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Dec 25, 2009

Paleo-CInema Podcast 42 The Mobile Newtonmas Podcast Special

This time things are a bit different. I recorded most of this podcast while driving around Melbourne with my new mobile podcasting rig and a logitech microphone headset. I look at Avatar, why Americans don't do good tough guy actors any more, talk about a documentary on Jacques Tati and look at Vincente Minnelli's "Two Weeks In Another Town" while tooling around the city on the Yarra in a Toyota Corolla. Enjoy your holidays, people.

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Dec 13, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast # 41 The United States Of Warren Oates

This time, we’re looking at one of the iconic actors of the 1960s and 1970s, Warren Mercer Oates 1928-1982. Movies like Two Lane Blacktop, Race With The Devil, Dillinger, The Wild Bunch, Cockfighter, 92 In The Shade and most of all Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia would have been less than they were without Warren Oates, the sad, worldly, mostly on the wrong side of the law everyman with a cheeky grin and a lot behind the eyes.

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Nov 22, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 40 The Funeral for A Cold Spy in Berlin Memorandum

This time around it's Eurospy again. Three movies set in Berlin, all made in either 1965 or 1966. One has a script by one of the most interesting playwrights of the 20th Century, another based on a book by a spy novelist who was once a spy and the third has Michael Caine in it. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the idea that maybe we weren't all going to die in a nuclear holocaust, here is Paleo-Cinema Podcast 40.


Nov 12, 2009

Trailers For Next Week's Paleo-Cinema Podcast

Just to whet the appetite, here are trailers for the three movies I'm talking about in next weekend's Paleo-Cinema Podcast: The Berlin Assignment. Yep, I'm celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the day that Checkpoint Charlie became Champagne Charlie.

Nov 1, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #39 Frankenheimer's Paranoia Trilogy. Brainwashing, Coups and Eternal Youth

For Podcast 39 I look at what has been called John Frankenheimer's Paranoia Trilogy, the 1962 film, The Manchurian Candidate, 1964's Seven Days In May and 1966's Seconds. All of the speak to the fears of the time and all have influenced the plots of many subsequent lesser movies. Oddly enough, the zeitgeist fears of the 1960s resemble many of the zeitgeist fears of the Noughties. That's part of the fun of watching old movies: seeing our own lives and times foreshadowed in them.

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Oct 11, 2009


This time we deliver a double-barrelled blast of Paleo-Cinema. Firstly, the Third Paleo-Cinema Podcast Music Special wherein you'll hear famous actors sing badly, the best new soundtrack of 2009 and sundry other wonders of the cinematic musical arts.

Followed by London to a brick, the best explanation of Ozploitation cinema this side of the black stump or at least the end of the local tram line. Fuck me dead! in the immortal words of Rod Taylor in “Welcome to Woop Woop”. Vote for Paleo-CInema under Movies and TV at Podcast Alley and send your comments by mp3 or email to

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Sep 20, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #37 Pimps and Hairdressers and Chainsaws.

This time around, people, it's the 2nd Anniversary Paleo-Cinema full of pimps, hairdressers, insecure mofos and the relative merits of chainsaws versus machetes. I look at Rudy Ray Moore's odd, iconoclastic and archetypally 1970s pimp film Dolemite, its' sequel, The Human Tornado and the black version of a Warren Beatty film which is much better than the original, Black Shampoo. So put on your platform soles, your fake zebra skin greatcoat and get a couple of your working ladies together and enjoy the studtastic pimperific Paleo-Cinema 37.



Sep 17, 2009

Secret Of The Incas goes viral... with a twist

Looks like Paleo-Cinema is ahead of the curve. I reviewed this one ages ago...

Sep 10, 2009

Another Eurospy Trailer

Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die - great 60s retro trailer, this one.

Aug 30, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 36 - Pilgrims, Magic Sound and The High Price of Immortality

For Podcast 36 I take a look at the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger WW2 movie A Canterbury Tale from 1944, Jerzy Skolimowski's 1978 creepy supernatural movie The Shout and a lesser known 1973 British Horror film which should become recognised as a proto-steampunk classic, The Asphyx.



Aug 13, 2009


For those of you who were unable to download all the episodes of Paleo-Cinema Podcast through the RSS feed - you should now be able to get the earlier ones if you refresh your feed. Sorry about the fuck up but the settings just needed a little tweakage.

Aug 10, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 35 - We Deserve Better Science Fiction Movies

This time, I'm on a rant, people. I fulminate, pontificate and ratiocinate about movies once more. Summer (or for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere) Winter Blockbusters have pissed me off mightily, so I'm looking back at a few classic SF films and try to analyse why they work and too many modern Science Fiction films don't.



Aug 4, 2009

Terry's Movie Trailer Films Festival - Double Feature #1

There's no rhyme or reason to this one, apart from the fact that I like the films. Two Weeks In Another Town and Enter The Dragon.

Aug 1, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast Special Two

Once more I'm inflicting weird and wonderful music upon you. Singing actors, spooky women, groovy audio wall to wall. Enjoy.

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Jul 30, 2009

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Jul 29, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Music Podcast #2 Is Coming

Hi freaks and groovers.

This weekend I'll be recording and uploading the second movie/tv music podcast. A few months ago as you'll recall, I threw together some cool paleo-cinematic film tracks that I liked. The response was warm and positive, so I've got together a whole bunch more and they'll be put together with some explanatory narration for your delectation. The regular 'cast will still be up the following week. Consider this one an interstitial treat.

Jul 23, 2009

Update On Paleo-Cinema's Audience

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Jul 19, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #34 Don't Call Me Shirley And Julie Andrews' Boobs

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Three comedies this time around. Blake Edwards' S.O.B. (yes, the one where Julie Andrews' boobs have a cameo role and Robert Vaughn wears women's undies), Airplane! known in the antipodes as Flying High and the classic golfing comedy Caddyshack. (I'm deliberately ignoring the sequels to the latter two movies). Nothing serious for #34 but just a few chuckles and a look at how a dramatic B-Movie like Zero Hour! can be transformed into a really silly comedy.

Jun 28, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 33 -The Lives and Times of Orson Welles


This time I'll be looking at three of Orson Welles' later films. The multi-formed multi-version Confidential Report/ Mr Arkadin, the film noir classic Touch of Evil and Welles' last and most playfully joyous film - F For Fake.

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Jun 27, 2009

A Cautionary Tale On Celebrity And Delusion

Once upon a time there was a wealthy and famous man. He had been wealthy and famous since a child when his talent for singing and dancing had made him much admired. His father, an ogre mistreated him egregiously.

As this wealthy and famous man grew older he found the means to mutate himself. Through potions and the artfully applied, delicately wielded knives of chirurgeons he attempted to change his race and his face. He pretended his voice was that of a child and did things that made him even more famous and admired than he had been as a child. He built a playground and a palace and surrounded himself with a menagerie and many wondrous devices for playing upon. By proclaiming and declaiming that he was himself a child, he encouraged parents to permit him the company of their children. Boys only. Never girls. Only once, to his face, in public did anyone question this. Were any other man in his late thirties to act in such a manner, his sexuality and sanity would be questioned.

But this boy prince madman was much loved by the masses. Serenaded by his songs and enthralled by his dancing, the hoi polloi indulged his tendencies and defended his innocence based no no more knowledge of his actual doings than was possessed by those who suggested that his motives and actions might not be innocent.

Accusations were made by the parents of the children who visited the wealthy and famous man in his palace. Serious, dark and horrible accusations were made. The wealthy and famous man made almost all of these people go away by giving them unlikely sums of money. Only once did this not work and the wealthy and famous man hired the services of investigators and publicity people and extremely smart lawyers when the case went to court. Stories of giving alcohol to children and unseemly behaviour consistent with the the actions of a paedophile were made. But the wealthy and famous man had a smart lawyer who had recently helped another wealthy and famous man escape a charge of murdering his wife and her friend. The smart lawyer helped the first famous and wealthy man escape punishment for wrongdoing.

The wealthy and famous man was now scared. What if he were no longer to be loved by the masses and they stopped listening to his voice and watching his dances? He was no longer quite young and his actions, unguided by the tides, wonders, revelations and epiphanies of a genuine life immersed in the real world, became even stranger. He married the daughter of a now dead wealthy and famous man whose songs and dances had wowed the world a generation before. "See," the wealthy and famous man declaimed with his actions. "I am a man as other men. I have taken a wife and live as other men do."

Two years later, the daughter of the older wealthy and famous man left him and would not speak of the marriage.

The wealthy and famous man next married the assistant of one of his artful and skillful chirurgeons. She was homely and unloved. She bore three children, whom the wealthy and famous man claimed as his own, though their genetic inheritance was not his.

"See," he declaimed. "I have produced children all of whom I have named (in various ways) after myself. Now I will hide them from the world and protect them from the very things that may have prevented me from becoming the sad, mad freak you see before you. And yet, I still speak as a child, dress up in odd garments and as my vast and loving public know, my freakishness is perfectly acceptable for do I not sing and dance in ways that charm and delight them?"

"I do not relate to adults for they challenge me and see through my conceits and neuroses and strange ways. They see that I am not a child, but an ageing grotesque with a nose whittled to a snub by chirurgeons, a voice that is only at a normal adult timbre when I am angry and features that, irony of ironies, are beginning to terrify children. I retreat from the world which resolutely refuses to conform to my ideas and beliefs and strangenesses. I drink, I take too many prescription potions and therefore I have died at an age at which other men acquire a modicum of wisdom and adapt to the World in ways I could never imagine."

And when the public found out that the wealthy and famous man had died, they wept and gathered in large crowds and said many silly things. Calmer heads shook sadly at this great waste of care and regard in a World where innocent women were being killed by snipers and a vast maelstrom of waste plastic had formed in its' largest ocean and billions feared for their jobs and the future of their children. The tragedies and cruelties of the World, the places where the attention of the human race needed to be, were forgotten for the time. His death constipated the Internet for a while, but then the Internet retaliated. You cannot slander the dead and as the data-constipation passed, the poisons and sickness of this wealthy and famous man were slowly revealed as a cautionary tale for the people of the World.

"Behold," said many small voices in the Internet. "A man who refuses to grow up, to face and defeat the monsters that wronged him in his childhood, a man who felt that his skills and talents justified any action and behaviour, died sad, ugly and lonely. He took no comfort from the children he knew were not his own, nor the wealth that was trickling through his skeletal fingers. The idolatry of the masses misserved him and empowered his delusions. His efforts to keep out the World that had made him wealthy and famous had sealed him in a bleak, black bubble in which he eventually died."

Jun 18, 2009

Skeet Surfin'

Val Kilmer's first film. Yeah, I know Kilmer is a nutcase, but I like him in films like Spartan and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang where he played Gay Perry the private eye.

Jun 17, 2009

More Youtube Childhood Nostalgia

Marine Boy was cool. By chewing "oxy-gum" he could stay underwater for hours. I often wonder how many kids drowned chewing juicy fruits and trying to breathe in the bottom of swimming pools...

Phantom Agents were even cooler. Kids like me really wanted to play with shuriken star knives and probably the more capable among us may have actually made them out of old jam tins and skewered our friends en masse.

The Best Action TV Show Theme music ever was Tony Christie singing "Avenues and Alleyways" during the credit sequences of "The Protectors".

Jun 7, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #32 Sick Japanese Puppies.

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This time around, I'm looking at Japanese crime movies. Sonny Chiba's inimitable Streetfighter series, Hanzo The Razor where a Japanese cop with unusual methods is explored in detail and take a quick swim in a sea of weirdness with Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter and Branded To Kill.

Also, Sal drops in to talk nonsense with me.

Jun 1, 2009

Paleo-Cinema: The Kremlin Download

Check out the geostats picture below. Someone in The Kremlin has downloaded an episode of the podcast! How cool is that? (Click to embiggen the picture).

May 20, 2009

I Can't Die Yet, I Haven't Seen The Jolson Story

A few days ago there was a report that Jamie Foxx was up for playing Sinatra in a biopic of the Chairman of the Board. I took it with a grain of salt. It's like those periodic rumours that turn up about a black actor playing the half-Scottish half-Swiss character known as James Bond.

Okay, so Jamie Foxx is going to play the child of two Sicilian-Americans... okay... lemme think this through. Is this a delayed backlash against all those white Shakespearean actors who played Othello with burnt cork on their faces? Particularly Olivier's rendition in the 1960s?

Weird stuff. Maybe they can CGI Foxx into looking more Italianate, much in the manner that they de-aged Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in the rather shitty third X-Men movie. Leaving aside the issue of race, perhaps this is one of those cases of very famous actor hubris. Very successful actors can have a tendency to think they can do anything. Very few people say "No" to them, so they develop a belief in their own entitlement.

If that's the case, here's an enormous artistic challenge for Jamie Foxx. Perhaps he could star in a remake of the movie in the youtube clip below.

May 18, 2009

No Problems With Podcast 31

Looks like the problem has been solved by the house elves of Podbean, my podcast host. Feel free to download.

Download Problems With Podcast #31

My hosting site Podbean seems to have some problems with downloading Podcast #31 through I-Tunes and maybe other platforms. Drop me a line at if you have any hassles.


May 17, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #31 - Child Safe Movies

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This time around, I'll be suggesting movies to watch with children.

Not necessarily childrens' films but movies that might generate a passion for cinema in the minds of the young, so they don't grow up to say things like "Rob Schneider Is A Genius" or "I don't like black and white movies, I can't get into them" or other things that would make people doubt the integrity of their genetic structure. I offer this as a public service to the children of the world.*

*Tongue in cheek, of course

May 11, 2009

Next Week's Paleo-Cinema Podcast

Hi people.

Next week I'm following a suggestion made by my friend Danny Oz and looking at a recommended viewing list of paleo-cinematic movies for children. Not kids films per se, but quality movies that are accessible to children and which will lead them toward a life of appreciating all kinds of movies. Throw me your suggestions if you like and I'll put them into the recipe.

Apr 26, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 30 - The Big Three Movies- Citizen Kane, Casablanca, La Dolce Vita

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Okay I'm going out on a limb this time, looking at three of the most popular Paleo-Cinematic movies of all time and trying to think of something original to say about them. Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, Michael Curtiz's Casablanca and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Also, don't forget to vote for Paleo-Cinema over at Podcast Alley and check out the Amazon links on this page.

Apr 18, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast Special #1 - Terry's Mixtape

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In this 'cast I'm doing something different. A mixtape of sorts where I share some of my favourite movie music. Not much else to say, but enjoy it :-) Back to a full podcast next week.


Apr 9, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Discussion Group

Hi people. I've wanted to expand the discussion group for Paleo-Cinema from the chat window to something a little larger and able to carry multiple discussions, so I've created a Facebook Group for Paleo-Cinema discussions. The link is Paleo-Cinema Discussion Group so sign up to Facebook with even a basic type of profile and you can join in the fun.

I will be continuing the chat window, but I'd rather the larger forum for longer discussions. It also has the ability for members to upload video and still pictures, so please avail yourself of it.


Apr 5, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #28 Making Deals With The Devil - Faust x 3

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Okay, in this pre-Easter season we look at three movies about making a deal with the Devil. First off, a baseball fan with a mid-life crisis cuts a contract with Ray Walston in Damn Yankees - only to have Gwen Verdon thrown at him. (They're thinking about remaking this with Jake Gyllenhaal in the Tab Hunter role and Jim Carrey in the Ray Walston one.)

Next we look at the comedy classic, Bedazzled (and if you don't like this movie, you fill me with inertia) and move on to Brian De Palma's rock and roll iteration of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1974's Phantom of the Paradise.

Apr 1, 2009

Some Youtubage To Keep You People Going Until The Next Podcast

Ann-Margret In The Pleasure Seekers.

The first 8 minutes of an episode of "Adventures In Paradise"

Opening and closing credits for one of my great lost favourite TV series: Ben Gazzara's "Run For Your Life". This should come out on DVD.

Mar 19, 2009

Movie Cataloguing Software

I just had a question from Cerpts over at The Land Of Cerpts And Honey about movie-collection databases, so I thought I'd share the software that we use for our DB. It's Movie Organizer and it works fairly simply. Type in a movie name, hit F7 and it searches both Movie Organizer's own database as well as The Internet Movie Data Base for the film. Printing out a listing is fairly simple, too. It's freeware and has been around for over 10 years.

Of course, not every bit of software suits everyone, and this one is PC only, so give it a go if you like and let me know what you think.

Mar 15, 2009

Paleo-Cinema Podcast #27 Damned Children.

This time I take a look at three movies about lethal children from the early 1960s. The first is Village of the Damned, starring George Sanders and Barbara Shelley. The second is the sequel cum remake of it, Children of the Damned from 1963 starring Ian Hendry and Alan Badel and finally, an unrelated film: Joseph Losey's 1961 (released in 1963) Hammer film (These Are) The Damned. All have lethal children in them, all three take a different approach to the subject.

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Mar 2, 2009

Podcast Alley

Hi Freaks and Groovers.

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