Forgotten Cinema

Forgotten Cinema

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.

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May 5, 2021 42 min
Is it getting hot out there, or is it just us?...oh, it is hot out there?...soooo its not us then....ok well then uhhhh....good. The Mikes are heating things up with a brand new season. A themed season! For the next 13 episodes, welcome to Forgotten Summer! Our first Summer dive is Croupier starring Clive Owen as a card dealing, book writing, sociopath who is trying to find the inspiration for his big hit novel. Sure this film w...
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Time to end season 8 by getting a little...greedy. See what I did there? Wait, that doesn't make any sense....anyway, the Mikes are taking a look at the 1994 comedy Greedy, starring Michael J Fox and Kirk Douglas. Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss all of the talent in this film that makes up the "greedy" McTeague family, especially Phil Hartman who steals the spotlight in nearly every scene he is in. Th...
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April 21, 2021 59 min
The Mikes are playing some street ball with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in southern Los Angeles in Ron Shelton's 1992 film White Men Can't Jump. Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler talk about how this film hinges on the chemistry between Snipes and Harrelson; their banter, friendship, and rivalry are what keeps the film moving and what keeps us coming back to this film. Their characters are so good that the Mikes...
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April 14, 2021 61 min
Mike Butler and Mike Field are jumping back to 2001 to talk about a spy movie that take place in 1991, but also during the Vietnam War...and the 80's. A film that stars two men that Butler believes needed to play father and son in a film; Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. That's right! We're talking the Tony Scott directed, Spy Game on this episode of Forgotten Cinema! The Mikes talk about the films use of non-linear sto...
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April 7, 2021 49 min
The Mikes are building a tree house with Elijah Wood in 1970 rural Mississippi in 1994's The War this week's Forgotten Cinema. Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss this film which also stars Kevin Costner. Butler has an issue with the bookended narration by one of the younger characters because it doesn't match her "voice." Field disagrees. They also talk about the themes of the film, who the targe...
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March 31, 2021 54 min
Its Forgotten Cinema's 100 Episode!!!!! And they will never stop never stopping! Get it?! It's from the title of the movie the Mikes are talking about this week; Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping from hilarious minds of The Lonely Island crew, starring Andy Samberg as superstar recording artist Connor4Real. Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about their 100th film on the podcast! Butler will discuss how he chos...
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March 24, 2021 55 min
It's time to get a little spooky...off season, because its Field's daughter's birthday and she's making the Mikes watch Tim Burton's Frankenweenie! After Field is done berating Butler for crying over the many deaths and resurrections of a claymation dog, the Mikes discuss how Tim Burton and his team made the film; from the 2 minutes worth of film they shot a week (2 seconds a day) to the amount of detail in the ...
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March 17, 2021 62 min
The Mike's are talking Sidney Poitier's triumphant return to cinema...in 1988 for Shoot to Kill on this episode of Forgotten Cinema. Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about how this film, though not very old, seems to exist in a rights free limbo, that also means that it is nearly impossible to find anywhere...except YouTube. They also discuss the start of the film, from the opening credits that Field has issue...
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March 10, 2021 59 min
The Mikes are trying to figure out who the mole in the "Circus" is along with George Smiley in the 2011 spy-drama Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Strong amongst a ton of other well known British actors. Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss how the film is very much a modern take on a spy film audiences would experience in the mid 70s/early 80s; from the slow pacing, p...
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March 3, 2021 51 min
The Mikes are talking hot Florida days, overly sexual femme fatales, and a dumb (but maybe smart?) journalist in way over his head in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmetto_(film) (Palmetto), starring Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevingy and Michael Rapaport. Listen as Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about this flawed 1998 noir. Butler has issues with many of the glaring mistakes done during the crime and th...
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Mike Field has a chat on the phone and across "the pond" with David Ambrose, the writer of The Final Countdown. Listen as Mr. Ambrose talks about his experience of writing this film for Peter and Kirk Douglas as well as his friendship with Gene Roddenberry and his time writing for Hollywood. So listen to this interview and check out the Mikes episode of The Final Countdown.
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February 24, 2021 62 min
The Mikes are traveling back to 1980 so that they can then travel back to 1941 on the USS Nimitz in the Kirk Douglas/Martin Sheen film The Final Countdown. A film recommended to them by Butler's father. Will he listen to this episode? Who knows?! This film, directed by Don Taylor supposedly inspired the 80's hair band Europe's hit single (the title did anyway). Listen as Mike Field and Mike Butler bring you the facts...
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February 17, 2021 44 min
"Hey Rosalie! Mon-o-poly!" That's right, the Mikes are tackling the 1990 film Kevin Kline film, I Love You to Death on this episode of Forgotten Cinema. Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss this dark comedy from director Lawrence Kasdan. They talk about the stellar cast, from Tracy Ullman and River Phoenix to great smaller parts for William Hurt and Keanu Reeves as would-be hitmen. The Mikes also touch upon...
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February 10, 2021 48 min
The Mikes travel back to the 90's to reminisce about the 80's in this weeks episode of Forgotten Cinema as they take a look at 1997's Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino. Mike Field and Mike Butler discuss their second 90's high school reunion movie in a row for some reason! Listen as they talk about the relatability of the two main character's and whether or not it...
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February 3, 2021 50 min
Forgotten Cinema Season 8!!!! Since we begin in the month of love, it's only fair that we start this season with some romance, starting with 1996's Beautiful Girls; directed by Ted Demme and starring SO MANY PEOPLE!!! Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillion, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, a very young Natalie Portman...oh and Uma Thurman! Honestly the list goes on and on. Join the Mikes as they discuss the way that this film is able...
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January 27, 2021 61 min
Get your walkie-talkie watches ready; the Mikes are traveling to a crime ridden pop-art 1930's in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy. Mike Butler and Mike Field talk about what makes this 1990 film so interesting to watch. From the very specific color palate that was used, to the over the top make up and prosthetics used on some legendary actors who perform as over the top as the make-up effects themselves. Field and Butler will...
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January 20, 2021 46 min
The Mikes are taking baby steps to their desk and baby steps to their microphones in the penultimate episode of season 7 as they talk about the 1991 Frank Oz comedy, What About Bob? starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Listen as they discuss their experiences of watching the film back in the day, compared to watching it again now. Butler describes why Dreyfuss' Dr. Leo Marvin is not a great character to play the straight...
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January 13, 2021 60 min
What if the legend of King Arthur was based in part on a real person? Well you'd get 2004's King Arthur; directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Clive Owen, Kiera Knightly, Ioan Gruffudd, and Mads Mikkelsen, the Mikes' favorite Hannibal Lecter. Join Mikes Butler and Field as they discuss how the use of real extras and sets make the action and setting more interesting and engaging. They'll also talk about how the ad...
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January 6, 2021 47 min
One Mike thinks this film is "The Best of Times"....the other not so much. Mike Field and Mike Butler take a look at the 1986 comedy film The Best of Times starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell. Listen to the episode as the Mikes disagree with each other about nearly every aspect in this film. Didn't think Robin Williams could be unlikeable in a film? Well, Butler is going to make a case that he is in this film. Butl...
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December 30, 2020 51 min
It's the end of 2020 and what better way to ring in the new year with a film whose title neatly sums up this past year, From Hell, the 2001 film directed by the Hughes Brothers and starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Listen in as the Mikes talk about the fascination with Jack the Ripper and how this film blends the many different theories behind the who and why of the famous killer together, mostly well. Mike Butler and ...
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