It’s a packed office at Film ‘89 Towers for Episode 23 of The Film ‘89 Podcast as Skye, Steve, Neil and Haydn review the (kind of) live-action adaptation of beloved Japanese Manga, Battle Angel Alita, retitled, Alita: Battle Angel, from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron. It’s a showcase of often brilliant special effects and makes superb use of the 3D and IMAX formats but how does the film hold up as a whole and is it a worthy and worthwhile adaptation?
We discuss our favourite animated films as well as reading out some of our listeners’ picks and we answer the usual listener questions including one asking what our favourite podcasts are.
Review - Alita: Battle Angel - 0:06:44, Favourite 3 Animated Films - 0:50:08, Listener Questions - 1:35:32
In our special festive Episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast we’re joined by boxing expert, film writer and über cinephile, Jacob Rivera to discuss the action classic, Die Hard as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Directed by John McTiernan (Predator, The Hunt for Red October) and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, Die Hard is regarded as not only one of the greatest films of the 1980s but of all time and one that redefined the action genre. It not only spawned four sequels but also a plethora of copycat action films of varying quality. Yet thirty years on, Die Hard remains the ultimate example of how great an action film can be, smartly written, flawlessly executed and containing myriad unforgettable performances from a stellar cast. Sit back, take off your shoes and socks and enjoy our celebration of what is for many, the ultimate Christmas movie. Yippee ki-yay!
In the colossal 21st episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Richie, Haydn & Skye take an in-depth look back at director Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of author Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park which celebrated its 25th Anniversary this year. They explore the making of this beloved summer blockbuster, it’s themes and the elements that elevate it above that of a mere big budget action film. There’s an intelligence and a beating heart to the film that helped solidify it as one of the greatest movies of its decade, one that holds up over a quarter of a century later. Not only that but each of the subsequent sequels in the Jurassic Park franchise gets put under the spotlight and given some in-depth analysis. This episode the ‘Favourite Three’ section is expanded into a ‘Favourite Ten’ as the guys give their rundown of their favourite film scores with input from our friends and followers.
0:03:24 - Jurassic Park
1:02:20 - The Lost World: Jurassic Park
1:15:59 - Jurassic Park III
1:25:09 - Jurassic World
1:39:18 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
1:48:28 - Favourite film scores
In Episode 20 of The Film ‘89 Podcast we’re joined by cinephile extraordinaire, champion of the Blu-Ray format and physical media, frequent guest-host of the Wrong Reel Podcast, Criterion Cast and many more besides, Mr Dave Eaves. This episode we take the deep dive into the dizzying maelstrom of possession, deception and murder that is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece, Vertigo. Hailed by critics as one of the greatest films of all time, we examine the making of Vertigo, explore its themes and it’s impact on modern cinema. Plus we discuss our favourite Alfred Hitchcock films and answer the usual listener questions.
0:01:11 - Intro & discussion on film, streaming and the future of physical media
0:31:38 - Vertigo
1:32:34 - Favourite 5 Alfred Hitchcock films
1:38:36 - Listener Questions
In Episode 19 of The Film ‘89 Podcast we’re joined by a very special guest, England-based movie poster and key art illustrator Paul Shipper. Paul is one of the most talented artists working in the film industry with credits that include theatrical posters for such films as Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War, Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and many more. Paul has also created innumerable pieces of cover art for Blu-Ray releases from such esteemed labels as Arrow Video and Shout Factory. He’s produced artwork for the likes of Empire Magazine, Dolby Cinemas, The Star Wars Celebration, IDW Comics, HBO, AMC, Netflix, Anchor Bay, Muse, Intrada Records and many more. Paul discusses his two decades worth of experience as an illustrator, the methods he employs to create his stunning film art, his working relationships with major Hollywood studios, the famous movie poster artists who inspired him and whose work he most admires and his favourite classic as well as contemporary film posters. You can check out Paul’s work at www.paulshipperstudio.com
In the mothership sized 18th episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Neil and Skye are joined by a multi-talented movie savant who wears many dapper hats; co-host of the brilliant “I Don’t Get It Podcast”, a frequent co-host of Wrong Reel and the genius behind Twitter & Facebook’s Daily Cobra Commander, Mr Bill Scurry.
This episode the guys move away from film into the realm of television as they peel the latex face off one of the most beloved of all television miniseries, Kenneth Johnson’s ‘V’ and ‘V: The Final Battle’. They examine what makes V such an enduring piece of ‘80s event television and look at how it holds up 35 years later.
Returning to the show is the ever popular ‘Favourite 3’ segment. This week in keeping with the main topic it’s Favourite 3 TV miniseries and to top things off the guys answer your listener questions.
V: The Original Miniseries & V: The Final Battle - 0:19:12
Favourite 3 Television Miniseries - 1:53:58
Listener Questions - 2:31:26
In Episode 17 of the Film ‘89 Podcast, Skye and Steve are joined by arguably their most long-awaited guest co-host, James Hancock, the creator and host of the phenomenal Wrong Reel Podcast as well as his ever increasingly popular YouTube channel, ‘Geekin’ with James Hancock’. James and the guys take the deep dive on the fascinating behind the scenes story of one of Hollywood’s most notoriously difficult and prolonged productions, 20th Century Fox’s epic, audacious and totally out of control 1963 historical epic, ‘Cleopatra’. They look at the behind the scenes controversy surrounding this most tumultuous production as well as the off-screen scandal surrounding its stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and give their analysis of a film that nearly bankrupted one of Hollywood’s biggest studios. The story of how Cleopatra made it to the big screen is easily as fascinating as the larger than life characters the film portrays.
In Episode 16 of The Film ‘89 Podcast Neil and Skye are joined by filmmaker and host of the Flixwise Podcast and contributor to film89.co.uk, Martin Kessler for an in-depth discussion of the long-running action/science-fiction franchise that began in 1987 with director John McTiernan’s Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The guys examine what makes Predator such an enduring classic and discuss the sequels Predator 2, Predators and the cross-over Alien vs. Predator films. This all leads to the main review, Shane Black’s long-awaited fourth film in the main saga of the trophy hunting aliens, The Predator.
Predator (1987) - 0:02:27; Predator 2 (1990) - 0:46:09; AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) 1:06:51; Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) - 1:11:21; Predators (2010) - 1:17:23; Main review - The Predator (2018) - 1:28:39.
In Episode 15 of The Film ‘89 Podcast we’re joined by Gary Smart, producer, writer and director and founder of Dead Mouse Productions and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, creators of the definitive making-of documentaries, ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’ and ‘You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night’ along with original Fright Night director Tom Holland. Gary joins us to discuss the team’s latest forthcoming venture, the epic ‘RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop’. This incredibly in-depth look at the making of the 1987 action/science-fiction classic, it’s enduring legacy and subsequent sequels, involved the participation of over 90 members of the cast and crew including the film’s stars and legendary Dutch director, Paul Verhoeven. Gary hopes it to be the definitive chronicle of the making of this beloved classic, a favourite amongst the Film ‘89 team.
In the giant 14th Episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Neil, Richie & Skye discuss Disney’s controversial removal of director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 and Sir Patrick Stewart’s recent announcement that he’s to return to his most iconic TV role, Jean Luc Picard; the main review is Peyton Reed and Marvel Studios’ latest entry to the MCU, Ant-Man & The Wasp; they discuss their favourite movie trilogies and answer yet more of your listener questions. Enjoy!
James Gunn - 02:59; Patrick Stewart - 18:59; Main Review - Ant-Man & The Wasp - 25:11; 3 Favourite Trilogies - 1:12:50; Listener Questions - 1:59:41.