Seasonal Specials Archive

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Movie Matters #44: Top 10 of 2016 - Part Two

Monday, 27 March, 2017

Movie Matters Podcast

In Part 2 of our annual Top 10 Films of the Year bonanza, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie continue the countdown and discussion of their favourite movies released in 2016. If you haven’t already, be sure to seek out and listen to Part 1 (covering our picks 10 to 5 plus a whole lot more) before diving into this second instalment.

The bulk of this episode is understandably dedicated to resuming our Top 10 countdown with an appreciation of picks 4, 3 and 2 in our individual lists before finally unveiling and discussing our personal picks for our favourite film of the year.

Also, interspersed throughout the episode is a showcase of the remaining community submissions from the Movie Matters listeners, including an MP3 from James Perkins of GameBurst, The Renaissance Men and The Digital Fix Film Podcast. We also tally up and disclose the results of our usual collated Movie Matters Listener Top 10 Fave Films of the Year and other related categories based on all submissions received. Once again, we thank again each and every one of you who participated in sending in your own list for this special two-parter.

We also take the opportunity to briefly name and shame our least liked UK 2016 releases (expect our customarily controversial picks). Plus we highlight our honourable mentions - the films that narrowly got pushed out of our Top 10s. Moreover, we give a quick mention for our favourite TV shows broadcast in the past twelve months and our most cherished home video releases of the year. To close, we offer a mini-preview of the upcoming 2017 UK releases we are most keen to see.

The music in this episode is sampled from a selection of films eligible for inclusion in our Top 10 lists. We’ll keep the identities of the tracks a mystery, but why not try and guess the films as these musical cues appear throughout the show?

We hope you enjoy listening to parts one and two of the Movie Matters Top 10 Films of 2016 special. Do let us know your thoughts on our lists and any other feedback you’d care to give us by sending an email to moviematterspodcast@gmail.com or leaving a comment on our website. Thank you.


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Movie Matters #43: Top 10 of 2016 - Part One

Sunday, 5 March, 2017

Movie Matters Podcast

The 2017 film awards season has now been and gone, and whether you enjoyed the glitz and glamour or despaired at the lack of representation of your personal favourite movies of the year, Movie Matters belatedly kicks off another year of film appreciation and discussion with Part One of a two-part special celebrating our take on the past year in cinema.

In Part one, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie count down numbers 10 to 5 of their Top 10 favourite films of 2016 lists. We also share two batches of listener lists, featuring MP3s from Lapsed Gamer Radio’s Cevin Moore and Dan Sardella of Focus on Film. This first instalment of our annual year in review epic closes with us highlighting some of our biggest disappointments and most pleasant surprises.

Stay tuned for Part Two, where we reveal our Top 4 through 1 films, more listener lists, a 2017 preview and more...

Note: During this episode Lee refers to a beloved childhood animated movie as “Animal Olympics”. Contrary to his admittedly hazy memory, this was NOT a Disney film but a 1980 Warner Bros. movie called ANIMALYMPICS.

The music in this episode is sampled from a selection of films eligible for inclusion in our Top 10 lists. We’ll keep the identities of the tracks a mystery, but why not try and guess the films as these musical cues appear throughout the show?

We would like to once again thank our loyal and esteemed listeners, many of whom answered our call and kindly submitted their own text and audio lists this year. Don’t worry if you don’t hear your list on Part One. Rest assured it will be included on the forthcoming Part Two.


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Movie Matters #42 - Christmas Special VI

Saturday, 24 December, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

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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Calling All Listeners! Request for Top 10 Lists

Sunday, 4 December, 2016

With December arrived, let us take this opportunity to wish all our listeners (both long time members of the Movie Matters Podcast film appreciation community and newcomers alike) a very Merry Christmas! We hope you are enjoying the festive season and we also extend a very Happy New Year to you all! Roll on 2017 and another bumper year of movies.

Preparations are now under-way here at MM HQ – as we cram in any final notable films before locking our lists – to record and release our customary epic “Top 10 Films of the Year” episode. You can check on our viewing progress by perusing our 2016 UK Cinema Releases Eligibility List. Please feel free to leave a comment on that list recommending any films you feel we must make it a priority to see before finalising our respective Top 10 lists.

Our bumper-length yearly review shows are a cherished Movie Matters tradition – we’ve done one every year since we started the podcast back in 2010, and they’ve always proved to be interesting affairs with plenty of passionate and respectful differences of opinion.

As with our previous Top 10 specials, we’d love it if as many of our 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: films released theatrically in your home country in 2016; released theatrically in the film’s country of origin in 2016; released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2016.)

In addition to your Top 10 favourites list, we’d also be very happy to hear what your biggest disappointment was, most pleasant surprise and indeed what your worst film of the year was. You can even namecheck your favourite TV show of 2016 too as well as your pick of the best DVD/Blu-ray release of the year.

NOTE: The DEADLINE for all listener list submissions is Saturday, 14th January, 2017.

Please leave a comment with your lists below or send them to moviematterspodcast@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and featuring your contributions on the finished podcast episode!

Movie Matters #41 - Halloween Special VII

Sunday, 30 October, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

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.


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Movie Matters #38 supplement - listeners’ collated Top 10

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

In this, the final “extra” accompanying our epic Top 10 of 2015 show, we present our collated Listener Top 10 and supplemental lists. These were determined by adding up everyone’s contributions, unweighted (i.e. it doesn’t matter where a particular title appeared on a list – a “1” counts for the same as a “10”).

Movie Matters #38 supplement - listener lists

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

We hope you enjoyed our Top 10 of 2015 special. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the response to our call for listeners’ top ten lists. Several of you wrote in, either with text lists or MP3s. Many of you also included detailed comments on your choices – which, in the interests of keeping the running time down to a brisk(ish!) 6 1/4 hours, we weren’t always able to read out in full.

The full lists are captured below for posterity, along with (where applicable) links to more detailed discussions of the listeners’ choices. As always, they are listed on a “first come, first served” basis.

Movie Matters #38 - Top 10 of 2015

Sunday, 21 February, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

The dust has now settled on another year in film, the Oscars are imminent and in our unashamedly delayed fashion we bring you our first Movie Matters recording of the New Year, dedicated to our subjective perspectives on the films of 2015. Between us, we’ve watched and rewatched a range of 2015 UK releases and made the difficult decisions necessary to whittle them down to our personal Top 10 movies of the year.

In addition to our Top 10s, we also try to squeeze in mentions of our most pleasant surprises, our biggest disappointments, our worst films of the year and name-check those films which narrowly missed out on our respective Top 10s that we deem worthy of an honourable mention. Plus, we highlight a number of hotly-anticipated 2016 films in our watchlists for the coming year.

We would like to once again thank our loyal and esteemed listeners, many of whom answered our call and kindly submitted their own text and audio lists this year. It is our pleasure to feature them all on this show and, as has become our custom, a collated listener’s list – adding all the votes together – will be published on the Movie Matters website and the Movie Matters LetterBoxd account in the coming days. Thank you all for being part of our continued, shared celebration and appreciation of cinema.

So here we are, twelve short months since the last time, and we ask you once again to get yourselves comfy, settle in for the long-haul and let us be your guides as we share our many delights, a few despairs and possibly even an isolated diatribe as we discuss, in-depth, the year in film that was 2015.

The music in this episode is sampled from a selection of films eligible for inclusion in our Top 10 lists. We’ll keep the identities of the tracks a mystery, but why not try and guess the films as these musical cues appear throughout the show?


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Movie Matters #37 - Christmas Special V

Monday, 4 January, 2016

Movie Matters Podcast

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: moviematterspodcast@gmail.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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Movie Matters #35 - Halloween Special VI

Sunday, 15 November, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

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.

Slipper Jack's All Giallos Eve

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!

Slipper Jack's All Giallos Eve

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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Movie Matters #29 supplement - listener lists

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Once again this year, our loyal and esteemed listeners answered our call and kindly submitted their own text and audio ‘Picks of 2014’ lists: it was our pleasure to feature them all on our recent “epic-size” review of the year special.

The featured lists are reproduced below for posterity, presented in the same order in which they were read out on the show -- i.e. on a “first come, first served” basis.

Movie Matters #29: Top 10 of 2014

Friday, 6 February, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

It’s that time again. A range of films have been watched and rewatched, tough decisions made and our selections finalised. So let’s kick-off the first Movie Matters recording of 2015 with our annual in-depth discussion of the past 12 months in film. Join co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie as we reveal our personal top ten films of 2014. We also discuss some of our most pleasant surprises, our biggest disappointments and our worst films of the year. Plus we highlight a number of films which narrowly missed out on our respective Top 10s that we deem worthy of an honourable mention.

Once again this year, our loyal and esteemed listeners answered our call and kindly submitted their own text and audio lists: it is our pleasure to feature them all on this “bumper-size” review of the year special. Like last year, a collated listeners’ list -- adding all the votes together -- will be published on the Movie Matters blog and the Movie Matters LetterBoxd account in the coming days. Thank you all for being part of our continued, shared celebration and appreciation of all matters film!

So get comfy, settle in and let us be your guides as we delight, despair and dissect the year in film that was 2014.

Calling All Listeners! Request for Top 10 Lists

Saturday, 27 December, 2014

Merry Christmas, listeners (both new and old). We trust you’re enjoying the festive season and wish you all a very Happy New Year! Roll on 2015 and another bumper-year of movies.

Preparations are now under-way here at Movie Matters HQ -- as we cram in any final notable films before locking our lists -- to record and release our customary epic “Top 10 Films of the Year” episode. The bumper-length yearly review shows 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 2014; released theatrically in the film’s country of origin in 2014; released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2014.)

In addition to your Top 10 favourites list, we’d also be happy to hear what your biggest disappointment was, most pleasant surprise and indeed what your worst film of the year was.

Please leave a comment with your lists, send them to moviematterspodcast@gmail.com or post them as a response to our Letterboxd list.

We look forward to hearing from you and featuring your contributions on the finished podcast!

Movie Matters #28 - Christmas Special IV

Tuesday, 23 December, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

‘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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Movie Matters #27 - Halloween Special V

Friday, 31 October, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

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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Movie Matters #24 supplement - listener lists

Monday, 10 February, 2014

If you’ve made it to the end of the Top 10 of 2013 podcast, you’ll have noticed that this year, in a break with tradition, we didn’t read out each individual list submitted by our listeners but rather collated them all into a single Top 10. We’re constantly experimenting with the format of the show, trying to determine the optimum way of presenting both our own thoughts and our listeners’ contributions, and we do of course welcome any and all feedback on our efforts. In the case of listener lists, we continue to be overwhelmed (in the best possible sense) by the sheer number of submissions we receive. Our Top 10 episodes already run considerably longer than the average podcast (we pride ourselves on being thorough), and in the interests of avoiding this episode reaching an unwieldy length, we decided to try something a little different this year.

That said, we didn’t want to deny our loyal listeners their moment in the spotlight. Therefore, we decided to post the submitted lists in their entirety on the web site. These are included below, in the order in which we received them, along with any additional comments that were submitted.

Movie Matters #24 - Top 10 of 2013

Sunday, 2 February, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

In the first Movie Matters recording of 2014 we deliver our annual ‘bumper-size’ retrospective on the past 12 months in film. Join co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie as we count down our personal top ten films of 2013. We also catch up on our Christmas movie viewing and trade notes on our customary exchange of BD-shaped gifts. In addition, we name and shame some of the biggest disappointments and worst films of the year as well as highlighting those movies which succeeded or failed for our loyal listeners. Finally, we round out this extended special episode by looking ahead to the coming months and cherry pick some of our most anticipated films for this year.

The music in this episode is sampled from a selection of films eligible for inclusion in our Top 10 lists, but we shall say no more in the interest of maintaining an air of mystery!

PS. As ever, we’re keen to hear from you. What films are you most looking forward to in 2014? Did you agree or disagree strongly with the views expressed in this show or have any other responses to our Top 10s to share with us? Plus, what did you think of the structure of this ‘Year in Review’ episode? Did you like the new collated listener lists or would you rather see a return to the previous format of having the listeners’ lists read out in full - be it kept separate or interspersed with the hosts’ Top 10s? Let us know as we’re still experimenting with how best to present these epic-length instalments each year. Thanks for listening and being part of Movie Matters.

Movie Matters #23 - Halloween Special IV

Thursday, 16 January, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

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).


Links for reference:

  • Kentai Films’ comments on the HALLOWEEN 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc’s video and audio
  • Synapse Films’ post about the restoration of DEMONS and DEMONS 2

Movie Matters Top 10 lists

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014

Just a heads-up to let you know that the deadline for you to submit your list for the Movie Matters Top Ten of 2013 show to us (if you haven’t done so already) is Saturday 18th.

We’ve had an excellent response so far with a diverse array of titles nominated for the best (and worst) of the year. However, we’d like to get even more, and are especially eager for more MP3 lists. So please, keep sending them in!

A Movie Matters New Year message

Wednesday, 1 January, 2014

Greetings, listeners!

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 moviematterspodcast@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and to getting our voices back out there in the webisphere once again!

Best wishes,
Michael

Listener Top 10 of 2012 (collated)

Saturday, 9 February, 2013

Our recent “Top 10” episode saw a massive listener response, with audience members old and new sending us in their own personal favourite (and least favourite) titles of 2012. We’ve put together a collated list drawing on all listener submissions.

The rankings below represent the ten films most popular among the lists submitted by our listeners. The system used to compile the list is simply to apply a numerical count to the number of occasions a specific title is included on a list regardless of ranking.

Movie Matters #19 - Top 10 of 2012

Monday, 4 February, 2013

Movie Matters Podcast

Later than intended and longer than anticipated, the Movie Matters podcast returns for its first instalment of the new year. In the first part of this bumper six-hour epic, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie count down their personal top ten films of the previous year, celebrating both the very best and worst that 2012 had to offer. In part two, the attention shifts to the listeners’ choices as Lee and Michael read out and listen to MP3s of submitted Top 10 lists, before turning their attention to the year ahead, revealing their most anticipated films of the next twelve months.

The music in this episode is all sampled from films in our Top 10 lists.

PS. Listeners, we want YOUR feedback. What do you think of the format for this year’s show? Do you like the listeners’ lists being kept separate, or would you prefer them to be interspersed with the hosts’ Top 10 lists? Do you like the show being split into two instalments, or would you prefer just to have a single MP3 file? Let us know how this experiment was for you, and we’ll take any suggestions into consideration this time next year when we come to do our “best of 2013” show.

Last call for Top 10 lists

Friday, 25 January, 2013

The Movie Matters “Top 10 Films of 2012” podcast is being recorded this Sunday, meaning that tomorrow, Saturday 26th January, will be the final day for submissions of your Top 10 lists. If you’d like to submit a list and have it read out on the show, please post it as a comment here or on the original post from December.

Thanks!

Movie Matters #18 - Christmas Special III

Monday, 24 December, 2012

Movie Matters Podcast

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.

Call for Top 10 lists

Friday, 21 December, 2012

The end is nigh! No, not the end of the world. That’s just silly. But there are only ten days left in 2012, which means it’s once again time for us to begin preparing for that most sacred of annual traditions, the Movie Matters “Top 10 Films of the Year” special.

And we want your lists.

Last year, we had an overwhelming response - so overwhelming, in fact, that we weren’t able to feature all the MP3s we received in the episode itself and had to do a supplemental mini-episode for them. This year, we’re going to be slightly strict and impose a five-minute limit on any MP3 files.

So, send us your Top 10 films of 2012 in either text or MP3 form (email MP3s to moviematterspodcast@gmail.com; either email text lists or simply post them as a reply to this thread). The criteria can be of your own choosing, but let us know what they are - e.g. theatrical releases by UK release date, theatrical releases by US release date, DVD/Blu-ray releases. We’ll be recording the show at some point in January -there’s no confirmed date yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have one so you can be sure to get your lists in on time.

Movie Matters #17 - Halloween Special III

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012

Movie Matters Podcast

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.


Letterboxd lists:

Movie Matters #14 - Supplement

Sunday, 26 February, 2012

Somewhat later than anticipated, we’ve put together a supplemental bonus to the most recent Movie Matters episode containing the three “Top 10 of 2011” MP3 lists we didn’t have time to showcase in the episode itself. We hope you enjoy listening to these additional takes on the year that was 2011 and can forgive the delay in getting them out there.

The music sampled in this episode is from DRIVE.

Movie Matters #14 - Top 10 of 2011

Thursday, 26 January, 2012

Movie Matters Podcast

In this bumper length special edition of the Movie Matters podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cast their eyes back over the previous twelve months, celebrating the best (and worst) of 2011. In addition to their own personal Top 10 lists, the duo also reveal lists submitted by listeners and pick out some anticipated titles for the coming year.

The music sampled in this episode is from HANNA, DRIVE, TRUE GRIT, ARRIETTY, 13 ASSASSINS, ANGELS OF EVIL and BLACK SWAN.

Please note that we have NOT been able to play every single MP3 list we received. The response was far greater than we were expecting and some of the submitted MP3s were a little on the long side, which would have resulted in what was already a four-hour epic being extended to somewhere approaching the five-hour mark. As a result, we have played the first three MP3s we received and are holding the rest back for a standalone mini-episode to be made available in the near future. We hope you understand and are not too disappointed not to have had your clips featured in the episode itself.

Call for Top 10 lists

Thursday, 12 January, 2012

It’s nearly that time of year once again: we’re gearing up to record the first Movie Matters episode of 2012, which, in the tradition of 2011’s first episode, will be a countdown of our favourite films of the previous year. We’ll each by revealing and discussing our personal Top 10 Films of 2011, and as with last year’s episode would like to read out as many of our listeners’ Top 10 lists as possible.

So, get in touch with us with your favourite films of 2011. Either list the films in order of preference or not, and use whichever criteria you like (e.g. theatrical release dates in your country, home video release dates, etc.), just as long as you let us know what they are. Also, feel free to let us know about your most hated and/or most disappointing film(s) of the year, and anything else that takes your fancy. Either post your comments here, or email them to moviematterspodcast@gmail.com. Alternatively, feel free to get creative and submit your nominations in MP3 form. We’ve had a couple of these already and would love to feature more, time permitting.

Deadline is Saturday, January 21.

Movie Matters #13 - Christmas Special II

Saturday, 24 December, 2011

Movie Matters Podcast

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.

Movie Matters #11 - Halloween Special II

Thursday, 10 November, 2011

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The Movie Matters podcast returns after an impromptu extended hiatus with a Halloween special and promises of a more frequent recording schedule going forward. In this spine-tingling episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cast their eyes over horror movies old and new, discussing Wes Craven’s SCREAM 4, Neil Marshall’s THE DESCENT and Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s POLTERGEIST.

The music sampled in this episode is all from HALLOWEEN by John Carpenter, THE DESCENT by David Julyan, and THE EXORCIST by Mike Oldfield.

As mentioned in the podcast, here are some comparisons between the two different colour grades of THE DESCENT.

Please note that some minor audio interference may be audible in the earliest parts of the episode. This was due to failing equipment that has since been replaced and should not be a problem in future episodes.

Movie Matters #5 - Top 10 of 2010

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

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In the first Movie Matters episode of 2011, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cast they eyes over the best (and some of the worst) films of 2010, counting down their ten favourites of the past year. The listeners also get their time in the spotlight with their own personal lists.

With over 2 hours and 45 minutes of banter, this is the biggest Movie Matters episode yet!

The music sampled in this episode is from SHUTTER ISLAND (Symphony No. 3, 4th Movement: Passacaglia - Allegro Moderato by Krzysztof Penderecki), AMER (from WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? by Stelvio Cipriani), KICK-ASS (the Prodigy), the Millennium trilogy (Jacob Groth) and TOY STORY 3 (Randy Newman). Special thanks to David Mackenzie for audio support.

Movie Matters #4 - Christmas Special

Friday, 24 December, 2010

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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.

Movie Matters Halloween Blu-ray recommendations

Monday, 1 November, 2010

No good horror movies on TV this Halloween? Then feast your eyes on some of these ghoulish Blu-ray treats:

  • THE DESCENT - Pathé, Region B UK OR Icon, Region ABC Australia
  • THE EVIL DEAD - Anchor Bay, Region A USA
  • THE OMEN - 20th Century Fox, Region A USA
  • REPULSION - Criterion, Region A USA
  • TRUE BLOOD: SEASONS 1 & 2 - HBO, Region ABC UK or USA

Movie Matters #2 - Halloween Special

Monday, 1 November, 2010

Movie Matters Podcast

All Hallows’ Eve descends on the all-new Movie Matters podcast as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie and special guest Rich Birkett of the Dedicated To Gamers podcast discuss three spooky seasonal treats: The House of the Devil, Trick ‘r Treat and The Exorcist. We also recommend five particularly impressive Blu-ray horror releases.

The music sampled in this episode is from Suspiria (Goblin), The House of the Devil (Jeff Grace), Trick ‘r Treat (Douglas Pipes), The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells), Halloween (John Carpenter) and The Descent (David Julyan). Special thanks to David Mackenzie for audio support.