Jeremy is joined once again by Chris Arnsby for a belated Halloween rummage through 1977's Exorcist II: The Heretic, directed by John Boorman and starring Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher and Linda Blair. Along the way they uncover the riddle of the Dave Clark Five, experience holidays with Ned Beatty, shudder before Ross Geller: Antichrist and fail to be fooled by the old revolving wig ploy.
Jeremy and Anthony Malone reunite for the first of a new season, beginning with a timely examination of 2015 science-fiction action sequel Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and JK Simmons.
Over the course of a mammoth struggle of intellects, their debate touches on such weighty matters as bad marketing, Ryan Gosling's Giggle Factory, James Cameron's secret merman identity, grey goo, Amistad with Oompa-Loompas and Terminators that ride horses, dance, attend job interviews or are made of mushrooms. We were both quite tired.
Be warned that there are major spoilers early on in the podcast, and that the trailer below was carefully selected to avoid including them.
Jeremy is joined again by Anthony Malone to mull over the 1985 satirical comedy Water starring Michael Caine, Leonard Rossiter, Brenda Vaccaro, Valerie Perrine and Billy Connelly, as part of a discussion that covers such topics as the BBC Shakespeare, comic actor Salma Hayek, Bernard and the Genie and knockabout prankster George Harrison.
Included below are extracts from the fantastic soundtrack and the segment from the programme mentioned in the podcast, In at the Deep End, in which Paul Heiney gets acting lessons from a mercurial Oliver Reed.
Jeremy is joined by acclaimed author and scriptwriter Simon Guerrier to discuss 1976's monster movie remake of King Kong, starring Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin. Their analysis takes in such topics as the birth of the blockbuster, The Secret Diary of Marco Polo, Mitchell and Webb and a former Doctor Who showrunner.
Jeremy is joined by Anthony Malone once again to study 1992 sci-fi horror sequel Alien3, starring Sigourney Weaver and Charles Dance and directed by a debuting David Fincher, with a discussion that takes in Cats, The Corrs, astronaut pranks, Damon Lindelof's acting and the time Jeremy described the plot of Seven to his mother.
Included below for additional viewing enjoyment is the recent stage production of Alien: The Play, adapted and performed by the students of North Bergen High School, North Bergen, New Jersey, with an on-stage introduction by Sigourney Weaver.
Jeremy is joined again by Dan Whitehead to discuss the 2003 black comedy drama Buffalo Soldiers, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, Scott Glenn and Elizabeth McGovern, as part of a conversation that encompasses Bilkospotting, Corporal Bueller, extreme teenage rebellion, some American obsessions and a callback to a previous episode.
Jeremy is joined again by Emmanuelle Harscouet to investigate 1976's comedy thriller Silver Streak, starring Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh and Patrick McGoohan, with the symposium taking in such subjects as Sunday afternoons on ITV, British Rail FM, Canadian accents and The Magic Roundabout.
The city of Cologne was founded in 38 BC by the Romans, who named their new settlement Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, referring to the vestal virgin Claudia, who saved her father from attack by plebians, and Marcus Agrippa, general of the armies of Augustus, first emperor of Rome.
Jeremy is joined by Chris Arnsby to discuss the 1968 psychodrama The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster and based on a story by John Cheever. This symposium includes discussion on the subjects of PEGOTs, grey flannel suits, the anticipation of sauce and the notion of twist endings.
Further reading on the film is this article from Bright Wall, Dark Room, which looks more deeply at the film.
Jeremy rounds up his choices for the best and worst films of the year, assisted by Chris Arnsby and Anthony Malone, the latter joining via written notes, as together they cover such subjects as the stage version of The Exorcist, the parallel between Freddie Mercury and Neil Armstrong, Jurassic World: The Lawsuit, the distance of history and exactly what Jeremy thinks of Ernest Cline.
Jeremy is joined by Anthony Malone to discuss the 1991 comedy adventure Hudson Hawk, starring Bruce Willis and newly-minted Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant. Their discussion diverts onto such subjects as baldness, cappuccino, Cameron Diaz's retirement and Christoph Waltz impressions as they try to avoid talking about the actual film.
Jeremy is joined by Chris Arnsby to discuss 1962 modern western Lonely are the Brave starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau, in a presentation that covers John F. Kennedy, unidexters, Dick Van Dyke's party trick and Chris's holiday in Westworld.
Jeremy is joined by Anthony Malone for this year's big Christmas blockbuster, David Lynch's 1984 space opera epic Dune, from the novel by Frank Herbert. Their discussion takes in such diverse items as Sesame Street, Paul Eddington, clockpunk, Raise the Titanic and the novel of a franchise of folk tales.
Jeremy is joined by incoming guest and literary friend Emmanuelle Harscouet to discuss the 1983 war drama Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence, with a discussion that takes in such diverse points as cultural transference, war as communications failure, the culture/language interface and the responsibility of recording history. Merry Christmas!
Jeremy is reunited with comics author and gaming expert Dan Whitehead to mull over 1993 sci-fantasy adventure Super Mario Bros, based on the popular video game series. Along the way, they take in such sights as Drain Man, Gloom Raider, the Cream of Scotland Yard and the game/film dynamic.
During the conversation, a couple of other projects that you can read about online were referenced. The script for the unproduced “last” Pink Panther film, Romance of the Pink Panther by Peter Sellers and Jim Moloney, can be read here, while the fan-produced sequel, Super Mario Brothers 2, can be read here.
Jeremy and Chris Arnsby cast off the shackles of commercialism to watch How to Get Ahead in Advertising, the 1989 satire written and directed by Bruce Robinson and reuniting him with his Withnail, Richard E. Grant. Their discussion of this dark and disgusting comedy covers such rib-tickling topics as George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Sergeant Pepper, Blake's 7 and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Jeremy is joined by comics author and gaming journalist Dan Whitehead to tackle 1994 action adventure Street Fighter, very loosely based on the video game series and starring Jean-Claude van Damme and Raul Julia. Their discussion touches on the limits of yoga, electric frogs, the Last James Bond Film and international movie star Simon Callow.
Anthony Malone joins Jeremy to discuss 1967's epic comedy Play Time, starring, co-written and directed by Jacques Tati. As they dissect the film they immediately decide is a masterpiece, they also touch on Terry Gilliam, The Prisoner, Peep Show, architectural prophecy, silent farce and all the joy of the world.
Jeremy is joined by Chris Arnsby to mull over the 2014 sci-fi action thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and written and directed by Luc Besson, in a discussion that covers such diverse topics as Ed Wood, Chris Morris, Carl Sagan and the film's 1970s remake.
Jeremy is joined by Anthony Malone for a discussion pertaining to John Carpenter's 1987 quantum horror Prince of Darkness, starring Donald Pleasance. Their conversation covers such matters as broken-down cars, academic dissertations, future sitcom stars and Joe Pesci impressions, while Anthony is tickled by the notion of an Erich von Daniken theme park and Jeremy is interrupted by an actual ghost.