Episode 75: Young Guns

This week sees Martin joined by Chris Wimmer, host of both Infamous America and Legends of the Old West podcast series’ who brings an expert eye to the examination of 1988’s Young Guns, the story of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, starring many of the so-called Brat Pack in the forms of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland.

This week sees Martin joined by Chris Wimmer, host of both Infamous America and Legends of the Old West podcast series’ who brings an expert eye to the examination of 1988’s Young Guns, the story of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, starring many of the so-called Brat Pack in the forms of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland.

Find Chris’ shows: Infamous America and Legends of the Old West here:

www.blackbarrelmedia.com

 

Intro: Big Western Sky by Brett van Donsel

https://incompetech.com/music/western.html

Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

 

Nick Parkinson provided this link to the article “Why the French think they won the Battle of Waterloo”:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/why-french-think-won-battle-waterloo-napoleon/

 

 

Episode 74: The Coal Miner’s Daughter

This episode examines the 1980 movie The Coal Miner’s Daughter, telling the story of the early life and subsequent early career of Loretta Lynn, one of the matriarchs of Country music, from her tough Kentucky childhood to becoming a Country legend, singing about the real life ups and downs of being a working-class, rural American woman. Sissy Spacek won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta but how close to the truth does the movie stay? We hope you’ll join us to find out.

Episode 74 The Coal Miner’s Daughter. Sunday 7th June 2020.

This episode examines the 1980 movie The Coal Miner’s Daughter, telling the story of the early life and subsequent early career of Loretta Lynn, one of the matriarchs of Country music, from her tough Kentucky childhood to becoming a Country legend, singing about the real life ups and downs of being a working-class, rural American woman. Sissy Spacek won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta but how close to the truth does the movie stay? We hope you’ll join us to find out.

Episode 73: Zulu Dawn

Episode 73 Zulu Dawn. Sunday 17th May 2020.

This week we focus on 1979’s Zulu Dawn, a much-underrated and little-known prequel to 1964’s Zulu, concentrating on Lord Chelmsford’s advance into Zulu territory and the disastrous battle of Isandhlwana which took place the day before the action at Rorke’s Drift.

For this episode we are delighted to welcome back Des Latham, the South African host of the Anglo-Boer War Podcast series who brings some wonderful local perspective to the story which is told in a refreshingly balanced and neutral style. Some big names appear, amongst them Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster and Bob Hoskins with a stirring score composed by Elmer Bernstein.

https://www.abwarpodcast.com/

Episode 72: The People vs Larry Flynt

Whatever people think about Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt, he fought a number of legal battles for the right to publish, battles which effectively became a universal fight for the right to free speech. This 1996 movie resonates today as we will look at the historical accuracy of the movie and some of the points for debate that it generates. Free speech vs polite speech; are they really mutually exclusive? We will endeavour to untangle this Gordian knot.

Larry Flynt vs Jerry Falwell on Larry King, 1997

Episode 71 Denial

Episode 71 Denial, 22nd March 2020. In our latest outing we examine 2016’s movie telling the story of Professor Deborah Lipstadt, an American historian and author who wrote a book about Holocaust deniers in which she named David Irving, a British amateur historian as a case in point. He sued her in 2000 in the UK’s civil courts and this movie tells the story of that court case.  Rachel Weisz stars as Prof Deborah, Timothy Spall as Irving and Tom Wilkinson as Deborah’s veteran barrister, Richard Rampton. The story the movie tells is as important today as when the trial occurred and it resonates in many areas of modern society.

Episode 71 Denial, 22nd March 2020. In our latest outing we examine 2016’s movie telling the story of Professor Deborah Lipstadt, an American historian and author who wrote a book about Holocaust deniers in which she named David Irving, a British amateur historian as a case in point. He sued her in 2000 in the UK’s civil courts and this movie tells the story of that court case.  Rachel Weisz stars as Prof Deborah, Timothy Spall as Irving and Tom Wilkinson as Deborah’s veteran barrister, Richard Rampton. The story the movie tells is as important today as when the trial occurred and it resonates in many areas of modern society.

Link to YouTube documentary on dealing with lies in the Internet age, featuring Professor Deborah Lipstadt and lawyer Anthony Julius:

 

Link to the article by physicist Freeman Dyson on bombing advice to the RAF in WW2:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/406789/a-failure-of-intelligence/

 

Episode 70.1 The Social Network Part 1

This week’s episode is 2010’s portrayal of the genesis of Facebook with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher and written by the West Wing screen writer Aaron Sorkin the movie has been praised for bravely stark portrayals of such recent events and active protagonists and equally criticized by some of those very same protagonists but everyone agrees that it’s a very watchable movie. Sorkin has admitted that his main focus is a loyalty to storytelling rather than the dry facts but how far do they stray from what is known? We hope you join us to find out.

This week’s episode is 2010’s portrayal of the genesis of Facebook with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher and written by the West Wing screen writer Aaron Sorkin the movie has been praised for bravely stark portrayals of such recent events and active protagonists and equally criticized by some of those very same protagonists but everyone agrees that it’s a very watchable movie. Sorkin has admitted that his main focus is a loyalty to storytelling rather than the dry facts but how far do they stray from what is known? We hope you join us to find out.

Professor Mark DuPres’ film analysis website link is here: https://film-prof.com/

The link to Sean and Cody’s new Green Screen podcast (on the US Apple podcast site) is here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/green-screen/id1498340402

 

 

 

Episode 67: The Insider Part 3 of 3

Episode 67: The Insider Part 3 of 3. As we hurtle toward the end of another year and HbH’s third birthday, we conclude our look at The Insider, wrap up the reality and let you know what became of the various protagonists.

Episode 67: The Insider Part 3 of 3. As we hurtle toward the end of another year and HbH’s third birthday, we conclude our look at The Insider, wrap up the reality and let you know what became of the various protagonists.

Episode 67: The Insider Part 2 of 3

Episode 67: The Insider Part 2 of 3. We continue our focus on this powerful movie about Jeffrey Wigand, tobacco industry whistleblower and, aware of the time of year, take the opportunity to wish all of you a happy HbH holiday season.

Episode 67: The Insider Part 2 of 3. We continue our focus on this powerful movie about Jeffrey Wigand, tobacco industry whistleblower and, aware of the time of year, take the opportunity to wish all of you a happy HbH holiday season.

Episode 66: The Untouchables Part 3 of 3

Episode 66 The Untouchables Part 3 of 3. This week we conclude our examination of The Untouchables, wrapping up the movie but also looking at how the legends of Eliot Ness and Al Capone have grown in popular culture. Much of what is said about these two towering figures of early twentieth century crime-fighting is drawn from artistic sources such as books, movies and TV shows. Has the truth been lost amongst the legends? And is the truth any less dramatic? We hope to reveal the answers to these questions in this last episode

Episode 66 The Untouchables Part 3 of 3. This week we conclude our examination of The Untouchables, wrapping up the movie but also looking at how the legends of Eliot Ness and Al Capone have grown in popular culture. Much of what is said about these two towering figures of early twentieth century crime-fighting is drawn from artistic sources such as books, movies and TV shows. Has the truth been lost amongst the legends? And is the truth any less dramatic? We hope to reveal the answers to these questions in this last episode

Episode 66: The Untouchables Part 2 of 3

Episode 66 The Untouchables Part 2 of 3. We continue our examination of The Untouchables. With the team complete, Eliot Ness and his Untouchables can get to work taking apart Al Capone’s illicit booze trade. But at what cost? Join us to find out and how much of the movie’s drama is borne out by the real events of the period.

Episode 66 The Untouchables Part 2 of 3. We continue our examination of The Untouchables. With the team complete, Eliot Ness and his Untouchables can get to work taking apart Al Capone’s illicit booze trade. But at what cost? Join us to find out and how much of the movie’s drama is borne out by the real events of the period.