February 26, 2016
Welcome to the 16th episode of the main podcast. This episode looks at Spotlight, Deadpool, The Martian and The General. We had been due to look at The Boy but this is not released until March now.
Spotlight follows the investigative reporting team at the Boston Globe as they dig into the child abuse scandal at the hands of the Catholic clergy. The film is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars the likes of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Leiv Schreiber and Stanley Tucci.
Deadpool is another Marvel superhero hitting our screens, albeit brought to life by 20th Century Fox rather than Marvel's own studios. Ryan Reynolds plays a character who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and is approached by a shady character from a secret organisation with the offer of a cure with the side-benefit of superhero powers. Needless to say it doesn't go smoothly and Reynolds' character becomes the titular Deadpool and the film follows his search for the person that carried out the procedures with the hope of correcting some of the side-effects.
Ridley Scott's The Martian is the home release for this episode and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean amongst others. The film follows Damon's character who is left for dead on Mars by his crewmates and is a story of his quest for survival and NASA's search for a rescue plan back home.
The 1998 movie The General is the classic movie for this episode. The film stars Brendan Gleeson as Martin Cahill, a violent criminal from Dublin and follows his early life through to his eventual murder.
The next episode looks at The Boy (finally!), Black Mass and The Italian Job (the original version). Before that, however, there will be an actor special looking at Clint Eastwood.
February 21, 2016
In the fourth edition of our occasional series on classic horror films, Paul, Marc and Robert take a look at The Fog. Released in 1980, the film was directed by John Carpenter, who also created the film score and co-wrote the screenplay with Debra Hill. The film stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook.
This was Carpenter's first release after the success of his 1978 horror classic, Halloween. The film takes place in a small coastal town in California where a strange fog brings with it death in the hands of the vengeful ghosts of some mariners. The film was released to mixed reviews but was a commercial success and became something of a cult following in subsequent years. For some reason they felt the need to remake the film in 2005.
The next podcast will be episode 16 of the main podcast will take a look at Deadpool and Spotlight for cinema releases (thanks to the UK release of The Boy being pushed back to March), The Martian which has landed as a home release and the classic film is The General.
February 14, 2016
The subject of the third episode in the actor strain of special podcasts, Robert Shaw, was nominated by Paul. Born in 1927 in Lancashire in the United Kingdom, Shaw had a career that lasted 31 years despite his untimely death at the age of 51 in August 1978 from a heart attack.
The films chosen by Paul for us to watch were as follows:
Robert: A Man For All Seasons (1966) / Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Michael: The Sting (1973)
Marc: The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three (1974)
Paul: Jaws (1975)
All: The Caretaker (1963) and From Russia With Love (1963)
Our next main podcast looks at The Boy, The Martian and The General.
February 8, 2016
For our first ever group documentary review we were lucky enough to be given the chance to preview Welcome to Leith, a film by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K Walker. Our thanks go to Metrodome Group for this opportunity.
The film follows the events that occur in Leith, a small prairie town in North Dakota, when a well known white supremacist moves in and attempts to takeover the town by buying up other land and homes before moving other white supremacists in. On the face of it the plan is legal and in line with all that democracy allows. The film follows the events in a fair and balanced manner with both the original residents and the newcomers being allowed their voice.
The documentary was shown at various international film festivals in 2015 and was well received. It is also worth noting that part of the funding process for this film was via the funding website Kickstarter. The documentary receives its UK theatrical release on 12th February 2016.