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He Has His Father’s Eyes

Podcast 083: Rosemary’s BabyEven with our current sloppy podcast schedule, we can’t not celebrate Halloween here at 101 Towers. So Lewis and Ian have donned their most terrifying and zeitgeist-y costumes (Lewis is a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, and Ian is a Brexit) and settled down to watch Rosemary’s Baby.

Considered by many as the greatest horror film ever made, Rosemary’s Baby follows Mia Farrow as Rosemary who, after moving into a strange old apartment complex with her husband, falls pregnant. Slowly, she begins to suspect that the weird, elderly next door neighbours are in a witches coven have designs on her unborn child…

Our podcast contains the usual nonsense, fluff, poor recall and misunderstandings that are so important to the 101 Films magic. Listen to the very end for a classic bit of Ian not being able to remember the most basic of facts about a film he has just watched.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Rosemary’s Baby DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 083 – Rosemary’s Baby

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director:  Roman Polanski Year of release: 1968 Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures Country: USA

Podcast 083: Rosemary’s Baby

It’s 101 Films favourite time of year, Halloween (or HALLOWEEEEEEEEENNNN!). Now we know our podcasting isnt as regular as it once was, but we always make a special effort for Halloween.

This year we’ve picked as our subject what many consider to be finest horror film ever made; Rosemary’s Baby. Enjoy!

101 Films Podcast 083 – Rosemary’s Baby

 

Podcast 081: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Never let it be said that 101 Films shys away from jumping on band wagons. Especially when that band wagon is hooked up to one of the most successful film franchises ever!

Listen to Lewis and Ian’s thoughts on the the new Star Wars film. Is it better than the prequels? (yes) Does it hold up to the originals? (more or less) Will Ian give it his standard 3 Star rating? (nearer 3.5). WARNING: SPOILERS WITHIN.

101 Films Podcast 081 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Podcast 076: Wall Street

This week we look at the 1980s classic Wall Street, a movie that, brilliantly, features a cocktail-serving robot, not to mention the first depiction of a mobile phone in a Hollywood film. It also features that guy from Hotshots and that bloke from Behind the Candelabra.

101 Films Podcast 076 – Wall Street

Gentlemen, I Give You The Future… BEEF!

phantom-of-the-paradiseOne of the best things about doing the podcast is being encouraged to watch films that we (well I) would otherwise never bother with. Case in point; our film this week is Phantom of the Paradise. If listener Zvonimir hadn’t recommended it would Lewis and I really have sat down to watch a 1970s rock opera? Well, we did watch Zardoz, so you never know.

A bizarre mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, Faust and A Picture of Dorian Grey, Phantom tells the story of unlucky Winslow Leach who becomes the titular Phantom after having his music stolen by the all powerful music producer and Ronnie Corbett look-alike Swan.

For the first quarter of the film Lewis and I really didn’t know what to make of Phantom. Was it serious? Was it supposed to be a comedy? What on Earth was going on? It was the introduction of the character Beef, played by Gerrit Graham, where the film started to work for us. He’s ridiculous, over the top, amusing but very watchable, just like Phantom itself.

Lewis and I were taken by the Phantom’s odd charm. It has great performances from William Finley as Leach and Paul Williams as the diabolical Swan and a very catchy soundtrack also from Paul Williams.  Like us, you might find it a little off putting to begin with, but stick with it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Beef has to be seen to be believed…

Our Secret Sponsor for this week is Authentic London Tours, a tour company run by friend of the show Jason. If you’re looking for a tour of London that’s a bit different check out Authentic London Tours!

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking here. We get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance!

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 072 – Phantom of the Paradise

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Brian De Palma  Year of release: 1974  Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox  Country: USA

It made more money than James Bond!

British SitcomsNew Year, new exciting 101 Films feature! Lewis and I have come up with yet another 101 Films podcast.

We’re becoming like a crisp/chip company with all our various ‘flavours’. Joining our standard podcast (the Ready Salted, if we’re going to stick with the crisp flavour analogy), our Specials (Salt and Vinegar) and our Extras (Cheese and Onion) is the Movie Marathon (erm… BBQ?).

In the Movie Marathons Lewis and I will watch several films in one go all based around a theme. Our first is on a subject that has popped up surprisingly often on our podcasts – British sitcoms turned into films. After much debate, with so many to pick from (see here for a full list), we decided to work our way through Till Death Do Us Part, On The Buses, Dad’s Army, Are You Being Served? and The Likely Lads.

Now, I’ll be honest dear listener, a couple of these we didn’t make it through as they were so, so poor. But there were also some real gems, as well as a few surprises. Enjoy!

If our Movie Marathon has piqued your interest in these films, you can buy The British Comedy Collection on DVD (all 12 discs of it!) from Amazon by clicking on the link (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Movie Marathon 01 – British Sitcoms

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations and suggestions for future themes for Movie Marathons. Please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Till Death Do Us Part – Director: Norman Cohen  Year of release: 1969  Studio/Distributor: British Lion Film  Country: UK

On The Buses – Director: Harry Booth  Year of release: 1971  Studio/Distributor: Hammer Film Productions  Country: UK

Dad’s Army Director: Norman Cohen  Year of release: 1971  Studio/Distributor: Norcon Film Productions, Columbia Pictures  Country: UK

Are You Being Served? – Director: Bob Kellet  Year of release: 1977  Studio/Distributor: EMI  Country: UK

The Likely Lads – Director: Michael Tuchner  Year of release: 1976  Studio/Distributor: Anglo-EMI Productions Ltd  Country: UK