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BP023 On the Waterfront (1954)

12/5/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 23: On the Waterfront (1934) Released 5 December 2018. For this episode, we watched On the Waterfront, written by Budd Schulberg (from the series of articles “Crime on the Waterfront” by Malcolm Johnson) and directed by Elia Kazan. The stars were Marlon Brando (Best Actor), Eva Marie Saint (Best Supporting Actress), Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden with music by Leonard Bernstein and cinematography by Boris...

Duration:01:03:12

BP022 The Godfather (1972)

11/22/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 22: The Godfather (1972) Released 21 November For this episode, we watched The Godfather, written by Francis Ford Coppola and Maria Puzo, from the novel by Puzo; directed by Coppola; music by Nino Rota; cinematography by Gordon Willis. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duval, John Cazale and Diane Keaton. Although the film has become legendary, it only won three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Adapted...

Duration:01:06:20

BP021 Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

11/7/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky Episode 21: Kramer vs Kramer (1979) Released 7 November For this episode, we watched Kramer vs Kramer, written by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry and Jane Alexander. As well as Best Picture, it also won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Leading Actor for Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress for Streep. Dustin Hoffman and John...

Duration:01:05:55

BP020 It Happened One Night (1934) - with special guest Nat Luurtsema

10/24/2018
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Best Pick with John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky and our special guest Nat Luurtsema Episode 20: It Happened One Night (1934) Released 24 October 2018. For this episode, we watched It Happened One Night, written by Robert Riskin and Samuel Hopkins Adams and directed by Frank Capra. The stars were Clark Cable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns and Jameson Thomas. The film won the “big five” Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor...

Duration:01:12:54

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 Director. The...

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 Oscars,...

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 unbeaten)...

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