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Movies and TeaOct 02, 2023
Movies and Tea #76 - Porco Rosso
Kim and Elwood re-evaluation of the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki this time looks at arguably one of the hidden gems of his filmography Porco Rosso. Set in the aftermath of world war 1 were hotshot pilot Porco has been turned into a humanoid pig battling sky pirates only for an American ace to set his sights on taking down the flying pig.
Movies and Tea #75 - Kiki's Delivery Service
Kim and Elwood re-evaluation of the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki takes a look at another Studio Ghibli favourite with Kiki's Delivery Service as 13-year-old Kiki moves to a seaside town with her talking cat, Jiji, to spend a year alone, in accordance for witches in training. But when she looses her powers she begins to question if they will ever come back.
Movies and Tea #74 - My Neighbour Totoro
Kim and Elwood re-evaluation of the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki arrives at My Neighbour Totoro as Miyazaki drew inspiration from his own childhood to craft a fantastical tale which would also introduce some of Studio Ghibli's most memorable creations including the gigantic forest sprite Totoro.
14/9 - audio issues corrected (Overlap)
Movies and Tea #73 - Castle In The Sky
Kim and Elwood continue their re-evaluation of the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki with Castle In The Sky in which Sheeta an orphan abducted by the government agent Muska might hold the key to finding Laputa the mythical castle in the sky as she teams up Pazu and a group of sky pirates to find it.
Movies and Tea #72 - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Kim and Elwood continue their re-evaluation of the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind based on his manga released the previous year.
Set in a post apocalyptic future were the survivors of humanity live in scattered settlements while giant insects roam the desert landscape which the teenage princess Nausicaä has learned to communicate with. But when a rival kingdom plans to revive and ancient weapon she finds herself drawn into a quest to stop them.
Movies and Tea #71 - The Castle of Cagliostro
Kim and Elwood kick off their season long look at the films of Studio Ghibli co-founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki starting with his directorial debut The Castle of Cagliostro
The second movie adaptation of the long running Lupin the 3rd series as the legendary thief finds himself caught up in a counterfeiting plot while attempting to rescue the kidnapped princess Clarisse and finally discover the hidden treasure of Cagliostro.
After Hours - Glass Onion
Kim and Elwood look at the second of the Knives Out mysteries Glass Onion as master detective Benoit Blanc is invited to the private island of Tech billionaire Miles Bron. But when the murder mystery weekend becomes real Blanc has to uncover whose playing for real.
After Hours - Knives Out
Elwood and Kim don their best deer stalker hats to look at Knives Out the first of Rian Johnson's Benoit Blanc mysteries as he attempts to undercover who is responsible for the death of a crime novelist and the suspects are plentiful.
After Hours - Virus
Kim and Elwood look at the sci-fi horror Virus in which a tugboat crew escaping a storm discover a seemingly abandoned Russian communication ship only to soon discover that the ship has been taken over by an alien presence which plans to us the crew for spare parts.
Regarded by Jamie Lee Curtis as the worst movie she ever made, we find out if it's as bad as she claims while looking at it's production from Dark Horse comic to the questionable acting choices of some of the cast and more!
After Hours - Jaws
Shark Week returns to the podcast as Elwood and Kim finally sit down to talk about Jaws which not only created the summer blockbuster but also spawned hundreds of imitators in it's wake. We look at what make this film stand out compared to it's counterparts, draw comparisons to the book and why this film still makes us question if it's safe to go back into the water.
Movies and Tea #70 - Crawl
Our Evolution of the Creature Feature season comes to a close with Alexandre Aja's Crawl which see's a category 5 hurricane heading towards Florida as college swimmer Hailey attempts to find her missing father only for the pair to soon be battling the rising flood waters and the ravenous local alligators.
We also run down our best, worst and hidden gems of the season
Movies and Tea #69 - The Bay
Continuing their look at the Evolution of the Creature Feature Kim and Elwood look at the 2012 found footage horror The Bay as a coastal town finds itself being devastated over the 4th of July celebrations when the water supply becomes infected with mutated parasites, which soon begin infecting the townsfolk.
Movies and Tea #68 - Piranha 3D
Continuing our season long look at the evolution of the creature we have a film which is equal parts a remake as it is a sequel as Alexandre Aja adds another memorable remake of a horror classic to his filmography as a tremor unleashes a horde of prehistoric piranha just in time for the spring break celebrations.
Movies and Tea #67 - Deep Rising
It's full scream ahead as Kim and Elwood's look at the evolution of the creature feature arrives at the aquatic horror Deep Rising as a group of hijackers targeting a luxury cruise ship discover that the ship is empty and soon find themselves being hunted by the monster which has taken over the ship.
Movies and Tea #66 - Arachnophobia
The season long look at the evolution of the creature feature arrives at the 90's and the Steven Spielberg produced Arachnophobia which sets out to do for spiders what Jaws did for sharks as a small town finds itself under siege from killer spiders and a doctor terrified of spiders has to find the source before they wipe out the town.
Movies and Tea #65 - Wild Beasts
Our season long look at the Evolution of the Creature Feature on this episode goes international as we look at the Italian film Wild Beasts in which PCP gets into the water supply for the zoo sending the animals on a violent rampage in a film packed with memorable set pieces as well as a host of equally wacky sequences as crazy as the behind the scenes tales of making the film.
Movies and Tea #64 - Alligator
Kim and Elwood's season long look at the evolution of the Creature Feature enters the 80's with Alligator which playing off the urban legend of sewer gators as a pet alligator grows to gigantic proportions when it starts feeding on the carcases of discarded test animals and soon start moving up the food chain.
Movies and Tea #63 - Kingdom Of The Spiders
Kim and Elwood's season long look at the evolution of the Creature Feature continues with Kingdom of the Spiders in which William Shatner plays the rural town vet who discovers that the town is being invaded by tarantula's which have moved on from feeding on the local livestock to feeding on the town.
We also question the worst places to encounter a spider, the insane behind the scene production stories and ridiculous faces of death!!
Movies and Tea #62 - The Birds
Continuing their season of films looking at the evolution of the creature feature Elwood and Kim look at the Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds" as a small coastal town finds itself under attack when the birds revolt against humanity
Movies and Tea #61 - Them
Kicking off our season long look at the evolution of the creature feature is the B-Movie classic Them as radioactive testing in the New Mexico desert has caused the ant population to grow to gigantic size wrecking havoc on the local population and their sugar supplies!
After Hours - City of Ember
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games there is a best selling young adult series that never could carry across their success to the screen and on this episode we try to discover what it was about City of Ember that caused it be such a massive flop.
Set in the post apocalyptic future were humanity now lives in an underground city, but when the generator starts to fail threatening to plunge the city into eternal night two teenagers set out to save the city and discover the secret of the mysterious briefcase which might hold the secret to their salvation.
Top 10 First Time Watches 2022
Kim and Elwood countdown their top 10 first time watches of 2022 as they reveal their favourite movie discoveries for 2022.
After Hours - Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
Kim and Elwood look at the first season of Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities a horror anthology which brings together both his collaberators aswell as directors including Panos Cosmatos, Vincenzo Natali, Catherine Hardwicke and covering everything from elderly satanists, demons, giant rats and ghosts.
After Hours: Shark Night 3D
Shark Week comes to the podcast once more and this time Kim and Elwood check out "Shark Night 3D" as a group of students heading to thier friend Sara's lake house for the weekend find themselves battling killer sharks which have been added to the lake.
After Hours: Favourite Scary Moments
Kim and Elwood celebrate the spooky season by revealing their favourite scary moments from the grotesque and shocking through to the downright chilling they reveal the moments in Horror cinema which had the biggest impact on them.
Movies and Tea #60 - Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
Bringing our re-evaluation of Quentin Tarantino's filmography to a close with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood another entry in Tarantino's alternative histories as Leonardo Dicaprio plays Rick a actor whose star is on the fall struggling to recapture fame and success in 1960s Los Angeles like his best friend and stunt double Cliff (Brad Pitt
Meanwhile, living next door to Rick is Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski while in the hills the Manson family are gathering.
We also reveal our Favourite, Worst and hidden gems of the Tarantino filmography
Movies and Tea #59 - The Hateful Eight
Our re-evaluation of Quentin Tarantino's filmography sees Tarantino still continuing his obsession with westerns as a bounty hunter and his captive are forced to wait out a snowstorm with a group of strangers with questionable backgrounds and even more suspicious motives and with tensions running high it's only a question of time till blood will be spilt.
Movies and Tea #58 - Django Unchained
With Tarantino having such love for spaghetti westerns it was really only a matter of time before he gave his own take on the genre paying homage to the Sergio Corbucci's 1966 orginal has he reimagines the wandering gunslinger as a former slave turned bounty hunter on a mission of revenge against the men who sold him and his wife into slavery.
Movies and Tea #56 - Death Proof
Originally meant to be part of the double feature "Grindhouse" alongside Robert Rodriguez Planet Terror here Tarantino threw his hat into the world of car smash movies as the serial killer Stuntman Mike plots to kill his victims using his death proof car.
Movies and Tea #57 - Inglorious Basterds
A long mooted project for Tarantino Inglorious Basterds provides the first of Tarantino's alternative history films as this multi-plot tale follows the titular Basterds on their campaign of fear through occupied France while a Jewish woman plots her revenge on the German officer who killed her family.
Movies and Tea #55 - Kill Bill Vol. 1 + 2
Having remoulded the crime movie genre with his first three films Tarantino followed it up with this rip roaring tale of revenge following "The Bride" a character created with his leading lady Uma Thurman on the set of Pulp Fiction. Spread across two films with Vol. 1 paying homage to his love of Eastern cinema drawing on inspiration from Shaw Bros. movies and Pop samurai cinema like Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf and Cub. With Vol. 2 he transfered his vision into a modern western.
We look at the films which inspired his vision, how the soundtrack has lived on through reality TV as well as some insightful differences in the translation plus more.
After Hours: Love Death and Robots Vol. 3
Elwood and Kim breakdown the latest season of David Fincher + Tim Millers anthology series which this time includes giant crabs, a rat uprisings, a cybernetically enhanced bear and the return of three robots amongst this new set of stories.
Movies and Tea #54 - Jackie Brown
Having finally arrived with "Pulp Fiction" a film which not only marked him as director to watch but also firmly rooted him in the pop culture conscious. So it would be a surprising move that Tarantino would choose to follow it up with an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch" only given a Tarantino twist.
Here Pam Grier plays the titular Jackie Brown, an air hostess and courier who after being nabbed by the FBI who are keen to have her turn on her arms dealer boss. However Jackie has plans of her own as an audacious money sting plot is launched.
Movies and Tea #53 - Pulp Fiction
Elwood and Kim continue thier re-evaluation of Quentin Tarantino's filmography with "Pulp Fiction" in which four interweaved stories play out as a mysterious briefcase, a dinner date, a gold watch and the etiquette of the stick up all come together to create a film still ingrained in pop culture as when it was released.
Movies and Tea #52 - Reservoir Dogs
Elwood and Kim kick off Season #7 and the start of their season long re-evaluation of the Quentin Tarantino's filmography starting with Reservoir Dogs as a failed a group of crooks try to figure out who the rat is in their group when a jewery store heist gets astray.
After Hours - To All The Boys Always and Forever
Wrapping up our review of the "To All The Boys" Trilogy as Lana is now in her senior year and considering how college plans but how will Peter fit into her plans and will she sacrifice her dreams for her relationship?
After Hours - To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Kim introduces Elwood to the first two films in the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" trilogy staring Lana Condor as the shy high school junior Lara Jean Covey whose letters she wrote to her crushes accidently get mailed to her crushes sparking a series of romantic misadventures the first two of which we cover on this episode.
After Hours: Dumplin'
After Hours: The Reef
Shark Week returns as this time Kim and Elwood check out the minimalist take on the genre with The Reef in which a group of friends find themselves being stalked by a great white shark when thier boat capsizes
Top 10 First Time Watches 2021
Elwood and Kim round out another movie watching year by sharing thier top movie discoveries of 2021 from festival discoveries to classics and forgotten oddities they reveal the films which have caught thier intrest.
Movies and Tea #51 - The Farewell
Our celebration of female directors comes to a close with Lulu Wang's "The Farwell" based in part on an event in Wang's life as Billi (Awkwafina) finds herself drawn into a speedy wedding organised as a cover to bring the family together when her grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Movies and Tea #50 - XX
The season long celebration of female directors this time doesn't look at just one but instead the work of five diffrent directors as Roxanne Benjamin, Sofìa Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic come together for an anthology of horror stories.
Join us as we break down the tales of mysterious boxes, demonic possession, problem children and possibly the worst birthday ever!!
Movies and Tea #49 - The Edge of Seventeen
Our season long celebration of female directors this time moves onto Kelly Fremon Craig and her directorial debut The Edge of Seventeen in which high school junior Nadine sets out to redisover who she is when her best friend starts dating her popular brother throwing her life into turmoil.
Movies and Tea #48 - Raw
The season long celebration of female directors this time looks the French Body Horror Raw written and directed by Julia Ducournau in which first year veterinary student vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) finds herself with an unsatisfiable craving after being forced to eat meat during the traditional hazing of the new students.
Movies and Tea #47 - A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
The season long celebration of female directors this time looks at Ana Lily Amirpour and her take on the vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" were in the Iranian city Bad City a skateboarding vampire is preying on the men who disrespect women.
Movies and Tea #46 - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Continuing our season long celebration of female directors on this episode we look at Lynne Ramsay and her adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need To Talk About Kevin in which the formerly acclaimed travel writer turned social recluse Eva looks back at the problematic relationship with her son Kevin and the events which lead to her current situation.
We also question if Tilda Swinton was Oscar snubbed for her performance while breaking down this visually engrossing psychological drama.
Movies and Tea #45 - Girlfight
Continuing our season long celebration of female directors on this episode we look at both the directing debut of Karyn Kusama aswell as the acting debut of Michelle Rodriguez as a wayward teenager living in Brooklyn who finds an outlet for her agression and frustrations with life through boxing.
Movies and Tea #44 - Clueless
Kicking off our season long celebration of female directors is Amy Heckerling's "Clueless" a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" as Beverly Hill's high school student Cher tries to find a purpose in life.
A classic film from the 90's while also staring a who's who of young talent who would nearly all go on to become big stars in the wake of the films release.
After Hours: One Cut Of The Dead
Elwood and Kim look at the Micro-budget zombie comedy "One Cut of The Dead" which might also be one of the freshest takes on the genre in years as a film crew attempt to film thier zombie movie only for a zombie outbreak to disrupt thier filming.....or does it.
After Hours: Cabin In The Woods
Despite being shelved after it's completion until Chris Helmsworth suddenly became a bankable asset off the back of Thor. It's a film which still remains one of the freshest takes on the horror genre since the release of Scream with a group of friends heading to a cabin in the woods, only to soon find out that not everything is what it seems.
On this episode we try to find out what it is about this film which left us still wanting more, aswell as the mechanics of the cabin which not only play into familar tropes but also add in many ways to the films appeal.