069 - WATER

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.

067 - ALIEN3

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.

066 - BUFFALO SOLDIERS

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.

 
 

065 - SILVER STREAK

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.

064 - THE SWIMMER

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.

 
 

059 - MERRY CHRISTMAS MISTER LAWRENCE

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!

058 - SUPER MARIO BROS.

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.

056 - STREET FIGHTER

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.

054 - PLAY TIME

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.

052 - PRINCE OF DARKNESS

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.

049 - THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

As one superteam convenes on the big screen, another assembles in Cinema Limbo, as Jeremy and Ed Bloomer wade through the mire of 2003's graphic novel adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on the book by Alan Moore and starring Sean Connery, in a discussion that takes in Bananaman, being Whoed out and unlimited exasperation.

We didn't go into any detail on the lawsuit connected to the film which soured Moore on Hollywood, but there are some details here, here and here.

048 - EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL

Jeremy and Chris Arnsby take a long jump into left field for Werner Herzog's 1970 satirical fantasia Even Dwarfs Started Small, taking in crucified monkeys, hypnotised chickens and drowned rats on the way.

As well as the usual trailer and product links below, enjoy some highlights from Herzog's bizarre career.

046 & 047 - REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2017

Jeremy is joined by both Chris Arnsby and Antony Malone as they present their thoughts on the last year in movies. In the first part of this epic adventure, they tussle with Bananaman, stand-up comic David Bowie, all the Draculas and enjoy a libel that was cut before release.

Jeremy, Chris Arnsby and Antony Malone continue their journey through the last year in film, as Chris pursues a family vendetta, Jeremy insults Mexico and Antony is hypnotised by a French screen legend.

Below you can see a playlist of previous Best Film winners.

045 - THE BEACH

Jeremy and Chris Arnsby chase the sun to The Beach, the 2000 adventure drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle, based on the novel by Alex Garland. Their  journey takes them past such topics as Strontium Dog, Tilda Swonton (sic), the Abbey Road webcam and Richard Briers.

Here is some information and art from the 2000 AD serialisation of A Life Less Ordinary - which really is real.

044 - STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER

Jeremy and Chris Arnsby go where few have past ventured by exploring Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the 1989 science fiction adventure based on the television series and starring, co-written and directed by William Shatner. Along the way Jeremy recounts more of his overseas exploits, David Warner goes in the corner, Sean Connery makes terrible career choices and everyone wears SAS jumpers.

Available to view below is the camera test for the infamous "rock monster" sequence. Consider your own verdict.

043 - GERRY

Jeremy and Chris Arnsby voyage into the infinite emptiness of the desert to discover Gerry, the 2003 experimental drama directed by Gus van Sant and starring Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, as part of a discussion that covers Stephen King, European Vacation, The Goon Show and Ray Mears.

There's some addtional reading, with a contemporary interview with Van Sant here, and a more in-depth review is here.