Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur tackles his largest Hollywood project to-date, with this epically staged account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which eight climbers perished on the Himalayan peak in a single day. Featuring a robust ensemble cast and thrilling set pieces, Everest largely avoids the he-said, she-said controversies raised by journalist Jon Krakauer’s first-person account, Into Thin Air, instead presenting a diplomatic and stirring tale of Man vs Nature at the top of the world.
On this week’s show, Phil and I talked about the issues adapting real-life dramas for the big screen, inspired by this week’s big release, Everest. I then spent a few minutes trying to make sense of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, part of the YA sci-fi phenomenon that is proving more and more difficult to support. We even touch on Chinese censorship, because, why not?
On this week’s show, Fernando and James discuss a few of the more prominent new films they have seen, including Morten Tyldum’s multiple Oscar nominee The Imitation Game, Tim Burton’s return to more serious filmmaking, Big Eyes, and Argentinean Best Foreign Language hopeful, Wild Tales.
The guys also introduce a new regular feature looking at topical film-related stories in the news over the past week. Enjoy!
With break-out roles for Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers along with exceptional performances from Parminder Nagra and Archie Panjabi (perhaps best known now for their TV roles) and charming smaller parts for Anupam Kher, Juliet Stevenson and Frank Harper Bend It Like Beckham is a charming, entertaining experience, full of youthful energy, gentle humour and a deftly light touch in dealing with cultural misunderstandings in a a believably suburban setting.