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.
In Episode 25 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve and Skye are joined by a very special guest co-host, the founder of and writer for The Pink Smoke, John Cribbs, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of their all-time favourite films, the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy vehicle, The ‘Burbs. The ‘Burbs’ director is also the subject of this episode’s Favourite 3 segment as the guys discuss their favourite Joe Dante films.
The ‘Burbs - 0:05:20
Favourite 3 Joe Dante films - 1:14:00
In a packed 24th episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Skye, Neil and Richie review the new Netflix comedy series After Life from comic/writer/actor Ricky Gervais, they give their in-depth analysis and verdict on the 21st film from Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel and in keeping with the theme of the mid-nineties-set, superhero spectacular, they discuss their three favourite films from 1995.
Review - After Life - 0:01:15
Main Review - Captain Marvel - 0:33:14
Favourite 3 Films of 1995 - 1:43:41
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