30. Erik The Viking

From the director of Life of Brian! Starring John Cleese! It's...

Erik The Viking!

Tim Robbins has had enough of rape, violence and Viking stuff and seeks to lead a bunch of British character actors to Valhalla without having to die in battle.

Author and former video shop owner Jon Spira joins me to discuss a film that seems to have been forgotten by many, despite the obvious potential.

There are also mentions for Jon's new book Videosyncratic, which is available on Amazon with a foreword from Suzie Dent off Countdown, one of Jon's former customers.

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29. Splash

It's the first birthday of Betamax! A year to the day since episode one was published, here we are.

This is Splash, a film about a man falling in love with a mermaid. Yep.

Joining me is Taylor Glenn, writer, comedian and regular on the hilarious Drunk Women Solving Crime podcast.

There is a fair bit of smut within, particularly where we discuss the dynamics of how they, y'know, do it...

Enjoy.

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28. Conan The Barbarian

Curator of bad films Ti Singh joins me to discuss an early Arnie classic, the dialogue-light, snake-heavy Conan The Barbarian. Ti also discusses his new book, Born To Be Bad, where he speaks to some of the most memorable villains in cinema, some of whom are regular Betamax antagonists. You can buy the book on Amazon here.

The episode was recorded in late July 2018, so there are a couple of dated references and don't include mentions of Ti winning the jackpot on BBC quiz show Pointless. This is the third Schwarzenegger film I've done so far (not the fourth), while I'm hoping to have two Stallone films up before the end of the year.

There are a few sound issues where I've had to re-record my end due to teething problems with new laptop. Apologies. Again...

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27. Flashdance

Another podcast, another film I'd never seen before. I imagine this one is more fondly remembered than The Garbage Pail Kids Movie...

I was joined by James King, film critic and author, to discuss a film that didn't just do well, it potentially launched MTV and ushered film soundtracks into a new era after Saturday Night Fever.

We talk about James's book throughout, it's called Fast Times And Excellent Adventures and is available in all the usual places - here are the links on Amazon and Little Brown.

Some of you may have noticed that the sound from my end was a little off. Believe me, the first listen sounded like a ransom phonecall.

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26. Death Wish 3

It's another Cannon classic! It's time for Death Wish 3 (not Death Wish III - apparently people didn't understand Roman numerals), as John Rain from SMERSH Pod returns to discuss the adventures of the elderly Steve DeathWish and the evil Lt. JudgeDredd.

Stick to the end as John discusses his upcoming live shows, links here:

London Podcast Festival with Al Murray

Norbert Smith with Harry Enfield

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door with Rowland Rivron 

 

 

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A special treat for the quarter-century, it's a movie often listed as the worst of all time. It's "The Garbage Pail Kids" and I'm joined by writer Ben Baker, whose books can be found here.

 

Again, some slight technical gremlins meant some extra editing towards the end. And yes, this film is utter crap and deserves all the disdain.

 

There is quite a lot of swearing in the podcast, including a couple of clips including the C word. I'd say I'm sorry, but...

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Not quite an 18-hour road trip, but you could listen to this 18 times...

I was joined by Emma Burnell, writer and host of the Zeitgeist Tapes podcast, to discuss friendship, sex, Meg Ryan's hair and whether the tagline of this film should have been "You'll Do".

Weirdly, we'd never met before this pod, so any nervous laughter after talk about fake orgasms was genuine.

 

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23. Dirty Dancing

I'm joined by journalist Tom Fordy to discuss one of the most popular films of the decade - Dirty Dancing. Often called a "chick flick", there are some heavy themes within, most of which are discussed at some length. Some of which are skirted over because if there's one thing the world doesn't need, it's two blokes talking about feminism and women's rights.

Apologies there are some very slight sound issues in parts, had some laptop issues.

You may also hear the "podcast ad jingle" - don't worry, I'm not making money off you. I should be paying you lovely people.

Coming next, When Harry Met Sally...

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It's another returning guest, as Looks Unfamiliar host Tim Worthington is back, and he's brought some Morons From Outer Space with him. Directed by Mike Hodges, who also brought us Get Carter, a very different movie.

Starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, there are lots of comparisons with other British TV comedians and the numerous sci-fi films that this film rips off and perhaps inspired.

During the pod, I reference a BFI piece about the movie, including a video interview with the director. Here's the link: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/why-i-love-morons-outer-space

Hopefully Tim will return to discuss some more movies - in the meantime, his podcast is essential listening and is one of a number of nostalgia goldmines on his website https://timworthington.org/looksunfamiliar/

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For episode 21, I'm joined by my friend Ian Callaghan to talk about one of the cult kids films of the 80s, Flight Of The Navigator.

We probably libel ourselves talking about Pee-Wee Herman, discuss the criminal activities of the child star and query why NASA force people to watch Jeopardy in their own homes.

Ian has two projects running on Instagram which are good fun to follow, the first is taking a photo a day of his various activities (https://www.instagram.com/supercally/) and the other where he takes some alternative looks at buildings and structures (https://www.instagram.com/_buildingsetc/).

We do make reference to a previous recording - this was done earlier in 2018 but the tech gremlins ballsed it up so this was recorded in his living room.

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