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Oct 24, 2008

Andy Griffith Then And Now

In Podcast Twenty I talked about Andy Griffith's first movie role, here's an unashamedly political piece which shows his most recent work, and it's an important one. The guy that played his kid on TV is in it, too.

Oct 19, 2008

Paleo-cinema Podcast #20 - Music, Cars, Media and Politics.

In this podcast I check out the Monkees’ movie, partly written by Jack Nicholson, Head, a rev head car-based action flick that influenced Quentin Tarantino in a big way - Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and a film from 1957 that has a lot to say about politics and the media right now, A Face In The Crowd.

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Oct 18, 2008

James Bond Facts #1

It wasn't M who called James Bond a blunt instrument. Yes, Dame Judi Dench did in Casino Royale but back in 1964 in a renovated Japanese castle surrounded by deadly plants, volcanic fumaroles, lethal snakes and poisonous spiders, 007 was called a blunt instrument by none other than Dr Guntram Shatterhand, a.k.a. Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Page 171 of the 1966 Pan paperback edition: "... You are a common thug, a blunt instrument wielded by dolts in high places...."

Odd to think that a female head of MI6 and a syphilitic megalomaniac think alike, isn't it?

Oct 17, 2008

Tumblr Experiment

I've posted the movie trailers for the films I'm talking about in this weekend's podcast over at my new Tumblr account. Please to enjoy.

Oct 11, 2008

Bazura Is Back!

My favourite low-budget community tv show about movies, The Bazura Project is back. Shannon Marinko and Lee Zachariah educate the masses about, and take the piss out of, movies and movie culture. They're funny, not the usual Ken Doll clones you see on television and extremely entertaining, even if Lee doesn't know how to pronounce Maciste. The first episode of series three is up here and it's chock full of fillumic goodness.

Oct 6, 2008

Riddle Me This

What do Sarah Palin and Andy Griffith have in common? Answer, they've both played folksy demagogues on the screen. One of them is going to be discussed in the next podcast in two weeks time.

Oct 3, 2008

New Blog To Check Out

Ditmar winning Western Australian writer Robin Pen has himself a new movie blog as a paying gig. The url for Planet Blog is here. There are only a few postings yet but I know Robin is keen to build a community of commenters, so get over there and check it out.