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Sep 3, 2017

Back from our extended break with a one-off impromptu episode from a London pub, we discuss a few gangster films we've seen individually, as well as Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" and Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman". Joined by guest Trelawney Edgar, we also explore the role of women in these films and, by the way, how bloody good are The Commodores you guys?!

May 14, 2017

Joined by guest Angus Attwood, today we conclude our FBI/Depp trio with Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" (2015). We discuss the meandering narrative, the three women in the cast who steal the film, and whether or not Depp's Whitey Bulger stands up to his Donnie Brasco.

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Apr 23, 2017

The second in our Depp/FBI trilogy, today’s episode is about Michael Mann’s 2009 film, "Public Enemies”. We discuss the film's slow pace, its similarities to Mann’s “Heat” (1995) and the powerhouse performance of Marion Cotillard. We also talk about the life of the real John Dillinger, and whether or not Depp captures his personality in the film.

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Apr 10, 2017

The first of three episodes about Johnny Depp/FBI films, today we're talkin' Mike Newell's 'Donnie Brasco' (1997). We discuss the depiction of real life characters and events, the somewhat subtle performances from infamous scenery-chewers Depp and Pacino, and tell one of Mr. Pacino's favourite jokes.

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Mar 5, 2017

This week’s ep is a recording of the live broadcast of our First Birthday Episode! Joined by guest Liam Taylor, we look at Martin Scorsese’s underwhelming “Gangs of New York” (2002) as we discuss the hit and miss cast, the strange editing choices and how the historical accuracy holds up. In Arnott’s Time we review the classic Original Barbecue Shapes!

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Feb 19, 2017

Tom Hanks on the run is the order of the day in today’s episode, as we discuss Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition” (2002). We discuss the beautiful cinematography and the wonderful cast, as well as the perhaps too “Hollywood” feel of the film and the clunky narration. Stay tuned til the end for a brand new “Happy Slappy” Podfather Quiz! The Podfather’s First Birthday Facebook LIVE Episode Next Week - Monday Feb 27!

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Feb 12, 2017

This week we visit Stephen Frear’s 1984 film, ‘The Hit’, starring a young Tim Roth and the late John Hurt. We look at the film’s slow pace, unpredictable drifting narrative and the relatively understated performances of the lead actors. We also briefly talk footy and look at the new range of Arnott’s Tim Tams!

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Jan 15, 2017

And we’re back! After taking a December break, Alex and Jordan return with the mother of all match ups - Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’ (1995). We discuss each actor’s performance and the dynamic between the two, as well as the skill behind the camera and the film’s place within the plethora of mid-nineties gangster films.

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Nov 27, 2016

Is Brian De Palma's second Pacino collaboration better than his first? Today we look at 1993's "Carlito's Way", its interesting take on the familiar gangster narrative and whether or not it pulls off. We also briefly talk about Pacino's facial hair if that's your thing.

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Nov 20, 2016

We’re analysing 'Analyze This’ (1999) in today’s ep - the Bob De Niro and Billy Crystal starring gangster comedy film from director Harold Ramis. We look at whether it holds its own as both a comedy film and a gangster flick, the performances from its two leads, as well as the nods to gangster films from the past. Also don’t forget to buy some Podfather t-shirts!!

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Nov 13, 2016

We didn’t have time to record an episode this week, so here’s our first pre-recorded bonus episode! Rather than discuss a gangster film, we recommend each other a few of our own “must-see” films. We also discuss the trend of putting out Christmas stock far too early in the year, and look into the ingrained sexism in the hairdressing industry.

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Nov 6, 2016

Heading back to the UK, this time in the early fifties, today’s episode is on “The Lavender Hill Mob” (1951). We discuss how delightfully British it is, the superb Oscar-winning screenplay and Alec Guinness’ immensely enjoyable performance that is a very far cry from Obi-Wan Kenobi. This week also sees the return of the Happy Slappy Podfather Quiz!

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Oct 30, 2016

Is Guy Ritchie really the British Tarantino? That’s one of many questions we ask ourselves in today’s episode as we discuss his second film, “Snatch” (2000). We discuss whether or not it holds up to his debut, his less-than-memorable character and narrative choices, and the indisputable highlight of the film, Mr. William Bradley Pitt.

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Oct 23, 2016

This week’s episode is about Mario Van Peebles’ “New Jack City” (1991). We look at the context of the film’s release, Van Peebles’ choices behind the camera, and cast who try their utmost to keep the film afloat as it threatens to crumble under its own weight. We also discuss Arnott’s Shortbread Creams.

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Oct 16, 2016

 In today’s episode we finish our Tarantino trilogy with “Jackie Brown” (1997). We discuss his choice to break his mould and adapt someone else’s text, his continuing excellence when it comes to casting, and how the film belongs more to Pam Grier and Robert Forster than anyone else. Keep an ear out too for some interesting developments in our love for Australian biscuits.

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