In this month’s, “At The Flicks”, we conduct our very first interview. We sit down with Phil Cook, former manager of the now, sadly demolished Odeon Cinema Cheltenham.
Phil recounts details of his time as front of house manager, in the 90’s and early 2000’s!
He talks about the technical challenges of projecting movies from reels of actual Celluloid! Meeting the cast of Harry Potter and a number of humorous stories detailing the complexities of running a cinema and dealing with the cinema going public. Listen out for his hilarious run in with the local newspaper, over enhancements to the art-deco sculptures that adorned the front of the cinema.
We hope you enjoy the interview as it moves from, Area 51 alien conspiracy theories, to management outrage at putting women in boxes and ends with a confused, time travelling cyclist materialising at the start of a feature presentation? We had a lot of fun recording this feature and we hope you find it an enjoyable listen.
The “At The Flicks” team would like to thank Phil for his time and for letting us use him as our interview guinea pig!
The rest of our show is dedicated to reviewing; 2001 a Space Odyssey, back for a 50th Anniversary rerelease. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the second in the current new Jurassic World trilogy; and Solo: A Star Wars story. Solo is the movie Ron Howard expertly shepherded to production following a very troubled production.
As usual, our Movie news section takes a rather irreverent look at what you can expect to see in cinemas next year. This month’s News section includes a scoop brought to us by one of our growing band of listeners in the US. This month Jeff relents and servers up a slightly less difficult fun Movie question for you.
Graham reviews the latest Disney, Star Wars blockbuster, Solo: A Star Wars story. The review concentrates on the simple question: “Following it’s troubled production is Solo a good movie?” This heist caper set in the Star Wars universe seems an obvious crowd pleaser, but the box office returns tell another story. Has Star Wars fatigue set in, or did poor decisions by Disney’s marketing team doom this movie before its release?
- Directed by Ron Howard,
- Written by Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan and based on characters created by George Lucas.
- Staring: Alden Enreneich, Woody Harrelson, Emillia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton.
Jeff reviews Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This is the second outing for Claire and Owen in the reboot of the classic Jurassic Park series of dinosaur movies. We review the artistic freedom given to popular director J.A. Bayona and discuss the leading couples acting talents, charisma and chemistry. This movie has soared at the box office but: “Is it any good?”
- Directed by J. A. Bayona\
- Written by: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow. Based on the books of Michael Crichton\
- Staring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt and Toby Jones, with a fleeting appearance by Jeff Goldblum.
Neil this month reviews the 50th anniversary rerelease of 2001 a Space Odyssey . This is not the movie Neil had intended to review. Neil’s Movie for June was supposed to be The Bromley Boys. Unfortunately The Bromley Boys was not shown at any cinema in Gloucestershire! Neil goes back to the future vision of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick to review the iconic and incomprehensible enigma that is 2001!
- Directed by Stanley Kubrick.\
- Written by: Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.\
- Staring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester.
Mentioned in the Podcast
In this months interview with Phil Cook, Graham mentioned that we had found the resting place of the Celluloid Ladies. Below are a couple of picture of their current installation on the side of the Brewery Centre in Cheltenham.
Friends and Thanks
The At the Flicks team would like to thank the following groups, people and friends who make the show possible:
At The Flicks, are fans of the excellent Phil the Bear’s film review site, which can be found here. Highly recommended! If you enjoyed our reviews this month then check out Phil’s opinion on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
For listeners living in the West Country, we would recommend; The Stroud Film Society. Information about this local group of film aficionados can be found here
Films and TV Shows mentioned in this month’s Podcast
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 28 Days Later
- A Knight’s Tale
- A Monster Calls
- All The President’s Men
- Animosity – Graphic Novel
- Ant Man and The Wasp
- Apollo 13
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- Barry – TV Series
- Barton Fink
- Blade Runner
- Cloak and – Dagger – Season 1 – TV Series
- Book Club
- Boxing Helena
- Dark Ark – Graphic Novel
- Dazed And Confused
- Dumb and Dumber
- Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
- Escape Plan
- Game Of Thrones
- Going In Style
- Grosse Point Blank
- Hannah and her Sisters
- How To Train Your Dragon
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Independence Day
- Jurassic Park
- Jurassic World
- Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- Manhunt: Unabomber – TV Series
- Marvel’s Runaways – Season 1 – TV Series
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Mary Shelley
- The Matrix
- Men In Black
- Normal People
- One Million Years BC
- Phantom Thread
- Planet of the Apes
- Rogue One
- Sense and Sensibility
- Silent Running
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire strikes back
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Tea with Mussolini
- Thank God It’s Friday
- The Bromley Boys
- The Day Of The Triffids – BBC Radio 4 – Radio Series
- The Full Monty
- The Incredibles 2
- The Italian Job
- The Last of the Mohicans
- The Mule
- The Orphanage
- The Raid
- The Raid 2
- The Secret Garden
- The Usual Suspects
- The Villainess
- The Walking Dead
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Trouble With The Curve
- Valley Of Gwangi
Hidden here at the bottom of the page, is the section where we correct mistakes made in the Podcast.
This month we don’t think we made any factual errors. Unless one of our listeners spotted a gaff in the show! If so, please email us at [email protected] and let us know.