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

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.


GENRE#002 - Animation

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.


DOC#002 - The Hard Stop

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.

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.


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

July 9, 2016

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.