Episode 72. The People vs Larry Flynt. Whatever people think about Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, he fought a number of legal battles for the right to publish which effectively became a battle for the right to free speech. This 1996 movie resonates today as we will use it as a vehicle to examine the conundrum of where the reasonable right to free speech ends and incitement to hatred or causing gross public offence begins.
Episode 73. The Coal Miner’s Daughter. This biopic of country singer Loretta Lynn won Sissy Spacek a Best Actress Oscar. We will examine both the movie and the tough life lived by this icon of country music.
Episode 74. The Highwaymen. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson star as the retired Texas Rangers who finally brought the crime sprees of Bonny and Clyde to an end.
Episode 75. Midway. The story of this crucial WW2 naval air battle has been projected onto cinema and television screens multiple times over the past 70 years. There are several elements that make this story stand out, not least that it was the first major naval battle in which no-one on board a ship ever saw any enemy ships, all the offensive action being carried out by aircraft. This latest effort has been panned by critics yet seems beloved by audiences. We’ll examine how accurately the movie follows the real events and, of course, we’ll rate it for our perception of its entertainment value. This episode was originally planned earlier in the year but we felt that this would have allowed insufficient time for listeners who missed it at the cinema to watch it via a streaming service.
Episode 76. The Two Popes. A very contemporary and topical take on the leadership of the Catholic Church with Jonathon Pryce starring as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a senior Argentinian church official, attempting to tend his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, played by Anthony Hopkins. Their discussions, set in a time that saw the Catholic Church wracked by scandals and cover-ups lead to a crucial decision about the direction of the Church; maintain traditional values or accept the need to reform and modernise.
Episode 77. Ford v Ferrari. This movie starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon continues to wow critics and audiences alike, telling the story of how a small American car-tuning expert in Carroll Shelby joined up with maverick British race driver Ken Miles to take on the might of Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race. Apparently, it’s quite good! Like Midway, this episode was originally planned earlier in the year but we felt that this would have allowed insufficient time for listeners who missed it at the cinema to watch it via a streaming service.
*Publication dates may vary depending on the number of shows used for the preceding movie episode.