Friday, 30 December, 2016
With 2016 finally drawing to a close we would like to wish each and every one of our loyal listeners a very Happy New Year! Recorded earlier this year and saved for this celebratory occasion we invite you to enjoy the return of Movie Matters [Music]: our spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. To begin Volume 7, Lee Howard plays quizmaster and challenges co-hosts Michael Mackenzie and Dan Sardella to a “Guess the Giallo Grooves” game, how many can you answer correctly? The trio then curate a grab bag of tracks chosen by themselves as well as featuring a number of long overdue listener soundtrack requests (many thanks to Phil Walsh, Bryan McGrath, Wilson McLachlan and Tony Black).
As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, for those curious, please refer to our dedicated Movie Matters [Music] Discography list on LetterBoxd. This ongoing list will be updated with the full track and composer information should you wish to seek out and purchase the full scores.
Remember, we’d love for you to get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org – and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.
So settle in with a beverage and a comfy pair of headphones, count down the demise of 2016 with some fine film music and commentary with your friends at Movie Matters. We raise a glass with you, to 2017 and the films and film scores to come. Happy New Year!
Sunday, 30 October, 2016
It’s that special time of the year once again as the Movie Matters Podcast rises from the coffin for its seventh annual Halloween special. Lee Howard, Michael Mackenzie and guest host Daniel Sardella (of the Media Meltdown network’s Focus on Film podcast) cast their critical eyes over three fang-tastic vampire films: Roman Polanski’s 1967 horror-comedy THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (a.k.a. DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES), Kathryn Bigelow’s haunting 1987 vampire-western NEAR DARK, and Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s funnybone-tingling 2014 mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Three spooktacular horror DVDs and BDs are also up for grabs. Listen to the end for details of how to enter the competition!
The music in this episode is from THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS by Krzysztof Komeda, NEAR DARK by Tangerine Dream, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS by Norma Tanega. The intro and outro music was composed by Cevin Moore.
Special thanks to Cevin Moore, Alan @ Halloween Fury and Tristan Lofting for their opinions on our three featured movies. Happy Halloween, everybody! Be scared but be safe.
Sunday, 15 November, 2015
For this, the sixth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie welcome back to the hosting chair Demented Danman aka Focus on Film’s Daniel Sardella. On this occasion we give our autumnal ‘frightivities’ a twist of yellow as we hand-pick three gialli to dissect and discuss.
The movies under the analytical knife in this ‘Gialloween’ triple bill are: Paolo Cavara’s stylishly sadistic THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (1971), Massimo Dallamano’s undeniably sleazy but still deeply affecting ‘schoolgirls in peril’ mystery WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972), and finally an ‘American giallo’, the deliriously unhinged and highly controversial psychosexual thriller DRESSED TO KILL (1980), directed by Movie Matters favourite Brian De Palma.
In between the featured reviews, we also catch up on what other gialli and horror films we’ve seen in the month of October and any 2015 horror movie highlights seen recently.
We’d like to thank friend of the podcast and author Troy Howarth for again supplying us with insightful written contributions and all of the Movie Matters community who kindly shared their Halloween horror viewing experiences with us. Plus we’re delighted to belatedly share the ‘All Giallo’s Eve’ spirit by including some fantastic artwork designed by Movie Matters logo creator Rich Wells. We surely speak for many when we wish we could have bundled round to Rich’s house to join him in watching these gialli and sip J&B as we play an unmistakably Italian variant of Top Trumps!
The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN by John Carpenter, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? and THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA by Ennio Morricone, and DRESSED TO KILL by Pino Donaggio.
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Wednesday, 7 October, 2015
Love him or loathe him, Steven Spielberg is arguably the most influential filmmaker working today. Who else commands such clout in Tinseltown, and what other director’s very name serves as a guaranteed box office draw, even among non-cinephiles? We’re proud to finally turn our attention to this most esteemed of filmmakers, subjecting three of what are arguably his most unfairly overlooked films of the previous decade to the traditional Movie Matters treatment: MINORITY REPORT and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, both from 2002, and 2005’s MUNICH.
The music in this episode is sampled from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, MINORITY REPORT, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, MUNICH, JAWS and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, all composed by John Williams.
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Friday, 31 October, 2014
For the fifth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, podcast founders and regular hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cede control of the ghoulish proceedings to Demented Danman, a.k.a. Daniel Sardella. In keeping with tradition, the three partners-in-crime cast a leering eye over three ghastly horror treats: Robert Wise’s 1963 chiller THE HAUNTING, Sean Byrne’s 2009 EVIL DEAD-inspired horror-comedy THE LOVED ONES, and Richard Bates Jr.’s 2012 Cronenbergian body shocker EXCISION. In addition, they also discuss some of 2014’s horror-themed highlights, both in cinemas and on Blu-ray.
The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, THE LOVED ONES by Kasey Chambers, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER by John Ottman, EXCISION by Nina Nastasia, UNDER THE SKIN by Mica Levi, and HALLOWEEN II by The Chordettes.
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Sunday, 8 June, 2014
We bring you the latest instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast -- the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. If you’ve an avid appreciation of film scores or perhaps more simply a passing interest in the art of film music, hopefully this fourth volume of Movie Matters [Music], consisting of another eclectic mix of composers’ work, will offer something of interest for you.
Lee is thrilled to welcome friend of the Movie Matters podcast, and recurring guest host, the musical maestro himself, Mr. Daniel Sardella (Focus On Film, The Fitted Shirt) onto the show for his Movie Matters [Music] debut. We kick off proceedings by hearing more about Dan and his podcasting and musical endeavours. We then reveal more of our tastes in film scores by sharing and discussing a mixture of chosen tracks from a variety of composers.
As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, the curious can find full details via iTunes by clicking the “i” icon -- including information about additional music and audio clips featured in this episode. (Alternatively, send us an email and we can provide you with a full breakdown.)
Feedback from our listeners is always welcome and appreciated. So please feel free to get in touch -- email@example.com -- and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it. Many thanks in advance.
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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.
Thursday, 16 January, 2014
After an unavoidable hiatus, the Movie Matters podcast returns, better late than never, for its fourth annual Halloween special. Joining co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie once again is special guest Daniel Sardella. The trio look at an eclectic line-up of frightful festivities, starting with Michael Stephenson’s 2012 Halloween Documentary THE AMERICAN SCREAM before going on to explore Stuart Gordon’s 1986 cult classic FROM BEYOND and ending with Rob Zombie’s controversial 2012 tale of demonic possession, THE LORDS OF SALEM. Also discussed are Halloween traditions and viewing habits, as well as a rundown of recent horror-themed Blu-ray releases of note.
Featuring music from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (John Carpenter and Alan Howarth), FROM BEYOND (Richard Band), HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II (John Carpenter), and THE LORDS OF SALEM (John 5 and Griffin Boice).
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Wednesday, 1 January, 2014
First of all, a very Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you had a relaxing end to 2013 with plenty of festive film viewing and are getting geared up for another great year of movies.
2013 proved to be a bit of a frustrating year for Movie Matters in terms of our releasing schedule. Despite our frequent and absolutely sincere promises, unavoidable real-life events beyond our control intervened, resulting in us being less productive than we’d hoped to be. Despite this, we did manage to spearhead a couple of new initiatives, namely Lee’s Movie Matters [Mono] and [Music] solo offerings.
As we move into 2014, both Lee and myself are approaching the podcast with renewed vigour and endeavour to bring you as many shows as we are able. We appreciate and are inspired by our listeners’ appraisal of Movie Matters as ‘quality rather than quantity’, and thank you all for your patience and continued support. Our first major milestone will be to get out our much-belated Halloween 2013 episode, featuring frequent guest Daniel Sardella, into public hands as soon as possible. The second will be to record and release our “Top 10 of 2013” episode.
The Top 10 episodes are something of a Movie Matters tradition -- we’ve done one every year since we started, and they’ve always proved to be interesting (and occasionally controversial) affairs. As with our previous Top 10s, we’d love it if as many listeners (and even non-listeners!) as possible could submit their own Top 10 lists, either in text or MP3 form. (If submitting an MP3, please try to keep it below five minutes in length.) The criteria for which films qualify for inclusion are yours to decide, though let us know what they are. (Some examples: released theatrically in your home country in 2013; released theatrically in the film’s country of origin in 2013; released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2013.)
In addition to your Top 10 favourites list, we’d also be happy to hear what your biggest disappointment was or indeed what your worst film of the year was.
Please reply to this thread with your lists or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you and to getting our voices back out there in the webisphere once again!
Wednesday, 31 October, 2012
All Hallows’ Eve descends on the Movie Matters podcast as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie, accompanied by special guest Daniel Sardella, brave the terrors of three spine-tingling horror movies in the show’s third annual Halloween special: Ti West’s THE INNKEEPERS, the horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE, and Richard Donner’s classic THE OMEN.
This episode also features Movie Matters’ first ever competition, open to all listeners worldwide. Listen to the show for details on how to win a Blu-ray Disc of one of the films covered in a previous episode...
The music sampled in this episode is from THE THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Danny Elfman, THE INNKEEPERS by Jeff Grace, THE THEATRE BIZARRE by Pierre Marchand and THE OMEN by Jerry Goldsmith.
Wednesday, 23 November, 2011
In this episode of the Movie Matters podcast, regular co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie are joined by special guest Daniel Sardella to discuss the films of Brian De Palma. The three hosts cast an eye over three of the equally celebrated and derided filmmaker’s most infamous thrillers - SISTERS, BLOW OUT and BODY DOUBLE - and induct another Blu-ray transfer into the Movie Matters Hall of Fame.
The music sampled in this episode is all from THE UNTOUCHABLES by Ennio Morricone, FEMME FATALE by Ryuichi Sakamoto, SISTERS and OBSESSION by Bernard Herrmann, and RAISING CAIN, BLOW OUT and BODY DOUBLE by Pino Donaggio.