May 15, 2016
Hello and welcome to the first in a string of new podcast extras looking at genres of film.
In this first episode we take a look at comedy, a genre that can be divisive as one person's taste can be radically different to the next, this is certainly the case amongst the podcast crew. Robert, for one, was not looking forward to doing an episode on comedy as it is his least favourite genre.
The next podcast will be the main podcast and will take a look at A Hologram for the King, Room and Highlander.
May 1, 2016
In the 18th edition of the main podcast the crew take a look at the cinema release of Victoria, the home release is Victor Frankenstein and the classic film is Die Hard.
Victoria is an interesting film for many reasons, the most prominent of which is the fact that it was all filmed in one take. I believe they actually filmed it three times and it is the middle take that was actually used. The film is set in Berlin and follows a party-loving Spanish girl who is quickly befriended by four Berlin men. Things take a darker turn when she agrees to get involved in a bank heist as the getaway driver. The film was directed by Sebastian Schipper, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Eike Schulz and Olivia Neergaard-Holm. The film stars Laia Costa (Victoria), Frederick Lau (Sonne), Franz Rogowski (Boxer), Burak Yigit (Blinker) amongst others.
Next up is Victor Frankenstein, which is a film that follows the well-known story of Frankenstein, although told from the perspective of Dr Frankenstein's lab assistant, Igor. The film was directed by Paul McGuigan and written by Max Landis. It stars Daniel Radcliffe (Igor), James McAvoy (Frankenstein), Andrew Scott (Inspector Turpin).
The final film is the much-loved action classic Die Hard. New York Cop John McClane flies into Los Angeles to visit his wife and kids after the wife moved there for a top job at the Nakatomi Investment Bank. After landing, he is taken to his wife's offices where he meets her as the office Xmas party is going on and, whilst there, terrorists take over the building but McClane manages to avoid capture before going on a one-man mission to stop the crime and save his wife. The film was directed by John McTiernan and was based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, with the screenplay being written by Jeb Stuart. Stars include Bruce Willis (McClane), Bonnie Bedelia (Holly Gennero McClane), Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber) and Reginald VelJohnson (Sgt Al Powell). This film started a franchise and spawned four sequels.
The next podcast special will be in a new line that takes a look at movie genres, with comedy first up. The next main podcast at the end of May will look at the new Tom Hanks film, A Hologram For The King, the home release of the well-received Room and the classic film will be Highlander.