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Welcome to the 31st edition of the main podcast! In this episode we take a look at the cinema release of War For The Planet of the Apes and the classic movie is The Deer Hunter.
The reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise started in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was followed in 2014 by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The trilogy is now complete with the release of War For The Planet of the Apes. How would this film compare with the previous two films and, indeed, the original films?
The classic film is The Deer Hunter which was released in 1978. The film was directed by Michael Cimino and starred, amongst others, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale.
Our next podcast will be a genre special taking a look at Robert’s favourite genre, war movies.
In this episode we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original series of Star Trek.
Little did the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry know that Star Trek would go on to spawn six subsequent shows: The Animated Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Discovery, which is due in 2017. Plus there was also a planned new series in the mid-1970s with the original cast called Star Trek: Phase II which would have seen another 5 year mission under Captain Kirk, but then Star Wars happened and Paramount started a scramble for its own space opera dynasty of films, and thus Star Trek: The Motion Picture was born, followed by a massive 12 further films (a total of 6 original cast, 4 Next Generation and 3 franchise reboots).
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 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.
In the fourth episode of our Foundation Films series of specials we take a look at Raiders of the Lost Ark. Released in 1981, this film was directed by Steven Spielberg and the story was by George Lucas, although the actual screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan. Harrison Ford was the main star but the cast also included Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina.
Raiders is set in 1981 and has one of the most memorable opening sequences ever that is used to introduce you to the main man, Indiana (Indy) Jones. The main story follows Indy’s attempts to beat the Nazis to one of the most famous items in religious history, the ark of the covenant. Featuring many classic set-pieces, the film has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The film spawned three sequels and a fourth is being planned.
This podcast is special for a few reasons. We recorded this from Michael’s house in Cardiff for the first time, we were able to have a special guest in the form of Vern Griffiths and, most importantly, Michael helped us to understand how well the microphone pics up fizzy drinks being poured! Twice!
Our next main podcast will take a look at Victoria for the cinema release, Victor Frankenstein see its home release and the classic film is Die Hard.