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BP019 The Sound of Music (1965)

10/10/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 19: The Sound of Music (1965) Released 10 October 2018. For this episode, we watched The Sound of Music, written by Ernest Lehmann from the stage play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on The Story of the Trapp Family by Maria von Trapp. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Robert Wise. The film stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and it won five Academy Awards including Best...

Duration:01:09:51

BP018 Annie Hall (1977)

9/26/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 18: Annie Hall (1977) recorded live at the London Podcast Festival. Released 26 September 2018. For this episode, we watched Annie Hall, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman and directed by Allen, who also starred alongside Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane and Paul Simon. The film won four Academy Awards including Best Actress for Diane Keaton and Best Screenplay for Allen and...

Duration:00:54:16

BP017 Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) - with special guest David K Barnes

9/12/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky and our special guest David K Barnes. Episode 17: Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) Released 12 September 2018. For this episode, we watched Around the World in Eighty Days, written by James Poe, John Farrow and S J Perelman, based on the novel by Jules Verne. It was directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Mike Todd. Stars were David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton and Shirley MacLaine with countless cameos...

Duration:01:13:44

BP016 In the Heat of the Night (1967)

8/29/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 16: In the Heat of the Night (1967) Released 29 August 2018. For this episode, we watched In the Heat of the Night, written by Stirling Silliphant, based on the the novel by John Ball. It was directed by Norman Jewison, produced by Walter Mirisch and edited by Hal Ashby, with music by Quincy Jones and cinematography by Haskell Wexler. It starred Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant and Larry Gates. The...

Duration:00:55:40

BP015 Patton (1970)

8/15/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 15: Patton (1970) Released 15 August 2018. For this episode, we watched Patton, written by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, based on the 1954 novel Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and the 1961 novel A Soldier's Story by Omar N. Bradley. The director was Franklin J. Schaffner, the producer was Frank McCarthy and the film starred George C Scott with Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Edward Binns. As well...

Duration:01:04:09

BP014 Grand Hotel (1932)

8/1/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 14: Grand Hotel (1932) Released 1 August 2018. For this episode, we watched Grand Hotel, written by William A. Drake from his play, adapted from the German production Menschen im Hotel, written by Vicki Baum. The director was Edmund Goulding, the producer was Irving Thalberg and the all-star cast included Greta Garbo (who wants to be alone), John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone and...

Duration:01:09:16

BP013 Schindler's List (1993) - with special guest Julian Simpson

7/18/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky and special guest Julian Simpson Episode 13: Schindler’s List (1993) Released 18 July 2018. For this episode, we watched Schindler’s List, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, and directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall and Embeth Davidtz. As well as Best Picture, Schindler’s List won six further Academy Awards including for Spielberg as...

Duration:01:22:57

BP012 Crash (2005)

7/4/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 12: Crash (2005) Released 4 July 2018. For this episode, we watched Crash, written by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco and directed by Haggis. It starred Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrance Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe and Larenz Tate. In total, Crash was nominated for six Academy Awards and it won three – Best Film Editing, Best Original...

Duration:01:02:41

BP011 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

6/20/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 11: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Released 20 June 2018. For this episode, we watched The Silence of the Lambs, written by Ted Tally from the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glen and Ted Devine. The Silence of the Lambs won the Academy Award “Big Five” but no other awards, equalling the achievement of Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934) and Milos...

Duration:00:57:39

BP010 West Side Story (1961)

6/6/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 10: West Side Story (1961) Released 6 June 2018. For this episode, we watched West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Ernest Lehmann from the stage musical produced by Hal Prince, directed by Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The cast includes Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ...

Duration:00:55:11

BP009 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

5/23/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 9: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Released 23 May 2018. For this episode, we watched Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean and written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson, with cinematography by Freddie Young and music by Maurice Jarre. It stars Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer and Omar Shariff. As well as Best Picture, Lawrence won six further Oscars, including Best Director for David...

Duration:01:07:47

BP008 Terms of Endearment (1983)

5/9/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 8: Terms of Endearment (1983) Released 9 May 2018. For this episode, we watched Terms of Endearment, written and directed by James L Brooks, based on the book by Larry McMurtry and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow. As well as Best Picture, Terms of Endearment was nominated for a further ten Academy Awards and won five, including Best Screenplay and Best...

Duration:00:38:59

BP007 The Departed (2006)

4/25/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 7: The Departed (2006) Released 25 April 2018. For this episode, we watched The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, based on Infernal Affairs, written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, directed by Mak and Andrew Lau. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone and Vera Farmiga. As well as Best Picture, The Departed won three further...

Duration:01:12:12

BP006 Ben Hur (1959)

4/11/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 6: Ben-Hur (1959) Released 11 April 2018. For this episode, we watched Ben-Hur, written by Karl Tunberg (and uncredited others including Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry), from the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by General Lew Wallace. It was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd and Hugh Griffith. As well as Best Picture, Ben-Hur won a record (still...

Duration:01:04:39

BP005 American Beauty (1999) - with special guest Deborah Frances-White

3/28/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 5: American Beauty (1999) Released 28 March 2018. For this episode, we watched American Beauty, written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, both making their feature film debuts and both winning Academy Awards. Music was by Thomas Newman (nominated) and cinematography was by Conrad Hall (won). The cast includes Kevin Spacey (winning Best Actor), Annette Bening (nominated), Thora Birch, Alison Janney, Peter Gallagher,...

Duration:00:49:37

BP004 From Here to Eternity (1953)

3/14/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 4: From Here to Eternity (1953) Released 14 March 2018. For this episode, we watched From Here to Eternity, written by Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine. As well as Best Picture, From Here to Eternity won a further seven Academy Awards out of thirteen nominations, including Best...

Duration:00:49:09

BP003.5 Oscar Winners 2018

3/7/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 3.5: Oscar Winners 2018 released 7 March 2018. Join our three hosts, somewhat blearily at 5:00am GMT as they quickly sum up the 90th Academy Awards. Next time we will be discussing From Here to Eternity. If you want to watch it before listening to the next episode you can buy the DVD or Blu-Ray on Amazon.co.uk, or Amazon.com, or you can download it via iTunes (UK) or iTunes (USA). To send in your questions, comments,...

Duration:00:14:06

BP003 Gladiator (2000)

2/21/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 3: Gladiator (2000) Released 21 February 2018 For this episode, we watched Gladiator, written by David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen and Oliver Reed. As well as Best Picture, Russell Crowe won for Best Actor and it also won for Visual Effects, Costume Design and Sound Mixing. How Star Wars was Saved in the Edit...

Duration:01:05:23

BP002 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

2/7/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 2: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Released 7 February 2018 For our second episode, we watched All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. ("Uncle Carl Laemmle has a very large faemmle.") As well as Best Picture (then known as “Outstanding Production”), Milestone won for Best Director and it was also nominated for Best...

Duration:00:48:05

BP001.5 Oscar Nominations 2018

1/26/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 1.5: Oscar Nominations 2018 released 26 January 2018. Although the podcast is only on its first movie, we couldn’t wait to get back in front of the mics and talk to you about the Oscar nominations for this year. We don’t have a movie to watch but we have all sorts of confident predictions to make. FiveThirtyEight’s Oscar coverage https://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/2018-academy-awards Razzie...

Duration:00:36:36