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Cinema Under The Stairs

Cinema Under The Stairs

By Cinema Under The Stairs
Cinema Under The Stairs - the smash-hit sensation, pop-up cinema from Oxford has been delivering a truly unique and inclusive experience for the movie-loving audience. 'CUTS' offers the chance to rewatch classics on the big screen again with a fun-loving, immersive crowd. Tickets for a 'CUTS' night is gold dust and movie nights sell out in seconds! So to offer the CUTS experience to a larger audience, this podcast was created where we discuss the movies we screen as well as the madness involved in running our 'underground punk cinema'.

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22 - Speed
"Keanu Reeves vehicle bombs" could describe a number of his early movies but it's also the plot of the film that put the BUS in Blockbuster (then ramped it off a bridge and into a plane full of explosives) - Jan de Bont's 1995 amphetamine fuelled action classic, Speed. Join Jimbo, Waz and Sal as they discuss the backdrop to another dynamite CUTS night.
February 14, 2022
21 - The Lost Boys
Sal, Rance, Wazza, Joe, Jimbo and Steve are back! Except without Rance, Joe and Jimbo! The good ones turned up though and we talked about Steve's first choice for CUTS: the legendary 1987 sexy teen vampire black comedy horror music video, Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys. Join us as we try, with limited success, to remember what the night was like.
January 28, 2022
20 - Shocktober - Rance meets Edward Parnell
Shocktober 2021, Oxford's smash-hit horror festival draws to a close for another year. We'll be bringing you a full CUTS squad round up of the event shortly but as an appetiser, here's Rance talking to one of his favourite modern writers, Edward Parnell, author of The Listeners and Ghostland - In Search of a Haunted Country.   Find out more about Edward here:
October 30, 2021
19 - Top Secret!
The first film of the new dawn of CUTS was Top Secret! Our beloved audience arrived, compelled by curiosity, filing in to the Tap Social, desperate to discover the identity of the mystery film. We could only repeat that it was Top Secret! Maddened by frustration, the crowd cried. "TELL US WHAT FILM IT IS!". "It's Top Secret!", we replied in earnest. Rioting broke out, chairs were thrown, people on fire dove through windows, pensioners with machine guns charged through the bar on horseback. Music by Tiger Mendoza
June 10, 2021
18 - We're Back!
For months, we've been looking at each other through rectangles like that guy in Midnight Express when his girlfriend visits and Sal unbuttons his shirt and cries a bit while Steve gropes the glass and starts desperatBUT NOT ANYMORE! Finally, thanks to science, we're back. Bigger, balder and better than ever. Join us around the table as we luxuriate in each others' miasmas and get excited about the rebirth of the greatest cinema experience on this, or any other, planet. The check it out for yourself list: [REC] : Nobody: Psycho Goreman: Cannibal Ferox: Reanimator: My Octopus Teacher: Donbass: Kiss Me Deadly: The Asphalt Jungle: They Live by Night:
May 20, 2021
17 - Rockers - Lockdown Special
Horsemouth: "I-man serve Selassie I continually. No matter what the weak heart say. And I know that I & I is like a tree, plant by the river of water, and not even the dog that piss against the wall of Babylon shall escape this judgment. For I & I know that all of the youth shall witness the day that Babylon shall fall!" Joe and Wazza trudge up a muddy hill to share their love of Rockers, the 1978 masterpiece directed by Ted Bafaloukos.
March 28, 2021
16 - Justice League: The Snyder Cut - Lockdown Special
Rance has found himself at Her Majesty's pleasure after his sausage slinging scheme went south. Worse still, he's been subjected to a modern day version of the Ludovico Technique in a pointless attempt to prepare him for civil society. Let's listen in on his phone call to Sal and find out what four hours with Zack Snyder's Justice League can do to a man's mind.
March 21, 2021
15 - Robocop - Lockdown Special
Hello You! Because we just can't help ourselves, we've done another Lockdown Special. For this one Sal and new boy Steve are getting overexcited about one of their favourite films; a touching love story about a young policeman, his large automatic pistol and the heartless business men that try to keep them apart. Light a scented candle, run a hot bath and relax as CUTS takes you on a journey into the magical world of Old Detroit.
March 12, 2021
14 - Breaking Away - Lockdown Special
Hello You! Welcome to the second of our Lockdown Specials, sorry it's been a while, you can blame Zoom! Jesus, I can't wait for this lockdown to be over so I can be on my own again! As you should already know, due to the pandemic we've decided to create a series of smaller, one-to-one episodes where Sal chats with one of the CUTS Crew to retro review a movie we've screened at CUTS, before we started doing our monthly podcast. For episode 2, Sal chats with Wazza who discusses his movie choice from back in 2018. The movie was none other than the 1979 oscar winning, comedy / sports / romance / slasher movie. Okay I was kidding about the last genre. Enjoy!
May 30, 2020
13 - The Thing - Lockdown Special
Hello You! Welcome to a new series of episodes during this pandemic. As we're unable to do our usual monthly review on the films we screen at our beloved cinema, we've decided to create a series of smaller, one-to-one episodes where Sal chats with one of the CUTS Crew to retro review a movie we've screened at CUTS, before we started doing our monthly podcast. Wow, I really need to start using more fullstops. To kick off these retro reviews, Sal chats with Rance about CUTS movie night #4 way back in 2016. The movie was none other than the 1982 cult classic, John Carpenter's THE THING! Enjoy, you lucky buggers!
April 20, 2020
12 - Mutiny Under the Stairs - The Matrix
Wazza the cabin boy and Jimbo the ship's mate have hijacked the HMS CUTS. These two mutineers steer the beloved vessel into dangerous waters for one night only. Enjoy, 'Mutiny Under The Stairs'. 
April 06, 2020
The Invisible Man : In-n-Out Review
Peek-a-boo! Joe and Sal give their In-n-Out review on director Leigh Whannell's (of Neighbours fame) take on H. G. Wells' sci-fi monster horror The Invisible Man!
March 02, 2020
Color Out Of Space : In-n-Out Review
CUTS' very own crafty cockneys Rance and Sal take a trip back to their old stomping ground to watch cult director Richard Stanley's 'Color Out Of Space' at the legendary Prince Charles Cinema in London's Leicester Square. Adapted from HP Lovecraft's cosmic horror short story, will Stanley be able to pull-off what many say is 'unfilmable' when it comes to the existential horror writer? Will they love it? Will they hate it? Will they start slagging each other off? Most probably! Who the hell reads podcast descriptions anyway?! Hit play weirdo!
February 28, 2020
11 - Glengarry Glen Ross
Hello you!  In episode 11 of the Cinema Under The Stairs Podcast we discuss one of Sal's all time favourites,  Glengarry Glenn Ross, along with movie news, our recommendations and a new segment called The Dead Zone. I apologise for the poor sound quality - not only did I screw up by not recording the first run at this episode, but I also managed to do the whole thing with my mic turned to the OFF position… Enjoy!
February 22, 2020
Birds of Prey : In-n-Out Review
Here it is you lucky buggers! Our very first In-n-Out review!!  In addition to our main podcast we're bringing you bite-sized (under 15 minute) reviews of films as they're released. The start of the podcast is spoiler free and, after a suitable warning and time to turn off, we go full on spoilerific. For our inaugural episode, Sal and Joe went to see Birds of Prey at the awesome Curzon cinema in Oxford. Feed this into your ears now to find out if where they think it is on the scale of Suicide Squad to Deadpool.
February 08, 2020
Introducing… In-n-Out Reviews
Hello you! We're chuffed to announce that we're bringing you a new addition to the CUTS Podcast - In-n-Out Reviews! Two of the CUTS crew will go and watch a new film at the cinema and record a bite-sized 15 minute review. The first half will be spoiler-free so you can decide if you want to spend your hard earned cash on it, the second half will contain spoilers (with appropriate warnings beforehand) for you to listen to on your way back from seeing the film yourself. We'll be able to give you loads more content because getting two of us together is easier than all five, and we get to go to the pictures more often , Bosh, everyone's a winner. In-n-Out Reviews - The FRESHEST reviews, straight out the door! Here, on the Cinema under The Stairs podcast!
February 06, 2020
10 - The CUTS Choice Of 2019
THIS IS IT! Our top 25 films of 2019 and boy do we have a selection for you! We have some of the big players as well as some you never saw coming! What a year it’s been for cinema and if you didn’t manage to catch them all don’t worry, this episode offers you 25 must-see movies of the last year. Apologies in advance for Sal’s breakdown near the end and possibly the worst joke we ever recorded courtesy of Rance - it’s a bonus long episode and therefore bonus drinking. We are Cinema Under The Stairs and this is The CUTS Choice Of 2019!
January 23, 2020
9 - SE7EN
We screened David Fincher's SE7EN at Cinema Under The Stairs and the CUTS crew share their thoughts on one of the darkest crime movies ever made. We also preview our Christmas Special screening where we get the audience to vote for the movie and will only be revealed when Jimbo hits play on the projector on the night! Plus as usual all the latest movie news you need along with our monthly recommendations.  Trailer Talk: Ghostbusters Afterlife Wonder Woman 84 No Time To Die
December 12, 2019
8 - Shocktober
In this episode we discuss Shocktober Festival, our first movie festival featuring Lamberto Bava's Demoni, Ringu, The Exorcist, The Haunting, Evil Dead 2 and In the Mouth of Madness, this month's movie news (links below), and our recommendations. Links from this episode: Monos Color Out Of Space The Irishman Becky Darke's Point Horror Podcast: Don't Point That Horror At Me Mike Muncer's podcast: The Evolution Of Horror
November 15, 2019
7 - The Hitcher
In this episode we run through the latest movie news (links below), this month's Cinema Under The Stairs screening The Hitcher, our upcoming horror film festival Shocktober(!), answer your questions and list our recommendations. Links from this episode: Knives Out Trailer Shocktober Dom's pictures from the IMAX prop exhibition
September 27, 2019
6 - Fight Club
In this month's episode we discuss Fight Club, the film we screened for our monthly popup cinema in Oxford, along with the latest movie news and our monthly recommendations. Find out more about CUTS, including our upcoming horror festival Shocktober on our website and follow us on Twitter for news and banter @cineunderthestairs.
September 06, 2019
5 - Video Shops
We're not screening a movie at our popup cinema in Oxford this month so we discuss Video Shops, the latest movie news, answer your questions and our recommendations. Find out more about CUTS on our website and follow us on Twitter for news and banter @cineunderthestairs. To put your questions to us, subscribe on YouTube or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
July 17, 2019
4 - Alien
In this episode we discuss Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror classic ALIEN (Star Beast!), the movie we're screening at our popup cinema in Oxford this month. Plus the latest movie news including Doctor Sleep, Frozen 2, LeMans 66 and our recommendations. Find out more about CUTS on our website and follow us on Twitter for news @cineunderthestairs.
June 19, 2019
3 - Con Air
Hello you! This month we're taking a deep dive into our next Cinema Under The Stairs movie, Con Air. This movie from Jerry Bruckheimer is both ridiculously over the top and silly but hilarious. Still a great watch, even 20 years later. We'll also be looking at the latest movie news, hearing what Wazza's been streaming while sweating it out in his sweatbox and our recommendations. Background: We run a popular popup cinema in Oxford called Cinema Under The Stairs (CUTS) and, due to popular demand, have started a podcast with movie and tech/media news and movie reviews.
May 27, 2019
2 - Sporting Movies
Join us for our second episode of the Cinema Under The Stairs podcast!! In this episode we list our top sports movies from Bull Durham to He Got Game and Coach Carter to Raging Bull. We discuss movie news like the new Sonic The Hedgehog movie and its questionable character design and there's an unforgettable performance by our very own Wazza. Hit us up in the comments (get the Anchor app to leave episode comments) and enjoy the show!
May 06, 2019
1 - How We Made A Cinema
The first ever CUTS episode, warts and all! 😱This was our very first attempt at a podcast so this episode is very rough and ready – we recommend jumping in at episode 4 (Alien) to get a better idea of what the rest of the episodes will be like and then coming back to 1, 2 and 3 for some raw CUTS. In this episode we discuss how we started our very own cinema in Oxford. We also share movie and TV news including Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Nic Cage martial arts sci-fi movie Jujitsu, and the Bob Marley documentary I Shot The Sheriff. We promise it's going to get better! (EDIT: It does get better – listen from episode 4)
March 21, 2019
Cinema Under The Stairs Podcast Trailer
The losers behind Cinema Under The Stairs, Oxford's underground cinema, bring you a monthly live-streamed podcast talking movies, television and all things geekdom.
January 26, 2019