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
Elwood and Kim look at 2020's "Still the Water" the feature film debut from Susan Rogers as Jodie an upcomming hockey player returns to his hometown on Prince Edward Island while being forced to deal with reconnecting with his brothers and the family trauma which continues to threaten the family.
Our re-evaulation of David Fincher's filmography continues with the cult favourite Fight Club as our unnamed narrator find a unique outlet for his frustrations while soon setting out to reset the social balance.
A film not appricated during it's original release, it would soon find a huge cult following on it's home release with Fincher showcasing a memorable style and flair with a heavy dose of the blackest of humour in this tale of mischief, mayhem and soap.
What do you buy the man who has everything? Michael Douglas' investment banker soon finds out when his brother gives him an invitation to "The Game". But what is the game? We find out for ourselves as we explore one of the more overlooked films in David Fincher's filmography.
Having sworn off returning to direct another feature film in the aftermath of the "Alien 3" it would be the script for "Seven" which would tempt him back. Not only would the film give Fincher a chance for redemption, but to bring to the screen one of the most original thrillers in years as two detectives attempt to track down an elusive serial killer commiting murders based around the seven deadly sins.
We dive into the making of the film and try to find out what the lasting appeal of the film has been that makes it still so infinatly rewatchable.
Elwood and Kim check out the documentary charting David Arquette’s attempts to become a professional wrestler and make amends for the disrespect many fans feel he caused to the industry by winning the the WCW Title.
In many ways playing like the real-life version of the Wrestler as we get to follow Arquette at his lowest to once again finding a way to make life exciting for himself within the squared circle.
Elwood and Kim check out Justin McConnell's documentary "Clapboard Jungle" charting five years of his life and career as an independent filmmaker, as he attempts to make his mark on what has become an oversaturated market while also interviewing a huge of industry legends and fellow independent film makers alike as he tries to find out how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?
Kicking off season 5 and our re-evaulation of David Fincher's filmography is "Alien 3" a film equally loathed by fans of the saga as it is loved by those who appricated the darker change in direction. For Fincher however it would prove to be a baptism of fire and one which almost put him off feature film directing.
On this episode we are joined by Heather Baxendale-Walsh to discuss her own superfan love for the series (somthing this episode has plenty of) aswell as charting the problematic production history, the evolution of Ripley's character and much more!!
On this episode we check out the pastel goth dollhouse that is Paradise Hills a mysterious behavioural modification centre for women who have displeased their families.
But what secrets does the island hold? We find out as we check out this sci-fi thriller from Alice Waddington here making her directorial debut and featuring a script co-written by Nacho Vigalondo
We check out Takashi Miike's "First Love" which amusingly was given a one nights release for Valentine's day as here he taps into the same vein as Tony Scott's "True Romance" as Leo a Boxer with a terminal brain tumor has a chance encounter with the call girl Yuri only for them soon to find themselves caught up in a drug smuggling scheme.
Shark week is here once again as this time we look at Bait in which a freak Tsunami traps a group of people in a convenience store along with several giant white sharks.
Not only featuring some memorable death scenes and questionable character choices we also get to hear Julian McMahon's native accent as we question what it was about this film which saw it disappear shortly after it's release.
Bringing our Ang Lee season to close is "Life of Pi" his Oscar winning film based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. Here Pi Patel recounts the story of his life and most importantly how he survived being standed in a lifeboat with a tiger called Richard Parker.
We also reveal our favourite, worst and hidden gems from the season.
On this episode out season long re-evaluation of Ang Lee filmography arrives at the erotic thriller "Lust Caution" as a student finds herself caught up in an assassination plot but has she fallen for the target?
Having already looked at a character dealing with complex emotional issues in "Hulk" for his next film Ang Lee didn't stray far from these ideas as he tackled an adapation of Anne Proux novel about two cowboys finding each other at the titular mountain range and their struggle to deal with thier feelings over the course of two decades as they make regular trips back.
We also look at it's place in New Queer Cinema aswell as the impact it had on the cinematic and social landscape when it was released plus more!!
Choosing to follow up his critically acclaimed and genre reviving "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with a comic book movie was certainly a unique choice for Ang Lee, despite the fact he's never been restricted to any perticular genre and certainly it was this unrestricted world view that he brough to his unique adaptation of the popular Marvel character.
Released before the superhero boom, here his sins of the father style approach to the Hulk origin story brought a unique spin on the character but with most comic book movies having largely forgotten this adaptation, was it ahead of it's time or just plain missing the mark?
Having made a Western with "Ride With The Devil" it seemed almost fitting that Ang Lee would choose to follow it up with an Eastern as he pitched the film as "Sense and Sensibility" with sword fighting as he brought together Wuxia fight scenes and lavish production design in a film which not only revitalised the intrest in Wuxia film but also helped open the door for a revived interest in Asian cinema.
Set over the thanksgiving weekend of 1973, Ang Lee here sets out to capture the changing times of the era as two upper class families attempt to find themselves in surburban hell set against a backdrop of adultery and key parties here Lee brings together an impressive cast for his adaptation of the Rick Moody novel.
Norman from Flickhunter joins us once again to the discuss the film and explore the various plot threads within this tale of family dysfunction.
Having captured the attention of the mainstream studios with his "Father Knows best" trilogy Ang Lee would choose to follow it up with an adaptation of Jane Austin's classic novel with a film which would revive intrest in period dramas.
Kicking off Season 4 and our season long re-evaluation of the filmography of Ang Lee.
First up we have three films connected by thier themes rather than characters as we look at Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Wrapping up our After Hours episode is the cult favourite "Donnie Darko" from Elwood's favourite director Richard Kelly in which the time traveling demonic bunny Frank warns Donnie that the world is going to end in 28 Days, Six Hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds while putting him on the path to finding out how.
A film which blend together elements of teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and cultural satire into one truly unique experience.
We also announce which director we will be looking at for season 4!!
On this episode we discuss the directorial debut of Issa López which not only has seen her draw comparisons to the Guillermo del Toro but also his admiration aswell as her film blends fairy tale fantasy against the harsh reality of the Mexican drug wars as a young girl called Estrella returns home to find her mother missing and persumed to have been kidnapped by the local drugs cartel currently terrorising the city. Now joining a group of orphaned street kids and empowered with the gift of three wishes she joins them on their quest for revenge.
Shark Week #3 is here and this time it's the turn of "The Shallows"
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who despite giving us films such as Orphan and Non-stop is also the director responsible for the likes of "Goal 2: Living the Dream" and "The House of Wax" remake which so memorably was sold on the prospect of seeing Paris Hilton die.
So with the prospect of a bikini bottom clad Blake Lively cashing in the pretty girl dollars alongside a rather large shark as selling the movie you might expect the same sort of throw away summer fodder with all the dramatic depth of an Emma Watson performance.....I mean it couldn't possibly be good....could it?
On this special bonus episode we look at the documentary "I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story" which poses the question Is there a point were you outgrow boy bands? This is just one of several questions posed by director Jessica Leski in her debut film as she attempt to explore not only the appeal of boy bands but also what sparks such devotion in their fanbases. This she achieves by following four intergenerational women who all consider themselves to be obsessed fans of their chosen boy band.
We also look at the rise of the fan cruise, Chinese Talent shows and maybe just reveal our own favourite boybands!
Using the Civil war as her backdrop Sofia Coppola with the Beguiled continued her evolution in style with a remake of Don Siegal's original 1971 film only this time shot from the women's point of view than the man's as the arrival of Colin Farrell's solider of fortune at a girls school begins to stire feelings in both the students and teacher alike.
The film being viewed by Coppola as a way to cleanse herself after 2013's "The Bling Ring" from what she terms was "Such a tacky, ugly world"
Drawing inspiration from the Vanity Fair article The Suspects Wore Louboutins here Sofia Coppola joined mini-trend of movies based of magazine articles alongside Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain". The film would also mark Coppola's first experiment with shooting on digitial as she charts the crime spree of a group of teens who broke into and robbed the homes of thier favourite celebrities.
Norman from Flickhunter joins us once again to the discuss the film aswell as question Emma Watson's rumoured Oscar nod, reveal our favourite Coppola soundtracks aswell as a voicemail from The Vern (Cinema Recall) plus much more!!
After the mixed reception to "Marie Antoinette" returned with "Somewhere" a film similar in style to "Lost In Translation" while also working memories of her own childhood growing up on her father's sets as she here we follow Upcoming badboy Actor Johnny as he reconnects with his daughter Cleo and perhaps inturn finds what's missing in his own life.
Originally envisioned as Sofia Coppola's second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Coppola to begin work on a parallel project which evolved into "Lost In Translation" whose success would inturn revamp this project.
Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life
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!!