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High and Low (Brow) – Episode 2.12 – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 by | 5 comments

And we’re back! This is a but of a packed episode as this marks not only our 20th episode of High and Low (Brow), but also the season finale. Though, for reason that James will articulate, we will now start referring to each season as a series, because it sounds far more stuffy and English.

But yes, with this episode wrapping up the end of series two of the podcast, James and I take the time to come up with our Top 5 High and Low (Brow) picks that we watched for the podcast this past year. While last series we tended to have very similar selections, it will be interesting to see if the same holds true for this series, especially when so many episodes resulted in a mutual admiration society populated by both James and I.

But besides that extra bit of fun, on this episode James and I also discuss the Auteur Theory, and whether the early films of director Sam Peckinpah and Alfred Hitchcock will tend to show the artistic flourishes that would would quickly become so well known for. To help illustrate our quest we watch Sam Peckinpah’s debut film, The Deadly Companions, while we watch Hitchcock’s third film (and first Thriller) The Lodger: A Story of London Fog. Oh yeah, and we reveal just what films we will be watching for the next episode during the selection segment.

Once again I’ve went with posting the podcast in m4a, and I’ve done a bit more work with adding show notes to it as well as links to purchase the films we review. So for those of you with iPhones and iPads you should let me know if these new additions are even worth the trouble.

If you have any recommendations for films we could watch for the podcast, or want to suggest a potential theme for us to use, or simply want to tell James how awesome he is, feel free to email us and tell us your ideas. If you enjoy the show make sure to subscribe through iTunes or our RSS feed so you can catch every new episode. Also, please friend James on Facebook. Because it will frighten and confuse him. And while you’re there be sure to join our relatively new Facebook group devoted to Where the Long Tail Ends.

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Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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  1. Nice show as always. I’ll have to check out The Deadly Companions at some point.

    James is right in calling out Quatermass as an influence on the Pertwee Doctor Who era. Particularly Spearhead from Space “borrows” from Quatermass 2 with meteors bringing alien intelligences to earth looking for host bodies and The Daemons “borrows” from Quatermass and the Pit.

    Matt apparently has a Fulci/Argento fixation. At the word “witch” the first title I automatically think of is Black Sunday.

    I can’t see Matt not loving Sword of Vengeance. Especially since it’s as about as faithful an adaptation as possible with the screenplay written by Kazuo Koike, author of the original series. You probably have to wait until Sin City for an adaptation as lovingly faithful.

  2. Robert – I think his fixation is with me having a fixation with all things giallo. 🙂 Every time I describe a movie he suspects that it’s Italian. That’s alright, though, because it makes the decision-making process for the themed list more interesting, I think.

    I’m glad to hear that you second my opinion of the Pertwee-era Doctor Who episodes. I didn’t notice the parallels between the second Quatermass film and “Spearhead from Space” until you mentioned them. Even though it’s hard for me to say anything negative about the original series, the Pertwee episodes were always my least favorite. It’s a tie between Tom Baker and Peter Davison for the honor of “Top Doctor” as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

  3. Shogun Samurai has a bad reputation?? Where does James get his info?

    Yall should do Viking films. You guys have to check out The Raven Flies which is a Viking take on Kurosawa and Leone, especially Leone.

  4. @ Omar – I don’t recall where exactly I got that information from. I recall that during my research into the Lone Wolf movies I read about the film that combined all of them being a disappointment to fans. I haven’t seen it myself.

    Regarding doing Vikings as a theme, that is an excellent idea. I wouldn’t know where the begin, though. Any other recommendations? Thanks. 🙂

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