Something a little special for you this week as Conor and Luke appear on Near Film with Helen Ryan to discuss film noir. This first special features two classics of the ’40s, Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce. Listen, enjoy and don’t forget to tune into Near Film, Thursdays at Six on near.ie.
This week’s show features one of Conor and Luke’s favourite films, Face/Off, it’s great, it’s got John Travolta and Nicolas Cage and it’s directed by John Woo, John Woo! We also kick off our Scandinavian Season with Headhunters, a twisted tale of burglary and short-man syndrome. Table Time includes a plug for Chuckie Dregs, the new video game magazine show by Ryan Macleod of Consolevania and Video Gaiden fame. Conor gets tricked into watching another love triangle with Snow White and the Huntsman.
NOTE: The audio quality at the beginning of the second segment is a little spotty but evens out at about two minutes in.
This week mysteries abound on the Movie Express podcast. We investigate a murder most foul in the Joan Crawford starring Mildred Pierce and tackle questions of Alien life and human frailty in Alien, the first of our new Horror Season. Table time sees a prolonged look at some our favourite Woody Allen films and some confused idioms.
This week we look at revenge, a dish that’s best served cold, and in this case straight into your ears. Today we’ll be looking at the Korean psycho-thriller I Saw the Devil and Fritz Lang’s classic late-noir The Big Heat. Luke also talks a little bit about Toronto Comic-Con and Conor wishes a long-time listener a speedy recovery.
5-0. 5-0! Police-work is the order of the day on this week’s Wireless Express Show, Conor and Luke take a trip back in time to the sun kissed and crime ridden streets of the City of Angels with LA Confidential. Later, the Blockbuster Season strides forward unflinching in its drive for justice! It’s 1987’s Robocop, a film which amongst other things illuminates some shocking secrets about Eric Foreman’s father off of That 70’s Show. Enjoy!
Conor and Luke have goodbyes to say as this is the last show before Luke leaves Ireland for Canada. Consequently the show features The Long Goodbye, and The Big Lebowski!
There will be a gap until late November while we settle things down, and then the show will be back in time to start the Blockbuster season.
(00:00) The Long Goodbye
(18:11) The Big Lebowski
(58:19) Wrap up
For a Wireless Express Show interview special we spoke to one of our favourite directors: Rian Johnson. We spoke with the director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom and the upcoming Looper over the course of almost an hour’s long-form interview and found him to be a relaxed, entertaining and truly fascinating guest.
This week we kick ass and take names with a frank and heartfelt discussion of the life, times and films of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Laura is the latest entry in our film noir season and Table Time sees our first videogame discussion with a quick look at Final Fantasy XIII. Conor also has a word or two to say about the classic television thriller The Prisoner. Rounding off the latest episode is our usual question and answer section, this week featuring our first ever comment!
(00:00) Section 1: Jean-Claude Van Damme
(28:17) Section 2: Laura
(43:30) Section 3: Table TIme featuring Final Fantasy XIII and The Prisoner
(57:27) Section 4: Question Time and Listener Comments
This week we are not cheerful as we did not make a single mistake.
In our second episode (controversially titled Episode 1) the Dudebros struggle manfully through Conor’s asthma (Not mentioned in the episode), hunger, and a discussion of terrifying old ladies. We also talk about Robert Aldrich, some stuff we brought to the table, and book to movie adaptations.
Section 1 (00:00) Intro and our Director in Focus, Robert Aldrich.
Section 2 (25:33) Our film noir series continues with a look at Double Indemnity.
Section 3 (41:50) Table Time with The Martian Chronicles and Vengeance.
Section 4 (51:22) Question Time. This week Luke asked Conor what was his favourite pizza topping, and what happened next was astounding. (Astounding is probably a bit of a strong word.)
In last week’s Episode, Conor said the end of the classic noir cycle came with Where The Sidewalk Ends, but he was thinking of Touch Of Evil.