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57 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
Episode 55: Halloween Double Feature! Featuring Nightmare on Elm Street 1 and 2
What do you get when you have a film director who is desperate to make "Serious movies" but they are pigeonholed as a genre film maker. Well. You get Wes Craven redefining the genre and building New Line Cinema as a result. Craig and Mike delve into the first two Nightmare on Elm Street movies. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Extra special and creepy organ music provided by Steve Oxen. You can check out their music at https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
49 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
Episode 54: Lightyear (2022)
There are so many layers of inception with lightyear it hurts me trying to figure it out. Lightyear is the movie, that the Buzz Lightyear action figure is based on in Toy Story which sold a lot of real world action figures which will now have NEW action figures to buy based on the 'real' buzz...ARE YOU FOLLOWING ALONG? Mike and Craig ponder the big questions in their dive on Lightyear. Enjoy.
70 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Episode 53: Last Action Hero (1993)
What do you get when you take the biggest star in the world who is hot of one of the biggest movies of all time and re-pair them with one of the best action directors of all time and put them both to work on a meta, self aware movie? Well in a different time you'd get something like Deadpool, but in 1993 you got THE LAST ACTION HERO. Craig and Mike deep dive this odd film from 1993. So buckle up, light the fires and hold on. It's time to take out the trash.
62 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
Episode 52: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Question? What starts as a spoof but ends as a heartfelt love letter. It's Galaxy Quest! Okay, so this movie is straight up FANTASTIC. Sometimes Craig and Mike just want to watch something they love. Because if you aren't watching movies because you love them, why are you watching movies at all? We can't be friends. Get on our level...ENJOY THE EPISODE!
45 minutes | May 8, 2022
Episode 51: Office Space (1999)
So it's the 90's. There's a saxophone playing President in the Whitehouse and currently no one is actively engaging in war. So what do you make movies about? Dinosaurs and remakes of old TV shows apparently. Or you could make a movie that was well a head of it's time and it is still being Meme'd today. I mean, if you are Mike Judge that's what you'd do. In this episode Craig and Mike dive deep on this cult classic and ponder how good does it feels to be a gangster?
45 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Episode 50.5: Oscars 2022 MiniPod!
It's that time of year love it or hate it, OSCAR SEASON! Yes folks. Craig has watched all 10 Best Picture nominees and he did it for you! Yes you, on the left. Did you watch all 10? We're pretty sure everyone voting hasn't.
60 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Episode 50: Gladiator (2000)
So it's early in the year 2000. Ridley Scott doesn't know it yet but he is about to do for 'sand and sandal' flicks what he did for Sci-Fi nearly 2 decades earlier with Bladerunner. In the process you also manage to churn out the Best Picture and Best Actor Oscars for the year 2000. Does it stand up? Did it deserve its wins? Is Russell Crowe Kiwi or Aussie? Well Craig and Mike are about unleash all sorts of hell trying to answer the big questions.
63 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
Episode 49: Love Birds (2011)
So it's taken a hot minute but we've finally done a NZ film for the podcast. It was originally meant to be for Valentines day however two years in Craig decided it was a good time to get CoVID and that push back the dates a little. Regardless, here we are. Please sit back and enjoy.
66 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
Episode 48: Demolition Man (1993)
So, you really liked the classic sci-fi, dystopian novel "A Brave New World" but the studio says, you can't make an arthouse movie unless you have a car chase and some rippling biceps. What's a resourceful screen writer to do? Well, you make The Demolition Man as a compromise and we're all the richer for it. Please, sit back, grab your three seashells and turn up your commercial jingles, it's time for Craig and Mike to get "joy joy feelings" about this modern classic. Be Well!
44 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
Episode 47.5: Best of 2021 MiniPod!
Well Craig and Mike have lived through another year of the Pandemic and well, they watched some stuff. In this MiniPod Craig and Mike discuss films and shows they have seen new to them in 2021.
66 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
Episode 47: Jingle All The Way (1996)
It's 1996, Tickle Me Elmos are basically their own trading commodity and you last couple of movies have been so big, they could petition the UN to be recognized as independent countries, what do you do? You star in a tailor made holiday themed action comedy romp and cold clock a reindeer of course! Mike and Craig decide to delve into the Christmas themed Jingle All the Way! PS We are bit late because Craig managed to get sick and basically couldn't talk for 2 weeks. Just in case you were wondering.
59 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
Episiode 46: Downsizing (2017)
Have you ever felt small? Do you ever feel like you don't know your place in the world? Have you ever felt pushed around by powerful forces in the universe that you don't comprehend? You do? You have a LOT in common with this movie then.
71 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Episode 45: Halloween Double Feature! Featuring The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978!)
Hello all you ghouls and ghosts! Happy Halloween! We're doing something a little different for you this time. We are doing a double feature of the original and the remake. For no other reason than it meant we didn't have to think of another film for the double feature. Two films, one made at the height of the Red fear the other at the height of what ever there was a fear of in the late 70's. Side burn trimmers maybe? In any regard. Please enjoy and remember, they get you when your sleeping.
74 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Episode 44: The Greatest Showman (2017)
Insanely talented cast: Check Insanely catchy songs: Check Insanely competent film making: Check Wildly troubling true life figure with a white saviour motif, vivid ableist overtones and stunning disregard for historical accuracy: CHECK, CHECK CHECK AND CHECK! Craig and Mike dive deep on a genre of film they are both very unqualified to have an opinion about, the Musical: The Greatest Showman.
34 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Episode 43.5: The Never Ending Story (1984) Minipod!
Craig and Mike have been busy watching movies and surviving in various COVID pandemic lock downs and their ability to actually record a pod cast has been limited. What could be more important than recording a podcast for you you all? Nothing right? So they quickly recorded this podcast about this children's movie classic. Where they straight up merc a horse. Why they kill that horse you might ask yourself? Well...because its the 80's and you need to toughen up kids any way you can I guess.
78 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Episode 43: Trainspotting 2 (2017)
So, it's 2017 you're Danny Boyle and you're super successful and you want to film that made you an internationally renewed film maker. A sequel/follow up to one of the most influential movies of the 90s! You've got all the original cast all of whom who have gone on to their own success and the writer. Heck, even the original book author as written a follow-up. So what do you do? You make Trainspotting 2! Craig and Mike dive deep and they don't use the most disgusting toilet in Scotland to do it. NB: It would appear that Craig didn't use his podcast friendly Blue Yeti mic to record this episode. What did he use? His Logitech cameras built-in microphone. Why'd he do this? We don't know, he's dumb in the morning. So we've beaten him with it in a bit in punishment and advised him to double check his settings before he records in the future. So we're really sorry about how it sounds.
91 minutes | May 30, 2021
Episode 42: Robocop (1987)
Do you like action movies? Do you like films with ultra violence? Do you also like movies with razor sharp commentary about the Regan era America that is seemingly as relevant (if not even more so) today than it was over 30 years ago? You Do? Well, I'd by that for a dollar. Craig and Mike go full RoboPod in this host requested special episode. Special because it's long. Mike is sorry, Craig is not sorry.
64 minutes | May 16, 2021
Episode 41: Witness (1985)
So, it's the 80's. You're Harrison Ford and you are just about the biggest movie star on the planet thanks to the hugely successful Star Wars and Indiana Jones film franchises. Not to mention a little known cult film called Blade Runner. And you're thinking to yourself "I need to break out of this sci-fi fantasy action hero star mold made of money I have found myself in. What to do, what to do"? You star as a big city cop who has to go under cover with the Amish directed by an import Australian upstart director naturally.
66 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Episode 40: The Crow (1994)
It's possible that no other movie more perfectly encapsulates the 90's than this movie. Nor were there many 90's movies more influential that this. Its tragic story of death and revenge mirrored off screen by the tragic on set death of it's star Brandon Lee. Does this movie hold up to scrutiny when you strip that tragedy back? Are all black outfits wrapped in electrical tape making a comeback? Will guys hoping to look cool stop dressing up as Eric Draven for Halloween? Do Mike and Craig think this is greatness? Find out, right here.
75 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Episode 39: How Green Was My Valley (1941)
So, it's 1941. War has kicked off in Europe. It's Friday night and you're going to the movies. You could go to Citizen Kane by that upstart Orson Wells. Or you could go to the John Ford movie. What to see, WHAT to see. Craig and Mike delve into this Oscar winning classic from 1941. It was a different time with different values. Enjoy!
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