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.

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.

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Theatre Artists Fund

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Visionary directory 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 eponymous Irish trickster and rogue, as the films follows his mechanisms 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 is a purely unique feast for the eyes. We also cover some new releases in Relic and are still discussing Hamilton.

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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