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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.

When it comes to a name in British comedy, Ealing Studios is a name that has persisted throughout the years. Alec Guinness had made his name for these comedies and in 1951 he was teaming up with Alexander Mackendrick to make a strange science fiction comedy about an unassuming scientist who makes a fabric that is both indestructible and doesn't stain, and the fall out which occurs when both the textile mill owners and the trade unions realise this will put them out of work. The Man in the White Suit, is not one of the better known Ealing Comedies but it is certainly one of the most cynically unique of them.

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It's new miniseries time! We've jumped back in time again to the 1950s. The decade where the Cold War started, rock-n-roll was a scary new music form, home television for the first time became commonplace and also the decade where Japanese cinema was introduced to the world. Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, and Takashi Shimura, introduced such a strong framing device and narrative style where four different people recount different versions of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife. The film is an investigation of the idea of objective truth. Easily one of the most significant films ever made. There is also a surprising tangent into the world of professional wrestling.

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We're back from hiatus! Just a quick bonus episode this week to wrap up our 70s miniseries. Brandon Kahn joins us to help present our Trackies, awards for the films we watched in the last miniseries, rank the ten films and also also allows us to bookend ad chat about what we learnt about 70s cinema. 

All ready for next week where we will dive into the 1950s.

We had a bit of a technical issue with audio on the record but we hope it's not too distracting.

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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 surprisingly 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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