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
We’re not supposed to talk about Episode 30 of The Film ‘89 Podcast where we remove our shirts and shoes to celebrate the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher’s searing, controversial and hugely faithful adaptation of the acclaimed novel by author Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. This playfully subversive film defies categorisation and refuses to submit to genre convention. It’s Fincher at the absolute top of his game and is a film like no other. Joining us to dissect Fight Club is Jacob Rivera. Founder of JabHookBoxing.com, Jacob is also a frequent co-host of podcasts such as the Pound for Pound Boxing Report, Wrong Reel and many more. He’s also a writer here at Film ‘89 and makes his return to the podcast after his brilliant debut on our Special Christmas 2018 episode. Jacob is a huge Fincher fan so who better to help us discuss not only Fight Club, but also our Favourite David Fincher films.
Fight Club - 0:02:45
Favourite David Fincher Films - 1:27:00
On Episode 29 of The Film ‘89 Podcast we welcome back filmmaker, writer on film, prolific podcaster and the host of the brilliant Flixwise Canada Podcast, Martin Kessler. This episode we’ll be reviewing Season 5 of Netflix’s Black Mirror as well as giving an in-depth overview of the series in its entirety and, in keeping with a recurring theme on Black Mirror, we’ll be discussing our all-time favourite video games.
Black Mirror Season 5 and series overview - 0:05:45
Favourite Video Games - 1:16:32
For Episode 28 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, we’re boldly going somewhere we’ve never gone before on the show as we explore the long-running television and film phenomenon that is Star Trek and in particular it’s first big screen outing, director Robert Wise’s 1979 film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Joining us this episode are two of our favourite former guest hosts; filmmaker and co-host of the culturally invaluable I Don’t Get It Podcast, the ineffable Bill Scurry and Comix Connection’s John Arminio, a cinephile extraordinaire whose passion for and knowledge of film knows no frontier. We’ll be exploring the making of The Motion Picture for its 40th anniversary as well as discussing the 2001 Directors Edition where Wise’s film was given a significant editorial and cosmetic overhaul to address some of the time and budgetary constraints that prevented Wise making the film he wanted to back in ‘79. Plus we’ll also be discussing our 5 favourite Star Trek episodes.
Favourite 5 Star Trek Episodes - 1:29:00
Episode 27 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is dedicated entirely to Marvel Studios’ latest film, Avengers: Endgame. A movie this big, being the culmination of over 11 years worth of meticulously crafted long-form storytelling spread out over 22 films, is deserving of special attention as Neil, Skye and the Film ‘89 Team’s newest member, James Pearce, go in-depth to review and analyse in forensic detail this colossal cinematic achievement. We’ll be leaving no Infinity Stone left unturned as we lay bare the entire 3 hour epic so beware, this will be full of spoilers. We’ll also be answering some Marvel-centric questions from our listeners so sit back and enjoy this discussion by fans for the fans as the current iteration of the MCU draws to a close.
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In Episode 26 of The Film ’89 Podcast we’re joined by a very special guest host, from Comix Connection in Pennsylvania, he’s a frequent guest on esteemed Podcasts such as Wrong Reel and Hellbent for Horror to name but two and is a hugely knowledgeable cinephile and all-round top chap, it’s Mr John Arminio. John joins us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of director Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic, Apocalypse Now. Not only is Apocalypse Now one the most highly regarded war films ever made, it’s widely considered to be one of the greatest films of the 1970’s. John and Skye go in-depth to analyse the film, discuss it’s insanely troubled and extended shoot which led to the superb 1991 making-of documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which chronicles the infamous production woes of this classic film which was re-released in a much longer cut in 2001. Known as Apocalypse Now Redux, this longer version is also examined in detail.