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 asContinue reading “Seven Samurai and a momentous year for Japanese cinema”

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’sContinue reading “Redline is an anime roller-coaster ride”

He Has His Father’s Eyes

Even 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 horrorContinue reading “He Has His Father’s Eyes”

GIVE ME MY BLUE BLANKET

Hello, 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 downContinue reading “GIVE ME MY BLUE BLANKET”

Tobe Hooper: A Retrospective

After reading Stuart Barr’s review of the bonkers 1985 film Lifeforce, a movie with the twin appeals of space vampires and a Patrick Stewart cameo, I decided I had to sample its lunacy for myself. And seeing as Lifeforce is directed by Tobe Hooper, it seemed like a good opportunity to do a movie marathonContinue reading “Tobe Hooper: A Retrospective”

Gentlemen, I Give You The Future… BEEF!

One 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 rockContinue reading “Gentlemen, I Give You The Future… BEEF!”

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

In celebration of Mother’s Day, this week we review Gone With The Wind, which is Ian’s mum’s favourite film. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my act together in time to write this post before Mother’s Day, even though we recorded this several days ago… but on the other hand, in the United States Mother’s Day isn’tContinue reading “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”

Dallas Buyers Club: 101 Films Extra #05

This week we have a surprise guest – Jason Andrews steps into Ian’s shoes as we talk about Dallas Buyers Club. Jason is a writer, film buff and author of the blog Tomorrow Can Pay The Rent, as well as being an old friend of mine and Ian’s, and after Jase and I both sawContinue reading “Dallas Buyers Club: 101 Films Extra #05”

Valentine’s Day Special 2014: Truly Madly Deeply

For Valentine’s Day last year we listed our ten favourite break-up films, but this year we’re very much back on the romance train with Truly Madly Deeply. I first saw this film when I was a teenager, and it’s stuck with me ever since, remaining one of my all-time favourite movies. It also remains bizarrelyContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Special 2014: Truly Madly Deeply”