Star Trek Into Darkness: 101 Films Extra #01

StarTrekIntoDarknessWhat’s this? 101 Films ‘Extra’? Something new from 101 Films? Yes, our empire just keeps on growing with another flavour of podcast added to our roster. Our latest innovation? A podcast about a film. Ah.

But it is different, as the 101 Films Extra podcasts will take a look at films or anything else that catches our eye that doesn’t quite belong on one of our Specials or on our holy list of 101 films. The Extras will be stripped down; shorter, no Trivia Quiz and no Secret Sponsor.

For our first Extra we have two exciting differences to our regular run of podcasts. Firstly we’re covering Star Trek Into Darkness, a film still showing at the cinema! Although there’s no official rule against us covering currently showing films in the sacred 101 Films Rule Book, we have until now avoided doing so. Just felt… wrong.

Secondly, with Lewis still away searching for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, I’ve drafted in my flatmate Paul as temporary co-host. Flatmate Paul (as he shall be known) is a confirmed Trekker, and I was keen to chat with him about Star Trek Into Darkness to try to get to the bottom of why I was a bit ‘meh’ about it. Flatmate Paul quickly got into the 101 Films spirit, and he was soon rambling and umming and ahhing just like Lew and I always do. Enjoy!

One last thing, the podcast is extremely spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet I would wait until you have before listening to the podcast.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can pre-order the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-Ray from Amazon by clicking here or pre-order the DVD by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness

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Director:  J.J. Abrams  Year of release: 2013  Studio/Distributor: Bad Robot Productions; K/O Paper Products; Skydance Productions; Paramount Pictures Country: USA

101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness

Something a bit different this week. While Lewis is away, sunning himself on the beaches of Northern Scotland, Ian has taken the opportunity to have a chat with his flatmate Paul about Star Trek Into Darkness. This chat does not count as one of the official 101, but instead is an extra. WARNING! LOTS OF SPOILERS!

101 Films Extra #01 – Star Trek Into Darkness

I’ve got a great idea for a movie…

The greatest Blockbuster of all? Maybe.

The summer is here! Well, was here as it’s now nearly over! And if you live in the UK then it was sort of here for a week-and-a-half back in June and since then it’s just been raining. Woooh, summer! To celebrate, 101 Films is wheeling out a Special all about that institution of cinema, the Summer Blockbuster.

Until the 1970s the summer was traditionally a dead time for cinema, with studio heads believing people would be too busy enjoying the sunshine, having picnics, playing on beaches, having summer romances, going on holiday, drinking cocktails while watching the sunset, wearing handkerchiefs on their heads, wearing shorts and eating ice creams to bother going to see films. Then Jaws came along and Spielberg proved that all people want to do on those long summer days is sit in darkened rooms and watch a film. But not just any film, people want a particular type of movie. Something exciting, heart warming and full of spectacle. Something featuring the most charismatic and attractive actors of the day. Something that, if nothing else, had a big old explosion in it. That something was the Summer Blockbuster.

Since Jaws, studios have increasingly focused their resources on Summer Blockbusters. If they get it right then they can spend the rest of the year swimming in a giant chamber of money, just like Scrooge McDuck used to do (or still does, I presume he’s still with us?). Get it wrong and it can massively damage everyone involved. Remember Pearl Harbor? *shudder*

In this podcast Lewis and I offer the studios our own guide to creating a great Summer Blockbuster. We try to define exactly what makes a good Blockbuster good.

Khhhhaaaaaaaannnn!

Of course defining what makes a good film is a bit of a fool’s errand. One person’s thrilling rollercoaster ride of a film is another’s loud, incoherent nonsense. Can any film ever truly be defined as ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Film is art and doesn’t the very subjective nature of art make all criticism essentially pointless? Is 101 Films a massive waste of time?

Probably. But then again what else are Lewis and I going to do on a wet Tuesday afternoon?

Anyway, without further ado, let us present this week’s feature presentation:

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101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

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101 Films Special #5: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

Much like a studio which has lost all faith in it’s mediocre ‘blockbuster’, 101 Films has waited right to the end of the summer to release their latest Special: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster. Enjoy!

101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster