Episode 17: Blade Runner 2049 and Retro Review – Ghost in the Shell (1995)


Episode 17 will cover the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049, then will jump back to the original Ghost in the Shell (1995) to see how the original sci-fi classic inspired so many films after it. Later we’ll discuss new trailers including Pacific Rim: Uprising and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as some listener questions, and much more!

Blade Runner 2049

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s fabled classic follows a young blade runner on his journey across the dystopian wasteland as he tracks down a fellow blade runner, who has been missing for decades. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto.


Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Based off the acclaimed manga, Ghost in the Shell follows a cyborg cop who attempts to track down a notorious hacker. The anime was very clearly inspired by the original Blade Runner, but has also influenced many other films itself.



Episode 16: American Made and Retro Review – The Counselor (2013)


Episode 16 of The Film Buds Podcast will tackle Tom Cruise’s American Made then face off with the Mexican drug cartel in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor (2013). Later we’ll discuss  some news pieces, listener questions, and much more! Let’s talk movies!

American Made

Tom Cruise stars in this wild true story about pilot Barry Seal, who teamed up with the CIA, Pablo Escobar, amongst others, during the Cold War to run drugs, guns and money across country boarders. It is directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, and Jesse Plemmons.


The Counselor (2013)

Helmed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) and scripted by legendary novelist Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), The Counselor tells the violent story of a lawyer in love who gets into dealings with the Mexican drug cartel and other merciless criminal figures to build a good life for himself and his wife — but soon must find a safe way out. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem.


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Episode 15: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Retro Review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015)


Episode 15 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover the highly-awaited sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, then we will jump back to do a retro review of the very underrated spy reboot The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015). Later we’ll discuss the new trailer for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, some listener questions, and much more!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Coming off the critically-acclaimed action satire-parody-homage Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Golden Circle reunites us with both old and new faces. The sequel follows the top-secret Kingsman organization as they band together to seek revenge after their headquarters is totally destroyed. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass), and stars Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Despite its modest box office success, The Man From U.N.C.L.E has seemed to gain some staying power over the last few years. It’s based off the 1960s campy spy series of the same name, and follows a top-tier English agent who is forced to team up with a stubborn Russian spy to take down a common enemy. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), and stars Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Hugh Grant (Notting Hill).


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HBO’s Spielberg Documentary Trailer Pays Tribute To The Legendary Director


HBO has released the first trailer for their upcoming documentary, Spielberg. The film centers around the titular director Steven Spielberg, who is known for countless acclaimed works like Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan, amongst many others. The new trailer features interviews with frequent collaborators of Spielberg and goes through the director’s long and legendary career. It’s rare a documentary like this one comes around nowadays, so make sure to give this one a look come October.

Spielberg will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 5th before airing on HBO on October 7th. Take a look at the trailer below.

Source: HBO

New Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Has Kenneth Branagh Commanding the Train


20th Century Fox has unveiled the latest trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. The mystery thriller is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) and is, of course, an adaptation of the renowned Agatha Christie novel. Branagh also stars in the film as genius detective Hercule Poirot, who is determined to uncover the murder of a passenger on the Orient Express. The film is unsurprisingly lavish and features a wide range of beautiful visuals. The new footage will hopefully help this one get the boost it needs to reach a wider audience come November.

Murder on the Orient Express also stars (prepare yourself) Tom Bateman, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Sergei Polunin. The film arrives in theaters on November 10th, 2017. Check out the stylish new trailer below.

Source: 20th Century Fox

The Joker Origin Movie Script Should Arrive Next Week; Expected 2018 Shoot


Recent claims tease that the Warner Bros. Joker origin movie is much further into development than we may have thought. Variety‘s Justin Kroll revealed on his official twitter account that the first draft of the script should arrive next week and that the studio is looking to start production in 2018. The film will be separate from the DC Extended Cinematic Universe — which includes Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad — and will be an origin story for the iconic villain.

The Joker origin movie is being helmed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy), and legendary director Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently still on-board to produce. No cast has been revealed yet, but recent reports tease an interest in Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) for the titular role. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Justin Kroll

eOne Acquires Rights to Kate Winslet’s WWII Lee Miller Biopic


eOne has acquired the worldwide rights to Kate Winslet’s World War II Lee Miller biopic. Deadline reports the film will tell the true story of renowned American photojournalist Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, who refused to let survivors’ stories of Nazi concentration camps like Buchenwald and Dachau be lost to history. She also covered other huge events during the war including the liberation of Paris and the London Blitz. Winslet has reportedly been attached to the biopic for two years now, so clearly it’s a passion project for her. The biopic is very exciting considering the importance of someone like Miller to both World War II and many prevailing current societal issues.

The biopic is currently without a release date, title or director. But we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline