Saturday, 27 December 2014

Calling All Listeners! Request for Top 10 Lists

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 moviematterspodcast@gmail.com 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

Movie Matters #28 - Christmas Special IV

'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.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection by Lee Howard

 


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Friday, 31 October 2014

Movie Matters #27 - Halloween Special V

For the fifth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, podcast founders and regular hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie cede control of the ghoulish proceedings to Demented Danman, a.k.a. Daniel Sardella. In keeping with tradition, the three partners-in-crime cast a leering eye over three ghastly horror treats: Robert Wise's 1963 chiller THE HAUNTING, Sean Byrne's 2009 EVIL DEAD-inspired horror-comedy THE LOVED ONES, and Richard Bates Jr.'s 2012 Cronenbergian body shocker EXCISION. In addition, they also discuss some of 2014's horror-themed highlights, both in cinemas and on Blu-ray.

The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, THE LOVED ONES by Kasey Chambers, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER by John Ottman, EXCISION by Nina Nastasia, UNDER THE SKIN by Mica Levi, and HALLOWEEN II by The Chordettes.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection by Lee Howard, Michael Mackenzie & Daniel Sardella

  


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Friday, 17 October 2014

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

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 -- moviematterspodcast@gmail.com -- 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.

Created, edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard
Additional music/audio selection and editing by Michael Mackenzie
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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Movie Matters #26 - Disney Princess Double Bill

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.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection by Michael Mackenzie & Lee Howard

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 4 - Welcome Dan, the Man with the Fitted Shirt

We bring you the latest instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast -- the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. If you've an avid appreciation of film scores or perhaps more simply a passing interest in the art of film music, hopefully this fourth volume of Movie Matters [Music], consisting of another eclectic mix of composers' work, will offer something of interest for you.

Lee is thrilled to welcome friend of the Movie Matters podcast, and recurring guest host, the musical maestro himself, Mr. Daniel Sardella (Focus On Film, The Fitted Shirt) onto the show for his Movie Matters [Music] debut. We kick off proceedings by hearing more about Dan and his podcasting and musical endeavours. We then reveal more of our tastes in film scores by sharing and discussing a mixture of chosen tracks from a variety of composers.

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.)

Feedback from our listeners is always welcome and appreciated. So please feel free to get in touch -- moviematterspodcast@gmail.com -- 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.

Created by Lee Howard
Edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard and Daniel Sardella
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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 3 - The Name's Del Toro, Jake Del Toro

Welcome back to another instalment of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast -- the spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. Whether you're a film score connoisseur or simply a casual fan of film music, this is the show for you.

On this third volume, Lee is delighted to introduce guest co-host Jake Del Toro (Q Branch - A James Bond Podcast). In honour of having our first listener appearance on the Movie Matters [Music] format, we begin with some brief background into Jake's experiences and tastes pertaining to film music. We then discuss a variety of composers work as we share a selection of chosen tracks from some of our best loved film scores.

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.)

Feedback from our listeners is always welcome and appreciated. So please feel free to get in touch -- moviematterspodcast@gmail.com -- 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.

Created, edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard
Additional music selection and editing by Jake Del Toro
Direct download | iTunes | Blog | Letterboxd | Twitter | Email



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Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.