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Movie goodness [Mar. 13th, 2009|05:33 pm]
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In the last week or so, between getting ready for the rent inspection, looking after Lex, and not much else, I have been thoroughly enjoying two different movie related shows. Actually, not enjoying - mainlining. Inhaling.

Both are by non-professionals

The first is Terry Frost's Paleo Cinema, a fairly regular podcast on movies pre-dating 1980. Terry's range of tastes and knowledge is fairly eclectic and encyclopedic, though as he is the first to admit, he's no expert. Terry forewent a formal study of cinema, and instead simply grew up watching lots of films.

His shows are usually well put together and presented, and it tends to feel like you're sitting around chatting with him, rather than being talked at. I don't always agree with his views and criticisms, but there hasn't been a single show I haven't enjoyed.

I checked out a couple of random podcasts, but have now gone back to the start and am running through the shows in order. Highly recommend it.

The other is The Bazura Project, a movie show that screens on Channel 31. Shannon Marinko and Lee Zachariah present a half-hour program of news, reviews, interviews, entertainment and general silliness. Every show opens with a short parody of a well-known film (there's only been one I haven't picked so far).

My attention was first drawn to the Bazura Project by this report on Media Watch about their efforts to get nominated for a Logie.

All three seasons are watchable on their website, and on youtube. I started from the first episode and I'm now nearing the end of season two.

What I enjoy about both shows are that they are simply people who love movies talking to you about them. It's rare I come away from either without wanting to check out something new, or rewatch something old.

Check'em out!

[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2009-03-13 07:37 am (UTC)
The cheque is in the mail, baby!

Thanks for the email feedback (I'm folding it into the next 'cast) and your support. Gonna rock through Village and Children of the Damned on Sunday, and The Damned too. I've checked the stats and SF, film noir and ozploitation episodes score the best, so I'm going to keep the diversity but throw more of those things in, too.

Hmmm wonder if any podcasts have been nominated for Ditmars...
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-03-13 07:48 am (UTC)
It really is a fabulous show.

Village and Children are both wonderful in different ways. You'd never have gotten Children made in the US, not in anything like its final form.

I love your piece on Stone, gunna be checking that one out first chance I get.

I suspect SF, noir and ozploitation score so well because they are the sorts of things people actively search for that aren't mainstream. It's easy to find comedies, action films, etc. But a good SF flick? Good ozploitation?

If a bloody cat can be nominated, then a bloody podcast can be.
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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2009-03-13 07:49 am (UTC)
My now defunct cat, Emma Peel, did get nominated but Roger's big furball thing won.
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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2009-03-13 07:56 am (UTC)
BTW, Shannon and Lee from Bazura are very accessible through their web site and on various social networks. Nice guys both of them from the online interactions I've had with them.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-03-13 08:05 am (UTC)
I had been thinking that, and thinking of writing to them, so good to know.
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