New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cinematic Royalty’ (The Queen & The Crown)

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney, joined by special guest Sarah. L. Blair, are talking royalty with the return of prestige Netflix series The Crown.

They discuss the series in the context of films about royalty, such as Stephen Frears’ The Queen, and how The Crown is crossing the bridge between television and cinema…

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New Guest Podcast Appearance: THE MOVIE PALACE – ‘The Long Goodbye’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The Movie Palace, I step in as host, joined by guest Leslie Byron Pitt, to discuss Robert Altman’s classic 1973 Raymond Chandler adaptation, The Long Goodbye

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New Podcast Appearance: FANDOMENTALS PODCAST – ‘Non-Fiction Writing with Tony Black’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Fandomentals Podcast, I was delighted to join host Harley Mumford to discuss my journey as a writer, my book and non-fiction writing in general.

It was a really interesting chat and Harley a great host in the bargain, so do consider subscribing to the show.

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘A Tribute to Sir Sean Connery’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney take a break from our traditional format to lament the passing of the late, great, Sir Sean Connery, who recently passed away at the age of 90.

We discuss his career at large, talking through the eras he was on screen from James Bond through to Allan Quatermain, and what made him such a powerful, immortal screen icon…

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Hitchcock & Wheatley (Rebecca)’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney, in a special crossover event with The Movie Palace podcast, focus in on Daphne du Maurier’s legendary Gothic melodrama Rebecca.

We focus on Ben Wheatley’s brand new adaptation, drawing comparisons and differences with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1940 version, and discuss the new film’s ins & outs. Does it do the novel justice, or Hitchcock’s film? Does it track with Wheatley’s previous output? And who, exactly, is this new version for?

Plus! We share our thoughts on Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm after the last episode, and discuss the intriguing possibility of No Time to Die premiering on a streaming service…

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New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘The Reality of Comedy’ (Borat)

Brand new affiliate podcast.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, A. J. Black co-host Carl Sweeney in this episode are discussing comedy on the eve of the release of Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm.

We go back to 2006 to examine Borat, the first movie from Sacha Baron Cohen featuring his Kazakh creation, as we try and get to the nub of Cohen’s fearless mirth making. What is his comedy saying? Why is he saying it? And will he be able to repeat the trick?

Plus! We catch up a little on the events in the Covid-cinema world after our previous episode…

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Podcast Review: COLORS OF THE DARK – ‘The History of Splatstick with Ryan Spindell’

Who here listened to Shock Waves, Fangoria’s leading horror podcast, on a regular basis?

It was a fun show from largely the triumvirate of Dr. Rebekah McKendry, Elric Kane & Rob Galluzzo that explored all angles of the horror genre, replete with interviews from those in the business. Sadly, it seems to have been quietly abandoned following scandal for Fangoria during lockdown it is steadily working to overcome, including the actions of their owner Cinestate and accusations levelled at Galluzzo that has seen him quietly slink from the public space. Shock Waves appears to have been sacrificed at the altar of these issues and, subsequently, a new show has been forged from largely the same DNA – which brings us to Colors of the Dark.

With McKendry & Kane in tow, this could be named Shock Waves II. It feels, in many respects, a natural continuation of a similar format.

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cineworld and the ‘Death’ of Cinema’ (The State of the Cinematic Nation III)

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney respond to the recent seismic changes in the global cinema industry, chiefly the closure of over 500 Cineworld/Regal cinemas across the UK & the US.

We discuss how the delay of 007 film No Time to Die precipitated a change which some are decrying as ‘the death of cinema’, the knock on effect this will or might have going forward, and what the industry might look like on the other side of Covid-19…

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Social Media & the Discourse (The Social Dilemma)’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, as part of a broader discussion about social media in our lives.

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New Affiliated Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Season 6 / The Official Archives / Albuquerque’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The X-Cast, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney touch base on several pieces of X-Files related business…

– What we think of the new The Official Archives book.
– The news about the Albuquerque spin-off series, and what it means for the franchise.
– What’s coming for the rest of 2020 into 2021 for The X-Cast, including the live 500th episode series, Patron specials, and Season 6 coverage…

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