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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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