New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cinematic Royalty’ (The Queen & The Crown)

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney, joined by special guest Sarah. L. Blair, are talking royalty with the return of prestige Netflix series The Crown.

They discuss the series in the context of films about royalty, such as Stephen Frears’ The Queen, and how The Crown is crossing the bridge between television and cinema…

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘A Tribute to Sir Sean Connery’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney take a break from our traditional format to lament the passing of the late, great, Sir Sean Connery, who recently passed away at the age of 90.

We discuss his career at large, talking through the eras he was on screen from James Bond through to Allan Quatermain, and what made him such a powerful, immortal screen icon…

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Hitchcock & Wheatley (Rebecca)’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney, in a special crossover event with The Movie Palace podcast, focus in on Daphne du Maurier’s legendary Gothic melodrama Rebecca.

We focus on Ben Wheatley’s brand new adaptation, drawing comparisons and differences with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1940 version, and discuss the new film’s ins & outs. Does it do the novel justice, or Hitchcock’s film? Does it track with Wheatley’s previous output? And who, exactly, is this new version for?

Plus! We share our thoughts on Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm after the last episode, and discuss the intriguing possibility of No Time to Die premiering on a streaming service…

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘The Reality of Comedy’ (Borat)

Brand new affiliate podcast.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, A. J. Black co-host Carl Sweeney in this episode are discussing comedy on the eve of the release of Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm.

We go back to 2006 to examine Borat, the first movie from Sacha Baron Cohen featuring his Kazakh creation, as we try and get to the nub of Cohen’s fearless mirth making. What is his comedy saying? Why is he saying it? And will he be able to repeat the trick?

Plus! We catch up a little on the events in the Covid-cinema world after our previous episode…

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cineworld and the ‘Death’ of Cinema’ (The State of the Cinematic Nation III)

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney respond to the recent seismic changes in the global cinema industry, chiefly the closure of over 500 Cineworld/Regal cinemas across the UK & the US.

We discuss how the delay of 007 film No Time to Die precipitated a change which some are decrying as ‘the death of cinema’, the knock on effect this will or might have going forward, and what the industry might look like on the other side of Covid-19…

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Social Media & the Discourse (The Social Dilemma)’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, as part of a broader discussion about social media in our lives.

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New Affiliated Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Season 6 / The Official Archives / Albuquerque’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The X-Cast, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney touch base on several pieces of X-Files related business…

– What we think of the new The Official Archives book.
– The news about the Albuquerque spin-off series, and what it means for the franchise.
– What’s coming for the rest of 2020 into 2021 for The X-Cast, including the live 500th episode series, Patron specials, and Season 6 coverage…

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Legacyquels’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the ‘Legacyquel’, the idea proposed by Matt Singer in 2015 of what to call sequels which arrive years, sometimes decades, later – such as the recently released Bill and Ted Face the Music.

They look at many films which qualify for this bracket, including Star Wars, Star Trek and Terminator sequels, and wonder quite what their prevalence means for modern mainstream cinema. Plus! They discuss recent (as of September 2020) happenings in the Covid-era for cinema releases.

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New Affiliated Podcast: THE MOVIE PALACE – ‘In the Heat of the Night’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The Movie Palace, in which I take over from host Carl Sweeney, I am joined by co-host Russ Hugo to discuss Norman Jewison’s 1967 racial potboiler In the Heat of the Night.

Another episode originally recorded for my on-hold ‘New Hollywood’ podcast The New Wave, this was a really enjoyable discussion in which we dug deep on this classic Sidney Poitier & Rod Steiger picture. It was a real learning curve, researching this film, and hopefully you’ll learn lots of intriguing information about the Civil Rights movement, the production itself and beyond in this episode.

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