In Episode 51 of the Film ’89 Podcast, Haydn is joined by returning co-host John Arminio of Comix Connection to discuss the impact of two of the most revered animated superhero films ever made. Separated by 25 years, 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have considerable stylistic differences but what they have in common is that both are brilliant adaptations of their respective characters. One film portrays the dark and brooding Gotham City, the other a bright and colourful New York City but both films give proper dues to the heart of their respective characters and are both brilliantly written films with stellar vocal performances. Haydn and John go in-depth in this loving retrospective analysis of these two landmark animated comic book adaptations.
There was an unforeseen technical issue during the recording of this episode that rendered a significant portion of John’s audio unusable. Every effort was made to restore it to an acceptable level but we apologise for the general dip in sound quality on this episode and can assure you that any Gremlins have since been suitably expunged from John’s recording equipment.
Episode 50 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is a milestone not only for being our half century episode, but it’s also the first time that all five founding members of film89.co.uk have appeared together on an episode. As it’s a special episode we’ll be taking our listeners away from the woes of 2020 and back in time 30 years to the summer of 1990. That particular year in film is one that’s very special to us. The roster of films released theatrically in 1990 was huge with numerous films released which would go on to become all-time classics, films such as Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, Kevin Costner’s revisionist western, Dances With Wolves and Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. But aside from that, 1990 saw more sequels to mainstream films released than any other year. The summer season was particularly packed with sequels such as Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, RoboCop 2, Die Hard 2, The Exorcist III and more. Later on that year we had Rocky V, Predator 2 and The Godfather Part III. These are but a few of the 50+ films that Haydn, Richie, Neil, Steve and Skye talk about in-depth in this packed episode, a nostalgic trip back in time to the Summer of Sequels.
In Episode 49 of the Film ’89 Podcast, our resident comic book creator Haydn Spurrell is joined by returning co-host and fellow comic book expert, John Arminio of Comix Connection, to discuss in-depth one of their favourite comic book creations, John Constantine. Star of DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book series and the creation of legendary comic book writer, Alan Moore, John Constantine is a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. In 2005 the character became the focus of a big screen adaptation from director Francis Lawrence. A star vehicle for Keanu Reeves, the film featured brilliant turns from Peter Stormare as Lucifer, Tilda Swinton as the Archangel Gabriel and Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite and went on to gross over $230 million worldwide. The guys explore in-depth the origins of the character, his successful film adaptation and much more. Plus they give their overview of some of their favourite comic book creations, past and present.
Episode 48 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is released on the day of the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the Film ‘89 Team’s all-time favourite films, The Empire Strikes Back. This second instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga is regarded by many as the best film in the long running film franchise. In an episode that’s been high on the Film ‘89 dream list of films to cover on the podcast since it began, Neil, Richie and Skye go in-depth in a huge episode dedicated solely to this remarkable film as they discuss the behind the scenes making-of Empire, as well as a detailed breakdown of the story and the coming together of some incredible filmmaking talent to create a sequel regarded by many as one of the greatest films ever made.
In Episode 47 of The Film ’89 Podcast, John Arminio and Bill Scurry are joined by friend of Film ’89 and established podcaster and hardcore cinephile, Matthias Van Der Roest making his guest-host debut as he and the guys dissect, discuss and celebrate director Michael Mann’s 1986 film, Manhunter. An adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ book, Red Dragon, Manhunter marks the first big screen appearance of Harris’ now legendary serial killer, Doctor Hannibal Lecktor, played brilliantly by Brian Cox. But Lecktor isn’t the main focus here as Former F.B.I. Profiler Will Graham tracks a brutal serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy, played to chilling effect by Tom Noonan. With a great supporting cast including Joan Allen, Dennis Farina and Stephen Lang, Manhunter is a prime exemplar of Mann’s taught direction and unique visual style.
In Episode 46 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve and Skye are joined by guest co-host Stephen Simpson of the Pop Culture Gamers Podcast. Stephen is an expert in film scores and film composers and has amassed a huge collection of film score vinyl over the years so is the ideal guest to discuss a true legend of film and television, composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith’s work has been discussed more than that of any other film composer on Film ‘89 and his career spanned six decades before his passing in 2004. Throughout his career he composed iconic scores for countless television shows and films that are widely regarded as some of the all-time greats. His phenomenal body of work includes The Twilight Zone, The Man From Uncle, Planet of the Apes, Patton, The Omen, Alien, and numerous Star Trek films and television shows to name but a few. He’s composed scores for directors such as Robert Wise, Howard Hawks, Franklin J. Schaffner, Otto Preminger, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Sam Peckinpah and many more. Without doubt one of the true masters of his art, Goldsmith’s incredible legacy is celebrated in this bumper episode.
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We’re hoping that Episode 45 of The Film ‘89 Podcast will be a soothing balm to the soul in these troubling times we find ourselves in. With much of the world in lockdown and sports of all kind cancelled, we’ve decided to take a look back at director Phil Alden Robinson’s beloved 1989 baseball themed film, Field of Dreams. Far more than a mere sports drama, Field of Dreams is a heart warming, magical and deeply romantic tale of familial redemption and reunification, passion and longing for a bygone era and of course a shared love of one of America’s most cherished sports. Taking you on this journey are Steve Amos and John Arminio as they give their analysis of not just Field of Dreams, but some of their favourite films about the sport of baseball. Sport may be on hold but we hope you find this episode to be a welcome escape from the real world troubles we find ourselves in as you immerse yourself in our celebration of one of the most beloved and moving sports dramas of all-time.
Field of Dreams - 0:07:07
Baseball Films Discussion - 0:49:49
A wise man once said, “art is whatever we do when we’re not focussed on survival”. Well that wise sage was none other than frequent Film ’89 Podcast guest-host and contributor to film89.co.uk, Mr Bill Scurry. Bill joins Neil & Skye for an episode that’s very much a departure from the norm, something quite different to what our listeners are used to but then these aren’t normal circumstances that we find ourselves in as the world is gripped by a deadly pandemic that’s brought life as we know it grinding to a halt. We had big plans for Episode 44 which were scuppered by the outbreak of Coronavirus, but in it’s place we felt compelled to tackle this unprecedented global and geopolitical situation head-on. We discuss all aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affected us personally and try to offer some common sense advice and support. We discuss how the film and television industry have been adversely affected by the outbreak and how we feel the situation might change going forward. But rest assured, we do delve into the kind of topics around which the podcast was built as we discuss the recent series, Star Trek: Picard, as well as the many films that we likely now won’t be able to see in the cinema any time soon. As the world succumbs to panic and strife, we hope to inject at least a bit of normalcy back into our followers’ ears and assure you all that normal service shall resume soon. Stay safe loyal listeners and look after each other.
In Episode 43 of The Film ’89 Podcast, Skye is joined by returning co-hosts, Bill Scurry and John Arminio as they go all nostalgic for arguably their most beloved childhood franchise, The Transformers. The guys explore the genesis of the famous and innovative toy line, its accompanying animated TV series and the 1986 theatrical animated film, Transformers: The Movie which emotionally scarred an entire generation with its callous offing of innumerable beloved and long established characters. Featuring a stellar cast of vocal talent including Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles, the film is given the usual passionate and in-depth analysis you’ve come to expect from the Film ’89 Team. And there’s even more great content as John plays quiz-master as he pits Skye and Bill head-to-head in a Transformers trivia challenge to test their knowledge of the robots in disguise.
In Episode 42 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Skye is joined by a man who is now Film ‘89’s official Californian representative as well as a boxing expert, cinephile and all-round gentleman, Mr Jacob Rivera as they give their in-depth and spoiler-filled review of director Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed, Golden Globe winning and multi-Oscar nominated WWI film, 1917. They also give their rundown of their all-time favourite depictions of war in film and television with the usual input from their fellow film writers, Film Twitter friends and of course, you, our listeners.
Main Review: 1917 - 0:03:04
Favourite War Films - 0:47:58