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.

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DIR001 - Steven Spielberg

June 18, 2016
Hello and welcome to the first in a new string of extras looking at directors.  And where better to start than with taking a look at Steven Spielberg, a director who has been at the helm of so many great films.

With over fifty directorial credits under his belt, it was difficult to select the films that we would concentrate on but we  finally decided on Duel (1971) for Marc, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) for Paul, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) for Michael and Schindler's List (1993) for Robert.  This was followed by Bridge of Spies (2015) for a group discussion.

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The next main podcast will take a look at the cinema release Independence Day 2: Resurgence, the home release of 13 Hours and the classic Kenneth Brannagh film, Henry V.

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BTTF#019 - A Hologram For The King, Room, Highlander

June 1, 2016
Welcome to the 19th episode of the main podcast.  In this episode we take a look at A Hologram For the King for the cinema release, Room for the home release and the classic film is Highlander.

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Back to the films, though, and we start with the cinema release of the latest film starring Tom Hanks, A Hologram For The King. The film follows a previously successful American businessman is sent by his current employer to sell a new high-tech IT system to the King of Saudia Arabia, who is creating a new city of business excellence in the desert.  Directed and written by Tom Tykwer, and based on a novel by Dave Eggers, the film stars Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury and Sidse Babett Knudsen.


The home release for this episode was Room and it is a film of two distinct parts. The first part follows a woman who was captured by a man some seven years before and kept captive and forced to have sex with her captor. She subsequently has a son and they are kept locked in a single room where she tries to keep life as normal as possible for a child that does not know the world actually exists. The captor visits every night and acts almost like it is a normal relationship (apart from the child being hidden in a cupboard). The time comes when the woman knows that they need to escape and she hatches a plan to get her son out, with the hope that he will be able to direct the authorities back to where they are held.  The second part tells the story of how they adapt to life outside, with all of the difficulties that naturally follow.  The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, written by Emma Donoghue and stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremlay, Sean Bridgers and Joan Allen.

Finally, we took a look at the classic film, Highlander.  Released in 1986, this cult fantasy film follows a man, currently known as Russell Nash but originally called Connor MacLeod from the clan MacLeod and the highlands of Scotland, who is amongst a group of "immortals" who can only be killed if their heads are cut off. The premise of the film is that there can be only one and you get a back story that shows the early life of MacLeod and how some of the immortals lost their heads along the way, before it all comes down to MacLeod and an immortal called Victor Kruger (aka The Kurgan).  The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy, written by Gregory Widen and stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart.

Next up will be the first in a line of extras looking at Directors, with Steven Spielberg under the spotlight first.  The next main podcast will look at Independence Day 2: Resurgence for the cinema release, 13 Hours for the home release and Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V for the classic.

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GENRE#001 - Comedy

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.

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BTTF#018 - Victoria, Victor Frankenstein, Die Hard

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.

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EXTRA#009 - Midnight Special

April 24, 2016
In an extra podcast, Paul and Robert take a look at Midnight Special, which has been receiving good reviews from the critics.

In the film, a father absconds with his son, aided by the father's boyhood friend and the boy's mother, from a cult in order to deliver the boy to a location at a specified time.  In pursuit are both law enforcement agencies as well as members of the cult.

The film was written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starred Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher and Adam Driver.

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Foundation Films#004 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

April 19, 2016
In the fourth episode of our Foundation Films series of specials we take a look at Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Released in 1981, this film was directed by Steven Spielberg and the story was by George Lucas, although the actual screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan.  Harrison Ford was the main star but the cast also included Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina.

Raiders is set in 1981 and has one of the most memorable opening sequences ever that is used to introduce you to the main man, Indiana (Indy) Jones.  The main story follows Indy's attempts to beat the Nazis to one of the most famous items in religious history, the ark of the covenant.  Featuring many classic set-pieces, the film has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.  The film spawned three sequels and a fourth is being planned.

This podcast is special for a few reasons.  We recorded this from Michael's house in Cardiff for the first time, we were able to have a special guest in the form of Vern Griffiths and, most importantly, Michael helped us to understand how well the microphone pics up fizzy drinks being poured!  Twice!


Our next main podcast will take a look at Victoria for the cinema release, Victor Frankenstein see its home release and the classic film is Die Hard.


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EXTRA#008 - Hard Tide / Nathanael Wiseman Interview

April 18, 2016

Hard Tide is an indie British crime movie with a difference.  Jake (Nathanael Wiseman) is a small-time criminal who has some issues as his Dad (Ralph Brown) is about to be put away and Margate, the setting for the film, is about to become embroiled in a turf war.  At this point, Jake's life is turned upside down when he meets and befriends a neglected nine-year-old girl, Jade (played by outstanding newcomer, Alexandra Newick).

The film utilises some lovely settings in and around Margate, and the cinematographer, Joe Mannion, has done a great job extracting the maximum from these locations.  These visuals when over laid with a great little soundtrack by Si Begg, and with original music from UK rapper Mic Righteous, leave you in no doubt as to how grimy life can get on these housing estates.  However, as well as the violence that you would expect from a British crime movie, you also have the lighter scenes with Jake and Jade that ultimately turn this into a tale of redemption.  Wiseman and Newick have great chemistry on-screen that leaves you in no doubt about Jake's determination to save Jade.

As well as Wiseman, Brown and Newick, the cast includes the likes of Mem Ferda, Oliver Stark, Andy Lucas, Katarina Gellin, Beverly Hills and Sean Cronin, so you know the story is in safe hands.

Hard Tide receives a theatrical release on 29th April 2016 and is available to buy on DVD from 9th May 2016. 

We were lucky enough to bag ourselves an interview with the lead actor, Nathanael Wiseman (Nate). As well as taking the lead role in the film, Nate also co-wrote and co-directed this film with Robert Osman, was a producer alongside Katarina Gellin (who took over the role of Nate's girlfriend in the film when the original actress was injured a few days before the start of filming) and also produced and provided vocals on one of the songs on the soundtrack.  The interview was carried out by Robert, Marc and Paul for the podcast.  There are a couple of points where a dog can be heard in the background towards the end of the recording, please accept our apologies for this.


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EXTRA#007 - The Sound Barrier

April 10, 2016

To mark the 25th anniversary of David Lean's death, STUDIOCANAL are re-releasing one of his lesser known films, The Sound Barrier.  The film has received restoration by the BFI National Archive in partnership with STUDIOCANAL aided by generous funding from the David Lean Foundation.  This edition is being released on 11th April 2016 under the Vintage Classics banner and will be the first time that is has received an outing on Blu-Ray.

The Sound Barrier was first released in 1952 and, as well as directing the film, David Lean also produced the film.  Terence Rattigan wrote the screenplay and the film starred Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin, Dinah Sheridan and Denholm Elliott amongst others.

The film follows John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson), who is the wealthy owner of an aircraft manufacturer, whose aim of building a plane that can fly faster than the speed of sound has grown into an obsession.  This single-mindedness pushes his son (Denholm Elliott) to try to become a pilot, something that the son has no natural gift for, and eventually results in the death of the son.  Ridgefield's daughter (Ann Todd) marries a WWII fighter ace (Nigel Patrick) who subsequently becomes a test pilot for Ridgefield.


If you like old British movies, that are full of stiff upper-lippery (and Robert certainly does with his own obsession in old British war movies), then this film will be a must-see, particularly as it is so rarely seen with it being over-shadowed by Lean's masterpieces such as Brief Encounter, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago and The Bridge On The River Kwai.  Some of the domestic scenes between Todd and Patrick are not as strong as they perhaps could have been as they lacked a certain passion that you would expect from a newly-wed couple, but this is more than made up for by the aerial scenes and Richardson's performance as the obsessesive manufacturer who succeeds in pushing his family away before a form of redemption at the end.


Back To The Feature Podcast were lucky enough to receive an advance preview copy of the film so Robert and Marc took it out for a quick test flight.


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BTTF#017 - The Witch, The Boy, Black Mass and The Italian Job

March 31, 2016

Welcome to the 17th episode of the main podcast.  This episode looks at The Witch, The Boy, Black Mass and The Italian Job.  


The Witch follows the woes of a puritanical family in New England in 1630.  Outcast from their community for being too puritanical, the family move into the wilderness and start to farm alongside some woods.  Life is hard and crops fail and then the newborn youngest child vanishes under mysterious circumstances.  The family slowly falls apart from this point forwards.  The film is directed and written by Robert Egger and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie.

Next up is The Boy which sees a woman moves from the US to become nanny to a peculiar English couple's son, which actually turns out to be a life-size doll.  The 'parents' are to go on holiday and they leave a strict set of rules for the nanny to follow, which she fails to do and various events start to happen.  Directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Menear, the film stars Lauren Cohen, Rupert Evans and James Russell amongst others

The film Black Mass gives the true story of James 'Whitey' Bulger, a violent criminal from South Boston who was also a long-time informant for the FBI in order to aid him taking control of his home area.  The film also follows his relationship with his politician brother and best friend who was a FBI agent.  The film is directed by Scott Cooper, was written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, and stars Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Egerton, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon and Peter Sarsgaard amongst others. 

The Italian Job follows a ladies-man ex-con as he plans to steal a load of gold in Turin from under the watchful eyes of the police and the mafia, using cunning and some Mini Coopers.  The film was released in 1969 and was directed by Peter Collinson, written by Troy Kennedy-Martin and has a cast that includes Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Irene Handl, John Le Measurier amongst others.

There is talk of a Batman special in the next week to be followed mid-April by a Foundation Film special looking at Raiders of the Lost Ark, which will be recorded when Robert, Marc and Paul trek across the country to see Michael in Cardiff.  The films to be looked at in the next main podcast are still under discussion and will be finalised/announced in due course. 

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