In this solo episode I break down Michael Ciminio's three hour Vietnam war drama 'The Deer Hunter'... in under ten minutes.
And if you're a superfan, please be aware I am quite critical of this film. I mean, there's plenty to like about the film but, for me at least, the film doesn't live up to the promise of it's superb first hour even with some ridiculously iconic Russian roulette and a straight up incredible cast (De Niro! Walken! Streep! Cazale!).
In this episode- complete with 'musical' introduction- I discuss the William Friedkin film 'The Boys in the Band', based on the play of the same name.
This is a film about a group of queer men gathering to celebrate a birthday in a New York flat in the late sixties, specifically a year before the Stonewall riots.
Toga! Toga! Toga- 2000! Continuing our coverage of director John Landis' filmography, Kieran and I discuss 'National Lampoon's Animal House'. But does this beloved comedy classic hold up in the #MeToo era?
Along the way we compare this to The Young Ones (also, bizarrely, 'A Birth of a Nation'), we bring up the brilliant British sitcom 'Nathan Barley', food fights, 'power shandies' and we touch on (amongst other things) 'Porky's', 'Revenge of the Nerds', Kevin Smith's 'Mallrats' and 'Road Trip' (starring Tom Green- remember him?). We also talk about a band named Blubber, that you almost certainly haven't heard of....
This week Kieran and I discuss 'Five Easy Pieces' a quintessential 1970s character drama starring Jack Nicholson.
In this short solo episode I look at director John Landis' first two films 'Schlock' and 'Kentucky Fried Movie' (which contains the 30 minute martial arts spoof entitled 'A Fistful of Yen').
Expect talk of 'See You Next Wednesday' as well as the seeds of future work from Landis which can be seen here in his early works.
In this episode Kieran and I discuss cult British horror film 'Death Line' (AKA 'Raw Meat'). A film about cannibals who live in the London Underground tunnels and terrorise people in and around Russell Square tube station.
In this episode Kieran and I return to the work of the master of suspense- Alfred Hitchcock- with a discussion on the director's second to last film, 'Frenzy'.
Expect discussions of serial killers/ true crime, talk of Todd Solonoz's 'Happiness', misogyny, praise for the work of Michael Sheen and much, much more.
That's not a knife, and neither is this - it's a podcast! And on this podcast Jev and I discuss 'Wake in Fright' (AKA 'Outback'), an engaging but shocking Australian film about a teacher's nightmare-ish trip into rural Australia.
You can expect a tonne of questionable Australian impressions but discussion surrounding the kangaroo hunting sequence, the sexuality of the main character and whether or not that character is raped.
In this episode I wrap up my 1970s Martin Scorsese coverage with some thoughts on his films 'New York, New York', 'The Last Waltz' and 'American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince'.
Expect mentions of 'La La Land', 'This Is Spinal Tap' and 'Pulp Fiction', three films heavily influenced by today's batch of Scorsese's.
In this episode Campbell and I wrap up our 1970s James Bond coverage with a fun discussion on 'Live and Let Die' starring Roger Moore.
Along the way we discuss New Orleans, the world's most boring boat chase, the grim reality of Konaga's death and David Blaine in a box.
In this episode Kieran and I look on the bright side of life, as we discuss what may well be one of the greatest comedies of all-time- 'Monty Python's Life of Brian'.
You can expect many quotes (and some dynamite impressions from Kieran), a discussion of penises in comedy (as in genitals, not unlikeable people), talk of beloved UK sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses' and much, much more.
In this solo episode, I talk about the George Lucas film 'American Graffiti' AKA (to no-one) Happy Days: The Movie, AKA (to everyone) the film Lucas made before 'Star Wars'.
In this episode I talk about the pros and cons of this film as well as director Richard Linklater and the film 'Superbad'.
In this podcast Campbell and I discuss Dario Argento's horror classic 'Suspiria'.
Expect talk of the remake and of 'Berberian Sound Studio', mispronunciations of Italian names and the Ace Ventura franchise.
In this mini-episode, I take a look at the smash hit of 1970- 'Love Story'. In the process I try to de-construct the film as well as trying to explain life for the super rich and re-imagining this film through the lens of Saved By the Bell.
In this episode Kieran and I DO feel lucky, as we do a first-time watch of the Don Siegel film 'Dirty Harry' which sees Clint Eastwood's iconic maverick cop 'Dirty' Harry Callaghan take on the Zodiac-inspired serial killer Scorpio.
We also find time to touch on the work of Shane Black, to talk about David Fincher's film 'Zodiac' and discuss the Kiefer Sutherland TV show 24.
In this episode I discuss the classic Roman Polanski noir film 'Chinatown' with Empire Magazine writer Nick de Semlyen, who is also the author of forthcoming book 'Wild and Crazy Guys', an Easy Rider Raging Bulls-esque book about 80's American comedians such as Steve Martin, Martin Short and Eddie Murphy.
Returning to Middle Earth after our epic coverage of the Jackson trilogy on my sister podcast, the SpielbergPod (still available), Paul, Kieran and I discuss Ralph Bakshi's 'The Lord of the Rings', which is an animated take on 'The Fellowship of The Ring' and 'The Two Towers'.
Expect comparisons to Tolkien's books as well as to the Peter Jackson films. Also, top bants!
Oh no, not me, I never lost control. You're face to face, with the man with the golden gun.
This week, as part of our ongoing conversation about the James Bond films, Jev and I discuss 'The Man With the Golden Gun', in which Roger Moore takes on the three-nippled Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee.
Join us for a fun conversation. A mixture of critique and praise for this movie, which I think most would agree, is not 007's finest hour.
This week it's another return to the archives from my original podcast, the SpielbergPod, with a discussion on his WW2 comedy '1941'.
Recorded on a wet and boozy winter evening, Paul and I celebrate reaching episode 75 of our 1970s series with a discussion an all-time classic- Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II.
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In this short solo episode, I conclude our 1970s Mel Brooks coverage by talking about 'Silent Movie' and 'High Anxiety' (one of which I liked, the other, not so much).
Expect talk about Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock and more.
To infinity and beyond! Join Jake and I as we journey from Venice, to Rio to space with our viewing of one of the most ridiculous James Bond films- 'Moonraker'.
This week it's true-crime time, as we discuss Sidney Lumet's 'Dog Day Afternoon', the New York set bank-heist film starring Al Pachino and John Cazale.
We also find time to discuss a tonne of other things from a classic Only Fools and Horses episode, misunderstanding Michael Collins, casting The Terminator, comparing modern-day Pachino to DeNiro and much more.
Continuing my coverage of the films of Woody Allen, in this episode I talk about 'Sleeper' (set in the future) and 'Love and Death' (set in the past). I also talk about 'Demolition Man' more than I thought I would...