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The films that shaped modern popular cinema, discussed by Alex Balerdi and Ben Highton, one film at a time. Season 1: Arnold Schwarzenegger Season 2: Tom Cruise Season 3: Forgotten Films (1980-2010)

The films that shaped modern popular cinema, discussed by Alex Balerdi and Ben Highton, one film at a time. Season 1: Arnold Schwarzenegger Season 2: Tom Cruise Season 3: Forgotten Films (1980-2010)
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The films that shaped modern popular cinema, discussed by Alex Balerdi and Ben Highton, one film at a time. Season 1: Arnold Schwarzenegger Season 2: Tom Cruise Season 3: Forgotten Films (1980-2010)

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English


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In Praise of Keanu

5/20/2019
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For this week's mini episode, Ben discards the Suspiria remake to focus on the career trajectory of Mr Keanu Reeves, building up to his most satisfying role, that of Mr John Wick. There are no spoilers here, so if you haven't yet seen John Wick 3 AKA Parabellum, fear not - this is all about Keanu. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:00:18:38

Forgotten Films - 1988 Part 2

5/8/2019
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Ben and Alex round out the review of 1988's forgotten films with an ok religious satire and an outstanding survival thriller. First up is the star-studded Pass the Ammo, featuring Tim Curry and a rare leading role for Bill Paxton, causing some Paxton Factor confusion. Then (at 23m), the unduly forgotten action thriller Deadly Pursuit (AKA Shoot to Kill), starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley and Clancy Brown - as well as a handful of stunts and twists. Music is "80s" by David...

Duration:01:17:59

Mandy, The Old Man & The Gun, Won't You Be My Neighbour

4/24/2019
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Another trifecta of recent releases for recommendation and another phalanx - love that word - of listener recommendations for the weeks ahead. On the docket this week, Ben gives a view on bonkers, artful Nic Cage masterpiece 'Mandy'; Robert Redford's acting swansong, 'The Old Man and The Gun' (directed by David - not John - Lowery); and documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?', detailing the career of the iconic children's presenter Mr Rogers. There's laughter, tears and chainsaws right here,...

Duration:00:35:13

Forgotten Films - 1988

4/21/2019
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In looking at 1988's Forgotten Films, Alex chooses a listener recommendation in the shape of Christopher Crowe's Vietnam cop thriller, Saigon AKA Off Limits (spoilers start at 38m30s). Then it's Ben's turn (at 51m) with John Sayles' genre-defying retelling of the 1919 'Black Sox' baseball scandal, Eight Men Out (with spoilers at 1h22m), before wrapping things up - for the first part of 1988 at least... (at 1h 27m). Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:01:19:28

Looking Ahead

4/12/2019
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Thanks to a pretty special piece of correspondence, this week's mini episode is not so mini, as Alex joins Ben to go through a list of potential upcoming films, as Forgotten Films moves into the 90s and beyond. Its a mixed bag, but there are some excellent recommendations here (thanks again to Cary from Vermont for taking the time). If you want to offer your recommendations - including anything we've missed in the 1980s - do so here: thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

Duration:00:43:04

The 100th Episode & Forgotten Films - 1987

4/5/2019
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We finally did it. We reached 100 episodes. To celebrate, we've got specially recorded clips and questions from contributors and long-time fans, as well as tackling two films from 1987 for the Forgotten Films series. First up is "*batteries not included", one of the second tier Spielberg productions from the Amblin era, featuring adorable septuagenarians and even more adorable self-replicating robots. Then there's a deeper dive to rediscover Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a...

Duration:01:54:32

Netflix-a-Go-Go

3/27/2019
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A triple bill of Netflix nuggets you for this week in the shape of a documentary about our times, an action thriller with a killer cast and a right proper western anthology. Ben's got the skinny on them and they're all worth watching. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay; contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:00:16:37

Forgotten Films - 1986

3/21/2019
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Ben declares a 'twosy-doozy' and Alex has some reservations as they trawl through 1986 for a couple of Forgotten FIlms. Ben's got Christopher Walken and Sean Penn in a tense, true life crime thriller with James Foley's At Close Range first (spoilers @ 52m30s); then Alex continues his descent into the bowels of sci-fi history (@ 1h7m) with frankly bonkers street-punk, teenage romance, sci-fi, spiritual, revenge action film, The Wraith. You won't want to miss this one. Music is "80s" by David...

Duration:01:39:18

Presidents, Judges, Kings and Nazis

3/14/2019
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A plethora of recommendations, as Ben serves up some recent documentaries that satisfy varying tastes and a potential future B-Movie classic in the making. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

Duration:00:24:17

Forgotten Films - 1985

3/9/2019
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1985 is here and we've got a listener recommendation and an awards contender, fished out from the sofa of 1980s cinema, for reappraisal. First up, Alex has picked Wolfgang Peterson's space parable Enemy Mine, as requested by a number of listeners. A purer shot of 80s nostalgia there may not be, but did it do it for Alex and Ben? (Spoilers @ 35m 30s). Then (@ 44m 50s) Ben is trying to go high-brow, by offering up Plenty, starring Meryl Streep. A classy, prestige film for sure, but is there...

Duration:01:33:48

We Need to Talk About Oscars

2/28/2019
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A super-brief one this week, as Ben recovers from lurgee - just long enough to have a mini-moan about the Oscars from his hotel room, before plugging the recent cross-over with Australia's Reel Chat podcast. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay; contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:01

Forgotten Films - 1984

2/17/2019
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Its 1984. Big Brother may be watching you, but The Arniethology is here to talk to you - about 2 films that may or may not be eligible to join the pantheon of Forgotten Films. First up, Ben introduces the Zucker-Abrams-Zucker film that came between their 2 classics (Airplane! and The Naked Gun) - the frankly all-over-the-place, but very funny Top Secret! Then it's Alex's turn with another sci-fi gem (or is it?), time-travel thriller The Philadelphia Experiment. Which is better? Which is more...

Duration:01:36:34

Bonus 1983 - BMX Bandits

2/6/2019
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It's a special bonus episode, as Alex joins Ben to offer up Nicole Kidman's first film, BMX Bandits, by way of apology for the, erm, lacklustre Wavelength pick from 1983. Before they get into the film itself, there's some movie news from the Fast and Furious and Mission: Impossible universes. Then its off to the bike-track for a hefty dose of 80s nostalgia, buffoonery, stunts and the start of an Oscar-winning career for Kidman. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay; get in touch at...

Duration:01:02:01

Forgotten Films - 1983

2/1/2019
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As the march through the 1980s continues, the Arniethology boys hit their first bump, as Alex makes a blind pick. Can anything good come from the obscure alien conspiracy film, Wavelength? Or is it down to Ben, with Tony Scott's The Hunger, to save the podcast from the scrapheap of forgotten films and, yes, maybe even forgotten dreams... Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com Intro & Wavelength, followed by The Hunger @ 33mins; spoilers for The Hunger @...

Duration:01:34:48

Preview of 2019 & A Simple Favour

1/22/2019
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January blues getting you down? Ben's here to give you reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3: 1) There are lots of films coming out in 2019 to be excited for! Here are a few of them. 2) They still churn out Die Hard remakes - such as Final Score AKA Die Hard in a Football Stadium - and Ben has seen it, so (perhaps) you don't have to! 3) Paul Feig is making films starring and about dynamic, entertaining women and A Simple Favour might be his most fascinating yet! Music is "80s" David Szesztay; get...

Duration:00:43:59

Forgotten Films - 1982

1/16/2019
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A truly outstanding year for genre films causes Alex and Ben to look a little bit harder for a couple of gems that aren't held up as highly as the classics that came out in 1982. Alex has chosen the sword and sorcery franchise-starter The Beastmaster, causing Ben to reveal perhaps his earliest hero worship... before Ben introduces Alex to the Carl Reiner-Steve Martin collaboration Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and hilarity ensues. Which one will win out for their affections and earn the "highly...

Duration:01:30:26

Forgotten Films - 1982

1/16/2019
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A truly outstanding year for genre films causes Alex and Ben to look a little bit harder for a couple of gems that aren't held up as highly as the classics that came out in 1982. Alex has chosen the sword and sorcery franchise-starter The Beastmaster, causing Ben to reveal perhaps his earliest hero worship... before Ben introduces Alex to the Carl Reiner-Steve Martin collaboration Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and hilarity ensues. Which one will win out for their affections and earn the "highly...

Duration:01:30:26

Commies, Cyborgs and Hawkmen

1/9/2019
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Ben's back to tell you about an Oscar movie you can probably skip and a b-movie you probably shouldn't. Then there's music - a real song with words and production values and everything - courtesy of our spoiler sounds' creator and his band, Hawkmen Dive. Intro and incidental music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:00:36:02

Commies, Cyborgs and Hawkmen

1/9/2019
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Ben's back to tell you about an Oscar movie you can probably skip and a b-movie you probably shouldn't. Then there's music - a real song with words and production values and everything - courtesy of our spoiler sounds' creator and his band, Hawkmen Dive. Intro and incidental music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

Duration:00:36:02

Forgotten Films - 1981

1/3/2019
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The forgotten gems of the 80s are in full swing now and Alex and Ben have a couple of beauties for you this week. Once Ben tries pushing another Walter Hill film, its down to business with the genuinely shocking and surprisingly relevant paranormal thriller, The Entity. Then its Alex's turn, by way of a listener recommendation, and the first novel from Whitley Streiber gets adapted in Wolfen. It is more than your average werewolf film. Episode layout: Intro, followed by The Entity (@ 6mins);...

Duration:01:25:59