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See It Or Skip It? - Eternals

See It Or Skip It? - Eternals

November 28, 2021

FIRST 27:50 are a spoiler-free review with our See It/Skip It verdict

AFTER 27:50 it's a full spoiler review

It's another Sunday edition of See It Or Skip It and this time we're talking about Marvel's Eternals.  Liam, Georgia and Ian discuss the latest in Kevin Feige's masterplan. Was this a good film?  Are there too many new characters to keep track of?  Are we ready for a less comedic Marvel film? Are there too many Game of Thrones references in this film? Did Eternals bear a striking resemblance to a popular computer game? How much realism do we want in our superhero films?  We answer all these questions and more in our "See It or Skip It" review of Eternals and then we tell you whether you should SEE IT or SKIP IT.

Reel Roundtable #17 - Best War Films

Reel Roundtable #17 - Best War Films

November 26, 2021

Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning?  How about a glass of milk?  We can offer another bonus episode as we bring you another Reel Roundtable discussion for your listening enjoyment.  Ian and Liam dial back the clock and have a 2 person conversation with Georgia on fact-check corner and Ethan stuck behind enemy lines.  W discuss the best of war films, from life in the trenches to the war at home and everything in between.  Comments, banter, and an appreciation for bannermen can be found as we discuss:

  • Just how broad this topic is
  • What is the appeal of war films
  • Should films about great men at home (Darkest Hour, Imitation Game) be considered eligible
  • How do we feel about fictionalised history war films
  • Do we need distance between ourselves and a war film?
  • We present the audience and BFE Top 10 lists for the best war films ever

If you have any ideas about future actors/actresses or topics for future roundtables, we’d love to hear from you.  Hit us up at @BestFilmEverPod on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

Episode 97 - Beauty & The Beast (1991)

Episode 97 - Beauty & The Beast (1991)

November 23, 2021

It's a tale as old as time and a tune as old as song, but what happens when you get both the tale and the tune wrong?  Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew – Ian, Liam, and Georgia - Ethan's stuck in an enchanted wardrobe - as we review the first animated movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Beauty and the Beast as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.  We're hoping to find something there that wasn't there before in our 97th episode as we discuss:

  • Just how early it was when Walt Disney wanted to try his hand at Beauty & The Beast
  • A member of the BFE makes a link between Rocky & this film that you're going to have to hear to believe
  • Do we glamourise Gaston and only remember the version of him from the song, and ignore the rest?
  • What trend does this film begin that still occurs to this day
  • Can we overlook the Stockholm Syndrome of the film
  • We suggest some gruesome alternative endings
  • Who exactly is Mrs Potts singing to in Be Our Guest?
  • Is there a better first song than 'Belle'?
  • There's a great back story about the title song (yes, it is the title song)
  • Whether or not Beauty & The Beast is the Best Film Ever.

Support the BFE with a donation at https://linktr.ee/bestfilmeverpod

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Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    12:48 - Shoutouts
    27:25 - Deep Dive
    2:07:00 - Endgame
Who Do You Think You Are (Ep 8) - Voyage of the Damned

Who Do You Think You Are (Ep 8) - Voyage of the Damned

November 20, 2021

It's Sonic Saturday which means it's about to get all wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey up in here and we think that's fantastic. So grab your fez, your sonic sunglasses and "allons-y"  Ethan and Ian are here to bring you "Who Do You Think You Are"; a retrospective look at Doctor Who's best moments in preparation for Jodie Whittaker's departure and inevitable successor in Autumn 2022. This week we're headed on board the Titanic just in time for Christmas and saying hello to Kylie Minogue's Astrid.  Join us as we discuss:

  • The internal logic of a debuting Wilf remembering the past two Christmases
  • The number of ways the plan to crash the Titanic could have happened so much easier
  • Why did the Titanic commit to early 20th century weaponry
  • What's the difference between fraud and space fraud?
  • How does an intergalatic time travelling ship get an official exchange of currency?
  • We compare Kylie Minogue's Astrid to the other 'shoulda been' companions
BFE Quiz Night 4: A New Hope

BFE Quiz Night 4: A New Hope

November 19, 2021

We're now up to a quadrology of quizdom under the BFE banner, it's BFE Quiz Night 4: A New Hope.  Ian is joined by defending champion Kevin from The Podcast That Wouldn't Die as he tries to defend his title against Vern from Cinema Recall, Brandon from Namely 90s, Debbie from just down the street and a random member of the BFE crew. Join us for 5 rounds of quizzing fun on:

  • Casting Calls: We give 3 actors, you tell us which film it is
  • Movie Golf: We give you a film, you say which year it came out. Least combined years off wins the round
  • Macguffin' It - We name the MacGuffin from a film and you name that movie
  • Here's My Resume: We give you 3 films an actor has been in and you tell us which actor is the common link
  • The Eliminator - Kind to some, savage to others, the game is never over with THE ELIMINATOR still to come

If you want to join us on a future quiz night, please get a hold of us on our Twitter account (@bestfilmeverpod) and let us know that you'd like to be on our waiting list.

Episode 96 - Little Miss Sunshine

Episode 96 - Little Miss Sunshine

November 16, 2021

There's two types of people in this world: winners and losers. Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew – Ian, Liam, Ethan and Georgia - as we review the most warmest dark comedy you'll ever lay eyes on in the 2006 indie darling, Little Miss Sunshine.  We're somewhere on the road between Albuquerque and Redondo Beach in our 96th episode as we discuss:

  • The development hell this film was subjected to and why you couldn't have shot it in Canada, as a studio had previously wanted
  • The amazing story of screenwriter Michael Arndt
  • Who did the studio have cold feet about initially
  • Which member of the cast joined film musicians Devotchka on a future project
  • How the film plants seeds 20 minutes in advance and banks on you forgetting them to draw the biggest laughs
  • We break bad about a couple of cameo parts
  • If anything of us understand the appeal behind child pageants
  • We go to some real places and share some stuff
  • We discuss the fallout from Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Whether or not Little Miss Sunshine is the Best Film Ever.

Support the BFE with a donation at https://linktr.ee/bestfilmeverpod

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    10:10 - Shoutouts
    32:05 - Deep Dive
    2:20:07 - Endgame
Episode 95 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Episode 95 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

November 9, 2021

What's This? What's This? There's powder everywhere. Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew – Ian, Liam, Ethan and Georgia - as we review the most popular film that intersects the Venn Diagram of Christmas and Halloween in The Nightmare Before Christmas.  We're taking 12 photographs a second in this episode as we discuss:

  • The sheer amount of work this film was to make
  • Why the first screenwriter had to be replaced
  • Why Disney switched this to the Touchstone brand
  • Why this film is remembered so fondly
  • Exactly how long the love story is in this film
  • Ian suggests an alternate title for this movie
  • Georgia talks more about Jim Cavaziel and his ordeal in The Passion of the Christ
  • Who should take the credit for this film? The producer (Burton) or the director (Henry Selick)
  • We try and discuss the difference between fate and free will
  • Which actor steals a key scene by not saying a word
  • We reveal Tier 2 of the BFE Patreon
  • Whether or not The Nightmare Before Christmas is the Best Film Ever.

Support the BFE with a donation at https://linktr.ee/bestfilmeverpod

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    13:55 - Shoutouts
    25:20 - Deep Dive
    1:24:25 - Endgame
Who Do You Think You Are (Ep 7) - Blink

Who Do You Think You Are (Ep 7) - Blink

November 6, 2021

It's Sonic Saturday which means it's about to get all wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey up in here and we think that's fantastic. So grab your fez, your sonic sunglasses and "allons-y"  Ethan and Ian are here to bring you "Who Do You Think You Are"; a retrospective look at Doctor Who's best moments in preparation for Jodie Whittaker's departure and inevitable successor in Autumn 2022. This week we're with briefly with Ten and Martha but mainly with Sally Sparrow for the iconic introduction to the Weeping Angels with “Blink” as we discuss:

  • Steven Moffat’s original story for the Angels
  • Lamenting over the era of DVD extras
  • The convolution of a bootstrap paradox
  • The quality of a doctor-lite episode
  • How badly the series ripped off Martha Jones
  • How unfortunate Billy Shipton really was
Cleared For Takeoff - Will & Grace

Cleared For Takeoff - Will & Grace

November 5, 2021

Your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew continue to try their hands at a little TV Pilot Analysis by playing The $25,000 Pyramid with lifelong friends, Will & Grace.  Ian is in the captain's chair and Georgia's in the jumpseat as she's never seen the show.  We're waiting for a flight in the late 1990s as we discuss:

  • The real-life inspiration for the show
  • What other programme had the executives at NBC concerned
  • We talk about the power of television to bring about positive changes
  • Charles Burrows and the legacy he has as a television director
  • We ask which show had the better pilot script, Will & Grace or Cheers
  • Ian makes some commentary on physical acting - not usually his go-to
  • We remark about how much plot they're able to cover in 22 minutes and why that is
  • Georgia gives us an update on if she's still watching Cheers or Spin City
  • Would we ground the Will & Grace pilot or is it Cleared for Takeoff?
 
 
Episode 94 - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Episode 94 - Romeo + Juliet (1996)

November 2, 2021

Never was there a tale of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew – Ian, Liam, Ethan and Georgia - as we review arguably the most popular Shakespeare adaptation of all time in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.  We're all applying to be co-writers in our 94th episode as we discuss:

  • Our feelings towards Romeo and Juliet as a play
  • How easy it is to get a co-writing credit
  • How do each of us feel about Luhrmann's hyperreal style of filmmaking
  • If this is anyone's favourite Luhrmann film?
  • We all lose our minds trying to say the name of a specific actor
  • Ian goes mega-English-teacher on this one
  • We try and discuss the difference between fate and free will
  • Which actor steals a key scene by not saying a word
  • Just how far does Georgia's face blindness go
  • Ian proposes contextual reasons to justify Lord Capulet's freakout in the 2nd act of the film
  • Whether or not Beetlejuice is the Best Film Ever.

Support the BFE with a donation at https://linktr.ee/bestfilmeverpod

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    15:00 - Shoutouts
    28:50 - Deep Dive
    2:14:45 - Endgame
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