185 episodes

Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.

Forgotten Cinema Michael Butler & Michael Field

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

Welcome to Forgotten Cinema! Each episode, Mike Field and Mike Butler highlight a film that for a variety of reasons was forgotten by audiences. Whether it be because a more popular movie was released at the same time or the movie simply didn’t catch on with an audience in the its initial run. We’ll discuss what we love about the movie or perhaps don’t love about it and decide whether the movie is worth a revisit.

    Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    The Mikes are going back to 1980's Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall to do some spy stuff with https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000234?ref_=tt_cl_t_1 (Charlize Theron) in 2017's https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406566/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 (Atomic Blonde).
    Directed by https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0500610/?ref_=tt_ov_dr (David Leitch) of https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666/?ref_=nm_knf_t_4_dr (John Wick) fame, this film also stars https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0564215?ref_=tt_cl_t_2 (James McAvoy) as a partner/foil for Theron's deadly agent, as East and West Berlin spies race to find a secret list of undercover agents and find the identity of a double agent working against them. The film also stars, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1154749?ref_=tt_cl_t_8 (Sofia Boutella), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000422?ref_=tt_cl_t_3 (John Goodman), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429363?ref_=tt_cl_t_5 (Toby Jones), and https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0803889?ref_=tt_cl_t_9 (Bill Skarsgård).
    Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss what makes the action in this film great, but also some of the design, lighting, and directing choices that take away from the film and stop it from elevating to the ranks of more popular spy films the likes of Bourne or Bond. But the Mikes do agree that the stunt work, the music, the setting, and Charlize all kick ass; enough for us to want an https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8390502/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 (Atomic Blonde 2).
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:50 - Film Summary
    02:27 - Film Facts
    08:05 - Film Discussion
    44:35 - Critics Reviews
    48:21 - Why It's Forgotten
    53:12 - Where to Find Us

    • 54 min
    Summer Catch

    Summer Catch

    The Mikes are playing America's favorite past-time with their guest this week; Pat Whalen from the https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/yet-another-mcu-podcast (Yet Another MCU Podcast) as they discuss the 2001 romantic sports comedy, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234829/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 (Summer Catch).
    Taking place in Cape Cod and about players on their Chatham A's baseball team. The film centers on local player, Ryan Dunne (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005327/?ref_=tt_cl_t_1 (Freddie Prinze Jr.)) who meets and falls for Tenley Parrish (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004754/?ref_=tt_cl_t_2 (Jessica Biel)), the daughter of a wealthy couple who summer on the Cape. Ryan must deal with his feelings for Tenley as he clings to one last hope of being discovered and signed to a pro baseball contract.
    Join Mike Field, Mike Butler, and Pat as they take a deep dive into what works and (mostly) what doesn't in this light and enjoyable film that is firmly a part of early 00's cinema.
    So, grab your peanuts and cracker jacks, please watch out for any foul fly balls and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).
    00:00 - Introduction
    03:29 - Film Summary
    04:49 - Film Facts
    12:49 - Film Discussion
    41:05 - Critics Reviews
    43:43 - Why It's Forgotten
    54:54 - Where to Find Us

    • 57 min
    The Beast of War

    The Beast of War

    Season 13 of Forgotten Cinema starts off with The Mikes driving a Soviet tank behind enemy lines by orders of a crazed George Dzundza, as they discuss the 1988 film The Beast of War.
    After about seven seasons worth of being asked to cover this film, Mike Field and Mike Butler finally discuss this Jason Patric, Stephen Baldwin starrer that takes place during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. They'll discuss the themes of the film and how if they had pushed the crux of the story more toward the beginning and not pushed the inevitable confrontation between Dzundza and Patric's characters toward the end, the film would have worked a bit better. They'll also discuss the decision to cast non middle eastern actors in middle eastern roles, the parallel the writers tried to make with the Vietnam War, and the final act of Jason Patric's character.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).

    • 48 min
    Project X

    Project X

    It's two episodes into their 13th season and the Mikes are throwing the party of the century! A real rager! The most kick-ass rockin' in your face....ok I lied; they're just going to watch a movie about that kind of party. It's 2012's Project X.
    Directed by and starring no one you've ever heard of, this coming-of-age party film went on to make nearly TEN TIMES it's budget back! That's....astounding even to Butler, who was not as big a fan of this film as Field was. Field enjoys many aspects of the story and the way it was filmed, despite not being a fan of the found footage genre in general. Butler finds the film lacking in plot or character development, forcing the film to fall squarely on how crazy or hilarious the house party at the center of the film is. And for him, that party doesn't go far enough nor is the film funny enough.
    The Mikes will also discuss fun facts about the film, like the fact that it was filmed on the Lethal Weapon set and they had extras actually throw a true huge party in order to get the footage and feel that they needed.
    And remember; "Ninjas are p*ssies"
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).

    • 44 min
    Oblivion

    Oblivion

    It's time for some Cruise-on-Cruise action this week as the Mikes discuss the 2013 film "Oblivion" starring Forgotten Cinema's most repeated superstar; Tom Cruise.
    Mike Butler and Mike Field both truly enjoy this movie, but man does it have some issues when it comes to story. From conveniences in dialogue and character motivation for the purpose of driving the story along to inconsistent or nonsensical plot points, the story in this film could probably have used a little more time in the oven to really straighten some things out. But the bones of the story are solid, Tom Cruise does a great job, the score is great, and the art direction and cinematography are phenomenal. The film also gives Cruise one of his best final lines.
    Butler and Field will also go into the making of this film, how they did most of what they could using practical effects and props, and some bizarre theories on the true meaning of the film.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Timeline

    Timeline

    The Mikes are going back in time to the Hundred Years War where these modern men of the 21st century will surely thrive...nah just playing, they'd probably die; quickly and poorly.
    Mike Field and Mike Butler are instead watching the 2003 time travel film, Timeline, from the comfort of their own homes with all the modern amenities available to them. They'll discuss the differences between this film and the Michael Crichton novel it is based on. The Mikes will also talk about how this film paints Paul Walker's character to be the lead when in reality the lead in this film is Gerard Butler's.
    They'll also get into how Richard Donner had to deliver three different cuts of this film to please Paramount Pictures, causing the entirety of the original Jerry Goldsmith score (one of his last) to be left on the cutting room floor. A cut far longer than the pulpy vapid final cut, this fact has both Butler and Field demanding #ReleaseTheDonnerCut!
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for https://www.forgottencinemapodcast.com/ (Forgotten Cinema).

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

movie_fan1989 ,

Great Podcast!

Mike and Mike offer an excellent pod with fun, infectious energy and solid film insight. I love the format of the show and they aren’t afraid to tell it like it is. High recommendation!

Screen Time Junkie ,

Love their format

Really enjoy being reminded of movies I’d forgotten about. These guys do a great job with each movie. Their technical knowledge of movie making is an added dimension I really like.

Adrian Peng Correia ,

Fun and informative listen!

Mike and Butler have wonderful chemistry and their lively discussion of forgotten and under appreciated cinema is well structured and researched. Their personal insights offer welcome critiques and fun tidbits of history on the productions and the history of filmmaking. It’s at times serious and thoughtful, and at others irreverent and absurd, but always an interesting listen.

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