The Cotton Club (film, dir. Coppola, 1984) [F03]

Martin & Sam welcome back friends of the show Simon Renshaw and Sam Clements to have a little chat about Coppola's jazz-odyssey The Cotton Club. There's some real difficulties for all four hosts with this one, although there are some standout scenes which seem to generate a little more enthusiasm; from the dancing of Gregory Hines, the crosscutting of dance-numbers and train stations, and the horse-drawing of Bob Hoskins.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
The Cotton Club trailer, via YouTube (dir. Coppola, 1984)

Ill Wind, from The Cotton Club, Lonette McKee (1984)

"This is the Hoofers Club", from The Cotton Club via YouTube (1984)

Gregory Hines talks about The Huggies from Muppets Take Manhattan, via YouTube (1984)

Nicolas Cage breaks down his most iconic characters | GQ, via YouTube (2018)

Rumble Fish (film, dir. Coppola, 1983) [F02]

Kevin Smokler rejoins Martin & Sam for another dip into a teen-drama Hinton/Coppola/Dillon collaboration, as Song by Song takes a look at 1983's Rumble Fish. There's some discussion about the acting styles of the Dillon/Rourke/Hopper family, the symbolism of elements like colour and sound (as well as the relationship between Rusty James and his brother), as well as the theatrical/dream-like quality of the film in general.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Rumble Fish trailer, via YouTube (dir. Coppola, 1983)

Don't Box Me In, Rumble Fish OST, Stan Ridgway/Stewart Copeland (1983)

… and check out Kevin's book Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies at Amazon or Amazon UK, or perhaps at your local brick-and-mortar bookseller.

The Outsiders (film, dir. Coppola, 1983) [F01]

To educate us all on the history of the Brat Pack, Sam & Martin welcome Kevin Smokler to take a look at Coppola's adaptation of S.E Hinton's coming of age novel, The Outsiders. While Kevin educates us as to the historical and social context of this story, we also debate the success of the scoring choices, try to chart Coppola's creative/commercial rise and fall, and get confused about fires in schoolhouses or churches.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
The Outsiders trailer, via YouTube (dir. Coppola, 1983)

Stay Gold, The Complete Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder (1983/2005)

… and check out Kevin's book Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies at Amazon or Amazon UK, or perhaps at your local brick-and-mortar bookseller.

Mystery Train (film, dir. Jarmusch, 1989) [F07]

Back for a second week, Matthew Crosby joins Martin and Sam to take a look at Jim Jarmusch's 1989 multiple-narrative movie Mystery Train. While we're all full of love and excitement for the quirks and details of the film, there's some debate as to the strength of some of the acting performances, the narrative coherence, as well as whether it's Elvis or Carl Perkins.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Mystery Train Trailer, via YouTube (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1989)

Jiffy Squid trailer, Mystery Train feat. Tom Waits, Screamin' Jay Hawkins & Cinqué Lee, via YouTube (1989)

Elvis or Carl Perkins, Mystery Train feat. Masatoshi Nagase & Yûki Kudô, via YouTube (1989) - no subtitles but you get the idea, right?

Down By Law (film, dir. Jarmusch, 1986) [F04]

Sam and Martin welcome friend of the show Matthew Crosby to dig into one of Waits's most sizeable film roles, the 1986 Jim Jarmusch classic Down By Law. Immediately proving their analytic credentials by remembering at least two of the main characters' names, Matthew, Sam and Martin discuss the acting strengths (and weaknesses…?) of the three protagonists, the improvisational elements in the scripting, as well as Jarmusch's ability and willingness to film actors listening.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Jockey Full of Bourbon, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985)

Tango Til They're Sore, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985)

Down By Law trailer, via YouTube (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1986)

Down By Law & Variety (album), John Lurie (1987/1999)

Fishing With John - Episode 2 - Tom Waits, via YouTube (1991)

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Night On Earth (film, dir. Jarmusch, 1991) [F09]

Song by Song welcomes back Helen Zaltzman to talk through the film that launched a podcasting power-couple, Jim Jarmusch’s 1991 taxi-based anthology Night On Earth. With some mixed feelings about the various segments, along with overall admiration for the ambition of the piece, Helen, Martin & Sam pick through the emotional connections (or lack thereof) between the characters, the sense of space, time and tone found in the chapters, and the contribution of whichever random guy wrote the music.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Good Old World (Gypsy), Night On Earth, Tom Waits (1991)

Night On Earth Trailer, via YouTube (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1991)

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