Saturday, 24 December, 2016
Greetings, listeners! A smorgasbord of seasonal spooktacular scintillations awaits you as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie tackle two distinctly different but nonetheless thematically linked festive horror treats. First up is KRAMPUS, Michael Dougherty’s 2015 tale of warring families and malevolent demons, followed by THE CHILDREN, Tom Shankland’s 2008 survival horror about the New Year party from hell. As is our custom, we also exchange gifts in our attempts to plug any noticeable gaps in each other’s 2016 viewing.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider submitting your own “Top 10 of 2016” lists for inclusion in our annual round-up, to be recorded early in the new year. The deadline is Saturday 14th January. Full details can be found in this post. See also our own still-growing eligibility list of titles.
And, if you fancy giving us a Christmas gift, why not leave us a review on our NEW iTunes feed? For every one we receive, we’re giving away a random DVD or BD from our collections.
The music in this episode is from ARTHUR CHRISTMAS by Harry Gregson-Williams, KRAMPUS by Douglas Pipes and THE CHILDREN by Stephen Hilton. Special thanks to Cevin Moore for the custom intro and outro themes.
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Monday, 4 January, 2016
Happy New Year, listeners! Using the wonders of time travel, granted via the magic of editing and our characteristic sporadic podcast release schedule, we bring you back to Christmas of the very recent past with our nearly annual Movie Matters Christmas show.
As is our seasonal custom, we begin by exchanging what were early Christmas gifts, before proceeding to featured discussions of those films. We also catch up on any festive viewing we have enjoyed and what 2015 release cramming we have squeezed in ahead of our upcoming ‘Films of the Year’ special. Finally, we conduct the first batch of the Movie Matters listener random BD/DVD lucky dip draw. To enter, simply leave us a review on our NEW iTunes Feed.
If you would like to contribute a list for our next show — our annual Films of the Year special — please send a short MP3 (5 mins max) or a text list, counting down your Top 10 Films, as well as a name-checking for your biggest disappointment, most pleasant surprise and worst movie of the year, to our email address: email@example.com — deadline Saturday 9th January.
The music in this episode is sampled from NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (Lindsey Buckingham), A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Federale; White Lies), STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (John Williams), THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (Cat’s Eyes), the KRAMPUS rendition of Auld Lang Syne (Douglas Pipes), and Disney’s rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.
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Tuesday, 23 December, 2014
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so put on your Santa hats, draw a seat up to the fire and roast some chestnuts as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie exchange gifts and put them under the microscope. The theme this year is documentaries, and the two films being discussed are as different as they are enthralling. First up is Werner Herzog’s celebrated GRIZZLY MAN, about the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. Up next is EUROCRIME! - THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE ‘70S, Mike Malloy’s ambitious and exhaustively detailed ode to the Italian poliziesco movement.
This episode also includes a catch-up on films we’ve watched recently and those that we’re looking forward to catching in the run-up to our upcoming end of year review episode.
The music in this episode is sampled from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, GRIZZLY MAN, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, EUROCRIME! and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL.
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Monday, 24 December, 2012
In the third annual Movie Matters Christmas special, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie exchange and review seasonal gifts: Ron Howard’s FROST/NIXON and Michele Placido’s ANGELS OF EVIL, two well-received recent films based around real life historical figures. In addition, Lee and Michael select and announce a winner for the BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW Blu-ray competition.
The music sampled in this episode is from THE POLAR EXPRESS by Alan Silvestri, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT by Morgan Ames and Doug Thiele, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE by Nathan Furst, FROST/NIXON by Hans Zimmer, and ANGELS OF EVIL by Negramaro.
Saturday, 24 December, 2011
The Movie Matters podcast returns for its final episode of 2011. In this special Christmas instalment, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie exchange gifts, casting an eye on French actor turned filmmaker Guillaume Canet’s adaptation of American crime author Harlan Coben’s TELL NO ONE (NE LE DIS À PERSONNE) and Martin McDonagh’s celebrated black comedy IN BRUGES, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases of note are also covered, and another Blu-ray Disc enters the Movie Matters Hall of Fame.
The music sampled in this episode is from IL DULCI JUBILO, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, TELL NO-ONE, SCROOGED, HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Friday, 24 December, 2010
The Movie Matters podcast returns for its final episode of 2010. Co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie exchange Christmas presents, tackling Frank Darabont’s THE MIST and Roman Polanski’s THE GHOST (a.k.a. THE GHOST WRITER). We also discuss upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of interest, induct another title into the Blu-ray Hall of Fame, and discuss the films we tend to watch over the festive period.
The music sampled in this episode is from HOME ALONE (John Williams), THE GOONIES (Dave Grusin) and TOY STORY (Randy Newman), with clips from THE MIST and THE GHOST. Special thanks to David Mackenzie for audio support.