The regular movie and television discussion podcast from the writers at Film89.co.uk. Each episode we’ll discuss in-depth a different topic relating to film and television. We give in-depth reviews of the latest films as well as detailed retrospectives of older, classic films as well as audio commentaries. We also regularly give the rundown of our favourite films/shows in different categories and answer your listener questions.
Episode 74 - Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
On Episode 74 of The Film ’89 Podcast, Richie, Neil & Skye give their in-depth, spoiler-filled analysis and verdict of a film that’s tearing up the global box office and smashing records, Sony Pictures’ & Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home. Rarely has a film been filled with such brave and bold creative narrative choices and shocking twists and turns, so we urge you to see the film before listening as the guys discuss all major plot elements, many that you won’t want spoiled if you haven’t already seen it. Go see the film then tune in for the usual quality discussion from your friendly neighbourhood cinephiles, The Film ’89 team.
Episode 73 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
Episode 73 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is one of the bigs ones, another film struck off our bucket list of films to cover on Film ‘89 and currently one of the three most requested films by you, our listeners. Those three films are Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and on this Cave Troll sized episode, Richard and Skye are joined by returning guest hosts, filmmakers Bill Scurry and Adam Rackoff, to embark upon an epic journey into Middle Earth as they give their in-depth analysis of the first part of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary fantasy book, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. For the film’s 20th anniversary, this fellowship of four will discuss the making of the film, it’s incredible ensemble cast and the assembly of a creative crew like no other ever seen in the history of filmmaking. The Fellowship of the Ring, along with it’s two sequels, would go on to become the most critically acclaimed film trilogy of all time and a huge commercial success. Join us for the first part of this epic, three part journey exploring one of the true masterpieces of modern filmmaking and the pinnacle of the fantasy genre.
Episode 72 - Dune (2021).
On Episode 72 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Skye is joined by filmmaker, podcaster and writer on the subject of film and one of Film ‘89’s most revered recurring guest hosts, the venerable Mr Bill Scurry, to discuss one of Bill’s favourite films and it’s newly released remake. They’ll be giving their in-depth and spoiler filled analysis of director Denis Villeneuve’s latest epic cinematic undertaking, his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary science fiction tale, Dune, or to be more precise, the first part of Villeneuve’s adaptation. They’ll also be discussing David Lynch’s cult classic 1984 film adaptation of Dune in an episode that sci-fi fans won’t want to miss.
Episode 71 - Halloween Kills (2021).
Episode 71 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is our 2021 Halloween Special. Joining Steve and Skye and hailing all the way from Southern California is film writer, podcaster and quite fittingly for this episode, horror aficionado, Alexandria Daniels. This trio of horror film fans will be giving you their in-depth and spoiler-filled analysis of the second film in director David Gordon Green’s Halloween revival trilogy that began in 2018 with Halloween and continues now with the recently released Halloween Kills. As well as a review of the new film, they’ll be discussing John Carpenter’s classic 1978 original and it’s many sequels. They’ll also be answering some of your horror themed listener questions in this jam-packed spooktacular episode of The Film ‘89 Podcast.
Episode 70 - Citizen Kane (1941).
On Episode 70 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve and Skye are joined by returning co-hosts Steven Saunders, host and producer of The Film Connection podcast, and podcasting veteran, Dave Eaves. The assembled team are tackling one of the most important films ever made and one hailed by many critics as the greatest ever made, Orson Welles’ astonishing directorial debut, Citizen Kane, which this year celebrates its 80th anniversary. The guys discuss the film’s enigmatic director/star who at just 24 years old, managed to alter the landscape of cinema forever. Citizen Kane is a film ripe for endless analysis and that’s exactly what you’ll get in this study of a film that’s as important a film as any that will ever be discussed on Film ‘89.
Episode 69 - “Thank God For The Rain” - 45 Years of Taxi Driver (1976).
Episode 69 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is one that we’ve been eagerly waiting to bring you since the podcast began. 45 years ago, director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader brought to the big screen a film that would epitomise that particular decade’s penchant for gritty and often unflinchingly bleak looks at society’s grimy underbelly. The film in question is Taxi Driver, and Robert De Niro’s remarkable performance as Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle is a chilling character study, a statement on the fallout of that most controversial of conflicts and also a study of one man’s failing mental health amidst a city where crime and vice are ubiquitous. Taxi Driver is unquestionably bleak but also remarkably beautiful due in no small part to some stunning cinematography by Michael Chapman and a frankly phenomenal final score from legendary composer Bernard Herrmann that helps elevate this already masterful film to one of mythic status. Taxi Driver isn’t an easy watch and tackles some disturbing and difficult themes but it’s also a film that remains ominously optimistic and is endlessly rewarding. Join Steve, Skye and returning guest host Leighton Winstone as they give their in-depth analysis of one of the crowning achievements of ‘70s cinema and an all-time classic from arguably the world’s greatest living filmmaker.
Great balance of likeable chat and epic-level nerd knowledge!
Cracking long form podcast about films, TV and related media.
There’s a mixture of guests and contributors in addition to the core presenters but it’s really well balanced and guests are allowed to speak. It’s also a pleasure to hear a discussion in the geek/nerd/Uberfan space that sees people able to disagree with each other and debate like adults.
Well researched and very easy to listen to with a good spread of topics and types.
Recommended to your friends!!!
A (very good) friend recommended Film 89 Podcast to me and I’m indebted to them as I’ve binged on all their episodes and love it all. It’s all of a consistently high quality and my only gripe is that I can’t get enough of this quality in-ear-entertainment! 5 stars!
Five Well Deserved Stars!!!
This is an awesome podcast show. The hosts, Skye, Neal, Richard and the rest are all so switched on when it comes to their knowledge of films and shows. The guests are all equally great and it’s endlessly entertaining! From Vertigo to Apocalypse Now they cover it all! I love this show!!