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RN 4/3: A Very Rancho Christmas 2015

Xmas Spread

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The podcast version of the 2nd annual summing up of the year in film, tv and other cool stuff – originally streamed live from the Rancho kitchen on Friday 18 December.

Around the dinner table were Dan, Kailey, Sarah McMullan, Ben Woodward and Mike Dickison. On the line from Sydney was ABC Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso and, via the magic of the movies, the NZ Top Ten box office results are read by a famous British acting knight.

The show was recorded and engineered by Marc Chesterman (and what a good job he did of it too) in front of an audience of family and friends of the show.


RN 4/2: Good in the mountains


Dan and Kailey are joined by Graeme Beasley from sportsfreak.co.nz to talk about the Lance Armstrong biopic The Program as well as Graeme’s favourite sports movies of all time, Jackson Wood is on the line from Chicago where he’s on a movie-inspired road trip around the mid-West and our hosts enthuse about the new Paolo Sorrentino film Youth starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.

Correction: the Boston Society of Film Critics did not snub Spotlight as it turns out (see below). That misunderstanding came about from taking a joke tweet seriously which is an occupational hazard in Film Twitter.

Show notes:

Sundance 2016 feature list (inc. Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards for 2015 (evidently the ”41th Annual” which amuses Dan no end)

Boston Society of Film Critics awards for 2015

New York Film Critics Circle awards for 2015

Sight & Sound’s top 20 for 2015

New York Times critics pick their best of 2015

David Ehrlich’s video rundown of his 25 best of 2015


RN 4/1: Under New Management


Dan and Kailey talk about Bond #24 – Spectre – and Hunger Games #4 – Mockingjay Part 2 – plus the usual mix of box office stats and other news from the world of moving pictures. Includes the usual search engine pleasing Game of Thrones reference.

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Welcome to Widescreen!

After a few weeks of development, testing, angst and aggro, I can finally announce the new project I’ve been cooking up at Radio New Zealand. Here’s a short trailer video explaining what it’s all about.


As an added bonus, if you can name all the films and TV shows featured in the above clip, email the list to widescreen@radionz.co.nz and go into the draw to win a DVD prize pack featuring half a dozen of those included.

You can also contact us with suggestions and comments at the same address, or you can give us 140 character feedback at @WidescreenRNZ on Twitter.

Here’s the page at the RNZ site.

Rancho Notorious is included in the RNZ deal but still available here (of course). I’ll be posting all my other Widescreen content here too because, why not?



There are big changes afoot in the world of Rancho Notorious as Dan accepts an offer to go and work for Radio New Zealand. All will be explained in this episode.

Kailey and Dan also summarise lots of recent releases at the New Zealand cinema including Trainwreck, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Southpaw, Vacation, Last Cab to Darwin, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and many more.

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Kailey and Dan are joined by former Sight & Sound scribe Tom Webb, now resident in Wellington, to discuss Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Woody Allen‘s Irrational Man and Tom’s picks for this year’s NZIFF.

Warning! This features the most inept plot summary of a blockbuster movie this – or any – year.

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