Sunday 5th May…. sadly we’re going to have to take a break for this month due to house-moves and other life-related activities.
Sunday 19th May 2019: Episode 54: I, Tonya. Starring Margot Robbie in the title role, this 2017 movie follows the story of Tonya Harding, a naturally gifted figure skater from the wrong side of the tracks and details her rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan, very much from the right side of the tracks. A rivalry that culminated in a physical assault on Kerrigan, the movie attempts to flesh out the pantomime villain that Tonya Harding became in the aftermath of the attack. Very highly rated by critics and audiences alike, we will examine how close the movie comes to the known facts.
Sunday 2nd June 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody. The 2018 movie portraying the rise of rock band Queen, especially the journey travelled by lead singer Freddie Mercury has been panned by critics but loved by audiences. An Oscar-nominated portrayal of Freddie by actor Rami Malek stands out in the film as we try to separate fact from fiction.
Sunday 16th June: The Great Escape. A perennial favourite, this WW2 boys-own adventure movie features some memorable performances and a dramatic prison-break from a German POW camp. Based on a book by Paul Brickhill (author of The Dambusters and Reach for the Sky) who was a POW in the same camp at the time of the break-out, we will examine how much is true and how much has been Hollywoodized.
Sunday 30th June: The Favourite. The movie that won Olivia Coleman an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne and detailing the vicious rivalry that developed between two of her close confidantes, Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham as they fight to get close to the Queen. Loved by critics, liked by audiences, we will attempt to unravel the known truth from the dramatic embellishments.
Sunday 14th July: Kingdom of Heaven. This much maligned take on the Crusades in the late 12th Century follows a knight, Balian d’Ibelin (Orlando Bloom) on his journey to the Holy Land and then to the devastating defeat at the hands of Saladin and his army at the battle of Hattin. Released in 2005 and directed by veteran Ridley Scott, it’s fair to say that it’s no Gladiator but we will concentrate on how accurate the movie manages to be whilst also making our usual comments about the entertainment value. It’s also fair to say that audiences liked it a lot more than the critics (72% vs 39% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Sunday 28th July: Summer recess (for one episode’s length only!) as we relax and recharge ready to tackle the last third of the year.