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Dust off those videotape storage shelves, or boot up your streaming device. Two friends are trying to work through those classic films they’ve let build into a backlog by going through a whole century of film, decade by decade, year by year. Presented by Better Feeling Films; UK based hosts Liam Delaney and Oliver Jones will be your rambling guides as they go on their adventure through film history.

Superman

In 1978 they said 'you'll believe a man can fly', and we wanted to see if that was still the case. We chose Richard Donner's classic Superman for our 1970s rewatch to close out or 70s miniseries, starring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, plus many more. It's a superhero epic. Everyone knows the story, Kal-El, thanks to Jor-El, is the last survivor of the planet Krypton, who is raised by a kindly couple in Smallville, Kansas. Later moved to Metropolis where he lives as Clark Kent and falls in love with Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane whilst battling the Lex Luthor. It's an incredibly nerdy episode as we are huge Superman fans and this film has so much to talk about. So buckle up and enjoy the flight.

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In 1970 one of the most influential animators of all time, Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), directed his only feature film The Phantom Tollbooth, based on a novel by Norton Juster,  tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo. Unexpectedly receiving a magic tollbooth and, having nothing better to do, Milo drives through it and enters a kingdom in turmoil following the loss of it’s princesses, Rhyme and Reason. We talk all things animation and Chuck Jones before diving into this rather unusual film.

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No guest this week as we found off the final film of our 1970s series. Time After Time is an adventure film which see HG Welles travel through time to 1970s San Francisco to stop Jack the Ripper. Directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen, it's a surprisngly romantic adventure film which gained a large cult following after it's release. We also discuss Disney's Mulan and Alien.

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EXCELLENT!

We're taking a little break in the 70s miniseries, again, to look at a new film for 2020. The Bill and Ted films were huge inferences on us growing up and a big part of our friendship. So we wanted to take the opportunity, with the third one coming out in UK cinemas this week, to talk about the most triumphant franchise and especially the most bodacious new film. Careful, there are spoilers, dude.

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CW: Due to the nature of the content of this film we do talk about rape and violence against women.

Film maker James Raynor returns to help us discuss the 'video nasties' of the late 70s and early 80s, where because of legislation a whole raft of horror films were made illegal, resulting in fines and in some cases prison sentences for those who owned them and distributed them. The 1978 film, I Spit On Your Grave, by Meir Zarchi and starring Camille Keaton is one of the most controversial of these films and really does earn that reputation. We try our best to discuss the film, the history of the act and try to generally provide content for what was a pretty significant time in the UK film industry history and the history of censorship. 

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Liam is unavailable with other commitments this week, so Ollie brought in film maker James Raynor to do a special episode on the 1973 British fantasy film, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad directed by Gordon Hessler and featuring stop motion effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, starring stars John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, Takis Emmanuel and Caroline Munro. The film follows Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, who are followed by the magician Koura, and seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge. Largely known for Ray Harryhausen's special effects the film has a significant cult following. The guys also talk about Paddington, How to Train Your Dragon, Deep Blue Sea 3, Fearless Hyena and Mighty Joe Young.

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Paul Nadin returns for more hot takes on the video game industry in comparison to the movie industry, we also then discuss the 1977 film Sorcerer by William Friedkin and starring Roy Schneider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou. A film in which four our outcasts from varied backgrounds meeting in a South American village, where they are assigned to transport cargoes of aged, poorly kept dynamite that is so unstable that it is 'sweating' its dangerous basic ingredient, nitroglycerin. A film has enjoyed a critical re-evaluation over the years with it being lauded it as an overlooked masterpiece, and one of the last American films of it's type in the 70s. We also talk a bit about the little 1977 film Star Wars.

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We are taking a small break from our scheduled 70s miniseries episode, as Ollie is busy in the animation studio for his own film project. So filmmaker Brandon Kahn has come along to talk to Liam about Orson Welles' 1973 docudrama film 'F for Fake', which focuses on art forger Elmyr de Hory's career and investigates the natures of authorship and authenticity, as a basis of the value of art. The podcast seems to copy the art this week as we end up with a big ramble about all aspects of this film and Orson and overlap every narrative that we seemingly can.  

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Our guest this week is actress Natalie Gardner, who helps us discuss the 1976 film Mikey and Nicky by trailblazing director and legend Elaine May and starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes. The film focuses on the relationship of two gangsters over a single night as they try to evade a hitman. We charter it's trouble production, as cost spiralled out of control and then controversial release, then reedit and re-release to it being seen as a cult classic. We also discuss the career of Elaine May and how her experiences match with female film directors in Hollywood. We also talk to Natalie about the theatre industry right now and her portrayal of Cher.

If you can please help support live theatre during the pandemic by supporting these charities:

Theatre Artists Fund

Theatre Support Fund

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Visionary dirctory Stanley Kubrick is our director this week as we watch his 1975 epic Barry Lyndon. Set in the 18th century, Ryan O'Neal play the eptoymous Irish trickster and rogue, as the films follows his machanisms as he navigates and climbs European society before charting his eventual downfall. The film s known for it's attention to detail and the look of it and it si a purely unique feast for the eyes. We also cover some new releases in Relic and are still discussing Hamilton.

 

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