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Batman Begins is over 15 years old. Would you believe it? We can’t! That’s why in this episode, Alex, Jack and special guest Kathleen delve deep into Christopher Nolan’s masterful trilogy. Together, they discuss their strengths, weaknesses and
It’s no secret that Covid-19’s impact on the film and TV industry has been nothing short of colossal. Productions have halted, often starting up again with completely transformed models. Across the globe, cinemas have closed down, their chains
Only a handful of names have become synonymous with Hollywood. Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas, and perhaps in recent years, Iger. Few executives have had as much impact on an industry as the current Chairman and former CEO of Disney. Alongside brin
Last year, Todd Phillips’ Joker took not only Gotham, but the world, by storm. The film rapidly became the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, and was lauded as a mesmerising cinematic conversation about austerity, mental health disorder
Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ may be Netflix’s hottest new release, but whack on your 3D glasses and hold onto your fruit loops because this is Jack and Alex’s Hollywood! In this Mystery Pitch, Tom Hanks’ fighting Uruk Hai Alex and Jack ask such in
In 2018, the Spider-Man film we didn’t know we wanted hit the silver screen. The lovechild of Sony Pictures Imageworks, hand-drawn comic art and the mind-boggling Lord-Miller imagination, the film is a masterclass in animation, voice acting, ch
Other than Nanny McPhee, the thing that stole the hearts, minds and free time of adolescent teenagers in the late 00s, was Warhammer. From Space Marines to Tyranids, Skaven to Lizardmen, Games Workshop was as immersive as it was educational (at
We now have to accept the insane and amazing reality that there are now more Star Wars films than there are planets in the solar system. But regardless of whether you hate sand, find your lack of faith disturbing, or you love democracy, chances
The first two months of 2020 have left us with some very serious questions. What new opportunities will Parasite’s extraordinary Oscar success bring to non-English films? What does Rosemary’s Baby look like now? Ed Balls? But most importantly,
In the 1720s, Blenheim Palace was gifted to the Duke of Marlborough for his role in the Battle of Blenheim. In the 1820s, Beethoven gifted us his glorious ninth symphony. In the 1920s, Disney gifted us the marvellous Mickey Mouse. So, in the 20
So what will the 2010s be known for? From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, it changed the way we talk about power. From Serial to Disney+, did it convince us that too much choice can be problematic? And we’re pretty sure everyone consi
2019 was one hell of a year. Climate change awareness grew rapidly, David Attenborough came to Netflix, and bucket hats made a comeback. But it was also an extraordinary year for film. From Joker to Star Wars, and Endgame to Ad Astra, we discus
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all over the house, everyone was watching films, especially Mickey Mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Tom Hanks soon would be there. Jack and Alex were nestled, all snug
From genres to newspaper headlines, and beginnings to endings, Mystery Pitch has become a several-headed hydra, where no concept is safe from Alex and Jack taking ridiculous synopses and turning them into the most absurd films ever pitched. Now
It’s almost Halloween - the fourth scariest time of the year after April Fool’s Day, Black Friday, and the day when everyone forgets it’s their mum’s birthday next week. And, surprise surprise, it’s the time when a surge of new horror films hit
In 2017, Pennywise – a name synonymous with fear, clowns, and fiscal responsibility – returned to the big screen for the first time since 1990. Earning over $700 million at the box office, it quickly became the highest-grossing horror film of a
Newspaper headlines are designed to make your eyeballs bulge. Their one and only goal - suck you in and make you want to read more. So in this episode of mystery pitch, Alex and Jack decided to task each other with pitching films based entirely
Before the announcement that Amazon's Lord of the Rings series will be set in the 2nd Age, Jack and Alex sat down to chat about the history of the show’s development, the franchise itself and what they want from the series, as well as what time
20 years ago, a ground-breaking sci-fi movie starring Keanu Reeves came out that changed cinema forever. That film was The Matrix. But that's not the film we're talking about today. That;s right, also celebrating its 20th anniversary is Star Wa
The most important part of the film is the beginning (arguably). If the opening doesn’t make your audience sound like the aliens from Toy Story, they’ll immediately lose interest and switch over to something delicious, like The Office. In this
When you think of horror films, a masked knife-wielding serial killer is probably one of the first images that comes to mind. But despite being one of the most iconic sub-genres in the horror pantheon, the slasher has experienced success as hig
To make a film memorable, filmmakers must go all out for their endings. That's why in this episode of mystery pitch, Alex and Jack give each other endings - endings which they then have to build the rest of their film around. Jack gives Alex a
Game of Thrones is arguably the biggest and most important TV show of our time. Since its humble beginnings, it has grown to become the most anticipated show on the planet. But what does the future hold once the final episode airs? What will ha
Freestyle is a new show from Tom Hanks Defence Force. We take one topic and let the conversation lead us anywhere. In our debut, we discuss the Lord of the Rings trilogy with special guests Euan Brook and Freddie Brown. The boys start with Goth
Actors have many different methods of preparing for a role. Some actors physically transform for the role by drastically altering their weight; while others take it one step further and embody their character completely - both on and off camera
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