Yesterday the iconic filmmaker, George A Romero, passed away. Owen Hughes tries to explain why the mark left on the horror genre by the creator of the Living Dead trilogy and other cult classics will be around for a long, long time yet.
Welcome to this week’s Failed Critics Podcast, as Steve and Owen are joined once more by Carole Petts to discuss the last week in film. There’s palpable excitement about new superhero movie news (not the Batfleck image, but the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger reboot!), as well as reviews of new releases Frank, and Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises.
At the other end of the scale, and with buzz growing at Cannes about Ryan Gosling’s debut as a director, Triple Bill returns this week to discuss Directorial Debuts.
Join us next week as James returns just in time for our Godzilla Special!
Monday 14 October – Stalag 17 (Film4, 12.45pm)
Billy Wilder earned an Oscar nomination for best director for this World War II drama. William Holden went one better and actually won an Oscar for his performance as Sgt Sefton, accused of leaking information on two prisoners who are killed in an attempted escape from their POW camp. One to tick off your IMDB Top 250 checklist as it currently sits at a lofty #210.
Tuesday 15 October – Me, Myself & Irene (Film4, 23:05)
Not a lot of choice for films to pick for Tuesday as England’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland will no doubt dominate viewing figures for the evening. However, after what will no doubt be a huge disappointment to Roy Hodgson’s team, Jim Carrey is here to make things all OK again in his film about a cop with a split personality disorder. The tagline is actually “from gentle to mental.” I’m not making it up. That’s what it says on the poster.
Wednesday 16 October – The Third Man (Film4 ,13.05)
If you didn’t take James’ advice on the latest podcast and sign up to Mubi, but still hoped to watch The Third Man, then you’re in luck. Film4 are showing this all time classic murder mystery thriller from 1949, directed by Carol Reed, starring most notably Orson Welles, and Joseph Cotton as a writer who travels to Vienna to investigate the mysterious circumstances around the death of his shady friend Harry Lime.
Thursday 17 October – The Crazies (2010) (Film4, 23.40)
14 days to Halloween (Silver Shamrock!–ahem, sorry, force of habit) means that we can’t go a week in October without recommending a horror film. This modern remake of George A Romero’s original story of a small American town slowly going violently insane fits the bill. One of those rare occasions where the remake is quite possibly better than the original. Both gory and tense, it’s worth watching late at night in the dark!
Friday 18 October – True Grit (1969) (Film4, 16.20)
I recently forked out for the blu-ray copy of this; it’s that good. Starring the Duke (aka John Wayne) as drunk US Marshall ‘Rooster Cogburn’ escorting Texas Ranger ‘La Boeuf’ and the young but independent Mattie Ross into Indian country in pursuit of the man who murdered Mattie’s father. Wayne is on top form, the story is full of adventure and the pay off is worth the wait. You can here me gush over it here and compare it to the Coen Brothers remake here.
Saturday 19 October – Die Hard (Channel 4, 21.00)
Do you remember a time when cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) was actually a really cool character? Back before he turned into the plastic, fake copy that was served up in Die Hard 5 earlier this year? No? Well, here’s your excuse to remind yourself exactly why he is one of the teams favourite film cops in McTiernan’s original action movie.
Sunday 20 October – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Channel 5, 16.20)
With the sequel due out later this month, Channel 5 are kindly showing the first film in the series that was such an unexpected hit. Released in 2009, this animated comedy, based on a much loved children’s book, features a great voice cast including the likes of James Caan, Bruce Campbell and even Mr T, as well as Bill Hader as a down on his luck inventor who accidentally creates a device that rains food from the sky. Made for a budget of $100k, it has so far grossed $124,870,275! Incredibly impressive. No wonder a sequel was ordered.