It’s about film fans getting together and creating the audio experience of that post movie coffee and pie (or tea in our case) discussion as we work through the select filmographies of the directors whose work interests us with each season being dedicated to the work of a different director.
As such we look forward to you joining us and hopfully hearing your own thoughts on the movies we cover or even movies / directors you like to hear us discuss on future episode. Welcome to the booth
After the success of The Virgin Suicides for her follow up Sofia Coppola drew inspiration from her father filming a real Suntory whiskey commercial with Akira Kurosawa in the 1970’s to crafts a tale which is not only a love letter to Tokyo but also one of two lost souls in a city were neither of them speak the language while generally confounded by the world around them leaving them to dwell on their own personal issues. A premise which you hardly expect to turn into a huge hit for Coppola not only with critics but more surprisingly with the general movie going audiences who for some reason really warmed to the film.
Kicking off our season long re-evaluation of Sofia Coppola's filmography we kick things off looking at her 1999 debut film "The Virgin Suicides" as she builds upon her first short "Lick The Star" as a group of boys attempt to solve the mystery behind the Lisben sisters from the effect they had on thier lives through to the girls taking thier own.
We not only look at the film and question who Coppola intended the film for but also establish the key themes of her work aswell as how she was able to stand out in her family's film making dynasty.
To wrap up season #2 this final bonus episode has us looking at "Love, Death + Robots" for our first boxset binge. A project from David Fincher and Tim Miller whose initial plans to remake "Heavy Metal" were mophed instead into this anthology of short animated tales with seemingly limitless scope for the stories which can be told as we discover from this first season.
So get ready for alternative histories, monsters, shocking twists and of course love, death + robots!!
On this episode we check out the indie sci-fi found footage movie "Europa Report" which recounts the fictional story of the first crewed mission to Europa, one of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.
We question if sci-fi can effectivly be done on a budget aswell as the effectivness of the found footage genre plus more.
Welcome to our seasonal "Shark Week" episode as after we had so much fun with "The Meg" last season why not look at a shark movie every season. On this episode we revisit the 90's classic "Deep Blue Sea" as a team of scientists find themselves stuck in a rapidly deteriating underwater facility while surrounded by super inteligent sharks!!
We question what it is about this film which made it such a cult classic, Samuel L. Jackson's favourite death scene and how much of the film did the sharks actually plan plus much more!!
Born out of a failed attempt to remake "Creature From The Black Lagoon", The Shape of Water saw del toro question what would have happened if Kay had actually gone off with the Gill-Man.
Unquestionable a unique romantic movie, here we find Del Toro at his most sympathetic for his own gil-man creation while also crafting some of the most visually arresting footage of his career somthing the academy reward his efforts by awarding the film the best film and director awards at the 90th academy awards.
On this episode we dive into this most unlikely of romances aswell as Del Toro's most explicit film to date, to find out how he made us all believe in his vision, question the obsession with green aswell as what the intended black and white cut of the film could have offered. We also wrap up the season revealing our favourite, most hated aswell as the hidden gems of Del Toro's filmography.
Having established his "Eye Protein" style while crafting love letters to giant monsters and the things which go bump in the night with "Crimson Peak" his intrest turned to the classic Hammer Horror films while drawing further inspiration from the likes of "House on Haunted Hill" and "The Shinning" to craft a Gothic love story hidden under the geise of a ghost story.
Released to middling fanfare the film remains much like his early films somthing of an underdissed entry in his filmography....until now.
Having gained both Critical acclaim and mainstream recognition for "Pan's Labyrinth" Del Toro would suprisingly enter into a period of development hell as projects fell through or failed to find studio backing. However out of this period would come his love letter to Kaiju cinema and giant monsters with "Pacific Rim".
Despite failing to make an impact on the Hollywood system with “Mimic” Del Toro’s work as a director was certainly getting him noticed with his Spanish language films Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone both finding their fans including producer Peter Frankfurt and writer David S. Goyer who invited Del Toro to work on Blade 2 after Stephen Norrington turned down the opportunity to direct the sequel.
Now without the meddling of the Weinsteins, Del toro was finally free to bring his visual style to the Hollywood but was he capable of producing a film which would appeal to a more mainstream audience?
On this episode we are joined by D.j. Valentine (Simplistic Reviews) to rank action heroes, talk comic books and the hunt for a decent video game movie plus much more!!
Having announced himself as an exciting new voice in horror with “Cronos” Del Toro chose to follow it with his first English language feature “Mimic” based on the Donald A. Wollheim short story as Del Toro brought to the screen a tale of shape shifting bugs living in the New York system in a production hampered by the interference of producer Harvey Weinstein leaving Del Toro with a film he was unhappy with until his directors cut finally saw the light of day in 2011.
Elwood and Kim return from thier break with a new season and a new director's filography to dive into as this season they turn thier attention to the films of the visionary Guillermo del Toro whose love of horror and fairytales have lead to him crafting some of the most original cinema of the last few years.
Kicking off this season is Del Toro's feature debut "Cronos" which sees him bring his own spin to the vampire mythos as a clockwork scarab which grants eternal life is discovered by an elderly antiques dealer.
Elwood and Kim take another look at Zack Snyder’s highly diversive “Sucker Punch” a film which has gone on to garner an impressive cult following since it’s release but is it all flair and no substance? Join us in the booth as we dive into this genre jumping world to find out if audiences were too quick to dismiss Snyder’s “Alice in Wonderland with Machine Guns”
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Join us for another After Hours special as this time Kim picks out this Joss Wheldon scripted romance with a twist “In Your Eyes” to discuss in which two strangers Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) discover they share a psychic connection which enables them to see and experience the world through each others bodies.
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Hey folks and welcome to the first episode of “After Hours” a series of bonus shows were we will be looking at the films which mean the most to us, but whose directors don’t need require us to work through the director’s filmography.
Kicking things off is “The Meg” whose troubled production history we look into as we finally got to see the rampaging Megalodon brought to the screen.
We not only look at the film, but Elwood perhaps geeks out hard on the comparisons to Steve Alten’s books.
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Our season one re-evaulation of the Paul W.S. Anderson filmography comes to a close with a film that sees him taking a note from James Cameron, Anderson’s “Pompeii” sees him deliving a sword and sandel / disaster flick the end result being a film which disappeared off the radar of most movie goers as quickly as it appeared.
We also reveal our favourite, worst and hidden gems of his filmography.
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Compared to the other films in his filmography his “clock-punk” reimaginging of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel marked a noteable changeable of pace for Paul W.S. Anderson.
Critically panned on its release we take another look at the film to find out if the critics were too quick to judge what is arguable one of the more original adaptations of the popular tale. So come join us in the booth.
Having spent years languishing in development hell Paul W.S. Anderson finally brought the remake of the cult favourite “Death Race 2000” to the screen in what he envisioned as a prequel to the original film.
But with Anderson choosing to reimagine than create a straight remake for many fans of the original this film failed to even get off the starting grid and on this episode we question if perhaps they were right to judge the film so quickly.
We also look at truck flips, the joy of vehicular carnage aswell as if this was Anderson’s last great movie and much more!
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Despite first clashing in Randy Stradley and Chris Warner’s comic book in 1989, it wouldn’t be until a year later and the release of Predator 2 with its cheeky use of an Alien skull in the trophy case that intrest in combining the two horror icons really gained momentum despite being stuck in development hell for a further 10 years until Anderson pitched his own script but would he be the right director to finally bring this clash between the two iconic monsters to the screen.
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Released in 2002 little did we know that Paul W.S. Anderson choosing to make another video game movie here taking over from the zombie godfather George Romero it would seem him perhaps rather unfairly branded as soley putting out such projects.
More so as with this first film in the 6 film franchse he not only introduced us to the character of Alice who as the series progress would soon become a beloved figurehead for the series which itself Anderson who cinematically take way beyond the source material and instead into his own vision for this world.
On this weighty chunk of an episode we look at the complete franchise and the three era’s it can be split into, while we chart the evolution of the series from a video game movie into it’s own world.
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Welcome back to our season long re-evaluation of Paul W.S. Anderson’s filmography as on this episode now moves onto possibly one of his least known films which seemingly disappeared from the conscious of the movie going public shortly after it appeared.
We examine how the film started life as a sequel to “Blade Runner”, the troubled production history aswell as highlighting the numerous fanboy nods that Anderson weaved into this unique blend of popcorn action and hard sci-fi.
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Having finally achived commercial sucess with the release of Mortal Kombat Paul W.S. Anderson turned down the chance of directing the ill-advised sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation along with offers to direct the first X-Men movie. Instead Anderson choose the option to make an R-rated horror instead.
Unquestionably a risky move on Anderson’s part and ultimatly a vision which would feel the wrath of the censors sheers when his initial cut recived the kiss of death NC-17 Rating from the MPAA.
The film itself equal parts blue collar sci-fi and homage to his favourite horror films as a rescue crew uncover the secrets of this intersteller marie celeste of the title. The film intitally bombed at the box office only to find a significant cult following since its release especially as critics and audience have returned to re-evaluate Anderson’s filmography.
We question why it wasn’t a bigger hit aswell as if the censor’s shears actually helped save the film from itself plus much more.
On this episode Elwood and Kim’s season long re-evaluation of Paul W.S. Anderson’s filmography moves onto his Hollywood debut with the videogame adaptation of “Mortal Kombat” which not only was the sleep over movie of choice in the 90’s but has since gone on like the games its adapted from to gain an impressive cult following.
Here we look back at the film aswell as questioning why this was the breakout movie we expected for Robin Shou plus much more!!
Kicking off our first season looking at the films of director Paul W.S. Anderson starting with his debut film Shopping
Released in 1994 to a mixed critical response and much distain from the BBFC Paul W.S Anderson’s Shopping gave a pre-apocalypic vision of an unanmed British city in which the recently released joyrider Billy (played by an impossibly young jude law) and his best friend Jo (played by Law’s future ex-wife Sadie Frost).
Here they set out to leave thier mark on the city along the way clashing with Jonathan Pryce’s authoritarian chief of police and Sean Pertwee’s rival gang leader Tommy in what could have been seen as sparking the revial of the british independent scene had it not been eclipsed by the release of Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave the following year.
Join us in the booth as we discuss this debut aswell as looking at the rebel girls of the 90’s, questionable fashion sense and downbeat endings plus much more!!