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)?
Author and speaker Michael Brian joins Adam Cox to discuss his new book, which showcases his journey from being a shy introverted child to a highly visible speaker and content creator. Michael shares what it's like to be introverted, why it requires effort to engage and communicate with people, and how he was able to overcome some of those tendencies to have an impact on the world.
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).
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to explore the complex world of the documentary film. James shares his top ten picks of what he feels 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).
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most memorable male icons of cinema. They talk about unlikely heroes of the silver screen that have become household names, and explore a little of what their lives were like behind the camera – as well as why a lot of James’ choices come from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood.
In this episode: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, John Wayne, James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise.