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Dec 30, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 110 - The History Of Rod Taylor

This time around I look at the career and life of Rod Taylor from King Of The Coral Sea, through The Time Machine all the way to Inglorious Basterds.

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Dec 2, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 109- The Rocking Horse Fountainhead Winner

For 109 I look at two films from 1949 - the silly Objectivist pot-boiler The Fountainhead starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal and a much better British film, The Rocking Horse Winner starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson and John Howard Davies. There's also the news that Paleo-Cinema was reviewed by The Onion AV Club, and it's a good one.

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Paleo-Cinema Podcast Reviewed By The Onion AV Club!

Here is the link. It's a positive review from a high profile and well respected website. What a buzz!

Nov 4, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 108 - Under The Milk Wood Of Pitiless Time.

For Paleo-Cinema Podcast 108 I explore my Welsh ancestry with a squizz at 1972's Under Milk Wood starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole, based on the radio play by Dylan Thomas. This is followed by a tight, well-scripted and brilliantly acted but little known British crime drama from 1957, Time Without Pity starring Michael Redgrave, Leo McKern and Lois Maxwell. There's feedback, too. The voicemail number (US) is (206) 203 3299.
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Oct 7, 2012

Paleo-Cinema 107 - A Conversation With Dr Zom

In Paleo-Cinema 107, Dr Zom and I talk movies, Burt Lancaster, celebrity entitlement, whether scientific accuracy is important in science fiction movies and a tonne of other issues. It's a long one, but a lot of fun. The voicemail number (US) is (206) 203 3299. Or you can leave a voicemail message at by clicking the widget on the right side of the webpage. Enjoy!

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Sep 8, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 106 - Private Hell 36/ Witness For The Prosecution

For 106 I look at the Don Siegal 1954 film noir, Private Hell 36, starring Ida Lupino, Howard Duff and Steve Cochrane. To match it, we have Billy Wilder's 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1925 story and 1953 stage play, Witness For The Prosecution starring Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lanchester and Marlene Dietrich. This episode also celebrates Paleo-Cinema's 5th Anniversary. iTunes reviews are welcome and feedback is especially welcome.
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Sep 6, 2012

Previews Of The Movies For Paleo-Cinema Podcast 106

Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

Private Hell 36 (1954) Clip

Aug 26, 2012

An Interview with Richard Benjamin over at the Warner Archive tumblr site.

An interview with Richard Benjamin about his time making The Last of Sheila. Thanks to Everett Jones for the link. Benjamin's an interesting actor/director and The Last of Sheila featured in Paleo-Cinema 70.

Aug 11, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 105 - Night Moves/ Ice Cold In Alex

For 105 Maurice from Love That Album Podcast and I talk about the 1975 neo-noir film Night Moves with Gene Hackman, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith and James Woods and the half-forgotten WW2 classic, Ice Cold In Alex starring John Mills, Sylvia Sims, Harry Andrews and Anthony Quayle. We also divert a bit and talk a little about bestiality, but in a very nice way. Feedback is always welcome and emails or recorded mp3 comments can be sent to iTunes reviews are also groovy. The voicemail number (US) is (206) 203 3299. Enjoy!

Jul 28, 2012

The Martian Drive In Podcast #4 - The Man From Cypher

For the fourth MDIP, Grant Watson and Sonia Marcon from Bad Film Diaries Podcast join me to discuss Vincenzo Natali's 2002 science fiction thriller Cypher starring Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu and the 2007 science fiction flick The Man From Earth. We also talk porn slapping, botox and the nature of cinema a bit.
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Jul 14, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 104: Mondo Connery

This time around I look at two interesting movies that Sean Connery made in the middle of the Bond films. The 1966 comedy A Fine Madness also starring Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg and the tough, gritty World War 2 movie from 1965 The Hill also starring Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ian Henry, Ossie Davis and Michael Redgrave.

Link for the Forgotten Horrors Podcast And don't forget the email address: The voicemail number (US) is (206) 203 3299.
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Jul 2, 2012

The Martian Drive In Podcast #3 The 4D Idiocracy

In this one, Paul Poulton and myself chew the fat about the 1959 science fiction thriller The 4D Man starring Robert Lansing and Lee Merewether and the 2006 political science fiction satire, Idiocracy starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. Also, I've sent a shout out to designers to assist with a Martian Drive In Logo. Prize is a box of DVDs and Blu-Rayz. Voicemail can be sent to (206) 203 3299 and emails or mp3 voicemails to iTunes reviews are welcome. Direct Download Link- Right Click To Save

Jun 16, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 103: Meteorological Musicals

This time around, I talk about 1943's Stormy Weather, which has one of the best dance sequences ever filmed, and the 1955 MGM musical It's Always Fair Weather with Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dan Dailey and Dolores Gray. iTunes reviews are welcome.

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Jun 3, 2012

The Martian Drive-In Podcast: The Martian Drive-In Podcast #2 The Triangle of Privilege

For the second MDIP, Rob Jan from Zero G at 3RRR Community Radio joins me to talk about Peter Watkins' 1967 science fiction film Privilege and an interesting time-travel/horror/character piece from 2009, Christopher Smith's Triangle.
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May 24, 2012

Cinematic Wishlist

If, like me, you are passionate about movies, you have a Wishlist of things you want to happen in the realm of cinema, both classic and modern. Here is mine. Please feel free to add your own.

1) If they can clone a sheep, they can clone Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, Ava Gardner, James Dean and Warren Oates.

2) Give Thelma Ritter a posthumous Oscar. She was nominated six times. It's the right thing to do.

3) There should be a competency test for actors. Why the do minimally talented people like Robert Pattinson and Josh Harnett have careers? Admittedly they may improve with experience, but that's what television soap operas and amateur theatre are for: to train up actors.

4) VFX (formerly known as CGI) should serve the story, not be the story.

5) Cinemas should serve better food. The Alama Drafthouse does, why can't the Village Knox? Not just in Gold Class but in the general concession stand. The cinema at the Australian Centre For The Moving Image(ACMI) in Melbourne has a cafe attached where you can get superb French Fries with garlic aoli and other nommy comestibles, but in general Australian cinemas cater to the taste buds of nine year olds.

6) Bring back balcony seating in cinemas. I loved the older cinemas with two levels of seats. Yes, there is a risk of people dumping sugar drinks and gobbing down on the people below but that's what tasers are for. Call the cops, tase a couple of errant teenaged vandals in the Gods and it will soon stop happening. Even better, taser equipped unmanned drone vehicles should be attached to the ceilings of cinemas. When a kid dropping Diet Coke on the people below is detected, the drone drops downlike a vampire bat and zaps the fucker to universal audience applause.

7) The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas has a good idea. Chuck out customers who use mobile phones in cinemas. This should be the default setting for cinemas.

8) Story and character are paramount in movies. Even pornography. If you don't believe me, watch CHAMPAGNE FOR BREAKFAST,THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN, ALICE IN WONDERLAND or THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES.

9) Tracking movie piracy should be done for one reason: for movie producers to track their audience with an aim to improving future projects and developing strategies to offer delivery systems for their products which suit audience requirements.

10) Leaving aside special effects, most of the groovy things you see in modern films were done at least as well in older flicks. Clooney's charisma parallels Cary Grant's, Angelina's sexiness is pale compared to the sensuality of Jeanne Moreau, Marlene Dietrich or Ava Gardner, the coolness of actors like Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen and Warren Oates are unparalleled in modern cinema, even though Ryan Gosling is trying hard to match them. Ida Lupino, Thelma Ritter, Bette Davis and a large number of other female actors were portraying strong women way before Sally Field clenched her jaw in Norma Rae and Julia Roberts got cleavage in Erin Brockovich.

So, what's your Wishlist for cinema?

May 19, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 102 - Ritter-Laughton-Williamson-Boyd

For this episode, I talk about four of my favourite movie actors: Thelma Ritter, Charles Laughton, Nicol Williamson and Stephen Boyd. And there is feedback, too. Remember, iTunes reviews are always welcome.
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Apr 29, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 101: More Music Again

This time, another music cast. Eclectic and weird stuff from my collection, including a sick and twisted song I almost wasn't going to include.
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Apr 15, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 100 - From Dr No With Love.

In the big 100th Podcast celebrations I look at the two seminal Bond films, 1962's Dr No and 1963's From Russia With Love. Also, lots of feedback love, listener questions read out to me by Sal and more fun than anything you can do with your pants zipped. Direct Download Link - Right Click And Save

Apr 1, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 99 - Gabriel While The City Sleeps

For the lead up to Paleo-Cinema Podcast 100 - I look at Fritz Lang's 1956 drama "While The City Sleeps" with Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino & Howard Duff and the weirdly fascistic and prophetic 1933 pre-Code political drama "Gabriel Over The White House". Get your comments and best wishes in for the big 100 to
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Mar 19, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 98 - Phantom Lady Panics In The Streets

For Paleo-Cinema Podcast 98, the A-Z Project hits the letter "p". Elia Kazan's 1950 drama shot in neo-realist style, Panic In The Streets and the half-forgotten 1944 film noir, Robert Siodmak's Phantom Lady, based on a story by Cornell Woolrich. Thanks to the magic of the Public Domain, the whole, entire, complete, uninterrupted movie Panic In The Streets can be viewed below. It's a great quality print, too.

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Mar 4, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 97 - The Valley Of The Pleasure Seekers.

For this one, Dr Zom drops in so that we can get in touch with our feminist side and look at two 1960s chick flicks: the remake of Three Coins In The Fountain known as "The Pleasure Seekers" with Ann-Margret, Pamela Tiffin and Carol Lynley and then we go sleaze-side for 1967's "The Valley Of The Dolls" with Sharon Tate, Patty Duke and Barbara Parkin, and some dudes. iTunes reviews are always welcome. The voicemail number (US) is (206) 350-5440. DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK - RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE

Feb 19, 2012

I Don't Think This Is A Trailer For Iron Sky...

Weird German Movie Footage from 1958. But it does have some groovy 1950s Space Age designs.

Feb 18, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 96 - The Alfresco (Partly) Podcast

This time around, I catch up with Sal in the back garden for a chat, waffle about movies and there is also feedback.
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Feb 5, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 95- Ocean's Overlanders

For this very special episode of Paleo-Cinema Podcast, we go from the epic tale of a 1,500 mile cattle drive during World War 2 in Northern Australia to Atomic Age Suavity in Las Vegas. The Overlanders (1946) starring Chips Rafferty and 1,000 cattle is the first Ealing film lensed in Australia. Ocean's Eleven (1960) was an excuse for The Rat Pack to hang out, drink and get laid. Email: The voicemail number (US) is (206) 350-5440. Direct Download Link - Right Click To Save

Jan 22, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 94 - Breezin' Along With The Breeze

This time, due to unforseen but not bad circumstances, I didn't have time to get the A-Z Project "O" movies together, so it's general movie chat, some music and feedback. Don't forget to join The Paleo-Cinema Cafe on Facebook. Direct Download Link: Right Click And Save

Jan 8, 2012

Paleo-Cinema Podcast 93 - I'm As Mad As Hell And I See A Barefoot Boy With A Dog.

This time, I look at the best film Tyrone Power ever made, the 1947 Film Noir classic, Nightmare Alley. I also take a squizz at the prophetic 1976 rant against the cruelty and greed of the television industry, Network, starring Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. We also have feedback from the usual suspects. Go to The Paleo-Cinema Cafe on Facebook to hang out, or email for leaving comments. Enjoy! Direct Download Link- Right Click To Save