Monday, March 4, 2024

Podcast: Great Expectations / Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Extra Film

On this week’s Extra Film, Ryan and Jay continue their David Lean Movie Series with Great Expectationsand then review the latest Netflix comedy, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

After a wonderful conversation on Brief Encounter , the boys take a look at his acclaimed follow-up based on the beloved Charles Dickens novel. Though considered one of the best British films of all time, and the definitive version of the Dicken’s classic, the boys came out strong against this entry in the movie series. While Lean’s direction is strong as always, something was missing in this project for both hosts, leading to a very mixed reaction.

After that, the conversation turns to Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, the newest Will Ferrell comedy streaming on Netflix. While Ferrell is known for making great comedies, it’s been a while since he made one that is one the level of his great work from the 2000s. And even though Rachel McAdams and Dan Stevens give it all they can, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is brought down by Ferrell and left a lot to be desired. But even though it wasn’t a hit, this review is a lot of fun for the tangents Ryan and Jay go on along the way.

Thanks for listening!

– Movie Review: Great Expectations (4:12)
Director: David Lean
Screenplay: David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Cecil McGivern, Ronald Neame, Kay Walsh
Stars: John Mills, Anthony Wager, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guinness

– Movie Review: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (38:26)
Directors: David Dobkin
Screenplay: Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele
Stars: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan

– Music

Brief Encounter – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Diamond Day – Vashti Bunyan
The Return of the Eagle – Atli Örvarsson

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