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An exploration of the world of the ordinary and the extraordinary experienced through the eyes and the ears of a poet, a writer, an author, a storyteller, and a dreamer who profoundly believes that everything happens for a reason, and someone who sees inspirational poetry in everything and in everyone. As a life-long fan of books, films and television shows, Mark has always been an avid reader, a regular movie watcher, and an obsessive fan of some of the best television that ever been made - and with every episode Mark aims to explore and share what entertains him and what inspires his poetry.

The Mark Hastings Experience Mark Hastings

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An exploration of the world of the ordinary and the extraordinary experienced through the eyes and the ears of a poet, a writer, an author, a storyteller, and a dreamer who profoundly believes that everything happens for a reason, and someone who sees inspirational poetry in everything and in everyone. As a life-long fan of books, films and television shows, Mark has always been an avid reader, a regular movie watcher, and an obsessive fan of some of the best television that ever been made - and with every episode Mark aims to explore and share what entertains him and what inspires his poetry.

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #42: "Iron Man" (2008)

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #42: "Iron Man" (2008)

    In this episode Mark talks about the 2008 American superhero film "Iron Man", directed by Jon Favreau, based upon the Marvel comics character of the same name. "Iron Man" was the first film in what has over time become known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which is a continuously growing series of films and TV shows that are all interconnected with one another and which are all set in the same reality and occasionally feature cross-overs of live-action depictions of several different well-known and not so well-known heroes, characters, and storylines that have been featured in the pages Marvel Comics since its inception. "Iron Man" has a star-studded cast, including: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jeff Bridges, Terence Howard, as well as several other cameos that would become a staple for the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films that would follow.

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    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #41: "Goodfellas"

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #41: "Goodfellas"

    In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 American crime film "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese - which is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay of "Goodfellas" with Scorsese. The premise of the film revolves around the rise and the fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his interactions with many people who were a member of organised crime in New York City between 1955 and 1980. The film stars Ray Little as Henry Hill, Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill (Henry's wife), Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway, Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito, and Paul Sorvino as Pauline Cicero, as well as many other incredible stand-out performances by many amazing actors. "Goodfellas" has continuously been highly regarded and heralded by both film critics and film fans alike as being one of the greatest films ever made, particularly in the gangster genre, since its release - and its content and style has been emulated numerous times on both television and in other films.

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    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #40: The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 5: "The Jedi"

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #40: The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 5: "The Jedi"

    In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the new episode of The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 5: "The Jedi" - which sees The Mandalorian finally come face to face with a fan favourite character from the Star Wars universe who may be able to shed some light on who "Baby Yoda" really is.

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    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #39: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", a review

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #39: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", a review

    In another Star Wars-themed episode Mark talks about the 2005 "Star Wars" film "Star Wars: Episode III - "Revenge of the Sith", written and directed by George Lucas. The conclusive film in the so called "Prequel Trilogy" of the Star Wars franchise of films, "Revenge of the Sith" centres upon the end of "The Clone War", the demise of the Jedi Order, the fall of Anakin Skywalker, aswell as the rise of the Dark Side of The Force, the birth of Darth Vader, and the fruition of the plan of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious to rule the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi, as the era of the Galacfic Republic ends and a new Galactic Empire begins. "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" is considered by Star Wars fans and film aficionados alike to be one of the best Star Wars films of the franchise and it is a film that Mark has watched many times because of the expert storytelling, the great character development, and the seemless dove-tailing that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas employs to poetically connect one era of "Star Wars" to another.

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    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #38: "Jaws"

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #38: "Jaws"

    In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1975 American thriller "Jaws", directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Peter Brenchley. In the film, a man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town which prompts police chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Schneider) to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist (played by Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (played by Robert Shaw). The film "Jaws" has drawn Mark back to it many times over the years and after every repeated viewing of this incredible film Mark has gained an even deeper appreciation of why it is considered by many people, as well as himself, to be one of the greatest films of all time.

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    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #37: "Lucifer" (TV series)

    The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #37: "Lucifer" (TV series)

    In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series: "Lucifer" - which is an American urban fantasy television series developed by Tom Kapinos based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman and who was also the main protagonist of a spin-off comic book series published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The series revolves around the story of Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) the Devil, who was condemned to rule hell for all eternity after attempting to stage a rebellion in Heaven... until he decides to take a vacation in Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub named 'LUX' as well as becoming a consultant for the LAPD. The series also focuses of Lucifer's connection and his relationship with Dectective Chloe Decker (played by Lauren German) and the mystery of why she is not susceptible to his gift of drawing out peoples' hidden desires. The series also stars Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, and Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin. The series first three series premiered on Fox, until it was cancelled - but now all three seasons can now be streamed on Amazon Prime in the UK, and all the seasons afterwards can be streamed on Netflix worldwide.

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    • 56 min

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