Moviedrome Mondays: The Conversation (1974) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to celebrated filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 mystery-thriller classic The Conversation. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 22, 1998 (read here). Not much to add here except that I agree with every single thing that Cousins states about this truly great film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Francis Ford Coppola films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Bad Timing (1980) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to late master filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 psychological drama Bad Timing. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 15, 1998 (read here). Aside from his snide comments about Lawrence of Arabia (which I will happily forgive), I agree with absolutely everything that Cousins says here about this twisted masterpiece. Similar to Roeg’s approach to form and content (both here and in his other great films), his extremely gorgeous leading actress Theresa Russell (whom he married in 1982) delivers a performance oozing of eroticism, mystery and raw emotion. Though a talented musician, Art Garfunkel’s acting skills have always left a lot to be desired and in Bad Timing, this is admittedly no exception. Nevertheless, he comes off as surprisingly tolerable here and his performance does not taint the film at all. If any of you readers are interested in where I rank Bad Timing on my list of my favorite Nicolas Roeg films, click here.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to what may or may not be (I can’t say for sure) a shorter version of the aforementioned trailer link from above

Here is a youtube video link to British film critic Mark Kermode’s commentary on Bad Timing as his BFI Player choice of the week

Also, here is a youtube video link to British director Bernard Rose’s Trailers from Hell commentary for it

Moviedrome Mondays: Liebestraum (1991) (Mark Cousins Intro)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Mike Figgis 1991 mystery drama Liebestraum, readers will have to read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 8, 1998 (read here). Despite it’s atmosphere, the drama never really gels like it should. As Cousins so eloquently implies, the best reason to see Liebestraum lies in the appearance of the great Kim Novak in a supporting role, which as of 2022, marks her last film to date.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer