From Witch Mountain to the Planet of the Apes; from the Bad News Bears to Billy Jack; from Roller Boogie to Rock-n-Roll High School… 70 MOVIES WE SAW IN THE 70S is “Teen Movie Hell” author Mike McPadden and University of Wisconsin film guru Ben Reiser revisiting the 1970s cinema they experienced as kids in the New York City of Sidney Lumet, Uncle Floyd, the Forty-Deuce, and “Fright Night” on channel 9.
Ep. 37 - The Way We Were w/Ben's Mom
On a very special episode of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s, Scott and Ben are joined by Ben's mom, Diane, for a nostalgic discussion of the Barbra Streisand/Robert Redford romance for the ages, The Way We Were. Topics of conversation include:
A Star is Born
and much much more!
Ep. 36 - Smokey and the Bandit w/Marc Edward Heuck
On a contentious episode of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s, Scott and Ben are joined by special guest, film historian Marc Edward Heuck for a no holds barred discussion of the 1977 car chase classic, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT. Among the battles fought:
• Coors Banquet vs Coors Light
• Jackie Gleason vs Clifton James
• Burt Reynolds vs Clark Gable
• Sally Field vs a carrier pigeon
• Who wore it better: Sally and Burt vs Scott and Joe
• Dick vs Didie
• Godfather II vs A Touch of Zen
• Hair piece or herpes: Reynolds vs Stewart
Plus Scott vs Marc in a rousing edition of What Else Was Playing That Week?
Ep. 35 - Deliverance
Ben and Scott are joined by bass player and club owner extraordinaire, Herb Rosen, for a wild ride down the frothing-white-water-torrent of toxic masculinity known as John Boorman’s DELIVERANCE. Grab a paddle,zip up your life preserver, and steer towards shore as we:
• Get sent out of the room during the scary parts
• Debate the merits of Burt Reynolds sans ‘stache
• Get punched out by James Dickey
• Dislocate our collective shoulders
• Go day for night, old-school style
• Get ambiguous on your ass
• Ditch our stuntmen and drive into trees
• Come out of the forest, Princess Mononoke-style
• Fall out of our canoes, Zapruder-film style
• Use Scott’s left arm to play banjo
• Imagine Seth Rogan in tighty-whiteys
• Get homoerotic with James Spader and Jon Voigt
• Rundown NYMag’s idiotic ranking of all things Spielberg (minus SOMETHING EVIL)
• Mix our metaphors
• Swap Enoses and anuses
• Squeal like a pig en francais
And Much Much More!
Ep. 34 - Black Sunday
It's been a crazy busy month for Scott and Ben. Ben's been putting the finishing touches on the 2021 Wisconsin Film Festival and Scott's been prepping for the first Local H live shows in a bit. Still, we found two hours to line up on opposite sides for a rough scrimmage over BLACK SUNDAY, John Frankenheimer's 1977 adaptation of Thomas Harris's best seller. Along the way your heroes mix it up over Cronenberg, Demme, Friedkin, and ole Ernie Lehman. And yes, of course we talk Parallax View, not to mention Day of the Dolphin. Dig in, there's plenty of 70s Conspiracy Thriller meat (or plant-based protein) to chew on here.
Ep. 33 - Smile w/Jim and Pat Healy
For the first time in the Scott Lucas era of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s we've got guests!! Ben and Scott welcome Jim and Pat Healy to celebrate and dive deep into Michael Ritchie's 1975 masterpiece, SMILE.
In a wide-ranging and super fun conversation we talk Scorsese, commentary tracks, drive-in concerts, Michael Shannon, The Fantastiks, Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd, Bad News Bears, Peter Boyle, thermostats, Dernsies, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Laughlin, Disney, and so much more + a rousing rendition of "What Else Was Playing That Week?"
Ep. 32 - Play Misty For Me
Scott and Ben celebrate the career of Jessica Walter with this look back at the 1971 directorial debut of Clint Eastwood. Join us for a look at the incredibly influential, Play Misty For Me. Highlights include:
• Whose house is it anyway?
• Hide the joint!
• That’s no way to use a knife
• God, you’re dumb
• Peggy Seeger? Uh, yikes
• F**k James Cameron
• F**k Fatal Attraction
• Bruce Surtees!!
• Donald Siegel
• Cry Bastion!!!
• Best call letters ever
McBeardo was one of my favorite voices ever. While he’s irreplaceable, Scott has filled in nicely and I love he and Ben’s bond and knowledge.
The show must go on
I’m sure the late, great Mike McPadden would want everyone to keep sharing their passion for movies, so I’m glad that Ben decided to keep this podcast going. Scott is a great co-host who clearly knows his stuff, and his laidback demeanor fits the show perfectly. I hope the guys keep going beyond 70 movies.
Surviving and thriving
I’m happy this podcast will continue despite the huge void left by co-host Mike McPadden’s death. He was he heart of the show, but surviving contributors are shouldering on with lively discussions of one of Hollywood’s greatest decades. The best episodes feature one or the other of the Healy Brothers—true resources of film arcana with bona fides in the business. While it’s always fun to hear the hosts’ memories surrounding the first time they saw a given film theatrically at a young age, there’s a tendency to veer too far into personal nostalgia. Specifically, as some of these film buffs are also musicians, a sudden anecdote about touring or playing a certain club gig or discussion of some unknown band’s tune can stop the show cold. But there’s still plenty here to warrant a strong five-star experience.