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.


April 21, 2019 4 mins

Mike Butler and Mike Field introduce Forgotten Cinema, their upcoming podcast where each episode focuses on one film that for whatever reason seems to have been forgotten by audiences. Mike & Mike revisit the film and discuss what worked (or didn't) and whether or not it should be revisited or stay forgotten. 

In this introduction the Mikes introduce themselves, the podcast format, and why they chose to do this podcast in t...

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Mike Butler and Mike Field begin their journey into Forgotten Cinema with the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy, The 'Burbs.

Join them as they let you in on some fun production facts and discuss what worked, what didn't, why this film seems "forgotten" nowadays and whether or not it should be revisited.

So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.

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May 8, 2019 47 mins

The Mikes' journey into Forgotten Cinema takes them through the jungles of Africa in the 2016 adventure film, The Legend of Tarzan.

Our hosts discuss why adventure films seem to have taken a back seat in films, how this film harkens back to the "Golden Age" of cinema and why does Samuel L. Jackson keeps getting cast as a Civil War veteran?

So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium,...

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May 15, 2019 47 mins

Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the 2008 action film, Wanted.

The Mikes discuss whether or not this film still had the same affect on them nearly a decade later, the use of physical versus practical effects, and how it spawned or inspired films like it, and yet still seems to have become Forgotten Cinema.

So leave your exploding rats at home, grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditori...

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May 22, 2019 54 mins

Let the battle for best 1999 Supernatural Horror Thriller begin! 

The Mikes argue which is better: M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense or this week's Forgotten Cinema selection; Stir of Echoes starring Kevin Bacon?

Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss David Koepp's skills as a screenwriting, grotesque practical effects, the importance of secondary over ancillary characters, and what makes a good supernatural th...

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May 29, 2019 52 mins

Tom Cruise wears an eye patch and leads an amazing group of actors to overthrow Hitler and the Nazi Party during World War 2...what more could you ask for?!

Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss the Bryan Singer directed historical thriller, Valkyrie. The Mikes talk about using real life locations, the difficulty with telling a true story and keeping the audience in suspense, and the cinematic choices often (and...

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June 5, 2019 66 mins

The Mikes travel through the jungles of South America with the deadliest cargo of all...a new episode of their Forgotten Cinema podcast!

Join Michael Butler and Michael Field as they discuss the 1977 William Friedkin directed thriller, Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider. The Mikes discuss 70's filmmaking, from it's grit, locations, sets, score, and even to the methodical pacing of character setup at the time. And of course th...

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June 12, 2019 55 mins

Tom Cruise again?! That's right, another helping of Tom...only this time he's the villain!

Michael Butler and Michael Field breakdown and discuss a film by yet another Michael; Michael Mann's 2004 thriller, Collateral, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.

Listen to Butler defend one of his favorite films of all time, against the onslaught of Field's nitpicks! Along the way, listen to the Mikes describe how this film was one of the fir...

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June 19, 2019 60 mins

The Mikes go head to head discussing the 1991 Bruce Willis action/comedy, Hudson Hawk; a film each Mike holds a very differing opinion of. 

Join Michael Butler as he discusses the failings of this critically panned mess of a film; one that goes either too far, or never goes far enough with it's zaniness.


Join Michael Field as he defends the film's lightheartedness, witty dialogue, and breezy runtime against those who can't see...

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June 26, 2019 55 mins

The Mikes travel back to 1983 to revisit the Michael Douglas thriller The Star Chamber.

Join Mike Field and Mike Butler, as they discuss aspect ratios, theme over story, and the dreaded third act issues that seem to plague so many films no matter how good or well made they may be. Just be aware; there are no clips in this episode (other than the trailer) because we couldn't find them. Our most forgotten film yet!

So grab yo...

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July 10, 2019 56 mins

They love it when a podcast comes together!!!

In 2019, a crack podcast unit was sent to the microphone for a forgotten film they didn't cover. These men promptly viewed the film and discussed it. Today, still lovers of forgotten films, they survive as podcasters and cinephiles. If you have a film that deserves to be brought back into the spotlight, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...Forgotten Cin...

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July 17, 2019 50 mins

On this episode of Forgotten Cinema the Mike's discuss the 2007 Disney animated feature Meet the Robinsons.

Join Michael Field and Michael Butler as they discuss a time before Disney ruled the world; a time where their animation arm was in a bit of a rut and changes where being made that would affect this film profoundly. The Mikes discuss why the strong message of film helps to carry the film through most of its problems and dive d...

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July 24, 2019 56 mins

On this episode of Forgotten Cinema the Mike's visit their Memory Warehouses to discuss the 2003 Stephen King adaptation, Dreamcatcher, starring Damien Lewis, Thomas Jane, Morgan Freeman, Tom Sizemore, Jason Lee, Timothy Olyphant, and of course Donnie NKOTB Wahlberg as Duddits.

Michael Butler and Michael Field talk about how making completely faithful adaptations of certain novels don't translate well into film and how driving narra...

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July 31, 2019 59 mins

The Mikes head down south in search of money, greed, and good old fashioned crisscrosses in the 1993 Nicholas Cage starring western-noir, Red Rock West.

Mike Field discusses a film that was fairly important to his love of film; specifically indie film. The Mikes also dissect the films characters and themes, gush over late character-actor, JT Walsh, and lighting in relation to cinematography.

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August 7, 2019 80 mins

Who knows what film knowledge lurks in the hearts of film-based podcasts?

Forgotten Cinema knows!!!

Season 2 kicks off with a helping of 90's style pulp noir as the Mikes tackle the 1994 film, The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin. Our hosts explore the interesting origin story created for the film, it's simple yet muddied story, whether it's embracing of 90's cheese hurts or helps the film, and how to do right by The Shadow charact...

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August 14, 2019 53 mins

The Mikes are kicking it old school with in this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they discuss the 1990 comedy, House Party, starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.

Watch as Mike Field reminisces about his youth and the Mikes talk 90s nostalgia, the reason the character are more relatable than in most party-centric teenage comedies, and how quotable the entire film is.

Or course, as always Field brings us some fun film...

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August 21, 2019 73 mins

The Mikes are joining the Kentucky Irregulars for this episode of Forgotten Cinema as they waver back and forth on their opinions of the 2002 Post-Apocalyptic, Dragon drama, Reign of Fire. Starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey...and dragons!

Find out what made this film so different from other summer blockbuster hopefuls. Listen to the Mikes talk about the merits of method acting in front of and off camera. They als...

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August 28, 2019 67 mins

The Mikes learn to "swashbuckle" with Antonia Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta Jones in the 1998 adventure film The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell.

Listen to this episode of Forgotten Cinema as the Mikes lament the lack of modern swashbucklers, discuss casting prominent white actors in Latino roles, as well as gush over the incredible work done by the stunt team to make a memorable and exciting adventure fil...

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September 4, 2019 69 mins

The Mikes take a ride down to Sugarland to discuss Steven Spielberg's studio directorial debut, The Sugarland Express.

Listen in as Mike Field and Mike Butler gush over one of the most important filmmakers of all time beginning to establish choices in filmmaking that will cement his legacy in future films. From innovative camera work, blocking, lighting, and working at getting the best take from his actors; Spielberg is a natural bo...

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September 11, 2019 71 mins

The Mikes try to solve a mystery and get weird with David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

Listen as Mike Field and Mike Butler breakdown the plot, explain the reasoning behind some of the film's iconic scenes. Also listen to them discuss and explain David Lynch's strange, eclectic style of filmmaking and how Lynch is able to use this style as a powerful tool to evoke real emotion and make his films stay with an audience long after the cre...

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