49 episodes

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.

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    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

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 49 - Constantine (2005) - From Comic Book to the Big Screen.

    Episode 49 - Constantine (2005) - From Comic Book to the Big Screen.

    In Episode 49 of the Film ’89 Podcast, our resident comic book creator Haydn Spurrell is joined by returning co-host and fellow comic book expert, John Arminio of Comix Connection, to discuss in-depth one of their favourite comic book creations, John Constantine. Star of DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book series and the creation of legendary comic book writer, Alan Moore, John Constantine is a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. In 2005 the character became the focus of a big screen adaptation from director Francis Lawrence. A star vehicle for Keanu Reeves, the film featured brilliant turns from Peter Stormare as Lucifer, Tilda Swinton as the Archangel Gabriel and Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite and went on to gross over $230 million worldwide. The guys explore in-depth the origins of the character, his successful film adaptation and much more. Plus they give their overview of some of their favourite comic book creations, past and present.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 48 - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

    Episode 48 - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

    Episode 48 of The Film ‘89 Podcast is released on the day of the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the Film ‘89 Team’s all-time favourite films, The Empire Strikes Back. This second instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga is regarded by many as the best film in the long running film franchise. In an episode that’s been high on the Film ‘89 dream list of films to cover on the podcast since it began, Neil, Richie and Skye go in-depth in a huge episode dedicated solely to this remarkable film as they discuss the behind the scenes making-of Empire, as well as a detailed breakdown of the story and the coming together of some incredible filmmaking talent to create a sequel regarded by many as one of the greatest films ever made.

    • 2 hrs 30 min
    Episode 47 - Manhunter (1986).

    Episode 47 - Manhunter (1986).

    In Episode 47 of The Film ’89 Podcast, John Arminio and Bill Scurry are joined by friend of Film ’89 and established podcaster and hardcore cinephile, Matthias Van Der Roest making his guest-host debut as he and the guys dissect, discuss and celebrate director Michael Mann’s 1986 film, Manhunter. An adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ book, Red Dragon, Manhunter marks the first big screen appearance of Harris’ now legendary serial killer, Doctor Hannibal Lecktor, played brilliantly by Brian Cox. But Lecktor isn’t the main focus here as Former F.B.I. Profiler Will Graham tracks a brutal serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy, played to chilling effect by Tom Noonan. With a great supporting cast including Joan Allen, Dennis Farina and Stephen Lang, Manhunter is a prime exemplar of Mann’s taught direction and unique visual style.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 46 - Jerry Goldsmith, Movie Music Maestro.

    Episode 46 - Jerry Goldsmith, Movie Music Maestro.

    In Episode 46 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve and Skye are joined by guest co-host Stephen Simpson of the Pop Culture Gamers Podcast. Stephen is an expert in film scores and film composers and has amassed a huge collection of film score vinyl over the years so is the ideal guest to discuss a true legend of film and television, composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith’s work has been discussed more than that of any other film composer on Film ‘89 and his career spanned six decades before his passing in 2004. Throughout his career he composed iconic scores for countless television shows and films that are widely regarded as some of the all-time greats. His phenomenal body of work includes The Twilight Zone, The Man From Uncle, Planet of the Apes, Patton, The Omen, Alien, and numerous Star Trek films and television shows to name but a few. He’s composed scores for directors such as Robert Wise, Howard Hawks, Franklin J. Schaffner, Otto Preminger, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Sam Peckinpah and many more. Without doubt one of the true masters of his art, Goldsmith’s incredible legacy is celebrated in this bumper episode.

    And for lovers of film scores and vinyl, we’re offering 10% off all purchases valid for the next month from Psilowave Records who stock a huge range of highly collectible vinyl. Just go to www.psilowave.com and enter promo code FILM89 to save 10% on all purchases.

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    Episode 45 - Field of Dreams (1989).

    Episode 45 - Field of Dreams (1989).

    We’re hoping that Episode 45 of The Film ‘89 Podcast will be a soothing balm to the soul in these troubling times we find ourselves in. With much of the world in lockdown and sports of all kind cancelled, we’ve decided to take a look back at director Phil Alden Robinson’s beloved 1989 baseball themed film, Field of Dreams. Far more than a mere sports drama, Field of Dreams is a heart warming, magical and deeply romantic tale of familial redemption and reunification, passion and longing for a bygone era and of course a shared love of one of America’s most cherished sports. Taking you on this journey are Steve Amos and John Arminio as they give their analysis of not just Field of Dreams, but some of their favourite films about the sport of baseball. Sport may be on hold but we hope you find this episode to be a welcome escape from the real world troubles we find ourselves in as you immerse yourself in our celebration of one of the most beloved and moving sports dramas of all-time.

    Index:

    Field of Dreams - 0:07:07

    Baseball Films Discussion - 0:49:49

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 44 - Discussing a World in Crisis.

    Episode 44 - Discussing a World in Crisis.

    A wise man once said, “art is whatever we do when we’re not focussed on survival”. Well that wise sage was none other than frequent Film ’89 Podcast guest-host and contributor to film89.co.uk, Mr Bill Scurry. Bill joins Neil & Skye for an episode that’s very much a departure from the norm, something quite different to what our listeners are used to but then these aren’t normal circumstances that we find ourselves in as the world is gripped by a deadly pandemic that’s brought life as we know it grinding to a halt. We had big plans for Episode 44 which were scuppered by the outbreak of Coronavirus, but in it’s place we felt compelled to tackle this unprecedented global and geopolitical situation head-on. We discuss all aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affected us personally and try to offer some common sense advice and support. We discuss how the film and television industry have been adversely affected by the outbreak and how we feel the situation might change going forward. But rest assured, we do delve into the kind of topics around which the podcast was built as we discuss the recent series, Star Trek: Picard, as well as the many films that we likely now won’t be able to see in the cinema any time soon. As the world succumbs to panic and strife, we hope to inject at least a bit of normalcy back into our followers’ ears and assure you all that normal service shall resume soon. Stay safe loyal listeners and look after each other.

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rhyscp ,

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.

LukeLightBeer ,

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!

TPreece70 ,

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!!

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