On the 56th episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve, Haydn & Skye take a ghoulish trip to the haunted coastal town of Antonio Bay as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter’s tale of ghostly revenge, The Fog. Carpenter is a firm favourite director amongst the Film ‘89 team and following on from one of our earliest episodes where Carpenter’s seminal sci-fi/horror classic, The Thing was given the Film ‘89 treatment, this time we look at his 1980 cult classic, The Fog, a ghost story that underwent considerable post-production re-shooting after Carpenter felt that it lacked the requisite scares compared to its contemporaries. Carpenter and his producing/writing partner Debra Hill had a lot of expectation upon them to follow-up their 1978 smash-hit, Halloween, a film that was one of the most profitable films of all time and had firmly cemented Carpenter as a director to watch. The Fog is the perfect film for Halloween season, a classic campfire tale of revenge that features a cast that includes both Hollywood royalty and many recurring faces from Carpenter’s filmography.
On Episode 55 of The Film ’89 Podcast we’ve handed the reigns to one of our favourite guest-hosts from past episodes, Mr Jacob Rivera. As well as being a valued writer for film89.co.uk, Jacob’s a seasoned podcaster and having previously joined us for our Fight Club episode amongst others, Jacob returns to the work of director David Fincher as he and his guest-host celebrate the tenth anniversary of Fincher’s brilliant 2010 film, The Social Network. This hugely acclaimed film charts the genesis of social media giant Facebook and the legal wranglings that surrounded its early years and the possibly questionable business tactics of one of its founders, Mark Zuckerberg. Jacob is joined by another seasoned podcaster and writer on the subject of film, someone who’s been a valued friend of Film ’89 since we began, the wonderful Leanne Kubicz. Leanne brings her extensive knowledge of the work of Fincher to an episode that we’re sure our listeners will love as she and Jacob give their in-depth analysis of a film that’s earned an ever growing following and remains one of Fincher’s best works.
Episode 54 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is unique in that it’s presented in reverse in honour of our main review, Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending, time-inverted action/science- fiction film, Tenet. So starting off will be a raft of listener questions as Neil and Skye dig deep into the Film ‘89 mailbag to answer your film and television related queries. Then for our spoiler-filled review, the guys will be going in-depth to give their detailed breakdown of the film that’s marked their long awaited return to the cinema after months of lockdown. So check your watches and sit back for yet another time themed discussion with the Film ‘89 team.
Listener Questions - 0:02:50
Main Review - Tenet - 0:40:54
Synchronise your watches Film ‘89ers because in Episode 53, Richie and Skye (and their very special guest co-host) will be going in-depth as they discuss one of the all-time great movie trilogies, Back to the Future from 1985 and it’s two sequels filmed back to back and released in 1989 and 1990 respectively. They’ll be discussing the behind the scenes production of these amazing films as they always do when they cover the classics but also want to give our listeners their very personal analysis of what makes these films so special. But they’re not alone in this celebration of Back to the Future because they’re joined from New York by a very special guest. He’s a filmmaker, an artist, and is the producing partner of none other than actor Matthew Modine. He’s a rampant cinephile and has been a very good friend of ours since before Film ‘89 began, Mr Adam Rackoff. So sit back, rest your feet on your Hoverboard and enjoy this three hour celebration of the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future.
Episode 52 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is one the big ones for us, one of those special films that’s been on our dream list of films to cover since the podcast was just a pipe dream. That film is of course Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, Jaws, and to coincide with the film’s 45th anniversary, we’re giving you, our loyal listeners, something which as far as we’re aware has never been done before, a Jaws audio commentary. It’s certainly not something that’s been done on Laserdisc, DVD or Blu-Ray. Now this is a special episode not just because Jaws is one of our all-time favourite films, but this is also the single most requested episode by you, our good listeners, and when we ran a poll in May 2018 for nominations for films to receive a Film ‘89 audio commentary, Jaws was the most requested film and has remained the film our listeners most want us to cover. So, you can either listen to us talk for 124 minutes about Jaws as you would a regular podcast episode or, for added enjoyment, you can pop in your Jaws DVD, Blu-Ray or put on your digital copy to watch along with us as Neil and Skye give their in-depth analysis of all aspects of this seminal film.
In Episode 51 of the Film ’89 Podcast, Haydn is joined by returning co-host John Arminio of Comix Connection to discuss the impact of two of the most revered animated superhero films ever made. Separated by 25 years, 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have considerable stylistic differences but what they have in common is that both are brilliant adaptations of their respective characters. One film portrays the dark and brooding Gotham City, the other a bright and colourful New York City but both films give proper dues to the heart of their respective characters and are both brilliantly written films with stellar vocal performances. Haydn and John go in-depth in this loving retrospective analysis of these two landmark animated comic book adaptations.
There was an unforeseen technical issue during the recording of this episode that rendered a significant portion of John’s audio unusable. Every effort was made to restore it to an acceptable level but we apologise for the general dip in sound quality on this episode and can assure you that any Gremlins have since been suitably expunged from John’s recording equipment.
Episode 50 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is a milestone not only for being our half century episode, but it’s also the first time that all five founding members of film89.co.uk have appeared together on an episode. As it’s a special episode we’ll be taking our listeners away from the woes of 2020 and back in time 30 years to the summer of 1990. That particular year in film is one that’s very special to us. The roster of films released theatrically in 1990 was huge with numerous films released which would go on to become all-time classics, films such as Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, Kevin Costner’s revisionist western, Dances With Wolves and Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. But aside from that, 1990 saw more sequels to mainstream films released than any other year. The summer season was particularly packed with sequels such as Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, RoboCop 2, Die Hard 2, The Exorcist III and more. Later on that year we had Rocky V, Predator 2 and The Godfather Part III. These are but a few of the 50+ films that Haydn, Richie, Neil, Steve and Skye talk about in-depth in this packed episode, a nostalgic trip back in time to the Summer of Sequels.
In Episode 49 of the Film ’89 Podcast, our resident comic book creator Haydn Spurrell is joined by returning co-host and fellow comic book expert, John Arminio of Comix Connection, to discuss in-depth one of their favourite comic book creations, John Constantine. Star of DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book series and the creation of legendary comic book writer, Alan Moore, John Constantine is a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. In 2005 the character became the focus of a big screen adaptation from director Francis Lawrence. A star vehicle for Keanu Reeves, the film featured brilliant turns from Peter Stormare as Lucifer, Tilda Swinton as the Archangel Gabriel and Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite and went on to gross over $230 million worldwide. The guys explore in-depth the origins of the character, his successful film adaptation and much more. Plus they give their overview of some of their favourite comic book creations, past and present.
Episode 48 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is released on the day of the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the Film ‘89 Team’s all-time favourite films, The Empire Strikes Back. This second instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga is regarded by many as the best film in the long running film franchise. In an episode that’s been high on the Film ‘89 dream list of films to cover on the podcast since it began, Neil, Richie and Skye go in-depth in a huge episode dedicated solely to this remarkable film as they discuss the behind the scenes making-of Empire, as well as a detailed breakdown of the story and the coming together of some incredible filmmaking talent to create a sequel regarded by many as one of the greatest films ever made.
In Episode 47 of The Film ’89 Podcast, John Arminio and Bill Scurry are joined by friend of Film ’89 and established podcaster and hardcore cinephile, Matthias Van Der Roest making his guest-host debut as he and the guys dissect, discuss and celebrate director Michael Mann’s 1986 film, Manhunter. An adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ book, Red Dragon, Manhunter marks the first big screen appearance of Harris’ now legendary serial killer, Doctor Hannibal Lecktor, played brilliantly by Brian Cox. But Lecktor isn’t the main focus here as Former F.B.I. Profiler Will Graham tracks a brutal serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy, played to chilling effect by Tom Noonan. With a great supporting cast including Joan Allen, Dennis Farina and Stephen Lang, Manhunter is a prime exemplar of Mann’s taught direction and unique visual style.