14th Jan2015

PCH @ The Movies – Beyond Clueless with Charlie Lyne!

by Chris Thompson

With Charlie Lyne, writer/director of Beyond Clueless …
 
After my original film-based podcast with Graham Reynolds to discuss his work scoring Richard Linklater’s brilliant Before Midnight (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with director Charlie Lyne to examine his debut feature, Beyond Clueless. Narrated by The Craft‘s Fairuza Balk, the film offers an intelligent dissection of the teen film genre – peeling back the many layers to expose what lies beneath.
 
Charlie, known primarily for his work with Ultra Culture & The Guardian, has created a tight film that will leave you questioning the teen flicks you’ve previously taken for granted. Featuring a score by indie darlings Summer Camp, Beyond Clueless shines a light on this shadowy and less-explored aspect of cinema.
 
Charlie kindly agreed to chat with me about how he first started out as a film critic, what steps he took to make his dreams come true, and how he brought Beyond Clueless from concept to creation. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, but all done with the usual PCH flair and style. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure into the world of film.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Charlie Lyne’s Twitter: @charlielyne
Charlie Lyne’s website: www.charlielyne.com
 
Beyond Clueless Twitter: @beyondclueless
Beyond Clueless website: www.beyondclueless.co.uk
 
And you can buy tickets for The Prince Charles Cinema screening of the film here: princecharlescinema.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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04th Dec2013

Episode 66 – The Magic Words of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin!

by Chris Thompson

With Alan Moore & Lance Parkin …
 
After my last episode with the amazing Max Bemis from Say Anything (which you can still listen to here) I feel very privileged to bring to you this exclusive recording of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin in conversation at The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
 
Timed to coincide with the release of Magic Words, a biography about Alan which was written by Lance and published by Aurum Press, the night begins as a conversation between the two before becoming an ensemble piece followed by an audience Q & A.
 
Sit back and enjoy this very special recording as two giants of comics and literature meet for one very special night. And if you missed Alan’s first appearance with me on PCH then you can listen to that right here: popculturehound.net/pch-special-chatting-with-alan-moore.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes.
 
You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Lance Parkin’s website: lanceparkin.wordpress.com
 
Aurum Press’ Twitter: @aurumpress
Aurum Press’ website: www.aurumpress.co.uk
 
The Prince Charles Cinema’s Twitter: @ThePCCLondon
The Prince Charles Cinema’s website: www.princecharlescinema.com

31st Aug2013

PCH @ The Movies – Before Midnight with Graham Reynolds!

by Chris Thompson

With Graham Reynolds, composer of Before Midnight …
 
In the first of a series of film-based podcasts, I look at Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight. Not only was it my favourite film of 2013, but it was also the third film in one of my all-time favourite series – following the classic Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
 
When we meet Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) this time around, they’ve been together for the last eight years and have started to become like any other couple who have been together for a while. It’s the same characters you know and love, but real life has crept in and made its presence known. The idealised romance of the first two films has given way to the realities of day-to-day life, including the arrival of twin girls.
 
Unlike the previous films, Before Midnight is also the first to feature an original score, composed by Austin-based musician and frequent Richard Linklater collaborator, Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, I’ll Come Running). The soundtrack proved to be a haunting addition to an already stellar production and (like the film itself) has stayed with me long after the credits rolled.
 
Graham agreed to be my first guest on PCH @ The Movies, and so we talked about why he got into music, what led him to doing film scores, how he first met Richard Linklater, and what it was like working on Before Midnight. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, but all done with the usual PCH flair and style. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure into the world of film beyond comics.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: www.popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Graham Reynolds’ Twitter: @grahamreynolds
Graham Reynolds’ website: www.grahamreynolds.com
Graham Reynolds’ on IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm1199960

17th Nov2011

Event – Labyrinth Masked Ball at The PCC London

by Chris Thompson


Labyrinth
will always hold a special place in my heart … Not only does it have one of my favourite singers, but it also features one of my lifelong crushes (I’ll leave you to figure out which is which). So you can imagine my excitement when The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square announced their first Labyrinth-themed Masquerade Ball & Party for November 12.
 
The night kicked off at 8pm with drinks and music in the downstairs bar. Most people were in fancy dress of some description and a few had really gone all-out. As for me, I donned my tux and a Venetian mask for the occasion – simple yet elegant. Around 8.45pm we were ushered into the cinema where we were given questionnaires to fill out in order to win a bottle of bubbly. I can’t resist a bit of bubbly, so I happily complied.
 
Just after 9pm, the evening’s entertainment began with ‘Jareth the Goblin King’. He had the right look, tone and intonation – it was as if the Thin White Duke were there himself. We managed to film a brief segment of ‘Jareth’ coaching the audience on what to do when certain characters appear on screen. He was just about to announce the winner of the contest when we stopped filming … which is a real shame because the winner was me!
 
The night was such a success that another two Labyrinth balls have been planned before the end of the year. I highly recommend going and getting a Prince Charles membership while you’re there. Not only will it save you money on all the great films they’ve got coming up, but it gives you discounts at various retail outlets around town … Membership has its rewards!