Movies and Tea
By Movies and Tea
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.
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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.
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Movies and Tea #58 - Django Unchained
With Tarantino having such love for spaghetti westerns it was really only a matter of time before he gave his own take on the genre paying homage to the Sergio Corbucci's 1966 orginal has he reimagines the wandering gunslinger as a former slave turned bounty hunter on a mission of revenge against the men who sold him and his wife into slavery.
July 30, 2022
Movies and Tea #56 - Death Proof
Originally meant to be part of the double feature "Grindhouse" alongside Robert Rodriguez Planet Terror here Tarantino threw his hat into the world of car smash movies as the serial killer Stuntman Mike plots to kill his victims using his death proof car.
July 06, 2022
Movies and Tea #57 - Inglorious Basterds
A long mooted project for Tarantino Inglorious Basterds provides the first of Tarantino's alternative history films as this multi-plot tale follows the titular Basterds on their campaign of fear through occupied France while a Jewish woman plots her revenge on the German officer who killed her family.
June 26, 2022
Movies and Tea #55 - Kill Bill Vol. 1 + 2
Having remoulded the crime movie genre with his first three films Tarantino followed it up with this rip roaring tale of revenge following "The Bride" a character created with his leading lady Uma Thurman on the set of Pulp Fiction. Spread across two films with Vol. 1 paying homage to his love of Eastern cinema drawing on inspiration from Shaw Bros. movies and Pop samurai cinema like Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf and Cub. With Vol. 2 he transfered his vision into a modern western. We look at the films which inspired his vision, how the soundtrack has lived on through reality TV as well as some insightful differences in the translation plus more.
June 17, 2022
After Hours: Love Death and Robots Vol. 3
Elwood and Kim breakdown the latest season of David Fincher + Tim Millers anthology series which this time includes giant crabs, a rat uprisings, a cybernetically enhanced bear and the return of three robots amongst this new set of stories.
May 26, 2022
Movies and Tea #54 - Jackie Brown
Having finally arrived with "Pulp Fiction" a film which not only marked him as director to watch but also firmly rooted him in the pop culture conscious. So it would be a surprising move that Tarantino would choose to follow it up with an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch" only given a Tarantino twist. Here Pam Grier plays the titular Jackie Brown, an air hostess and courier who after being nabbed by the FBI who are keen to have her turn on her arms dealer boss. However Jackie has plans of her own as an audacious money sting plot is launched.
May 16, 2022
Movies and Tea #53 - Pulp Fiction
Elwood and Kim continue thier re-evaluation of Quentin Tarantino's filmography with "Pulp Fiction" in which four interweaved stories play out as a mysterious briefcase, a dinner date, a gold watch and the etiquette of the stick up all come together to create a film still ingrained in pop culture as when it was released.
April 30, 2022
Movies and Tea #52 - Reservoir Dogs
Elwood and Kim kick off Season #7 and the start of their season long re-evaluation of the Quentin Tarantino's filmography starting with Reservoir Dogs as a failed a group of crooks try to figure out who the rat is in their group when a jewery store heist gets astray.
April 16, 2022
After Hours - To All The Boys Always and Forever
Wrapping up our review of the "To All The Boys" Trilogy as Lana is now in her senior year and considering how college plans but how will Peter fit into her plans and will she sacrifice her dreams for her relationship?
March 16, 2022
After Hours - To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Kim introduces Elwood to the first two films in the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" trilogy staring Lana Condor as the shy high school junior Lara Jean Covey whose letters she wrote to her crushes accidently get mailed to her crushes sparking a series of romantic misadventures the first two of which we cover on this episode.
March 07, 2022
After Hours: Dumplin'
Elwood and Kim look at the world of beauty pagents with the Netflix exclusive Dumplin' in which the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps,
February 16, 2022
After Hours: The Reef
Shark Week returns as this time Kim and Elwood check out the minimalist take on the genre with The Reef in which a group of friends find themselves being stalked by a great white shark when thier boat capsizes
January 28, 2022
Top 10 First Time Watches 2021
Elwood and Kim round out another movie watching year by sharing thier top movie discoveries of 2021 from festival discoveries to classics and forgotten oddities they reveal the films which have caught thier intrest.
January 01, 2022
Movies and Tea #51 - The Farewell
Our celebration of female directors comes to a close with Lulu Wang's "The Farwell" based in part on an event in Wang's life as Billi (Awkwafina) finds herself drawn into a speedy wedding organised as a cover to bring the family together when her grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
December 29, 2021
Movies and Tea #50 - XX
The season long celebration of female directors this time doesn't look at just one but instead the work of five diffrent directors as Roxanne Benjamin, Sofìa Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic come together for an anthology of horror stories. Join us as we break down the tales of mysterious boxes, demonic possession, problem children and possibly the worst birthday ever!!
December 10, 2021
Movies and Tea #49 - The Edge of Seventeen
Our season long celebration of female directors this time moves onto Kelly Fremon Craig and her directorial debut The Edge of Seventeen in which high school junior Nadine sets out to redisover who she is when her best friend starts dating her popular brother throwing her life into turmoil.
November 22, 2021
Movies and Tea #48 - Raw
The season long celebration of female directors this time looks the French Body Horror Raw written and directed by Julia Ducournau in which first year veterinary student vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) finds herself with an unsatisfiable craving after being forced to eat meat during the traditional hazing of the new students.
November 01, 2021
Movies and Tea #47 - A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
The season long celebration of female directors this time looks at Ana Lily Amirpour and her take on the vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" were in the Iranian city Bad City a skateboarding vampire is preying on the men who disrespect women.
October 19, 2021
Movies and Tea #46 - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Continuing our season long celebration of female directors on this episode we look at Lynne Ramsay and her adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need To Talk About Kevin in which the formerly acclaimed travel writer turned social recluse Eva looks back at the problematic relationship with her son Kevin and the events which lead to her current situation. We also question if Tilda Swinton was Oscar snubbed for her performance while breaking down this visually engrossing psychological drama.
September 22, 2021
Movies and Tea #45 - Girlfight
Continuing our season long celebration of female directors on this episode we look at both the directing debut of Karyn Kusama aswell as the acting debut of Michelle Rodriguez as a wayward teenager living in Brooklyn who finds an outlet for her agression and frustrations with life through boxing.
August 09, 2021
Movies and Tea #44 - Clueless
Kicking off our season long celebration of female directors is Amy Heckerling's "Clueless" a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" as Beverly Hill's high school student Cher tries to find a purpose in life. A classic film from the 90's while also staring a who's who of young talent who would nearly all go on to become big stars in the wake of the films release.
July 20, 2021
After Hours: One Cut Of The Dead
Elwood and Kim look at the Micro-budget zombie comedy "One Cut of The Dead" which might also be one of the freshest takes on the genre in years as a film crew attempt to film thier zombie movie only for a zombie outbreak to disrupt thier filming.....or does it.
June 24, 2021
After Hours: Cabin In The Woods
Despite being shelved after it's completion until Chris Helmsworth suddenly became a bankable asset off the back of Thor. It's a film which still remains one of the freshest takes on the horror genre since the release of Scream with a group of friends heading to a cabin in the woods, only to soon find out that not everything is what it seems. On this episode we try to find out what it is about this film which left us still wanting more, aswell as the mechanics of the cabin which not only play into familar tropes but also add in many ways to the films appeal.
June 07, 2021
After Hours - Love Death and Robots (Season 2)
Love Death and Robots has finally made its return to Netflix and while it might have been a shorter season than the previous season there was still plenty to discuss as we found out on this episode as like we did for the first season, we break down the second season on this episode aswell as highlighting our favourites and hope for Season 3
May 30, 2021
After Hours: 47 Metres Down + 47 Metres Down: Uncaged
Shark Week once again comes to Movies and Tea as this time we have not one but two shark movies to discuss as we look at 47 Metres Down were two sisters find themselves trapped 47 metres underwater and surrounded by sharks when thier dive cage sinks. In the DTV sequel Uncaged. two step sisters and and thier friends set out to explore an underwater tomb only for a cave in to trap them inside with the resident blind cave sharks.
May 21, 2021
Movies and Tea #43 - Mank
Working from a screenplay by his late father Jack Fincher, here Fincher's bio-picture about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewich as he attempts to finish the screenplay for "Citizen Kane" against the backdrop of a turbulant time in old Hollywood.
May 12, 2021
Movies and Tea #42 - Gone Girl
Bringing our David Fincher season to a close is Gone Girl as he delivers another adult thriller with one hell of a killer twist as Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) soon discovers that his wife Amy's disappearence might be a cover for much darker intentions. We also reveal our favourite, hidden gems and worst films of Fincher's filmography.
May 06, 2021
Movies and Tea #41 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Originally set to adapt the whole Millenium trilogy we would sadly be left with a what if as Fincher's english language adaptation of the book fell short of the studios expectations. We look at the film and try to find out what went wrong as Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist, teams up with Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker, to solve the mystery of a woman who has been missing for forty years only to soon discover much darker secrets being hidden by the family.
April 05, 2021
Movies and Tea #40 - The Social Network
While the idea of making a movie about Facebook seems like the kind of fodder best suited for a TV movie, in the hands of Fincher while working from a script by Aarron Sorkin it arguably became one of the best films of the last decade. He Fincher spins a tale of sucess, greed, envy and betryal. But then you don't get to 500 millions friends without making a few enemies
March 09, 2021
Movies and Tea #39 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Taking a break from his now trademark dark urban landscapes and the darker intentions of those inhabit them, with this adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story of the same name he brings his visual bag of tricks to a unique love story in which we follow Benjamin Button a man who is aging backwards and his relationship with the dancer Daisy over the course of his life.
February 19, 2021
Movies and Tea #38 - Zodiac
Continuing our season long re-evaluation of David Fincher's Filmography we are joined on this episode by Nick Rehak (French Toast Sunday) to breakdown the True Crime Thriller "Zodiac" following not only the hunt for the illusive serial killer who taunted the police with cryptic cyphers but also the men who tried to track him down and the effect the case had on each of them.
January 29, 2021
Movies and Tea #37 - Panic Room
Our re-evaulation of David Fincher's filmography continues with "Panic Room" in which a mother and daughter move into a new house with a very unique selling point.... it's panic room which certainly comes in handy when a trio of men break into the house. The only problem is what they want is in the Panic Room. We look at the problematic making of, the last minute casting changes and Fincher ever evolving visual style and more!!
January 19, 2021
Still The Water
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.
January 04, 2021
Movies and Tea #36 - Fight Club
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.
December 09, 2020
Movies and Tea #35 - The Game
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.
November 11, 2020
Movies and Tea #34 - Seven
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.
October 25, 2020
After Hours - You Can't Kill David Arquette
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.
September 18, 2020
After Hours - Clapboard Jungle
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?
September 04, 2020
Movies and Tea #33 - Alien 3
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!!
August 19, 2020
After Hours #13 - Paradise Hills
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
July 13, 2020
After Hours #12 - First Love
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.
May 31, 2020
After Hours #11 - Bait
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.
May 21, 2020
Movies and Tea #32 - Life of Pi
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.
May 02, 2020
Movies and Tea #31 - Lust Caution
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?
April 18, 2020
Movies and Tea #30 - Brokeback Mountain
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!!
March 17, 2020
Movies and Tea #29 - Hulk
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?
February 24, 2020
Movies and Tea #28 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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.
February 12, 2020
Movies and Tea #27 - The Ice Storm
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.
January 19, 2020
Movies and Tea #26 - Sense and Sensibility
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.
January 12, 2020
Best of the Decade (2010's)
With the decade coming to a close we each share our top 10 films from the decade but what will be the film which claims the top spot on our lists?
January 01, 2020
Movies and Tea #25 - The Father Knows Best Trilogy
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
November 29, 2019
After Hours #10 - Donnie Darko
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!!
November 10, 2019
After Hours #9 - Tigers Are Not Afraid
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.
October 27, 2019
After Hours #8 - The Shallows
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?
October 17, 2019
After Hours #7 - I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story
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!
October 11, 2019
Movies and Tea #24 - The Beguiled
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"
October 07, 2019
Movies and Tea #23 - The Bling Ring
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!!
September 26, 2019
Movies and Tea #22 - Somewhere
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.
September 11, 2019
Movies and Tea #21 - Marie Antoinette
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
August 28, 2019
Movies and Tea #20 - Lost In Translation
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.
August 16, 2019
Movies and Tea #19 - The Virgin Suicides
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.
August 05, 2019
After Hours #6 - Love, Death + Robots (Season 1)
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!!
July 26, 2019
After Hours #5 - Europa Report
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.
July 11, 2019
After Hours #4 - Deep Blue Sea
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!!
June 26, 2019
Movies and Tea #18 - The Shape of Water
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.
May 29, 2019
Movies and Tea #17 - Crimson Peak
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.
April 22, 2019
Movies and Tea #16 - Pacific Rim
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".
April 05, 2019
Movies and Tea #15 - Pan's Labyrinth
We are joined by Norman from Flick Hunter to discuss Del Toro's Civil War fairytale which would finally make him a recognisable name with mainstream movie goers.
March 19, 2019
Movies and Tea #14 - Hellboy 1 + 2
Elwood and Kim are joined by Comic Book Movie Expert Bubbawheat (Flights, Tights and Movie Nights) to look at the Hellboy movies.
February 23, 2019
Movies and Tea #13 - Blade 2
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!!
February 01, 2019
Movies and Tea #12 - The Devil's Backbone
Greg (Debatable Podcast / Action a Go Go) joins us for this latest episode as we discuss "The Devil's Backbone" Del Toro's Ghost story set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil war.
January 17, 2019
Movies and Tea #11 - Mimic
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.
November 20, 2018
Movies and Tea #10 - Cronos
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.
October 31, 2018
After Hours #3 - Sucker Punch
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” Come join us in the booth!!
September 18, 2018
After Hours #2 - In Your Eyes
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. Come join us in the booth!!
September 18, 2018
After Hours #1 - The Meg
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. So come join us in the booth!
September 18, 2018
Movies and Tea #9 - Pompeii
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. Come join us in the booth!!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #8 - The Three Musketeers
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.
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #7 - Death Race
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! So come join us in the booth!!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #6 - AVP: Alien Vs. Predator
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. Welcome to the booth!!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #5 - The Resident Evil Saga
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. Welcome to the booth!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #4 - Soldier
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. Welcome to the booth!!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #3 - Event Horizon
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.
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #2 - Mortal Kombat
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!!
September 17, 2018
Movies and Tea #1 - Shopping
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!!
September 15, 2018