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BTTF#025 – Arrival, Crimson Tide

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 Story and we will also take a look at some classic Christmas films.

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BTTF#024 – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Usual Suspects

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.

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BTTF#022 – The Shallows, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strangelove

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.

Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) and Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley) embark on a captivating journey in “The Jungle Book,” an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who is forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. In theaters April 15, 2016. ..©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) and Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley) embark on a captivating journey in “The Jungle Book,” an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who is forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. In theaters April 15, 2016. ..©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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.

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DIR002 – David Lean

Hello and welcome to the second episode in our line of specials looking at directors. In this episode we take a look at David Lean.

David Lean was a British Filmmaker who was born in 1908 and died in 1991, and during his lifetime amassed 19 directorial credits. Now, whilst this isn’t the largest number of films by a director that we will come across in this journey through film, some of the films are of the most epic proportions.

Our dedicated listeners will know that we have already covered two of his films in our podcasts, namely the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia and the lesser-known 1952 film The Sound Barrier. In this episode Marc takes a look at This Happy Breed (1944), Paul has a Brief Encounter (1945), Michael revisits The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Robert sees Doctor Zhivago (1965). The podcast finishes with the whole team taking a look at A Passage to India (1984).

The next podcast takes a look at the cinema release of The Shallows, the home release of The Jungle Book and the classic film is Doctor Strangelove.

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BTTF#021 – The BFG, Hail Caesar!, Bullitt

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!

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.

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GENRE#002 – Animation

In our second genre special we take a look at the world of animated films. Is the world a better place with the computer-generated animations taking over the world?  Or is there still a place for old-school, hand-drawn animations?

Toy Story-- © Disney 2000.
Toy Story–
© Disney 2000.

This episode is worth listening to if for no other reason than Michael has a welcoming song for you in the opening introduction!

THE GOOD DINOSAUR - Pictured (L-R): Nash, Butch, Spot, Arlo, Ramsey. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR – Pictured (L-R): Nash, Butch, Spot, Arlo, Ramsey. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Our next episode will be the main podcast where we will be taking a look at the cinema release of The BFG, the home release of Hail, Caesar! and the classic film will be Bullitt.

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DOC#002 – The Hard Stop

For our second documentary special we were lucky enough to be given advance access to the latest film from film-maker George Amponsah, The Hard Stop.

Hard Stop Poster

The film looks at the aftermath of the death of Mark Duggan, who was fatally shot by police on 4th August 2011.  The police suspected Duggan of being armed and stopped the vehicle he was in by using a tactic known as a hard stop.  The film looks at all of Duggan’s family and friends following the shooting, with a particular emphasis on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville, as they attempt to move on with their lives.

The Hard Stop is out on 15th July 2016.

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BTTF#020 – Independence Day: Resurgence, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Henry V

Hello and welcome to the 20th episode of the main podcast. Today we are taking a look at the cinema Release of Independence Day: Resurgence, the home release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and the classic film is Henry V.

Independence Day: Resurgence takes place some 20 years after the first Independence Day film and features a lot of the original cast members (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner) as well as some new additions Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T Usher, Maika Monroe and Deobia Oparei amongst others. In the 20 years between the two films, the human race has taken the time to use the alien technology left behind to prepare us for future attacks, such as the one that occurs in the new film. Unfortunately for us, these weapons are nowhere near as good as what the aliens are bringing this time. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich who also directed the original film.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is set in Benghazi, Libya after Colonel Ghadaffi has been overthrown, and in the power vacuum that has been left behind. There is a small US diplomatic outpost and another compound around a mile away where the CIA have set-up base , with a private black-ops unit there for security support. The US Ambassador decides to visit with virtually no security and some insurgents decide to make an attack, forcing the black-ops team into action. The film is directed by Michael Bay, with the screenplay written by Chuck Hogan and is based on a book by Mitchell Zuckoff. The film stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens and Alexia Barlier.

The classic film is Kenneth Branagh’s take on Henry V. The film takes place in the midst of the Hundred Years War and follows the young English king Henry as he embarks on an attempted conquest of France. The film is directed by Branagh and he also takes the acting lead. The film also stars other British acting greats including Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Richard Briers and so on.

The next main Podcast will take a look at Steven Spielberg’s latest film The BFG, the home release of Hail, Caesar! and the classic Steve McQueen film Bullitt. However, before that, there will be the second in our genre line of specials with animation up for discussion.

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DIR001 – Steven Spielberg

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.

F4P9JP Steven Spielberg, E.T / E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 directed by Steven Spielberg
F4P9JP Steven Spielberg, E.T / E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 directed by Steven Spielberg

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.

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The next main podcast will take a look at the cinema release Independence Day 2: Resurgence, the home release of 13 Hours and the classic Kenneth Brannagh film, Henry V.

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BTTF#019 – A Hologram For The King, Room, Highlander

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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Tom Hanks as Alan Clay in Tom Tykwer’s A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
Tom Hanks as Alan Clay in Tom Tykwer’s A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING.
Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Brie Larson and Lenny Abrahamson attend a screening of "Room" during the BFI London Film Festival at Vue Leicester Square on October 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI) *** Local Caption *** Brie Larson; Lenny Abrahamson
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 11: Brie Larson and Lenny Abrahamson attend a screening of “Room” during the BFI London Film Festival at Vue Leicester Square on October 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI) *** Local Caption *** Brie Larson; Lenny Abrahamson

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..

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