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Compare & Contrast – Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport

It’s the quintessential martial arts move, with a charismatic lead, excellent fight choreography and cinematography. But are we talking about Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, or Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport? The only way to find out is to listen to… Continue Reading →

Isao Takahata

Today we will be continuing our discussion of the works of the legendary Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. In our first two episodes on this topic we explored the work of Miyazaki Hayao. Miyazaki is the most famous human name… Continue Reading →

Intermission, December 2017 and our Films of the Year

We’re dangerously close to requiring new calendars, so that can only mean it’s time for us to review our year in cinema, giving you the highlights and the lowlights of 2017. There’s also the small matter of December’s output to… Continue Reading →

Compare & Contrast – Infernal Affairs and The Departed

When Infernal Affairs was released in Hong Kong to great commercial and critical success it was immediately snaffled up for a Western remake, as was very much the style at the time, becoming of course The Departed. We thought we’d… Continue Reading →

Year Two

In an unavoidable change to our regularly scheduled episode, we are bringing you instead a bit of a retrospective of some of our favourite reviews from the start of the second year of our podcast. If you’re relatively new to… Continue Reading →

Intermission, November 2017

We investigate the qualities, of the lack of qualities, of Lucknow Central, Ghost Story, The Death of Stalin, and Thor: Ragnarok in this latest podcast episode. You should listen to it, or we will be ensaddened. Download direct | Subscribe… Continue Reading →

Compare & Contrast – Salvador and Die Fälschung

Continuing on from our look at journalism in film, we narrow down the focus to war reporting, with Oliver Stone’s Salvador set during the El Salvadorian civil war, and Volker Schlöndorff’s look at Lebanese civil war reportage in Die Fälschung…. Continue Reading →

Journalism in Film

In this episode we’re going to be covering journalism, and journalists, as portrayed in film. I could say that we picked this topic because it is timely, but, really, when is this topic not timely? But in reality, it was… Continue Reading →

Intermission, October 2017

We’re back to talk about films. I know, we’re as surprised as you are. We’d have bet on this podcast turning its attention to pottery and irrigation by now as well. I’m afraid you’ll just have to put up with… Continue Reading →

Fast and the Furious 1 vs. 8

With the latest instalment of The Fast and the Furious skidding onto the home formats and a release date apparently confirmed for the spin-off, we thought we’d compare it to the first of the series and chart the road between… Continue Reading →

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