In this episode we discuss the 1984 classic comedy #PoliceAcademy, starring #SteveGuttenberg, #BubbaSmith, #GeorgeGaynes and #MichaelWinslow.
We examine the stereotypes, the characters, the legacy, and whether or not the Police Academy film series ended because they could not make the movies any shorter.
Our response to the film was divisive. Wayne thought it was great and that it stood the test of time and considers it the #CitizenKane of comedic cop movies. The Justin's found it amusing but not substantially great. Michelle face-palmed herself at the stupidity of the Police Academy franchise and cannot believe they were able to make as many films as they did.
In this episode, that we recorded right after our first recording of 2015 (Will Be Up shortly), we discuss our favourite Australian Films and why they are of cultural significance.
Wayne's preferred Australian film was #YahooSerious' #YoungEinstein, the SGS team thought he was nuts for claiming there was educational value in the film but Wayne argued that it serves as a good and memorable introduction to the greatest minds of the early 20th century, but his favourite scene was the kitten pie.
Regular Justin's choice Australian film was #RomperStomper as this film shows a darker side to #Australian culture and introduced the world to #RussellCrowe.
Darkest-Timeline Justin, suggests that one of the most important films is #NotQuiteHollywood as the film is both entertaining and informative, while providing a concise introduction to a forgotten era of Australian film making.
Michelle's go to Australian Film was #TheDish, starring #SamNeill, written and directed by #RobSitch and co written by #SantoCilauro, #JaneKennedy and #TomGleisner. This was the most contemporary of our choices, and while we referenced #TheCastle, The Dish was her preferred film due to the historiography of the story as Sitch and co tell a story of Australia's involvement of the #Apollo11 #MoonLanding which was not as well known as it should have been.
We, at the Soylent GreenScreen Podcast hope you had a great #AustraliaDay, and we'd love to know what some of your favourite Australian films are.
In the scond part of our epic podcasting night with Michelle's dad we discuss the 1956 version of Jules Verne's Around The World in 80 Days, starring David Niven, Shirley McClaine, Cantinflas and a swag of celebrity cameos ranging from Caesar Romero to Buster Keaton.
Through this discussion Bryan (Michelle's dad) explains the importance of this film and why it ran for three and a half years. He also introduces us to the Todd AO processor and how they used the hot airballoon as a way of marketing Todd AO. Todd AO was the foundation of high fidelity surround and the widescreen 70mm format as we know it today. Before this time they had to use three cameras and three projectors to present cinerama. With Todd AO they were able to record a widescreen image on a single strip of film with six channel surround sound. So this was a ground breaking cinematic achievement. Bryan also points out the number of celebrity cameos in this film and brings us a deeper and more complex understanding of the era that Around The World in 80 Days was made.
In this episode the Soylent GreenScreen is joined by Michelle's dad, Bryan. Bryan was generous enough to be our special guest and share his memories of being raised by the manager of the Esquire theatre, Gil Whelan (1924 - 2014). Gil managed some of Melbourne's finest cinemas from the 1950s through to the 70s. Gil was there for a time that History seems to forgotten now that cinema has been subsumed by the multiplex.
This conversation with Bryan stretched out to over 2 hours so we broke it into three parts. The first part is focused on South Pacific (1958), whilst we all agreed that this wasn't the best of the films in cinema history, it ran for three years at The Esquire on Bourke Street. Thus cementing its place in cinema history.
The final part of our podcast on the history of Melbourne Cinemas our discussion with Michelle's dad, Bryan turns to #Rodgers&Hammerstein's #TheSoundOfMusic, directed by #RobertWise and starring #JulieAndrews, #ChritopherPlummer and #AngelaCartwright. The Sound of Music Ran for a staggering 140 weeks in Melbourne's #ParisTheatre, perhaps better known to history buffs as The #LyceumTheatre. The Paris/Lyceum was pulled down in the 70s and replaced by The #TivoliArcade.