In a new article, Michael Christopher discusses why cinema needs superheroes. The article can be found here.
November was an exciting month in cinema as Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited science fiction film, Interstellar, was released. Paul, for one, had been counting down the days to this film ever since it was first announced. Could it ever live up to the expectation? When we couldn’t even agree on the quality of Michael Caine’s use in the film (with particular emphasis on the lack of aging), you can see it was always going to be an interesting discussion.
[Credits: Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros]
With regard to the Blu-Ray/DVD release that was chosen, it was a case of another month, another Marvel Studios release. X-Men: Days of Future Past was another film that brought up a mixed bag of feelings. Michael (our resident superhero expert) liked it, Robert had trouble with the timeline and Marc discloses a general lack of interest in superhero films (unfortunate considering the home release noted below as being chosen for the next podcast). And then there was the disparity in the scoring amongst your hosts…
[Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Marvel Entertainment]
The classic film of the month, Luc Besson’s Leon, created an interesting dilemma for Robert: stick with the original version that he already had on DVD or go with the newer Director’s Cut that he had seen on iTunes. The latter was chosen but was this a good move?
[Credits: Gaumont / Les Films du Dauphin]
At the time of recording, the films to be reviewed in the next main feature podcast were yet to be decided. After much discussion, we have decided that it is finally time for a bit of comedy, although the superheroes are in on the act too. The cinema release is going to be Bill Murray’s new film, St Vincent, which we are looking forward to. The Blu-Ray/DVD release will be Guardians of the Galaxy which, while another Marvel release, also contained a fair bit of humour. Finally, for a classic movie we have gone with Scrooged, which not only links in nicely with the star of our cinema release but also to the festive period. Please visit our ‘Upcoming Reviews’ for trailers.
And finally a quick note to publicise that the second episode in the horror movie strand of podcasts will be published soon. In this upcoming episode, Paul and Marc revisits the 1982 supernatural thriller, The Poltergeist.
And now for the podcast…
In a new article, Marc Price takes a look at one of his favourite genres, British crime and gangster films. You may be surprised at how many there have been over the years and also that you have been missing out! The article can be found in the Articles section of the website, or by clicking here.
In the second of our regular Podcast extras, Rob and Paul don their critical capes ‘n cowls and take a look at Tim Burton’s Batman, in it’s 25th anniversary year, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight from 2008. On route towards deciding on overall favourites, they discuss various incarnations of the Bat and the Joker on screen, and how our very own superhero Rob isn’t Prince’s biggest fan…
Batman (1989) – (c) Warner Bros Inc
The Dark Knight – (c) Warner Bros Entertainment Inc
In an extra podcast this month, Robert talks to Paul and our secret fifth member, Wendy, about their recent visit to the latest Comicon in London.
Please note that in the Podcast I quote a date of 26th October for Comicon, this should have been 18th October, apologies for this.
The websites promised in the podcast are as follows:
– The Retro Draughtsman: www.theretrodraughtsman.co.uk
– Lee Sullivan Art: LeeSullivanArt.co.uk
– Matt’s Custom Art – etsy.com/uk/shop/mattscustomart
– United Kingdom Colonial Marines – www.colonialmarines.co.uk
– Mike Strick – http://sculpt.strick.co.uk/
And we haven’t forgotten the photos from the day either:
Finally, we have a competition for you! If you can guess the film that the location shots below are taken from, and you are one of the first three correct answers, then you can win a bag of M&Ms!! That is right, a whole bag of M&Ms! Email your answers to email@example.com. Good luck!
And finally, here is the podcast:
Being fans of the horror genre of film, Paul and Marc are starting on a journey to find the perfect horror movie in a new semi-regular series of podcasts looking at horror films past, present and future. In this first episode, Paul and Marc take a look at the recent horror hit, The Babadook.
Robert Colbert has posted an article about whether there are too many superhero films and franchises and this can be found in the Articles section of this website. You can also find it by clicking here.
Paul Donovan has posted an interview with Lance Guest, the lead actor in one of his all-time favourite films, The Last Starfighter, and this can be found in the Interviews section of the website. You can also find it by clicking here.
Welcome to the first full episode of Back to the Feature Podcast! You will be hosted each month by Robert Colbert, Paul Donovan, Marc Price and Michael Christopher for a discussion on a cinema release in the month, a new release onto DVD and/or Blu-Ray as well as a classic film.
Please note that we are aware of sound issues during parts of this episode. We apologise for this and hope it does not spoil your enjoyment too much. Please be assured that we are working on this to ensure that this does not happen with future episodes.
The cinema release being discussed this month is David Fincher’s latest Film, Gone Girl. The film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, with an excellent supporting cast including Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Harris amongst others. This section of the podcast may include spoilers and starts at 00h 01m 04s.
The new release onto DVD and Blu-Ray is Doug Liman’s film, Edge of Tomorrow. The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, along with a good supporting cast including Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton. This section of the podcast starts at 00h 33m 02s.
The classic film of the month is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, a psychological horror film adapted from Stephen King’s third published novel. The film was first released in 1980 and stars Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. This section of the podcast starts at 00h 47m 20s. Coincidentally, the Film Blog in the Guardian newspaper had a piece on this film published on Friday 24 October 2014 and, if you are interested in this, you can find this here.
At the time of recording, the only film confirmed for the next podcast was Christopher Nolan’s new film,Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. It has now been decided that the DVD/Blu-Ray release will be the latest X-Men instalment, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Halle Berry amongst others. The classic film will be Luc Besson’s Leon (1994) starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and a young Natalie Portman.
This podcast was the second piece that we recorded and was by way of an introduction, and lets you know what sorts of things you cn expect.
Robert and Paul discuss their plans for the podcast and are amazed at the number of listeners to the test upload, but not before getting sidetracked onto topics such as home viewing formats past and present, breaking their DVD cherries and whether it is possible to just have one top ten list of films….
This was our first test piece that was first published on our original site, backtothefeature.podbean.com.
By way of a test of the iPad’s podcast recording abilities, Robert and Paul give the recent remake of Robocop a quick going over.Please do not judge us too harshly, we just needed to test the initial recording and podcast upload processes.