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Gangster movie club with Alex and Jordan!
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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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