BTTF#012 – Sicario, Halloween, The Man Who Would Be King

The twelfth edition of the main podcast sees the passing of our first anniversary and the team would like to thank all those that have given the podcast a go. Whether it was just one episode or every episode, we thank you for your support.

In keeping with the season, this film starts with John Carpenter’s classic horror movie, Halloween, which starred a young Jamie Lee Curtis. Would this 1978 film have stood the test of time?

The team then move on to the recent cinema release, Sicario. The film is directed by Dennis Villeneuve and has a strong cast that includes Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

The final film for this episode was an adaptation of a classic Rudyard Kipling story, The Man Who Would Be King. This 1975 film was directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer.

The next episode, due in the middle of November, will be in the Foundation Films series and will take a look at the original Star Wars trilogy. The next main podcast, due at the end of November, will look at the new Steve Jobs biopic, Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and the classic Raging Bull.

We had hoped to bring you video of this podcast but this has not worked out this time, I guess it is all a learning experience!
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Foundation Films#002 – Jaws

Hello and welcome to our second episode in the Foundation Films series. This episode takes a look back at the classic shark attack movie Jaws, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. It is hard to believe that this film is actually in its 40th anniversary year as it still looks so good now, especially if you watch it on Blu-Ray.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/U1fu_sA7XhE

This episode contains some strong language and Michael’s dog, Travis, tries to make his presence known at various points in the recording.

Stay out of the water…

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FEST#002 – London Film Festival Part 2

Hello and welcome to the second installment from the London Film Festival. This episode covers the red carpet from the Film Festival Awards and also the new Steve Jobs movie.

Red Carpet – Film Festival Awards (Time Stamp: 0m13s)

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The awards ceremony was held at the Banqueting House that is situated on Whitehall in London. Cate Blanchett was receiving the BFI Fellowship (presented by Sir Ian McKellen) and I managed to get a few words from her. I also managed to speak to David Sington (Director of The Fear of 13 in the documentary competition), James Kent (Director of Testament of Youth but at the film festival as a Juror in the First Feature Competition), Allen Leech (best known for his work on Downton Abbey but here as a Juror in the First Feature Competition), Amanda Nevill (CEO of the BFI) and Clare Stewart (BFI Festival Director).

Steve Jobs Film Review & Press Conference (Timestamp: 9m00s)

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I was lucky enough to see a preview of the film and I give a quick review here. I was also able to attend the press conference and the podcast includes some clips from this. In attendence were Danny Boyle (Director), Aaron Sorkin (Screenwriter), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman), Jeff Daniels (John Scully), Michael Stuhlbarg (Andy Hertzfeld) and Katherine Waterston (Chrisann Brennan).  The press conference was very interesting and funny throughout but please be aware it does include some strong language. If you would like to hear the complete press conference you can do so by going to http://backtothefeaturepodcast.com/full-press-conference-for-the-steve-jobs-movie/.

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FEST#001 – London Film Festival 2015

Hello and welcome to this special edition of the podcast from the London Film Festival, where Robert has managed to obtain press accreditation. This episode covers two ‘red carpet’ events that he attended as well as a couple of press and industry showings.

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    Robert in action on the red carpet with Danny Stack (Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?).  Photo copyright Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? (Timestamp: 01m09s)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/WvA92jJO6aU

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This was the first red carpet event Robert attended and was for a new children’s film. This section includes interviews with Danny Stack, Tim Clague, Hattie Gotobed, JJ Brown, Jonah Alexander, Loretta Walsh and James Grogan.  The interview section ends with an interview with producer Jan Caston which was carried out by Donna from the Frankly, My Dear blog (www.franklymydearuk.co.uk), our thanks to Donna for allowing us to publish this interview.  The interviews were carried out from a loud cinema foyer so the sound levels are variable.

Bone Tomahawk (Timestamp: 13m29s)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/0ZbwtHi-KSE

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This was the second red carpet event Robert attended and was for a new western-horror film that sees Kurt Russell (above) return to the saddle. This section includes interviews with producers Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller, and director S Craig Zahler. The interviews were carried out from outside the Leicester Square Odeon cinema.

Valley of Love (Timestamp: 19m28s)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/WZzM1X5v7a0

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This is a French feature film starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert as a divorced couple who meet up after many years following the death of their son some six months earlier.

Sherpa (Timestamp: 21m12s)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/_TL-ZbtvuT8

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This is a documentary film about the 2014 Everest climbing season and the tragedy that beset it.  Originally intended to look at tensions that have been building between the Sherpas and the westerners in recent years, and also to follow one particular Sherpa as he attempts his 22nd ascent to the summit (which would be a world record), the documentary changes tack following a massive ice fall that kills sixteen Sherpas and leaves many injured.

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BTTF#011 – Straight Outta Compton, Far From The Madding Crowd, Weird Science

Welcome to the eleventh main podcast episode which contains the usual mix of new and old.

First up was F Gary Gray’s biopic of the hip-hop band NWA, Straight Outta Compton. Much to everyone’s surprise, Robert was the one who pushed for this to be reviewed so led out the reviews. Rumour has it there may be a rap element to the review.

The home release for the month is Thomas Vinterberg’s new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Far From The Madding Crowd. Would the beautiful scenery overpower the quality of the story?

The final film for this episode is the classic comedy, Weird Science. Featuring the crush of many a teenager from the eighties, Kelly Le Brock, would this film still be as funny as it seemed back then?

The next podcast will be in our Foundation Film string of extras and will be the classic Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws, which is fast approaching its 40th anniversary. We are also hoping to be able to put together a quick review of the new adaptation of Macbeth which has been released to some very good reviews and stars Michael Fassbender. Our Next main podcast will feature the cinema release Sicario, starring Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. The podcast will also feature two classic movies, Halloween and The man Who Would Be King.

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