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Broken English Films

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Broken English Films' official podcast series discussing our various current, future and past Broken English productions with additional comments on life and movies along the way.
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Going back into theatres to watch movies? Remaking "Utopia" and "The Office" and of course, some Netflix - Broken English Podcast
Hugo and Bola discuss how the movie theatre going experience has been going and do we want to see "Tenet" in theatres again... Have you guys gone in to watch?  The two talk about the recreation of "Utopia" from its British show to an Amazon Prime original and how titles and shows in the same language should/shouldn't necessarily need an American remake if they're in the same language. Hugo and Bola also debate foreign films being remade and whether that's from inspiration or a lack of original creativity. They touch on the remakes of "The Office" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" as well as Hugo's lack of love for hand-held shots versus Bola's love of them. We also touch on Criterion and of course we have to talk about Netflix. Because everyone does. Stay tuned for Broken English Films productions coming before the year's end. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
59:48
September 6, 2020
Blade Runner 2049, underrated movies, "The Batman," Oliver Stone, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - The Broken English Podcast
Hugo and Bola discuss underrated movies, particularly because Bola's disappointed more people didn't gravitate towards the epic Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049" and the two elaborate on what quantifies an underrated movie. Is it public reception or box office dollars? What is actually a movie flop? Hugo again cites "Stardust" as an underrated movie that should have been more successful. Are opinions subjective or are those apart from Bola's and Hugo's simply wrong? "Constantine," "Road House," cult films and more. They also discuss the possibilities of film financing nowadays versus yesteryear, in part inspired by Oliver Stone's recently released memoir "Chasing The Light." Stay tuned for Broken English Film productions coming fall 2020 and beyond. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
1:01:25
August 30, 2020
Actors, Directors & Artists in general - come to set prepared. Jurassic World Dominion and more - The Broken English Podcast
Hugo goes off on a rant praising actors who take their craft seriously and slamming those that come unprepared. Bola, a more seasoned actor, responds from the actor's perspective. They also attribute the same responsibilities to directors and other crew members that are either unprepared or don't know what they want. Essentially, listening to this podcast is listening to filmmakers complain, which may well be your thing today. Hopefully. They also discuss the recently released Pandemic production guide released to help Jurassic Park World: Dominion get underway again, shooting in England and the similar efforts being made where they're based in British Columbia. Stay tuned for Broken English Film productions coming before the year's end. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
47:09
August 23, 2020
Tenet is released, AMC charging 15 cents for tickets, Mulan on VOD, The Matrix transgender message and more - The Broken English Podcast
In this week's podcast Hugo and Bola discuss the fact that Warner Brothers have been relentless in wanting to release "Tenet" and have finally done so in the UK soon it'll be in North America too. AMC Theatres are selling tickets for 15 cents to lure people back in. 2020 tickets at 1920 prices? "Mulan" is coming to video-on-demand via Disney+ for $30. Is it worth it? They also speak about how bad 2018's "The Predator" was including set insights. The siblings that wrote and directed the films, The Wachowskis, revealed "The Matrix" was originally conceived as a gender allegory with an identity message revolving around the pills. Neither are overly familiar, but they speak about John Wick's sequels and David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" (surprisingly not available on Netflix Canada, Amazon Prime video Canada or Canada's Google Play store at the time of publishing this), Paul Thomas Anderson and how underrated Michael Mann is. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
59:12
August 16, 2020
Yes, COVID-19 and its impact on the film industry again. "Tenet" being delayed. "The Jesus Rolls" Sang-ho Yeon's "Peninsula" and its box office success
Yes, we're talking again about COVID-19 and its impact on the film industry. "Tenet" being delayed. "The Jesus Rolls" Sang-ho Yeon's "Peninsula" and its box office success . Hugo and Bola discuss (prior to the actual confirmation that "Tenet" has been indefinitely delayed) the likelihood and prospect of "Tenet" being delayed and how the movie watching experience is on hold. We also touch on the recent success of Sang-ho Yeon's "Peninsula," the follow up to the hugely successful Korean zombie thriller/horror "Train To Busan." As well as the disappointing "The Big Lebowski" spin-off, "The Jesus Rolls." They also discuss the thrill and fun of renting from physical stores when shops like "Blockbuster video" existed.  Hugo remembers and reminisces over perusing titles and links it to the experience in browsing albums, whereas Bola didn't quite get into that aspect of physical media  in the same manner.  Surprisingly Broken English Films productions are busy despite COVID. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
55:55
July 26, 2020
Tom Cruise gets a COVID pass? The Last of Us II's rabid fans and more - The Broken English Films Podcast
Tom Cruise gets a COVID pass? Apparently. Hugo and Bola discuss the UK allowing A-list actors, crew and their entourage being allowed easier access to the UK without quarantining like every other American entering the country. The justifications behind that ruling and whether it makes sense or not. They also discuss the deluded passions and insanity of rabid fans when it comes to the art they love, in particular referencing a voice actress that has received threats on her life because of the character she voices in "The Last of Us Part II." We touch upon the disappointments that "Game of Thrones" brought and briefly on how great "Homeland" is. As well as "The Naked Director," "Athlete A" and "Unsolved Mysteries." We also speak about Bizzy Bone and Bone Thugs N' Harmony for a bit. Oh, and Ghislaine Maxwell. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
54:40
July 19, 2020
How do film and tv work in the COVID era? Cineworld, Cineplex, Castaway, Covid and President Kanye West?
In this episode of the Broken English Films podcast, Hugo and Bola discuss the Cineplex/Cineworld issues with the rescinded takeover by Cineworld of Cineplex (for billions) cancelled during COVID due to their excessive debt. Why that makes sense and why it doesn't, plus whether there is still value in cinemas during this current time. Also it's clear there are productions now underway and being prepped and planned. How do film and tv work in the COVID era? We also touch upon how the movie "Castaway" still stands the test of time being watched by Hugo for the first time in 2020. Plus the prospect of a President Kanye West, how "great" that might be and Adam Sandler in "Uncut Gems." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
56:05
July 12, 2020
A discussion on race in film and the delaying/opening of movie theatres - The Broken English Podcast
Hugo and Bola debate the race question in movies and television in today's current climate. The removal of "Gone With The Wind" from streaming services, "30 Rock" and "Little Britain" having episodes or even the entire show retired and the retiring of Jenny Slate from "Big Mouth" portraying a young black girl and Mike Henry stepping down from his voice over role playing Cleveland Brown on "Family Guy" and the "Cleveland Show." The two also discuss "Tenet" and "Mulan" and the idea that studios and cinemas are trying to open up and bring audiences back to theatres while COVID-19 still hasn't fully left. We're easing into learning how to livestream our podcasts and broadcast the video versions remotely from one another. But we'll get there, we assure you. We hope. Or will. Um. Will. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
1:01:30
July 5, 2020
Do nostalgia and timing play a big role in a film's success? And Woody Allen, Apropos of nothing.
Hugo and Bola discuss how much of a role nostalgia plays in a film's relevance and worth in culture. How much is it due to the current cultural temperature and how much is it solely the quality of the film itself. Of course we have to reference "The Godfather" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," because they go hand in hand. We also debate whether it's the age when you watch something and how that affects someone's opinion.  Quentin Tarantino's "One Upon A Time In Hollywood" also gets some mentioning and how it was watching the film in theatres for the first time versus now. Even "Howard The Duck" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" get honourable mentions. We also discuss Woody Allen and his wonderful biography "Apropos of Nothing." How he remains a controversial figure despite the findings of various officiating bodies is still baffling. But I guess in today's climate, guilt by accusation has become acceptable. The subject matter is not light in this regard, and it's hard to say for certain what the truth is, but what can we as outsiders build our opinions on apart from the information available?  Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
51:20
June 29, 2020
Broken English Productions? What's in a name?
We just discovered that another group are trying to launch a production company with the name Broken English, a name that we've had since 2008. Last we checked, unfortunately, it's 2020. Times may have changed in a lot of ways in the world, but I'm fairly certain that intellectual property and brand recognition haven't all that much in North America. Maybe I'm wrong. We certainly don't believe so.  It seems this other company are also unaware that we've been operating in French countries under the name "Les films d'Anglais Approximatif" and in Spanish countries under "Películas de Inglés Quebrado." Not too hard to do your research. Hugo and Bola discuss the notion the fact that they discovered the brand is being misappropriated as well as COVID-19's impact on the film industry and two recent hit documentaries, "The Last Dance" and "Filthy Rich." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
42:11
June 21, 2020
Is the movie Cats a flop already? Should you bother with film reviews? Also, there was a film released about The Joker
Hugo and Bola discuss the "Cats" movie trailer and the negative responses surrounding both it and its subsequent reviews. They also talk about the merits of movie reviews and whether they're helpful to the audience or simply impinge upon an unfiltered impression of a film before you've even taken the time to watch it. They also reflect on how hype impacts movies and in particular, "The Joker." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
46:08
December 29, 2019
How worthwhile are movie scores and soundtracks? The Watchmen TV show, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Danny Elfman, Jeff Russo, Hans Zimmer, Gustavo Santaolalla... Do they really add anything?
This time around we're discussing movie scores and soundtracks. From Jurassic Park to the Watchmen TV series, even touching on Diana King and her hit on the "Bad Boys" soundtrack. There's also a comment or two about Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Danny Elfman, Jeff Russo, Hans Zimmer, Gustavo Santaolalla and many more. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
50:55
December 22, 2019
The Broken English Podcast on the Ruptured TV Series, Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story"
In this podcast Hugo discusses the Montréal based end of the world TV show, Ruptured. What inspired it, how long and where it was written and the history of the name Broken English/Broken English Films. He also talks about Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" as well as touching on Disney+ and Apple TV+. Also, apparently Martin Scorsese is meeting with Disney head Bob Iger in response to his comments about Marvel cinema. Hopefully Marty's bringing his heavies, he should know gangster meeting lore by now. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? Ruptured TV show season 1 writing playlist: 1. Rough Sleeper - Burial 2. Everything Is Violence - Lorn 3. Get Free - Major Lazer 4. Mystery Cloud - STRFKR 5. Troubleman - Electric Guest 6. Roads - Portishead 7. The North - Stars 8. Merry Happy - Kate Nash 9. The heart asks pleasure first/The promise - Michael Nyman 10. Talk Show Host - Radiohead 11. Riverside - Agnes Obel 12. Parade - Rone 13. Warm Shadow (Dactyl Remix) - The Walking Dead Soundtrack - Fink 14. Cloudlight - Instrumental - Eskmo 15. Straight Off the D.I.C. (Instrumental) - Cannibal Ox 16. Goodbye My Love - Tyler Bates 17. Don't Slow Down - Matt and Kim 18. Ho Hey - The Lumineers 19. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 20. Pray For Rain - Massive Attack 21. Plague - Crystal Castles 22. Used to Love U - John Legend 23. Hope There's Someone - Antony and the Johnsons 24. Nakt - Rone 25. Finality (4th Movement) - The Roots 26. Citizen of Glass - Instrumental - Agnes Obel 27. New Ways - Daughter 28. 174 Hours - Jeff Russo 29. Time Is The Enemy - Quantic 30. brot - Ólafur Arnalds 31. Unlive (Dream Koala Rework) - Superpoze
24:59
December 15, 2019
Film Stand Ins? Did any TV shows actually end well? Why are we talking about Netflix yet again?
We're talking about Netflix again because in 2019, who isn't? But more so because of their decision to purchase the Paris Theater in Manhattan, New York. The Paris Theater is a single screen cinema which Netflix has taken over to exclusively showcase some of their feature films like "Marriage Story."  Bola and Hugo also talk about stand ins, the position on set that both of them have performed many a time whereby the crew light and use another person while the actor rests and preps lines. Not only that, los dos hombres discuss the disappointing endings of shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Dexter" amongst others and whether skipping the introductory set up of a show is a good feature that Netflix have given to the world.  Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
54:27
December 8, 2019
The Eternal Sleep movie
Bola and Hugo discuss Hugo's screenplay and forthcoming film, "The Eternal Sleep." They also delve into what it means to dream, what dreams are and some personal experiences they've had in their own dreams. The Eternal Sleep's premise: Set in New York City in 2010, The Eternal Sleep straddles the questions of life after death and the moral choices individuals can make about their own lives. The film revolves around an eccentric neuroscientist trying to find out whether we can stay alive in our dreams if we die in our sleep. We all wonder what happens after the final closing of our eyelids, Dr. Jacquelyn Walsh is no different. The only thing that could separate her from your average person is rather than the traditional view most people have of death being a passage into another higher realm, Jacquelyn believes it's actually just a continuation we visit on a nightly basis. She claims to know that dreams are in actual fact eternal life and that we already know where heaven and our souls reside - our minds. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay? The writing playlist for The Eternal Sleep (available on Spotify) 1. Soul Music - Bonus Track - Blueprint 2. Springer Ambient - Live - Tosca 3. Ali & Matthias II - M83 4.  Blood - The Middle East 5. White Blank Page - Mumford & Sons 6. Vintern - Tvärvägen 7. Artificial Nocturne - Metric 8. Studio Suicide, 1980 - Tim Hecker 9. Islands - The xx 10. Subtle Art Of The Breakup Song - Cage 11. Holograms - M83  12. Vision - M83 13. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi - Edited Version - Kid Cudi 14. Recuerdos del Andar - Gustavo Santaolalla 15. Under Giant Trees - Agnes Obel 16. All I Want - Kodaline 17. Fivefold - Agnes Obel 18. Dr. Katz - Jeff Russo 19. Dead For Two Hours - Patrick Watson 20. Reyja - Ben Frost 21. N.Y. State of Mind - Nas 22. The Well - Lorn 23. Fairy Tale (Bonus Track) - Abel Korzeniowski 24. Session - Linkin Park
39:23
December 1, 2019
Cancel culture? Why the Terminator and Charlie's angels remakes/sequels flopped... And Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl
Bola and Hugo touch on the oddities with the Jeffrey Epstein "suicide" and Prince Andrew's responses as well as our views on what is now described as "cancel culture," its nuances and revisionist approaches to older television and cinema in the light of modern culture's evolution. There's also some praise given by Bola about Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl, a mixture of art, film and sculpture put on every November in the city. We also follow up on a previous discussion about reboots and remakes and why "Doctor Sleep," the new Terminator movie and the Charlie's Angels remake seem to have flopped. According to the movie's director, Elizabeth Banks, it's because males are unlikely to go see female led action films. Is that the case? Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
1:01:26
November 24, 2019
The Broken English Podcast on Movie Reboots, Film Remakes and Franchises, Movie Industry vs Business
Bola proclaims how sick he is about the modern trend of movie reboots, movie remakes and franchises as he and Hugo discuss aspects of the movie industry vs the movie business. They don't entirely agree... Also discussed is Hugo's disdain for laugh tracks and their view on the TV show "Package Deal." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
1:15:17
November 17, 2019
"Parasite" or Gisaengchung by Bong Joon-Ho and beyond...
On the same day Evo Morales steps down as Bolivian president (or so we hope) amidst ongoing turmoil and protests in the country, we discuss what we think of "Parasite" or "Gisaengchung" by Bong Joon-Ho and sewn effects/layers in writing screenplays as well as a respective writer's forethought into a production's initial steps. We also skate around discussing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why some films that should become hits don't and more. As always, check out brokenenglishfilms.com and keep your attention tuned into what we're doing next.
51:09
November 11, 2019
You've got to start somewhere... 'They' say.
So start in a trendy coffee shop in Vancouver, BC named "Breka bakery." A crowded place with good  coffee but one cash register and one espresso machine making you queue up to wait for your caffeine.  Eventually you'll receive it and can record your nostalgic trek into the physical media of your childhood and spend time pondering and complaining about the modern movie theatre experience. In this episode Hugo and Bola finally get the podcast underway, beginning the Broken English podcast.  Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
56:07
November 3, 2019