Alex and Jordan present 'The Podfather', an exploration into the vast world of crime films.
info_outline Perfect Blue 04/21/2020
Perfect Blue Taking another left turn in the world of crime films, Alex and Jordan discuss the 1997 anime film “Perfect Blue”. We discuss the way the film dissects the way pop culture treats young women, the way the film handles its twists and turns, and the benefits of animation when it comes to storytelling of this kind.
info_outline Mulholland Drive 03/23/2020
Mulholland Drive In today’s unorthodox episode, we discuss David Lynch’s unorthodox film “Mulholland Drive”. Is it a crime movie? Is it a good movie? Is it a groundbreaking masterpiece? Alex and Jordan try to find an answer, and on top of everything else try an unorthodox Arnott’s Time choice..
info_outline Uncut Gems 02/09/2020
Uncut Gems Adam Sandler, star of such hits as “Pixels”, “Grown Ups 2 and “Jack and Jill” shines in his new release, “Uncut Gems”. Alex and Jordan discuss Sandler’s powerful performance, the incredible direction from the Safdie Brothers and why it’s so important to see movies that defy expectations. We also take a look at the nominees for the 2020 Oscars and review a Crimpy Arnott’s Classic.
info_outline Dirty Rotten Scoundrels & The Hustle 02/04/2020
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels & The Hustle Another episode recorded out of time, on today’s Podfather we look at two very similar but also very different versions of the same film - “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988) and “The Hustle” (2019) - both retellings of 1964’s “Bedtime Story”.
info_outline Bad Times, Widows and an Old Man! 01/19/2020
Bad Times, Widows and an Old Man! Here’s one we prepared earlier! Doing things a little differently, on today’s episode we have a 2018 crime film triple bill. We look at not one, not two, but three films that Alex and Jordan saw together at the Elsternwick Classic during our hiatus and are revisiting now to reveal to you our Podfather Scores. We discuss Bad Times at the El Royale, Widows, and The Old Man and the Gun, and see if our opinion of the films has changed since we saw them late last year.
info_outline The Gentlemen 01/05/2020
The Gentlemen Guy Ritchie wades back into gangster waters with his new film “The Gentlemen”, but does it live up to his former geezer crime flicks? In today’s episode we dissect the first gangster film of 2020 and decide whether or not it deserves a place on the coveted list of Gangster Movies To See Before You Die or if we’ll have forgotten it by the end of the year.
info_outline Die Hard 12/23/2019
Die Hard In a very special Christmas episode, we discuss everybody’s favourite Christmastime crime film, “Die Hard”. We look at why the Bruce Willis classic has stood the test of time, Alan Rickman’s cinematic debut, plus we talk to Jonathan Foster from the Prince Charles Cinema about the enduring appeal of the film at the time of year. Thanks for listening, Merry Christmas from The Podfather!
info_outline The Irishman 12/08/2019
The Irishman This is the one we’ve been waiting for! Joined once again by the wonderful Daniel Lammin, in today’s episode we dissect Martin Scorsese’s new gangster opus, “The Irishman”. We look at the much discussed running time and de-aging process, the masterclass performances from all, and the mature, nuanced storytelling from Marty and his band of usual suspects. Also how good does Stephen Graham look in those shorts?! ↳ Skip to the movie: 5:46 Links • • • • • Twitter • • • •
info_outline Disco Godfather 11/24/2019
Disco Godfather Joined by Lani Le Fleur and Bud Wilkins from Melbourne-based funk band Le Fleur, today we delve into the world of disco and angel dust in "Disco Godfather" (1979). The four of us discuss the filmic landscape it stemmed from, the impressive musicians who feature on the soundtrack, and the entrancing lead performance from Mr. Rudy Ray Moore.
info_outline Key Largo 11/10/2019
Key Largo Today we head back to our Bible, “101 Gangster Movies”, and dissect John Huston’s 1948 Post-WW2 gangster film “Key Largo”. We look at the performances of leading man Humphrey Bogart and the excellent supporting cast, and discuss the joys and difficulties with watching movies made 70 years ago.
info_outline Joker 10/27/2019
Joker Does Todd Phillips’ highly anticipated Joker film meet expectations? Find out on today’s episode of The Podfather! Alex and Jordan head back to Gotham City to discuss whether “Joker” lives up to the Scorsese films it aspires to be, whether Joaquin Phoenix’s titular performance matches his own past greatness and the casting of our old pal Bobby De Niro.
info_outline Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood 08/29/2019
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood Reunited and it feels so good! Alex and Jordan return with a reunion special on the new Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”! Returning special guest, film reviewer and Green Room nominated theatre director Daniel Lammin, joins us as we dissect the narrative structure and cultural significance of the film, as well as the memorable performances from its stacked cast. We also bring back fan-favourite segment, Arnott’s Time, to keep you hangin’ on.
info_outline Ocean's 8 06/24/2018
Ocean's 8 We've finally arrived at "Ocean's 8", starring Sandy Bullock as Debbie Ocean - the heist film that is still kicking butt at the box office! We discuss the film's place within the "Ocean's" franchise, look at similarities between Ocean's 11 (2001), and ask whether it stands on its own as a heist movie. We also talk about the cast, cameos, charisma and chemistry which help make the film what it is.
info_outline Ocean's 11 (2001) 06/16/2018
Ocean's 11 (2001) With 'Ocean’s 8' dominating at the box office, we go back to the start of the current ‘Ocean’s’ franchise - 2001’s ‘Ocean’s 11’, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney as the titular Danny Ocean. With a great supporting cast, all the twists and turns of an engaging heist flick (featuring a criminally under-utilised Julia Roberts), we take a deep dive into one of the only heist movies in recent memory to spawn two direct sequels and a spin-off.
info_outline Oceans 11 (1960) 06/10/2018
Oceans 11 (1960) Before we watch 'Ocean’s 8’, we’re heading back to the two original ‘Ocean’s’ films, starting with the Rat Pack starring ‘Ocean’s 11’ (1960). We discuss the lacklustre opening hour, the hard-to-tell-apart cast and the way these “heartthrobs” from a bygone era talk about women. Spoiler alert, not very well...
info_outline Solo: A Star Wars Story 06/03/2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story If you’ve been wondering whether or not Alex and Jordan liked the Ron Howard new heist movie, then wonder no more! Joined once again by the loveable Liam Taylor, we discuss the new entry into the Star Wars franchise, the gangster-ish, caper-y “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. We delve into whether it works as a heist film, whether it works as a Star Wars film, and whether a film like this (and its cast) can ever live up to fan expectations, whether high or low…
info_outline Bloody Mama 05/20/2018
Bloody Mama In today’s episode, we have a rather lengthy conversation about the pros and cons of franchise filmmaking, and then finally launch into a rather rambling disagreement about whether or not “Bloody Mama” (1970) has any merit as a film. We discuss the lack of morals displayed by the characters, the Oedipal themes of the story and, of course, young Bobby De Niro’s incredible bone structure.
info_outline Going in Style (2017) 05/13/2018
Going in Style (2017) After discussing the 1979 “Going in Style” last week, today we look at Zach Braff’s 2017 remake. We look at the way the old actors are treated with dignity by the film (while still getting to do some very silly comedy), the differences between the two films, and what works about the modern take on a nearly 40 year old film.
info_outline Going in Style (1979) 05/06/2018
Going in Style (1979) Once more departing from the strict gangster genre this week, we look at another heist/caper film, “Going in Style” (1979). Alex and Jordan delve into why the film works, what perhaps falls flat within the crime narrative, and draws parallels between this film and other, more crime dominated films we’ve watched for the show. Next week we’ll be looking at the 2017 remake. Also, be sure to keep your ears open for a new edition of the Podfather Quiz at the end of the episode!
info_outline Angels With Dirty Faces 04/29/2018
Angels With Dirty Faces Today we go back to 1938, for an episode on the James Cagney starring "Angels with Dirty Faces". We discuss the way the film exists as more of a reflective movie than an outright entertaining one, but look at its merits as a gangster film to see "before you get whacked". Waddya hear waddya say!
info_outline American Gangster 04/24/2018
American Gangster Joined today by special guest Ben Grainger, Alex and Jordan discuss Ridley Scott’s 2007 American gangster film, “American Gangster”. We look at the way the film handles the gangster narrative in a different way to many New York based films, as well as Rusty Crowe’s iffy accent and Denzel Washington’s effortless charm.
info_outline True Romance 04/15/2018
True Romance Penned at the same time as "Reservoir Dogs", but directed by Tony Scott instead of writer Quentin Tarantino, "True Romance" (1993) is a crime film that packed a punch when it was first released, and today we discuss whether or not it holds up today. We discuss the vignette-y nature of the film, the wonderful cast and the Tarantino writing schtick that would have been fresh in the early 90's but maybe hasn't aged so well in the last 25 years.
info_outline Bonnie and Clyde 04/08/2018
Bonnie and Clyde "Bonnie and Clyde” (dir. Arthur Penn), the film that was responsible for rejuvenating the gangster genre in the late 60’s but delivered so much more than a standard Old Hollywood gangster flick, is the subject of today’s episode. Coming at it from two differing levels of enjoyment, Jordan and Alex discuss the context of the film’s release, as well as whether or not it is as engaging today as it was when it was first released.
info_outline The Dark Knight 04/01/2018
The Dark Knight "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan, 2008) - probably the most well regarded comic book movie of the noughties, and arguably the best Batman movie ever made, but could it also be one of the best gangster movies? In today’s episode, Alex and Jordan delve into what makes the film work as a crime drama, and whether it fits into the same group as films like “Heat” or “The Godfather". After all - it’s not what films are underneath, but what they do that defines them.
info_outline Chopper 03/25/2018
Chopper Another Australian film this week, we’re talking Andrew Dominik’s 2000 film “Chopper”. We discuss Eric Bana’s excellent performance, Chopper’s legacy and notoriety in Australian culture, as well as the increasingly frequent question for this podcast of “is this actually a gangster movie?”. Stay tuned for some of Alex and Jordan’s shaving habits at the end. Cutting edge stuff.
info_outline Animal Kingdom 03/18/2018
Animal Kingdom Today's movie comes from just down the street, the 2010 Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom". We discuss what it's like seeing this kind of story take place in our part of the world, showcasing characters we're familiar with in our own lives. We also talk the recent Academy Awards and biscuits for brekky.
info_outline The Sting 02/18/2018
The Sting Is “The Sting” (1973) actually a gangster movie? Does it really matter? This week we talk about Best Picture Winner at the 1974 Oscars, Robert Redford’s only Oscar nominated performance, the catchy score, the superb costumes and sets and the incredible story that give this movie its.. sting. (Sorry.)