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Podcast 086: Weird Science

How does the 1980s classic cult movie hold up today? Well, Ian hadn’t seen it until now, so let’s find out what a middle-aged man makes of a teen film from 30 years ago…

101 Films Podcast 086 – Weird Science

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101 Films Extra #06: Star Wars The Last Jedi

After a gap of four (4!) years, 101 Films have released another ‘Extra’. Now the dust has settled, Lewis and Ian take a look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Is it good? Is it? IS IT? Yeah, sort of.

101 Films Extra 06 – Star Wars The Last Jedi

Seven Samurai and a momentous year for Japanese cinema

Thanks to John Oleszkiewicz for recommending our film this time around – the wonderful Seven Samurai from director Akira Kurosawa. We were initially alarmed by the film’s weighty 207-minute running time, but I can safely say that I enjoyed every goddamn minute – and in fact I wanted to watch it again as soon as it finished. Great recommendation.

As we discuss in the podcast, 1954 was a pretty special year for Japanese cinema, with the release of both Seven Samurai and the influential Godzilla, both from the studios of Toho. The two couldn’t be more different, but both went on to receive numerous remakes and had a huge impact on popular culture. Yet just four years earlier, neither film could have been made under the strict censorship rules of the American occupation force in Japan.

The podcast is mostly spoiler-free, but we do spend the last couple of minutes talking about the ending – listen out for the awooga warning if you want to avoid spoilers.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Seven Samurai DVD or Blu-ray 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:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

101 Films Podcast 085 – Seven Samurai

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:  Akira Kurosawa Year of release: 1954 Studio/Distributor: Toho Country: Japan

Redline is an anime roller-coaster ride

After a now-customary lengthy hiatus, here we are with another piping hot cup ‘o podcast, our mellifluous voices poised to sluice through your ears and soak your thirsty brain with ill-informed opinions about a film we’ve only just watched. And Redline is an absolute cracker of a film that may have snuck beneath most people’s noses.

But this podcast very nearly didn’t make it off Ian’s computer and into your aural cavities. In fact, this was our second attempt at it, after the first, finished podcast unceremoniously disappeared from Ian’s aforementioned laptop, a victim of the gremlins that of late have plagued Ian’s cursed machine. A New Year podcast we recorded at the start of 2017 disappeared in a similar fashion, dampening our spirits and partially explaining why we didn’t have the heart/couldn’t be bothered to record any podcasts this year.

But at least we have ONE podcast for 2017. And hopefully more to follow very soon. At this rate we’ll definitely reach 101 by the time our kids have left home. Enjoy.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Redline 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:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

101 Films Podcast 084 – Redline

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:  Takeshi Koike Year of release: 2009 Studio/Distributor: Madhouse/Tohokushinsha Film Country: Japan

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:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

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

 

GIVE ME MY BLUE BLANKET

the-producers-posterHello, we’re back again.

We’ve been on hiatus since January owing to Ian’s new addition. And by new addition, I mean baby – he hasn’t grown a new limb, or anything. God, that would be horrific. Although it could be a good excuse to do a David Cronenberg movie marathon…

Anyway, things have calmed down enough for us to contemplate squeezing out another podcast for your pleasure and delight. Although as both of us are in the Dad Club now, it’s unlikely that these podcasts will be as regular as they were before. And considering how irregular they were to start with, that means we’ll probably be churning them out roughly as frequently as Harper Lee writes books.

We were both very saddened to hear of the death of Gene Wilder a few weeks back, and at the same time we realised that neither of us had seen The Producers, Wilder’s first big film break after a cameo in Bonnie and Clyde. Just as he stole the show during his brief screen time in the latter film, so he totally dominates The Producers – even against Zero Mostel’s wild performance. Even at this early stage, it was clear Wilder was destined for greatness…

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the The Producers 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 082 – The Producers

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Director:  Mel Brooks Year of release: 1967 Studio/Distributor: Crossbow Productions/Springtime Productions/U-M Productions Country: USA