Month: February 2018

0046: Guestlist I – Daniel Fitzsimmons

0046: Guestlist I – Daniel Fitzsimmons

In a first for the podcast director of new indie sci-fi Native Daniel Fitzsimmons sends us three films to watch and rank. Join us in watching the trailers from the links below (make sure you watch Man Who Fell to Earth trailer, its incredible).

Here’s what Daniel has to say about each film:

SOLARIS (2002)

Although I am a fan of the original Tarkovsky adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel, and on Native I wanted to emulate its use of the abstract to join my characters in their own heads, I have gone for the 2002 version. The 1972 version is as much a mood as a movie, and I love that. But I believe Soderbergh said that he wanted to stay closer to Lem’s novel, and I think that’s why I prefer it. For a modern science-fiction movie to focus on characters rather than effects, to cut at a considered pace that becomes hypnotic, and to embrace the claustrophobia of the space craft is commendably brave. Grief, obsession, and the unreliability of memory are themes that run through a lot of what I do. The canvas the actors are given in Solaris allows them to fully explore these themes and communicate honest human vulnerability. The effect is powerful.
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
In any list of favourites, I think a Nicolas Roeg film should be somewhere near the top. On the last day of filming Native, I was running through a scene with Ellie when the subject of David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth came up. I found out she’d never seen it so bought her the DVD the very next day! In some ways, I was inspired to write Native by imagining Newton’s journey to where he ends up at the start of the movie. Newton is a fascinating character, with a simple need but buffeted by human manipulation and even the film’s own sense of time. The way he is seduced, and ultimately imprisoned, by Earth’s vices and the whims of an uncaring capitalist structure is brought to bear in a magical way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.
ARRIVAL
I saw Arrival after Native was completed, but its existence and subsequent success gives me heart that such ambitious and poetic sci-fi has a place in mainstream cinema. I think Denis Villeneuve is the best storyteller directing movies today, and Amy Adams is wonderful and heartbreaking. I love the simplicity of the design of the film, I love the story’s dissection of language and time, and I love the delicacy with which the film reveals its truth.
 

The trailers:

Arrival

Solaris

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Native

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0045: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

0045: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Alex steps into the captain’s chair to host a very special bumper Star Trek show. We follow one of cinema’s strangest trilogies, as the crew of the USS Enterprise fight an awesome villain, a terrible villain and no villain. We also discuss ship design, Kirk’s trouble with women, the problem with time travel, Scotty’s expanding waist band and much, much more!

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0044: Star Trek II-IV Preview Week (Sort of)

0044: Star Trek II-IV Preview Week (Sort of)

This week we would have been previewing Star Trek II-IV, having a lovely quiz about Star Trek and chatting about Mr. Limpet. But instead Sam is an idiot and deleted various files that made this episode impossible to air, and so instead he rambles into a microphone for ten minutes whilst being harassed by his cat.

Next week will be a bumper episode though, so dont miss it! Cheers x

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0043: The Faculty, Lost in Space, Dark City

0043: The Faculty, Lost in Space, Dark City

We travel back in time 20 years (20 years!!!) to watch and rank three very different films that all wear their late ’90s heritage proudly.  Ironic horror, gloomy miserabilism and Apollo Four Forty, this week has something for everyone!  Also a squatting child robot. 

 

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