S03E09: Love-All or Fault? Dissecting the Drama in 'Challenges'

S03E09: Love-All or Fault? Dissecting the Drama in 'Challenges'
5 mag 2024 · 55 min. 12 sec.

**Host:** Alex First  **Guest Critics:** Greg King, Peter Krauss  **Episode Summary:**  In this dynamic episode, host Alex First is joined by critics Greg King and Peter Krauss to dissect a...

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**Host:** Alex First  **Guest Critics:** Greg King, Peter Krauss  **Episode Summary:**  In this dynamic episode, host Alex First is joined by critics Greg King and Peter Krauss to dissect a blend of theatrical brilliance, on-court drama, and historical intrigue. From the courts of Versailles to the tennis courts of grand slams, the trio serves up a volley of opinions on the latest offerings in film and theatre.**Highlights:**  - **RBG of Medi One:** A breathtaking solo performance by Heather Mitchell as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, showcasing her formidable journey to the Supreme Court. Despite Greg's initial disinterest, Alex's passionate endorsement highlights the play's profound impact and the transformative power of live theatre.  - **The Fall Guy:** A high-octane romp featuring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, with stunts galore and a nod to the unsung heroes of Hollywood. The critics spar over the film's generic plot versus its spectacular action sequences and charismatic leads.  - **Golda:** Helen Mirren's powerful portrayal of Golda Meir during the Yom Kippur War. The critics delve into the film's intense political atmosphere and the personal battles of Israel's first female prime minister.  - **Jean DeBarry:** A sumptuous period drama charting the rise of King Louis XV's mistress. The critics are enamored with the film's lavish production, though they seek more depth in the courtly machinations.  - **Challenges:** Luca Guadagnino's latest film explores a complicated love triangle amidst the competitive world of tennis. The panel is divided, with some finding merit in the film's palpable tension, while others are left wanting by its execution.(00:00) Alex Bailey interviews Greg King and Peter Krause about Ruth Bader
(02:30) Gregory King reviews RBG of Medi at Melbourne's Playhouse
(07:24) Ryan Gosling stars as Colt Siebers in this romantic comedy
(11:44) Greg King: Some of the stunt work in this film is fantastic
(12:27) The stunts in Fallout are truly fantastic, Peter O'Toole says
(14:19) Peter Martin wants to know what Hollywood stuntmen get paid compared to stars
(15:55) Bernie: I found this a rather flashy, um, underwritten film
(18:15) Peter: I should have been more generous with my score predictions
(18:44) There's a new movie about Israel's first female prime minister called Golda
(19:50) Golda Meir was navigating conflict that could have finished Israel for good
(21:51) Helen Mirren stars as Golda Meir in new film
(23:58) Peter Bergen: Movie was originally based on action but then COVID hit
(26:19) Greg says he thinks the film is a well made film
(30:30) Greg Golda gives the film a seven out of ten rating
(31:18) The film is based on a play by Mark Saint Germain
(36:45) Peter: I came away thinking the screenplay was superficial
(38:07) Peter: I thought it was okay, but not much more than that
(39:09) Jean de Barrie is a sweeping period drama about King Louis XV
(45:34) Peter says he thought the film was okay but mildly disappointing
(47:46) Peter Martin talks about new film called challenges which stars Zendaya
(52:54) Peter: I was very disappointed by this film, Greg: Very disappointing**Closing Note:**  This episode of First on Film and Entertainment serves up a smorgasbord of stories, from the hallowed halls of justice to the glamorous yet cutthroat world of the French court, and the psychological battles of tennis. The critics navigate through the complexities of character, the grandeur of settings, and the intricacies of human relationships, offering listeners an eclectic mix of cinematic critique. Join us next time for another round of insightful film discussions and theatrical reviews.---  Show notes created by Alex First and the team at First on Film and Entertainment.
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