Hello and welcome the the 30th edition of the main podcast, an episode where Robert suffered a major malfunction and forgot to press record and didn’t realise for circa 30 minutes. Oh how we laughed…
In this episode we take a look at the recent release from Warner Bros and DC, Wonder Woman. The classic movie, in what was supposed to be a tribute to the recently departed Sir Roger Moore, is The Spy Who Loved Me…unfortunately, we didn’t allow for the quality of the actual film! Our apologies.
Our next podcast will be a special looking at the original (and best) Robocop in its 30th anniversary year. This discussion will also take a look at the relatively recent remake, which we have christened Robocop-lite.
Hello and welcome to the 29th edition of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at the cinema release of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and the classic Film The Graduate.
First up is the latest Marvel cinema release, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Directed by James Gunn, who also had a writing credit, the film stars the main cast from the first film, namely Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and the voices of Bradley Cooper (Rocket) and Vin Diesel (Groot). There were some additional star power provided by Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stalone. The film has the backing of Awesome Mix 2 throughout and concentrates on Peter Quill’s parentage.
This episode’s classic film is The Graduate. Released in 1968, the film was directed by Mike Nichols, written by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, and features a soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel. The film starred Dustin Hoffman as the titular graduate, Ann Bancroft, Katherine Ross, William Daniels and Murray Hamilton. The film follows a recent graduate, Ben, who returns to the family home where he is soon seduced by the wife of his father’s business partner and family friend. Things become complicated when Ben is encouraged to ask out the daughter of said mistress and family friend.
Our next episode will be a director special looking at the work of Quentin Tarantino.
Hello and welcome to the 28th episode of the podcast. In this episode we take a look at the recent release of the sci-fi film Life and the classic film is The Godfather.
First up is the science fiction film, Life. The film follows a group of astronauts on the International Space Station who retrieve a space probe carrying soil samples from Mars. Within the sample they find the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. They manage to reanimate this lifeform and the film follows the events that follow. Life is directed by Daniel Espinosa and was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jake Gyllenhall, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya and Hiroyuki Sanada.
This episode’s classic film is The Godfather, which is highly acclaimed and regarded by many as one of the best films ever. The film follows the Corleone mafia family in a cycle of crime and violence as Don Vito’s reign ends and his youngest son, Michael, takes over. The film is based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name and he wrote the screenplay along with Francis Ford Coppola, who also directed the film. The film stars Marlon Brando as the titular Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, and Al Pacino stars as his youngest son, Michael. Other stars include James Caan, Robert Duval, Richard S Castellano, Talia Shire et al. The film was released in 1972, making this its 45th anniversary year.
Hello and welcome to the 27th episode of the main podcast. Please accept our apologies for the delay in publishing it, we’ll try to be better!
In this episode we take a look at the cinema release of La La Land and the classic film is The Exorcist.
First up is La La Land. Written and directed by Damian Chazelle, and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land follows a struggling actress and an equally struggling jazz musician as they try to make it in Los Angeles and Hollywood.
We finished with the Classic drama-horror, The Exorcist. This 1973 film was written by William Peter Blatty, directed by William Friedkin and stars Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller and Max Von Sydow. The film tells the story of a girl that is seemingly possessed by an evil spirit and, having been taken to numerous doctors and psychiatrists by her mother, a priest gets involved and decides that an exorcism is in order.
Our next podcast will be a special on Gary Oldman.
Hello and welcome to the 26th edition of the main podcast where we take a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and then have a brief discussion on Christmas films. The regular cast welcome some special guests to the show: Bex Coulter, Josh Ashton and Wendy Selleck.
First up, Rogue One. What do you do if you are Disney? You spend $4billion on Lucasfilm and you want to start to recoup the money you have spent. Luckily, this investment includes arguably the preeminent science fiction franchise ever, so you expand the story, backfill some bits, and you have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Donnie Yen amongst others.
Our next podcast special will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017.
Hello and welcome to the 25th episode of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at the cinema release of Arrival, starring Amy Adams, and the classic film is Crimson Tide.
In Arrival, 12 alien space ships arrive and float mysteriously above the ground at various locations around the world. The US uses the services of a linguistics professor to try and translate what the aliens are saying/writing before other countries go on the offensive). The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve, the screenplay was by Eric Heisserer and is based on a short story called Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whittaker.
Next up is the classic film, Crimson Tide. Heightened tensions and civil unrest in Eastern Europe towards the end of the Cold War are the backdrop to this film that follows events on a nuclear submarine when a launch order is received. The film was released in May 1995 and was directed by Tony Scott. The screenplay was by Michael Shiffer and the film starred Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Viggo Mortensen, Matt Craven and Ricky Schroder.
Our next podcast will be a special taking a look at the work of Amy Adams. Our next main podcast will look at the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyand we will also take a look at some classic Christmas films.
Welcome to our belated 24th episode of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and the classic film is The Usual Suspects.
The second installment of the Jack Reacher franchise has arrived in the form of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film follows Reacher as he attempts to clear the name of an army major accused of treason and, subsequently, his own name when the baddies attempt to stitch him up on a murder charge). The film was directed by Edward Zwick, the screenplay was by Richard Wenk and is based on the novel by Lee Child. The film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger and Holt McCallany amongst others.
In The Usual Suspects, the sole survivor of a gun battle and explosion on a ship tells an investigator of the events that led to that point in time. The film was directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. The film starred Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminterri and Pete Postlethwaite amongst others.
Our next main podcast will be in mid-November and will take a look at Arrival, starring Amy Adams, and the classic film will be Crimson Tide starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. An actor special will follow at the end of the November and will take a look at the work of Amy Adams.
Welcome to our belated 23rd episode of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at Hell or High Water for the cinema release, Green Room for the home release and the classic film is Chariots of Fire.
Hell or High Water tells the story of a divorced man, who is trying to stop the foreclosure on his ranch and make a better life for his son, and his ex-convict brother as they run a series of bank heists to raise some cash. The film was directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. The film stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
Green Room tells the story of a down on their luck punk band who play a gig at a venue that is frequented by gentlemen on the far-right of society. They make the mistake of entering their dressing room where a murder has taken place which unleashes a chain of events that results in a fair few deaths. The film was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starred Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Taylor Tunes, Imogen Poots, et al.
Chariots of Fire follows two athletes as they prepare for, and race, in the 1924 Paris Olympics. The film is directed by Hugh Hudson and written by the wonderful Colin Welland. The film stars Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell, Ben Cross, Ian holm, etc.
Our next main podcast will take a look at the new Tom Cruise film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and the classic film The Usual Suspects.
Hello and welcome to the 22nd episode of the main podcast. This edition takes a look at the cinema release of the latest shark-tastic film, The Shallows, the home release of Disney’s The Jungle Book and the Peter Sellers classic, Doctor Strangelove.
The Shallows tells the story of a surfer woman attacked by a great white shark just some 200 yards from shore. She manages to escape to the smallest of rock outcrops and close to a warning buoy. The film follows her battle of wits, and that of survival, over the next x number of hours. The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Anthony Jaswinski. The film stars mainly Blake Lively but there was also Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge, amongst others, and a Seagull.
So Disney decided to remake the classic Rudyard Kipling set of stories, The Jungle Book. A brave move considering just how well-loved the 1967 animation is and, to top it off, it is going to be a real boy with a computer-generated jungle and animals. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and the screenplay is by Justin Marks. Mowgli is played by newcomer Neel Sethi and the animals are voiced by the likes of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johannsson, Christopher Walken and Idris Elba.
Doctor Strangelove is a 1964 black comedy/political satire film is about what could happen if the wrong person had the ability to press the wrong button (or rather, send the wrong orders) in the middle of the cold war. The film is directed by Stanley Kubrick who also co-wrote the screenplay with Terry Southern. The film starred Peter Sellers in various roles, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden and the wonderfully names Slim Pickens (which could easily have been the name of one of the silly-named characters). There was also an appearance by a young James Earl Jones.
The next podcast will be a Star Trek 50th anniversary special and the next main podcast will look at the cinema release of Hell or High Water, the home release of Green Room and the classic film is Chariots of Fire.
Hello and welcome to the 21st episode of the main podcast. This edition takes a look at the cinema release of Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The BFG, the home release of the Coen brothers’ last film, Hail, Caesar! and the Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt.
Steven Spielberg’s latest release is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The film tells the story of what happens when 10 year-old Sophie meets The BFG. The film stars Mark Rylance in the title role and newcomer Ruby Barnhill takes the role of Sophie.
Hail, Caesar! Is set in 1950s Hollywood at Capital Pictures and follows the studio fixer as he tries to solve a multitude of problems while also contemplating taking a job at Lockheed. Throw in the mix various reporters out to cause trouble and some communists and you have the latest Coen Brothers film. The film has a good cast Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johannson amongst others.
Bullitt is a classic Steve McQueen film from 1968 and contains a famous car chase around the streets of San Francisco. Frank Bullit is a San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant who is tasked by a Senator to keep an informant alive before testifying against a mob boss and, as is the way of things in movieland, things are not as they seem and it doesn’t go very well. The film was directed by Peter Yates and, as well as McQueen, starred Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett amongst others.
Our next podcast will be a director special taking a look at the works of the late, great David Lean. Our next main podcast will take a look at the cinema release of 400 Days, the home release is The Jungle Book and the classic film will be Dr Strangelove.