August 24, 2017
We take a trip back to more idyllic pre-9/11 world to celebrate some anniversaries. It's 20 years since Grosse Pointe Blank - a film so dry, witty and affecting that it aged better than the preceding decade it pays tribute to. Luke and Fletch also look back at Men in Black and lament the loss of the great movie soundtrack single. 'From and inspired by the motion picture' indeed.
Many thanks to some of the following snatches of music we've given a nod to in this week's podcast.
From Grosse Pointe Blank:
Rudie Can't Fail - The Clash
War Cry - Joe Strummer
Go! - Tones on Tail
From Godzilla (1998):
Come with Me - Puff Daddy featuring Jimmy Page
August 16, 2017
Never late to the party, Luke and Fletch catch up on Nolan's <em>Dunkirk</em> and attempt to asses what was happening where and when and how during the plot of the movie.
We also briefly catch up on Sofia Coppola's remake of the 1971 Southern drama <em>The Beguiled</em> and to hit two Colin Farrells with one stone, Luke also reminisces on 2016's <em>The Lobster</em>.
Finally, Kumail Nanjiani emerges from Silicon Valley to tackle Judd Apatow's stand up green room in <em>The Big Sick</em>.
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August 9, 2017
"Boy, if life were only like this!". Woody Allen takes one of his first cinematic stabs at idealising real life in one of the greatest romantic comedies to grace the silver screen. 1977's Annie Hall won Best Picture over Star Wars, and Luke and Fletch enjoy devouring as much of it as possible in 'The Electronic Labyrinth' podcast.
We also take a step back to Bananas from 1971, when you were more likely to see Allen get beaten up by prototype exercise equipment and chase a frozen meal around his apartment than lurch into a wistful monologue. But those were some fun times too - so we also enjoy a nod towards his earlier 'Marx Brothers' years. Best hurry up though. The revolution is in six months and we have a rented car.
August 1, 2017
We continue through Luke's DVD collection with two films that helped redefine comedy movies. Anarchic and subversive, the John Landis classic Animal House packs a huge sucker punch to the institutions of pre-Vietnam America. Fletcher spills his guts about why the film means so much to him.
Anchorman started as a film about a bank heist, but through the cutting room floor and magic of re-shoots, it helped to set the tone for the string of improvised comedies throughout the 2000s (and present - for better or worse).
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July 24, 2017
Edgar Wright's latest film sets a new bar for films with songs by The Damned in. Which is obviously saying something. Luke and Fletch use The Evening Glass podcast to have a substantial chat on how they feel about this testament to synchronised sound and picture.
Luke also ponders on whether Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry is as bad as aggrigated review scores would have you beleive.
There's also a dollop of Evil Dead and Vertigo thrown in for good measure.
Many thanks to the following music:
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Bellbottoms
Jim Steinman - Bad for Good
Mint Royale - Blue Song
The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
July 5, 2017
America comes of age across two seminal films from New Hollywood, made by two of the most uncompromising directors of any Hollywood. George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola bring us American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. Pictures that show us exactly how the 1960s went out - not with a bang, but with a whimper.
In this podcast, Luke and Fletcher begin discussing one of their favorite subjects; the not so humble beginnings of American Zoetrope/Lucasfilm in the early 1970s. Jump in your custom machine and take a trip back to The Hop. And then take a long trip up the river and remember - someday this war is gonna end.
June 18, 2017
Luke and Fletch: The Return. Back from house moves and too much tequila, we launch 'The Evening Glass', a new show where we catch up on the latest things we've seen this week before handing over the more studious duties of in-depth movie analysis to sister show 'Electronic Labyrinth'.
This week, we take a look at Alien: Covenant, review listener feedback, and catch up on the new Twin Peaks revival.
April 12, 2017
Luke's slow alphabetical journey through his DVDs continues with two Jean-Pierre Jeunet pictures - Amélie and Alien Resurrection. Certainly two sides of the cinematic coin.
Fletcher also emerges with Robert Pattinson from the Lost City of Z, via the cinema auditorium.
March 27, 2017
No A to Z this issue, so what's the plan? Well, we look at Beauty and the Beast, we explain proportional representation(?), we take care of Kong: Skull Island - I'm so sorry, John C. Reilly. We talk Girls and Get Out, then we go over to ten years of Hot Fuzz, hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over. How's that for a slice of fried podcast?