233 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.

    Season 17 Draft Selection

    Season 17 Draft Selection

    Listen, for the very first time, the Mikes choose the episodes for the upcoming season of Forgotten Cinema! It's riveting stuff...
    ...Okay, not really, but we figured you may like a peak behind the curtain and be interested in what we've got coming up.
    This was originally recorded live after our Dune 2 YouTube livestream, but we've cut it down and edited it for your listening...pleasure? Anyway enjoy! And get ready for our Season 17 comeback on May 1st!

    • 14 min
    Living In Oblivion

    Living In Oblivion

    This is it...the beginning of the end!
    How fitting then that the Mikes take a look at the 1995 film, aptly titled Living in Oblivion, starring Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, and Peter Dinklage in one of his first on screen roles.
    Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss how true to life this independent film about making an independent film is. From the on-set frustrations to the importance of a good craft service table. The Mikes have nothing but praise for this film, which they believe should be required watching for any up-and-coming filmmaker.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
    00:00 - Introduction
    02:39 - Film Summary
    03:29 - Film Facts
    08:22 - Film Discussion
    31:20 - Why It's Forgotten
    34:50 - Where to Find Us

    • 36 min
    Frailty

    Frailty

    The Mikes are looking for demons to kill...who might just be regular innocent people as they discuss the 2002 Bill Paxton thriller Frailty, starring none other than Bill Paxton. Matthew McConaughey is also in it.
    Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about how they like this film, but find some issues with the way they handle the film's twist and mystery. They'll talk about the real-life murders that inspired this film, the reason the axe is named Otis, and how James Cameron helped Paxton make a crucial storytelling choice in the film.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
    00:00 - Introduction
    02:38 - Film Summary
    03:30 - Film Facts
    08:39 - Film Discussion
    36:58 - Critic Reviews
    40:34 - Why It's Forgotten
    47:24 - Where to Find Us

    • 49 min
    The Player

    The Player

    The Mikes have pissed off the wrong screenwriter, as they work to keep their high-powered producer jobs at their studio...wait, no that's Tim Robbins in Robert Altman's 1992 film, The Player.
    Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss how this movie about moviemaking is great at poking fun at Hollywood, but maybe doesn't go far enough. They'll also talk about the endless celebrity cameos, certain plot elements that don't go anywhere and the very impressive 8-minute one take that opens the movie.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:46 - Film Summary
    02:28 - Film Facts
    08:40 - Film Discussion
    51:13- Why It's Forgotten
    56:57 - Where to Find Us

    • 58 min
    EuroTrip

    EuroTrip

    The Mikes are taking a trip to Europe where they'll experience soccer hooligans, the red-light district, and maybe accidentally become Popes as they discuss the 2004 comedy EuroTrip starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Scott Mechlowicz, and Jacob Pitts.
    Listen in as Mike Butler talks about how, while some of the comedy maybe be too much for a modern audience, much of it still holds up and is very funny. Field has never enjoyed this film and continues to dislike it. That's right everyone! It's going to be one of those episodes!
    Scotty Doesn't Know!
    So, grab your passport and travel guide, please notice the safe words to the left and right of you and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:59 - Film Summary
    02:56 - Film Facts
    07:46 - Film Discussion
    41:16 - Critic Reviews
    50:14- Why It's Forgotten
    57:29 - Where to Find Us

    • 59 min
    The Astronaut Farmer

    The Astronaut Farmer

    The Mikes are helping Billy Bob Thorton blow up his barn and launch a rocket to space in this week's episode talking about the 2007 film The Astronaut Farmer.
    Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss the themes of this movie, like family and never giving up on your dreams. and how they carry this film from start to finish. Sure, building a rocket to space in your barn is kind of dumb, but Thorton, along with his wife (played by Virginia Madsen) and family make it a dumb idea that you root for. Add to that a substantial uncredited Bruce Willis, and you've got a feel-good charming movie.
    So, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits to the left and right of you and settle down for Forgotten Cinema. 
    00:00 - Introduction
    01:44 - Film Summary
    02:06 - Film Facts
    08:04 - Film Discussion
    34:23 - Who Would You Recommend This Too?
    36:43- Why It's Forgotten
    41:13 - Where to Find Us

    • 42 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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