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Two friends make each other watch films the other hasn't seen. Hosted by Ciara Moloney and Dean Buckley, co-creators of The Sundae.
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In the bi-augural (that means second?) episode of FFS, Ciara and Conor discuss their June film seasons (Cartoon June and Soviet (J)Un(e)(ion)), and Showcase two in particular. Spoiler: It’s the two films in the title of this episode. 00:00-intro 04:46-Cartoon June 22:47-Watership Down 42:59-Soviet June-ion 58:32-The Diamond Arm 01:13:21-round-up 01:15:02-next time on Friday Film Showcased
Friday Film Showcased: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/friday-film-showcased In the inaugural (that means first) episode of FFS, Ciara and Conor discuss their May film seasons (Elaine May and William Shakespeare), and Showcase two in particular. Spoiler: It's the two films in the title of this episode. Watchlist: Elaine May: ⁠https://letterboxd.com/hoganassasin/list/elaine-may-may-sic/⁠ William Shakespeare: ⁠https://letterboxd.com/hoganassasin/list/darling-works-of-may-shakespeare-watched/⁠ 00:00-intro 01:54-monthly film seasons 10:30-Elaine May May (sic) 23:02-The Heartbreak Kid 41:59-Shakespeare and his darling works (of May) 59:22-Love’s Labour’s Lost 01:16:03-round-up 01:17:55-next time on Friday Film Showcased See also: ⁠https://religionnews.com/2021/05/20/charles-grodin/⁠ ⁠https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3404-tootsie-one-great-dame⁠⁠https://charlierose.com/videos/19196⁠ ⁠https://thesundae.net/2019/10/28/you-should-watch-ishtar/⁠ ⁠https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102849/⁠
Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam

2024-05-1357:10

Dean closes out this season's regular episodes by showing Ciara his favourite Spike Lee film, Summer of Sam. They talk about punk vs disco, the madonna-whore complex and its relationship with Do the Right Thing. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Spike Lee on his film heroes for GQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfRMe-gnP6s Spike Lee's Ebert Director Award speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8nJq82e80Q Danny Aiello's "Papa Don't Preach" response song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xg11hwVs-M Martin Scorsese's Violence of Grace: https://thesundae.net/2017/04/02/martin-scorseses-violence-of-grace/
Winter Brothers

Winter Brothers

2024-04-1455:51

Ciara makes Dean finally watch Winter Brothers, the debut film of their favourite Icelandic director, Hlynur Pálmason. They talk about its desolate landscapes, haunting ambiguities and floppy dicks. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Jessica Kiang's review of Winter Brothers: https://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/winter-brothers-review-1202513383/ Roger Ebert's review of Joe Versus the Volcano: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/joe-versus-the-volcano-1990 Professor Martyn Poliakoff explains the iodine clock reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWJpKNQfXWo
Excalibur

Excalibur

2024-03-1741:30

Dean makes Ciara watch a fourth film shot in his hometown, an Arthurian epic by Exorcist II director John Boorman: Excalibur, which features zero locust POV and tons of before-they-were-famous casting. They talk about Cahir Castle, Gabriel Byrne's soap opera career, and what are movies even supposed to be like, anyway? Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Top Gun: Maverick: The Sundae Presents Bonus Episode 5: https://thesundae.net/2023/07/30/top-gun-maverick-the-sundae-presents-bonus-episode-5/ SCTV - Jerry Lewis Live on the Champs Elysees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgwVdVmazYA
For the first episode of the year, Ciara chose John Ford's late career masterpiece The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Dean's third encounter with both Ford and John Wayne. They talk about its unusually unscenic take on the frontier, the role of violence in politics and how it reflects on the western's place in American culture. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ David Coursen on The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: https://parallax-view.org/2009/05/21/john-fords-wilderness-the-man-who-shot-liberty-valance/ Kent Jones on Quentin Tarantino on John Ford: https://www.filmcomment.com/article/intolerance-quentin-tarantino-john-ford/
2024 is gonna be jerkin'. Keep your eyes peeled. Or your ears, I guess.
Die Hard

Die Hard

2023-12-2348:31

In our Christmas special, Ciara makes Dean fulfil his only goal before turning 30: finally watching Die Hard. They talk about masculinity, Christmas movies, and who was offered the role before Bruce Willis. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠
The Servant

The Servant

2023-12-1746:19

Dean fulfils a long-held ambition to introduce Ciara to his boys, director Joseph Losey and actor Dirk Bogarde, with their 1963 film The Servant. They talk about its homoeroticism, the class anxieties of 60s London and whether Dean hates James Fox. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Josephine Botting on The Servant for BFI: https://www.bfi.org.uk/features/servant-dirk-bogarde-joseph-losey-harold-pinter Colm Tóibín on The Servant for Criterion: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/8180-the-servant-a-cruel-servility
Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

2023-11-2852:22

Ciara gets to show Dean a film for the first time in months, and it's a big one: John Schlesinger's multi-Oscar-winning Midnight Cowboy. They talk about disability, poverty and sexuality, its satire of Andy Warhol's Factory and how dumb Joe Buck is. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Roger Ebert on Midnight Cowboy in the 90s: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/midnight-cowboy-1969-1
Saw

Saw

2023-11-0653:00

For our third Halloween Spooktacular, Dean shows Ciara one of the most iconic horror films of their adolescence: Saw. They talk about how it riffs on and/or rips off Se7en, the strange politics of John Kramer, and the shadow of the real torture of the Bush administration. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ "Hollywood, the Bush Years, and America’s Memory Hole" by Ciara in Current Affairs: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/11/hollywood-the-bush-years-and-americas-memory-hole The Sundae Presents, Episode 8: The Evil Dead / Evil Dead II: https://thesundae.net/2021/10/24/the-evil-dead-evil-dead-ii-the-sundae-presents-episode-8/
After months of broken promises and outright lies, it's here: Ciara and Dean finally dig into Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. They talk about the origin of the titular band, its religious epic structure, and why Jack Black swore to never write another film. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ I Miss You More Than I Did Yesterday: https://thesundae.net/2019/05/20/i-miss-you-more-than-i-did-yesterday/
Before Sunset

Before Sunset

2023-09-2755:37

In a second back-to-back guest episode, the lads are joined by their friend Josh O'Reilly (@snowboiiii on Twitch!) to chat about Richard Linklater's romance classic Before Sunset. They talk about his collaborative creative process with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the transient nature of memory, and how much Jesse hates his wife. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Follow Josh on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/snowboiiii
Outside Providence

Outside Providence

2023-08-3056:47

In the first of two more guest episodes, Ciara and Dean are joined by Dr. David Clare to discuss the Farrelly brothers' lost child, Outside Providence. They talk about its odd place in their filmography, its portrayal of Irish-American identity, and how much Gabriel Mann looks like James Spader in Pretty in Pink. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ Follow David on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/DavidClareAbu
Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

2023-07-3001:03:13

It's another emergency episode from our top secret vault! Dean finally got around to watching Top Gun: Maverick, so Ciara finally got to grill him about it. They talk about the original film, the death of the film star and how Tom Cruise saved cinema. Visit The Sundae: ⁠⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠
Ciara takes Dean back to 1946 with The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler's kitchen sink epic about soldiers returning from World War II. They talk about Harold Russell's double-Oscar-winning performance as Homer Parrish, Gregg Toland's groundbreaking deep focus cinematography and why Ayn Rand tried to complain about the film in Congress. Visit The Sundae: ⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ 1982 interview with Harold Russell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYpsnvyzJNI
The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

2023-05-3144:23

It's The Long Goodbye, and it happens every day! Dean turns the tables on Ciara and shows her a classic seventies film widely considered among the greatest ever made, Robert Altman's neo-noir classic, starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe. They talk about its portrayal of post-Manson L.A., the many iterations of its title song and the security guard's amazing celebrity impressions. Visit The Sundae: ⁠https://thesundae.net/⁠ Follow us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/⁠ The sexy Muppet tweet: ⁠https://twitter.com/CBThorburn/status/1251103369428680705⁠
As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

2023-05-0101:01:58

The lads kick off season three with a classic rom-com as Ciara makes Dean watch James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets. They talk about What It Gets Right About Mental Illness, the finer details of Jack Nicholson's performance and whether Melvin should have got the girl. Visit The Sundae: https://thesundae.net/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/ "Helen Hunt" by Hank Green: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqRQ3uPidEc
A Night to Dismember

A Night to Dismember

2023-04-0558:50

For the finale of Love at Worst Sight, Ciara showed Dean the (theatrical release of the) sole horror film by one-of-a-kind sexsploitation director Doris Wishman: A Night to Dismember. They talk about how she cobbled it together after the original cut was lost (and found), the purity (and perversity) of its auteurist vision and Wishman's place within (and outside) the history of cinema. Visit The Sundae: https://thesundae.net/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/ List of films considered the worst: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_considered_the_worst A Night to Dismember (Theatrical Cut): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LsDk6y63_0 A Night to Dismember (Lost Cut): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTDsxDEHaS0 Doris Wishman and Roger Ebert on Late Night with Conan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-LCPd1ThsI
It's part three of Love at Worst Sight, so Dean showed Ciara a legendary bit of trash: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? They talk about some fun stories from its production, the naive artistry of its best parts and whether the main character is the worst boyfriend of all time. Visit The Sundae: https://thesundae.net/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sundaeblog/ List of films considered the worst: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_considered_the_worst Best of the Worst: Blood Shack (aka The Chooper): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8qGSkcX6R0 Short segment on The Pike amusement park from “I Remember Long Beach”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkRp8bfO4hM Notes on "Camp" by Susan Sontag: https://monoskop.org/images/5/59/Sontag_Susan_1964_Notes_on_Camp.pdf
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