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The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Price: Talking with Shaun Chang from the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place.

Jan. 21, 2022

A literary collaboration of husband and wife comes under scrutiny when the husband wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Guest: Shaun Chang
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Being the Ricardos: In conversation with Shaun Chang, Blogger at the TV and Movie Blog Hill Place

Dec. 16, 2021

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in this Aaron Sorkin written and directed film about the creative genius of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz who created the I love Lucy sitcom. Three crises dominate one week in 1952, Lucy's …

Guest: Shaun Chang
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No Time to Die: The 25th James Bond Film. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place.

Nov. 24, 2021

In today's episode film critic Shaun Chang reviews the most recent Bond film and Daniel Craig's fifth and last one, No Way to Die. We also discuss the development of the franchise over the last 60 years. --- Send in a voice …

Guest: Shaun Chang
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Film discussion with author Tom Lisanti and writer/blogger Shaun Chang.

Nov. 5, 2021

Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie gives set in 1969 Hollywood, gives a Through the Looking Glass ending to the Sharon Tate/LaBianca murders by the Manson Family. --- Send i…

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The Streets of San Francisco. Michael Douglas. Karl Malden. 1972-1977.

May 24, 2020

The 119 episodes of the TV series were filmed on location in San Francisco. To retain San Francisco authenticity, a sound stage was built in the City to film non-location, indoor scenes. Early 1970s San Francisco comes alive…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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Bullitt. Steve McQueen. 1968

May 17, 2020

Bullitt starring iconic 1960s King of Cool Steve McQueen is set in San Francisco. A Chicago mobster is being guarded by Lt. Frank Bullitt (McQueen) and his team pending his appearance as chief witness before a Senate subcomm…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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Towering Inferno. Steve McQueen. Paul Newman. Faye Dunaway. 1974

May 10, 2020

The dedication ceremony of the worlds tallest high rise at 138 stories in San Francisco, is the setting for this 1974 disaster film. The film unintentionally provides an eerie foreshadowing of the events of 9/11 and the Twin…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams. 1993

May 2, 2020

Robin Williams was an accomplished comedian and dramatic actor who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Good Will Hunting.”. A comedic genius, he died in 2014 at the age of 63. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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Milk. Sean Penn. 2008

April 23, 2020

Sean Penn’s Oscar winning portrayal of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is a powerful dramatization of the last 10 days of his life in November 1978. Milk continues to inspire both Americans and global citizens like Leo V…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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The Maltese Falcon. John Huston/Dashiell Hammett, 1941

April 18, 2020

This film noir is set in 1941 San Francisco and stars Humphrey Bogart in the title role of private investigator Sam Spade, Mary Astor as the manipulative fortune seeker Brigid O’Shaugnessey, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorr…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock 1963

April 11, 2020

Hitchcock’s thriller and horror film was filmed on location in San Francisco and Bodega Bay, Sonoma County in 1962. The themes of the film, a world out of joint, nature attacking humans, inhabitants seeking shelter from terr…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
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Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock 1958

March 29, 2020

In this episode I discuss the greatest film of all time, Vertigo, as judged by the British Film Institute in 2012. Set in 1957 San Francisco, it is a technicolor travelog of the City by the Bay. It provides a magnificent phy…

Guest: Jim Herlihy