!)
62 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
ACF Europe #13 Afterimage
Titus & Flagg discuss Andrzej Wajda's last movie, a portrait of Poland's most famous painter, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, his struggle against Communism, how tyranny destroyed him, & his activity as a teacher.
71 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
ACF PoMoCon #32 Slackers
Titus & Oliver Traldi talk about slacking & slackers--music, movies, & the attitude of the 90s--how slack has been replaced by activists, therapy, & work; what there is to learn from slacking--how Socrates was a slacker; & why even serious endeavors require slacking, idleness, leisure, to afford inspiration.
36 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
ACF PoMoCon #31 Marriage problems
Titus & Scott Yenor talk about his new book, The Recovery Of Family Life, the problem of loneliness, lack of marriage character, & of a public education that puts career above anything else. Feminism is a great success in achieving what it promised--autonomy, freedom, choice--but not so when it comes to happiness...
61 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
ACF PoMoCon #30 The crisis of the election
Titus & Pete Spiliakos continue their discussion on rhetoric & politics with criticism of the corruption of political institutions & the need to create a new political elite, that's populist & interested in governing.
64 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
ACF PoMoCon #29 Democracy & Rhetoric
Titus & Pete Spiliakos talk about Peter Lawler as pundit, how he influenced Pete as he became a pundit, Peter's realism about political matters & the distinction between politics & rhetoric. Then we talk about our political drama.
31 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
ACF Critic Series #41 Make Spielberg Great Again
Titus & Armond White discuss Spielberg, America's preeminent pop artist, the most important Hollywood director of the last half-century, & Armond's new collection of essays & reviews on Spielberg.
59 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
ACF Europe #12 A Hidden Life
Titus & Flagg Taylor talk about A Hidden Life, the new Terrence Malick movie, a beautiful portrait of faith & sacrifice, as well as an examination of the political corruption of the simple life of peasants in light of Plato's Republic. A true story!
41 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
ACF Masters #12 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Titus & Zena Hitz discuss The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, the last of our series of five Sturges comedies--going back to war, small town America, & rescuing losers from their fate, Sturges employs the powers of comedy to save a girl from the dishonor of being pregnant without a husband & a young man from the dishonor of failing to serve in the war, rededicating America to babies, hope, & peace in the process!
39 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
ACF Masters #11 Hail the conquering hero
Titus & Zena Hitz discus Preston Sturges's war comedy--how the military transforms America into a very fun, very rambunctious democracy, & a small town boy can become mayor! Down with the business oligarchy, up with the public spirited--this is his most Capra-esque story.
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