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May 20, 2018

In today’s episode, we have a rather lengthy conversation about the pros and cons of franchise filmmaking, and then finally launch into a rather rambling disagreement about whether or not “Bloody Mama” (1970) has any merit as a film. We discuss the lack of morals displayed by the characters, the Oedipal themes of the story and, of course, young Bobby De Niro’s incredible bone structure.

Skip to the movie: 29:07

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May 13, 2018

After discussing the 1979 “Going in Style” last week, today we look at Zach Braff’s 2017 remake. We look at the way the old actors are treated with dignity by the film (while still getting to do some very silly comedy), the differences between the two films, and what works about the modern take on a nearly 40 year old film.

Skip to the movie: 12:33 

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May 6, 2018

Once more departing from the strict gangster genre this week, we look at another heist/caper film, “Going in Style” (1979). Alex and Jordan delve into why the film works, what perhaps falls flat within the crime narrative, and draws parallels between this film and other, more crime dominated films we’ve watched for the show. Next week we’ll be looking at the 2017 remake. Also, be sure to keep your ears open for a new edition of the Podfather Quiz at the end of the episode!

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Apr 29, 2018

Today we go back to 1938, for an episode on the James Cagney starring "Angels with Dirty Faces". We discuss the way the film exists as more of a reflective movie than an outright entertaining one, but look at its merits as a gangster film to see "before you get whacked". Waddya hear waddya say!

The Simpsons - The Godfather Parodies

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Apr 24, 2018

Joined today by special guest Ben Grainger, Alex and Jordan discuss Ridley Scott’s 2007 American gangster film, “American Gangster”. We look at the way the film handles the gangster narrative in a different way to many New York based films, as well as Rusty Crowe’s iffy accent and Denzel Washington’s effortless charm.

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Apr 15, 2018

Penned at the same time as "Reservoir Dogs", but directed by Tony Scott instead of writer Quentin Tarantino, "True Romance" (1993) is a crime film that packed a punch when it was first released, and today we discuss whether or not it holds up today. We discuss the vignette-y nature of the film, the wonderful cast and the Tarantino writing schtick that would have been fresh in the early 90's but maybe hasn't aged so well in the last 25 years.

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Apr 8, 2018

"Bonnie and Clyde” (dir. Arthur Penn), the film that was responsible for rejuvenating the gangster genre in the late 60’s but delivered so much more than a standard Old Hollywood gangster flick, is the subject of today’s episode. Coming at it from two differing levels of enjoyment, Jordan and Alex discuss the context of the film’s release, as well as whether or not it is as engaging today as it was when it was first released.

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Apr 1, 2018

"The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan, 2008) - probably the most well regarded comic book movie of the noughties, and arguably the best Batman movie ever made, but could it also be one of the best gangster movies? In today’s episode, Alex and Jordan delve into what makes the film work as a crime drama, and whether it fits into the same group as films like “Heat” or “The Godfather". After all - it’s not what films are underneath, but what they do that defines them.

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Mar 25, 2018

Another Australian film this week, we’re talking Andrew Dominik’s 2000 film “Chopper”. We discuss Eric Bana’s excellent performance, Chopper’s legacy and notoriety in Australian culture, as well as the increasingly frequent question for this podcast of “is this actually a gangster movie?”. Stay tuned for some of Alex and Jordan’s shaving habits at the end. Cutting edge stuff.

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Mar 18, 2018

Today's movie comes from just down the street, the 2010 Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom". We discuss what it's like seeing this kind of story take place in our part of the world, showcasing characters we're familiar with in our own lives. We also talk the recent Academy Awards and biscuits for brekky.

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Feb 18, 2018

Is “The Sting” (1973) actually a gangster movie? Does it really matter? This week we talk about Best Picture Winner at the 1974 Oscars, Robert Redford’s only Oscar nominated performance, the catchy score, the superb costumes and sets and the incredible story that give this movie its.. sting. (Sorry.)

 

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Feb 11, 2018

In this episode we look at “Infernal Affairs” (2002), the Hong Kong film that Scorsese’s “The Departed” (2006) was based on. We compare the two and discuss the nuanced performances of the two leads, Andy Lau and Tony Leung. We also waffle a bit (a lot) about Star Wars, fan feedback and Tommy Wiseau.

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Uma Thurman New York Times
Tarantino's Response
Infernal Affairs
The Sting

 

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Feb 4, 2018

We’re back, baby! After an extended hiatus, Alex and Jordan return on different sides of the planet to keep talking about gangster flicks! Today’s episode is about Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987). How does it stack up to his other gangster films, “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”? Did Sean Connery deserve his Best Supporting Actor Oscar? And is this the film in which De Palma finally learns the art of subtlety? (Spoiler: Nope)

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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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