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Forgotten Cinema

Author: Michael Butler & Michael Field

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Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.
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The Mikes take a look at TriCoast Worldwide's new documentary Maserati: 100 Years Against All Odds, directed by Philip Selkirk, in a special bonus episode (and possible spin-off pilot) they're calling, Forgotten Cinema: Now Showing. Mike Butler and Mike Field share their opinions on what they enjoyed from this documentary about the Italian car maker, what they thought could have been expanded upon or maybe didn't need. Maserati: 100 Years Against All Odds is available on Amazon Prime, Fandango Now, and Vimeo On Demand.
Wow Signal

Wow Signal

2020-01-2719:48

The Mikes take a look at TriCoast Worldwide's new documentary Wow Signal, directed by Bob Dawson, in another episode of Forgotten Cinema: Now Showing. Mike Butler and Mike Field share their opinions on what they enjoyed from this documentary about the real-life mysterious signal from outer space known as the "Wow Signal," what they thought of how they told the history of radio astronomy and the way the documentary sticks to the scientific truth; which as we all know...is out there. Cue The X-Files theme!  Wow Signal is available on Flix Fling, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vimeo On Demand, and more.
We know what all of you are thinking: Each and every episode of Forgotten Cinema is always a flawless masterpiece of the Podcastian Arts (copyright pending), however, this isn't always the truth. Sometimes Mike Field and Mike Butler...mess up. *Pause for gasps* So, in honor of all the Mikes' birthdays this month (both the show's and their own), Forgotten Cinema (not so) proudly presents.... FORGOTTEN CINEMA BLOOPERS YEAR 1!!! So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and wish these fools a Happy Birthday!
Mike Butler and Mike Field introduce Forgotten Cinema, their upcoming podcast where each episode focuses on one film that for whatever reason seems to have been forgotten by audiences. Mike & Mike revisit the film and discuss what worked (or didn't) and whether or not it should be revisited or stay forgotten.  In this introduction the Mikes introduce themselves, the podcast format, and why they chose to do this podcast in the first case.
1.1 - The 'Burbs

1.1 - The 'Burbs

2019-05-0158:21

Mike Butler and Mike Field begin their journey into Forgotten Cinema with the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy, The 'Burbs. Join them as they let you in on some fun production facts and discuss what worked, what didn't, why this film seems "forgotten" nowadays and whether or not it should be revisited. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
The Mikes' journey into Forgotten Cinema takes them through the jungles of Africa in the 2016 adventure film, The Legend of Tarzan. Our hosts discuss why adventure films seem to have taken a back seat in films, how this film harkens back to the "Golden Age" of cinema and why does Samuel L. Jackson keeps getting cast as a Civil War veteran? So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.3 - Wanted

1.3 - Wanted

2019-05-1547:36

Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the 2008 action film, Wanted. The Mikes discuss whether or not this film still had the same affect on them nearly a decade later, the use of physical versus practical effects, and how it spawned or inspired films like it, and yet still seems to have become Forgotten Cinema. So leave your exploding rats at home, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.4 - Stir of Echoes

1.4 - Stir of Echoes

2019-05-2254:55

Let the battle for best 1999 Supernatural Horror Thriller begin!  The Mikes argue which is better: M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense or this week's Forgotten Cinema selection; Stir of Echoes starring Kevin Bacon? Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss David Koepp's skills as a screenwriting, grotesque practical effects, the importance of secondary over ancillary characters, and what makes a good supernatural thriller. Oh, and one of them is wrong about which of the two films is better. !!!SPOILER ALERT!!! It's Mike. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.5 - Valkyrie

1.5 - Valkyrie

2019-05-2952:56

Tom Cruise wears an eye patch and leads an amazing group of actors to overthrow Hitler and the Nazi Party during World War 2...what more could you ask for?! Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss the Bryan Singer directed historical thriller, Valkyrie. The Mikes talk about using real life locations, the difficulty with telling a true story and keeping the audience in suspense, and the cinematic choices often (and perhaps over) used when telling stories set during WWII. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.6 - Sorcerer

1.6 - Sorcerer

2019-06-0501:06:00

The Mikes travel through the jungles of South America with the deadliest cargo of all...a new episode of their Forgotten Cinema podcast! Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss the 1977 William Friedkin directed thriller, Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider. The Mikes discuss 70's filmmaking, from it's grit, locations, sets, score, and even to the methodical pacing of character setup at the time. And of course the most important question of all...should it remain forgotten or is it worth a revisit? So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. A note from the Mikes: This episode contains some odd microphone disruption that occurs now and then throughout the runtime that we did not catch during the initial recording. We have done our best to remove what we could, but some remains. We would like to apologize in advance for any disruptions in your listening pleasure.
1.7 - Collateral

1.7 - Collateral

2019-06-1255:52

Tom Cruise again?! That's right, another helping of Tom...only this time he's the villain! Michael Butler and Michael Field breakdown and discuss a film by yet another Michael; Michael Mann's 2004 thriller, Collateral, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Listen to Butler defend one of his favorite films of all time, against the onslaught of Field's nitpicks! Along the way, listen to the Mikes describe how this film was one of the first major motion pictures filmed in all digital. Learn about how this digital image allowed Mann to make the city of Los Angeles its own character. They also discuss the backstory and prep work that went into building the lead characters of Max and Vincent. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.8 - Hudson Hawk

1.8 - Hudson Hawk

2019-06-1901:00:46

The Mikes go head to head discussing the 1991 Bruce Willis action/comedy, Hudson Hawk; a film each Mike holds a very differing opinion of.  Join Michael Butler as he discusses the failings of this critically panned mess of a film; one that goes either too far, or never goes far enough with it's zaniness. OR Join Michael Field as he defends the film's lightheartedness, witty dialogue, and breezy runtime against those who can't seem to just appreciate the film for what it is: a hidden gem, a cult classic, a piece of...Forgotten Cinema (see what we did there?). So choose your side, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema!
1.9 - The Star Chamber

1.9 - The Star Chamber

2019-06-2655:06

The Mikes travel back to 1983 to revisit the Michael Douglas thriller The Star Chamber. Join Mike Field and Mike Butler, as they discuss aspect ratios, theme over story, and the dreaded third act issues that seem to plague so many films no matter how good or well made they may be. Just be aware; there are no clips in this episode (other than the trailer) because we couldn't find them. Our most forgotten film yet! So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.10 - The A-Team

1.10 - The A-Team

2019-07-1056:21

They love it when a podcast comes together!!! In 2019, a crack podcast unit was sent to the microphone for a forgotten film they didn't cover. These men promptly viewed the film and discussed it. Today, still lovers of forgotten films, they survive as podcasters and cinephiles. If you have a film that deserves to be brought back into the spotlight, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...Forgotten Cinema! ...The A-Team. Obviously the Mikes are discussing the 2010 film, The A-Team. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
On this episode of Forgotten Cinema the Mike's discuss the 2007 Disney animated feature Meet the Robinsons. Join Michael Field and Michael Butler as they discuss a time before Disney ruled the world; a time where their animation arm was in a bit of a rut and changes where being made that would affect this film profoundly. The Mikes discuss why the strong message of film helps to carry the film through most of its problems and dive deep into "the Goob." Also one of Butler's darkest secrets is revealed! So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.12 - Dreamcatcher

1.12 - Dreamcatcher

2019-07-2456:22

On this episode of Forgotten Cinema the Mike's visit their Memory Warehouses to discuss the 2003 Stephen King adaptation, Dreamcatcher, starring Damien Lewis, Thomas Jane, Morgan Freeman, Tom Sizemore, Jason Lee, Timothy Olyphant, and of course Donnie NKOTB Wahlberg as Duddits. Michael Butler and Michael Field talk about how making completely faithful adaptations of certain novels don't translate well into film and how driving narrative focus away from your core characters can lead to audience apathy. Or just listen in to hear Field lambast Butler throughout the podcast for having never seen True Romance. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
1.13 - Red Rock West

1.13 - Red Rock West

2019-07-3159:53

The Mikes head down south in search of money, greed, and good old fashioned crisscrosses in the 1993 Nicholas Cage starring western-noir, Red Rock West. Mike Field discusses a film that was fairly important to his love of film; specifically indie film. The Mikes also dissect the films characters and themes, gush over late character-actor, JT Walsh, and lighting in relation to cinematography. So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
2.1 - The Shadow

2.1 - The Shadow

2019-08-0701:20:20

Who knows what film knowledge lurks in the hearts of film-based podcasts? Forgotten Cinema knows!!! Season 2 kicks off with a helping of 90's style pulp noir as the Mikes tackle the 1994 film, The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin. Our hosts explore the interesting origin story created for the film, it's simple yet muddied story, whether it's embracing of 90's cheese hurts or helps the film, and how to do right by The Shadow character in today's superhero-obsessed world.  So grab your popcorn, soda, and secret decoder ring, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
2.2 - House Party

2.2 - House Party

2019-08-1453:17

The Mikes are kicking it old school with in this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they discuss the 1990 comedy, House Party, starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence. Watch as Mike Field reminisces about his youth and the Mikes talk 90s nostalgia, the reason the character are more relatable than in most party-centric teenage comedies, and how quotable the entire film is. Or course, as always Field brings us some fun film trivia. For instance: Did you know that originally New Line Cinema wanted another 90's hip-hop duo to headline this film? Listen to the episode to find out who! So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.
2.3 - Reign of Fire

2.3 - Reign of Fire

2019-08-2101:13:54

The Mikes are joining the Kentucky Irregulars for this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they waver back and forth on their opinions of the 2002 Post-Apocalyptic, Dragon drama, Reign of Fire. Starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey...and dragons! Find out what made this film so different from other summer blockbuster hopefuls. Listen to the Mikes talk about the merits of method acting in front of and off camera. They also discuss how important a tight, clear, and consistent screenplay is when establishing a new universe that your story takes place in. So grab your popcorn, soda, and giant Dragon-Slaying axe, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema!
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