Ross On Wise

Welcome to 2018! According to cinema, it’s the year of Rollerball and, we guess, Terminator Salvation. So we have that to look forward to.

It was a blast to kick off 2018 with Eloise Ross, a guest we’ve been hoping to book on the show for some time, and as you’ve hopefully heard by now, it was definitely worth the wait. Eloise braved the heat to talk some film with us for an hour, and for the sake of audio quality we had to turn off the air conditioner and the fan and swelter as we tried to be erudite about all aspects of cinema. It was hot it what we’re saying.

We kick off the show looking at some of this month’s key films, including Steven Spielberg’s literally-ripped-from-the-headlines true story The Post, Guillermo Del Toro’s dark romantic fantasy The Shape of Water, Don Hertzfeldt’s animated science fiction sequel World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, and Ridley Scott’s ambitious Getty family biopic All the Money in the World.

We then look at the recent acquisition of Fox’s film assets by Disney, and what the merging of these studios means for the future of cinema both on-screen and off.

Then, Eloise takes us through the works and career of her filmmaker of the month, Robert Wise! Wise is a filmmaker you even if you don’t: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. There’s far more to him than those titles, which is sort of the point of the show. This episode is a massive eye-opener for Wise newbies and Wise fans alike, enlightening us to one of the great undiscovered filmographies that spans classic and modern Hollywood.

Think your fancy superhero movies invented cool cameos? Let Senator Estes Kefauver and 1952’s The Captive City take you to school.

Further reading:

Outro music: America from West Side Story (1961), performed by Rita Moreno et al, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim

The latest episode of Hell Is For Hyphenates, featuring Eloise Ross talking the films of Robert Wise, can be heard on Stitcher Smart Radio, subscribed to on iTunes, or downloaded/streamed directly from our website.

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