Extra004 – Remakes, Reimaginings and Franchises

Can remakes ever be a good thing, how do they differ from a re-imagining and should some films just be left alone, forever? What is the difference between a sequel and a continuation, are they one and the same, or is there a subtle difference?  And why is the last book of a series always split into two when it comes to film adaptations (we know the answer, it is money)?  The team take a look at these issues in this podcast extra.

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BTTF#007 – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Predestination and Lawrence of Arabia

Welcome to the seventh episode of the main podcast!

First up is the latest release from Marvel Studios, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Would Paul and Robert consider it a worthwhile experience attending the midnight showing on day of release? Would Marc still be wondering why we put him through these sorts of film and would Michael consider it another great addition to the canon of Marvel works?

Our home release is Predestination. This small Australian sci-fi film explores time-travel and certain paradoxes that are part and parcel of that experience. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, is this film a must-see?

Finally, our classic film is one of the truly epic masterpieces of yesteryear, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. This is one of Robert’s all-time favourites but would the other lads be in agreement?

There are a few sound issues in this edition and we would like to apologise for this and hope it does not spoil your enjoyment of the episode.

Our next episode will see us taking a look at four films: two cinema releases in the form of Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland, the home release is Birdman starring Michael Keaton and a relatively recent british classic from Chris Morris, Four Lions.

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Foundation Films #001 – Blade Runner

The first in a line of new Back to the Feature specials, we look at what we view as ‘foundation’ films. Although it seems we all have a view on what makes a film a foundation film, the idea is that if the proposed film had an influence on us in some profound way or that it can be seen to be influential to film in general in some way, then it will be included on the list. The first of these is Blade Runner (1982)- Paul’s favourite film. A film that didn’t do so well at the box office but it found its audience in time, again and again but always with us.

Set in Los Angeles in 2019, Ridley Scott creates an astonishingly dark dystopia exploring science fiction, spirituality and the meaning of existence.

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