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Back to the Balcony

An amused second look at movies and culture from the last century.
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Aug 27, 2021

Shades of Jimmy's past when guest Ashley Grace visits to talk about her favorite movie, Sweet Charity. Co-incidentally Jimmy was in a production of it. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean he understood what it was about.

Jun 18, 2021

Jimmy was thrilled when comedian Scott Faulconbridge came back for a third visit to talk about The Goodbye Girl. The result reminds us to be careful what you wish for. A very funny episode with some fascinating insights of a movie that deserves to be better known.

Mar 26, 2021

For the first time Back to the Balcony reviews not only the original but the sequel as well when Bret Measor returns to defend Rocky II. As usual, the cowardly Phil joins forces with the guest and Jimmy is left to poke holes in what is clearly a so-so sequel all by himself. Is it a split decision or is there a clear-cut winner, and what the heck is the rule about knock-downs?

Feb 26, 2021

Chris Wuergler brings us another story of swindlers, the depression and the importance of family with 1973’s Paper Moon. None of which impresses Jimmy and Phil as much as her knowledge of the history of Nehi soda.

Feb 12, 2021

Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi talk about one of the strangest, yet most compelling of movies, 1968’s The Swimmer. A strange choice for two guys who need a lifeguard when they go wading in a puddle.

Jan 29, 2021

Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi get all metaphysical with 1977’s Oh, God! The big takeaway? If God is serious, he wouldn’t make his messenger drive an AMC Pacer.

Jan 15, 2021

Now that we’re a couple weeks into 2021 it’s a good time to talk about – sock puppets. It’s 1979’s The Muppet Movie with special guest, comedian Scott Falconbridge. A fascinating discussion about how the Muppets made the transition from TV to movies and who’s funnier, Fozzy Bear or Jimmy?

Jan 1, 2021

Starting the New Year – and a new release schedule – with perennial fan favourite Chris Wuergler. And not with another Elvis episode but the film classic Lawrence of Arabia. And low and behold everyone – including Phil – find something to agree on. Gonna be an interesting year.

Dec 15, 2020

The best Christmas gift a podcast listener could wish for, another Jimmy England opus to the season with a cast of people, songs, merriment and a genuine – if not somewhat shaky – plot. Gather up the family, brew up some hot chocolate, spike it liberally and you’re ready to listen to what’s sure to become a Christmas classic (although in fairness, we all know what Jimmy considers a classic).

Nov 14, 2020

Billy the Kid had Pat Garrett, Jimmy England has Ryan Sim who tries to convince him that Bob Dylan brings something to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid besides some of his most miserable work.

Nov 1, 2020

It's a fight to the finish as comedian Bret Measor shows his sensitive side defending the excesses of Rocky. Jimmy almost goes down for the count when engineer Phil takes Brett's side.

Oct 15, 2020

It's our Halloween episode. Guest Barry Carter says he had chills watching The Omen. Jimmy says all he had were question about Damien's mom and dad's parenting skills. Give it a listen - if you dare!

Oct 1, 2020

Goodbye, Columbus poses the question, "How dumb are parents?"  Guest Mario Bernardi might argue the fact and he didn't even like the movie - and he's the guy who picked it. Weirdly, Jimmy finds things to like. Okay, it's just Richard Benjamin but that's big for him.

Sep 1, 2020

Is Sleeper classic Woody Allen? Guest Kristian Reimer seems to think so (although he also defended Jerry Lewis). Jimmy thinks the title better describes the contents. You'll want to stay awake for this one.

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