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A podcast all about cinema from Tony Black (of The X-Cast) and Carl Sweeney (of The Movie Palace).

Motion Pictures is a relaxed, informal show all about film in which Tony & Carl talk about movies, new and old, and try to find a unique topic to discuss around a new release, while also throwing in special episodes along the way.

Join us on the We Made This podcast network...

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A podcast all about cinema from Tony Black (of The X-Cast) and Carl Sweeney (of The Movie Palace).

Motion Pictures is a relaxed, informal show all about film in which Tony & Carl talk about movies, new and old, and try to find a unique topic to discuss around a new release, while also throwing in special episodes along the way.

Join us on the We Made This podcast network...

    7. The Heroes Journey (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

    7. The Heroes Journey (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

    Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

    Your regular hosts, Carl Sweeney & Tony Black, are back to discuss the biggest cinematic release of 2019 - STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

    With the recent release of the concluding chapter, George Lucas’ original story of the Skywalker family comes to an end after 42 years of twists and turns, prequels and sequels, and a complete transformation of Hollywood and cinema around it.

    We talk about the saga, our own experiences with it growing up in the wake of the original trilogy, and how The Rise of Skywalker brings it all to an end, but we’re also going to look at the myth-making behind Star Wars as a whole and how much the Campbellian ‘heroes journey’ has influenced fiction as a whole.

    Plus! In our 'What We've Watched' section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including MARRIAGE STORY & IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK &, plus a couple to avoid along the way...

    You can find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    Pre-order Myth-Building in Modern Media: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myth-Building-Modern-Media-Black-author/dp/1476675635/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=myth-building+in+modern+media&qid=1577184704&sr=8-1

    Tony on The Rise of Skywalker: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/12/21/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker-the-expected-soulless-capstone-of-a-four-decade-saga/

    Tony on Rey's heroes journey: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/12/22/the-importance-of-being-rey-star-wars-exceptionalism-problem/

    Tim Kreider on experiencing Star Wars: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/opinion/star-wars-movie.html

    • 1 hr 31 min
    6. Scorsese & Marvel: Civil War (The Irishman)

    6. Scorsese & Marvel: Civil War (The Irishman)

    Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

    Your regular hosts, Tony Black & Carl Sweeney, are back to discuss director Martin Scorsese and his new film THE IRISHMAN, and ask a key 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?

    Plus! In our 'What We've Watched' section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including KNIVES OUT & DUCK, YOU SUCKER!, plus one to avoid in 60's screwball comedy WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT?...

    You can find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    Martin Scorsese on Marvel to Empire Magazine: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/martin-scorsese-says-marvel-movies-are-not-cinema

    Scorsese clarifying comments in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/opinion/martin-scorsese-marvel.html

    You can also find a Letterboxd list of Scorsese & Marvel films discussed in the podcast here - have you seen them all? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-6-scorsese-marvel/

    • 1 hr 36 min
    5. The Disney Paradox (Frozen II)

    5. The Disney Paradox (Frozen II)

    Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

    Your regular hosts, Carl Sweeney & Tony Black, join forces to discuss the monolith that is Disney in the wake of the release of FROZEN II...

    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?

    Plus! In our 'What We've Watched' section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including LE MANS '66 & DER GOLEM, plus one to avoid in the recent ROBIN HOOD...

    You can find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    Matt Zoller Seitz for Vulture: https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/disney-is-quietly-placing-classic-fox-movies-into-its-vault.html

    You can also find a Letterboxd list of Disney films mentioned in the podcast here - have you seen them all? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-5-the-disney-paradox/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    4. Stephen King's America (Doctor Sleep)

    4. Stephen King's America (Doctor Sleep)

    Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

    Your regular hosts, Carl Sweeney & Tony Black, join forces to discuss the work of Stephen King on the big and small screen as Mike Flanagan's DOCTOR SLEEP goes on general release...

    We explore the enduring popularity of 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 find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    Tony on DOCTOR SLEEP: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/10/31/doctor-sleep-a-kubrickian-xerox-with-soul-and-dark-beauty/

    The Economist on the enduring appeal of King's work: https://www.economist.com/prospero/2017/09/07/why-stephen-kings-novels-still-resonate

    Ross Douthat on King's place in American literary culture: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/02/stephen-kings-american-apocalypse

    Joshua Rothman for The New Yorker on King's genre-bending ability: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/what-stephen-king-isnt

    Robin Wasserman for The Atlantic on King's power to inspire young minds: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/10/stephen-king-saved-my-life/280781/

    You can also find a Letterboxd list of Stephen King films here - have you seen them all? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-4-stephen-king-films/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    3. Anti-Hero Ethics (Joker)

    3. Anti-Hero Ethics (Joker)

    Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

    Your regular hosts, Tony Black & Carl Sweeney, join forces to discuss Anti-Hero cinema and the ethics around such films, to coincide with the release of Todd Phillips' controversial JOKER...

    We look at specifically the kind of damaged, anti-establishment figures we see not just Heath Ledger play as the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT but also Robert de Niro (who is in Joker) in TAXI DRIVER or THE KING OF COMEDY, or Brad Pitt & Edward Norton in FIGHT CLUB.

    Do these films glamorise or critique these troubled characters in dark, twisted, heavily psychological scenarios? Are they irresponsible in how they portray masculinity, often toxic masculinity, or are they commenting in a post-modern fashion on how they exist in our culture?

    We also get into the debate surrounding Martin Scorsese's comment about Marvel and cinema, and whether Joker is breaking an established mould...

    Plus! In our 'What We've Watched' section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including WIDOWS, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (as part of a recounting of our trip to James Bond Day at London's BFI) and one to avoid in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY...

    You can find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    Tony on JOKER: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/10/07/joker-a-male-rage-manifesto-with-ugly-societal-truths/

    Martin Scorsese on Marvel movies: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/martin-scorsese-says-marvel-movies-are-not-cinema

    You can also find a Letterboxd list of Anti-Hero cinema here - have you seen them all? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-3-anti-hero-ethics/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    2. Our Favourite 5 Movies

    2. Our Favourite 5 Movies

    Our Favourite 5 Films

    In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, your hosts Tony Black & Carl Sweeney pick through their favourite 5 movies from a range of genres, to give you a taste of the films they love the most.

    Including conversation about GOODFELLAS, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, among others!

    What is your magic 5? What movies do you love the most? Let us know!

    You can find us on social media so please join in the conversation:

    FACEBOOK: Motion Pictures Podcast
    TWITTER: @MotionPicsPod

    You can also find a Letterboxd list of our choices here - how many have you seen? https://letterboxd.com/blackster/list/motion-pictures-podcast-2-our-top-5-favourites/

    • 1 hr 33 min

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Excellent Podcast

This is definitely a podcast for people who not only love film, but love film analysis. Great stuff!

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Brilliant film podcast

I really love this film podcast. I think the shows are really interesting and go beyond simple reviews of the film, into a question around the film being discussed. They are wide-ranging discussions, that are fairly serious, but without the hosts being self-serious. The chemistry between the hosts is good and the show sounds really professional, particularly the flawless audio. One of my new favourite podcasts.

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