More film reviews from the BBC’s erstwhile flagship film programme, Film 96. In the first episode, Barry looks at:
- A Time to Kill – just from Barry’s synopsis this sounds amazing – if only for the cast. Spacey, Bullock, McConaughey, Sam Jackson, M. Emmett Walsh. The only flies in the ointment are the director, Joel Schumacher, and writer, Akiva Goldsman.
Barry mentions specifically the amount of hype that greeted Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew McConaughey’s debuts, wondering if they will live up to the hype.
There’s a look at the business of selling books to Hollywood, with interviews with John Grisham, plus a writer called Philip Kerr who sold his first novel, Gridiron, for over $1m. I’ve never heard of that film…
There’s an interview with Eddie Murphy about The Nutty Professor – with a brief glimpse of the great Rick Baker doing the makeup.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 9 September 1996 23.10
before the next episode, there’s the end of an episode of Chicago Hope. There’s a trailer for Dangerfield and one for After The Break.
Then, another Film 96, in which Barry reviews:
- Escape From LA
- Antonia’s Line
- The Great White Hype – Barry drops the N-Word in his synopsis – as a quote, obviously. I doubt that would be allowed today.
- The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls In Love
Tom Brook looks at Bruce Willis’s Last Man Standing. I think Willis was probably shooting The Jackal when this interview was done.
Katie Derham takes a look at Cinema Crimes – a forerunner to the Wittertainment code of conduct?
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 16 September 1996 23.05
In the next episode, Barry looks at the following films:
There’s a location report on Michae Winterbottom’s Jude. Katie Derham goes to projectionist school. What with this, and the code of conduct last week, looks like Film 96 is predicting all of Wittertainment.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 23 September 1996 22.55
Before the next episode, another bit of Chicago Hope, followed by programmes for Wednesday. Then there’s a trailer for Clive Anderson All Talk, and it’s rather good – riffing on Independence Day and shot around Television Centre.
The next episode of Film 96 is s special edition, from New York. Barry talks to Mike Leigh, as Secrets and Lies is shown at the New York Film Festival.
Tom Brook looks at the success of British films and talent in the US. There’s also a look at films shot in New York. Barry talks to Hugh Grant about his new film Extreme Measures.
Tom Brook talks to Howard Stern, about his film Private Parts.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 30 September 1996 22.55
After this, we have something different. There’s the end of a sad looking show from Anglia TV possibly called The Warehouse. Looks like a cut-rate TFI Friday. But then, there’s The Making of Escape From LA. This is a nice behind the scenes look at what was, in retrospect, not such a great movie. But it looked like everyone had fun making it.
Then it’s back to Film 96, this time on BBC2, and Barry looks at:
- Courage Under Fire
- Lone Star
- The Adventures of Pinocchio – reviewed by 17 year old Philip Cox, who won a competition for budding film critics. It’s a shame that, during his review, he misidentifies the director as ‘Stuart Barron’
- The Nutty Professor
- Boston Kickout – featuring a young John Simm and Marc Warren
- Jack – “I can’t begin to tell you how awful Jack is”
There’s a location report on Brassed Off.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 12 October 1996 13.40
Before the next episode there’s another chuck of Chicago Hope, then trailers for Beck and Sportsnight.
Then, Barry looks at
Tom Brook looks at the work of voiceover man Don LaFontaine.
There’s an interview with Emily Watson, star of Breaking the Waves.
In the movie news, there’s a short piece about the Coen brothers which talks about their “forthcoming British project, The Big Kabowski”. I guess plans changed.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 14 October 1996 23.00
Following this, there’s a trailer for Auntie’s TV Favourites, and Noel’s House Party. Then, the tape continues with the start of Cool World, a sort-of ‘adult’ version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit from Ralph Bakshi, creator of Fritz the Cat. There’s about 20 minutes of this before the tape stops.