7. Lethal Weapon

It's Christmas! One of the more contentious festive films, it's Lethal Weapon. Petros Patsilivas of The Caged In podcast joins me to discuss one of the archetypal buddy cop movies.

Petros will also return in the spring for Lethal Weapon 2, while I'll be appearing on his Nicolas Cage pod to talk about Kick-Ass.

Ho ho ho!

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6. The Running Man

For episode six, I was joined by James Montague - author of fine football books, journalist for the New York Times and regular contributor to the BBC's World Football show.

It's another Schwarzenegger classic, a adaptation of the Stephen King short story "The Running Man".

For info, the opening music is "Paula's Theme" from the movie, from the dancing scene at the beginning of the show, choreographed by Paula Abdul. The closing song is "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Hollies, re-released in 1988.


5. Absolute Beginners

This week I've visited a movie that doesn't often see the light of day - Absolute Beginners. Featuring a cast as diverse as David Bowie, Patsy Kensit, Robbie Coltrane, Smiley Culture and Lionel Blair, the film explores 1950s Soho and the race riots of Notting Hill and White City.

Making a guest appearance is Tim Worthington, writer and podcaster behind the nostalgia goldmine at "Looks Unfamiliar". He can also be found on Twitter here https://twitter.com/outonbluesix

The number one song at the time of the UK release was the Comic Relief version of Living Doll, featuring Cliff Richard and The Young Ones. Good timing, as The Young Ones first aired on BBC TV 35 years ago this month.

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4. Beetlejuice

For this week's episode, I was joined by Louise Joy to talk about 1988's Beetlejuice. Recorded just before Hallowe'en, it's a spooky yet hilarious early Tim Burton flick.

You can find Louise's blog at http://www.formidablejoy.com/, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FormidableJoy and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Lady_Louise_ 




3. Jaws 3

In episode 3, I'm joined by Simon Pegg (not that one) to talk about Jaws 3 (aka Jaws 3-D). There is a winning idea for a spin-off, an exploration of the morality of the captivity of rare animals and we look at misogyny in the 1980s US water park industry. Amazingly there was no swearing in this episode. Anything for a "clean" rating on iTunes.


To end the show, we have the UK number one from the date this film was released, the Flying Pickets with a cover of Yazoo's Only You.


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2. Commando

Episode 2 of Betamax Video Club allows me to visit Val Verde with Terry Duffelen of Oddjob Pod, The Sound Of Football and Whom Pods Destroy as we rewatch Commando.

Due to some minor technical issues, there is no number 1 song at the end. It was When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going by Billy Ocean. Perhaps I'll add that one if I do the Jewel Of The Nile, the film it was actually released with...


1. Withnail & I

The first episode of Betamax Video Club focuses on Withnail & I.


I was joined by Rich Johnson from The Football Attic to discuss the cult classic.


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