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New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #6 – ‘Scorsese & Marvel: Civil War’ (The Irishman)

The latest episode of my podcast about cinema 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.

As The Irishman arrives on the scene, we’re this week discussing Martin Scorsese, Marvel and ask the question…

What exactly is cinema?

In the last few months, Scorsese and Marvel have, via Film Twitter, been at war, after Scorsese described the Marvel cinematic juggernaut as “not cinema”. Is he right? Is he wrong? Does it matter? Is the answer less important than people’s reaction to it?

It seems to have triggered a debate over the direction of modern cinema. Blockbuster franchises vs smaller fare. Distribution models with Netflix bankrolling The Irishman when major studios wouldn’t. Are we facing cinematic hegemony? Or is the market simply evolving & adapting?

And crucially, is there art or craft in Black Panther to the same degree as The Irishman or Goodfellas? Worlds apart in tone and texture, do they all apply as pure cinema?

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New Podcast Guest Appearance: THE TIME IS NOW – ‘The Hand of St. Sebastian’

A spin-off show to The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast, The Time Is Now delves weekly into each episode of Chris Carter’s 1990’s esoteric horror series Millennium, with myself & other fans and podcasters discussing the series, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

This episode sees me operate as guest alongside the show’s main host, Kurt North, as we talk about the loopy conspiracy theory episode, The Hand of St. Sebastian. It was almost as much fun to talk about as it is to watch…

New Podcast: MAKE IT SO #2 – ‘The Road to Picard: Countdown Comic #1’

Hosted by myself alongside regular guests, Make It So: A Star Trek Picard Podcast is a series devoted to the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, delving into each episode and exploring the show when on the air.

In this debut episode, I’m joined by The Time Is Now‘s Kurt North to discuss the newly released IDW Publishing comic Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1, the first in a three-part prequel comic series written by Mike Johnson & Kirsten Beyer which tells the story of Jean Luc-Picard’s time as an Admiral during the Romulan supernova crisis, almost 15 years before Star Trek: Picard.

We also discuss the second Picard trailer as we pick through the comic and theorise…

New Podcast Guest Appearance: ALWAYS HOLD ON TO SMALLVILLE #96 – ‘Solitude’

Hosted by Superman super-fan Zach Moore, Always Hold on to Smallville is a recap podcast for the 2001-2011 The CW series Smallville, going through all ten seasons episode by episode.

It was 2016 when I last appeared on AHOTS, discussing an episode in Season 2, and Zach and I have been working hard since to try and get me back on the show. The stars aligned for Solitude, the eighth episode of Season 5, and it turned out to be quite serendipitous.

Solitude is a pretty huge episode for Smallville, tying the show as it does into the Richard Donner-created Superman movie world (visually at least) with numerous major mythological elements – the Fortress of Solitude, General Zod, the destruction of Krypton, Brainiac etc… all mixed together. Plus! There are aspects that are very much inspired by tropes from The X-Files, and Zach and I have always said that AHOTS is a cousin series to The X-Cast

It’s always a real pleasure to podcast with Zach and it was great fun to dip back into the world of Smallville to appear on the show again…

New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #5 – ‘The Disney Paradox’ (Frozen II)’

The latest episode of my podcast about cinema 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.

As Frozen II arrives on the scene, we’re this week discussing Disney.

After decades producing some of cinema’s most beloved and well known animation, the House of Mouse have over the last decade under CEO Bob Iger expanded their dominant reach across Hollywood – Pixar, LucasFilm, Marvel Studios and most recently 20th Century Fox all now fall under the Disney umbrella.

But what does that mean for cinema itself? Disney now control a significant proportion of the global box office for 2019. They have just launched their streaming service in the States, Disney+, releasing original movies such as their life-action remake of The Lady and the Tramp as an exclusive for the service. They are actively curtailing screenings of certain classic pictures they now own by independent cinema chains as control over lucrative IP tightens.

Is their corporate hegemony likely to finance bigger and better franchises, providing exciting and varied entertainment to the masses? Or is it part of a creeping cinematic dystopia? A corporate subsuming of original ideas, vibrant talent, and cinematic revolutions which led to some of the greatest film movement of the last 100 years?

New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s PRIMITIVE CULTURE #70 – ‘All the World’s a Bridge’

Hosted by author Duncan Barrett, Primitive Culture is a Star Trek history and culture podcast we co-created in 2017 on the Trek FM networking, looking at the 50+ year old franchise through the lens of our world today.

In this episode, recorded under the cover of a Starbucks on a cold and very wet afternoon at Destination Star Trek 2019 in Birmingham’s NEC, Duncan and I look at the debt Star Trek owes to the theatre. Whether in the casting of Shakespearean heavyweights such as Stewart, David Warner, and Christopher Plummer, or in the presence of companies of players—both amateur and professional—aboard the starships of the future, Star Trek consistently maintains a link to its theatrical roots. Indeed, some popular episodes, such as Deep Space Nine’s Waltz and Enterprise’s Shuttlepod One are structured as near-one-act plays in their own right. We raise the curtain and take a look at Star Trek on the stage.

Despite the inclement weather and less than ideal recording surroundings, this was a great chat on an equally great, Trek-filled day, one you can read more about my experience of here…

New Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Redux’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Returning to begin coverage of The X-Files Season 5, I’m joined by Darren Mooney of The 250 and The M0vie Blog to discuss the season premiere, ‘Redux’…

New Podcast Guest Appearance: WITHOUT A MOUSE – ‘The Love Bug’

Hosted by Disney fanatics and film fans Tim Henton and Chris Wilson, Without a Mouse is one of the podcasts on my network, We Made This.

Every fortnight, Tim and Chris look at a live-action Disney movie and see if it holds up from our modern perspective. With Chris away with the man flu, I stepped in and joined Tim alone to discuss one of my favourite childhood movies, 1968’s The Love Bug, starring Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle.

It was a real pleasure joining Tim for this as I grew up loving Herbie and the Disney movies featuring him, so revisiting The Love Bug after so long was an absolute joy. Hopefully I’ll be on again in 2020 talking Herbie Rides Again too…

New Podcast: Movie People #1 – ‘John Rain & Superman’

I’ve launched a(nother) brand new podcast, folks – Movie People!

Again part of the We Made This podcast network, Movie People will be an interview show talking to people online who are connected to film, have a deep love of it, and immerse themselves in the medium. I may also take the odd trip into the world of TV and books, other media, from time to time.

Honestly, I wanted to connect with and talk to people who I find interesting, first and foremost, and I’ve started here with one of Twitter’s best assets – John Rain, aka the man behind SMERSH Pod and recently Thunderbook (it’s great, go get it). The show will aim to be fortnightly on Saturdays but we’ll see how it goes.

In this first episode, we talk about all kinds of things – cinema as a kid in the 80’s, James Bond, politics, and Richard Donner’s Superman among many other things. I think it’s a chat you’ll really enjoy.

New Podcast Guest Appearance: THE 250 – ‘Anniversary Special 2019’

Hosted by film writer Darren Mooney of The M0vie Blog and Andrew Quinn, The 250 is an excellent, Irish-based film podcast which covers the 250 Top Movies as voted by IMDB users.

Every year, Darren and Andrew mark another successful year of movie podcasting with a roundtable of contributors listing their favourite movie from the IMDB 250 of the year, and in this case their best from 1999, a year the show has focused on given the 20 year anniversary.

Always a huge pleasure being invited to contribute to this terrific podcast, which I’ll hopefully be back on again at some point in 2020…