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Two friends are trying to work through those movie backlogs by going through a whole century of film, decade by decade, year by year. Presented by Better Feeling Films; UK based hosts Lena Delaney and Oliver Jones will be your rambling guides each fortnight as they go on their adventure through film history.

It's a Christmas Miracle!

We are back for a special Christmas episode where we catch up after our long break talk about about new releases and do a deep dive on Spider-Man: No Way Home (100% spoiler warnings!), being the biggest movie of the year feels right for us to concentrate on.

We then cautiously step into the 1930s by watching the Christmas classic 'Babes in Toyland' staring comedy legends Laurel and Hardy (discussion starts around 1h15m). The movie, based on the 1903 operetta, introduces Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum who try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep’s shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. A movie that none of us expected to end in a siege.

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Strap on your proton pack and ready those traps because today we welcome in the much anticipated fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise. Sadly Liam is away today, but Ollie is joined by two of his good friends - AYT regular James Raynor and newcomer - Robert Kenyon.

We talk about our history with the series, how it has impacted our lives, what makes the first film so special, the sequels, the games and the action figures all before we get into the nitty gritty of Ghostbusters Afterlife.

Is this podcast more nostalgia driven than Ghostbusters Afterlife? We will let you be the judge of that. 

*Hey Flat top! Just heads up,  this episode is full of spoilers*

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Join us for the second part of our two Halloween specials for Spooktober! As we go back to the origins of Hollywood horror and tackle the King of the Universal Monster Movies; Frankenstein and the following sequel Bride of Frankenstein. Both directed by James Whale, who can be thought of as a early auteur for horror and Hollywood expressionism. We talk about how Universal got into making horror, how Frankenstein got adapted, how the Heys code impacted the two movies and how Whale's identity and that of his actors contributed to those movies and have been read over the years as Queer cinema.

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Join us for the first part of our two Halloween specials for Spooktober! Frank Henenlotter made his name with exploitation horror movie Basket Case and would follow this up with the story of Brian, an average New York city guy who becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied parasitic brain named Aylmer. Who eats brains to supply Brian with an hallucinogenic drug. It's psychedelic, detestable, and hysterical. And a must watch.

We also talk a lot about new releases particularly news from the DC Fandome and Bond.

All this and more on Adjust Your Tracking! 

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It's our decade round up episode, the Trackies! Where we give out awards for the films we watched on this miniseries and as always we are joined by our friend Brandon Kahn to chat about what we learnt from this selection of films, the 80s in films and what we liked best. Also we announce our next miniseries.

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Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amid chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo.  Katsuhiro Otomo's magnum opus Akira was released to international acclaim in 1988, not only was it a spectacular example of animated film, quite beyond anything that had been produced at the time, but it was the first Japanese anime that had been released uncut and unedited outside of Japan. It rightly took America and Europe by storm and issued an awakening of Japanese animation. 

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Ran (1985)

The Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons;  Taro (Akira Terao), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) but there is no peace between the brothers as full war breaks out shattering the Empire that he built. Now the great Lord wanders his shattered Empire a broken man, but soon all of his past atrocities will come back top haunt him. Ran (1985) in a large part is the culmination of Akira Kurosawa's long career, and it would be his last epic that is as majestic as it is massive. A true masterpiece, and a profound examination of humanity and war.

We also talk about Dear Evan Hansen, The Guilty and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.

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In 1989 Spike Lee wrote and directed Do The Right Thing which, to this day is celebrated as one of the great American movies and at the time the biggest movie ever made by a black director. It tells the story of a Brooklyn neighbourhood during a heatwave, where rising tensions explodes after Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) becomes upset that the neighbourhood Pizza shop, run by Sal (Danny Aiello), who doesn't display any black actors on his wall of fame and refuses to change it. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to other people in the neighbourhood, and tensions rise. It's a film that is as relevant today as it was in the 80s, a timeless classic.

We also discuss new releases The Green Knight, Malignant, and Shang Chi.

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Iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar had his biggest international success in 1988 with this screwball black comedy that almost defies genre classification, it tells the story of Pepa (Carmen Maura) who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén) leaves her. However, she is interrupted by groups of different people from her life including Ivan's son from a previous relationship (Antonio Banderas), his fiancee Marissa (Rossy de Palma) and a Shiite terrorist cell who have been secretly holding her best friend Candela (María Barranco) hostage all whilst being pursued by her loves ex (Julieta Serrano) - who all add to the chaotic web of events.

We also discuss new releases Annette and CODA.

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Natalie Gardner, who has portrayed Cher on screen, joins us this week to discuss the movie that finally earnt Cher her Oscar. Moonstruck, directed by Norman Jewison, explores romance and love in all of it's complicated aspects based around a New York Italian-American family, where Loterra (Cher) accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Johnny, but then she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny (Nic Cage) who couldn't be more different to his brother and has the allure and promise of bringing passion back to her life. Also starring Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, John Mahoney and Feodor Chaliapin.

We also discuss some new releases we've been watching; Old and The Suicide Squad.

All this and more on Adjust Your Tracking! 

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