Adjust Your Tracking

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Two friends are trying to work through those movie backlogs by going through a whole century of film, decade by decade, year by year. Presented by Better Feeling Films; UK based hosts Lena Delaney and Oliver Jones will be your rambling guides each fortnight as they go on their adventure through film history.

Episodes

December 23, 2022 119 min

It's a Christmas Miracle!

Like the best BBC shows we are back for a Christmas special.

We talk some new releases with Avatar: The Way of Water and Violent Night before getting into our main event Christmas Evil (1980) otherwise known as You Better Watch Out, written and directed by Lewis Jackson and starring Brandon Maggart. The plot involves a very man who has suffered a childhood trauma whose obsession with Santa Clause leads...

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We're back! And it's new miniseries time on the podcast, as we go well outside of our comfort zone into the 1930s.

We start with the war movie to end all war movies, Lewis Milestone's anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front. It was the first movie to ever win Best Director and Best Film at the academy awards and made only 11 years after the end of World War I painted a sympathetic picture of the German troops as th...

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March 19, 2022 143 min

It's been a while but we are back again! We took the opportunity of the new release of The Batman to do a catch-up episode, tying up our favourite movies from 2021 and then delving into the new iteration of everyone's favourite caped crusader.  It stars Robert Pattinson as Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. The plot involves Batman, who ha...

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It's a Christmas Miracle!

We are back for a special Christmas episode where we catch up after our long break talk about about new releases and do a deep dive on Spider-Man: No Way Home (100% spoiler warnings!), being the biggest movie of the year feels right for us to concentrate on.

We then cautiously step into the 1930s by watching the Christmas classic 'Babes in Toyland' staring comedy legends Laurel and Hardy (discu...

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November 30, 2021 152 min

Strap on your proton pack and ready those traps because today we welcome in the much anticipated fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise. Sadly Liam is away today, but Ollie is joined by two of his good friends - AYT regular James Raynor and newcomer - Robert Kenyon.

We talk about our history with the series, how it has impacted our lives, what makes the first film so special, the sequels, the games and the action figures all bef...

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Join us for the second part of our two Halloween specials for Spooktober! As we go back to the origins of Hollywood horror and tackle the King of the Universal Monster Movies; Frankenstein and the following sequel Bride of Frankenstein. Both directed by James Whale, who can be thought of as a early auteur for horror and Hollywood expressionism. We talk about how Universal got into making horror, how Frankenstein got adapted, how th...

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October 29, 2021 115 min

Join us for the first part of our two Halloween specials for Spooktober! Frank Henenlotter made his name with exploitation horror movie Basket Case and would follow this up with the story of Brian, an average New York city guy who becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied parasitic brain named Aylmer. Who eats brains to supply Brian with an hallucinogenic drug. It's psychedelic, detestable, and hysterical. And a must watch.

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October 13, 2021 82 min

It's our decade round up episode, the Trackies! Where we give out awards for the films we watched on this miniseries and as always we are joined by our friend Brandon Kahn to chat about what we learnt from this selection of films, the 80s in films and what we liked best. Also we announce our next miniseries.

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October 10, 2021 140 min

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amid chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo.  Katsuhiro Otomo's magnum opus Akira was released to international acclaim in 1988, not only was it a spectacular exa...

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September 26, 2021 104 min

The Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons;  Taro (Akira Terao), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) but there is no peace between the brothers as full war breaks out shattering the Empire that he built. Now the great Lord wanders his shattered Empire a broken man, but soon all of his past atrocities will come back top haunt him. Ran (1985) in a la...

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September 21, 2021 129 min

In 1989 Spike Lee wrote and directed Do The Right Thing which, to this day is celebrated as one of the great American movies and at the time the biggest movie ever made by a black director. It tells the story of a Brooklyn neighbourhood during a heatwave, where rising tensions explodes after Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) becomes upset that the neighbourhood Pizza shop, run by Sal (Danny Aiello), who doesn't display any b...

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Iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar had his biggest international success in 1988 with this screwball black comedy that almost defies genre classification, it tells the story of Pepa (Carmen Maura) who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén) leaves her. However, she is interrupted by groups of different people from her life including Ivan's son from a pre...

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August 22, 2021 121 min

Natalie Gardner, who has portrayed Cher on screen, joins us this week to discuss the movie that finally earnt Cher her Oscar. Moonstruck, directed by Norman Jewison, explores romance and love in all of it's complicated aspects based around a New York Italian-American family, where Loterra (Cher) accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Johnny, but then she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny (Nic Cage) w...

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August 8, 2021 134 min

It's big studio blockbuster comedy this week on Adjust Your Tracking. Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker were the most successful comedy directors/writers in the 1980s, with Airplane!, Police Squad, and Top Secret they made a name for themselves for creating wild fast slapstick spoof films that resonated with audiences. The would make one last film as a trio and they swapped spoof for much more standard farce in a film they did not write...

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July 18, 2021 137 min

Agnès Varda has been known as the mother of the French New Wave, and is amongst the most important and celebrated filmmakers ever. In 1985 she released what would be her most successful film, Vagabond, where Mona, played by Sandrine Bonnaire, is a young drifter who is found dead in a ditch in rural southern France. The movies plays out in a series of flashbacks and semi-documentary style 'interviews', which recount the last...

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June 27, 2021 92 min

Liam is busy, so Ollie asked James Raynor to sit in to talk about one of the more bizarre films of the 1980s - Repo Man, the debut film of director Alex Cox, a satirical science fiction black comedy starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilo Estiveze. It follows a group of repo men who get caught up in the pursuit of a mysterious Chevrolet Malibu that might be connected to extra-terrestrials. Set in LA with a Punk Rock soundtrack the fi...

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This week we are joined by Sean and Frank from the long running Film Junk Podcast, and are looking back at Walter Hills 1984 neo-noir cult classic  - Streets of Fire . When Raven Shaddock, the a leader of a biker gang steals rock singer Ellen Aim, it's up to her ex-boyfriend Tom Cody and a small band of mercenaries to go an get her back. Starring Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan and Willem Dafoe. The film, wh...

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June 14, 2021 159 min

The success of Star Wars and blockbusters in general led to studios trying to emulate that success.  In 1983 veteran film maker Peter Yates wanted to combine sci-fi, fantasy and swashbuckling to create an original film that follows Prince Colwyn and his group of outlaws on the planet Krull to save future queen Princess Lyssa from the Beast and his constantly teleporting Black Fortress, they named this film Krull, and despite it bei...

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June 6, 2021 143 min

Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film written and directed by German Icon Werner Herzog and starring infamous actor Klaus Kinski in what would be their penultimate collaboration. The film is based upon a real life rubber baron who transported a disassembled steamboat over land to secure his Rubber trade. In the film however Fitzcarraldo undertakes this feat to secure enough money to bring Opera to his jungle home. The film has a infamously t...

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Films rarely come as small as this, in 1981 New York City theatre bona fides Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory started recording their conversations, this would all lead to them writing a small two header screenplay where two old friends catch up over dinner. This became My Dinner With Andre, where the two fictionalised versions of the actors have a conversation which drifts between the nature of humanism verses spiritualism and how ...

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