Monday, 25 November 2013

Movie Matters #22 - Love Crime/Passion

The Movie Matters podcast returns for an in-depth look at two strikingly similar but remarkably different films: Alain Corneau's 2010 thriller LOVE CRIME (CRIME D'AMOUR), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, and its English-language remake, 2012's PASSION, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.

Co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie also discuss films of note that they have recently watched. (Note: publication of this episode was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, hence the "recent" films discussed being a couple of months old.)

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection and editing by Michael Mackenzie
Music from PASSION by Pino Donaggio and LOVE CRIME by Pharoah Sanders



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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 2 - The Composer's Experience

Join Lee for the second volume of the Movie Matters [Music] podcast, the spin-off show where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate.

Lee begins by delving into the differing circumstances composers experience when writing music for film and then serves up a selection of tracks from the soundtracks he has been enjoying. This instalment also showcases the first batch of 'listener requests' and we thank Alan, Wilson, Giles and Steini for their contributions to the broad range of film music sampled in this show.

We've deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in order to keep the film score choices a surprise. 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.)

As ever, we dearly want to hear from you, our lovely listeners, so please get in touch and request a track you'd like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment. Include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.

Created, edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard
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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, 12 September 2013

Movie Matters Mini #6 - Top of the Lake

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.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Editing and music/audio selection by Michael Mackenzie
Music from TOP OF THE LAKE by Mark Bradshaw


Monday, 29 July 2013

Movie Matters #21 - Gillian Anderson double bill

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.

Additional links:

SHADOW DANCER

  • Interview with actor Aidan Gillen about socio-political context of Belfast at The Guardian

THE FALL

 

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Lee Howard
Music/audio selection and editing by Michael Mackenzie & Lee Howard
Music from SHADOW DANCER by Dickon Hinchliffe and THE FALL by Unloved

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 1 - Why Talk About Film Music?

Music is fundamental to our experience of a film, often conveying the themes and atmosphere of a story in a manner just as essential as the images onscreen or the actors' performances. However, the art of composing for motion pictures remains conspicuously absent in most discourse on cinema.

So with this in mind, join Lee as he takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the film music he has been enjoying in this all-new Movie Matters spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate.

The track listing is concealed below as I suspect many of you would prefer to be surprised by what composers and pieces of music crop up in this first-ever volume of Movie Matters [Music].

1) John Williams - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - 'The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)' - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) special edition reissue - Sony Classical

2) Carter Burwell - Miller's Crossing (1990) - 'Opening Titles' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Miller's Crossing - Varèse Sarabande

3) Composed and conducted by Shoji Yamashiro and recorded by GeinĊ Yamashirogumi - Akira (1988) - 'Kaneda' - AKIRA: Original Soundtrack - Victor Music Industries, Demon Records/JVC Records

4) Cyril Ornadel - Die Screaming Marianne (1971) - 'Opening Titles' - no official release known

5) Stelvio Cipriani - A Bay of Blood (1971) - 'Main Theme' - Mario Bava Anthology Vol. 3: Bay of Blood (1971) / Baron Blood (1972) / Rabid Dogs (1974) - Digitmovies

6) Hans Zimmer - True Romance (1993) - 'You're So Cool' - True Romance (Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Universal

7) Jerry Goldsmith with additional music composed by Alexander Courage - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - 'Main Title' - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Soundtrack) 20th Anniversary Special Edition - Sony Legacy

8) Mike Armstrong The House of the Devil (2009) - 'Opening Titles' - no official release known

9) Jamin Winans - The Grey (2011) - 'The City Surf' - Ink (The Complete Soundtrack) - Jamin Winans Label

10) Clint Mansell featuring Slash - The Wrestler (2008) - 'The Wrestler' - The Wrestler (OST) - Black Records

Interspersed throughout the music and the chat, Lee has sourced some choice audio clips featuring the composers and filmmakers sharing anecdotes about their work. Again, details of these clips as well as additional music used in this episode are hidden in case of spoilers.

Audio extracts used: Alexandre Desplat - The Hollywood Reporter Composer Roundtable, Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby - Die Screaming Marianne Commentary, Tony Scott - True Romance Commentary, Jerry Goldsmith and Robert Wise - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Interview Featurette, Joe Carnahan, Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann - The Grey Commentary.

Additional music taken from Hanna, Akira and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Cut.

Also, we want to hear from you, our lovely listeners, so please get in touch and request a track you'd like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment: include details of the composer, the track name and the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.

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.

Created, edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Movie Matters #20 - Florinda Bolkan double bill

We're back, doing what we do best, discussing cult Italian murder-mystery cinema. In this much anticipated (well, by us at any rate) return episode co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie 'come home' by taking an in-depth look at the Oscar-winning, satirical crime-drama INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (1970) directed by Elio Petri and Lucio Fulci's hallucinatory and erotically charged giallo A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971), both of which star Brazilian beauty Florinda Bolkan.

We also take a brief pause to highlight what new releases have caught our attention in the first six months of 2013 as well as casting an eye over a selection of recent BD/DVD purchases.

 


The audio and music sampled in this episode is taken from A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION and A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN. Both scored by Ennio Morricone with orchestration by Bruno Nicolai.

The article by Gino Moliterno about INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION referred to on the show can be accessed here.

The two highly recommended books we reference during our discussions are:

  • Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci by Stephen Thrower and published by FAB Press
  • La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Mikel J. Koven and published by The Scarecrow Press

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Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection and editing by Lee Howard

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Listener Top 10 of 2012 (collated)

Our recent "Top 10" episode saw a massive listener response, with audience members old and new sending us in their own personal favourite (and least favourite) titles of 2012. We've put together a collated list drawing on all listener submissions.

The rankings below represent the ten films most popular among the lists submitted by our listeners. The system used to compile the list is simply to apply a numerical count to the number of occasions a specific title is included on a list regardless of ranking.


Top 10

1. Skyfall x19
2. The Avengers x15
3. The Cabin in the Woods x13
4. Moonrise Kingdom x12
=5. Argo x9
=5. The Dark Knight Rises x9
=5. Looper x9
8. The Woman in Black x8
=9. Headhunters x7
=9. Prometheus x7
=9. Dredd x7
=9. The Raid x7


And the rest...

The Hobbit x6
21 Jump Street x6
Shame x6
Berberian Sound Studio x5
Holy Motors x5
The Hunger Games x5
Life of Pi x4
The Muppets x4
Martha Marcy May Marlene x4
The Imposter x4
Cloud Atlas x4
Silver Linings Playbook x4
Beasts of the Southern Wild x4
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia x3
Sinister x3
The Grey x3
The Master x3
The Secret World of Arrietty x3
Brave x3
Indie Game: The Movie x3
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists x3
ParaNorman x3
Side by Side x2
Killing Them Softly x2
Cosmopolis x2
Lincoln x2
Barbara x2
Chronicle x2
Amour x2
Seven Pyschopaths x2
The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 x2
Rec3: Genesis x2
Men in Black 3 x2
Robot & Frank x2
The Lorax x2
Lockout x1
The Bourne Legacy x1
Like Crazy x1
Lawrence Of Arabia x1
Carnage x1
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World x1
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel x1
Universal Monsters Collection x1
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial x1
Jaws x1
Tyrannosaur x1
Pocahontas x1
Cast Away x1
Beyond the Black Rainbow x1
Samsara x1
Excision x1
The Descendants x1
Marley x1
A Royal Affair x1
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher) x1
The Hunt x1
Django Unchained x1
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy x1
Father’s Day x1
Into the Abyss x1
Lawless x1
Coriolanus x1
L’enfant d’en haut (Sister) x1
Gnade (Mercy) x1
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (TV) x1
The Hollow Crown: Henry IV (TV) x1
Die Wand (The Wall) x1
The Turin Horse x1
Tabu x1
Even the Rain x1
Santa Sangre (BD 2012) x1
We Are The Night (DVD 2012) x1
Bell, Book & Candle (BD 2012) x1
Margaret (DVD 2012) x1
L’Oiseau x1
Your Sister’s Sister x1
Damsels In Distress x1 
The Innkeepers x1
Goon x1
Perks Of Being A Wallflower x1
John Carter x1
Untouchable x1
Rust and Bone x1
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey x1
Polisse x1
West of Memphis x1
Gambit x1
Frankenweenie x1
When Santa Fell to Earth x1
The Expendables 2 x1
The Watch x1
Ted x1
Detention x1
Headshot x1
Margin Call x1
American Horror Story: Asylum x1
Due West: Our Sex Journey x1
Dangerous Liaisons (2012) x1
Naked Soldiers x1
How I Spent My Summer Vacation x1
Nightbreed: Cabal Cut (2012) x1
Sleep Tight x1
Monsters Inc. 3D (2012) x1
Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony (2012) x1
Before Dawn x1
Killer Joe x1
Snowtown x1


Most Disappointing

Prometheus x5 (plus 1 for worst)
The Hobbit x2
The Dark Knight Rises x2
The Descendents x1
Polisse x1
Dark Shadows x1
Lawless x1
Brave x1
Looper x1
Berberian Sound Studio x1
Ted x1
Excision x1
The Cabin in the Woods x1
God Bless America x1
Ex-girlfriends x1
Maximum Conviction x1
Bachelorette x1
The Good Doctor x1
Total Recall x1
That’s my boy x1
Taken 2 x1
Iron sky x1
This Means War x1
Still Undercover x1
Mortician x1
Safety Not Guaranteed x1


Worst Film

Iron Sky x1 (plus 1 for biggest disappointment)
This Means War x1 (plus 1 for biggest disappointment)
The Amazing Spider-Man x1
Goon x1
Magic Mike x1
Battleship x1
Excision x1
Rec3 x1
Cockneys vs. Zombies x1
Hostel: Part 3 x1 
Top Cat x1
The Dictator x1
Resident Evil: Retribution x1
Prometheus x 1
Seven Psychopaths x1
This is 40 x1
Branded x1
The Lucky One x1
Piranha 3DD x1
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning x1
Perks of Being a Wallflower x1
Take this Waltz x1
Cosmopolis x1


Monday, 4 February 2013

Movie Matters #19 - Top 10 of 2012

Later than intended and longer than anticipated, the Movie Matters podcast returns for its first instalment of the new year. In the first part of this bumper six-hour epic, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie count down their personal top ten films of the previous year, celebrating both the very best and worst that 2012 had to offer. In part two, the attention shifts to the listeners' choices as Lee and Michael read out and listen to MP3s of submitted Top 10 lists, before turning their attention to the year ahead, revealing their most anticipated films of the next twelve months.

  


The music in this episode is all sampled from films in our Top 10 lists.


Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Music selection and editing by Lee Howard

 

PS. Listeners, we want YOUR feedback. What do you think of the format for this year's show? Do you like the listeners' lists being kept separate, or would you prefer them to be interspersed with the hosts' Top 10 lists? Do you like the show being split into two instalments, or would you prefer just to have a single MP3 file? Let us know how this experiment was for you, and we'll take any suggestions into consideration this time next year when we come to do our "best of 2013" show.


 


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Friday, 25 January 2013

Last call for Top 10 lists

The Movie Matters "Top 10 Films of 2012" podcast is being recorded this Sunday, meaning that tomorrow, Saturday 26th January, will be the final day for submissions of your Top 10 lists. If you'd like to submit a list and have it read out on the show, please post it as a comment here or on the original post from December.

Thanks!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Movie Matters [Mono] #1 - The Eye

The New Year brings with it the first in a string of single-host episodes as we launch the all-new Movie Matters [Mono] series. Intended as an enrichment opportunity for our podcast and an optional piece of extra content for you our lovely listeners, these Movie Matters [Mono] shows will feature a solo host introducing and reviewing a single film. So join Lee as he hosts the first-ever Movie Matters [Mono] instalment by meeting the haunting gaze of the Pang Brothers' THE EYE (2002).


All feedback and comments regarding the idea of Movie Matters [Mono] and this opening episode most welcome and appreciated.

The music sampled in this podcast is all from THE EYE by Orange Music.

Created, edited and with music selection by Lee Howard