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It’s the 101 Films 2012 Christmas Special!

Die_hardFor any listeners/readers who have Scrooge-like tendencies (Scrooge before the ghost visits of course), this might be the podcast for you. Although Lewis and I love Christmas – this is in fact our 4th Christmas Special podcast, we did two for 101 Video Games That Made My Life Slightly Better (see here and here) and last year we did our first 101 Films Christmas Special – we appreciate that not everyone gets as full of festive cheer as we do. So after discussing films which are about Christmas last year, this year we look at films that just use Christmas as a setting. So you can have tinsel and turkey in the background, but no character can learn the true meaning of Christmas. Luckily there’s a surprising number of films like this, including some of our favorites. That’s right, we finally have an excuse to discuss Die Hard and Gremlins!

We also take the opportunity to cast our collective uninformed eye over some of the big films of 2012 and what there is to look forward to in 2013. To summarise, this year was superheroes and franchises, next year its superheroes and franchises. The magic of film…

So, let’s hand the rest of this post over to a friend of the show, St Nicholas. That’s right, Santa Claus himself!

Real Santa ClausHo, ho, ho! It’s Father Christmas here! MERRY CHRISTMAS, ho, ho, ho! Lewis (nice) and Ian (naughty) have asked me to give all the boys and girls who listen to 101 Films an early Christmas present. So I’ve looked through your Christmas lists and it seems that all of you wanted the 101 Films 2012 Christmas Special!

So for all the nice children out there (Ms Rainbow Fudge, Claire Curie, Eoin Boyle) and even for the naughty ones (the fellas at The Crash and Burn Podcast) here’s this year’s Christmas special:

If I’ve given you an MP3 player why not click here to download and listen on that:

101 Films Special 06 – Christmas Special 2012

And why not give Lewis and Ian a little Christmas present and click below to subscribe on iTunes, join our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Thanks Santa! And thanks to all those who have listened to our podcasts and suggested films over last 12 months. Lewis and I really appreciate it and hope you continue to enjoy our ramblings and support us. Merry Christmas everyone!

101 Films Special #07: Christmas 2012

Lewis and Ian have decked the halls of 101 Towers with boughs (boughs?) of holly, put the turkey in the oven to roast and are avoiding standing under the mistletoe. Yep, it’s CHRISTMASSSSSSS! That means of course its time for the 101 Films Christmas Special. Last year we looked at films that are about Christmas, this year we look at films that are set at Christmas but not really about the season. Merry Christmas Listeners/Readers!

101 Films Special 06 – Christmas Special 2012

I’ve got a great idea for a movie…

The greatest Blockbuster of all? Maybe.

The summer is here! Well, was here as it’s now nearly over! And if you live in the UK then it was sort of here for a week-and-a-half back in June and since then it’s just been raining. Woooh, summer! To celebrate, 101 Films is wheeling out a Special all about that institution of cinema, the Summer Blockbuster.

Until the 1970s the summer was traditionally a dead time for cinema, with studio heads believing people would be too busy enjoying the sunshine, having picnics, playing on beaches, having summer romances, going on holiday, drinking cocktails while watching the sunset, wearing handkerchiefs on their heads, wearing shorts and eating ice creams to bother going to see films. Then Jaws came along and Spielberg proved that all people want to do on those long summer days is sit in darkened rooms and watch a film. But not just any film, people want a particular type of movie. Something exciting, heart warming and full of spectacle. Something featuring the most charismatic and attractive actors of the day. Something that, if nothing else, had a big old explosion in it. That something was the Summer Blockbuster.

Since Jaws, studios have increasingly focused their resources on Summer Blockbusters. If they get it right then they can spend the rest of the year swimming in a giant chamber of money, just like Scrooge McDuck used to do (or still does, I presume he’s still with us?). Get it wrong and it can massively damage everyone involved. Remember Pearl Harbor? *shudder*

In this podcast Lewis and I offer the studios our own guide to creating a great Summer Blockbuster. We try to define exactly what makes a good Blockbuster good.

Khhhhaaaaaaaannnn!

Of course defining what makes a good film is a bit of a fool’s errand. One person’s thrilling rollercoaster ride of a film is another’s loud, incoherent nonsense. Can any film ever truly be defined as ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Film is art and doesn’t the very subjective nature of art make all criticism essentially pointless? Is 101 Films a massive waste of time?

Probably. But then again what else are Lewis and I going to do on a wet Tuesday afternoon?

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

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101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

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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 also to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Want a good film? Get a dinosaur in!

101 Films Special #5: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

Much like a studio which has lost all faith in it’s mediocre ‘blockbuster’, 101 Films has waited right to the end of the summer to release their latest Special: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster. Enjoy!

101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

101 Films Special #3: Our Film Firsts

The Jazz Singer, the first Hollywood talkie. Le Voyage dans la Lune, the first science fiction film. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, the first copyrighted film. Psycho, the first film to show a flushing toilet. All important landmarks in film history. Lewis and Ian discuss none of these in this, the latest 101 Films Special, Our Film Firsts. Instead the 101 Film boys chat about their own film firsts, which variously involve queuing in the rain to see disappointing cartoons and trying to convince weary ushers that you’re 3 years older than you actually are.

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

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101 Films Special – Our Film Firsts

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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.

101 Films 2012 Valentine’s Day Special

101 Films has, of course, always been about love. Lewis and Ian are constantly expressing a love for cinema, a love for weak puns and, in particular, a love for the sound of their own voices. So it’s only fitting that 101 Films celebrates this most romantic time of the year with a podcast. Yes, it’s the 101 Films 2012 Valentine’s Day Special!

Lewis and Ian discuss their favourite romantic films, wonder what happens in Heaven when someone remarries after a partner dies and manage to mess up a top ten countdown. PLEASE NOTE – the podcast is for both happy Loved couples and single McSaddos. Enjoy!

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

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101 Films Valentine’s Special 2012

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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.

It’s the 101 Films 2011 Christmas Special!

CHRISTMAS!!! Tis the Season for 101 Films to throw off the shackles of their self-imposed rules and talk about films they’ve both seen. Yep, Lewis and Ian discuss their top ten Christmas films, plus the usual nonsense including such festive topics as acid rain, Christmas lesbians, murder and what the name of the Scottish one in the X-Men was. Plus we have Christmassy editions of I’ve Got A Great Idea For A Movie and Ian’s Ukulele Challenge.

Lewis and Ian also exchange presents. See below for a picture of one of them.

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

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101 Films 2011 Christmas Special

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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.

Zardoz as Interpreted by Lewis

101 Films Special #1: Christmas Special 2011

CHRISTMAS!!! Tis the Season for 101 Films to throw off the shackles of their self-imposed rules and talk about films they’ve both seen. Yep, Lewis and Ian discuss their top ten Christmas films, plus the usual nonsense including such festive topics as acid rain, Christmas lesbians, murder and what the name of the Scottish one in the X-Men was.

101 Films 2011 Christmas Special