We are four friends who met at a primary school in a little village called Holywell-cum-Needingworth, Cambridgeshire. Before getting back in contact in 2013, we were last together as a group in 1983 having gradually lost track of each other once we moved to a larger secondary school. In our thirty years apart our lives took various twists and turns: several marriages, the odd divorce, moving around the country…and so on. However, we all kept ties with our home village and gradually found each other once again through the little website known as Facebook.
Upon getting in contact again, it soon became apparent that we all share a love of movies, each with our favourite genres, and we are now using this interest to meet up regularly (physically or across cyberspace) to create this podcast. We are Robert, Paul, Michael and Marc, and we hope we have something to say that will interest you!
Film seized me at a young age and I’ve been a happy captive ever since. Watching, talking and thinking about movies is about the finest addiction I’ve ever fallen into. I love all types but my great movie genre love is Science Fiction. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a movie on the go. I still own (and watch) all of the films I ever bought on video and have a DVD collection that never seems big enough, thankfully. I am, and shall always be, a sworn Screener to the end…
Favourite Films: Blade Runner, The Man Who Would Be King, It Came From Outer Space, Les Diaboliques, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, LA Story, Talk Radio, Tremors, Jaws, Another Earth, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Nostalgia for the Light, This Is Spinal Tap, The Man with Two Brains, Rob Roy, Big Trouble in Little China, Zodiac, Gattaca, Citizen Kane, Solaris, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Mean Streets, The ‘Burbs, Pleasantville, The Thing From Another World….and every movie Stanley Kubrick ever made.
Favourite Directors: Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Jack Arnold, David Fincher, Robert Wise, Patricio Guzman, John Huston, John Carpenter, Robert Zemeckis.
An aficionado of the classic war movie genre, a perfect day in the world of film would consist of my favourite films lined up and played consecutively. Bad adaptations and bad remakes will be treated with the appropriate amount of scorn. I will watch any film once, just don’t ask me to watch the bad ones again…
Favourite Films: Lawrence of Arabia, Ice Cold in Alex, Bridge on the River Kwai, The Great Escape, Saving Private Ryan, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Pulp Fiction, Leon, Valkyrie, Original Star Wars Trilogy, The Nightmare Before Christmas, My Neighbour Totoro, Rocky, Miracle on 34th Street (1947 and 1994 versions)
Favourite Directors: David Lean, Steven Spielberg, Richard Attenborough, Brian G.Hutton, Quentin Tarantino, Luc Besson, Hayao Miyazaki, Clint Eastwood
My love of film sweeps all the way back to childhood, feeling safe and happy with my family in front of the television. Rarely a family for going to the cinema, we had to wait for films to appear on the box. The thrill of seeing what ‘big’ movie had been chosen to be shown on Christmas Day is a feeling that has never deserted me. Then along came video. The visiting ‘video van’ that came once a week to our village became essential as we could watch what we wanted to and when we wanted to. No longer having to stay up late to see a glimpse of horror. Sci-fi was my generation’s Westerns and Star Wars was at the top of the pile. Never to be beaten. Nowadays my love is of British film. From the past and from the present. I recognise the streets in these films, the cars, the accents and the people. With very few exceptions Brit films are always overlooked, shunned and criticised but I would rather watch these, whether they are horror, comedy or one of the many gangster films released, than some big budget Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ – all hype and fluff and disappointment.
Favourite Films: Poor cow, A Taste of Honey, This Happy Breed, The Sandwich Man, Carry On at Your Convenience, Restless Natives, Porridge, The Likely Lads, Brighton Rock, Lock,Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Krays, Rise of the Footsoldier, The Italian Job, Blazing Saddles, This is England, Bunny and the Bull, The Amityville Horror, Mum and Dad, Peggy Su, Jurassic Park, Star Wars trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Scrooge, Scum, Kamikaze Girls, Life of Brian, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. An American Werewolf in London, My Life with Morrissey
Dr Michael Christopher
The joy of the big screen still seems to create a trance. In this way, my initial impression of films can seem a bit skewed. I think I have a bias in other ways too. I believe there are films I just won’t enjoy. I need more than pretty pictures to enjoy a film. At least let me feel something different to how I felt when I bought my ticket. Seeing those films at home probably changes things too. Seeing a film again on the small screen is a different experience, akin to seeing the same play but from a different seat. At that point there at least seems a way of balancing things from the initial skewed impression. Contributing to a discussion about films in a balanced perspective seems fun. It’s too easy to use the kind of banging someone over the head with a hammer rhetoric with someone who doesn’t like what you like. What’s the fun in that? None apparently. I don’t like films where people get hit in the head anyway.
Favourite Films: Superman:The Movie, The Godfather Trilogy, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Star Wars, Bourne Trilogy, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Magnificent Seven, The Dollars Trilogy, Life is Beautiful, It’s a Wonderful Life, Toy Story, Ordinary People, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Mary Poppins, The Ten Commandments, The Princess and the Frog.
Favourite Directors: Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Soderbergh, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Greengrass, Sergio Leone.