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Broken English Films
Broken English Films
Broken English Films' official podcast series discussing our various current, future and past Broken English productions with additional comments on life and movies along the way.
Jun 28, 2020
Do nostalgia and timing play a big role in a film's success? And Woody Allen, Apropos of nothing.
Hugo and Bola discuss how much of a role nostalgia plays in a film's relevance and worth in culture. How much is it due to the current cultural temperature and how much is it solely the quality of the film itself. Of course we have to reference "The Godfather" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," because they go hand in hand. We also debate whether it's the age when you watch something and how that affects someone's opinion. Quentin Tarantino's "One Upon A Time In Hollywood" also gets some mentioning and how it was watching the film in theatres for the first time versus now. Even "Howard The Duck" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" get honourable mentions. We also discuss Woody Allen and his wonderful biography "Apropos of Nothing." How he remains a controversial figure despite the findings of various officiating bodies is still baffling. But I guess in today's climate, guilt by accusation has become acceptable. The subject matter is not light in this regard, and it's hard to say for certain what the truth is, but what can we as outsiders build our opinions on apart from the information available? Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
Jun 20, 2020
Broken English Productions? What's in a name?
We just discovered that another group are trying to launch a production company with the name Broken English, a name that we've had since 2008. Last we checked, unfortunately, it's 2020. Times may have changed in a lot of ways in the world, but I'm fairly certain that intellectual property and brand recognition haven't all that much in North America. Maybe I'm wrong. We certainly don't believe so. It seems this other company are also unaware that we've been operating in French countries under the name "Les films d'Anglais Approximatif" and in Spanish countries under "Películas de Inglés Quebrado." Not too hard to do your research. Hugo and Bola discuss the notion the fact that they discovered the brand is being infringed upon as well as COVID-19's impact on the film industry and two recent hit documentaries, "The Last Dance" and "Filthy Rich." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
Dec 29, 2019
Is the movie Cats a flop already? Should you bother with film reviews? Also, there was a film released about The Joker
Hugo and Bola discuss the "Cats" movie trailer and the negative responses surrounding both it and its subsequent reviews. They also talk about the merits of movie reviews and whether they're helpful to the audience or simply impinge upon an unfiltered impression of a film before you've even taken the time to watch it. They also reflect on how hype impacts movies and in particular, "The Joker." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
Dec 22, 2019
How worthwhile are movie scores and soundtracks? The Watchmen TV show, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Danny Elfman, Jeff Russo, Hans Zimmer, Gustavo Santaolalla... Do they really add anything?
This time around we're discussing movie scores and soundtracks. From Jurassic Park to the Watchmen TV series, even touching on Diana King and her hit on the "Bad Boys" soundtrack. There's also a comment or two about Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Danny Elfman, Jeff Russo, Hans Zimmer, Gustavo Santaolalla and many more. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? @brokenenglish on Instagram and @brokenenglish on Twitter.
Dec 15, 2019
The Broken English Podcast on the Ruptured TV Series, Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story"
In this podcast Hugo discusses the Montréal based end of the world TV show, Ruptured. What inspired it, how long and where it was written and the history of the name Broken English/Broken English Films. He also talks about Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" as well as touching on Disney+ and Apple TV+. Also, apparently Martin Scorsese is meeting with Disney head Bob Iger in response to his comments about Marvel cinema. Hopefully Marty's bringing his heavies, he should know gangster meeting lore by now. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe? Ruptured TV show season 1 writing playlist: 1. Rough Sleeper - Burial 2. Everything Is Violence - Lorn 3. Get Free - Major Lazer 4. Mystery Cloud - STRFKR 5. Troubleman - Electric Guest 6. Roads - Portishead 7. The North - Stars 8. Merry Happy - Kate Nash 9. The heart asks pleasure first/The promise - Michael Nyman 10. Talk Show Host - Radiohead 11. Riverside - Agnes Obel 12. Parade - Rone 13. Warm Shadow (Dactyl Remix) - The Walking Dead Soundtrack - Fink 14. Cloudlight - Instrumental - Eskmo 15. Straight Off the D.I.C. (Instrumental) - Cannibal Ox 16. Goodbye My Love - Tyler Bates 17. Don't Slow Down - Matt and Kim 18. Ho Hey - The Lumineers 19. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 20. Pray For Rain - Massive Attack 21. Plague - Crystal Castles 22. Used to Love U - John Legend 23. Hope There's Someone - Antony and the Johnsons 24. Nakt - Rone 25. Finality (4th Movement) - The Roots 26. Citizen of Glass - Instrumental - Agnes Obel 27. New Ways - Daughter 28. 174 Hours - Jeff Russo 29. Time Is The Enemy - Quantic 30. brot - Ólafur Arnalds 31. Unlive (Dream Koala Rework) - Superpoze
Dec 8, 2019
Film Stand Ins? Did any TV shows actually end well? Why are we talking about Netflix yet again?
We're talking about Netflix again because in 2019, who isn't? But more so because of their decision to purchase the Paris Theater in Manhattan, New York. The Paris Theater is a single screen cinema which Netflix has taken over to exclusively showcase some of their feature films like "Marriage Story." Bola and Hugo also talk about stand ins, the position on set that both of them have performed many a time whereby the crew light and use another person while the actor rests and preps lines. Not only that, los dos hombres discuss the disappointing endings of shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Dexter" amongst others and whether skipping the introductory set up of a show is a good feature that Netflix have given to the world. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
Dec 1, 2019
The Eternal Sleep movie
Bola and Hugo discuss Hugo's screenplay and forthcoming film, "The Eternal Sleep." They also delve into what it means to dream, what dreams are and some personal experiences they've had in their own dreams. The Eternal Sleep's premise: Set in New York City in 2010, The Eternal Sleep straddles the questions of life after death and the moral choices individuals can make about their own lives. The film revolves around an eccentric neuroscientist trying to find out whether we can stay alive in our dreams if we die in our sleep. We all wonder what happens after the final closing of our eyelids, Dr. Jacquelyn Walsh is no different. The only thing that could separate her from your average person is rather than the traditional view most people have of death being a passage into another higher realm, Jacquelyn believes it's actually just a continuation we visit on a nightly basis. She claims to know that dreams are in actual fact eternal life and that we already know where heaven and our souls reside - our minds. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay? The writing playlist for The Eternal Sleep (available on Spotify) 1. Soul Music - Bonus Track - Blueprint 2. Springer Ambient - Live - Tosca 3. Ali & Matthias II - M83 4. Blood - The Middle East 5. White Blank Page - Mumford & Sons 6. Vintern - Tvärvägen 7. Artificial Nocturne - Metric 8. Studio Suicide, 1980 - Tim Hecker 9. Islands - The xx 10. Subtle Art Of The Breakup Song - Cage 11. Holograms - M83 12. Vision - M83 13. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi - Edited Version - Kid Cudi 14. Recuerdos del Andar - Gustavo Santaolalla 15. Under Giant Trees - Agnes Obel 16. All I Want - Kodaline 17. Fivefold - Agnes Obel 18. Dr. Katz - Jeff Russo 19. Dead For Two Hours - Patrick Watson 20. Reyja - Ben Frost 21. N.Y. State of Mind - Nas 22. The Well - Lorn 23. Fairy Tale (Bonus Track) - Abel Korzeniowski 24. Session - Linkin Park
Nov 24, 2019
Cancel culture? Why the Terminator and Charlie's angels remakes/sequels flopped... And Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl
Bola and Hugo touch on the oddities with the Jeffrey Epstein "suicide" and Prince Andrew's responses as well as our views on what is now described as "cancel culture," its nuances and revisionist approaches to older television and cinema in the light of modern culture's evolution. There's also some praise given by Bola about Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl, a mixture of art, film and sculpture put on every November in the city. We also follow up on a previous discussion about reboots and remakes and why "Doctor Sleep," the new Terminator movie and the Charlie's Angels remake seem to have flopped. According to the movie's director, Elizabeth Banks, it's because males are unlikely to go see female led action films. Is that the case? Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
1 hr 1 min
Nov 17, 2019
The Broken English Podcast on Movie Reboots, Film Remakes and Franchises, Movie Industry vs Business
Bola proclaims how sick he is about the modern trend of movie reboots, movie remakes and franchises as he and Hugo discuss aspects of the movie industry vs the movie business. They don't entirely agree... Also discussed is Hugo's disdain for laugh tracks and their view on the TV show "Package Deal." Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?
1 hr 15 min
Nov 11, 2019
"Parasite" or Gisaengchung by Bong Joon-Ho and beyond...
On the same day Evo Morales steps down as Bolivian president (or so we hope) amidst ongoing turmoil and protests in the country, we discuss what we think of "Parasite" or "Gisaengchung" by Bong Joon-Ho and sewn effects/layers in writing screenplays as well as a respective writer's forethought into a production's initial steps. We also skate around discussing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why some films that should become hits don't and more. As always, check out brokenenglishfilms.com and keep your attention tuned into what we're doing next.
Nov 2, 2019
You've got to start somewhere... 'They' say.
So start in a trendy coffee shop in Vancouver, BC named "Breka bakery." A crowded place with good coffee but one cash register and one espresso machine making you queue up to wait for your caffeine. Eventually you'll receive it and can record your nostalgic trek into the physical media of your childhood and spend time pondering and complaining about the modern movie theatre experience. In this episode Hugo and Bola finally get the podcast underway, beginning the Broken English podcast. Check out brokenenglishfilms.com and support the indie film company you're about to fall in love with, possibly... Maybe. It's your choice, okay?