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.... Show More

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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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December 23, 2020 48 min
You ever just want to tie your family up and tell them exactly what you think about them? Yeah....us either. But they do it in this week's film The Ref, starring Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis. Listen to the episode as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the way this film blends drama and comedy in a way that is seldom if ever used today. The Mikes also talk about how using dramatic actors in comedic parts helps t...
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December 16, 2020 46 min
The Mikes have been poisoned, and now they have only 24 hours to watch and do a podcast episode on 1988's D.O.A starring Dennis Quaid. Well, maybe they weren't poisoned, but Quaid's character was; and Mike Butler and Mike Field are still going to talk about it on this episode of Forgotten Cinema! Listen in as the Mikes discuss the relationship between Quaid's and Meg Ryan's characters, the slow draining of color...
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December 9, 2020 57 min
"You want my podcast?! Take my podcast!!!" The Mikes are going back to the 90s to watch Samuel L. Jackson take some hostages and break some laws to prove that he's an honest cop. It's 1998's The Negotiator, directed by F. Gary Gray. Listen to the episode where Mike Field and Mike Butler talk about a very different original plan for the film, where Sylvester Stallone would try to negotiate a hostage taking Kevi...
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December 2, 2020 57 min
Honor, duty, awesome swords, and historical Tom Cruise. It's The Last Samurai directed by Edward Zwick, starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe on this episode of Forgotten Cinema. Listen as Mike Field and Mike Butler talk about the controversy surrounding this film, both from the aspect to casting Tom Cruise and the glorifying of the Samurai during that time. They'll also talk about how good Ken Watanabe is in his first Amer...
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November 25, 2020 43 min
Why should we worry! Why should we ca-a-a-re....that the Mikes are watching a film about a good-hearted team of singing and thieving street dogs and their precocious kitten pal. Maybe because one of those dogs is New York City legend Billy Joel?!?! Maybe. Mike Butler and Mike Field are talking 1988's Oliver and Company on this episode of Forgotten Cinema! Join the Mikes as they discuss how even for an animated Disney film, ...
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November 18, 2020 48 min
The Mike's are taking us to 1981 to watch James Caan break into safes and act the crap out of Michael Mann's first feature film, "Thief" Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the skill and talent that Caan displays on screen as anti-hero, safe cracker and ex-con, Frank. From his monologue in the diner scene to his dialogue with the other characters. The Mikes make the argument that he may have won the Os...
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Mike Field and Mike Butler are reporting for duty on the HMS Surprise, with Captain Jack Aubrey at the helm, as he travels the world in pursuit of the Archeron, a possible vessel supplying England's enemy, the French, during the Napoleonic Wars. That's right, it's time for the Peter Weir directed Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany on this episode of Forgotten Cine...
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November 4, 2020 69 min
The Mikes are starting the presses on Forgotten Cinema season 7 with The Front Page, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Join Mike Field and Mike Butler as they discuss how this film is one of many remakes of the original stage play from the 20's and how that helps much of what makes this film so great. The Mikes also talk the great set design and how some of the acting and staging seem to com...
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October 28, 2020 61 min
The Mikeronomicon Ex Mortis....roughly translated....The Book of the Mikes. Join Mike Butler and Mike Field as they venture down into the fruit cellar of an old cabin to bring you the final episode of the second annual Forgotten Horror; 2013's Evil Dead, directed by Fede Alvarez and starring Jane Levy. The Mikes discuss how original The Evil Dead creator, Sam Raimi decided on newcomer Fede Alvarez to reboot this iconic horror f...
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