Archive for May 2021

My Dinner with Andre (1981) (w/ Brandon Kahn)

Films rarely come as small as this, in 1981 New York City theatre bona fides Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory started recording their conversations, this would all lead to them writing a small two header screenplay where two old friends catch up over dinner. This became My Dinner With Andre, where the two fictionalised versions of the actors have a conversation which drifts between the nature of humanism verses spiritualism and how this effects their views on theatre, life and politics. This unlikely screenplay would be brought to the screen by French director Louis Malle who tact hand brought something to this conversation and it became, and has remained, an unlikely cult hit and introduction for many audiences into more arthouse cinema. Filmmaker Brandon Kahn helps us to unravel what about this quiet movie made such a lasting appeal. 

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Altered States (1980) (w/James Raynor)

It's 1980 and with the help of filmmaker James Raynor we are covering when flamboyant and controversial British Director Ken Russell went Hollywood and directed a science-fiction horror film based on a Oscar award winning writer Paddy Chayefsky's novel and screenplay, Altered States. A film which was dogged by disagreements on the set. It tells the story of a research scientist experiments, played by William Hurt, on altered states of human consciousness using hallucinogenic drugs. But soon his mind-altering experiments get out of control and begin affecting the physical world. It's real trip.

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The Evil Dead (1981) & Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Start a new miniseries! Swallow this! We are going to explore the 1980s in film and to start us off we have a special bonus episode looking at, for us, the most influential horror movie franchise of the 80s. The Evil Dead was the brain child of director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert, and actor Bruce Campbell, who fought to generate financing to create their horror film where a group of teens go to stay at a cabin in the woods and unbeknownst to them let out a supernatural evil which unleashes pure horror on the cabin and takes them out one by one. Despite censoring It was such huge hit that in 1987 they did a sequel, Evil Dead 2 which took this horror movie and turned it on it's head, fully embraced slapstick horror and turned the hero Ash into a Deadite killing, chainsaw wielding, shotgun blasting, quipping action hero of the 80s. Groovy! These two films would create a huge franchise which is still beloved now and we couldn't wait to chat about it.

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50s Trackie Awards

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 50s in films and what we liked best. Also we announce our next miniseries.

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