December 9, 2016
Hello and welcome to our latest actor special, this time taking a look at the work of Amy Adams.
Born 20th August 1974 in Italy to an American service family, Amy has 55 acting credits to her name. These productions, in turn, have provided her with much critical acclaim and she has, so far, amassed 136 Award Nominations, winning 43, including:
• Five Academy Award Nominations (4 Best Supporting Actress and 1 Best Actress)
• Five BAFTA Award Nominations (3 Best Actress in a Supporting Role and 2 Best Actress in a Leading Role)
• Six Golden Globe Awards (3 Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and 3 Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - with two wins in the latter category for American Hustle in 2014 and Big Eyes in 2015)
With two films out in recent weeks, namely Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, that have garnered much critical praise, more award nominations and wins can only be around the corner.
Our next main podcast will take a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story along with a general discussion of festive movies.
November 18, 2016
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.
October 28, 2016
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.
October 23, 2016
Welcome to our belated 23rd episode of the main podcast. In this episode we take a look at Hell or High Water for the cinema release, Green Room for the home release and the classic film is Chariots of Fire.
Hell or High Water tells the story of a divorced man, who is trying to stop the foreclosure on his ranch and make a better life for his son, and his ex-convict brother as they run a series of bank heists to raise some cash. The film was directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. The film stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
Green Room tells the story of a down on their luck punk band who play a gig at a venue that is frequented by gentlemen on the far-right of society. They make the mistake of entering their dressing room where a murder has taken place which unleashes a chain of events that results in a fair few deaths. The film was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starred Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Taylor Tunes, Imogen Poots, et al.
Chariots of Fire follows two athletes as they prepare for, and race, in the 1924 Paris Olympics. The film is directed by Hugh Hudson and written by the wonderful Colin Welland. The film stars Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell, Ben Cross, Ian holm, etc.
Our next main podcast will take a look at the new Tom Cruise film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and the classic film The Usual Suspects.
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.
August 16, 2016
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.
July 28, 2016
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! 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.
July 23, 2016
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? This episode is worth listening to if for no other reason than Michael has a welcoming song for you in the opening introduction!
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.
July 11, 2016
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.
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.