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Podcast 069: Barton Fink

After reviewing Fargo way back in podcast number 19, this week we turn our attentions to another Coen Brothers film, Barton Fink. We also talk a lot about our mothers, for some reason.

101 Films Podcast 069 – Barton Fink

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101 Films Special #10: Christmas 2013

Time for another 101 Films Christmas Special… but we thought we’d try something a little different this year. Behold – our first ever film commentary! If you have the DVD of Scrooged, join in by watching the DVD along with this podcast, but if you don’t… well, just enjoy our drunken ramblings.

101 Films Special 10 – Scrooged Commentary

It got serious

A_SeparationIt’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 critical darling of 2011.

Immeditately we sprang into action. After waiting only 6 months Lewis ordered the film off LoveFilm. Just 7 months later Lewis watched it. Barely two months went by and then I watched it. 101 Films at its most efficient!

Ok, so we were rubbish. The problem was that we just were never in the mood to watch a two hour (subtitled) Iranian film about divorce and the effect it has on the people around the couple. I watched and enjoyed the film and even now that description makes my heart sink a bit. I guess Lew and I are becoming shallow in our old age.

We did enjoy the film though, if finding it a bit hard going, and we hope you enjoy our podcast (we appreciate they can be hard going too).

Our Secret Sponsor for this week is David Hughes (@GroovyFokker). Check out his film reviews at groovyfokker.blogspot.co.uk.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy A Separation on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking on the links (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 068 – A Separation

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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 say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director:  Asghar Farhadi  Year of release: 2011  Studio/Distributor: Filmiran, Sony Pictures Classics  Country: Iran

Podcast 068: A Separation

The nights are drawing in around 101 Film Towers. Easy to get a bit down when it gets dark at 4:00pm. What can cheer us up? Maybe 2011’s critical hit A Separation? A two hour Iranian film about divorce, illness, old age, class and religion. Well, let’s just say it puts your own problems into perspective.

101 Films Podcast 068 – A Separation

One. Two. Three. Knock on the Wall

ElorfanatoFinally 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.

The thing that unites all three of the films we’ve watched for Halloween is the fact that the ‘horror’ or scary elements of the story don’t actually seem to be the point of the story. The Night of the Demon was a psychological thriller, whereas The Wicker Man was a, er, folk musical dark comedy. And The Orphanage? A story about how two people deal with the loss of a child.

The film follows Laura played by Belén Rueda. Laura grew up in the titular orphanage and has returned as an adult with her doctor husband Carlos and their adopted son Simón with plans to turn it into a home for children with special needs. Simón starts to talk to apparently invisible children, including one who wears a cloth sack over his face…

Neither Lewis nor I had seen the film before. Knowing it was produced by Guillermo del Toro and being fans of his work, we were looking forward to a beautiful looking film and, if we’re honest, slightly worried about being scared witless by weird, creepy-looking ghost kids. Although gorgeous to look at (and of course it’s the director J. A. Bayona who should get the credit for that), the film wasn’t as scary as we were expecting. Odd and creepy yes, but not exactly terrifying. More than anything the film made me sad, watching Laura trying to cope with the disappearance of Simón and her growing desperation.

We also ended up talking a lot about the plot holes of the film, so if you haven’t seen it, be warned: we spoil the film rotten!

Our Secret Sponsor for this week is Rhidian Davis (@rhidiandavis), who’s currently overseeing the BFI Gothic season (http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic). There are loads of great screenings coming up over the next couple of months – we urge you to check out the programme.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy The Orphanage on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking the links (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

101 Films Podcast 067 – The Orphanage

Click below to subscribe on iTunes, join our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

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 say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director:  J. A. Bayona  Year of release: 2007  Studio/Distributor: Esta Vivo! Laboratorio de Nuevos Talentos, Grupo Rodar, Rodar y Rodar Cine y Televisión, Telecinco Cinema, Televisió de Catalunya (TV3), Warner Bros. Pictures de España, Wild Bunch  Country: Spain and Mexico

Podcast 066: The Wicker Man: The Final Cut

In the second of our Halloween podcasts we travel to Summerisle in Scotland and get all in a tiz about apples and bare bottoms. And Christopher Lee.

101 Films Podcast 066 – The Wicker Man The Final Cut

Podcast 065: Night of the Demon

In the first of our  Halloween specials, we look at Night of the Demon, a classic 1957 British Horror movie with ropey special effects but a gripping storyline.

101 Films Podcast 065 – Night of the Demon

Podcast 064: Hannah and Her Sisters

This week we cover Hannah and Her Sisters, the second Woody Allen film to make it onto our list. Join us as we pour scorn on philandering husbands and consistently forget the name of Michael Caine’s character.

101 Films Podcast 064 – Hannah and Her Sisters

101 Films Extra #03 – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

This week we present our third 101 Films Extra, dedicated to the great Alan Partridge. It’s been out in cinemas for a while now, so if you haven’t seen Alpha Papa yet, go now! Or if this is the future and you’ve only just found this podcast, download this film into your mind from the 21st century archive as quickly as possible.

101 Films Extra #03 – Alpha Papa