September 27, 2016
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.
September 6, 2016
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.