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47 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Last Action Hero
Arnold Schwarzenegger was meta before meta was cool. Back when meta created a super expensive box office bomb, that caused director John McTiernan to take a break from film for a while. That's right...the Mikes are talking about 1993's criminally underrated action/comedy, Last Action Hero! It doesn't get more Summer than that!Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the concepts, plot, dialogue and comedy in this film and how the self depreciation, meta, love letter of it all would win over and delight nearly every sort of fan today, but how, in the early 90's fans weren't prepared for it. At least not at the level at which this film throws it at you.The Mikes also discuss Charles Dance's villainous Benedict, some of the plot points or moments that didn't work. They'll point out some fantastic cameos or movie references, look at how you might be able to do a film like this today, and of course...Butler will quote Arnold lines in a very bad Arnold impression.So grab your hot dog and hamburger from the grill, please notice the kids running around with super soakers to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer. Enter Code POD15 and get your BRÜUSH 15% discount today: https://bit.ly/3xe5g7S
15 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Spotlight - Wedding Scenes
In this Spotlight compendium to their The Baxter episode, the Mikes are talking about "stand-out" wedding scenes in movies....and one TV show....and they go on a pretty big Godfather Michael Corleone tangent.Mike Field and Mike Butler talk The Graduate, Wayne's World 2, The Godfather and more in this episode where as Butler points out, you never want to take your wedding lessons from films, because things always go horribly wrong at weddings.So grab your concessions, find your seat and get read for Forgotten Cinema: Spotlight!
43 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Have you been left at the alter? Went to ask a girl out to the prom only to have another guy step in first? Try to propose to your significant other only to have their ex sky write their name in the sky? Well then, you might be a Baxter. Much like Michael Showalter in this week's episode; 2005's The Baxter!This film has the Mikes divided. While they both seem to like and dislike the same things about the film, Mike Field believes that the likes outweigh the dislikes. Mike Butler? Not so much.Listen as the Mikes discuss the comedy stylings of the film, which is half Howard Hawkes and half the absurdist style from members of comedy troupe, The State. Showalter writes, directs and stars in this film, but it seems like his co-stars get some of the funniest bits; especially Justin Theroux and Peter Dinklage. Michelle Williams also knocks it out of the park in the role of Cecil, absolutely harkening back to the romantic costars of celluloid past.So grab your mojito and watermelon, please notice the no jumping/no diving signs to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer. Enter Code POD15 and get your BRÜUSH 15% discount today: https://bit.ly/3xe5g7S
20 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Spotlight - Denzel Washington
In this Spotlight compendium to their Virtuosity episode, the Mikes are talking about Denzel Washington. Mainly, how he's so awesome.No seriously, Butler believes him to be one of the greatest actors of all times whose name will be up there with the likes of Laurence Olivier. So listen as Butler and Field talk about some of their favorite Denzel Washington films and breakdown what about him or his acting style, makes him the GOAT of acting.So grab your concessions, find your seat and get read for Forgotten Cinema: Spotlight!
47 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Russell Crowe is a computer program filled with the souls of serial killers, who hijacked a glass eating synthetic body just so he can play cops and robbers with Denzel Washington. It's Virtuosity on this episode of Forgotten Summer!!!Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss what works and what doesn't in this very 90's near future action-thriller. The Mikes mostly talk about how without Washington or Crowe, this film would never make it past the bargain bin. Washington bring the film gravitas and a seriousness it needs to ground it's audience and world; while Crowe hams it up and chews the scenery as the AI/Android, out to cause mischief and compete with Crowe. The rest of the film is littered with plot holes, senseless character moments, and other odd choices. But the soundtrack slaps.So grab your water shoes and goggles, please notice the jellyfish to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
19 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Spotlight - Road Thrillers
The Mikes are trying something new!Welcome to the first ever Forgotten Spotlight!In this series, Mike Field and Mike Butler will be taking a look at certain aspects of a film as they may relate to the episode of the week. From actors, filmmakers, genres, settings, time periods, and more. Think of it as one of their tangents, just slightly longer.In this episode the Mikes are talking about the "road thriller" genre. As their movie Breakdown is no doubt one of them, Butler and Field discuss that makes a film a road thriller; what films inspired or elevated the genre, and how even within this sub genre of film there are many sub sub genres within the road thriller itself. Listen in as they give examples such as Duel, Joy Ride, The Hitcher, Mad Max, Changing Lanes, and many more!So grab your concessions, find your seat and get read for Forgotten Cinema: Spotlight!
55 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Have you seen Kurt Russell's wife?! He's looking for her in the 1997 Jonathan Mostow thriller Breakdown, the newest film during Forgotten Summer!Mike Butler and Mike Field "Ehem" breakdown this film, discussing their FOURTH film starring JT Walsh! They must really like the guy.The Mikes also talk about the way the film is shot and written. They go over the fact that the film is a purely external conflict that presents a situation and a protagonist who acts in a way that the viewer probably wishes they would if forced into the same position.Of course, who better to play the "everyman" protagonist than Kurt Russell? The Mikes talk about how the underrated star is one of the few big name actors who can realistically play the everyman, however his casting may have been to the detriment of the film's success compared to some of the others who were potentially up for the lead role. Who, you might ask? Well, you'll just have to listen to find out!So grab your car keys and map, please notice the rest stops to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
57 minutes | May 26, 2021
Kull the Conqueror
What summer film could be so bad that Mike Field would want to quit the show? It's the 1997 fantasty adventure starring, Kull the Conqueror!Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss why Butler chose this film, and why it is the way it is. From the awful bits of slapstick humor and corny jokes to the mostly terrible effects, there is a lot to not like in this film. Field and Butler also talk about the history of the film; how it began as the third Conan film, but after Arnold passed on it the film changed it's protagonist to Kull, an early hero of Conan creator Robert E. Howard's stories. The Mikes also talk about how this type of film would never be made again today, even if it were better in every way.So grab your Hawaiian Shirt, please notice the eggshell necklaces to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
56 minutes | May 19, 2021
Road to Perdition
A period drama set in 1930's Chicago, in the the dead of winter... the perfect summer film. Right?! The Mikes are talking Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig.Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss what makes Road to Perdition work; mainly the superb group of actors participating in this film. From Newman's role as John Rooney, Law's disgusting Maguire, and even Stanley Tucci's small role as Frank Nitti. The Mikes talk about the way this film was shot, the fantastic crew behind the camera, but also talk about how on second viewing the film does have some flaws; from pacing, to tone, to even Hanks himself.The Mikes also go into why they classify this successful film as "forgotten" and how much more remembered it could be if it were released at a different time.So grab your plastic bucket and shovel, please notice the seagulls to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
51 minutes | May 12, 2021
It's time to put on your spurs and grab your saddles as Forgotten Summer moseys along with the 2003 Kevin Costner western Open Range, starring Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner.Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler go on and on about how good this film is. Seriously, go watch it...like now. They'll talk about some of the efforts that went into making the town in the film, as well as the flood and the amazing gun fight at the very end. The Mikes will also talk about how great the dialogue in this film and Butler will profess his love of the superb cinematography in this film. They'll also talk about how great all of the other actors in this film are.So grab your sunglasses and coconut cups, please notice the lifeguards to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
42 minutes | May 5, 2021
Is it getting hot out there, or is it just us?...oh, it is hot out there?...soooo its not us then....ok well then uhhhh....good.The Mikes are heating things up with a brand new season. A themed season! For the next 13 episodes, welcome to Forgotten Summer!Our first Summer dive is Croupier starring Clive Owen as a card dealing, book writing, sociopath who is trying to find the inspiration for his big hit novel. Sure this film was released in April and released wider in the Summer so it's kind of a cheat, but don't tell Mike Field that!Join Mike Butler and Mike Field as they discuss characters in film noir. How unlikeable can you make your protagonist until the film looses anything for an audience to latch on to? They'll also discuss how this film helped to launch Clive Owen's career. Mostly Butler will discuss why he does not believe that this film is as deserving of it's praise and Field strongly disagrees. So grab your sandals and sunscreen, please notice the swim up bar to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Summer.
47 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Time to end season 8 by getting a little...greedy. See what I did there? Wait, that doesn't make any sense....anyway, the Mikes are taking a look at the 1994 comedy Greedy, starring Michael J Fox and Kirk Douglas.Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss all of the talent in this film that makes up the "greedy" McTeague family, especially Phil Hartman who steals the spotlight in nearly every scene he is in. They'll also talk Douglas' Uncle Joe, and how his scheme to find the heir to his fortune really worked, and how Fox's character of Danny really seemed like a true version of someone who was trying to do the right thing, while still being tempted by extreme wealth. But mostly, it's just the Mikes saying their favorite lines from the film.So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
59 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
White Men Can't Jump
The Mikes are playing some street ball with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in southern Los Angeles in Ron Shelton's 1992 film White Men Can't Jump.Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler talk about how this film hinges on the chemistry between Snipes and Harrelson; their banter, friendship, and rivalry are what keeps the film moving and what keeps us coming back to this film. Their characters are so good that the Mikes lament the planned film and TV series that never was. Equally as good and certainly screen stealing is Rosie Perez in one of her earlier roles. Marisa Tomei could win for My Cousin Vinny but Perez couldn't even be nominated? Come on! Mike Field also discusses basketball, Butler talks about the look of the film and in honor of the film, "Yo Momma" jokes abound!So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
62 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Mike Butler and Mike Field are jumping back to 2001 to talk about a spy movie that take place in 1991, but also during the Vietnam War...and the 80's. A film that stars two men that Butler believes needed to play father and son in a film; Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. That's right! We're talking the Tony Scott directed, Spy Game on this episode of Forgotten Cinema!The Mikes talk about the films use of non-linear story telling and how, while it might be the only way to tell this particular story, it also slows the film down at many points. Butler and Field also discuss the style of Tony Scott. Does his particular directing style serve to bring out the themes or emotions of the story, or is it just for looks? And at what point is style over substance okay and at what point is it too much. They'll also talk Pitt's acting vs Redford's and go on about a billion different tangents before going over why they think this film was forgotten.So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
50 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The Mikes are building a tree house with Elijah Wood in 1970 rural Mississippi in 1994's The War this week's Forgotten Cinema.Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss this film which also stars Kevin Costner. Butler has an issue with the bookended narration by one of the younger characters because it doesn't match her "voice." Field disagrees. They also talk about the themes of the film, who the target audience is and both of their surprise that other than a young Elijah Wood, none of the other young actors continued in the business as many of them are fantastic actors.So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
55 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Its Forgotten Cinema's 100 Episode!!!!! And they will never stop never stopping! Get it?! It's from the title of the movie the Mikes are talking about this week; Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping from hilarious minds of The Lonely Island crew, starring Andy Samberg as superstar recording artist Connor4Real.Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about their 100th film on the podcast! Butler will discuss how he chose this film because of their initial viewing of it back in 2016 and how Field, reluctant to watch at first, ended up laughing throughout the film. Butler and Field will also go over why this film was set up to fail from a release date perspective and how a film like this just 5 years later would have faired much better on a streaming platform.Also Field tangles with Siri and get's what's coming to him.So take a listen and stay tuned for the next 100!!!So grab your party hats and streamers, please notice the cakes and punch to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema's 100th Episode!!!!
56 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
It's time to get a little spooky...off season, because its Field's daughter's birthday and she's making the Mikes watch Tim Burton's Frankenweenie!After Field is done berating Butler for crying over the many deaths and resurrections of a claymation dog, the Mikes discuss how Tim Burton and his team made the film; from the 2 minutes worth of film they shot a week (2 seconds a day) to the amount of detail in the characters and the thousands of props that had to be built. Butler and Field also go into the use of black and white in this film and how the film makers had to figure out how to correctly represent certain colors when shooting in black and white. Finally they'll argue about why this film is forgotten and who this film is for? Is it fun or funny enough to be a kid's film? Is it a kind of family-friendly scary or just glum and depressing? So grab your recently deceased creature, place them near a lighting rod, and be prepared for Forgotten Cinema!
63 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Shoot to Kill
The Mike's are talking Sidney Poitier's triumphant return to cinema...in 1988 for Shoot to Kill on this episode of Forgotten Cinema.Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about how this film, though not very old, seems to exist in a rights free limbo, that also means that it is nearly impossible to find anywhere...except YouTube. They also discuss the start of the film, from the opening credits that Field has issues with, to the exciting first encounter between Poitier's Detective Stanton and the villainous "Steve." Then Butler talks about his issues with the very last shot of the film and how they chose to end it. In the end both Mikes find this a great 80's team-up crime thriller, bolstered by great performances by its lead actors; especially Poitier, to the point where they know its a forgotten film, but they know not why.So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
59 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Mikes are trying to figure out who the mole in the "Circus" is along with George Smiley in the 2011 spy-drama Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Strong amongst a ton of other well known British actors.Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss how the film is very much a modern take on a spy film audiences would experience in the mid 70s/early 80s; from the slow pacing, purposeful dialogue, to the grey unsaturated grit, this film not only takes place during the Cold War in the 70's, but feels like cinematically as well.The Mikes also talk characters, from Oldman's fantastic turn as Smiley, Strong's broken ex-spy Jim Prideaux, to Hardy's Ricki Tarr and his purpose in the story. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
52 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
The Mikes are talking hot Florida days, overly sexual femme fatales, and a dumb (but maybe smart?) journalist in way over his head in Palmetto, starring Woody Harrelson and Elisabeth Shue.Listen as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about this flawed 1998 noir. Butler has issues with many of the glaring mistakes done during the crime and the ineptitude of the characters to an almost Naked Gun degree whilst not being an actual spoof. Field discusses the ways in which the film highlights the staples of a noir film and adds its own uniqueness in it's hot, rainy Florida setting, but looses itself in story threads that just don't make sense or are too blaringly obvious for characters to ignore.Field and Butler also try to get to the bottom of their own mystery...Who chose Palmetto for the cast and why?So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
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