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Welcome to the Rancho Notorious podcast

Rancho Notorious is a weekly podcast from New Zealand about movies and other cool stuff. Produced by Dan Slevin and co-hosted by Kailey Carruthers, the show features local and international guests, news, reviews, giveaways and competitions.

Our audience is committed and opinionated film fans — the kind of people who like to talk back to the hosts and share what they know.

Why Rancho Notorious? It was directed directed by Fritz Lang in 1952 and Herr Lang, of course, also gave this blog its name.

Check us out at the iTunes store or subscribe to the show at http://ranchonotorious.libsyn.com/rss.

You can give us feedback in the comments here, via Twitter at @RanchoPodcast, or by email to ranchonotorious@funeralsandsnakes.net. Letterboxd is coming but we’re steering clear of Facebook for the time being. Sorry, Facebookers.

We will also expect to have iPhone and Android apps to make listening and keeping up to date as easy as possible.


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 …


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. Right-click to download this episode! Show …

RN 3/4: Views of the NZIFF Mountain


Kailey and Dan are joined from Auckland by film maker and appreciator Doug Dillaman to discuss the first week of the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival. Dan also interviews The Duke of Burgundy writer/director Peter Strickland. Right-click to download this episode! Show notes! Dan’s epic NZIFF preview on Radio New Zealand: Kailey’s second recent appearance on Radio New Zealand’s Standing …

RN 3/3: 2015 NZIFF Special


Kailey and Dan are joined by NZIFF director Bill Gosden to preview this year’s event plus interviews with Daniel Junge (director of Being Evel) and Christian Petzold, the writer/director of the wonderful Phoenix. Right-click to download this episode! Show notes! Here’s Arthur, the Rancho Notorious mascot and lap warmer And a closeup. Kailey is now the official ring-in for film reviews on …


Kailey and Dan are joined by special guests Rudy Tavarez and Mike Dickison to talk about the biggest film in the world at the moment, Jurassic World. The award-winning Spanish thriller Marshland also gets a verdict. Right-click to download this episode!

RN 3/1: Faults


Dan and Kailey are joined by film festival stalwart and emergency management specialist Rebecca Goodbehere to discuss the new Dwayne Johnson disaster movie San Andreas and the new Cameron Crowe disastrous movie Aloha. Plus the latest announcements from this year’s NZIFF and the usual mix of news and box office stats from around the world. Right-click to download this episode! Show notes! As …

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