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The Mark Hastings Experience

The Mark Hastings Experience

By Mark Hastings
Having always been a lover of both television and cinema since he was a child, Mark has spent his entire life marvelling at the wonder of the worlds, the characters, and the stories of both "the silver screen" and "the small screen" in films and TV shows from all around the world. Mark is a lover of memorable movies and television shows that leave their mark on their audience, because the stories that they tell and their characters are so compelling that it is no surprise that they are remembered so well. Mark loves sharing his experience of stories that need to be seen to be believed.
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Episode #20: "Nobody" (2021 film)

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Episode #33: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2013 American adventure comedy-drama film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" directed, co-produced by, and starring Ben Stiller. The second film adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", the story revolves around Walter Mitty, a negative assets manager at Life magazine who regularly daydreams adventures and who has a crush on a coworker named Cheryl Melhoff (played by Kristen Wiig), who gets sets off on a real life adventure around the world, walking in the footsteps of legendary photojournalist Sean O'Connell (played by Sean Penn) and in search his negative #25 which he describes as being the "quintessence of Life" and the most perfect photograph for the final issue of the print version of Life magazine.
01:00:38
October 13, 2021
Episode #32: "Squid Game" (TV series), a review
In this episode Mark does a *Spoiler* review of the critically acclaimed South Korean survival drama Netflix television series "Squid Game". The series centres on a contest in which 456 players, from all different walks of life but who each are deeply in debt, participate in a set of children's games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize - however the penalty for losing in a game is death, which leads to an intense experience for every player as they fight to stay alive and make it to the end of the game so that they can be the sole winner of the prize money.
01:19:48
October 11, 2021
Episode #31: "Free Guy" (2021 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American science fiction action comedy film "Free Guy" directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller, named Guy, who discovers that he is actually a non-player character in a open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story. The film also stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi.
55:12
October 7, 2021
Episode #30: "The Mark The Poet Experience" - Recent Poetry
In this episode Mark recites four of the most recent poems that he has written and he talks about what inspired him to write them, including his poem "Forté", "The Best of Us", "The Mark of New York", and "Back to the Theatre". You can read more of Mark's poetry on his website @ http://MarkThePoet.Me
44:55
October 5, 2021
Episode #29: "Constantine" (2005 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2005 American superhero horror film "Constantine" directed by Francis Lawrence. Based on the DC Comics' 'Hellblazer' comic book, the film stars Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a cynical exorcist with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form, who finds himself being drawn into the investigation of the death of a Los Angeles Police detective's sister and while doing so uncovers a conspiracy to unleash hell on Earth. The films also stars Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare.
01:10:21
October 4, 2021
Episode #28: "Brightburn" (2019 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2019 American superhero horror film "Brightburn" directed by David Yarovesky, written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, and produced by Jamed Gunn and Kenneth Huang. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner, and the plot follows Brandon Breyer, a young boy of extraterrestrial origin who grows up on Earth but comes to realize that he has superpowers.
54:15
September 29, 2021
Episode #27: "The Many Saints of Newark" (2021 film) *Spoilers*
In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American crime film "The Many Saints of Newark" directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner. A prequel to David Chase's HBO crime drama TV series "The Sopranos", the film stars Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Set in the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey, using the 1967 riots in the city as a backdrop for tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities, the film follows the teenage years of Tony Soprano in the midst of a violent gang war his uncle and family are involved in.
01:00:57
September 27, 2021
Episode #26: "You" (TV series) - Season 1, a review
In this episode Mark does a review of the first season of the American psychological thriller television series "You" developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the story follows the character of Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley), a New York bookstore manager and serial killer who falls in love with a customer, Guinevere Beck (played by Elizabeth Lail), and quickly develops an extreme, toxic, and delusional obsession with them.
41:18
September 24, 2021
Episode #25: "Frankenstein" (1931 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 1931 American science fiction horror film "Frankenstein" directed by James Whale, produced by Larmmle Jr., and adapted from 1927 play by the Peggy Webling, which in turn was based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel 'Frankenstien; or The Modern Prometheus'. The film stars Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, and Edward van Sloan.
47:54
September 22, 2021
Episode #24: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 teen comedy film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" written, co-produced, and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Mathew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, a high-school slacker who skips school for a day in Chicago, with Mia Sara and Alan Ruck.
56:36
September 21, 2021
Episode #23: "Collateral" (2004 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2004 American neo-noir thriller film "Collateral" directed by Michael Mann and starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Javier Bardem, and Bruce McGill. The story of the film centres around Max (played by Jamie Foxx), a cab driver in Los Angeles, and Vincent (Tom Cruise), a customer/hitman who offers Max a high fare for driving to several locations around the city as a way of carrying the contract killing of several targets indicted in a federal grand jury case.
41:40
September 20, 2021
Episode #22: "Steve Jobs" (2015 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2015 biographical drama film "Steve Jobs" directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. And Mark also reflects upon the lasting legacy of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
50:51
September 17, 2021
Episode #21: "Lucifer" (TV series) - Season 6, a review
In this episode Mark does a review of the sixth and final season of one of his favourite TV series, "Lucifer", which recently premiered and concluded on Netflix, starring Tom Ellis and Lauren German. And Mark also talks about what he enjoyed about the series as a whole, the cast, the characters, and whether the series ended in a satisfying way. *Spoilers within*
01:00:32
September 16, 2021
Episode #20: "Nobody" (2021 film)
In this episode Mark does a review of the 2021 American action thriller film "Nobody" directed by Ilya Naishuller and written by Derek Kolstad. The film stars Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell, a bored family man, who, after he and his family are robbed during a home invasion, finds himself returning to traits of his clandestine former life and enacting vengeance upon a Russian mobster. The film also stars Connie Nielsen, RZA, and Christopher Lloyd.
55:17
September 15, 2021
Episode #19: "The Matrix Resurrections" (2021 film) - trailer reaction
In this episode Mark gives his reaction to the first trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming film and fourth installment in "The Matrix" film series: "The Matrix Resurrections". And Mark talks about what "The Matrix" films mean to him and how they have influenced him.
21:55
September 10, 2021
Episode #18: "The Mark The Poet Experience" - Recent Poetry
In this episode Mark recites four of his most recent poems: "Same Language", "Why?", "The Runners and Riders", "Hello/Goodbye", and gives some personal insights into the inspiration for them.
26:24
September 9, 2021
Episode #17: "Happy Star Trek Day!"
In this episode Mark wishes a very happy birthday to his favourite television series and film franchise: 'Star Trek', created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered on the U.S. television station NBC on September 8, 1966, which has boldly grown to become a cultural phenomenon all around the world. Mark talks about what "Star Trek" means to him and what it is about the franchise that has kept him a fan of it since he was a child. And Mark also recites his poem "Beam me up!". Live Long and Prosper! 🖖
01:01:01
September 8, 2021
Episode #16: "Spider-Man" (2002 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2002 American superhero film "Spider-man" directed by Sam Raimi, starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-man/Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben, and Rosemary Harris as Aunt May.
01:01:01
September 4, 2021
Episode #15: "A Quiet Place, Part II" (2021 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2021 American horror film "A Quiet Place, Part II", the sequel to the 2018 film "A Quiet Place". The was written, produced, and directed by John Krasinski, who also appears in a flashback scene. The story continues to follow the Abbott as they attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by extraterrestrial creatures who a naturally blind but who have an acute sense of hearing. The film once again stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe, and sees Cillian Murphy join the cast as a fellow survivor who assists the Abbott family in their time of need.
53:55
August 31, 2021
Episode #14: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021 film) - storyline speculation *spoilers*
In this episode Mark talks about the first teaser trailer released for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Spider-man: No Way Home" starring Tom Holland as Spider-man/Peter Parker and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Mark speculates about what the storyline of the film might be, based upon the storylines from Marvel Comics.
29:08
August 26, 2021
Episode #13: "Parks and Recreation" (TV series) - Season 1, review
In this episode Mark does a review of the first season of the American political satire mockumentary sitcom television series "Parks and Recreation" and he talks about the actors, the characters, and the things about the series that he loves.
18:36
August 25, 2021
Episode #12: "Mission: Impossible 7" (2022 film) - Birmingham Bullring, UK, filming *Spoilers*
In this episode Mark recounts watching a scene being filmed from "Mission: Impossible 7", which is due to be released in 2022, which was being filmed in the Birmingham Bullring/Grand Central train-station in Birmingham, UK. *Spoilers*
18:56
August 24, 2021
Episode #11: "Dead Poets Society" (1989 Film) review + talking poetry
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1989 American teen drama film "Dead Poets Society" written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir, and starring Robin Williams. And Mark also talks about what poetry means to him and how blessed he feels to be a poet and an author of poetry.
47:09
August 23, 2021
Episode #10: "Field of Dreams" TV adaptation? *TV News*
In this episode Mark talks about the recent announcement of a TV adaptation of one of Mark's films, "Field of Dreams" (1989) directed by Phil Alden Robinson - which itself was an motion picture adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe". The story of "Field of Dreams" is about a farmer in Iowa who builds a baseball field in in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Chicago Black Sox. Considering the original 1989 film is considered a classic to fans, cinephiles, and baseball enthusiasts around the world, Mark asks whether the television adaptation being developed by Michael Schur for the streaming service Peacock needs to be made and whether people will be drawn to watch it.
32:07
August 18, 2021
Episode #9: "What if...?" - Ep. 1: "What if... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger"
In this episode Mark does a review of the first episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ television series: "What if...?" - Episode #1: "What if... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger".
30:60
August 17, 2021
Episode #8: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" (TV series) - Episodes 14-16: a review
In this episode Mark talks about episodes 14, 15 and 16 - the penultimate episodes of Season One - of the animated Disney+ television series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch". *Spoilers*
43:16
August 16, 2021
Episode #7: "Jolt" (2021 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 film "Jolt" directed by Tanya Wexler and starring Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, Laverne Cox, Stanley Tucci, and Jai Courtney. The story of film centres around Lindy Lewis (played by Kate Beckinsale), a young woman afflicted with the intermittent explosive disorder - which causes her to react with violent rage at the slightest transgression - who finds herself on a road of revenge, while also inadvertently finding herself and her disorder being used for a nefarious purpose without her realising. Mark also talks about the everyday experiences and encounters when some people find themselves being manipulated or compelled to make an emotional or a physical outburst.
35:43
August 13, 2021
The Mark The Poet Experience - Special Episode: "Ten Years in the Life of a Poet"
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the first episode of "Mark The Poet - The Podcast", in this episode Mark takes a poetic trip down memory lane and recites eight poems from seven of his books, including his poems: "Back to the Spark", "The Journey", "Through Your Fingers", "Heart to Heart", "Balloons", "Light of your life", "Words Enough and Time", "Memento Vitae". And Mark also reminisces about the last ten years of his journey as a writer/poet/author. You can check out hundreds of Mark's poems, both published and unpublished, on his website: http://MarkThePoet.Me
01:00:35
August 8, 2021
Episode #6: "Cool Runnings" (1993 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1993 American comedy sports drama "Cool Runnings" directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring John Candy, Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, and Malik Yoba. The story of the film is loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team's debut debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
37:00
August 6, 2021
Episode #5: "First Thoughts"
In this episode Mark talks about "first thoughts" - meaning the first thing that instantly comes to mind when we are asked a particular question, such as: what is your favourite film? What is your favourite book? And Mark talks about why it is also important to sometimes revisit certain things because as we live our lives our perspective on certain things can change in unforeseen ways.
31:30
August 5, 2021
Episode #4: "Life + Death"
In this episode Mark talks about about life, death, meaning, and why it is important to talk to people - because nobody lives in a vacuum and sometimes everybody needs someone to give them a reason to carry on, especially when things can come to seem unbearable. There is always hope. No one is ever truly alone.
41:51
August 4, 2021
Episode #3: "Django Unchained" (2012 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2012 American revisionist Western film "Django Unchained" written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.
01:00:47
August 3, 2021
Episode #2: "Quentin Tarantino - A Tribute"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite film writers and directors: "Quentin Tarantino" - whose films he is currently in the process of rewatching the films of.
43:27
July 30, 2021
Episode #1: "For the love of it"
In the first episode of "Season 3" of The Mark Hastings Experience podcast Mark talks about writing, his writing process, and he recites his new poem "For the love of it". Check out Mark's poem "For the love of it" @ http://MarkThePoet.Me
28:58
July 29, 2021
Episode #208: "Dexter" (TV series) - S1, E3: "Popping Cherry" + Revival series talk
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from one of his favourite TV shows: "Dexter" - Season 1, Episode 3: "Popping Cherry". And Mark talks about the upcoming revival series "Dexter: New Blood" and what and who he is looking forward to seeing return in the new limited series coming November 7, 2021. *Potential Spoilers Within*
28:53
July 28, 2021
Episode #207: "True Romance" (1993 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1993 American romantic crime film "True Romance" directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, and James Gandolfini. The story of the film revolves around newlyweds Clarence (played by Christian Slater) and Alabama (played by Patricia Arquette) finding themselves on the run from the Mafia after stealing a suitcase of drugs.
52:15
July 27, 2021
Episode #206: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #13: "Infested"
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the animated Disney+ TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #13: "Infested".
29:16
July 26, 2021
Episode #205: "The Purge" (2013 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2013 dystopian action-thriller film "The Purge" written and directed by James DeMonaco. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, and Max Burkholder as members of a wealthy family who find themselves endangered by a gang of murderers during the annual Purge, a night during which all crime, including murder, is temporarily legal.
51:00
July 22, 2021
Episode #204: "First Man" (2018 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2018 American biographical drama film "First Man" directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the 2005 book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Christopher Abbott, and Ciarán Hinds. The follows the years, the missions, the people, as well as the sacrifices that lead up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969, which culminated in Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and the film also shows just how influential and involved Neil was behind the scenes in everything that eventually made it possible for him to take one giant leap for all mankind.
56:34
July 20, 2021
Episode #203: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episodes 11 & 12: "Devil's Deal" & "Rescue on Ryloth"
In this episode Mark talks about two of the latest episodes of the animated "Star Wars" Disney+ TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episodes 11 & 12: "Devil's Deal" & "Rescue on Ryloth".
45:55
July 17, 2021
Episode #202: "Star Trek: Voyager" (TV series) - S3, E23: "Distant Origin"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from the "Star Trek" TV series "Star Trek: Voyager" - Season 3, Episode 23: "Distant Episode". The premise of the episode involves a scientist of the Voth race, who discovers the human remains of a crewman of the USS Voyager left behind on an alien planet, who concludes that his race shares a similar genetic pattern to humanity and may also have originated on Earth - however this theory is considered to be heretical to the millions of years of Doctrine that their race has been lead to believe and as a result this discover may put the life of the scientist and the crew of Voyager in extreme danger.
01:01:27
July 16, 2021
Episode #201: "Loki" (TV series) - S1, E6: "For All Time. Always", a review
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the season finale episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Season 1, Episode 6: "For All Time. Always".
37:24
July 14, 2021
Episode #200: "Black Widow" (2021 film)
In this episode Mark talks about and does a spoiler review of the 2021 American superhero film "Black Widow" directed by Cate Shortland, the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, as well as the Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz, and William Hurt, the story of the film - which is set between the events of the film "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War" - sees Natasha Romanoff as a fugitive from the authorities, while at the same time having to confront a conspiracy tied to her family and her past as a "Black Widow".
01:01:57
July 13, 2021
Episode #199: "The Breakfast Club" (1985 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1985 teen coming-of-age comedy-drama film "The Breakfast Club" written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark (the "Athlete", Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson (the "Brain"), Judd Nelson as John Bender (the "Criminal"), Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish (the "Princess"), and Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds (the "Basket Case"), who are all teenagers from different High school cliques who spend a Saturday in detention with the authoritarian Vice Principal Richard Vernon (played by Paul Gleason).
56:30
July 12, 2021
Episode #198: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode #5: "Journey into Mystery"
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode #5: "Journey into Mystery".
36:05
July 9, 2021
Episode #197: "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 3, Episode 9: "Defiant"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from the American science fiction TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" - Season 3, Episode 9: "Defiant" which first aired November 21, 1994. The episode was directed by Cliff Bole, and written by Ronald D. Moore. When Commander William T. River from the Enterprise-D arrives on Deep Space 9, he takes a liking to Major Kira, who gives him a tour of the USS Defiant. But Riker is revealed to be not who he claims to be when he attacks Kira and steals the Defiant.
01:11:30
July 7, 2021
Episode #196: "Arrival" (2016 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2016 American science fiction drama film "Arrival" directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heiserrer, based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. The film stars Amy Adams as linguist Louise Banks, who is enlisted by the United States Army to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war. The film also stars Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
58:44
July 6, 2021
Episode #195: "The Tomorrow War" (2021 Film)
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the 2021 American military science fiction film "The Tomorrow War" directed by Chris McKay. The films stars Chris Pratt as Dan Forester, a biology teacher and former Green Beret, who is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to learn about an alien army so that he can stop them from irradicating the human population of the world before it has even begun. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin.
54:58
July 5, 2021
Episode #194: "Independence Day" (1996 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1996 American science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. The premise of the film revolves around an alien race who wishes to destroy all the major cities of the world with their advanced weaponry. However, a geek, a pilot, the US President and a group of ragtag survivors unite to save mankind from annihilation. The film has an all-star cast, including: Will Smith, Bill Pulman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Adam Baldwin.
57:49
July 4, 2021
Episode #193: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #10: "Common Ground", a review
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Disney+ animated "Star Wars" TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #10: "Common Ground".
29:40
July 3, 2021
Episode #192: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode 4: "The Nexus Event"
In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 4: "The Nexus Event". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your support for the podcast @ https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/81059980?asc=u
28:41
July 1, 2021
Episode #191: "Sister Act" (1992 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 American comedy film "Sister Act" directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Paul Rudnick with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a Las Vegas lounge singer, who is forced to join a convent after wing placed in a witness protection program. The film also stars Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, and Harvey Keitel.
57:47
June 30, 2021
Episode #190: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - S3, Ep 15: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
In this episode Mark talks about one his favourite episodes of television and a universally considered fan-favourite episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Season 3, Episode 15: "Yesterday's Enterprise", which first aired during the week of February 19, 1990. The story of the episode involves the crew of the USS Enterprise-D encountering its time-traveling predecessor, the USS Enterprise-C, and having to entertain the possibility that to save the United Federation of Planets from being destroyed by the Klingon Empire the crew of the Enterprise-C must travel back in time on an ill-fated mission to fulfil their destiny and realise a prolonged period of peace with their mortal enemy. The episode saw the return of Denise Crosby as Lieutenant Tasha Yar, who had been killed in a previous episode of the series. Whoopi Goldberg also stars as the recurring and mysterious character Guinan, who is essential to the plot of the episode in guiding the decision of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) to order the Enterprise-C back in time because its continued presence in the present was not supposed to happen and as a result of it traveling through time, unbeknownst to its crew, it created an alternate timeline to the one than was supposed to happen.
57:50
June 29, 2021
Episode #189: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 9: "Bounty Lost", a review
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 9: "Bounty Lost". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your support for the podcast @ https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/81059980?asc=u
37:48
June 26, 2021
Episode #188: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode 3: "Lamentis", a review
In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 3: "Lamentis". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your support for the podcast @ https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/81059980?asc=u
27:01
June 25, 2021
Episode #187: "Drive" (2011 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2011 neo-noir action drama and crime film "Drive" directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, written by Hossein Amini, based upon James Sallis' 2005 novel of the same name. The film stars Ryan Gosling as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver, and who becomes close with his neighbour, Irene (played by Carey Mulligan), and her son Benicio, and as a result feels beholden to them to secretly help Irene's husband, Standard Gabriel (played by Oscar Isaac), after he is released from prison and his life and the life of his family are threatened by gangsters who he owes a debt to. The film also stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks.
01:00:45
June 24, 2021
Episode #186: "Shaun of the Dead" (2004 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2004 horror comedy film "Shaun of the Dead" directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg as Shaun, Nick Frost as Ed, Kate Ashfield as Liz, Lucy Davis as Dianne, Dylan Moran as David, Penelope Wilton as Barbara, Bill Nighy as Philip, Jessica Stevenson as Yvonne, and Peter Serafinowicz as Pete, who all struggle to survive a Zombie apocalypse that has overcome London.
39:16
June 23, 2021
Episode #185: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #8: "Reunion", a review
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #8: "Reunion".
18:00
June 21, 2021
Episode #184: "Psycho" (1960 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1960 American psychological horror thriller "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Joseph Stefano, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam. The iconic soundtrack of the film was composed by Bernard Herrmann.
59:18
June 20, 2021
Episode #183: "Loki" - Episode 2: "The Variant" *Spoiler* review
In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 2: "The Variant".
33:53
June 17, 2021
Episode #182: "A Quiet Place" (2018 film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2018 American horror film "A Quiet Place" directed by John Krasinski and written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and Kransinski. The plot revolves around a father, Lee Abbott (played by John Krasinski), and a mother, Evelyn Abbott (played by Emily Blunt), who struggle to survive and raise their daughter, Regan Abbott (played by Millicent Simmonds), and their son, Marcus Abbott (played by Noah Jupe), in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing who immediately attack and kill anything that makes any noise.
43:52
June 16, 2021
Episode #181: "Moon" (2009 film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2009 British-American science fiction film "Moon" directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker, starring Sam Rockwell. Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your support for the podcast @ https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/81059980?asc=u
36:57
June 14, 2021
Episode #180: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 7: "Battle Scars" *Spoiler Review*
In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 7, "Battle Scars", and Mark also briefly talks about the events of the previous two episodes, Episode 5, "Rampage", and Episode 6, "Decommissioned". Beware of Spoilers!
30:28
June 12, 2021
Episode #179: "Loki" (TV Series) - Episode #1: "Glorious Purpose", a review
In this episode Mark does a review of the first episode of the limited Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" created by Michael Waldron, starring Tom Hiddelston as Loki, the "God of Mischief" - but a variant version of the character created within an alternate timeline; and the series also stars Owen Wilson as TVA (Time Variance Authority) agent Mobius M. Mobius, who hopes Loki will help them subdue a threat who Loki knows better than anybody.
40:13
June 10, 2021
Episode #178: "Alien Resurrection" (1997 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1997 science fiction horror film "Alien Resurrection" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Joss Whedon, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, and Michael Wincott.
52:24
June 9, 2021
Episode #177: "Thor: Ragnorok" (2017 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and also his favourite film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far: the 2017 American superhero film "Thor: Ragnorok", directed by Taika Waititi. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddelston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins - and it is one of the most enjoyable, fun, entertaining and bombastic films you will ever see, which is why it always brings a smile to Mark's face.
47:31
June 8, 2021
Episode #176: "Alien 3" (1992 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 science fiction horror film "Alien 3" directed by David Fincher - the third installment in the Alien franchise - starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Brian Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Ralph Brown, Paul McGann, Danny Webb, Lance Henriksen, Holt McCallany, and Pete Postlewaite.
01:00:33
June 5, 2021
Episode #175: "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1979 American prison action film "Escape from Alcatraz" directed by Don Siegel. Adapted from the 1963 non-fiction book of the same name by J. Campbell Bruce and dramaticizing the 1962 prison escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island, the film stars Clint Eastwood as Frank Morris - a criminal with an exceptional I.Q. who has escaped from several other prisons - who finds himself in a battle of wills with the prison warden (played by Patrick McGoohan), as well as making several acquaintances with fellow inmates - including brothers Clarence Anglin and John Anglin (played by Jack Thibeau and Fred Ward), Chester "Doc" Dalton (played by Roberts Blossom), English (played by Paul Benjamin), Litmus (played by Frank Ronzio), and Charley Butt's (played by Larry Hankin) - who all aide in Frank's eventual escape from Alcatraz.
53:26
June 2, 2021
Episode #174: "Blade Runner 2049" (2017 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2017 American neo-noir science fiction film "Blade Runner 2049" directed by Denis Villeneuve. The direct sequel to the 1982 film "Blade Runner", the film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
01:15:25
June 1, 2021
Episode #173: "Lucifer" - Season 5B (a spoilery review)
In this episode Mark does a review of the eight concluding episodes of Season 5B, or Season 5 part 2, of one of his favourite TV series: "Lucifer" - starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, Aimee Garcia, Scarlett Estevez, and Dennis Haysbert as "Dad/God".
36:18
May 30, 2021
Episode #172: "Star Wars: The Sequel Trilogy - a critique"
In this episode Mark critiques the so called "Star Wars Sequel Trilogy" of films, Episode VII, VIII, and IX - "The Force Awakens", "The Last Jedi", and "The Rise of Skywalker" - and he gives a frank opinion about what he liked and what he didn't like in the three films that concluded the nine-part "Skywalker Saga".
01:02:02
May 27, 2021
Episode #171: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2015 Australian post-apocalyptic action film "Mad Max: Fury Road" co-written, co-produced, and directed by George Miller. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where petrol and water are scare commodities, the story of the film follows Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy), who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) to flee from the cult leader Immortan Joe (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army of "War Boys' in an armoured tanker truck - leading to a lengthy, furious, exciting, entertaining, and visually stunning road battle, which is also a poignant depiction of redemption. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton. The soundtrack was composed by Junkie XL.
53:42
May 26, 2021
Episode #170: "Sneakers" (1992 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 American crime comedy "Sneakers" directed by Phil Alden Robinson, starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Straitham.
54:22
May 24, 2021
Episode #169: "Army of the Dead" (2021 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about the American zombie heist film "Army of the Dead" directed by Zack Snyder, starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Amezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, and Garret Dillahunt.
26:15
May 22, 2021
Episode #168: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #4: "Cornered" Review *Spoilers*
In this episode Mark does a *spoiler* review of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #4: "Cornered" and he talks about what he liked about the most recent episode.
16:36
May 21, 2021
Episode #167: "The Eternal Boy: Staying Hopeful, Optimistic, and Motivated"
In this episode Mark talks about what keeps him hopeful, optimistic, and motivated - no matter what he is going through in life. And Mark recites a new poem called "The Burning Bulb" and he discusses what it means and what writing poetry means to him and what it can mean to others.
45:39
May 21, 2021
Episode #166: "War of the Worlds" (2005 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2005 American science fiction action film "War of the Worlds" directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins - with a memorable narration by Morgan Freeman. Based upon the 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, the film follows an American dock worker who is forced to look after his children, from whom he lives separately, as he struggles to reunite them with their mother during an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth that is devastating the cities of the Earth with giant tripod war machines - during which aliens are abducting and disintegrating humanity en masse and attempting to adapt Earth to their needs.
56:02
May 20, 2021
Episode #165: "Aliens" (1986 Film)
In this film Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 American science fiction action film "Aliens" directed by James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver.
01:26:01
May 19, 2021
Episode #164: "Star Trek Beyond" (2016 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2016 "Star Trek" film: "Star Trek Beyond" directed by Justin Lin, and written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The thirteeth film in the "Star Trek" film franchise and the third film set within the "Kelvin-timeline" - following on from the films "Star Trek" (2009) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013) - the film stars Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, as well as Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and the late Anton Yelchin in one of his final film appreances, once again as the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, who find themselves being drawn into devastating ambush that results in the destruction of their ship, and the potential massacre of Starfleet personel and Federation citizens aboard the starbase Yorktown by a diabolical enemy called Krall (played by Idris Elba) - formerly Captain Balthazar Edison, the commanding officer of the lost starship USS Franklin. The soundtrack of the film was composed by Michael Giacchino. And the film was dedicated to the memory of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.
01:07:33
May 18, 2021
Episode #163: "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2013 "Star Trek" film "Star Trek Into Darkness" directed by J.J. Abrams. The story of the film sees Chris Pine once again reprising the role of Captain James T. Kirk, as the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and her crew find themselves coming face to face with a legendary "Star Trek" character and a deadly antagonist by the name of Khan Noonien Singh (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), as well as coming up against the war-mongering Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus (played by Peter Weller) - who seeks to start a war with the Klingons by any means necessary. The film once again stars Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, and a cameo from the original Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy. The film also stars Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus. And the soundtrack was scored once again by long-term J.J. Abrams collaborator and composer Michael Giacchino.
01:27:33
May 17, 2021
Episode #162: "Star Trek" (2009 Film)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films, and the eleventh film in the "Star Trek" film franchise: the 2009 film "Star Trek" directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. A reboot of the main characters of the original "Star Trek" TV series, portrayed by a new cast, the story of the film takes place in a alternate reality which was created when a Romulan mining ship, commanded by Captain Nero (played by Eric Bana) and a ship piloted by Ambassador Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) arrived in the past after falling into a black hole - essentially changing how events would precede because of their presence, including: the death of the newly born James T. Kirk's father, George Kirk (played by Chris Hemsworth) the first officer of the USS Kelvin. As a result of the destruction of the USS Kelvin - which George Kirk had attempted to use to stop Nero's vessel, the Nerada - certain events played out differently than they they had in the original timeline that had been shown in all the previous TV series and films, and as a result certain characters ultimately met one another at different times and in different circumstances than they would have been expected to previously. Over the course of the film, we see the rapid beginnings of a friendship forged between James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) and Spock (played by Zachary