I haven’t posted about Uncut Gems Podcast in here in a long while, which is mostly a result of the show finding its permanent new home at its own dedicated website HQ (uncutgemspodcast.com); and I do believe I may have mentioned it before (here) when I was still grappling with massive changes to my schedule (with which I am still grappling, in case you haven’t noticed). However, I thought I might as well going forward re-introduce some form of coverage for the show, especially because working on it has become my main focus this year and – owing to the show still being extremely niche and tiny – any and all coverage could potentially make a difference.
Therefore, I think I’ll write up short monthly dumps with relevant links and a few words of extra commentary, but before I get to that, I decided to dedicate this little post to catching up with everything we have done on the show thus far, both on the main show and on the Patreon where we have recorded a whole bunch of bonus podcasts, which included Bonus Tie-in episodes where we take classic movies and connect them to the films discussed on the main show, mini-retrospectives where we pick three (or four) movies around a specific theme, as well as a comprehensive journey through the cinema of David Lynch.
In this bonus recording we tied into our Sorcerer episode by talking about the original adaptation of The Wages of Fear.
In this episode we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Sundance premier of Reservoir Dogs by talking about one of the movies that inspired it.
In this inaugural mini-retrospective we talked about three movies from the post-Tarantino era of late 90s/early 2000s indie revival. This show is also available to listen without the need for subscribing!
In this bonus tie-in we accompanied our Somewhere episode with a conversation about Sunset Boulevard, a classic take on the woes of celebrity and stardom.
Mini-series on musicals
DEPALMARCH aka 4 Decades of De Palma series
We dedicated this series to Brian De Palma and decided to pick one of his movies from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. In addition we devoted a bonus tie-in episode to Blow Out, a movie which used to be underrated before Quentin Tarantino inspired its reappraisal. We also tied into this series with a mini-retrospective where we talked about three movies by Dario Argento, a filmmaker whose work clearly inspired De Palma’s own output as well.
Cosmatos v Cosmatos: Father-Son Double Bill
We recorded a short series of two episodes devoted to George P Cosmatos and the work of his son Panos.
Celebrating Hitchcock’s Legacy Series
To mark the anniversary of Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s passing, we devoted an episode of the main show to talk about Lifeboat, an arguably underrated single-location thriller infused with complex wartime rhetoric. In addition, we paired this episode up with a Bonus Tie-in podcast about Rear Window and a mini-retrospective about three movies inspired by this Hitchcock classic, i.e. Number 37, Disturbia, and Body Double.
In this episode of the show we marked May the 4th by talking about Battle Beyond the Stars, a Roger Corman-produced Star Wars knock-off with a distinct allure of its own.
Body Snatchers and Shapeshifters Marathon
In this series of episodes we decided to celebrate the impending 40th anniversary of the premiere of John Carpenter’s The Thingby devoting a number of recordings to movies about shapeshifting and body-snatching aliens. On our main show we focused more squarely on more underrated features and we filled in with some classics in our bonus recordings, which also included a discussion on The Thing itself (which is available to listen on our Patreon without the need to subscribe).
We dedicated the June mini-retrospective to spaghetti westerns as we decided to talk about three movies directed by Sergio Corbucci (aka “The Other Sergio”) which were all scored by the great Ennio Morricone.
Our David Lynch Marathon reached its arguable apex as we came to discuss Twin Peaks with its two original seasons as well as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me over the course of three in-depth and wildly unhinged conversations.
David Lynch Marathon 08 (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) (full episode on Patreon FREE UNTIL SEPTEMBER)
Animal Attack Summer
We decided to devote the month of July to animal attack movies and we chose to talk about crocs, snakes, piranhas and sharks (all in multiple bill format). In addition, because closed the month of July with a conversation about Deep Impact, we chose the original Godzilla as a bonus tie-in show because it is both a creature feature and a disaster movie.
I hope you enjoy these podcasts and maybe decide to support our show by joining our Patreon, which opens access to all of our bonus recordings!