Ramis and Murray complete their magnum opus...and them promptly fall out for the rest of their lives. We consider what makes Groundhog Day so special, for better and worse.
Two big players in the 1998 Oscars, Titanic and As Good as it Gets got the Academy excited with the story of an obsessive-compulsive and a boat which probably could have done with a few more obsessive-compulsives at least looking out for icebergs.
James Cameron's Titanic was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11. As Good as it Gets had half the nominations (still pretty darned impressive) and notably won two for best actor and actress (for The Joker and Helen Hunt respectively).
Anyway, we have a look at how they may have held up. Does Cameron's love letter to a ship still justify its 3 hour running time and 3D conversion? And why did James L. Brooks suddenly go quiet on the feature film run?
We finally bid farewell to the year that saw POTUS lie around 5.5 times a day and so we conclude our picks of 2017.
In this park of the year that was, we touch on the following:
We all thought 2016 couldn't end soon enough. Too many Brexts and Trumps and the like. Too many dead pop stars! 2017 didn't necessarily turn fortunes around, but at least there were some decent films in the cinema so we could all hide in a darkened room waiting for the inevitable nuclear winter to come and end it all for us.
In our first of two episodes looking back on the year that was, we touch on the following movies:
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It's a Wonderful Life
Our final Evening Glass of 2017 includes a meandering chat through some of this year's TV, Mackenzie Crook's The Detectorists, Star Trek Discovery and new X-Files.
We also devour the Dudley Moore one-liner extravaganza Arthur (1981).
Fletch also launches our new hashtag #oscarssostraight.
In the next episode, we'll be looking at our top movie picks of 2017, so please do get in touch with your own. You can get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and please do leave us a review on iTunes. We're also available to follow on Spotify now, if that's your bag.
Just ahead of Christmas, we march through a few cinema releases towards the end of 2017.
Luke enjoys the dry Kiwi humour and pulpy action/adventure of Thor: Ragnarok, thanks to director Taika Waititi, Jeff Goldblum and a cracking retro soundtrack. We also look at Film Star's Don't Die in Liverpool, a touching love story based on the true events leading up to the final days of Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame.
Elsewhere, we revel in the derivative glory of Blumhouse Productions' latest horror flick Happy Death Day and Luke notes how they probably do still 'make them like they used to' as he guesses who dunnit in Kenneth Branagh' Murder on the Orient Express.
You can feel the wind is risin' baby, now the truth is here... Luke and Fletch celebrate 31 years of John Carpenter's classic action/Asian movie pastiche Big Trouble in Little China. We enjoy all the thrills, spills and razor sharp editing on the latest Evening Glass podcast.
Luke also returns from the cinema having watched one of the best films of the year, 'The Florida Project', directed by Sean Baker (the guy who made a whole movie on an iPhone. Drawing a stark contrast between capitalist commercialism and rock bottom poverty in the sunshine state.
We also cover Breathe, Andy Serkis's directoral debut, a touching portrail of family life against the background of a terminal condition.
Met with tremendous critical acclaim and a sluggish box office return, Blade Runner 2019 has been one of the marginally more hyped titles of the year. Luke loved it and Fletcher...wasn't quite as affected.
We grab a glass and chat about whether either of us has managed to see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion recently.
We also discuss It and Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Many thanks to the following snippet of music we've given a nod to in this week's podcast.
We're back in Black - with a Shane Black marathon. We indulge in 80s nostalgia as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover remind us why all the best cops are buddies, and why all the best movies have indulgent establishing shots of a desert.
Luke and Fletch also do some digging to unearth the oft-forgotten gem The Monster Squad just in time for Halloween. A film for anyone who likes monsters, and 80s kids saving the world from a tree house.
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Many thanks to some of the following snatches of music we’ve given a nod to in this week’s podcast.
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 Godzilla (1998):
Come with Me - Puff Daddy featuring Jimmy Page