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Movie Matters #31 - Animation Sci-Fi Double Bill

Friday, 1 May, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

Today on the Movie Matters Podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie fill in a couple of glaring gaps in Lee's film viewing and take a look at two unique and distinctly different animated directorial debuts from the late 90s/early 00s united by shared themes of alienation, loss, suspicion towards outsiders and the need for tolerance: Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE)'s critically acclaimed cult classic THE IRON GIANT and Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON)'s irreverent LILO & STITCH. We also trade notes on the various holes in our animated viewing experiences.

The music in this episode is sampled from THE IRON GIANT by Michael Kamen and LILO & STITCH by Alan Silvestri.

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Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 5 - Scores of Animation

Friday, 17 October, 2014

Movie Matters [Music]

Michael joins Lee, at last, for this special themed instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast: the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. If you've an interest in animated movies and their soundtracks, settle in and enjoy as we discuss and delight in a variety of work by a range of notable composers for the films of Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and more -- in this fifth volume of Movie Matters [Music].

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.)

Remember, we'd love for you to get in touch -- -- 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.

Finally, once you've listened to the show be sure to visit our Movie Matters [Music] Discography list on Letterboxd, which essentially keeps track of all the film scores we've discussed so far. Again, feel free to leave any feedback, comments and track requests.

Movie Matters #26 - Disney Princess Double Bill

Thursday, 17 July, 2014

Movie Matters Podcast

Join us for the latest instalment of the Movie Matters podcast, as co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie don their tiaras and step into the realms of magic and make-believe to put the two most recent Disney princess animated features -- 2011's TANGLED and 2013's FROZEN -- under the microscope. In addition to discussing these two recent CGI blockbusters, Lee and Michael also discuss their own history with the Disney studio's output as a whole -- hand-drawn and computer generated -- and delve into the mailbag to present feedback from the listeners on their own personal favourite Disney princess movies.

The show also includes our now-customary "What We've Been Watching" section, in which we trade notes on films of note that we've recently seen.

The music in this episode is sampled from ENCHANTED by Alan Menken, TANGLED by Alan Menken and FROZEN by Christophe Beck.

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