Hello and welcome to the first in a new string of extras looking at directors. And where better to start than with taking a look at Steven Spielberg, a director who has been at the helm of so many great films.
With over fifty directorial credits under his belt, it was difficult to select the films that we would concentrate on but, after a quick discussion down the pub, we finally decided. The films chosen were Duel (1971) for Marc, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) for Paul, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) for Michael and Schindler’s List (1993)for Robert. This was followed by Bridge of Spies (2015) for a group discussion.
Welcome to the 19th episode of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at A Hologram For the King for the cinema release, Room for the home release and the classic film is Highlander.
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Back to the films, though, and we start with the cinema release of the latest film starring Tom Hanks, A Hologram For The King. The film follows a previously successful American businessman is sent by his current employer to sell a new high-tech IT system to the King of Saudia Arabia, who is creating a new city of business excellence in the desert. Directed and written by Tom Tykwer, and based on a novel by Dave Eggers, the film stars Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury and Sidse Babett Knudsen.
The home release for this episode was Room and it is a film of two distinct parts. The first part follows a woman who was captured by a man some seven years before and kept captive and forced to have sex with her captor. She subsequently has a son and they are kept locked in a single room where she tries to keep life as normal as possible for a child that does not know the world actually exists. The captor visits every night and acts almost like it is a normal relationship (apart from the child being hidden in a cupboard). The time comes when the woman knows that they need to escape and she hatches a plan to get her son out, with the hope that he will be able to direct the authorities back to where they are held. The second part tells the story of how they adapt to life outside, with all of the difficulties that naturally follow. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, written by Emma Donoghue and stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremlay, Sean Bridgers and Joan Allen.
Finally, we took a look at the classic film, Highlander. Released in 1986, this cult fantasy film follows a man, currently known as Russell Nash but originally called Connor MacLeod from the clan MacLeod and the highlands of Scotland, who is amongst a group of “immortals” who can only be killed if their heads are cut off. The premise of the film is that there can be only one and you get a back story that shows the early life of MacLeod and how some of the immortals lost their heads along the way, before it all comes down to MacLeod and an immortal called Victor Kruger (aka The Kurgan). The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy, written by Gregory Widen and stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart.
Next up will be the first in a line of extras looking at Directors, with Steven Spielberg under the spotlight first. The next main podcast will look at Independence Day 2: Resurgence for the cinema release, 13 Hours for the home release and Kenneth Brannagh’s Henry V for the classic..