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.
Episode 13 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is the second of our two-part celebration of the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s seminal 2008 masterpiece, The Dark Knight. Having given an overview and analysis of The Dark Knight Trilogy in the previous episode, this time Skye and Neil concentrate solely on the second film and give their in-depth analysis of it by way of an audio commentary. You can listen to the episode whilst watching your own copy or just listen to the guys dissect this amazing comic book movie/crime drama as a regular episode. Enjoy!
Episode 12 of the Film ’89 Podcast is the first of a special two-part celebration of the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s seminal 2008 masterpiece, The Dark Knight. Skye is at long last joined from Melbourne, Australia by Film ’89’s very own Haydn Spurrell. As well as having recently published his own comic book, Chimera, Haydn is a huge DC Comics fan and in this first part the guys take the deep dive on the films that form Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy; Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). They explore both the origins of and making of the films, their themes and Nolan’s unique approach to adapting these iconic characters to the big screen as well as the huge impact this stunning trilogy had on not just the comic book movie genre, but on the world of film as a whole.
In Episode 11 of the Film ’89 Podcast, Skye is joined by Mark O’Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan, to discuss his new book, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg & Us. Mark discusses his love of a very special period of film from roughly 1975 - 1984 and the hugely influential films from this era of summer blockbusters. Films such as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Poltergeist, Gremlins, Ghostbusters and many more from the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Richard Donner, Joe Dante and more are discussed along with Mark’s love of the merchandise that so defined this era, in particular Kenner’s legendary 3.75” Star Wars figures. Mark also discusses the VHS era and answers both questions from the Film ’89 Crew as well as your own listener questions.
1:07:30 Listener Questions
In Episode 10 of The Film ’89 Podcast, Skye, Steve Amos and Jim Cottle give their in-depth analysis and spoiler-filled verdict on Solo: A Star Wars Story. They discuss their favourite movie characters and answer the usual listener questions. Plus, don’t miss our on-going contest to win a guest spot on the podcast discussing the film or TV show of your choice. Like, subscribe, leave us a review, but most importantly, enjoy.
Main Review - Solo: A Star Wars Story - 0:01:28
Favourite Movie Characters - 1:03:50
Listener Questions - 1:28:00
In Episode 9 of The Film ’89 Podcast, Skye, Neil and Jim discuss YouTube Red’s new show Cobra Kai, their follow-up to the ‘80s classic The Karate Kid; the main review is 20th Century Fox’s R-Rated comic book sequel, Deadpool 2; the lads discuss their all-time favourite science-fiction films and they answer the usual listener questions. Also, they reveal a new contest where the prize is a rare opportunity for podcast fans to… let’s just say prizes like this aren’t given away very often. Enjoy!
Cobra Kai - 6:10
Main Review - Deadpool 2 - 17:38
Favourite Science-Fiction films - 59:21
Listener Questions - 1:53:20.
Episode 8 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is something of a departure from the regular format of the show as Skye and Steve Amos provide an audio commentary to one of the most beloved of all Hollywood classics, Casablanca. Skye and Steve go in-depth into the history of the film’s production, offer behind the scenes trivia and discuss the themes and impact of this truly iconic movie. Listen to it whilst watching your copy of the film or without, either way we’re sure you’ll enjoy this passionate discussion of the film that nabbed Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director and currently sits at No.2 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films.