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Jun 19, 2016

"Can he risk it?" "Yes he can!" In this episode, joined by guest Will Duncan, we discuss “Bob le Flambeur” (1956). Is it more of a gangster film or a heist film? How does this French film compare stylistically to those we’ve watched from Asia, Britain and the U.S.A.? And is ‘Bob’ even a French name? (Yes, apparently.) All that and more in this week’s episode of ‘The Podfather’.

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Jun 12, 2016

This week, joined by guest Edan Goodall, we dissect Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage” (Japan, 2010). The three of us look at the structure of the Japanese Yakuza, the bloody violence that escalates throughout the film, and the black comedy that permeates the rather grim and convoluted tale of loyalty and betrayal. Keep an ear out too for some more insightful critique from our friend Dr. Mikel Koven.

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Jun 5, 2016

This week we travel to Hong Kong with director John Woo and his 1992 film "Hard Boiled” - the most action-packed film we’ve watched so far. We talk well choreographed violence, running with babies, and mournful clarinet playing. How do you like your eggs?

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May 22, 2016

In today’s episode we head back to 1971 with Mike Hodges' ‘Get Carter’ - one of the most iconic British crime films of all time. We discuss how beautifully shot sex scenes can be, the infallible coolness of Michael Caine, and whether or not a film this overtly sexist should be this well regarded.

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May 15, 2016

This week we struggle and grunt our way through our discussion of Guy Ritchie’s ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998). We talk about how delightfully British the film is, the influence a certain Tarantino had on the film, and how the world of these English geezers is a breath of fresh air after 10 week of Americana. Oh, and we talk about the abundance of cockney slang in the screenplay, if you can Adam and Eve it!

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May 8, 2016

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This week, with our second guest, Mr. George Vasiliadis, we look at one of the most quotable movies of all time, ‘Scarface’ (1983). We discuss the heightened violence and ethically dubious romances, as well as the iconic synth-driven soundtrack and of course Al Pacino as Tony Montana himself, the character that has become synonymous not only with Pacino's career, but with the very concept of the anti-hero. Emphasis on the anti.

 

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May 1, 2016

This week we discuss “Scarface: The Shame of a Nation” (1932). Tony Camonte might not be the cultural icon that is Tony Montana, but he was slinging his machine gun on the silver screen over 50 years before the Scarface you know and love. We dissect this Pre-Code Hollywood classic, and examine the many ways it still holds up as a ground-breaking piece of cinema today.

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Apr 24, 2016

We conclude our three weeks of Scorsese cinema-speak with our discussion of 'Casino' (1995). How does it compare to ‘Mean Streets’ and 'Goodfellas’? Just how big was the costume budget? And what does Joe Pesci have against performing cunnilingus? Have a listen and find out!

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Apr 17, 2016

The second in our three week look at Scorsese, this episode revolves around ‘Goodfellas’ (1990). We discuss the talented cast and crew, dinner at the Scorsese's, and we drop some major bombshells regarding our fallen idol Mr. Schneider.

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Apr 10, 2016

We start our three week Scorsese trilogy with Mean Streets (1973), his third film and the first of eight collaborations with Robert De Niro (excluding their memorable on-screen collaboration in Shark Tale (2004), of course). We discuss the performances of the young cast, the emerging cinematic voice of Scorsese himself, and the excellent work from director of photography Kent Wakeford.

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You Must Remember This

Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs

Deppth Perception

Radiohead - Nude (Cover) by Jordan Broadway

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Mar 27, 2016

Joined by our first ever Podfather guest, Marie-Laure Deramond, we discuss John Singleton’s culturally significant “Boyz N the Hood” (1991). We talk Larry Fishburne pre-Matrix, Cuba Gooding Jr. pre-Snow Dogs and learn what our pal Stevey J Schneider has been up to since writing "101 Gangster Movies to See Before You Die”.

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Mar 20, 2016

This week we take it back to 1946 with "The Big Sleep”. We talk Bogey and Bacall’s Hollywood romance, the world war taking place during shooting, and the plot so convoluted it makes The Usual Suspects look like child’s play.

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Mar 13, 2016

In this episode, Alex and Jordan dissect The Usual Suspects. What makes it a gangster film? What makes it one of the most beloved films of '95? Is High School Musical 2 as good as The Godfather Part II? Have a listen and find out!

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Mar 6, 2016

In this episode we follow straight on from the last, with a look at The Godfather Part 2 (1974). Is it as good as the first? Is it better? Is De Niro better in this or Rocky and Bullwinkle? Find out in this edition of ‘The Podfather’.

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Feb 28, 2016

For our first proper episode we dissect The Godfather (1972), and explore why it has had such a lasting cultural impact.

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