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Podcast 073: Brazil

To tie in with the World Cup, sort of, we review the brilliant Brazil. After being disappointed by The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys, Ian finally gets why Terry Gilliam is held in such high regard.

101 Films Podcast 073 – Brazil

 

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As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster

Goodfellas posterThis week we’re covering a recommendation from readers Andrew Noname (sorry, I forgot to write your surname down Andrew) and Craig Huffman – the Scorsese classic, GoodFellas.

I couldn’t believe that Ian hadn’t seen this one. Name an Ealing comedy or an odd sixties sci-fi flick and I guarantee that Ian will have seen it, but when it comes to the gangster genre, his memory cupboard is remarkably bare. I mean, he hadn’t even seen The Godfather until he was contractually obliged to do so for the podcast.

Anyway, he enjoyed it, even though his unshakeable sense of societal justice meant that he found it hard to get behind the glamorous portrayal of crim-loving gangsters. To its credit though, GoodFellas shows the grim consequences of all that fun-time criminality – i.e. the risk of getting a screwdriver shoved into the back of your head without a moment’s notice. Nasty.

And that’s the other particularly memorable thing about the film – the remarkable levels of violence right from the outset. It’s made clear that being a gangster might be all glitz, glamour and free parking on one side, but the flip side is a life of brutality and paranoia.

Arguably, Casino (GoodFellas‘ sort-of-sequel-but-not) is even more violent – I can never look at a pen the same way after that scene. I’ll make sure to force Ian to watch it sometime soon.

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is Al’s Movie Review. You can follow Al on Twitter (@TheAlBrownShow) or check out his website at www.moviereviewworld.com

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the GoodFellas 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 055 – Goodfellas

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Director: Martin Scorsese Year of release: 1990 Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Country: USA

You Talkin’ To Me?

After a well-deserved summer break, we’re back, back, BACK with more podcast goodness. I imagine the question you’re thinking is “Did Lewis and Ian watch loads of great films for the podcast while they were on their summer break?”, and of course the answer is… er, no. Although we did talk about Prometheus a lot – say what you like about the quality of that film, it’s provided endless avenues for conversation. And just how did those two guys manage to get lost anyway?

Still, between us we did manage to watch one film while we were away – Martin Scorsese’s wonderful Taxi Driver. Amazingly, Ian has somehow managed to go his entire life without seeing this seventies classic, although he’s actually built up rather a good idea of the film simply through references to it on The Simpsons and Spaced. One thing we both had a lot to say about was the ending – we generally try not to give away too many surprises in our podcasts, but we just had to make room on this one to vent our thoughts on THAT denouement. Hopefully we’ve sufficiently signposted the spoilers though, so you’ll know when to switch off if you don’t want to hear how it all ends.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed watching Taxi Driver again – if anything it gets better with age, and the further away we get in time from that crime-riddled, dirty, run-down New York of the 1970s, the more fascinating it becomes. Robert De Niro’s performance is completely riveting throughout, and at times genuinely scary – his Travis Bickle is a man stretched so tight he could snap into violence at any second, and there’s a palpable tension in the air every time he converses with another character. It turns out Ian hasn’t seen Raging Bull either, so there’s every chance we’ll be doing that for the podcast sometime soon as well – any excuse to watch De Niro at the height of his powers.

Anyway, without further ado, let us present this week’s feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 030 – Taxi Driver

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Director: Martin Scorsese Year of release: 1976 Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Country: USA

Podcast 030: Taxi Driver

Just as the school holidays are about to start the 101 Boys are forced back to the podcast grindstone. Boo! Still, what better way to get back into the swing of things is there than taking a trip to scary, grimy 1970s New York? Yep, Lewis and Ian are all ‘I’m walking here’ and ‘get me a cawfee’ as they get into the back of Travis Bickle’s taxi in Taxi Driver. Why are the seats all sticky? Probably best we don’t know…

101 Films Podcast 030 – Taxi Driver