Saturday, 11 December 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 4th December 2010)

Looking at some of the films of the late Leslie Neilsen.

DVD movie of the week: Shutter Island (2010)

Featured movies:
  • Airplane!
  • A Single Man
Featured music:
  • Forget You by Cee Lo Green
  • London Calling by The Clash from London Boulevard
  • Paper Planes by MIA from Slumdog Millionaire
  • Copacabana by Barry Manilow from Despicable Me

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Show Notes (Sat 3 July 2010)

The Wimbledon tennis finals are approaching, so this week we're looking at tennis movies.

Featured movies:

- Wimbledon (2004)
- Match Point (2005)

Featured music:

- Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from Top Gun (1986)
- Theme from The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- Time after time by Cyndi Lauper from Up In The Air (2010)
- Caught in a moment by Sugababes from Wimbledon (2004)
- Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners from Get Him to The Greek (2010)

DVD Movie Of The Week: Up In The Air (2010)

TV movie recommendations:

Saturday 3 July
7.00pm CH4 The Magnificent Seven (1960)
11.05pm CH4 Star Trek 3: the search for spock

Sunday 4th July
6.55pm Five Ghost busters

Monday 5th July
10.00pm Five Philadelphia
10.35pm ITV1 Mad Max: Beyond Thunder Dome

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Show notes (Sat 26 June 2010)

Looking at the Toy Story movies.

Movie of the week: Waltz With Bashir (2009)

Featured movies:

- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- Toy Story 3

Featured music:

1. The way you make me feel by Michael Jackson
2. Enola Gay by OMD from Waltz With Bashir (2009)
3. You've got a friend in me by Randy Newman from Toy Story
4. We belong together by Randy Newman from Toy Story 3 (2010)
5. You've got a friend in me by The Gipsy Kings
6. Real gone by Sheryl Crowe from Cars

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Show Notes (Sat 19th June 2010)

Going to sea: movies set out on the water.

Movie of the week: Zombieland (2009)

Featured movies:

- Dead Calm (1989)
- Open Water (2004)

Featured music:

1. I'm gonna be (500 miles) by The Proclaimers
2. Kingdom Of Rust by Doves from Zombieland (2009)
3. He's A Pirate by Klaus Badelt & Hans Zimmer from Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003)
4. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens from Dead Calm
5. Love Story by Taylor Swift from Letters To Juliet (2010)

Pick of the movies on TV this coming week:


5.00pm ITV1 Johnny English
7.10pm CH4 My big fat Greek wedding (Cameroon vs Denmark)
10.50pm BBC2 Rescue Dawn
11.10pm CH4 Star trek: the motion picture
12.50pm BBC2 Zidane: a 21st century portrait


4.05pm Five My Girl
6.05pm BBC2 Chocolat
6.10pm Legally blonde 2: red, white and blonde (Brazil vs ivory coast)
8.00pm Five Practical magic


11.00pm Five Reservoir Dogs

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Show notes (Sat 12 June 2010)

Looking at the movies of Dennis Hopper.

Featured movies:

- Blue Velvet (1986)
- True Romance

Featured music:

- 3.56 Dream catch me by Newton Faulkner from She's Out Of My League (2010)
- 3.13 Single Ladies by Beyoncé from Sex and the city 2 (2010)
- 2.51 Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton from Blue Velvet (1986)
- 6.15 Tiny Dancer by Elton John from StreetDance 3D

DVD Movie Of The Week: Sexy Beast

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Show notes (Sat 5 June 2010)

Looking at Robin Hood movies.

DVD movie of the week: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs (2009)

Featured movies:

- Robin Hood (1938)
- Robin Hood: men in tights (1993)
- Robin Hood: prince of thieves (1991)
- Robin Hood (2010)

Featured music:

- Lady Luck by The Proclaimers
- Holding out for a hero by Bonnie Tyler (from Shrek 2)
- Robin Hood by Dick James
- Everything I Do I do it for you by Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves)
- You sexy thing by Hot Chocolate (from Legally Blonde and The Full Monty)

Location:Buzza St,Isles of Scilly,United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 27 March 2010)

Looking at movies starring Michael Cera.

Movie of the week: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Featured movies:
Featured music:

TV movie recommendations

  • Mrs Brown (1997) Sat 8.30pm BBC2

    Great performances by Judi Dench as the Queen of England and Billy Connolly as her horseman.
  • Walk The Line (2005) Sat 9.00pm CH4

    Biopic of the life of Johnny Cash. Great intro sequence in Falsom prison, superb chemistry with Reece Witherspoon as country music singer June Carter, and great performances of the hit songs,
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007) Sun 10.00pm CH4

    Sequel to 28 Days Later. Tense opening sequence with survivors in a remote farmhouse, gripping scenes of panic and chaos as the virus takes hold again, and spooky manoeuvres through the darkened London Underground.
  • The Escapist (2008) Mon 11.30pm CH4

    Gritty prison drama with the escape cut and interspersed with the prior events. Some nasty, viscious characters and ingenious plotting juxtaposed with a desperate dash for freedom against all odds.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 20 March 2010)

Looking at The Mist (2008) and The Fog (1980).

Movie of the week: Is Anybody There? (2009)

Featured music:
TV Movie Recommendations
  • Snatch (2000) Sunday 10pm Five

    Great sequel to "Lock, Stock..", plenty of humour and a superb performance by Brad Pitt in the lead as a fast-talking bare-knuckle fighter.
  • The Witches Of Eastwick (1987) Monday 10.35pm ITV1

    Jack Nicholson personifies temptation and passion as a demon summoned by three suburban women looking for adventure and romance.
  • The Ghost And The Darkness (1996) Wednesday 11.30pm BBC1

    Strong build-up of fear and suspense as railway builders are taken by lions at night.
  • 28 Days Later (2002) Friday 10.50pm CH4

    Haunting early scenes of Jim walking through the abandoned streets of London. Genuine scares and poignant moments of humanity lead to a nail-biting climax.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 13 March 2010)

Looking at the movies of the late Corey Haim and various Oscar-nominated music.

Movie of the week: Ghost Town (2008) certificate 12A

Featured movie:

Featured music:

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 6 March 2010)

Looking at some of the big movies due for release this summer. See this list for details.

Movie of the week: District 9 (2009)

Featured music:

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 27 February 2010)

Looking at this year's BAFTA awards.

Movie of the week: Saw (2004)

Featured music:

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 13th February 2010)

A second look at the 82nd Oscar nominations.

Movie of the week: The Hurt Locker (2009)

Featured music:

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 6th February 2010)

A look at the 82nd Oscar nominations.

Movie of the week: Badlands (1973)

Monday, 25 January 2010

Behind The Scenes: How A Movie Show Is Made

  1. Reading screen: IMDB, Wikipedia etc. Box office top ten comes from IMDB, whilst the TV listings are taken from Radio Times

  2. Clock. The only remaining analogue tech in the office. Show goes out at midday on Saturday, so everything needs to be wrapped up by 11.40am at the latest. Have had too many near misses due to slow downloads or lengthy CD burn times.

  3. Acer Aspire One netbook running iTunes and YouTube for music downloads. Movie soundtracks constantly downloading all morning on a Saturday. I take this netbook into the studio to refer to notes in Evernote (see below)

  4. An ageing - 7 yr old - Packard Bell iGo 4451 laptop; the "writing" computer. All notes for the show are created using Evernote, which syncs with all other laptops & devices.

  5. Network hard drive (Buffalo NAS) which archives all music and other downloads. This is a dual-disk model; disks are mirrored and can be easily swapped should one fail.

  6. iPhone, on a stand, for keeping up with social networks (Facebook, Twitter), RSS feeds and email (remember that?)

  7. Portable microphone with SD card storage (Zoom S2) for recording interviews

  8. Coffee, usually from The Deli, or from Dibble & Grub in the summer

  9. In case of power cuts or internet outages: paper copy of an old Haliwell's film guide

  10. iPod Touch. All music for the show is held on here as a backup in case the CD player in the studio fails.

  11. Sight & Sound magazine, published by the BFI. Handy for finding esoteric words like "diagetic" to describe films.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 23 January 2010)

Comparing the best movies of the noughties decade (2000 to 2009) with guest Merryn Smith.

Merryn Smith's top 10:
  • Crash (2005) Dir. Haggis, Paul
  • Gone Baby Gone (2007) Dir. Affleck, Ben
  • Mothman Prophecies (2002) Dir. Pellington, Mark
  • Gran Torino (2008) Dir. Eastwood, Clint
  • Casino Royale (2006) Dir. Campbell, Martin
  • In America (2002) Dir. Sheridan, Jim
  • Serendipity (2001) Dir. Chelson, Peter
  • The Departed (2006) Dir. Scorsese, Martin
  • The Pianist (2002) Dir. Polanski, Roman
  • There Will Be Blood (2007) Dir. Anderson, Paul Thomas
My top 10:
  • Amelie (2001) Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Love Actually (2003) Dir. Richard Curtis
  • Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind (2004) Dir. Michel Gondry
  • In Bruges (2008) Dir, Martin McDonagh
  • Shaun of the dead (2004) Dir. Edgar Wright
  • Eastern Promises (2007) Dir. David Cronenberg
  • London To Brighton (2006) Dir. Paul Andrew Williams
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001) Dir. Baz Luhrmann
  • Sexy Beast (2000) Dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Wolf Creek (2005) Dir. Greg McLean
Movie of the week: Bandslam (2009)

Featured music:
  • Amphetamine by Aly Michalka and "I Can't Go On, I'll Go On"
  • Everything I Own by Vanessa Hudgens and "I Can't Go On, I'll Go On"
  • Somebody To Love by the cast of Glee

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 16 January 2010)

Looking at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) top ten movies of the decade. See the full list.

Movie of the week: Gattaca (1997)

Featured music:

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Show Notes (Saturday 9 January 2010)

Movie of the week: Orphan (2009)

Featured movies:
Featured music: