Radio Silence

Thursday, 21 July, 2016

As some of you may know we’ve been sharing our back catalogue of episodes with community radio station Radio Warwickshire over the past ten months, with weekly broadcasts of our past shows to celebrate Movie Matters turning five years old last October. To date, forty instalments of Movie Matters aired on Radio Warwickshire consisting of hours and hours of our in-depth film discussion.*

We have taken the decision to end this collaboration going forward and would like to thank Clay Lowe and Liane Kate for the opportunity to share our work via this extended platform. We wish the presenters, artists, content producers and the station continued success in the future.

Most importantly, we would like to offer an immense thanks to each and every listener who tuned-in to these broadcasts. We are extremely grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm of the Movie Matters community. Roll on October 2016 which marks our 6th year podcasting! All new Movie Matters episodes will be forthcoming and released, as usual, here on our website and our iTunes feed.

*Note: It has come to our attention that some of these broadcasts may have been truncated due to circumstances beyond our control. We regret any inconvenience caused to those listening and direct you to our archive where all of our shows, in their entirety, are available to stream (left click on the Download box) or download (right-click and save on the Download box).

Movie Matters #40 - Mimsy Farmer Double Bill

Sunday, 12 June, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

Today’s instalment of the Movie Matters Podcast sees co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie taking a look at a pair of thrillers from the heyday of Italian cult cinema, both starring distinctive American actress Mimsy Farmer. First up, we begin by discussing Farmer’s career and unique appeal with special help from friend of the show, author Troy Howarth (SO DEADLY, SO PERVERSE). We then cover two distinctly different films which nonetheless share a great many characteristics: 1974’s THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK and 1975’s AUTOPSY.

The music in today’s episode is from THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK by Nicola Piovani, and AUTOPSY and FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET by Ennio Morricone.

Special thanks to Troy Howarth, Sandy Richardson, Leonard Jacobs, Andrew Liverod, Torsten Luth and Cevin Moore for their thoughts on today’s featured films, and to Ian Hill for his feedback on our recent Luciano Ercoli/Nieves Navarro double bill.

Also, keep your ears peeled for a chance to win a copy of Arrow Video’s recent Michael Mackenzie-produced OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION box set. Full details on the show!

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Movie Matters #39 - Luciano Ercoli/Nieves Navarro Special

Tuesday, 12 April, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

Death walks onto Movie Matters this month as we indulge in some fun and frivolity in this Luciano Ercoli and Nieves Navarro aka Susan Scott giallo triple-bill. Join us as we ogle THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION (1970), shimmy and simmer when DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1971) and countdown to our demise via spiked glove to the face as DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972).

Writer and ‘Godfather of the Giallo’ Ernesto Gastaldi wrote the scripts for this trio of hip and often humorous gialli, featuring a cast of familiar faces such as Simon Andreu (DEATH CARRIES A CANE), Dagmar Lassander (HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON), Luciano Rossi (SO SWEET, SO DEAD), Pier Paolo Capponi (THE CAT O’NINE TAILS), Frank Wolff (CALIBER 9), George Rigaud (A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN), Fabrizio Moresco (THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES), Pietro Martellanza aka Peter Martel (THE FRENCH SEX MURDERS), Carlo Gentili (THE MAGNIFICENT DAREDEVIL) and ‘Navarro-alike’ Claudie Lange.

Plus we have our own ‘star’ cameo as author and giallo expert Troy Howarth kindly introduces and offers an overview of our featured director, Luciano Ercoli, and his beloved leading lady, the inimitable Nieves Navarro.

We also belatedly respond to some listener feedback and have a glut of new DVD/BD winners in our Movie Matters random lucky dip. To enter, simply leave us a review on iTunes and a DVD/BD from our personal collections will be yours!

The music in today’s episode is from Ennio Morricone’s score (feat. Edda Dell’Orso) for THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION, Stelvio Cipriani’s music (feat. Nora Orlandi) for DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS and DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT by Gianni Ferrio (feat. Mina).

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Movie Matters Mini #8 - Wake Up and Kill

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

Movie Matters [Mini]

The latest instalment of the Movie Matters Podcast sees us adopting a “smash and grab” approach, so to speak, as we take an impromptu look at director Carlo Lizzani’s proto-poliziotteso thriller WAKE UP AND KILL, a 1966 adaptation of the travails of real-life gangster Luciano Lutring, starring Robert Hoffmann, Lisa Gastoni and Gian Maria Volont√®. In addition to subjecting this distinctive entry in the crowded Eurocrime field to our usual in-depth analysis, we also catch up on some belated listener feedback and reveal the latest round of winners in our Blu-ray/DVD lucky dip draw.

The music in this episode is sampled from WAKE UP & KILL (Ennio Morricone) and REQUIESCANT (Riz Ortolani).

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Movie Matters #38 supplement - listeners’ collated Top 10

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

In this, the final “extra” accompanying our epic Top 10 of 2015 show, we present our collated Listener Top 10 and supplemental lists. These were determined by adding up everyone’s contributions, unweighted (i.e. it doesn’t matter where a particular title appeared on a list – a “1” counts for the same as a “10”).

Movie Matters #38 supplement - listener lists

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

We hope you enjoyed our Top 10 of 2015 special. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the response to our call for listeners’ top ten lists. Several of you wrote in, either with text lists or MP3s. Many of you also included detailed comments on your choices – which, in the interests of keeping the running time down to a brisk(ish!) 6 1/4 hours, we weren’t always able to read out in full.

The full lists are captured below for posterity, along with (where applicable) links to more detailed discussions of the listeners’ choices. As always, they are listed on a “first come, first served” basis.

Movie Matters #38 - Top 10 of 2015

Sunday, 21 February, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

The dust has now settled on another year in film, the Oscars are imminent and in our unashamedly delayed fashion we bring you our first Movie Matters recording of the New Year, dedicated to our subjective perspectives on the films of 2015. Between us, we’ve watched and rewatched a range of 2015 UK releases and made the difficult decisions necessary to whittle them down to our personal Top 10 movies of the year.

In addition to our Top 10s, we also try to squeeze in mentions of our most pleasant surprises, our biggest disappointments, our worst films of the year and name-check those films which narrowly missed out on our respective Top 10s that we deem worthy of an honourable mention. Plus, we highlight a number of hotly-anticipated 2016 films in our watchlists for the coming year.

We would like to once again thank our loyal and esteemed listeners, many of whom answered our call and kindly submitted their own text and audio lists this year. It is our pleasure to feature them all on this show and, as has become our custom, a collated listener’s list – adding all the votes together – will be published on the Movie Matters website and the Movie Matters LetterBoxd account in the coming days. Thank you all for being part of our continued, shared celebration and appreciation of cinema.

So here we are, twelve short months since the last time, and we ask you once again to get yourselves comfy, settle in for the long-haul and let us be your guides as we share our many delights, a few despairs and possibly even an isolated diatribe as we discuss, in-depth, the year in film that was 2015.

The music in this episode is sampled from a selection of films eligible for inclusion in our Top 10 lists. We’ll keep the identities of the tracks a mystery, but why not try and guess the films as these musical cues appear throughout the show?

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Movie Matters #37 - Christmas Special V

Monday, 4 January, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

Happy New Year, listeners! Using the wonders of time travel, granted via the magic of editing and our characteristic sporadic podcast release schedule, we bring you back to Christmas of the very recent past with our nearly annual Movie Matters Christmas show.

As is our seasonal custom, we begin by exchanging what were early Christmas gifts, before proceeding to featured discussions of those films. We also catch up on any festive viewing we have enjoyed and what 2015 release cramming we have squeezed in ahead of our upcoming ‘Films of the Year’ special. Finally, we conduct the first batch of the Movie Matters listener random BD/DVD lucky dip draw. To enter, simply leave us a review on our NEW iTunes Feed.

If you would like to contribute a list for our next show — our annual Films of the Year special — please send a short MP3 (5 mins max) or a text list, counting down your Top 10 Films, as well as a name-checking for your biggest disappointment, most pleasant surprise and worst movie of the year, to our email address: — deadline Saturday 9th January.

The music in this episode is sampled from NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (Lindsey Buckingham), A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Federale; White Lies), STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (John Williams), THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (Cat’s Eyes), the KRAMPUS rendition of Auld Lang Syne (Douglas Pipes), and Disney’s rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

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Movie Matters #36 - Bond Double Bill

Tuesday, 22 December, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

Hello again listeners! After a slight delay, we bring you our hotly anticipated Bond double bill, in which we discuss the recent UK box-office busting SPECTRE alongside the much loved albeit divisive ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.

We also outline the plan — or fumble our way to some such arrangement — for the forthcoming random BD/DVD lucky dip draw for those generous listeners who have left us a review on our NEW iTunes Feed. There’s still time to get a BD/DVD shaped gift from us, so please take a few minutes to write a review.

A special thank you to Tony Black of the Pick A Flick and The X-Cast podcasts for his MP3 submission. As an avid fan of the Bond series he was able to offer another perspective on our two featured films.

The music sampled in this episode is from SPECTRE (Sam Smith, Thomas Newman) and ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (John Barry).

Rather fortuitously, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is regarded by some as ideal seasonal viewing, but we should point out that this isn’t the Movie Matters Christmas special. We’ll be releasing that show a little later than usual this year, but if nothing else at least it will give you one last gift to unwrap after the indulgences and good cheer begin to subside come the New Year.

We’re now also turning out thoughts to our annual bumper review of the year special due to be recorded in January and would welcome any submissions from our listeners. So either send in a text list or short MP3 (5 minutes max) counting down your Top 10 favourite films of the year, as well as your biggest disappointment, most pleasant surprise and absolute worst movie of 2015. All lists to go to by the deadline of Saturday 9th January, 2016.

Until then, a very jolly Merry Christmas from us, thanks for supporting us by listening, and we hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Slight correction: In the discussion of SPECTRE, I (Michael) claimed that its UK box office takings had eclipsed those of AVATAR. In actual fact, this refers only to these films’ IMAX releases.

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