Tag: film

Film Club meeting — WOAE093

A virtual meeting of the Wide Open Air Exchange Film Club with guest Davis Rivera. Thanks to everyone who contributed reviews and comments for inclusion in the discussion. You can dive in to the full podcast episode here or use the links below to hear excerpts for each film. Also available on your preferred podcast platform including iTunes and Stitcher.

Film Club viewing list discussed with Davis:

The Last Dance (2020), documentary series about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls.

Capone (2020), a film by Josh Trank starring Tom Hardy as gangster Al Capone in his later life suffering from mental deterioration.

Vitalina Varela (2019), a film by Pedro Costa set in Lisbon and featuring Vitalina Varela who previously appeared in Horse Money.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019), a stop-motion animation comedy about an alien encounter.

Corpus Christi (2020), a drama set in regional Poland where a young man with a criminal history passes himself off as a priest visiting from a seminary.

Other reviews featured:

Coming 2 America (2021), the highly anticipated sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy classic.

The Wizard of Lies (2017), a biopic about the downfall of financial fraudster Bernie Madoff.

Hotel Coolgardie (2016), a documentary about the woeful experiences of two Finnish backpackers assigned to be barmaids at a pub in outback Australia.

Judith Lucy vs Men (2020), a stand-up comedy special by Australian comedian Judith Lucy.

Music featured in this episode:

Lipka Zielona by Eliza Rycembel from the soundtrack to Corpus Christi

Midnight Train from Zamunda by Gladys Knight from the soundtrack to Coming 2 America

Religion and film, Dr Chris Deacy, Kent – WOAE032

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Theologian Dr Chris Deacy from the University of Kent in Canterbury specialises in analysing the intersections of religion and secular films. Chris explains his approach with reference to popular films including Groundhog Day and Fight Club. We also discuss some philosophical questions about religion and Chris shares stories from his formative years and his discovery of film and theological studies.

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Film visual effects, James Whitlam – WOAE027


An Oscars episode about the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects this year. James Whitlam is executive producer of film at Framestore in London where he’s currently in final delivery on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Previously James worked with Iloura as a producer on Deepwater Horizon, which is one of the nominees this year, and with Rising Sun Pictures on five Harry Potter movies, Wolverine, Superman and other major Hollywood films. James shares industry insights and technical knowledge from his 25 year career in visual effects.

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WOAE Mailbox #1

Answering your messages and comments with audio from previous episodes. Topics include media coverage of funerals, the gentrification of Austin, Dolly Parton, the Black National Anthem, film remakes, Elvis, and pursuing your childhood dreams. Features music by Radford Ellis from his album Lonely Blue Boy.

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Film aesthetics, Davis Rivera, Oxford – WOAE002

Davis Rivera is an Oxford scholar specialising in Film Aesthetics. He wrote his dissertation on the Hungarian director Béla Tarr. Davis is originally from Port Arthur, Texas. He fields my questions about his origins as a cinephile, the state of Texas, Southern rap, and various filmmakers and actors including an in-depth discussion about his favourite actor Warren Beatty.

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