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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.