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The latest episode of my podcast about cinema I’ve launched with my friend and podcast buddy, Carl Sweeney.

Motion Pictures is designed to be more of an informal, free-flowing chat about movies, geared around a topic of the week. There will also be choice episodes around an idea, whatever takes our fancy really! It’s an exciting project.

In this one, with Doctor Sleep now out, we explore the enduring popularity of Stephen King as a writer of copious novels and short stories and how many of them convert successfully, or unsuccessfully, to celluloid – from Brian de Palma’s Carrie to Rob Reiner’s Misery to Andy Muschetti’s two-part adaptation of It, and beyond.

What makes the America that King returns again and again to? One of broken families, haunted children, and literal and figurative monsters? Why are we so hooked by his tales and how have they, and do they, influence the horror genre as a whole?

Plus! In our ‘What We’ve Watched’ section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including Dolemite Is My Name and The Aeronauts, plus a few to avoid such as The King and (sing it) The Addams Family

You can listen to the episode on Spreaker, Apple Podcasts and your podcast player of choice, or via Spotify below.

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