So here's the link to download last night's radio show with Doug Bradley:
If you're looking for it in the archive it's Episode 69.
No, your MP3 player is not playing tricks on you, we really did record for an epic 4 hours. Doug is on there for the first two hours. There's a point in that two hours where I don't say anything for ages - that's because I really badly needed a wee! After that we meant to cut it short but got into a huge debate about the Oscar nominations. And if you make it to my Milk review, about 3 and a half hours in, I apologise if it's a bit rambling - it was about 1 in the morning on a school night at that point.
EDIT: Have just skipped to the end and realised it's 'only' 3 hours 10 minutes, apparently due to technical difficulties, though I suspect more likely due to not wanting to put off everyone from listening to it. I also wonder if anything we said after that time made any sense at all. Still, the Doug Bradley interview is there in its entirety, as is the Oscar debate - just the reviews are missing.
One thing I did want to address - someone wrote in to the show and mentioned that they didn't watch westerns. This isn't an attack on that person, just a reaction to an opinion I've heard my whole life. On the show we all suggested two must-see westerns - I said Magnificent Seven (one of my top three favourite films ever) and Django (best opening in a film ever). But thinking about it, that doesn't even come close to covering all the westerns you have to see - off the top of my head High Noon, Seven Men from Now, Gunfight at the OK Corral, El Topo, Hour of the Gun, High Plains Drifter, Rio Bravo, Stagecoach, Ride the High Country, The Wild Bunch, The Searchers, anything with Audie Murphy in...and I'm not even a hardcore western fan. My dad could could list ten times that amount. And these aren't just films about men in hats being men, and guns and posses and so on - these are films about politics and communities and relationships and everything else great stories are about - like all great genre films it's never about what you see, there is always more going on there it's just that the filmmakers have chosen to fit that story and its themes into a popular template. But it's also not just about the genre - the ones mentioned and the others I'm sure other people could mention - they're just good films, great films in fact. And films that have had a huge influence on cinema today. Saying you don't like westerns is fine, but you can't claim to have an interest in cinema history if you don't watch westerns.
And that's okay. You don't have to have an interest in cinema history. I just wish more people did.
On an unrelated note, I have to thank Brother D and Bren at Mail Order Zombie for reading out my shameless 10 Dead Men plug on their podcast. It's a great show and one that is a huge supporter of no budget film-making. If you're into zombie cinema at all it's practically essential listening.
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