Okay, no-one’s really sure how this happened, but bear with us. Somehow, somehow, in a logical, progressive fashion, we set out to discuss the legacy of colonialism and in the end managed to segue from an examination of Victorian museum design to the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Yes, yes, it could have happened to […]
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Episode 22: RRRiotous Fun with Gunga Din
This episode we’re PUNCHING TIGERS IN THE FACE with the incredible Indian breakout hit RRR. And if that’s not overpowering enough, we’re also watching 1939 adventure movie classic Gunga Din. Join us for a measured discussion of colonialism, nationalism, cinematic idioms, and LITERALLY THROWING A MOTORCYCLE OVERARM AS A WEAPON WHILE EVERYTHING ELSE ON SCREEN […]
Episode 21: Popcorn Counter: War! Huh! What is it Good For?
At the popcorn counter this time we try to list our top three war films, only to find we’ve out manoeuvred each other and ended up with a pyrrhic victory: five good movies and one that’s so bad it earns a whole new rating.
Episode 20: Popcorn Counter: Gods Among Us
There are lots of advantages to putting God in your film. No-one knows what they look like, so casting can be as crazy as you like, and (so far) they never sue over the unlicensed use of their image. We try to remember as many examples of God on screen as we can while we […]
Episode 19: Hammer Time
Ancient gods meet the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this episode, as Thor: Love and Thunder clashes with 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts. Join us for epic tales of the Quest for the Three S’s: swords, sandals and semi-naked men. But it turns out there’s more than just escapism on screen, as the two films also […]
Episode 18: Popcorn Counter: Live in Concert
After sneaking a musical instrument into the popcorn counter, we prove once and for all that neither of us is Bob Dylan, but we have seen some kick ass concert movies. Which ones stand out and is the live music feature film due a comeback?
Episode 17: Elvis the Baz Singer
We’re All Shook Up this episode by the frenetic gyrations of Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic Elvis, another example of style trumping substance. But it’s hardly the first Hollywood film about white people making money out of black music – that might be The Jazz Singer, famously the first talkie (except it isn’t…) from 1927. Has […]
I was sent to review Gojira when it was rereleased in the UK in 2005, by film site FilmExposed.com. I’m looking forward to seeing it again for the pod next week, but in the meantime I thought I’d dig out my old review, below: …. ‘What you see is not a movie. It is utterly […]
The Two Reel Cinema Blog
So the Two Reel Cinema Club is a podcast. Every episode we watch two movies, a brand new one and an old one that visits some of the same territory, and then we try to connect the dots. There may also be some random chatter in between the dots. In fact sometimes we wander far […]