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!”

It got serious

It’s been a long time coming but we finally, FINALLY, got round to watching A Separation. Back in 2012, when we were worrying about Mayan Calendars, London Olympics and Gangnam Style (what a year that was) young Philip Rose recommended we watch A Separation, the first Iranian film to win an Oscar and the criticalContinue reading “It got serious”

One. Two. Three. Knock on the Wall

Finally our terrifying journey through October, the spookiest month of all, comes to an end with our last  Halloween special podcast for 2013. After looking at horror in the 1950s with Night of the Demon and in the 1970s with The Wicker Man, we finish with what is considered a modern classic, 2007’s The Orphanage.Continue reading “One. Two. Three. Knock on the Wall”

I don’t think you have this under control anymore

Ah, school. Best days of your life. What’s strange is how you find the same sort of people and stories in every school: the ‘cool’ teacher, the misfit kid, the bullies, the couple who acted like they were practically married, the neo-fascistic school project that everyone in your class gets way too involved in, eventuallyContinue reading “I don’t think you have this under control anymore”


I’m not happy with young Master Lewis this week. Apparently he’s ‘too sexy’ (on holiday) to write the review of this week’s podcast, so he’s left the job to muggins here. Now you know me dear listener/reader, I don’t mind pulling my weight when it comes to the podcast, but unfortunately I found this week’sContinue reading “Naci!”

Free Spirits? Or Bad Attitude?

This… This was a tough one. Ok, so it’s probably best if Lewis and I lay our cards on the table straight away. We’re not interested in skateboarding or surfing or anything of that nature really. We have a hazy understanding of the culture surrounding these sports (or ‘sports’ if you’re being a curmudgeonly grandad…Continue reading “Free Spirits? Or Bad Attitude?”

You still picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?

What is it about 101 Films and New York? Of the 44 films we have discussed, 7 of them, 16%, have been New York based. What does this mean? That New York is our spiritual home and that we should definitely record our 101st podcast there? Yes, lets say that. Lewis, pack your bags! Anyway,Continue reading “You still picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?”

She walks in beauty, like the night… only she’s cycling and it’s daytime

It was Ian’s turn to make a recommendation this week, and he came up with an absolute corker: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death (American viewers might know it better as Stairway to Heaven, although as we point out in the podcast, strictly speaking it should be called ‘Escalator toContinue reading “She walks in beauty, like the night… only she’s cycling and it’s daytime”

In France, they have TV shows about books!

Hidden, or Caché as it was originally called in France, is in many ways a film I shouldn’t like. Indeed, before I sat down to watch it I read the brief description of the film on IMDB and frankly it filled me with dread. I resigned myself to a tough two hours of struggling throughContinue reading “In France, they have TV shows about books!”

‘If you are going to be going… Might as well be coming.’

With all the ‘2012 end of the world’ nonsense floating around at the moment it seems fitting to return to the last time popular culture got itself into a lather over what is, essentially, a meaningless date. Back in the late 90s, society had a diabolical case of PMT – Pre-Millennial Tension. There was aContinue reading “‘If you are going to be going… Might as well be coming.’”