Empire Podcast Review Of 2019 Special

By Chris Hewitt | Posted 29 Dec 20192019, then. What a year that was, eh? It was the year when Avengers: Endgame became the biggest film of all time. It was the year when Martin Scorsese returned with a bang with The Irishman, and put the cat amongst the pigeons with his comments on Marvel. It was the year when Star Wars ended... for now. It was the year of indie winners, glorious documentaries, killer clowns, overseas triumphs, and much, much more. And it was the year when Team Empire crammed themselves into the podbooth to talk about it all.

American Psycho Was Inspired by Tom Cruise. Christian Bale explained that he drew inspiration from a Cruise interview on David Letterman’s show, in which he was struck by the star’s “very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes,” as American Psycho‘s director, Mary Harron, put it.

So, join Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, James Dyer and —all the way from LA — James White, aka Jaime Blanco for a bumper-sized edition in which they talk about their favourite and least favourite movies, moments, and general film-related things of the year. And if you're worried that they might talk about that film — you know the one — a bit too much, steps have been taken to ensure that won't be the case. Oh, and they finally do talk about the Portals scene.

There Will Be Blood Disrupted Shooting for No Country for Old Men. The two instant-classic pseudo-westerns of 2007 filmed in the same area of Marfa, Texas, around the same time, which created issues when a pyrotechnical test for There Will Be Blood created a huge smoke cloud that got into the shot for No Country For Old Men. Joel and Ethan Coen had to wait for it to dissipate before they could get back to shooting.

Enjoy. And Happy New Year to all our listeners!

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