Adjust Your Tracking

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.

One of the biggest action movies of the 70s is out topic this week, as we cover Joseph Sargent's 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Where four people take a train hostage, threatening to kill one every minute if they aren't paid $1 million in an hour. It sets the template for 70s action films and has been influencing action films ever since - a benchmark in American film. We welcome filmmaker Brandon Kahn back on the show who is equally astonished at the discovery Robert Shaw is English and we talk the biggest release this week with Hamilton.

 

All this and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

 

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When it comes to American film makers Terrence Malick is up there as possibly the most poplar enigmatic of them all and his 1973 debut film is covered in this weeks episode, Badlands starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young couple who runs away on a killing spree after killing the girl's father. It may be the best debut film ever made and cemented a young Terrence Malick as an era defining voice in cinema, before he disappeared from the world for twenty years. We talk about Malick at length, the iconic music Gassenhauer, and go off about Disney and Brad Pitt.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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We cover a complete cultural icon this week, one of the most important people of the 1970s, the incomparable Bruce Lee. As he fights an imperialist Japanese gang who killed his martial art's teacher in 1972's Fist of Fury. To guide us through this we have film maker Brandon Kahn on the show who helps us try and cram in as much Bruce Lee content as we can, and explore how he changes Martial Arts and Chinese films in the 1970s, and why he became so iconic. 

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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

If you go down to Cornwall today, watch out for the creepy locals! On Adjust Your Tracking this week we are covering Sam Peckinpah's controversial home invasion 1971 film Straw Dogs, starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as a couple recently moved to Cornwall who are forced to defend their home against attackers. An incredibly violent film which still is able to shock and disgust today, so controversial in fact that it didn't get a full release on home video in the UK until 2002. We also talk about King of Staten Island and struggle to understand old money.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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It's a new miniseries on the podcast! We are covering the 70s next, a decade that can be claimed to have invented modern cinema. First up we cover probably the most obscure film yet on the podcast, a film that in recent years it's appreciation has been growing, Wanda, written, directed and starring Barbara Loden, the only film she ever made. The film focuses on an apathetic woman with limited options who inadvertently goes on the run with a bank robber. Ollie also has some thoughts on Batman Forever that he still needs you to hear.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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To wrap up our 90s miniseries we present the Trackies, a small bonus episode where we give out our awards for the films we watched for the 90s miniseries and allows us to put a bookend on it. Who will win a comfortable pair of Trackies?! And we rank the top 10 as we countdown what wins our best picture of the 90s miniseries.

See you on Sunday as start our new miniseries on the 1970s.

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Riddle me this! Who's afraid of the big, black bat? As part of our 'classics revisited' episode for the 90s. We take a look back to what Batman was like in 1995's Batman Forever. Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Chris O'Donnell. This ain't your Nolan Batman, full wild and unrepentant 1966's camp is on display here with an insane portrayal of the caped crusader as he tackles the hardship of a love triangle with himself, a new ward in Dick Grayson and two insane criminal wrecking havoc in Gotham as he is sent mysterious riddles (that he largely ignores). None of it makes sense and it is a wild ride. 

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Taking a break from the main adventure, we are going to do another influencer series as we look at an cultural icon Bill Murray, we dig into his career, what made him so iconic in culture, talk about Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and his career with Wes Anderson and then we go back to breakdown the only film he ever directed 1990's Quick Change, co-starring Geena Davies and Randy Quaid. The story of a how a group of successful bank robbers in New York trying to evade and escape the police. We also touch upon Happy Feet 2 and the magic of ET.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

The list of films we suggest to support Black Lives Matters are: When They See Us, 13th, Do Not Resit, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, 16 Shots, Let the Fire Burn, The Hate U Give, Slavery By Another Name, Boyz in the Hood, If Beale Street Could Talk, I Am Not Your Negro, Selma, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Get Out.

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This week we've managed to get to the end of the 90s miniseries, and we are rounding it off with a whopper. Alexander Payne's Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. A movie that has managed to land somewhat in the public zeitgeist after flopping in 1999. Satrying modern politics in the world of a mid-America high school election. We have our friend Paul Nadin on the show and we talk a lot about modern videogames, narrative and morality in games, and process of indie game development. We also talk trans narratives in 1999 movies and round it off with Phantom Menace talk.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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Nearing the end of our 90s adventure.

We delve into the nightlife of young graduates, Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love in New York in the very early 80s in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, starring Chloë Sevigny & Kate Beckinsale, bit of a disagreement this week and Ollie and Liam have different takes on the films, other topics include 80s Gameshows, Bill & Ted, Ewoks and Lethal Weapon.

All these and more on Adjust Your Tracking!

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