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It’s about film fans getting together and creating the audio experience of that post movie coffee and pie (or tea in our case) discussion as we work through the select filmographies of the directors whose work interests us with each season being dedicated to the work of a different director.

As such we look forward to you joining us and hopfully hearing your own thoughts on the movies we cover or even movies / directors you like to hear us discuss on future episode.
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Shark Week #3 is here and this time it's the turn of "The Shallows"Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who despite giving us films such as Orphan and Non-stop is also the director responsible for the likes of "Goal 2: Living the Dream" and "The House of Wax" remake which so memorably was sold on the prospect of seeing Paris Hilton die. So with the prospect of a bikini bottom clad Blake Lively cashing in the pretty girl dollars alongside a rather large shark as selling the movie you might expect the same sort of throw away summer fodder with all the dramatic depth of an Emma Watson performance.....I mean it couldn't possibly be good....could it?
On this special bonus episode we look at the documentary "I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story" which poses the question Is there a point were you outgrow boy bands? This is just one of several questions posed by director Jessica Leski in her debut film as she attempt to explore not only the appeal of boy bands but also what sparks such devotion in their fanbases. This she achieves by following four intergenerational women who all consider themselves to be obsessed fans of their chosen boy band.We also look at the rise of the fan cruise, Chinese Talent shows and maybe just reveal our own favourite boybands!
Using the Civil war as her backdrop Sofia Coppola with the Beguiled continued her evolution in style with a remake of Don Siegal's original 1971 film only this time shot from the women's point of view than the man's as the arrival of Colin Farrell's solider of fortune at a girls school begins to stire feelings in both the students and teacher alike. The film being viewed by Coppola as a way to cleanse herself after 2013's "The Bling Ring" from what she terms was "Such a tacky, ugly world"
Drawing inspiration from the Vanity Fair article The Suspects Wore Louboutins here Sofia Coppola joined  mini-trend of movies based of magazine articles alongside Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain". The film would also mark Coppola's first experiment with shooting on digitial as she charts the crime spree of a group of teens who broke into and robbed the homes of thier favourite celebrities. Norman from Flickhunter joins us once again to the discuss the film aswell as question Emma Watson's rumoured Oscar nod, reveal our favourite Coppola soundtracks aswell as a voicemail from The Vern (Cinema Recall) plus much more!!
After the mixed reception to "Marie Antoinette" returned with "Somewhere" a film similar in style to "Lost In Translation" while also working memories of her own childhood growing up on her father's sets as she here we follow Upcoming badboy Actor Johnny as he reconnects with his daughter Cleo and perhaps inturn finds what's missing in his own life. 
Originally envisioned as Sofia Coppola's second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Coppola to  begin work on a parallel project which evolved into "Lost In Translation" whose success would inturn revamp this project.Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life
After the success of The Virgin Suicides for her follow up Sofia Coppola drew inspiration from her father filming a real Suntory whiskey commercial with Akira Kurosawa in the 1970’s to crafts a tale which is not only a love letter to Tokyo but also one of two lost souls in a city were neither of them speak the language while generally confounded by the world around them leaving them to dwell on their own personal issues.  A premise which you hardly expect to turn into a huge hit for Coppola not only with critics but more surprisingly with the general movie going audiences who for some reason really warmed to the film.  
Kicking off our season long re-evaluation of Sofia Coppola's filmography we kick things off looking at her 1999 debut film "The Virgin Suicides" as she builds upon her first short "Lick The Star" as a group of boys attempt to solve the mystery behind the Lisben sisters from the effect they had on thier lives through to the girls taking thier own. We not only look at the film and question who Coppola intended the film for but also establish the key themes of her work aswell as how she was able to stand out in her family's film making dynasty.
To wrap up season #2 this final bonus episode has us looking at "Love, Death + Robots" for our first boxset binge. A project from David Fincher and Tim Miller whose initial plans to remake "Heavy Metal" were mophed instead into this anthology of short animated tales with seemingly limitless scope for the stories which can be told as we discover from this first season.So get ready for alternative histories, monsters, shocking twists and of course love, death + robots!!
On this episode we check out the indie sci-fi found footage movie "Europa Report" which recounts the fictional story of the first crewed mission to   Europa, one of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter. We question if sci-fi can effectivly be done on a budget aswell as the effectivness of the found footage genre plus more.
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