In what can only be seen as an ill-advised experiment, Michael and regular High Hatter Andrew Fenwick decide to sit down and watch all six Rocky films back to back (to back to back to back to back).
What begins as a lively chat about the series evolution from Oscar winning drama to over-the-top battles against cartoon villains, soon descends into incoherent ramblings and piss-poor Sylvester Stallone impressions.
All in all it makes for an interesting look at the films, the fights, and the taglines, of one of cinemas most notorious scrappers.
The boys are back in town! Michael and Nick reunite for an old school High Hat episode, featuring a look at some of their favourite films of 2015 so far, and an extensive discussion about their five favourite films about time travel.
Robert Fuller makes a return to the show in an attempt to avenge a failed Hall of Fame entry. This time he is making a case for the Oscar winning, Damien Chazelle film Whiplash. Rob and Michael talk about the insanely catchy soundtrack, the motor-mouth put downs from J.K. Simmons, and the self-destructive nature of the quest for perfection. We’re sure this episode will be your tempo.
It’s a movie smackdown as Sean Murray makes a case for the 1999 wrestling documentary, Beyond the Mat, to be the next film to be inducted into the High Hat Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as the greatest documentary about the world of professional wrestling, will talk of body slams and crack addicted wrestlers be able to sway Michael to allow it a place in the hallowed halls.
Nick Murray is in the studio to share his wisdom, along with the usual rounds of the High Hat Film Questionnaire and Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes. The whole film is available on YouTube so be sure to give it a watch.
Cross-promo-podcast alert! Michael’s guest this week comes in the form of Q Filmcast host, Michael Meier, who is making a case for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, the final film of master American filmmaker, Sidney Lumet.
It’s a whopper episode in which we discuss the use of multi-strand narrative, the genius of Philip Seymour Hoffman (a recurring theme on the show) and Lumet’s fantastic ability to create a terrifying sense of dread.
Also features favourites; the High Hat Film Questionnaire and Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes.
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Joe Morrison makes a return to the podcast to make a case for There Will Be Blood to be inducted into the High Hat Hall of Fame. Featuring a discussion on the genius of Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano, the one-of-a-kind score from Jonny Greenwood, and an in-depth look at the film that could well be Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece. But is it worthy of a place in High Hat History?
In this special, feature length addition of the Hall of Fame, Nick Murray takes over hosting duties as Michael Clancy has a turn at submitting a film. Up for consideration is the 1953, French thriller, The Wages of Fear. Will Nick be swayed by Michael’s arguments about character development and use of shot-reverse-shot in this tense masterpiece? Or will their past rivalry lead to an unsuccessful submission?
Sophie Watson joins Michael this week to submit Cinema Paradiso for consideration into the High Hat Hall of Fame. Will the power of nostalgia, a cine-literate script, and Ennio Morricone’s script be enough to see the film become the 14th entry into the Hall of Fame? Time will tell.
As well as that Michael and Sophie dissect the recent Oscar nominations, as well as run through the High Hat Film Questionnaire, and a spirited round of Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes.
Will Palmer joins Michael this week as he takes part in the very first High Hat Film Questionnaire, tackles Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes, and makes a case for 1979 sci-fi horror, Alien, to be added to the High Hat Hall of Fame. Is it going to be a simple (space)walk in the park for him, or will he be left screaming into the endless vacuum of space?