Friday, 19 June, 2015
In the latest instalment of the Movie Matters Podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie jump behind the mic for an impromptu catch-up session, trading notes on their recent viewing choices. Covering everything from the heyday of Hammer Horror to hard-hitting documentary features to TV comedies to 80s action movie classics, this [Mini] episode has it all.
As ever, we also dip into the mailbag to share our recent communications from the listeners.
The music in this episode is sampled from THE DEVIL RIDES OUT by James Bernard, VIRUNGA by Patrick Johnsson and DIE HARD by Vaughn Monroe.
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Thursday, 12 September, 2013
In this episode, which sees a return to the more off-the-cuff 'Mini' show format, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cherry pick some of the most interesting titles they've seen recently.
The spotlight then turns on Jane Campion's New Zealand based crime drama, TOP OF THE LAKE, starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham and Peter Mullan. Originally screened in the US as both a 7-part miniseries and as a 6-hour stand-alone film at the Sundance Film Festival, the show was recently broadcast in six hour-long episodes in the UK by BBC Two and charts detective Robin Griffin (Moss)'s investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant schoolgirl.
Music from TOP OF THE LAKE by Mark Bradshaw.
Monday, 29 July, 2013
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.
Monday, 3 December, 2012
In the first of two instalments dedicated to Danish serial killer sensation THE KILLING (FORBRYDELSEN), Movie Matters co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie team up to take a look at the first five episodes of the third and final 10-part season, currently airing in the UK on Saturday nights on BBC Four and BBC HD. In addition to discussing the episodes that have already aired, Lee and Michael also speculate on what the remainder of the season will hold for Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her infamous knitted jumper.
The music sampled in this episode is from THE KILLING by Frans Bak.
Please also remember that time is running out for you to contribute to the first ever Movie Matters competition. Your mission? Listen to this clip and identify (a) the actress speaking and (b) the director she is speaking about. Your prize? A copy of the divisive BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW on Region A Blu-ray Disc. Send your answers to email@example.com.
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Tuesday, 31 July, 2012
In this Movie Matters Mini episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie discuss various films and TV shows they've been watching recently before turning their attention to the critically acclaimed Danish/Swedish crime drama THE BRIDGE, the 10-episode first season of which sees a pair of mismatched detectives joining forces to stop a serial killer with an axe to grind against the complacency he sees in both countries' societies.
The music sampled in this episode is "Hollow Talk" by Choir of Young Believers, the main title theme to THE BRIDGE.
Friday, 11 May, 2012
After an unexpected hiatus, the Movie Matters podcast returns with a look at the RED RIDING trilogy, the critically acclaimed 2009 adaptation of David Peace's grim and grisly quartet of novels. Co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie look at each instalment in turn - Julian Jarrold's 1974, James Marsh's 1980 and Anand Tucker's 1983 - and offer their thoughts on the trilogy as a whole.
The music sampled in this episode is from RED RIDING: 1974 by Adrian Johnston, RED RIDING: 1980 by Dickon Hinchliffe and RED RIDING: 1983 by Barrington Pheloung.
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012
Movie Matters returns with the first in a series of mini-episodes designed to bridge the gaps between our more traditional and time-consuming "themed" episodes. The mini-episodes dispense with the likes of the Blu-ray Hall of Fame and upcoming releases section in favour of a more informal, unstructured discussion about various film-related topics. In this episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie discuss various films and TV shows they've been watching recently and play the final remaining listeners' "Top 10 of 2011" MP3 list.
The music sampled in this episode is from THE WOMAN IN BLACK and THE KILLING.