Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Nightcap: New York Film Festival 2015, Lotsa Links, and Fish*

Sorry, no, Shelly the Little Otter Puppet: that's the New York Film Festival, where our usual Unseen Films host, "Spectacular" Steve Kopian, has been the past week and a half, viewing all the great (and a few not-so-great, right, Steve?) movies and tellin' you all about them! That's why he got me, Bully the Little Stuffed Bull, the internet's favorite blogging bovine (and occasional movie reviewer and contributor to these here digital pages) to provide you good folks with a proper Sunday evening nightcap! Hope you're ready for all the excitement!

Well, that guy's ready for bed, but I'm pretty sure that's not what kind of nightcap we mean. What we want is a wrap-up of the week to cue you in on all the cool news. It's kind of the Unseen Films version of the Scrubbing Bubbles: we work so you don't have tooooooooooooooo. (PS: please do not use this knowledge for evil!)

Steve sees Steve (Jobs), plus more of the week's NYFF reviews, and some great press conference photos!

Movie news and features: spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of film!

BBC Radio iPlayer: film shows and features to listen to

Currently on the iPlayer for a limited time (episodes may expire within the next 28 days):
  • Hooray for Bollywood with Shilpa Shetty: Bollywood superstar Shilpa Shetty presents her guide to the world of Bollywood, playing her favourite music from India's biggest movies, and telling stories from behind the scenes. (BBC Radio 2)
  • And The Academy Award Goes To...: A fifth series of Paul Gambaccini's history of the Oscars and stories behind award-winning films. Mrs. Miniver, Chariots of Fire, and Midnight Cowboy are each profiled. (BBC Radio 4)
  • Gurinder, The Movie: A repeat of the 2009 program: director Gurinder Chadha tells the story of how her "dual nationality" and her early life in Southall in west London have informed and enriched her hit films including Bend It Like Beckham. (BBC Radio 4 Extra, available beginning Thursday, October 8)
  • James Dean: The Last 10 Weeks: "Everyone grapples for a fresh angle on the life and death of Hollywood actor James Dean, and here we have it in documents locked away for more than half a century." (BBC Radio 2)
  • Stage and Screen: Julie Andrews: A repeat of the 2003 program: the Broadway and Hollywood star Julie Andrews looks back over her career, with anecdotes about many of the big names she worked with, in conversation with Edward Seckerson. (BBC Radio 4 Extra)
  • Educating Archie: A rare early radio appearance by Julie Andrews on this episode of the 1950s British ventriloquism comedy featuring comedians Peter Brough, Tony Hancock, and Hattie Jacques join Archie Andrews. From October 1951. (BBC Radio 4 Extra)
  • You and Yours: Is the British film industry value for money?: The British film industry receives hundreds of millions of pounds of state support in tax relief and subsidies. But does it deliver in terms of jobs and economic payback? Documentary from 2012.
Regular weekly iPlayer shows:
  • The Film Programme: Weekly news and review show covering the latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world. (BBC Radio 4)
  • Kermode and Mayo's Film Review: Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo give their verdicts on the week's movies. (BBC Radio 5 Live)
  • Sound of Cinema: Matthew Sweet reflects each week on film music which revels in the history and culture of a specific theme. Currently available: episodes on Scotland, mountaineering, crime movies, Hammer Studios, and more. (BBC Radio 3)
So there you go! Steve will be back after the New York Film Festival finishes, and then he sleeps for a thousand years.

*Actually, there was no fish in this blog post.

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