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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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Sep 10, 2016

After broadcasting live to Facebook, this week's recording is all about Pulp Fiction! Joined by special guest Daniel Lammin, we discuss Tarantino's growing skill as a writer, the copious moments of sheer fun in the film, and the bits that maybe stop it from being a true masterpiece.

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Sep 4, 2016

The first week of three Tarantino street-level crime films, in today’s episode we’re talking "Reservoir Dogs” (1992). We discuss his incredibly confident screenplay, the perfect casting choices and the soundtrack to die for, as well as our respect for the “Tim Roth story-telling sequence”. Keep you ears out for a brief musical interlude and another Happy Slappy Podfather Quiz!

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Aug 27, 2016

Whipped cream, underage gangsters and conspicuously low singing voices dominate our conversation today as we discuss “Bugsy Malone” (1976). We aim to figure out just why the film is so much damn fun, which past Hollywood stars Bugsy reminded us of, and where it falls within the ranks of The Podfather’s viewing gallery so far!

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Aug 21, 2016

In today's episode we take a look at Abel Ferrara's 1990 film "King of New York". We examine Christopher Walken's lead performance, the interesting lighting choices and bizarre pacing as we decide if it is, in fact, a gangster film one MUST see before they die.

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Aug 7, 2016

We finally get around to finishing Coppola's "Godfather Trilogy" with Part III, and discuss whether or not it lives up to the legacy left by the first two. We also talk the return of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone, that iconic theme music and give a brief shout-out to Andy Garcia's luscious chest hair.

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Aug 4, 2016

We return after a month off with an episode all about Raoul Walsh’s “The Roaring Twenties” (1939). We discuss James Cagney’s dog-like qualities, the awesome special effects of the late 30’s, and try to figure why World War One doesn’t get as much cinematic representation as WW2. Oh, and as usual we discuss our deep love of biscuits. We’re back baby!

 

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Jul 3, 2016

Doing things a bit differently this week, we’re not talking about one film, but all about Scorsese himself! We chat about his work in general, as well as our trip to the SCORSESE exhibition currently on at ACMI. Featuring an interview with curator Fiona Trigg and some insights from our listeners and friends, we delve head first into what we love about one of the greatest directors of cinema of all time.

 

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Jun 26, 2016

Joined once again by the loveable Will Duncan, in this episode we take a look at Scorsese’s 2006 film 'The Departed'. We discuss the dichotomy between Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio’s characters, how badass Jack Nicholson is, and whether or not we think Mark Wahlberg deserved his Oscar nomination. Our ‘Happy Slappy Podfather Quiz’ is also back this week, so stay tuned for that at the end of the episode!

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