Episode 74. The Coal Miner’s Daughter. 7th June 2020. 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 75. Young Guns. Our second dose of boys-own movies, this 1988 Western sees us welcome another guest host in the form of Chris Wimmer, host of Black Barrel Media’s Infamous America and Legends of the Old West podcasts. Chris recently ran a fascinating series on Billy the Kid so will very much be our subject matter expert as we delve into whether the movie comes anywhere close to the real history of this colourful outlaw and his band of Regulators. The cast includes many of the 80s Brat Pack, in Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland.
Episode 76. The Highwaymen. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson star as the retired Texas Rangers who finally brought the crime spree of Bonny and Clyde to an end.
Episode 77. Here come the Girls. It’s time for some gender-balance as we examine two movies that take a feminine perspective for once. Battle of the Sexes portrays the events of a 1973 one-off tennis match between former World No1 Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King, then the leading female player. Following this and staying with an American sports focus, we will look at A League Of Their Own, telling the tale of an all-female baseball league that ran during WW2.
Episode 78. 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 79. 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 80. 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.