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Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.

Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.

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Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.

Language:

English


Episodes

No Escape

6/22/2022
It's life in prison on a desert...followed by life in prison stranded on an exotic island that just happens to be right next to a desert? Sorry, the Mikes still haven't wrapped their heads around that one. The Mikes are talking No Escape from 1994, directed by Martin Campbell and starring the late Ray Liotta, Lance Henrikson, Stuart Wilson and Ernie Hudson. Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about the many, many logistical questions that come into play while watching the film. How...

Duration:00:56:05

Phone Booth

6/15/2022
You walk by a phone booth in New York City. The phone suddenly starts ringing. You turn around in disbelief..."Whoa! There are still phone booths in this country?!" you say to yourself out loud as you ignore the ringing phone that clearly isn't for you, because if it was for you, they'd be calling your cell phone! And even then, you ignore the call, because let's face it, if it's not a text it's probably a spam call. You walk away, moving on with your life, never knowing who was on the other...

Duration:00:54:48

The Drop

6/8/2022
It's time for severed hands, bad accents, and an adorable pit bull puppy on this episode of Forgotten Cinema as the Mikes discuss the 2014 film, The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his final role before his passing. Mike Field and Mike Butler both very much enjoy the story being told in this film. The writing and the dialogue are very well done. Butler believes that perhaps the film could have been served better as a short film, as it does seem to stretch the...

Duration:00:45:24

The Big Chill

6/1/2022
The Mikes are going back to 1983 to sit down and have a long talk and hang out for the weekend. A "Big Chill" if you would. Get it?! That's right; Mike Butler and Mike Field are discussing the Lawrence Kasdan written and directed film The Big Chill, starring Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, Glenn Close, William Hurt, Tom Berenger, JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, and Meg Tilly. What a cast! Field and Butler will talk about the amazing dialogue in this film and what the title is actually referring...

Duration:01:08:23

Timeline

5/25/2022
The Mikes are going back in time to the Hundred Years War where these modern men of the 21st century will surely thrive...nah just playing, they'd probably die; quickly and poorly. Mike Field and Mike Butler are instead watching the 2003 time travel film, Timeline, from the comfort of their own homes with all the modern amenities available to them. They'll discuss the differences between this film and the Michael Crichton novel it is based on. The Mikes will also talk about how this film...

Duration:01:05:49

Oblivion

5/18/2022
It's time for some Cruise-on-Cruise action this week as the Mikes discuss the 2013 film "Oblivion" starring Forgotten Cinema's most repeated superstar; Tom Cruise. Mike Butler and Mike Field both truly enjoy this movie, but man does it have some issues when it comes to story. From conveniences in dialogue and character motivation for the purpose of driving the story along to inconsistent or nonsensical plot points, the story in this film could probably have used a little more time in the...

Duration:01:10:17

Project X

5/11/2022
It's two episodes into their 13th season and the Mikes are throwing the party of the century! A real rager! The most kick-ass rockin' in your face....ok I lied; they're just going to watch a movie about that kind of party. It's 2012's Project X. Directed by and starring no one you've ever heard of, this coming-of-age party film went on to make nearly TEN TIMES it's budget back! That's....astounding even to Butler, who was not as big a fan of this film as Field was. Field enjoys many aspects...

Duration:00:44:57

The Beast of War

5/4/2022
Season 13 of Forgotten Cinema starts off with The Mikes driving a Soviet tank behind enemy lines by orders of a crazed George Dzundza, as they discuss the 1988 film The Beast of War. After about seven seasons worth of being asked to cover this film, Mike Field and Mike Butler finally discuss this Jason Patric, Stephen Baldwin starrer that takes place during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. They'll discuss the themes of the film and how if they had pushed the crux of the story more toward...

Duration:00:48:40

Run Lola Run

4/27/2022
In the season finale of Season 12, the Mikes are grabbing their bright red wigs and running back to the late nineties to catch up with Lola's terrible, very bad, no good day, in 1998's Run Lola Run. Mike Field loves this low budget flick that brings him back to "the day"; the club music soundtrack typified by artists like Moby and Prodigy thumping throughout, the nonstop pace of the film, the subtle nods to Hitchcock, and of course, that delightful 80-minute run time. Butler also enjoys the...

Duration:00:55:34

48 Hours

4/20/2022
Roxanne!!!! That's right! The Mikes are talking about a film that they've already been told isn't forgotten. The first Eddie Murphy starrer, 48 Hours. Well jokes on everyone, because neither Mike Field or Mike Butler had ever seen it. Everyone talks about Beverly Hill Cop, it's great and it's repeated all over TV, but 48 Hours is the one that gave Eddie Murphy his start on the big screen and no one ever really talks about it. From Nick Nolte being Nick Nolte, to the surprisingly serious tone...

Duration:00:45:37

The Paper Chase

4/13/2022
The Mikes are going to law school in the early 70's! And probably flunking "Contracts" class with Professor Kingsfield. That's right! It's The Paper Chase. Mike Butler believes that you are unlikely to ever see a mainstream film geared more directly at a particular subset of a particular kind of school. To Butler this film is for first year law students (possibly only those in the 70's) and that is about it. While Mike Field can enjoy the craft of the film and the fantastic cinematography by...

Duration:00:45:58

Michael Clayton

4/6/2022
The Mikes love talking about Mike....Clayton that is! This week Mike Butler and Mike Field are discussing the 2007 Tony Gilroy film, Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson. This film is a favorite of the Mikes, nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including a win for Swinton and a Best Picture nod, it's no wonder. From the phenomenal acting of its title character Clooney (also nominated) to Wilkinson's tragic performance as Arthus Edens, who Butler believes was...

Duration:00:55:36

Shallow Grave

3/30/2022
Mike Field and Mike Butler are talking about ANOTHER group of friends finding ANOTHER bag filled with a ridiculous amount of money. Man, the 90's just had cash coming out of everywhere. This time it's the UK in Shallow Grave, the first feature film from director Danny Boyle. Starring Ewan "Obi-Wan" McGregor, Christopher "The Doctor" Eccleston, and Kerry Fox, this movie is about 3 terrible friends finding a ton of money off the scene of a sketchy death has Butler seeing A Simple Plan all over...

Duration:01:00:09

Fly Away Home

3/23/2022
The Mikes are jumping into some unsafe looking homemade planes and flying a gaggle of geese south for the winter as they discuss the 1996 family film Fly Away Home starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin. Butler was sure Field would hate his film, but to his surprise, Field didn't hate it! From the father/daughter relationship of Daniels and Paquin, the cinematography, the true story angle, and of course the cuteness of those geese, there's a lot to enjoy in this film. Of course, it's far from...

Duration:00:43:55

In Bruges

3/16/2022
The Mikes are going on holiday "In Bruge" after a podcast gone wrong with guest host Laura Johns from the "Why the Book Wins" podcast. Mike Field, Mike Butler, and Laura will discuss what they like about this 2008 dark dramedy from writer/director Martin McDonagh (of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri fame) starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. The themes are ever-present, the acting is top notch, the setting is interesting and the dialogue is clever. The three...

Duration:01:04:49

Just One of the Guys

3/9/2022
The Mikes are going under cover at a new school, pretending to be men in order to....wait...something isn't right. Maybe sometimes the Mikes are just watching movies; movies like Just One of the Guys from 1985, featuring William Zabka as, you guessed it...a bully! Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss why this film still works today at a time when a film from the 80's with a gender-swapping plot such as this would probably cringe into oblivion. The Mikes also talk the film's stars; Joyce Hyser,...

Duration:00:52:04

Unsane

3/2/2022
What do you get when you have Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss the 2018 Steven Soderbergh film Unsane on an episode of Forgotten Cinema? A fight! This Claire Foy vehicle; filmed (almost completely) on an iPhone split the Mikes opinions down the line. Mike Field enjoys the basic premise of the film; that being accidentally self-admitted in a mental institution is frighteningly possible. Mike Butler doesn't enjoy the leaps of plausibility and a main character who makes choices that pull...

Duration:00:49:53

Sleuth

2/23/2022
The game is afoot! The Mikes play some games with deadly consequences with Sirs Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier on this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they discuss the 1972 film, Sleuth! Join Mike Butler and Mike Field as they talk about this two-man show featuring some of the greatest acting talent the world has ever seen. A mix of comedy, mystery, and drama with themes of revenge, racism, and classism; Sleuth is a phenomenal film. Though Field thinks it a bit too long, Butler finds it...

Duration:00:56:38

The Shape of Things

2/16/2022
The Mikes are getting mean on this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they take a look at Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, starring Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, and Fredrick Weller. Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss how this film is based (as most of LaBute's films are) on one of his successful plays that stars the original cast as well. Butler and Field discuss the very play-like dialogue So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of...

Duration:00:50:27

Glory

2/9/2022
Join the Mikes as they watch the 54th train and come together as the Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, led by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Matthew Broderick, and Cary Elwes. Directed by Edward Zwick with an amazing score by the great James Horner. This is Glory! If you can't tell, both Mike Butler and Mike Field love this film and you will hear them tell you why throughout the episode. From the amazing true-life story, to...

Duration:01:04:03