TheFIlmFellas (Podcast 1) - A Good Year

The fellas’ open up on what they deem to be the best year of film in history.

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Name of Podcast: A Good Year

Directed by: Adam Tabor

FilmFellas present: Laurence Manley, Henry Brown and James Burton

Podcast duration: 15mins

Top ten zombie films

Judging by the current revitalisation of the walking corpse, no one can deny that the zombie mania is upon us again. Be it Danny Boyle’s lightening-fast enraged cadavers or Romero’s lumbering rotted hulks, these mythical creatures have consistently kept audiences coming back for more (brains). 

So I figured it made sense to break out the corpse paint, slap on the blood and list my top ten favourite zombie films.

They’re coming for you Barbara…

10.  Day Of The Dead (1985)

Directed By:  George Romero 

Starring:  Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  I couldn’t resist adding Romero’s commonly derided third zombie feature to my top ten; haters be damned. Despite Joseph Pilato’s ham performance and a clear drop in quality from both N.O.T.L.D. and D.O.T.D, I still find this movie great fun. Gore-splattered deaths, a crazed zombie-obsessed scientist and the claustrophobic underground military bunker all add up to a worthy addition to a much loved genre.


9.  Dead Girl (2008)

Directed By:  Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel

Starring:  Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Fair warning is due: Deadgirl is a deeply disturbing, haunting experience, that will certainly leave you feeling soiled. When two school kids discover an undead girl chained up in an abandoned asylum, their initial fear quickly turns to lust… Despite the increasingly unsavoury content Deadgirl exhibits, it is nevertheless a unique take on an over-saturated genre, resulting in a movie that is both compelling and sinister in equal measure.


8.  Planet Terror (2007)

Directed By:Robert Rodriguez

Starring:Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  If you like ‘70’s horror exploitation that oozes style and buckets of blood, then Planet Terror will be right up your street. One part of the Tarantino/Rodriguez joint presentation of Grindhouse, this excessive, tongue-in-cheek zombie homage hits all the right notes and screams ‘re-watch’ at the top of its rotted lungs.


7.  Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Directed By:  Edgar Wright

Starring:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Don’t let Shaun Of The Dead’s mass appeal and low age rating fool you: this is actually a very clever homage to undead horror that deserves recognition. A perfect blend of comedy and horror, S.O.T.D will satisfy zombie aficionados with the many references to previous classics.


6.  Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – aka: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue (1974)

Directed By:  Jorge Grau

Starring:  Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  This time it’s science that’s the bad guy as experimental radioactive rays bring the dead shambling from their tombs. A moody, tension-filled watch, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie rises far above initial low budget expectations creating an engaging and memorable zombie experience.

5.  Zombie Flesheaters – aka: Zombi 2 (1979)

Directed By:  Lucio Fulci

Starring:  Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Pre-dating The Beyond, Fulci this time takes the zombie masses to the jungle in a gory, violent slaughterhouse of a film. Again epitomising the harsher edge of zombie flicks, cinema audiences were handed vomit bags before screenings… you have been warned. 


4.  The Beyond (1981)

Directed By:  Lucio Fulci

Starring:  Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Conzia Monreale

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Make no mistake, Fulci is firing on all cylinders with this grotesque, chilling and imaginative film. The inheritance of an old Louisiana hotel sited above a gateway to Hell prompts all manner of nastiness to spew forth. From shambling bloody zombies to a deliciously revolting acid scene, Fulcio landed himself as King of Italian gore with The Beyond. Admittedly not to everyone’s tastes, I still tout The Beyond as a fascinating and horrifying zombie watch.


3.  Dellamorte Dellamore – aka: Cemetery Man (1994)

Directed By:  Michele Soavi

Starring:  Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Cemetery groundskeeper by day – zombie killer by night: Rupert Everett’s bizarre life is never dull. This beautifully shot, haunting horror story would’ve hit the number 1 spot if not for my respect for Romero and his masterpieces. The fantastic concept narrative coupled with the Italian penchant for sex and blood makes Dellamorte Dellamore a ‘must see’ for any discerning horror fan.


2.  Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Directed By:  George Romero

Starring:  David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reiniger

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  Ten years on from N.O.T.L.D, Romero made the archetypal zombie movie Dawn Of The Dead. The scope (and presumably the budget) is widened, the siege now centering around a fortified supermarket. This film has pretty much everything a good zombie movie should contain, executed with an obviously passionate finesse. They really don’t make ‘em like they used to…


1.  Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

Directed By:  George Romero

Starring:  Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

 

Why walking cadavers are bad news:  For me, Romero’s classic undead siege flick tops them all. Popularising the zombie myth to a rising horror-hungry generation is the least of this film’s accolades: Night Of The Living Dead has been and will continue to be both inspirational and fundamental to good horror. If you’re new to horror (or have been living in a hole the last couple of decades), then WATCH THIS FILM!

List written and compiled by FilmFella Henry @filmfellahenry

Top ten post-apocalyptic films

Top ten post-apocalyptic films

Be it a deadly virus, vampire invasion or just some good old fashioned nuclear fallout, there really is nothing like an apocalypse to kick-start those rusty survival instincts. After recently watching Hardware on Blu-ray (and playing lots of Fallout), I have decided to do a quick rundown (in no particular order) of my ten favourite post-apocalyptic flicks.

After the deserved slamming my last post received (predominantly for not including Bill Pullman in Independence Day), I figured it’s probably worth mentioning that I will have inevitably missed out many worthy post-apocalyptic titles, so apologies in advance. This does not extend to those who rate Book Of Eli, Terminator Salvation and I Am Legend as ‘classics’.

Oh, and I also haven’t mentioned zombie films. If I did, I’d be here all day!

The Road (2009)

Directed By:John Hillcoat

Starring:Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee

 

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Probably the bleakest vision of a post-apocalyptic hell-hole yet, The Road follows the gruelling journey a father and son make across the barren wasteland that is now America. Despite being grim, hard-going stuff, The Road is an emotive, fantastically made journey that I hope I never have to make.

Planet of The Apes (1968)

Directed By:Franklin J Schaffner

Starring:Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   In a world where apes rule over man, things are pretty crazy indeed, especially for stranded astronaut Charlton Heston. Referenced countless times and loved by so many, the original Planet Of The Apes is certainly deserving of the praise this imaginative, epic film has garnered.

Hardware (1990) aka M.A.R.K. 13

Directed By:Richard Stanley

Starring:Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Often overlooked, Hardware is notable for its great robot effects and low budget prowess in this Terminator inspired film. When modern art becomes the ultimate killing machine, carnage ensues in a radiation blasted futurescape. Bloody, frantic and enjoyable, Hardware is best enjoyed on Blu-ray, due to some crucial image remastering.

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

Directed By:Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow

Starring:Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli

Reasons to Duck And Cover:  The first adaptation of Richard Matheson’s cult novel I Am Legend, The Last Man On Earth has solitary human Vincent Price pitted against the fanatical vampiric hordes bent on his extermination. Creepy, atmospheric and bleak, The Last Man On Earth depicts an undead siege way ahead of its time, pre-dating Night Of The Living Dead.

12 Monkeys (1995)

Directed By:Terry Gilliam

Starring:Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Based on the French short La Jetée, Gilliam’s film is set in a virus blighted world where mankind huddles in isolated bunkers. Desperate to find out more about the disease that wiped out most of humanity, convict Bruce Willis is sent back in time on a fact finding mission. With its brilliant concept, intricate narrative and impressive performances, Gilliam has made 12 Monkeys a must-see.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Directed By:George Miller

Starring:Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Mel Gibson is forced into defending a fortified oil refinery against the bizarre forces of The Humungus, in a broken world devoid of law and order. Of all the Mad Max films, this has to be my favourite, with its desolate setting, morally ambiguous protagonist and intense car chases. Makes me long for the ‘80’s again.

Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)

Directed By:Luc Besson

Starring:Jean Reno, Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Besson’s first feature shows us a derelict world where the power of speech has been lost. Survivors Pierre Jolivet and Jean Bouise team up to fight off the frenzied attacks of a brutish Jean Reno. With no dialogue in this black and white struggle for survival, Le Dernier Combat is adventurous and gripping, one of Besson’s most interesting works.

Logan’s Run (1976)

Directed By:Michael Anderson

Starring:Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Mankind lives in a futuristic utopia, albeit with one drawback: at 30 execution is mandatory. Desperate to live, Michael York and Jenny Agutter attempt to flee their fates and locate the mysterious Sanctuary beyond the walls of their prison. Logan’s Run is classic Sci-fi post-apocalyptic entertainment made all the better by Michael York’s unflinching self-preservation. For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend.

Children Of Men (2006)

Directed By:Alfonso Cuarón

Starring:Clive Owen, Julianne More, Chiwetel Eijofor

Reasons to Duck And Cover:  The year is 2027 and mankind has become infertile. With no children to repopulate the world, society is rapidly falling apart with civil disorder, totalitarian government and terrorist mayhem running rampant throughout Britain. Clive Owen is tasked with escorting the only known pregnant woman through this chaotic warzone and thus preserving the future of humanity. Dealing with issues of immigration, dictatorship and self interest, Children of Men is a fantastic watch, with an incredible tracking sequence that shows the director’s quality.

Delicatessen (1991)

Directed By:Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring:Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech

Reasons to Duck And Cover:   Post-apocalyptic times are hard in this French movie set within a crumbling tenement block. The sinister landlord ensures his tenants are well fed… though the source of food is unsavoury to say the least. This surreal black comedy is a visual feast, with fascinating characters that culminate in a surprisingly emotive love story. To be watched alongside The City Of Lost Children.

List written and compiled by FilmFella Henry @filmfellahenry

Best and Worst Presidents in film

Never one to shy away from the camera, Uncle Sam often makes a movie cameo, usually in the form of head honcho Mr President. So Filmfellas figured it’s time the Big Man underwent our scrutiny as we compile a list of the ten best/worst portrayals.

Henry Fonda - Failsafe (1964)

Dumped in the middle of impending nuclear war, Fonda has to think fast and make some very tough decisions to prevent world annihilation. Fantastic performance in a fantastic film. Big Hit.

Peter Sellers - Dr Strangelove: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (1964)


In keeping with the rest of this excellent satire, Sellers delivers a dry, engaging Presidential performance that contrasts superbly with the absurdity of his other characters. Hit (the Ruskies where it hurts).

Danny Glover - 2012 (2009)

Bumbling his way through a world crises with all the panache of a senile Republican, Glover shows us how NOT to run the country. Makes me long for those Lethal Weapon days…Old Ham.

Anthony Hopkins - Nixon (1995)


Ok, so he may not look as convincing as Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon, but Hopkins manages to depict the Democrat ideal of Satan with his trademark skill. Intimidating Hit.

Kevin Kline - Dave (1993)


Presidential look-alike Kline ends up with the real job after the president slips into a coma. A tepid, unfunny role that promises eye blisters on a re-watch. Boring Ham.

Kevin Kline - Wild Wild West (1999)

 

Obviously lovin’ the power, Kline is back for more in Barry Sonnenfeld’s appalling Will Smith vehicle. And he stinks with all the rest in this celluloid disaster. Ham (the sequel).

Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon (2008)

A seasoned veteran of the industry, Langella provides a performance that convinces and creepily charms in equal measure. It’s like Nixon ain’t dead…Memorable Hit.

Jack Nicholson - Mars Attacks (1996)

Faced with an overpowering Martian invasion, Nicholson’s main strategy is a series of earnest, impassioned speeches. Sadly, the Martian’s don’t want to ‘get along’. Funny stuff from ol’ Jack. Hilarious Hit.

Michael Douglas - The American President (1995)

Showing the President’s tender side in this mediocre Rom-Com doesn’t feature on Douglas’ career highlights… and for good reason. Instantly forgettable paycheck stuff. Gone-off Ham.

William Hurt - Vantage Point (2008)

Anyone associated with this laboured, mediocre, clumsy thriller bears the sign of a career in jeopardy. And William Hurt is not an exception. Victimised Ham.

List written and compiled by FilmFella Henry @filmfellahenry