Nov 16, 2015
This time, it's another film noir episode with a twist. The French invented the term film noir in the late 1940s but they produced a film in 1931 which influenced film noir. That movie, La Chienne directed by Jean Renoir is the focus of this podcast along with Scarlet Street from 1945, which is the American remake of it. Both tell the same story but in different countries with different viewpoints.
This time around we go from a 1952 perfect crime movie, Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential (which you can view here for free) starring John Payne, Preston Foster and Lee Van Cleef to 1965 biowarfare paranoia with John Sturges' The Satan Bug starring George Maharis and Anne Francis.
Oct 2, 2015
Two films noir recommended by none other than Martin Scorsese. Firstly we have the docudrama from 1955 - The Phenix City Story starring John Ireland and Richard Kiley, then a minimalist noir involving an idiosyncratic hitman, Murder By Contract starring Vince Edwards, Herschel Bernardi and Phillip Pine.
Two Godfrey Campbridge movies from 1970 this time. First, the race satire Watermelon Man also starring Estelle Parsons, then the adaptation of Chester Himes' crime novel Cotton Comes To Harlem starring Cambridge, along with Raymond St Jacques, Calvin Lockhart and Judy Pace.
Jul 26, 2015
For 166 I look at a couple of good crime dramas. 1970's adaptation of John D, MacDonald's Darker Than Amber starring Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Suzy Kendall and William Smith, then to 1981 for the neo-noir drama Cutter's Way a.k.a. Cutter and Bone starring Jeff Bridges, William Heard and Lisa Eichhorn.
May 31, 2015
Misunderstood teenagers and evil corporations this time. We go from Nicholas Ray's 1955 classic Rebel Without A Cause starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo to the 1974 world of political assassination and conspiracy for The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss.
We also have The List Of Movies Richard Nixon Watched In Office.
May 30, 2015
This time Sherlock Holmes goes under the magnifying glass with a look at a couple of atypical Holmes movies from the 1970s. First we have Billy Wilder's The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely then we go to 1976 for The Seven Percent Solution starring Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall. The game is afoot!
May 3, 2015
Brainwashing and 1960s supercomputers. Who doesn't like those things? This time around, years after looking at the second Harry Palmer movie, Funeral In Berlin, I take a look at the first and third of the series.: The Ipcresss File (1965) and Billion Dollar Brain (great title- 1967) starring Michael Caine. Working class spy, gourmet, treated like shit by his upper-class bosses, Harry Palmer is the everyman secret agent.
Apr 19, 2015
For this episode, I'm looking at a couple of classic American movies. First the 1974 detective classic directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston... Chinatown. The back to 1968 for a western that always makes me cry, Will Penny, directed by Tom Gries and starring Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett and Donald Pleasance.
Apr 6, 2015
So it's serial killers and drug dealers this time around. We go from 1968's The Boston Strangler starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis to the road movie classic, Easy Rider starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Get your motor runnin'...
Mar 22, 2015
For this one, I look at Burt Lancaster's first swashbuckling movie, the Jacques Tourneur directed The Flame and The Arrow also starring Virginia Mayo and Nick Cravat, then we go to film noir territory for Joseph Losey's The Prowler starring Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Both good movies in their own way, but very different.
Mar 9, 2015
This time it's glorious technicolor, breathtaking cinemascope and stereophonic sound with Ernst Lubitsch's 1939 comedy of politics and manners, Ninotschka starring Greta Garbo and Melvin Douglas and then the musical remake of it, 1957's Silk Stockings starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Peter Lorre.
Feb 22, 2015
It's time to look at autobiographical movies and two of the best are Federico Fellini's 1963 masterwork Otto E Mezzo, (8 1/2) starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale and Sandra Milo. and Bob Fosse's 1979 musical autobiopic All That Jazz starring Roy Schneider, Jessica Lange, Anne Reinking and Leland Palmer.
So we go from Rome to Broadway looking at movies that are about their directors.
Feb 8, 2015
Just for a change I've decided to do two French films together and both feature murdering women. First off there is the 1968 Francoise Truffaut adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's novel The Bride Wore Black starring Jeanne Moreau then we go right to 1990 for the cinema de look action classic, Nikita (a.k.a. La Femme Nikita) starring Anne Parillaud and Jean Reno.
Jan 26, 2015
For Australia/ Invasion Day I look at a couple of iconic Australian films - 1949's Eureka Stockade starring Chips Rafferty and Peter Finch and Phillip Noyce's 1987 Newsfront starring Bill Hunter and Wendy Hughes. Both great looks at Australian history and both worth your attention.
Jan 11, 2015
This time around I'm going for the big time. Ingmar Bergman's 1955 romcom Smiles Of A Summer night, and then on to a movie that won 8 Academy Awards from 13 nominations in 1953, including a Best Supporting Actor gong for Frank Sinatra - From Here To Eternity. What do these movies have in common? Both have been adapted as musicals.
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