Three Men Go To The Oscars

It’s the grand finale to awards season. The biggest night of the year in Hollywood. It all went a bit awry with the Best Picture award. What did Gordy, Cross & Mitch make of it all..?

Please note, there are SPOILERS throughout.

Also, Mitch has since seen Moonlight, and it is very good indeed – best Best Picture winner since No Country For Old Men. In his opinion. Which is correct.

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S02 E03: Child’s Play (1988)

Hi, I’m Gordy. Wanna play?

That’s the question that the precocious Gordy has asked of Mitch (known to suffer from Pediophobia) and Cross. We go to the origin story of our favourite pint sized killer doll. The many sequels have become notorious for a variety of reasons, but how does the original stand up to the 3 Men scrutiny? Will they all be friends till the end?

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S02 E02: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

1984 brought us many fine things but This is Spinal Tap surely ranks among the finest. Its genuine charm and affection for the subject matter is a joy to behold even as they exploit with subtle wit every code and convention the documentary genre and the ’80s heavy Rock scene has to offer.

Gordy, of course, hadn’t seen it. Surely he, being a Hard Rock fan, would love it…..?

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Awards Season, and Otherwise…

It’s that time of year when every movie studio is vying for the attention of a multitude of prestigious awards, or burying that tent-pole action extravaganza that didn’t quite work out as planned. As movie fans we’re fairly swamped with choices, so this week we discuss nine of those that have been on offer over the last month.

Please note: Mild to Moderate SPOILERS.

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Our Top Ten – Chosen By You

As we pause to take time to reflect on an action packed year of movie podcasting, here’s a countdown of our most downloaded episodes:

10.   Audition (1999) dir Takashi Miike (Jap)

9.   Labyrinth (1986) dir Terry Jones (US/UK)

8.   Festen (1998) dir Thomas Vinterberg (Den/Swe)

7.   Wake In Fright (1971) dir Ted Kotcheff (Aus)

6.   To Live And Die In LA (1985) dir William Friedkin (US)

5.   The 39 Steps (1935) dir Alfred Hitchcock (UK)

4.   Kindergarten Cop (1990) dir Ivan Reitman (US)

3.   Singin’ In The Rain (1952) dir Stanley Donen (US)

2.   The Unbelievable Truth (1989) dir Hal Hartley (US)

1.   Top Gun (1986) dir Tony Scott (US)

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The Neon Demon – A Feast For The Ears

Although the movie itself fiercely divided critical opinion, one thing all rational beings agreed on is that Cliff Martinez’s score to The Neon Demon was pretty fucking great. Reminiscent of ’80s Tangerine Dream with a sprinkling of Eno’s ambient works, it’s a proper treat for any discerning movie listener.

An early member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Martinez began scoring in the late eighties and first came to our attention with his excellent collaborations with Steven Soderbergh. He’s been consistently great ever since. Sadly it was recently announced that he will no longer to be scoring the upcoming Logan movie – the somewhat bland Marco Beltrami will take his place – hopefully this doesn’t mean that the movie itself has been similarly defanged.

In any event, here’s about 25 minutes of the Neon Demon to enjoy: