Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 25

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For Episode 25 the MM cast reviews Hollywood stalwart Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, “American Sniper”.

We discuss movies about outsiders, including “The Elephant Man”, “Barfly”, “The Fisher King” and “Rumblefish”.  As usual we take on the One-Minute Movie Review challenge and finish off with WatchedList.

Oh, and there was cake to celebrate 25 episodes of the Movie Mastication podcast!  So sit back and relax and let us pre-chew the movies for you.

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Top 5 Movie Chases on Foot

by Jody B. Movie

Maybe you can’t beat cinematic car chases for heart-stopping action, but going back to basics can provide just as much adrenalin and raise the heart rate with unbearable tension…

5. 28 Days Later (2002)

Confronted with the empty streets of London after waking up in a hospital bed, Jim (Cillian Murphy) enters a church and finds no consolation, just the remains of what used to be the city’s populace, now infected with a rage virus. The chase through the quiet streets, Jim wearing his hospital greens and clutching a plastic bag containing his only possessions, and with no understanding of the world he’s woken up to, is physically and mentally terrifying. The soundtrack builds as the fast-running infected are set alight by Jim’s rescuers, and the chase comes to a climax with Jim’s words, simple but saying so much: “Please tell me what the **** is going on.”

Cillian Murphy is pursued by the infected in 28 Days Later

Cillian Murphy is pursued by the infected

 4. Marathon Man (1976)

The ordinary life of Babe (Dustin Hoffman) is shattered when he becomes embroiled in his older brother’s world of espionage and Nazi diamonds. After surviving dental interrogation by Nazi war criminal Szell (Laurence Olivier), in one of movie history’s most infamous torture scenes, Babe’s training as a marathon runner comes in handy when he escapes the henchmen tasked with getting rid of him and hits the underpasses, overpasses and wet streets, hotly pursued by William Devane. Hoffman’s desperation and terror as he outruns and outmanoeuvres his far more experienced pursuer is palpable.

Dustin Hoffman runs from good dental hygiene

Dustin Hoffman runs from good dental hygiene

3. Hanna (2011)

With a pumping track from the Chemical Brothers, Hanna’s (Saoirse Ronan) escape from the underground facility where she’s being held, for reasons yet unknown, and from her captors, is given a soundtrack that elevates the heart rate and provides the noise that underscores the insane and unknown world that Hanna has entered. The camera-work, revolving and jumping, spinning and hypnotic, provides the backdrop by which so much is revealed about Hanna to both the audience and to Hanna herself.

Saoirse Ronan's Hanna runs, jumps and outwits her captors

Saoirse Ronan’s Hanna runs, jumps and outwits her captors

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Leatherface’s pursuit of lone survivor Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) is one of the most relentless and adrenalin-pumping chases put on film. Having despatched Sally’s wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain), the chainsaw wielding maniac takes off in pursuit of Sally through the woods, clearing branches as he goes. Clad in lurid white bell‑bottoms and with her blonde hair flowing behind her, Sally is clearly visible in the darkness and her screams of horror still chill the blood, no matter how many re‑watches.

Sally Hardesty runs for her life

Sally Hardesty runs for her life

1. Apocalypto (2006)

We may never see another Mel Gibson-directed movie, but with Apocalypto he has left us with a brutal and beautiful masterpiece. Told in the Mayan language, it’s a story of invasion, slavery, and human suffering, but is also about family, friendship and hope in the face of hopelessness. The final 30 minutes of the movie are given over to a chase through the forest as young warrior Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) races against time and his cruel captors to reach his imperilled pregnant wife and son. It’s part action flick, part history lesson, and part commentary on the encroachment of civilisation on gentle lives. Brilliant.

Jaguar Paw races against time in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto

Jaguar Paw races against time

 Want to tell us about your favourite movie chases on foot?  Add a comment below!

Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 24

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On our first episode for 2015, we kick things off in a meta vein with a discussion on movies about making movies, and traverse titles like “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Argo”, “Lost in La Mancha” and “The Player”.

In our main review we chew over “Birdman”, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton as an actor who used to play a superhero but left it all behind … hey, wait a minute …

You’ll spend three of the most informative minutes of your life when our One-Minute Movie Reviews give you a snapshot of “Looper”, “Ragnarok” and “Swimming With Sharks”.

We close the episode with a plentiful and varied WatchedList from each of your three hosts, and YouSuckTube takes us on a journey into the world of shopping bags posing as UFOs.  So keep watching the skies and enjoy this episode of Movie Mastication.

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 23

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In our first instalment for 2015 (actually  recorded in December) we’re decidedly un-Christmas-y with our two movie reviews: “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gylenhaal as a slimy, self-promoting reporter; and new Aussie flick “The Mule”, starring Angus Sampson and Hugo Weaving.

Our WatchedList segment includes talk of “Nebraska”, “The Dirties”, and “Boss”.  And it wouldn’t be Movie Mastication without at least one Schwarzenegger movie and The Spoiler’s patented Arnie impersonation – this month it’s “Commando” and “The Last Action Hero”.

So from Jody B. Movie, The Spoiler and Rock Hardson, it’s a belated Happy New Year and welcome to another year of masticatory magic!

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 22

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In our second episode for November, we try to find the sparkle in the dross as we chat about great performances in bad movies.  We also ponder David Fincher’s newest feature, “Gone Girl”, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.  And “YouSuckTube” returns for a mighty sucky battle between Three Beat Slide and Internet sensation Jan Terri.  Does it get any better than this?  Probably.

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 21

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It’s the first of two – yes, two! -episodes for November.  To make up for a lengthy absence, Jody, Rock and The Spoiler bring you a double dose of movies, TV and assorted topics.  We review “Devil’s Knot”, Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s take on the story of the West Memphis Three; and to lead us into the world of “based on true events”, we take a look at – you guessed it – movies based on true events.  With our one-minute movie reviews, WatchedList, and Rock’s half-movie reviews, we’re back with a vengeance!

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 20

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Emerging from the smoke and rising high above the city grime, it’s episode 20 of Movie Mastication!

We’re in a celebratory mood this month with a review of “Godzilla” and some infantile chatter about movies we loved when we were kids.

We also have an interview at 37:20 with writer/producer/director Jack Thomas Smith, chatting to us about his latest release, controversial assembled footage film “Infliction”.

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 19

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In our second instalment for this month, and post-Oscars 2014, the MM team discuss Best Picture winner, “12 Years A Slave”.  The Spoiler puts Jody and Rock to shame and fills us in on her viewing of all of this year’s nominees for Best Picture.  And, as always, you can look forward to our One-Minute Movie Reviews and WatchedList.  So kick back and relax; it’s only one year until the next Oscars!

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 18

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It’s April Insanity, with not one but two episodes of the Movie Mastication podcast this month.  On this episode we talk about one of the big losers from this year’s list of Oscar nominees, “American Hustle”.  Sequels take centre stage in this month’s general discussion, and we ponder, like the rest of the world, whether Hollywood is out of ideas.  Our very special guest is Robbie Williams, here to take you on a tour of the northern beaches classic “BMX Bandits” and beyond.  Let him entertain you!

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Movie Mastication Podcast – Episode 17

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The MM team is back for 2014!  We kick off the new year with a review of the long-awaited sequel to “Anchorman”, the cleverly titled “Anchorman 2”.  Plus, One-minute Movie Reviews are back for another year, as is our ever-popular WatchedList segment.  And In lieu of our “This Month” discussion, we have a chat about the year’s coming releases, in between mouthfuls of lemon meringue pie.  Yep, it’s another lip-smacking episode!

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