Shane and Matthew reach the end of season 2 with a wonderful slice-of-life Americana from James Mangold; his debut and mini-masterpiece 'Heavy' from 1995.
Mangold's filmmaker tips: https://filmschoolrejects.com/filmmaking-tips-james-ma
Matthew and Shane buckle up for a classic British road movie that foregoes the tropes of the genre and instead offers a mesmerising cinematic scrapbook of late 70's music, images and philosophy.
Locations then and now: https://www.reel
Shane is joined by Sam Baws for a surprisingly tender road trip across the US. Harry Dean Stanton stars as a man trying to reconcile the destructive effects of his past mistakes in Wim Wender's visually striking 'Paris, Texas' from 1984.
Shane and Matthew investigate the fishy true life tale of journalist Stephen Glass and his work for The New Republic in Billy Ray's highly recommended newsroom thriller 'Shattered Glass' from 2003.
Buzz Bissinger's Vanity Fair article:
Matthew and Shane try to catch their breath with Lodge Kerrigan's intense portrait of a man on the precipice of a mental health collapse. Arresting, unnnerving and unforgettable.
Trailer for Keane: https://youtu.be/6QhY17g8QBs
Matthew and Shane get embroiled with a reggae sound system in South London in the late seventies in Franco Rosso's blistering Babylon from 1980.
Trailer for Babylon: https://youtu.be/t_xhN87G8bk
Incredible archive for Babylon: https:/
Shane is joined by Adam Lowes to discuss James Foley's 1986 classic 'At Close Range' starring Sean Penn and Christopher Walken as an estranged father and son reunited to embark on a life of crime in this bloody violent, true-life thriller.
The Christmas 2020 Special. Matthew and Shane find themselves on opposing sides in this wartime battle for the spirit of Christmas and the soul of man. Good will is in short supply.
Fascinating article on Keith Gordon: https://longread
Matthew and Shane go toe-to-toe on the court of cinema. Shane attempts to slam-dunk Spike Lee's 'He Got Game' as a bona-fide (but flawed) masterpiece. Matthew rebounds with a vicious counter and a couple of fouls. This one is gonna need a time
Shane and Matthew celebrate an outrageous 80's comedy classic with Zucker, Zucker & Abrahams' irresistible mad mess Top Secret (1984).
Trailer for Top Secret: https://youtu.be/-DQ3URc4KiM
An evening with Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams: https
Shane and Matthew look for their dignity as they join The Party of Dynamic Erection in a bid to better understand British male... stuff.
Trailer for Little Malcolm: https://youtu.be/K3DseWf-Nlc
Article from The Guardian: https://www.theguar
For the 2020 Halloween Special Shane and Matthew head to Pittsburg to drink some blood with George A. Romero's 'Martin' from 1977.
A guided tour of the locations from 'Martin': http://martinthereisnomagic.blogspot.com/
Shane and Matthew flash their assets and high-kick their way through Michael Ritchie's exquisite beauty pageant satire 'Smile' from 1975.
Trailer for Smile: https://youtu.be/tbdKZQcxKYM
BFI Championing Bruce Dern: https://www2.bfi
Shane is joined by Adam Lowes for a bloody violent trip to the South Korean underworld in Kim Jee-woon's breathtaking A Bittersweet Life (2005).
Trailer for A Bittersweet Life: https://youtu.be/q5O2tfiaTxU
Comparison of DC & The
Matthew and Shane duke it out in the back streets of Hell's Kitchen, trying to survive on peanuts, salami and some goofy one-liners.
Trailer for Paradise Alley: https://youtu.be/mxXdouKmoOY
1978 NY Times review: https://www.nytimes
Matthew and Shane get lost in Germany with Wim Wender's astonishing and tender road trip classic from 1974.
Trailer for 'Alice In The Cities': https://youtu.be/MoRe7srFtZ8
MOMA archive footage of Wuppertal Suspended Railway from
Matthew and Shane go crazy scrutinising their masculinity with Donald Cammell's 'White of The Eye' (1987).
Trailer for 'White of The Eye': https://youtu.be/u4WMa5SfqJg
'White of The Eye' at the IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt00943
Shane and Matthew are cursed to battle for eternity as they slice through Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom from 1966.
2017 article on Tatsuya Nakadai: https://www.filmcomment.com/article/tastuya-nakadai-the-sword-of-doom/
Matthew and Shane get their brains sucked dry by David Cronenberg's horror/thriller Scanners from 1981.
Scanners at the IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081455
Stephen Lack interview at Film Comment: https://www.filmcomment.com/blo
The Xmas Special: Matthew and Shane sit down for a holiday movie that ticks all the boxes. Paul Newman stars in Robert Benton's adaptation of Nobody's Fool (1994).
Nobody's Fool at the IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110684/
Shane and Matthew get kicked around East London by Peter Sellers whilst watching John Guillermin's brutal British crime classic Never Let Go (1960).
Video enhanced version of this episode: https://youtu.be/gfH4KzWbSVk
Never Let Go at
Matthew and Shane discover a lost classic and are blown away by Robert Mulligan's crime thriller The Nickel Ride from 1974.
Video enhanced version of this episode: https://youtu.be/bA9NLEyMO7k
Adam Zanzie's authorative video essay on
Matthew and Shane have nervous breakdowns discussing Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's all too human animation Anomalisa from 2015.
Video enhanced version of this episode: https://youtu.be/6En86_PQzOo
Anomalisa on IMDB: https://www.imd
Shane and Matthew fight over turf in NYC with Phil Joanou's 1990 crime saga State of Grace.
Video enhanced version of this episode: https://youtu.be/20YRCUdrj0c
Phil Joanou's Vimeo HD trailer for State of Grace: https://vimeo.com/3788
Shane and Matthew clash over The Exorcist III, William Peter Blatty's sequel to his own groundbreaking novel/film The Exorcist, via the much maligned Exorcist II. The power of Christ compels them to discuss.
Video enhanced version of t
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