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59 minutes | Jun 11, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 18 – Wonder Woman & Female Superheroes
The FOEC podcast slips on its gauntlets and fighting wedges to kick ass for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which has opened big around the world with a rallying cry for fans of female superheroes. After we review the strengths and weaknesses of WW, we discuss the state of female superheroes on screen in the era of the shared cinematic universes of DC Marvel and the X-Men.SPOILERS for Wonder Woman begin around the 13-minute mark!You can share your thoughts on all things super-heroic and cinematic by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find more episodes of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + trailer audio clip03:50 – Review of Wonder Woman (SPOILERS begin around 13:00)31:20 – Audio clip (Suicide Squad) + discussing female superheroes in the movies (Suicide Squad, Black Widow in the MCU and the X-Women)THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)WATCH THE TRAILER FOR WONDER WOMAN BELOW...
55 minutes | May 24, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 17 – Alien Special part 3: Prometheus & Alien Covenant
FOEC's look back over the Alien series concludes with reviews of Prometheus and Alien Covenant, in which Sandy, James, Jeremy and Joe dissect their lack of enthusiasm for the central premise of Ridley Scott's new era of Alien prequels. Perhaps unsurprisingly, our discussion ends with some fantasy filmmaking, and asks, Which OTHER directors would we like to see tackling the Alien universe?Please send your Alien-related thoughts and feedback to email@example.com for discussion future episodes of the show.You can find the first two parts of our Alien special, and other back episodes of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + listener feedback (bad Alien reviews).07:25 – Discussing Prometheus + audio clip.24:45 – Discussing Alien Covenant + audio clip.47:28 – FANTASY FILMMAKING QUESTION: Which other directors would we like to see make an Alien movie?THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)LINKS:Another podcast for Alien-lovers and horror-movie fans: Horror Movie YearbookTim's link to negative reviews of Alien (1979)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, USA – Don Siegel)Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, USA – Philip Kaufman)Alien (1979, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)Aliens (1986, USA – dir. James Cameron)Alien 3 (1992, USA – dir. David Fincher)Alien vs. Predator (2004, Canada/Italy/UK/USA – dir. Paul W.S. Anderson)Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007, USA – dirs. Greg & Colin Strause)Alien: Resurrection (1997, USA – dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)Kill List (2012, UK – dir. Ben Wheatley)Prometheus (2012, UK/USA – dir. Ridley Scott)The Invitation (2015, USA – dir. Karyn Kusama)Sicario (2015, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)The Witch (2015, Canada/UK/USA – dir. Robert Eggers)Arrival (2016, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)Alien Covenant (2017, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)IMAGES Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender explore the ruins an Engineer's temple in Prometheus. Behind the scenes of 2012's Prometheus, which set out to explain not only where the human race came from, but also to explain where Alien's space jockey, his derelict spacecraft and his xenomorph parasites came from. Michael Fassbender returns as an android in Alien Covenant. David enacts his destruction of the Engineer civilisation in Alien Covenant. A bit of beautiful scenery from Alien Covenant. Danny McBride and director Ridley Scott on the set of Alien Covenant. WATCH THE TRAILERS FOR PROMETHEUS AND ALIEN COVENANT BELOW...
31 minutes | May 12, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 16 – Alien Special part 2: Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection
With Ridley Scott's new movie Alien: Covenant now hitting cinemas, FOEC continues its look back over the Alien series with a review of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. What are your memories of the first time you discovered the Alien movies? Please send your alien-related thoughts and memories to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly read them on the imminent third episode of our Alien special, in which we will review Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.You can find the first part of our Alien special and other back episodes of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Discussing David Fincher's Alien 3 + audio clip.15:56 – Discussing Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Alien (1979, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)Aliens (1986, USA – dir. James Cameron)Delicatessen (1991, France – dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro)Alien 3 (1992, USA – dir. David Fincher)City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus, 1995, France/Germany/Spain – dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro)Alien: Resurrection (1997, USA – dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)Lost in Space (1998, USA – dir. Stephen Hopkins) Fincher insisted on having H.R. Giger return to the xenomorph design team, and for the dog-alien design Giger reinstated the transluscent head dome form his original design. David Fincher on set with Sigourney Weaver. One of Vincet Ward's conceptual designs for the wooden planet, where Alien 3 was going to take place before Ward left the project. Ripley comes face-to-face with the gruesome (rightfully reviled) Newborn. Behind the scenes photo of the failed clones... WATCH (AND CRINGE AT) THE TRAILERs FOR ALIEN 3 AND ALIEN: RESURRECTION BLOW...
32 minutes | May 1, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 15 – Alien Special part 1: Alien & Aliens
Because we have loved the Alien movies for as long as we can remember loving movies, the FOEC podcast here presents the first of three episodes in which we review all of the previous movies in the Alien series in anticipation of the release of Ridley Scott's latest entry Alien: Covenant. This first episode covers Scott's seminal arthouse sci-fi slasher Alien, as well as James Cameron's pluralised action extravaganza Aliens. Sandy, James and Jeremy are joined by fellow inveterate alien lover Joe and we hope that you enjoy nerding out over the Alien series as much as we did :)Next week we will cover the lesser loved entries in the original Alien series. Our trio of episodes will conclude a week later with our review of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Listener feedback is always appreciated and we would love to read your responses to our discussion on the final episode of our Alien special. You can write to us with your coherent thoughts and rambling brain droppings related to all things xenomorphic at email@example.com or leave us a review on iTunes. Back episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Discussing Ridley Scott's Alien + audio clip.19:00 – Discussing James Cameron's Aliens + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Dark Star (1974, USA – dir. John Carpenter)Dune (France/USA – dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky) an un-produced attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's novel for the big screen. We highly recommend checking out the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky's Dune (2013, France/USA – dir. Frank Pavich) about the pre-production of this ill-fated film from which Alien eventually emerged.Star Wars (1977, USA – dir. George Lucas)Alien (1979, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)The Empire Strikes Back (1980, USA – dir. Irvin Kershner)Aliens (1986, USA – dir. James Cameron)LINKSRoger Ebert's original review of AliensLittle White Lies magazine's article on the many amusing international posters for Alien and Aliens. When she was cast as Flight Lt. Ellen Ripley, the lone survivor of the Nostromo, Sigourney Weaver was a virtually unknown actress with aspirations to become known for her stage work rather than become a movie star. The role would not only propel her to A-list actor status but also establish her as the prototypical kick-ass action heroine of 20th century cinema. Bolaji Badelo was a graphic design student in London, when he was spotted by members of the Alien crew in a pub near Shepperton. He was then hired to wear the 7'-tall alien suit. Ridley Scott directing Ian Holm and Sigourney Weaver on the set of Alien. HR Giger's design for the derelict ship's Space Jockey....... and the finished set in Pinewood studios. HR Giger with a face-hugger egg on the set of Alien. The crew of the Nostromo enter the suggestive organic openings of the derelict alien spacecraft. In addition to the face hugger and the alien, the film featured two more monsters in the form of its haunted house settings: HR Giger's derelict spacecraft, and Ron Cobb and Ridley Scott's floating haunted house, the Nostromo. Ron Cobb's concept art for the bridge of the Nostromo. Yaphet Koto in one of the eerie corridors of the Nostromo. The creature, camouflaged by the piping of the Nostromo's escape pod. Ridley Scott was greatly inspired by the work of French comic book artist Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) so he employed the artist to design the costumes for Alien. Key to the film's success was its cast of rough space-trucker types who each define themselves swiftly and succinctly within the film's opening act. When Ellen Ripley's story continued in James Cameron's Aliens it was equally important that she should be surrounded by another supporting cast of well-defined roughneck characters – in this case a platoon of marines whose appearance and dialog James Cameron modelled on soldiers from the era of the Vietnam War. To up the ante in the series, and introduce a new key element to Ripley's relationship with the aliens, James Cameron created a queen for the alien hive. The 14'-long model of the queen was built from Cameron's own designs. James Cameron's original concept art for the big showdown...
64 minutes | Apr 13, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 14 – Ghost in the Shell & American Remakes
Sandy, James and Jeremy dive into the world of cybernetic humans with Rupert Sanders' live-action adaptation/remake of the acclaimed manga and anime series, Ghost in the Shell. After our review and a short discussion of the murky racial politics surrounding the film's casting, we jump into a couple of side-by-side comparisons of classic Asian genre movies (Hideo Nakata's J-horror classic Ringu, and Andrew Lau & Alan Mak's Hong Kongese police thriller Infernal Affairs) and their American Remakes (Gore Verbinski's The Ring, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed).Issues of whitewashing and cultural appropriation have swirled around the new Ghost in the Shell ever since Scarlett Johansson's casting was announced. To supplement our discussion on this episode, here are a couple of links to much more involved pieces on this subject:1. Eric Molinsky's excellent podcast episode Imaginary Worlds #45: Ghost in the Shell2. The Hollywood Reporter invited 4 Japanese actresses to dissect the new movie and its twist (spoilers involved – duh)Are remakes inherently pointless and cynical or can they prove that there is room for improvement upon the original? Is the live action Ghost in the Shell more intelligent than we gave it credit for? You can write to us with your coherent thoughts and rambling brain droppings related to all things cinematic at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a review on iTunes.Back episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro & review of Ghost in the Shell (2017) + audio clip.29:38 – Discussing Ringu (1998) and The Ring (2002) + audio clip.48:46 – Discussing Infernal Affairs (2002) and The Departed (2006) + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968) Major Motoko Kusanagi as imagined by Shirow Masamune for his groundbreaking manga series. Major Kusanagi and her trusty companion, Batou, in Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell. Inspired by the chaotic cityscapes of Hong Kong, New Port City was the setting for Mamoru Oshii's first anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell in 1995. The evil spirit Sadako from Hideo Nakata's seminal J-horror classic, Ringu. Naomi Watts negotiates the green-and-teal world of Gore Verbinski's highly stylised remake, The Ring. Tony Leung finally collars Andy Lau in Infernal Affairs. Ray Winstone and Jack Nicholson drag Leonardo di Caprio through an ingenious homage to a scene in Infernal Affairs, the film which Martin Scorsese remade as The Departed in 2006. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL BELOW, THEN COMPARE IT WITH THE TRAILER FOR MAMORU OSHII'S 1995 ANIME CLASSIC (ALSO BELOW). WHICH IS MORE ENTICING?
70 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 13 – Moonlight & Queer Visibility
Sandy and Jeremy are joined by London-based filmmaker Francesca Castelbuono to review Barry Jenkins' gentle, immersive Best-Picture-winning indie drama, Moonlight. We discuss the significance of Moonlight's unexpected success as one of the frontrunners in the Oscar race and its meaning for LGBT stories in mainstream cinema, then discuss two more recent films to depict LGBT stories in a mainstream context: Todd Haynes' Carol and Roland Emmerich's Stonewall.Check out Francesca's work as a filmmaker at www.francescacastelbuono.comDid the Oscars get it right this year? Was Moonlight a worthy winner of Best Picture or should the producers of La La Land have been allowed to accept the award for real?You can write to us with your coherent thoughts and rambling brain droppings related to all things cinematic at email@example.comBack episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Preamble & intro.02:51 – Main review of Moonlight + audio clip.33:15 – Discussing Stonewall + audio clip.47:00 – Discussing Carol + audio clip.01:02:20 – Extra, post-Oscars chat + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)MUSIC EXCERPT: 'Hello Stranger' written and performed by Barbara Lewis (Atlantic, 1963)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Moonlight (2016, USA – dir. Barry Jenkins)Arrival (2016, USA - dir. Denis Villeneuve)Birth of a Nation (2016, Canada/USA – dir. Nate Parker)La La Land (2016, USA – dir. Damien Chazelle)Toni Erdmann (2016, Austria/Germany – dir. Maren Ade)Carol (2015, UK/USA – dir. Todd Haynes)Stonewall (2015, USA – dir. Roland Emmerich)Pride (2014, France/UK – dir. Matthew Warchus)Under the Skin (2013, Switzerland/UK/USA – dir. Jonathan Glazer)Medicine for Melancholy (2008, USA – dir. Barry Jenkins)Brokeback Mountain (2005, Canada/USA – dir. Ang Lee) Naomi Harris in Moonlight. Jeremy Irvine plays the bland cypher at the centre of Roland Emmerich's underwhelming portrayal of the origins of America's gay rights movement, Stonewall. Ben Schnetzer plays a country boy in the out-and-proud gay scene of 1970s soho in Pride, the feel-good antidote to Stonewall's deficient portrayal of the gay rights movement. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Carol. Trevante Rhodes and André Holland play characters reunited after ten years apart in the touching denouement of Moonlight. Director Barry Jenkins on stage in the Dolby Theatre after Moonlight's surprising and chaotic win of the Oscar for Best Picture. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR MOONLIGHT BELOW
51 minutes | Feb 7, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 12 – Toni Erdmann & Chaotic Intruders
Sandy, James and Jeremy review Maren Ade's sensational, nebulous comedic masterpiece Toni Erdmann, then get Freudian in their analysis of the "Chaotic Intruder" archetype in comedy. You might very well ask, 'What is a "chaotic intruder"? Why haven't I heard of this archetype before?' That's mostly because we chose that name ourselves, in order to talk about those comedies in which the filmmakers pit one characters' outrageous id against another's buttoned-down ego. All will become clear in our discussion of the Chaotic Intruders played by Bill Murray and Jim Carrey in What About Bob? and The Cable Guy.If you can think of a more commonly used term to replace "chaotic intruder" in our lexicon or if you would like to suggest other fine examples of the archetype on film, please share your thoughts in email form by writing to firstname.lastname@example.orgBack episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + the rules of "Chaotic Intruders"03:45 – Discussing What About Bob? + audio clip.14:30 – Discussing The Cable Guy + audio clip.24:00 – Full review of Toni Erdmann + audio clip.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)MUSIC EXCERPT: 'The Greatest Love of All' written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser, performed by Whitney Houston (Arista/Sony, 1986)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Toni Erdmann (2016, Austria/Germany – dir. Maren Ade)Boss of it All (2006, Denmark/Germany/Sweden – dir. Lars von Trier)The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005, Romania – dir. Cristi Puiu)The Cable Guy (1996, USA – dir. Ben Stiller)The Mask (1994, USA – dir. Charles Russell)Mrs. Doubtfire (1993, USA – dir. Chris Columbus)What About Bob? (1991, USA – dir. Frank Oz)Uncle Buck (1989, USA – dir. John Hughes)Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987, USA – dir. John Hughes)The Graduate (1967, USA – dir. Mike Nichols) Bill Murray is the patient, who will not give his psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) any time off in What About Bob? Jim Carrey is both Matthew Broderick's best friend and his worst enemy in The Cable Guy. The id unleashed: Jim Carrey in The Mask. And if you split the id into multiple parts, you get the proto-typical chaotic intruders, the Marx Brothers... Sandra Hüller as Ines in full flow, singing 'The Greatest Love of All', in Toni Erdmann. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR TONI ERDMANN BELOW...
62 minutes | Jan 10, 2017
FOEC Podcast Ep. 11 – Silence & Scorsese
Sandy, James and Jeremy return to the airwaves for 2017 with a review of Martin Scorsese's latest epic, Silence. The release of Silence marks the end of Martin Scorsese's 27-year-long journey to film Shusake Endo's powerful novel about Jesuit missionaries fighting against the persecution of Christians in 17th Century Japan. We take this as an opportunity to discuss the other films in Scorsese's canon, which grapple with the power and agony of faith – namely, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Mean Streets (1973) and Kundun (1997).The British Film Institute is screening all of Martin Scorsese's films in it retrospective of the directors' work over January, and we highly recommend taking the opportunity to go and see these films on the big screen – details here.The intensity of the controversy surrounding Scorsese's adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ is a fascinating one, especially given that Scorsese himself is a practicing Catholic, who expressed his desire to explore his own religion through his art. In Silence Scorsese returns to his exploration of the significance of suffering to the Catholic identity and the burden that religious persecution places upon the faithful. Here are two links for anyone keen to learn more about the background to the movies we discuss on this episode:'CHURCH DECLARES LAST TEMPTATION MORALLY OFFENSIVE' – LA Times, 1988Martin Scorsese Discusses his faith, his struggles and Silence – America Media (a Jesuit Ministry)Naturally, we expect an episode in which we discuss representations of martyrdom, theology and crises of faith to inspire some strong responses in our audience, to which we say, SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS! Please email your comments to email@example.com so that we can discuss them on the next episode of the show. Back episodes of FOEC can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + audio clip from Silence.05:15 – SPOILER-FREE review of Silence.19:50 – SPOILERS START for Silence.25:54 – Discussing The Last Temptation of Christ + audio clip.37:10 – Discussing Mean Streets + audio clip.48:00 – Discussing Kundun + clip from the soundtrack by Phillip Glass.THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Silence (2016, Italy/Japan/Mexico/Taiwan/UK/USA – dir. Martin Scorsese)The Passion of the Christ (2004, USA – dir. Mel Gibson)Mulholland Drive (2001, USA – dir. David Lynch)Kundun (1997, USA – dir. Martin Scorsese)The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, USA – dir. Martin Scorsese)The Last Emperor (1987, Italy/UK – dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)Mean Streets (1973, USA – dir. Martin Scorsese)ALSO CHECK OUT:Bringing Out the Dead (1999, USA – dir. Martin Scorsese)Tetsuo: the Iron Man (1989, Japan – dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) Shinya Tsukamoto in the pivotal role of Mokichi in Silence. Willem Dafoe depicts a conflicted and all-too-human Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ. Harvey Keitel plays squeaky-clean, devout Catholic gangster Charlie in Mean Streets. Mean Streets was Martin Scorsese's third feature film as writer-director and launched Harvey Keitel and Robert De Nero to prominence as rising stars of new American cinema in the 1970s. The Chinese authorities forbade Scorsese's production team from filming Kundun in Tibet, so the majority of Scorsese's biopic of the early years of the 14th Dalai Lama was shot in Morocco and on sets in the US and Canada. The necessity to recreate vast, lavishly decorated temple interiors led to a gargantuan job for production designer Dante Ferretti, a veteran designer, who Martin Scorsese has worked with on almost all of his subsequent productions. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR SILENCE BELOW
106 minutes | Dec 26, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 10 – Best Films of 2016
Just before we set the Champagne corks a-popping to welcome the arrival of 2017, the time is here for Films Of Every Colour to celebrate the movie year that was and run down our picks of the most outstanding films of 2016! Sandy, James, Jeremy and Liz recommend their favourite scary movies, westerns, animation, documentaries and favourite movies overall, along with a truck-load of recommendations sent in by friends of the show. For listeners abroad, it's worth pointing out that we are sticking with the UK cinema release schedule, so don't raise your eyebrows if you hear no mention of Moonlight or La La Land in our top picks – those films will get their due consideration next December.We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone, who took the time to send us their picks for the best films of 2016 – the show was all the more enjoyable and interesting for your contributions! If you would like to provoke a discussion on future episodes of the podcast or demand a platform to argue against us, please write to firstname.lastname@example.orgBack-episodes of the podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud. In this end of year special we have reserved space for films not previously reviewed on the show. If you would like to delve into our back catalogue for recommendations of more outstanding films from this year, the very best films we have reviewed on previous episodes are: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta and Steven Spielberg's The BFG.LINKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS' PAGES ONLINE:The Horror Movie Yearbook PodcastThe Midwest Film Nerds PodcastA Long Week of Short Films FestivalThe Bechdel Test FestMUSIC & AUDIO CLIPS:OPENING THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)This episode contains audio clips from: Victoria, Tale of Tales, Swiss Army Man, Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful EightThis episode contains music excerpts from: The Neon Demon, The Hateful Eight, The WitchFILMS MENTIONED: LISTENER PICK – THE HORROR MOVIE YEARBOOK PODCAST'S SCARIEST FILM OF 2016: Green Room (USA – dir Jeremy Saulnier) JAMES' SCARIEST FILM OF 2016 (THAT WASN'T THE WITCH): Under the Shadow (Zir-e Sayeh, Jordan/Qatar/UK – dir. Babak Anvari) LIZ'S MOST STRESSFUL FILM OF 2016: Victoria (Germany – dir. Sebastian Schipper) THIS YEAR'S FILM MOST IN-TUNE WITH JEREMY'S SUBCONSCIOUS: Tale of Tales (France/Italy/UK – dir. Matteo Garrone) LISTENER PICK – GIANPAOLO'S BEST FILMS OF 2016: High-Rise (UK – dir. Ben Wheatley) LISTENER PICK – GIANPAOLO'S BEST FILMS OF 2016: A Bigger Splash (France/Italy – dir. Luca Guadagnino) LISTENER PICK – GIANPAOLO'S BEST FILMS OF 2016: Midnight Special (Greece/USA – dir. Jeff Nichols) LISTENER PICK – ALEX'S BEST FILMS OF 2016: Kubo & the Two Strings (USA – dir. Travis Knight) LISTENER PICK – ALEX'S BEST FILMS OF 2016: Swiss Army Man (USA – dirs. Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan) LISTENER PICK – ALEX'S BEST FILM OF 2016: Arrival (USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve) LISTENER PICK – PAULINA'S BEST FILM OF 2016: Mountains May Depart (Shanhé gùrén, China/France/Japan – dir. Jia Zhangke) LISTENER PICK – ARTUR'S BEST FILM OF 2016: The Wailing (Gokseong, South Korea – dir. Na Hong-Jin) LIZ'S UGLIEST CRY IN 2016 CAME COURTESY OF: I, Daniel Blake (Belgium/France/UK – dir. Ken Loach) JEREMY'S MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED FILM OF 2016: The Neon Demon (Denmark/France/USA – dir. Nicolas Winding Refn) JAMES' MOST BROMANTIC FILM OF 2016: Everybody Wants Some!! (USA – dir. Richard Linklater) LISTENER PICK – GIANPAOLO'S BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2016: O.J.: Made in America (USA – dir. Ezra Edelman) LIZ'S BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2016: Weiner (USA – dirs. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg) LIZ & JEREMY'S BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2016: The Eagle Huntress (Monoglia/UK/USA – dir. Otto Bell)
65 minutes | Dec 20, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 9 – Rogue One & Star Wars Spin-Offs
FOEC regulars Sandy, James and Jeremy are joined by Liz for a dispatch from the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away: it's time for our SPOILER–HEAVY review of the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One! We pair our review of Gareth Edwards' Star Wars prequel/side-quel with an affectionate look back over the Star Wars spin-offs that have been gifted to/inflicted upon the world before Rogue One, including a fiercely contested recommendation of the two made-for-TV Ewok movies.Please send your comments to email@example.com, so that we can read your feedback on future episodes of the show. We will have plenty of listener comments to get to on our episode on the best films of 2016 (coming in only a week's time) so look out for that on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud.Just to be clear: our review of Rogue One will be filled with SPOILERS from the very beginning! If you haven't seen Rogue One yet, think about watching it before listening to this podcast. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + audio clip from Rogue One.02:15 – FULL-SPOILER review of Rogue One.34:14 – Attacking The Star Wars Holiday Special + audio clip.43:40 – Discussing the Ewok adventures of Caravan of Courage & Battle for Endor + audio clip.54:39 – Sandy and Jeremy discuss Star Wars: the Clone Wars + audio clip.OPENING THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)CLOSING THEME MUSIC: 'Star Wars Theme (The Force)' [Johan S. Detox Club mix] by TwinFILMS & TV SHOWS MENTIONED:Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (2016, USA – dir. Gareth Edwards)Zootopia (2016, USA – dirs. Byron Howard & Rich Moore)Captain America: Civil War (2016), USA – dirs. Anthony & Joe Russo)The Force Awakens (2015, USA – dir. J.J. Abrams)The Clone Wars – TV series (2008–2014, Cartoon Network/Netflix)Star Wars: the Clone Wars (2008, USA – Dave Filoni)Revenge of the Sith (2005, USA – dir. George Lucas)Star Wars: Clone Wars – TV series (2003, Cartoon Network)Attack of the Clones (2002, USA – dir. George Lucas)The Phantom Menace (1999, USA – dir. George Lucas)Willow (1988, UK/USA – dir. Ron Howard)Ewoks – TV series (1985–1986, ABC)Droids – TV series (1985–1986, ABC)Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985, USA – dirs. Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat)Caravan of Courage: an Ewok Adventure (1984, USA – dir. John Korty)Return of the Jedi (1983, USA – dir. Richard Marquand)The Empire Strikes Back (1980, USA – dir. Irvin Kirshner)The Star Wars Holiday Special – TV special (1978, CBS)Star Wars (1977, USA – dir. George Lucas) Chewbacca's son, Lumpy, enjoying one of many bizarre variety acts in the stupefying, atrocious TV cash-in, The Star Wars Holiday Special. Boba Fett making his first appearance in the Star Wars universe, during the animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special. Aubree Miller and Guy Boyd play Cindel and Jeremitt, two human moppets stranded on Endor in Lucasfilm's TV-movie, Caravan of Courage: an Ewok Adventure. Beloved Ewok hero, Wicket, is joined by the ugliest addition to Endor's animal world Teek, a super-fast, mischievous sidekick in the sequel to Caravan of Courage, 1985's Ewoks: the Battle for Endor. Anakin Skywalker is the unwilling master to a new Jedi padawan, Ahsoka, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY BELOW...AND, JUST FOR KICKS, HERE IS A 15-MINUTE EDIT OF THE WORST BITS OF THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL
61 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 8 – Arrival & First Contact
Sandy, James and Jeremy get all friendly with cinema's extra-terrestrial chums! Our review of Denis Villeneuve's electrifying sci-fi peacnik movie, Arrival, is split into spoiler-free and spoilerising segments. If you haven't yet seen Arrival, you can skip over the spoilers to hear our discussion of three important American science fiction films that also grapple with mankind's first contact with an alien race – namely, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day and Contact.We would love to hear your thoughts on Arrival and all things sci-fi and air your thoughts on future episodes of the show. We are also gearing up for a special episode on the best films of 2016, in which we would like to read your case for (or defence of) your favourite film of the year. Please send your comments and favourite films of 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org . Back episodes of FOEC can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, A-cast and Mixcloud.APOLOGY: Alien listening devices caused a noticeable electric buzz in the background of this week's show. We don't believe that this will hamper your enjoyment of the show but rest assured that this will not be an issue in future episodes. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + audio clip from trailer for Arrival.02:15 – Spoiler-free review of Arrival.15:00 – SPOILERS for Arrival + audio clip.26:36 – Discussing Close Encounters of the Third Kind + audio clip.38:30 – Discussing Independence Day + audio clip.48:55 – Discussing Contact + audio clip.THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS & TV SHOWS MENTIONED:Arrival (2016, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)Sicario (2015, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve)The Martian (2015, USA – dir. Ridley Scott)Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, USA – dir. Joss Whedon)Interstellar (2014, UK/USA – dir. Christopher Nolan)Prometheus (2012, UK/USA – dir. Ridley Scott)Primer (2004, USA – dir. Shane Carruth)A.I. (2001, USA – dir. Steven Spielberg)Contact (1997, USA – dir. Robert Zemeckis)Mars Attacks! (1996, USA – dir. Tim Burton)Independence Day (1996, USA – dir. Roland Emmerich)The X-Files (1993 to 2002 – Fox)V (1983 to 1984 – NBC)Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, USA – dir. Steven Spielberg)Star Wars (1977, USA – dir. George Lucas) Denis Villeneuve directs Amy Adams on the set of Arrival. The mothership arrives in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Independence Day references Close Encounters several times but the most inspired nod to Spielberg's seminal classic comes when the alien warships arrive, cloaked in clouds. Jodie Foster listens for extra-terrestrial messages in Contact. WATCH THE TEASER TRAILER FOR ARRIVAL BELOW
56 minutes | Nov 4, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 7 – Lo & Behold... it's Werner Herzog!
FOEC is back (sooner than expected!) with a double-review episode in which Sandy, James and Jeremy discuss two new films from one of their favourite filmmakers, Werner Herzog.Herzog is best-known for his quixotic narrative fiction films, such as Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcorraldo (1982), but the majority of his filmography is composed of documentary films. Herzog's two latest documentaries touch on many themes common across his work: obsession, scientific exploration and mankind's religious and mythological connections with forces beyond our comprehension.First up is Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which is currently playing in UK cinemas, then Into the Inferno, which is now available on Netflix and in limited cinematic release. We close out this episode with a discussion of the thematic through-lines in Herzog's recent documentaries and we give recommendations for next steps in exploring Werner Herzog's documentary catalogue.To share your thoughts on all things Herzogian and cinematic in nature, please write to email@example.com so your feedback can be discussed on the next episode of the podcast. FOEC can be found on Stitcher Radio, A-cast, Mixcloud and iTunes. If you enjoy listening to the show on any of these channels, please leave us a review, so that we can reach a wider audience. SHOWNOTES:00:00 – Intro + audio clip from Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.04:33 – Review of Lo & Behold...19:08 – Audio clip + review of Into the Inferno.39:22 – Discussion of Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World and Cave of Forgotten Dreams + further recommendations.THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY WERNER HERZOG, MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Fata Morgana (1972, West Germany)The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (Die Große Ekstasie des Bildschnitzers Steiner, 1974, West Germany)Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997, France/Germany/UK)The White Diamond (2004, Germany)Grizzly Man (2005, USA)Encounters at the End of the World (2007, USA)Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Canada/France/Germany/UK/USA)Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016, USA)Into the Inferno (2016, Austria/UK)ALSO MENTIONNED:Zero Days (2016, USA – dir. Alex Gibney)Jon Ronson's podcast 'The Butterfly Effect' Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) begins with Dr Leonard Kleinrock guiding us through the UCLA basement room, where the first internet communication originated. Archival footage of scientist Maurice Krafft being drawn, like a moth to a flame, perilously close to titanic lava flows in Into the Inferno (2016). Werner Herzog on the set of Cobra Verde (1987) with the most famous star of his narrative fiction films, Klaus Kinski. One of Herzog's finest documentaries, which we had not time to mention on this episode, is his moving memoir of his relationship with Klaus Kinski, My Best Fiend (1999). Werner Herzog and his crew filmed inside the Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche, where they captured footage of the oldest known cave paintings on Earth, for the sublime 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010). A diver swims past cathedral spires in the inverted, alien world beneath the ice of the Antarctic in Encounters at the End of the World (2007). Werner Herzog addresses an audience of film fans and rubberneckers in Les Blank's superb short documentary, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980). The wreckage strewn about the Sahara desert provided the backdrop to Herzog's retelling of the Mayan creation myth, the Popol Vuh, in one of his earliest break-out hits, Fata Morgana (1972). WATCH THE TRAILERS FOR LO & BEHOLD... AND INTO THE INFERNO BELOW...
87 minutes | Oct 22, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 6 – BFI London Film Festival 2016
FOEC went to the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October and came away with a bumper-episode's-worth of films to talk about! Sandy and Jeremy are joined in this episode by the very wonderful Liz, a veteran attendee of LFF with a nose for the outstanding films in the festival's massive programme. As this episode will show, the strength of LFF's line up this year puts to bed any mutterings that 2016 is a sub par year for cinema. Though we could not get to reviews of every film that we saw at the fest, you can read Sandy's reviews from his first few days at the festival here.FOEC will take a brief hiatus before Christmas, due to Sandy's unexpected trip to Kazakhstan in November. However, Sandy, James, Jeremy and (if you're really good boys and girls) Liz will return in December with more reviews of new releases and a look back over the cinematic year that was 2016. In the meanwhile, this extra-long episode features plenty of recommendations for films new and old. Enjoy...IMAGES AND DETAILS OF THE FILMS REVIEWED IN THIS EPISODE ARE LISTED BELOW IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE. Julian Barratt in Mindhorn (2016, UK – dir. Sean Foley) Chris O'Dowd in Mascots (2016, USA – dir. Christopher Guest) The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge, 2016, Belgium/France/Japan – dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit) My Life as a Courgette (Ma Vie de Courgette, 2016, France – dir. Claude Barras) Rooney Mara in Una (2016, UK/USA – dir. Benedict Andrews) Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea (2016, USA – dir. Kenneth Lonegran) Amy Adams in Arrival (2016, USA – dir. Denis Villeneuve) Kim Tae-ri and Kim Min-hee in The Handmaiden (아가씨 2016, South Korea – dir. Park Chan-wook) Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch and a corpse in The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016, USA – dir. André Øvredal) Aaron Eckhart and Tom Hanks in Sully (2016, USA – dir. Clint Eastwood) Sara Serraiocco in Worldly Girl (La Ragazza del Mondo, 2016, Italy – dir. Marco Danieli) Voyage of Time (2016, USA – dir. Terrence Malick) The Eagle Huntress (2016, USA – dir. Otto Bell) We are X (2016, UK – dir. Stephen Kijak) Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir (2016, Belgium/France – dir. Bavo Defurne) Isabelle Huppert in Elle (2016, Belgium/France/Germany – dir. Paul Verhoeven) Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in Their Finest (2016, UK – dir. Lone Scherfig) Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals (2016, USA – dir. Tom Ford) Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti in The Salesman (2016, France/Iran – dir. Asghar Farhadi) Free Fire (2016, UK – dir. Ben Wheatley) Mike Bribiglia and Kate Micucci in Don't Think Twice (2016, USA – dir. Mike Bribiglia) MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE:THEME SONG: 'Film! Film! Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol, from Film! Film! Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)Excerpt from Joseph Haydn's 'Die Schöpfung' ('The Creation') performed by the Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adam Fischer.
62 minutes | Sep 22, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 5 – Kubo & the Two Strings & Laika
Episode Five of the FOEC podcast is dedicated to the animation of America's premier stop-motion animation studio, Laika, whose films have delighted the three FOEC podcast hosts and built up a great deal of anticipation for Laika's latest, most ambitious release to date, Kubo & the Two Strings. But will Kubo live up to our sky-high expectations?The episode for this fortnight is a little late to arrive but there is still plenty of time to catch Kubo & the Two Strings in the cinema (after listening to our review, of course). Kubo's creators, Laika Entertainment, are one of the most exciting and impressive stop-motion animation houses working in film today. We take this opportunity to follow our review of Kubo with an assessment of Laika's filmography, which really does have something for everyone, from design-obsessed aesthete, Sandy, to classic horror fanatic, James, to fans of darkly twisted bedtime stories, like Jeremy.If you would like to share your thoughts on all things animation/film-related and listen to us discuss your comments on the next show, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a review on iTunes, Acast or Stitcher Radio. SHOWNOTES:00:00 to 01:59 – Intro + audio clip from the trailer for Kubo & the Two Strings (2016).02:00 to 30:42 – Review of Kubo & the Two Strings.30:43 to 39:50 – Discussion of Coraline (2009) + audio clip.39:51 to 48:50 – Discussion of ParaNorman (2012) + audio clip.48:51 to 01:01:34 – Discussion of The Boxtrolls (2014) + audio clip.THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (BY LAIKA):Coraline (2009, USA – Henry Selick)ParaNorman (2012, USA – Chris Butler & Sam Fell)The Boxtrolls (2014, USA – Graham Annabel & Anthony Stacchi)Kubo & the Two Strings (2016, USA – dir. Travis Knight)ALSO MENTIONNED:The Sandman (1991, UK – short film – dir. Paul Berry)Corpse Bride (2005, UK/USA – dir. Tim Burton & Mike Johnson)Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, UK – dir. Steve Box & Nick Park)Fantastic Mr Fox (2009, USA – dir. Wes Anderson)The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Japan – dir. Isao Takahata)Anomalisa (2015, USA – dir. Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman)Inside Out (2015, USA – dir. Pete Docter)Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, UK – Mark burton & Richard Starzak) Inside Laika's vast studios in Portland, Oregon, the production of Kubo & the Two Strings took place on varying scales of modelling, from an eight-foot-high skeleton to... ... tens of thousands of 3D-printed faces, with which the animators could achieve not just a greater range of movements in the characters' expressions but also literal depth in the flesh and structure of the characters' faces. Laika's 3D-printed face animation technique began with their first feature film, Coraline. ParaNorman represented several more breakthroughs in Laika's animation techniques, including coloured 3D printed faces and a marked increase in the incorporation of CGI elements into traditional stop-motion animation. Here we have included a video from Discovery Canada, which shows Laika's process of world building and character design in action for their most exuberant and anarchic film yet, The Boxtrolls.This video from The Verge goes behind the scenes on the production of Kubo & the Two Strings to reveal the mind-boggling challenges of working with puppets on micro and macro scales.Watch the trailer for Kubo & the Two Strings here.As a little bonus for fans of stop-motion animation and gothic fairytales, here is Paul Berry's award-winning 1991 short The Sandman. Berry began his career as an animator on Cosgrove Hall's stop-motion animated Wind in the Willows series and The Sandman got him noticed by Henry Selick, who employed Berry as animation supervisor on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James & the Giant Peach (1996) and Monkeybone (2001).
56 minutes | Sep 5, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 4 – Julieta & Pedro Almodóvar
The order of this fourth edition of the FOEC podcast is DESIRE. The newest film from Pedro Almodóvar is a luscious meditation on guilt, solitude and longing, and features the captivating dual performances of Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte as the older and younger versions of the titular heroine, Julieta. Following their review of Almodóvar's twentieth feature film, Sandy, James and Jeremy run through a potted history of Pedro Almodóvar's career, from his rough and ready beginnings in the New Madrid Scene of the 1970s to his great commercial success in the 1990s and his emergence as one of European cinema's premier auteurs with All About My Mother.Julieta is currently playing in British cinemas and London's BFI Southbank is currently screening a retrospective of Almodóvar's films, along with a selection of Spanish films curated by Almodóvar, himself. If you want to share your thoughts on all things Pedro Almodóvar/film-related, then please write to us at email@example.com or leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Acast.APOLOGIES: A loose connection means that there is a low electric buzz in the background of much of the audio in this episode, something for which Sandy bears full responsibility and offers his humble apologies. Due to an unfortunate vocabulary malfunction, Sandy is also mostly to blame for this episode's egregious overuse of the word "tremendous", which he hopes will not impair your enjoyment of the discussion. SHOWNOTES:00:00 to 01:43 – Intro + audio clip from Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta (2016).01:44 to 23:31 – Review of Julieta.23:32 to 24:29 – 'Murciana Marrana' [excerpt] by Alaska/The Bomitoni Group from Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980).24:30 to 30:41 – Discussing Pepi, Luci, Bom.30:42 to 31:51 – 'Puro Teatro' [excerpt #1] by La Lupe.31:52 to 36:41 – Discussing Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.36:42 to 37:46 – 'Puro Teatro' [excerpt #2] by La Lupe.37:47 to 47:47 – Discussing Live Flesh.47:48 to 48:40 – 'La Mecánica del Transplante' [excerpt] from Alberto Inglesias' score for All About My Mother (1999).48:41 to 56:06 – Discussing All About My Mother.THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)LINKS:Peter Bradshaw's review of Julieta for The Guardian.Mark Kermode's review of Julieta for The Observer.FILMS MENTIONNED IN THIS EPISODE (DIRECTED BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR):Fuck, Fuck, Fuck Me, Tim (Folle, Folle, Fólleme, Tim – 1978, Spain)Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas Del Monton (1980, Spain)Labyrinth of Passion (Laberinto de Pasiones – 1982, Spain)Matador (1986, Spain)Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios – 1988, Spain)Live Flesh (Carne Tremula – 1997, France/Spain)All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre – 1999, Spain)Talk to Her (Hable con Ella – 2002, Spain)The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito – 2011, Spain)I'm So Excited! (a.k.a. Los Amantes Pasajeros – 2013, Spain)Julieta (2016, Spain)ALSO MENTIONNED:Cape Fear (1962 – dir. J. Lee Thompson or 1991 – dir. Martin Scorsese)Jubilee (1978, UK – dir. Derek Jarman) Fabio McNamara and Pedro Almodóvar prepare for a performance as the glam rock parody duo Almodóvar & McNamara in 1970s Madrid. It was at this time that Almodóvar was one of the many active figures at the heart of the New Madrid Scene (La Nueva Movida Madrileña), which had a heavy influence on the politically and sexually liberated youth culture of post-Francoist Spain. Almodóvar's first feature film, Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980), pulled influences from all corners of European and American youth culture but most of all from comic books and punk music. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios, 1988) was the breakout success that drew mainstream attention to Almodóvar's idiosyncratic films, as well as making Carmen Maura and Rossy de Palma into illustrious stars of Spain's film and fashion worlds, respectively. Ángela Molina enters the frame (and the fray) in Live Flesh (Carne Tremula, 1997). Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar sip tea during the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where Pedro Almodóvar won the Palme for Best Director with... All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre, 1999) sealed Almodóvar's reputation among international critics and went on to sweep the board at Spain's Goya Awards and win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the USA. Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar during the making of Broken Embraces (Abrazos Rotos, 2009). WATCH THE TRAILER FOR JULIETA BELOW...
40 minutes | Aug 22, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 3 – Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words
This week Sandy, James and Jeremy highlight the outstanding film legacy of Ingrid Bergman, one of the few actors worthy of the word iconic. We review the new documentary about Bergman's life and career, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, which mixes a wealth of archival footage with Bergman's own home movies and segments from her diaries and letters to create a picture of an actor torn between Europe and the USA, home life and working life. We then take the opportunity to discuss films from three different periods in Bergman's career: Casablanca (1942) and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946), when Bergman was a darling of Golden Age Hollywood; Journey to Italy (1954), Bergman's third Italian film with Roberto Rossellini; and Autumn Sonata (1978), Bergman's first performance in a Swedish film since David O. Selznick called her away to Hollywood to become a star.Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words is currently playing alongside a selected retrospective of Ingrid Bergman's films at London's BFI Southbank and it is available on DVD in the US as part of the Criterion Collection. If you want to share your thoughts on all things Ingrid Bergman/film-related, then please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Acast. SHOWNOTES:00:00 to 02:33 – Intro...02:34 to 03:17 – Trailer clip from Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015).03:18 to 14:53 – Review of Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.14:54 to 15:41 – Audio clip of Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant from Notorious (1946).15:42 to 22:27 – Discussing Notorious and Casablanca.22:28 to 29:38 – Discussing Journey to Italy (including audio clip of Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, 1954).29:39 to 33:42 – A few words about Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata.33:43 to 39:42 – Audio clip from Red Dwarf (Se.2, Ep.2 'Better Than Life', 1988) and the Fantasy Filmmaking Question: How would you remake Casablanca?THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)FILMS MENTIONNED IN THIS EPISODE (STARRING INGRID BERGMAN):Casablanca (1942, USA – dir. Michael Curtiz)Gaslight (1944, USA – dir. George Cukor)Notorious (1946, USA – dir. Alfred Hitchcock)Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, 1954, Italy/France – dir. Roberto Rossellini)Anastasia (1956, USA – dir. Anatole Litvak)Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten, 1978, West Germany/Sweden – dir. Ingmar Bergman)Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid, 2015, Sweden – dir. Stig Björkman)ALSO MENTIONNED:Rome, Open City (Roma Città Aperta, 1945, Italy – dir. Roberto Rossellini)Germany, Year Zero (Germania Anno Zero, 1948, Italy – dir. Roberto Rossellini)Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di Biciclette, 1948, Italy – dir. Vittorio de Sica)La Strada (1954, Italy – dir. Federico Fellini)La Notte (1961, Italy/France – dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)Cries & Whispers (Viskningar Och Rop, 1972, Sweden – dir. Ingmar Bergman)Barb Wire (1996, USA – dir. David Hogan) apparently a remake of Casablanca... Ingrid Bergman (1915 – 1982) Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942), the film that made both actors into indelible icons of Hollywood. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman bring their A-game to Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946). Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950), her first film under the direction of Roberto Rossellini. During production Bergman and Rossellini began an affair, which sparked outrage in the USA, led Bergman into a drawn-out divorce and custody battle over her daughter, Pia, and eventually led to her own marriage to Rossellini, with whom she had three children. Bergman as a woman on the verge of divorce in Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, 1954). Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini with their three children, Roberto, Ingrid and Isabella. Liv Ullmann plays the neglected daughter of Ingrid Bergman's famous concert pianist in Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten, 1978). Ingmar Bergman directs Ingrid on the set of Autumn Sonata. When Ingrid met Ingmar at Cannes a few years earlier, she reportedly slipped a note into his pocket, telling him that she wanted to work with him. Spotted in Soho (Berwick Street market). Ingrid Bergman spent most of her later life living in London. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS BELOW
41 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 2 – Jason Bourne & Spy Action
The Films Of Every Colour podcast returns for Episode Two! Messrs Sandy, James and Jeremy discuss the frantic but unsurprising new entry in the Bourne series and delve into the influence of Paul Greengrass' Bourne films on 21st-century spy action.Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Riz Ahmed and Vincent Cassel star in Paul Greengrass' third film as director in the Bourne series and while the result yielded nothing new or shocking for the FOEC podcast hosts, it certainly stimulates a lively debate on the position that the Bourne films enjoy in contemporary action cinema, occasionally (but not always) in opposition to Bourne's senior super-spy counterpart, James Bond.You can listen to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Mixcloud. We're always happy to hear proof that our listeners exist, so do not hesitate to write and share your own insights into action cinema with an email to foecpod(at)gmail.comAPOLOGY: Sandy and James show their ignorance of European geography by suggesting that Greece shares borders with Romania and Armenia. In the scene to which we refer Jason Bourne is found to be on the border with Greece and Albania. We offer our humblest apologies to our many, many Albanian, Armenian and Romanian listeners :(SHOWNOTES00:00 to 00:47 Intro...00:48 to 01:40 Excerpt from 'Extreme Ways' by Moby (from The Bourne Identity, 2002) + Alicia Vikander in a clip from Jason Bourne (2016).01:41 to 18:12 Review of Jason Bourne.18:13 to 18:33 John Barry's original 'James Bond Theme.'18:34 to 34:25 Discussion of the impact of Paul Greengrass and the Bourne series on contemporary action cinema: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Jack Reacher (2012) and The International (2009).34:26 to 41:03 Final question: which male action hero would you recast as a woman?THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968) Alicia Vikander attempts to bring Matt Damon in from the cold in Jason Bourne (2016). Paul Greengrass brought the sweat and grime back into the spy thriller genre with his frenetic stylisation in The Bourne Supremacy (2004). Bond before Bourne – Die Another Day (2002). Bond after Bourne – Casino Royale (2006). Tom Cruise perhaps doesn't learn enough from the Bourne series in the 1990s throw-back, Jack Reacher (2012). Clive Owen gets ready to shoot up the Guggenheim museum in the show-stopping central set piece of The International (2009). WATCH THE JASON BOURNE TRAILER BELOWAND JUST FOR KICKS, HERE'S WERNER HERZOG AS THE VILLAIN (AND MOST BOURNE–ISH CHARACTER) IN JACK REACHER...
59 minutes | Jul 26, 2016
FOEC Podcast Ep. 1 – The BFG & Roald Dahl
It's somewhat of a surprise that it has taken so long for Steven Spielberg to get around to directing and adaptation of a novel by Roald Dahl but it is finally here! Equally incredible is that it has taken so long for FOEC to make the jump from the written word to the spoken word but, at long last, here we are! For your listening pleasure FOEC presents its inaugural film podcast featuring the voices and opinions of Sandy Connell, James Morgan and Jeremy Parkinson, three chums with an irrepressible love of cinema.Will Steven Spielberg's new adaptation of The BFG live up to the promise of Roald Dahl's beloved text or prove itself to be a lesser Spielberg effort? Following the discussion of The BFG is a rundown of the history of Roald Dahl books on film and some fond memories of how those books and films shaped our impressions of the art of storytelling. Listen, enjoy and please do share your comments and criticisms with us by writing to foecpod(at)gmail.com or by rating the podcast on Mixcloud or iTunes. Ruby Barnhill as Sophie in Steven Spielberg's interpretation of The BFG (2016). SHOWNOTES00:00 to 05:15 It's a new film podcast! Time for an intro05:15 to 06:42 'To Giant Country,' from John WIlliams' score for The BFG (2016) and a clip from the film06:42 to 24:16 Review of The BFG24:16 to 25:08 Clip from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)25:08 to 58:32 Discussion of Roald Dahl's stories on film, including clips from The Witches (1990) and Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм – 1968) Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) Peter Lorre, Neile Adams and Steve McQueen in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Man From the South (1960). Alfred Hitchcock Presents was one of many twisted TV shows to bring Roald Dahl's short stories to the screen, and a total of six stories by Dahl appeared during the show's early seasons. After many years writing teleplays in between his hugely successful novels and short stories, Roald Dahl's first major gig as a screenwriter came with the screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice (1967). Gene Wilder immediately owned the character of Willy Wonka after the success of Mel Stuart's 1971 adaptation of 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory', which was co-written for the screen by Roald Dahl. The handful of feature film screenplays that Dahl wrote includes another bright, fantastical staple of childhood viewing: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). David Jason voices the BFG in Brian Cosgrove's animated adaptation from 1989. A film to terrify generation after generation: Nicolas Roeg's interpretation of The Witches (1990) is about as child-friendly as you would expect a Nicolas Roeg film to be. Animator Henry Selick's second feature film was the 1996 adaptation of James & the Giant Peach. Consummate symmetrical stylist Wes Anderson made his first foray into animation to bring Fantastic Mr Fox to the screen in 2009. WATCH THE BFG TRAILER BELOW
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