July 2013 Archive

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Movie Matters #21 - Gillian Anderson double bill

Monday, 29 July, 2013

Movie Matters Podcast

In the latest instalment of the Movie Matters podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie turn their attention to two distinctly different projects featuring the talented and chameleon-like Gillian Anderson: director James Marsh and writer Tom Bradby's 2012 political thriller SHADOW DANCER, starring Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen, and director Jakub Verbruggen and writer Allan Cubitt's gripping 2013 mini-series THE FALL. Both share an actress and a setting, Northern Ireland, but there the similarities end.

The podcast also provides the co-hosts with an opportunity to catch up on other films they've been watching recently.

Music from SHADOW DANCER by Dickon Hinchliffe and THE FALL by Unloved.

Additional links:


  • Interview with actor Aidan Gillen about socio-political context of Belfast at The Guardian


Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 1 - Why Talk About Film Music?

Monday, 15 July, 2013

Movie Matters [Music]

Music is fundamental to our experience of a film, often conveying the themes and atmosphere of a story in a manner just as essential as the images onscreen or the actors' performances. However, the art of composing for motion pictures remains conspicuously absent in most discourse on cinema.

So with this in mind, join Lee as he takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the film music he has been enjoying in this all-new Movie Matters spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate.

The track listing is concealed below as I suspect many of you would prefer to be surprised by what composers and pieces of music crop up in this first-ever volume of Movie Matters [Music].

Movie Matters #20 - Florinda Bolkan double bill

Monday, 1 July, 2013

Movie Matters Podcast

We're back, doing what we do best, discussing cult Italian murder-mystery cinema. In this much anticipated (well, by us at any rate) return episode co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie 'come home' by taking an in-depth look at the Oscar-winning, satirical crime-drama INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (1970) directed by Elio Petri and Lucio Fulci's hallucinatory and erotically charged giallo A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971), both of which star Brazilian beauty Florinda Bolkan.

We also take a brief pause to highlight what new releases have caught our attention in the first six months of 2013 as well as casting an eye over a selection of recent BD/DVD purchases.

The audio and music sampled in this episode is taken from INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION and A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN. Both scored by Ennio Morricone with orchestration by Bruno Nicolai.

The article by Gino Moliterno about INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION referred to on the show can be accessed here.

The two highly recommended books we reference during our discussions are:

  • Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci by Stephen Thrower and published by FAB Press
  • La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Mikel J. Koven and published by The Scarecrow Press