Tuesday, 8 March, 2016
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 Volontè. 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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Friday, 19 June, 2015
In the latest instalment of the Movie Matters Podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie jump behind the mic for an impromptu catch-up session, trading notes on their recent viewing choices. Covering everything from the heyday of Hammer Horror to hard-hitting documentary features to TV comedies to 80s action movie classics, this [Mini] episode has it all.
As ever, we also dip into the mailbag to share our recent communications from the listeners.
The music in this episode is sampled from THE DEVIL RIDES OUT by James Bernard, VIRUNGA by Patrick Johnsson and DIE HARD by Vaughn Monroe.
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Thursday, 12 September, 2013
In this episode, which sees a return to the more off-the-cuff ‘Mini’ show format, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cherry pick some of the most interesting titles they’ve seen recently.
The spotlight then turns on Jane Campion’s New Zealand based crime drama, TOP OF THE LAKE, starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham and Peter Mullan. Originally screened in the US as both a 7-part miniseries and as a 6-hour stand-alone film at the Sundance Film Festival, the show was recently broadcast in six hour-long episodes in the UK by BBC Two and charts detective Robin Griffin (Moss)’s investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant schoolgirl.
Music from TOP OF THE LAKE by Mark Bradshaw.
Monday, 3 December, 2012
In the first of two instalments dedicated to Danish serial killer sensation THE KILLING (FORBRYDELSEN), Movie Matters co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie team up to take a look at the first five episodes of the third and final 10-part season, currently airing in the UK on Saturday nights on BBC Four and BBC HD. In addition to discussing the episodes that have already aired, Lee and Michael also speculate on what the remainder of the season will hold for Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her infamous knitted jumper.
The music sampled in this episode is from THE KILLING by Frans Bak.
Please also remember that time is running out for you to contribute to the first ever Movie Matters competition. Your mission? Listen to this clip and identify (a) the actress speaking and (b) the director she is speaking about. Your prize? A copy of the divisive BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW on Region A Blu-ray Disc. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sunday, 11 November, 2012
Co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie join the rest of the world in pondering the matter of the new James Bond film, Sam Mendes’ SKYFALL, which sees Daniel Craig return for his third outing as 007, accompanied by Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. This mini-episode also includes a more general discussion of Daniel Craig’s tenure in the role and the Bond series as a whole.
The music sampled in this episode is from LICENCE TO KILL by Michael Kamen, the SKYFALL title theme by Adele, and the James Bond theme by Monty Norman.
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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012
In this Movie Matters Mini episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie discuss various films and TV shows they’ve been watching recently before turning their attention to the critically acclaimed Danish/Swedish crime drama THE BRIDGE, the 10-episode first season of which sees a pair of mismatched detectives joining forces to stop a serial killer with an axe to grind against the complacency he sees in both countries’ societies.
The music sampled in this episode is “Hollow Talk” by Choir of Young Believers, the main title theme to THE BRIDGE.
Thursday, 7 June, 2012
In this Movie Matters Mini episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie turn their attention to one of the most anticipated films of the year: Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he helped to create in PROMETHEUS, the long-awaited prequel to ALIEN starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. In this free-flowing discussion, Lee and Michael take a detailed look at the already contentious sci-fi blockbuster and where it fits into the Alien series.
The music sampled in this episode is from PROMETHEUS by Harry Gregson-Williams.
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012
Movie Matters returns with the first in a series of mini-episodes designed to bridge the gaps between our more traditional and time-consuming “themed” episodes. The mini-episodes dispense with the likes of the Blu-ray Hall of Fame and upcoming releases section in favour of a more informal, unstructured discussion about various film-related topics. In this episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie discuss various films and TV shows they’ve been watching recently and play the final remaining listeners’ “Top 10 of 2011” MP3 list.
The music sampled in this episode is from THE WOMAN IN BLACK and THE KILLING.