It's our Year in Review episode, which means we talk about our favourite films of the year. Some heavy hitters, some smaller films, and a bunch of awesome documentaries too!
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Ho Ho Ho to every single one of you. It's that time of year where we bend our rules a little bit so we get to talk about three great Christmas movies we love.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Directed by George Seaton. Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood.
Scrooged (1988): Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard, David Johansen, John Forsythe and John Glover.
Klaus (2019): Directed by Sergio Pablos. Starring Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, Norm Macdonald and Joan Cusack.
From Jaws to Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, Indiana Jones, The Matrix and more. We delve into some of the films that made us fall in love with cinema, and we asked some of our twitter fam to do the same.
We were joined by Stephen Trumble from the 50 Uses For the Word, Love podcast to talk about:
Mad Love (1935). Directed by Karl Freund and starring Peter Lorre, Frances Drake and Colin Clive.
In the Mood For Love (2000). Directed by Wong Kar-wai and starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung.
Punch Drunk Love (2002). Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán.
You can find Stephen on Twitter (@StephenTrumble) and his podcast (@50Uses).
On this episode we go through a bunch of really good doggies from the length and breadth of cinema... kind of.
Here's a link to that original Empire Magazine article from last year. https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/greatest-movie-dogs/
For our DOG triple bill we watched Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (1975), which stars Al Pacino, John Cazale and Charles Durning. We also watched Claudio Fragasso's Monster Dog (1986), starring Alice Cooper, and finally we watched Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), which stars Forest Whitaker, with music from RZA.
On this episode we talk about some of our favourite animated movies/ discoveries.
Jeanette: Russian Winnie the Pooh and Teen Titans GO! To the Movies.
Matt: It's Such a Beautiful Day and Isle of Dogs
Daryl: Mary & Max, and Song of the Sea
On our latest triple bill...
The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Directed by Melvin Frank and starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft.
You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara). Directed by Zoya Akhtar and starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin and Ariadna Cabrol.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Charlie Day, Alison Brie... and many more.
On our latest Deeper episode we take a dive into the Halloween franchise, from John Carpenter and Debra Hill's original to David Gordon Green's latest entry.
Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II, Halloween 2018 and Halloween Kills.
On this episode, Daryl and Matt discuss:
Winter Kills. Directed by William Richert, Starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Anthony Perkins, Belinda Bauer, Eli Wallach, Toshiro Mifune and Elizabeth Taylor.
Machete Kills. Directed by Robert Rodriguez . Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Demián Bichir, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lady Gaga.
Halloween Kills. Directed by David Gordon Green. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Anthony Michael Hall.
This time around Daryl and Matt pick their favourite films from their birth years (1983 and 1986).
On this episode we cover Hammer's One Million Years B.C., which stars Raquel Welch in a furkini. We also watch the brilliant 45 Years which stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. And we cap off the episode with Ron Howard's documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.
After covering Them! last week, Daryl decides to do a mini report on 1950s B-movies made at the dawn of the nuclear age!
On our THEM episode we discuss the giant ant movie, THEM! (1954). Directed by Gordon Douglas and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Arness.
The western, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969). Directed by Abraham Polonsky and starring Robert Redford, Katherine Ross, Robert Blake and Susan Clarke.
And the crime flick, Killing Them Softly (2012). Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini.
For his Deeper episode, Matt chose the 2005 black and white film, Angel-A. Written and directed by Luc Besson and stars Jamel Debbouze and Rie Rasmussen.
For episode 136, Matt picked a triple bill of DEMON films.
Night of the Demon (1957) is referenced in the Richard O'Brien song, Science Fiction, Double Feature from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis and Athene Seyler.
Demon Seed (1977) is based on the novel by Dean Koontz. Directed by Donald Cammell and stars Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerritt Graham and Robert Vaughn.
The Neon Demon (2016) is directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. It stars Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and Alessandro Nivola.
On our latest episode we review Nia DaCosta's Candyman (2021). Produced and co-written by Jordan Peele, this film stars Yahya Adbul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Vanessa Williams.
You can check out that Vulture review, written by Angelica Jade Bastien here.
With Nia Da Costa's Candyman having just been released, we decided to bend the rules a little and do a triple bill on the first three Candyman movies.
Candyman (1992) - Based on The Forbidden, by Clive Barker. Directed by Bernard Rose. Starring Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkley and Kasi Lemmons. Score by Philip Glass.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) - Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, Bill Nun, William O'Leary and Veronica Cartwright.
Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999) - Directed by Turi Meyer. Starring Tony Todd, Donna D'Errico, Ernie Hudson Jr. and Nick Corri.
After last week's episode, Jeanette, Matt and Daryl decided to talk about some promising young women, including Thomasin McKenzie, Storm Reid and McKenna Grace.
We were joined by very special guest, Em (Verbal Diorama/ Film Stories) to discuss a triple bill of YOUNG films.
Mighty Joe Young (1998). Directed by Ron Underwood. Starring Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Šerbedžija and Regina King.
The Young Victoria (2009). Directed by Jean-marc Vallée. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong and Jim Broadbent.
Promising Young Woman (2020). Directed by Emerald Fennel. Starring Carrie Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge and Alfred Molina.
You can find Em here.
This time around, Jeanette decided to cover a Chinese, animated short film from 1981. What's it all about? Does it have any connection to our RETURNS episode? Come listen and find out!
The Nine Colored Deer is directed by Qian Jiajun and Dai Tielang. You can find it on YouTube here.
For our RETURNS triple bill, Jeanette picked three absolutely star-studded blockbuster sequels!
Batman Returns: Directed by Tim Burton, scored by Danny Elfman and starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough and Pat Hingle.
The Mummy Returns: Directed by Stephen Sommers, scored by Alan Silvestri and starring Rachel Weisz, Brenda Fraser, John Hannah, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velásquez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Dwayne Johnson.
Mary Poppins Returns: Directed by Rob Marshall, scored by Marc Shaiman and starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, David Warner, Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.
After covering The Man Who Fell to Earth in our last episode, Daryl talks his way through the filmography of David Bowie. From Tony Scott's The Hunger to Jim Henson's The Labyrinth. As Pontius Pilot in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ to Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat to Nicolai Tesla in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. 30 years of indelible roles. Which one's your favourite, and why?
For our EARTH triple bill, Daryl picked the 1959 Jules Verne adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth, which stars James Mason and was scored by Bernard Hermann. Also Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which stars David Bowie, Candy Clark and Rip Torn. Then capping off the episode with Ben Wheatley's latest, In the Earth. Which stars Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires and Reece Shearsmith, with an immense score by Clint Mansell.
On this episode we look back over all of the triple bills covered this last year. We talk about our awesome guests and manage to get lost in our episode spreadsheet.