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The movies that shaped us, year by year.

Latest Episodes

Review of the decade 2010-2019

EFor no reason other than the end of a decade comes but once every, what eight or nine years? Ben and Alex are listing their favourite films of the decade from 2010 to 2019. With two picks a year, this is a 40+ list of the films The Arniethology holds dearest from this most recent decade, along with plenty of mentions for films that came close to making the list and a few major disappointments that deserve extra special mention. Think we're nuts? Let us know at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

116 MIN2019 DEC 31
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Review of the decade 2010-2019

BONUS: Terminator - Dark Fate

EWe're back with an interstitial episode, talking about the latest in the Terminator franchise. First, there's a catch-up on the state of the year's films so far, including a rather lacklustre summer season. Then the review starts proper at 16m, as we get into the film many are hailing as the best Terminator film since James "Jim to his friends" Cameron helmed T2 in 1991. Does the Arniethology agree? Well, it takes some spoilerific talk to get into that and spoilers start at 49m30s. Do you agree with our thoughts? Let us know at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is 80s Action Movie by Tony Gage

91 MIN2019 NOV 26
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BONUS: Terminator - Dark Fate

BONUS: Hobbs & Shaw (plus Special Announcement)

EWe've got a special episode for you this time, as we talk through a potted history of the Fast and Furious franchise, before getting into (non-spoilery) chat about the latest entry - and first spin-off - 'Hobbs and Shaw'. We also take a quick look at the trailers for the upcoming Arnie and Cruise films in the shape of 'Terminator: Dark Fate' and 'Top Gun: Maverick', respectively. Finally, there's a look forward and a special announcement about where we're going next. Let us know what you think about any (or all) of it at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

75 MIN2019 AUG 5
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BONUS: Hobbs & Shaw (plus Special Announcement)

Forgotten FIlms - 1989

EAfter a long delay, the final forgotten films of the 80s are upon us. And they look like a long forgotten - and perhaps underseen - Steven Spielberg film and a perhaps underappreciated time travel film in the shapes of 'Always' and 'Millennium', respectively. We're spoiling basic plot points from the off, but major spoilers for Always start @ 22m40s; then we're into Millennium @ 1h12m, with heavy spoilers @ 1h34m30s, before wrapping it all up at 1h52m. As always (see what I did there?), music is "80s" by David Szesztay; contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

121 MIN2019 AUG 2
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Forgotten FIlms - 1989

In Praise of Keanu

EFor this week's mini episode, Ben discards the Suspiria remake to focus on the career trajectory of Mr Keanu Reeves, building up to his most satisfying role, that of Mr John Wick. There are no spoilers here, so if you haven't yet seen John Wick 3 AKA Parabellum, fear not - this is all about Keanu. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

23 MIN2019 MAY 20
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In Praise of Keanu

Forgotten Films - 1988 Part 2

EBen and Alex round out the review of 1988's forgotten films with an ok religious satire and an outstanding survival thriller. First up is the star-studded Pass the Ammo, featuring Tim Curry and a rare leading role for Bill Paxton, causing some Paxton Factor confusion. Then (at 23m), the unduly forgotten action thriller Deadly Pursuit (AKA Shoot to Kill), starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley and Clancy Brown - as well as a handful of stunts and twists. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch: thearniethology@gmail.com

62 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Forgotten Films - 1988 Part 2

Mandy, The Old Man & The Gun, Won't You Be My Neighbour

EAnother trifecta of recent releases for recommendation and another phalanx - love that word - of listener recommendations for the weeks ahead. On the docket this week, Ben gives a view on bonkers, artful Nic Cage masterpiece 'Mandy'; Robert Redford's acting swansong, 'The Old Man and The Gun' (directed by David - not John - Lowery); and documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?', detailing the career of the iconic children's presenter Mr Rogers. There's laughter, tears and chainsaws right here, people. What more do you want? Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

29 MIN2019 APR 25
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Mandy, The Old Man & The Gun, Won't You Be My Neighbour

Forgotten Films - 1988

EIn looking at 1988's Forgotten Films, Alex chooses a listener recommendation in the shape of Christopher Crowe's Vietnam cop thriller, Saigon AKA Off Limits (spoilers start at 38m30s). Then it's Ben's turn (at 51m) with John Sayles' genre-defying retelling of the 1919 'Black Sox' baseball scandal, Eight Men Out (with spoilers at 1h22m), before wrapping things up - for the first part of 1988 at least... (at 1h 27m). Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

92 MIN2019 APR 22
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Forgotten Films - 1988

Looking Ahead

EThanks to a pretty special piece of correspondence, this week's mini episode is not so mini, as Alex joins Ben to go through a list of potential upcoming films, as Forgotten Films moves into the 90s and beyond. Its a mixed bag, but there are some excellent recommendations here (thanks again to Cary from Vermont for taking the time). If you want to offer your recommendations - including anything we've missed in the 1980s - do so here: thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

43 MIN2019 APR 12
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Looking Ahead

The 100th Episode & Forgotten Films - 1987

EWe finally did it. We reached 100 episodes. To celebrate, we've got specially recorded clips and questions from contributors and long-time fans, as well as tackling two films from 1987 for the Forgotten Films series. First up is "*batteries not included", one of the second tier Spielberg productions from the Amblin era, featuring adorable septuagenarians and even more adorable self-replicating robots. Then there's a deeper dive to rediscover Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a semi-autobiographical satire about racial stereotyping in the film industry. If you want two recommendations for something to watch or you want to learn more about Ben and Alex, this is the place to get it. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay; spoiler sounds come from Ewan Robinson. Contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

114 MIN2019 APR 5
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The 100th Episode & Forgotten Films - 1987

Latest Episodes

Review of the decade 2010-2019

EFor no reason other than the end of a decade comes but once every, what eight or nine years? Ben and Alex are listing their favourite films of the decade from 2010 to 2019. With two picks a year, this is a 40+ list of the films The Arniethology holds dearest from this most recent decade, along with plenty of mentions for films that came close to making the list and a few major disappointments that deserve extra special mention. Think we're nuts? Let us know at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

116 MIN2019 DEC 31
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Review of the decade 2010-2019

BONUS: Terminator - Dark Fate

EWe're back with an interstitial episode, talking about the latest in the Terminator franchise. First, there's a catch-up on the state of the year's films so far, including a rather lacklustre summer season. Then the review starts proper at 16m, as we get into the film many are hailing as the best Terminator film since James "Jim to his friends" Cameron helmed T2 in 1991. Does the Arniethology agree? Well, it takes some spoilerific talk to get into that and spoilers start at 49m30s. Do you agree with our thoughts? Let us know at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is 80s Action Movie by Tony Gage

91 MIN2019 NOV 26
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BONUS: Terminator - Dark Fate

BONUS: Hobbs & Shaw (plus Special Announcement)

EWe've got a special episode for you this time, as we talk through a potted history of the Fast and Furious franchise, before getting into (non-spoilery) chat about the latest entry - and first spin-off - 'Hobbs and Shaw'. We also take a quick look at the trailers for the upcoming Arnie and Cruise films in the shape of 'Terminator: Dark Fate' and 'Top Gun: Maverick', respectively. Finally, there's a look forward and a special announcement about where we're going next. Let us know what you think about any (or all) of it at thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

75 MIN2019 AUG 5
Comments
BONUS: Hobbs & Shaw (plus Special Announcement)

Forgotten FIlms - 1989

EAfter a long delay, the final forgotten films of the 80s are upon us. And they look like a long forgotten - and perhaps underseen - Steven Spielberg film and a perhaps underappreciated time travel film in the shapes of 'Always' and 'Millennium', respectively. We're spoiling basic plot points from the off, but major spoilers for Always start @ 22m40s; then we're into Millennium @ 1h12m, with heavy spoilers @ 1h34m30s, before wrapping it all up at 1h52m. As always (see what I did there?), music is "80s" by David Szesztay; contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

121 MIN2019 AUG 2
Comments
Forgotten FIlms - 1989

In Praise of Keanu

EFor this week's mini episode, Ben discards the Suspiria remake to focus on the career trajectory of Mr Keanu Reeves, building up to his most satisfying role, that of Mr John Wick. There are no spoilers here, so if you haven't yet seen John Wick 3 AKA Parabellum, fear not - this is all about Keanu. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

23 MIN2019 MAY 20
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In Praise of Keanu

Forgotten Films - 1988 Part 2

EBen and Alex round out the review of 1988's forgotten films with an ok religious satire and an outstanding survival thriller. First up is the star-studded Pass the Ammo, featuring Tim Curry and a rare leading role for Bill Paxton, causing some Paxton Factor confusion. Then (at 23m), the unduly forgotten action thriller Deadly Pursuit (AKA Shoot to Kill), starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley and Clancy Brown - as well as a handful of stunts and twists. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch: thearniethology@gmail.com

62 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Forgotten Films - 1988 Part 2

Mandy, The Old Man & The Gun, Won't You Be My Neighbour

EAnother trifecta of recent releases for recommendation and another phalanx - love that word - of listener recommendations for the weeks ahead. On the docket this week, Ben gives a view on bonkers, artful Nic Cage masterpiece 'Mandy'; Robert Redford's acting swansong, 'The Old Man and The Gun' (directed by David - not John - Lowery); and documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?', detailing the career of the iconic children's presenter Mr Rogers. There's laughter, tears and chainsaws right here, people. What more do you want? Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

29 MIN2019 APR 25
Comments
Mandy, The Old Man & The Gun, Won't You Be My Neighbour

Forgotten Films - 1988

EIn looking at 1988's Forgotten Films, Alex chooses a listener recommendation in the shape of Christopher Crowe's Vietnam cop thriller, Saigon AKA Off Limits (spoilers start at 38m30s). Then it's Ben's turn (at 51m) with John Sayles' genre-defying retelling of the 1919 'Black Sox' baseball scandal, Eight Men Out (with spoilers at 1h22m), before wrapping things up - for the first part of 1988 at least... (at 1h 27m). Music is "80s" by David Szesztay. Get in touch here: thearniethology@gmail.com

92 MIN2019 APR 22
Comments
Forgotten Films - 1988

Looking Ahead

EThanks to a pretty special piece of correspondence, this week's mini episode is not so mini, as Alex joins Ben to go through a list of potential upcoming films, as Forgotten Films moves into the 90s and beyond. Its a mixed bag, but there are some excellent recommendations here (thanks again to Cary from Vermont for taking the time). If you want to offer your recommendations - including anything we've missed in the 1980s - do so here: thearniethology@gmail.com Music is "80s" by David Szesztay.

43 MIN2019 APR 12
Comments
Looking Ahead

The 100th Episode & Forgotten Films - 1987

EWe finally did it. We reached 100 episodes. To celebrate, we've got specially recorded clips and questions from contributors and long-time fans, as well as tackling two films from 1987 for the Forgotten Films series. First up is "*batteries not included", one of the second tier Spielberg productions from the Amblin era, featuring adorable septuagenarians and even more adorable self-replicating robots. Then there's a deeper dive to rediscover Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a semi-autobiographical satire about racial stereotyping in the film industry. If you want two recommendations for something to watch or you want to learn more about Ben and Alex, this is the place to get it. Music is "80s" by David Szesztay; spoiler sounds come from Ewan Robinson. Contact us at thearniethology@gmail.com

114 MIN2019 APR 5
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The 100th Episode & Forgotten Films - 1987
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