On Episode 40 of The Film ’89 Podcast, Steve is joined by his close friend and Film ’89 contributor, Tony Sower to give their in-depth and spoiler-filled analysis of director Martin Scorsese’s long awaited film adaptation of author Charles Brandt’s novel, I Heard You Paint Houses. Retitled, The Irishman, the 26th full length feature film from Scorsese is also his longest film to date and is also a first in that it’s primary form of distribution after a limited theatrical run is via the streaming service Netflix who financed the film after several Hollywood studios turned Scorsese down. This sprawling tale of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and his friendship with Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa spans several decades and stars screen legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
Episode 39 of The Film ’89 Podcast is a very special one as Steve and Skye interview two-time Oscar winning visual effects supervisor, Phil Tippett. Phil is a true legend in the field of visual effects, having specialised in creature design and character animation as well as being a director and producer whose contribution to film will be held in the same regard as the likes of Willis O’Brien, Dick Smith, Rick Baker, Douglas Trumbull, Jim Henson, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Rob Bottin, Stuart Freeborn and of course, the great Ray Harryhausen. He was an integral part of George Lucas’ original Star Wars Trilogy having worked on the cantina creatures and holographic chess sequence on the Millennium Falcon in 1977’s Star Wars, he animated the Tauntauns and Imperial Walkers from the incredible battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, he populated Jabba’s palace with all manner of weird and wonderful creatures in Return of the Jedi, he’s worked on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, he breathed life into the iconic ED-209 from RoboCop, he then brought to life the titular monster from RoboCop 2, and was co-producer on and responsible for the incredible blending of practical, model and computer generated SFX on Starship Troopers and that’s to name but a few in a career that’s seen him win numerous accolades and awards including two Academy Awards for his incredible work on Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park. Phil talks about his amazing career in film as well as the influence of the great Ray Harryhausen. On top of this, Steve and Skye go on to discuss their favourite visual effects sequences in film with the usual contributions from our listeners.
Interview with Phil Tippett - 0:03:00
Favourite Visual Effects Sequences - 0:45:26
Episode 38 of The Film ‘89 Podcast celebrates both one of horror’s most respected authors, Stephen King as well as one of cinema’s most revered auteur directors, the late, great Stanley Kubrick as Steve and Skye wrap up warm, pack the snowcat and head off to the remote Overlook Hotel for an in-depth discussion of Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of King’s 1977 novel, The Shining. The guys discuss the friction between author and director over the changes Kubrick made to King’s story and the different angle from which the film approaches King’s tale of a young boy with special abilities and his family falling apart around him, helped by the interference of malevolent supernatural forces. Kubrick’s meticulous direction is examined in detail as well as his utter insistence on achieving the perfect takes and shots, an aspect of his approach to filmmaking that caused the production to run way over schedule. The guys also look at the impact and continuing legacy of Kubrick’s remarkable film.
This all leads to the main review this episode as horror director Mike Flanagan takes on the monumental task of adapting King’s literary sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. As well as adapting King’s mammoth 2013 tome, Flanagan also has to bridge the gap between King’s work and Kubrick’s 1980 film. Can Flanagan pull off the unthinkable and deliver a film that satisfies both fans of King’s books and Kubrick’s film? Moreover, is he able to create a film that can hold its own against Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece? The guys go all-in and spoiler-filled as they discuss in detail the plot of Doctor Sleep, its cast, its technical achievements and many twists and turns.
The Shining - 0:02:55
Doctor Sleep - 0:53:51
In Episode 37 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Neil and Skye discuss the long running Terminator franchise that began in 1984 with James Cameron’s breakout action/sci-fi classic and has since spawned no less than 5 sequels, the latest of which is the Tim Miller directed, Terminator: Dark Fate, which sees Linda Hamilton return to the iconic role of Sarah Connor. Also returning is Arnold Schwarzenegger in a new story by Cameron himself. Will this latest instalment live up to the great legacy of Cameron’s first two Terminator films? Tune in for our spoiler-filled review. And after that, the guys also answer some of your listener questions.
Main Review - Terminator: Dark Fate - 0:25:11
Listener Questions - 1:24:18
In Episode 36 of the Film ‘89 Podcast, Richie, Haydn and Skye go all-in on a spoiler-filled review of Warner Bros’ latest adaptation of a DC Comics property, director Todd Phillips’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. Since it’s debut at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Best Film, Joker is a movie that has been the subject of much controversy with its themes of society’s ill-treatment of people with mental health issues, it’s anti-hero stance on vigilante violence and it’s overt social commentary, Joker is a comic-book adaptation like few others. On top of that the guys also answer some of your listener questions.
Listener Questions - 1:20:12
In Episode 35 of The Film ‘89 Podcast we go all out action as we explore in-depth, one of the most beloved franchises of the 1980s and beyond. Starting with the taut 1982 film, First Blood, Neil and Richie take a razor sharp Bowie knife to this classic Sylvester Stallone action-thriller. Next up is the 1985 sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part II, followed by Rambo III in 1988. The franchise was resurrected in the form of 2008’s über violent third sequel, simply titled, Rambo which leads us to the main review this episode, the newly released, Rambo: Last Blood which is given the full spoiler-filled treatment. So tie that red headband, lock and load, and get ready for the ultimate rundown of the Rambo franchise.
First Blood (1982) - 0:04:25
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) - 1:05:31
Rambo III (1988) - 1:33:55
Rambo (2008) - 1:54:15
Main Review - Rambo: Last Blood (2019) - 2:14:11
Episode 34 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is our biggest episode yet as we dive headlong into an in-depth celebration and analysis of a classic western that’s celebrating its 60th anniversary, Howard Hawks’ much loved 1959 film, Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson. We discuss the genesis of the film - a response by Hawks to the 1952 Gary Cooper western, High Noon. We explore the film’s themes, discuss its great cast and compare it to other westerns from an era when it was the dominant genre in both film and television. Joining us in this mammoth discussion is author of the brilliant book, Scored To Death: Conversations with some of Horror’s Greatest Composers, and host of numerous podcasts including the wonderful Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, Mr J. Blake Fichera. Also joining us is returning co-host and the newest member of the Film ‘89 writing team, our good friend, John Arminio. But that’s not all. As well as westerns we’ll be going dark as we discuss our all time favourite horror films in by far our biggest favourites segment so far. So sit back, relax and enjoy this bumper sized episode of your favourite movie and television podcast and please don’t forget to leave us an iTunes review.
Rio Bravo - 0:11:23
Favourite Horror Films - 1:10:36
Episode 33 of the Film ‘89 Podcast is a celebration of the films of Quentin Tarantino as we provide the most in-depth (and therefore spoiler-filled) analysis of a single film that Film ‘89 have covered so far as Neil and Skye are joined by the phenomenally talented film poster and key film art illustrator, Tony Stella. The film in question is of course Tarantino’s love letter to the film industry, Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood. The film has received much critical praise but like many of Tarantino’s films has been the subject of some controversy. The guys leave no stone unturned discussing everything from Bruce Lee to the dozens of hidden and not so hidden Easter eggs that keen cinephiles will no doubt have a blast finding in the film. The guys also discuss where the new film fits (if at all) on their list of favourite Tarantino films with the usual input from our listeners who’ve submitted their own lists. We hope you agree that our guest host’s incredible knowledge of and passion for film makes this one of our most entertaining and informative episodes so far.
Review - Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood: 0:03:26
Favourite Quentin Tarantino films: 1:49:08
Episode 32 of The Film ’89 Podcast is a loving celebration of 45 years of one of the defining modern examples of the film-noir, Roman Polanski’s 1974 crime thriller mystery, Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. Joining Steve and Skye to discuss his all-time personal favourite film is returning guest host and founder and co-host of the brilliant ‘I Don’t Get It’ Podcast, the venerable Mr Bill Scurry. Bill brings with him is insatiable passion for and knowledge of film to assist in the analysis of what makes Chinatown such an enduring classic and one of the most revered films of the 1970s. In this episodes’ ‘Favourites’ segment, the genre up for discussion is that of the film-noir as the guys go through their picks from a genre replete with timeless classics as well as reading out the requested listener picks and recommendations.
Favourite Film-noir - 1:15:44
In this bumper sized double issue (episode) of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Richie, Neil and Skye are joined by the winner of last year’s Film ’89 contest, Chris Beynon, who is claiming his prize of a guest-host spot on the show. Chris has gone to the trouble of coming all the way to us to record in person as we give you not one, but two in-depth, spoiler-filled reviews of two of the summer’s biggest films. First up is Disney Pixar’s fourth entry in their long running and beloved Toy Story series, Toy Story 4. Can the creative geniuses behind the previous three films continue their near perfect run or is this a sequel too far? Next up is Marvel Studios’ second collaboration with Sony Pictures and the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film post Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Can Marvel Studios deliver the goods after Endgame brought things to such a satisfying conclusion and how does the film deal with that film’s game-changing events as well as paving the way for a new saga of the MCU? Hit play to find out. Enjoy, recommend us to your friends, and please leave us an iTunes review.
Toy Story 4 - 0:02:48
Spider-Man: Far From Home - 0:43:55