Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential romantic films to have hit the silver screen. Plus, what would James Cameron’s Titanic have been like if Matthew McConaughey and Gwyneth Paltrow had had the starring roles? In this episode: Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), Brief Encounter (1945), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), Un homme et une femme (1966), Love Story (1970), Pretty Woman (1990), Jerry Maguire (1996), Titanic (1997) - first broadcast November 2019.
In April 2020 Vicky Sayers was joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to explore the complex world of the documentary film. James shared his top ten picks of what he felt is a neglected genre, offering them up as a challenge to anyone who might think of documentaries as “boring”.
In this episode: 'Man With a Movie Camera' (1929), 'Triumph of the Will' (1935), 'Shoah' (1985), 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (2004), 'Man on Wire' (2008), 'Senna' (2010), 'Searching for Sugar Man' (2012), 'Citizenfour' (2014), 'They Shall Not Grow Old' (2018), 'The Cave' (2019).
In 1971, a group of friends set off to sail into a nuclear test zone in a boat called Greenpeace, and their protest captured the world’s imagination. In 2015, a new documentary called 'How to Change the World' reveals the archives which bring their story to life. In this episode recorded in September 2015, Georgie Frost talks with director Jerry Rothwell.
With Simon Rose taking a well-earned break, we re-visit 'The Westerns' from our top ten reviews. Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential films from the Western genre. Incredibly popular during the silent film era, the Western was revived in 1939 with John Ford’s 'Stagecoach', and reached its peak in the 1950s. But are its best days really behind it?
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to talk all things quirky. They discuss what makes a “quirky” film, and Vicky reveals a particular favourite of hers. In this special genre they select: 'O Lucky Man!' (1973), 'How to Get Ahead in Advertising' (1989), 'The Truman Show' (1998), 'Being John Malkovich' (1999), 'Raising Arizona' (1987), 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' (2000), 'Amélie' (2001), 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004), 'Stranger Than Fiction' (2006), 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013), and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014). Whatever happened to 'Spirited Away'(2001)?
Adam Cox is joined by business strategist and growth mentor, Gavin Preston. Gavin recently published his book, Survive and Thrive, and shares pragmatic tips on how to thrive in the economic storm that is approaching using his unique “strategy compass” model.
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson. They explore the representation of Black people and culture, as well as the reception and treatment of Black actors and directors in Hollywood, throughout cinematic history.
In this episode: Hallelujah (1929), The Defiant Ones (1958), A Taste of Honey (1961), Shaft (1971), Tsotsi (2005), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Moonlight (2016), Get Out (2017), I Am Not a Witch (2017), Black Panther (2018).
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to delve into the sports films that come “top of the podium”. They discuss what makes a winner in the genre of sports films, and James shares the story of what happened when he met Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In this episode: The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Hustler (1961), This Sporting Life (1963) Rocky (1976), Pumping Iron (1977), Raging Bull (1980), Chariots of Fire (1981), The Wrestler (2008), Battle of the Sexes (2017), I, Tonya (2017).
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to explore what makes a great “animal film”. James reveals why this top ten has turned into a “Top Dozen”, Vicky makes her case for some of her favourites, and a last-minute change of heart from James sees War Horse knocked off its spot by a CGI bear called Paddington.
In this episode: National Velvet (1944), The Yearling (1946), Greyfriars Bobby (1961), The Incredible Journey (1963), Born Free (1966), Ring of Bright Water (1969), Jaws (1975), Fly Away Home (1996), The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005), March of the Penguins (2005), Project Nim (2011), War Horse (2011).
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the greatest scenes in cinema history. They discuss the different ways in which these scenes have become so memorable; from ground-breaking use of camera techniques, to spectacular performances, and the use of specific pieces of music to accompany certain scenes. James also shares some more of his favourite film scenes that just missed the cut.
In this episode: Battleship Potemkin (1925), King Kong (1933), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), Alien (1979), Chariots of Fire (1981), When Harry Met Sally (1989), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), La La Land (2016).
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