What the hell do you know about surfing, Major? You’re from goddamned New Jersey!

Apocalypse NowPodcast 50! The big 5-0. That’s right, we’re almost half way through our list of 101 Films. To celebrate we didn’t want to do any old film, but a bona fide classic. So after much discussion, and having a quick check which films I hadn’t seen (let’s be honest, it’s always me who hasn’t seen the big films) we went for Apocalypse Now.

Apocalypse Now is the last great ’70s’ movie. This is the second Francis Ford Coppola film on our list, which in 101 Films terms makes Coppola as good a director as Robert Hamer – well done Francis! Set during the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now follows US Army Special Operations Officer Captain Willard, played by an intense Martin Sheen, as he journeys up the Nung River on a mission to kill the gone-rogue Colonel Kurtz, played by an even more intense and pretty much insane Marlon Brando.

I think it would be fair to say that Lewis and I did worry that we had bitten off more than we could chew in covering this film. Simply put, there’s too much to talk about! There’s the amazing direction, the haunting images and story, the fantastic and bizarre performances, the insanity of how the film was made, the various interpretations of what the film says about war… Where do you start?!

Well, we’ve never let our own ignorance or lack of preparation stop us from talking about a film before, and we’re not going to let it stop us at number 50! So we did the usual: dived in and talked about what we saw in the film and what it made us think about. Hope you enjoy it.

In hindsight the film was a good one to pick for our 50th as there seem to be a lot of parallels between what it had to say about the Vietnam War and us doing these podcasts – both seemed never-ending, both slowly destroyed those involved and, at the end, both seemed like a terrible waste of time. The horror… the horror.

We have an extra special Secret Sponsor this week. Over the last few weeks we’ve been asking people to like our Facebook page, in particular we wanted to get 50 likes by our 50th podcast. Long-time listener and friend of the show Eoin Boyle heeded our call and was the 50th person to like the page. Not only that, he also recommended Apocalypse Now. So congratulations Eoin, when the history of 101 Films comes to be written, you will be at the very least an important footnote.

Though he doesn’t have a blog or podcast you can get all the Boyle action you need by following him on Twitter: @e_boyler.

Thanks to everyone who has listened to our podcasts over the last 18 months or so. We feel the best is yet to come and have all sorts of plans for the future. Keep sending in those recommendations!

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Apocalypse Now 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 050 – Apocalypse Now

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola Year of release: 1979 Studio/Distributor: Zoetrope Studios/United Artists Country: USA

Podcast 050: Apocalypse Now

Podcast 50! We’re half way through our list of 101 Films You Should Have Seen (Probably) and to celebrate we’ve watched Francis Ford Coppola’s fantastic Apocalypse Now.

101 Films Podcast 050 – Apocalypse Now

If Dennis Hopper did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him

Our film odyssey continues with Easy Rider, a film that has been rightly heralded as kickstarting the New Hollywood of the late sixties/early seventies and is famous for sending Jack Nicholson’s career into the stratosphere. But is it any good? Well, yes and no is our decidedly wishy-washy answer. In places it barely seems to hold together, and some parts are embarrassingly amateurish, but as a snapshot of the counterculture of sixties America, it’s unsurpassed. Easy Rider‘s massive success on its release in 1969 shows that audiences were crying out for cinema that actually reflected what was happening in society, rather than the schmaltzy musicals and Westerns that the movie studios churned out in great numbers. In Hopper’s words:

“Nobody had ever seen themselves portrayed in a movie. At every love-in across the country people were smoking grass and dropping LSD, while audiences were still watching Doris Day and Rock Hudson!”

Also, I guarantee that by the end of the movie you’ll be itching to buy an enormous Harley Davidson and ride across America to the tune of ‘Born to be Wild’. Actually, speaking of ‘Born to be Wild’, we were originally going to record Steppenwolf’s classic as a Ukulele Challenge this week, but sadly this slice of sixties rock proved too much of a challenge for even Ian’s nimble fingers. [Ed: Who’s writing this stuff?] Instead, we treat you to lots of pontificating about communes, American politics and picking off litterers with a rifle. Enjoy.

Oh, and regarding Ian’s potentially libellous (technically, slanderous) claim about Rip Torn breaking into a bank with a loaded gun under the mistaken impression that it was his own home… well, turns out it’s all true. So we won’t be going to jail, hurrah!

Without further ado, here’s this week’s feature presentation… Click below:

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101 Films Podcast 024 – Easy Rider

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Director: Dennis Hopper Year of release: 1969 Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation/Pando Company Inc./Raybert Productions Country: USA