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Film Podcast: Anthony Hopkins drama crowned "Film of the Month"

Film Feature by Chris Olson

The UK Film Review Podcast was back in action from January 2024, with episodes released by popular shows such as The Scream Test, Gay, Actually, and The Fantom Zone. It was on our show, UK Film Club, however, that we covered an incredible selection of films at the cinema and on streaming in Jan.

My colleague and co-host Brian Penn gave an incredible run-down of films available for UK audiences to see at the cinema in January 2024, ranging from Roald Dahl remakes, to supercar biopics.

It was one film, however, starring Anthony Hopkins which stood out amongst the rest - and was crowned our "Film of the Month" on the UK Film Review Podcast.

One Life - Film of the Month January 2024

One Life - Film of the Month on the UK Film Review Podcast
One Life - Film of the Month on the UK Film Review Podcast


In the film podcast episode, Brian was hugely complementary about One Life's important themes and terrific performances, particularly those by Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Of the film, Penn said:

"As sadly, World War 2 begins to slip from living makes it even more important to shine a light on stories that we might not be familiar with."

The synopsis of One Life reads: Sir Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued over 600 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

Listen to the episode of UK Film Club to hear our review in full:

Other Film Reviews in Episode 11 of UK Film Club

Whilst Brian was impressed by Anthony Hopkins and One Life, there were other movies in the episode which also shined.

Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, and Calah Lane was a firm favourite, allowing us to reminisce about the Gene Wilder version and reluctantly mention the Tim Burton outing.

Read our Wonka Film Review by Brian Penn here

Ferrari was also on the slate for the January 2024 film podcast episode. Michael Mann's latest film is always going to be one for film fans but this proved to be a very impressive film according to Brian.

Read his Ferrari film review here

Napoleon also made an appearance (not literally, the guy's been dead a while), the 2023 film from director Ridley Scott starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role. With an impressive supporting cast and cinematic splendour, this was one to watch as well.

Read our Napoleon film review here

Onto movies that I also saw and reviewed in the film podcast episode, Saltburn has seen a wild amount of social media coverage and I was thrilled to watch another film by brilliant director Emerald Fennell, and also another starring Barry Keoghan who I have been reviewing proudly since his short film days in Candy Floss at Raindance Film Festival all those years ago.

Saltburn was excellent, a ruthless and sumptuous film about class. Excellent supporting performances (particularly Richard E. Grant) but the two leading lads, Keoghan and Jacob Elordi are phenomenal. Everyone talks about the bath scene but watch out for some naked grave action too.

We were fortunate enough to cover some indie movies on our film podcast this month, with the mesmerizing Room 20 (a beautiful animated movie) as well as a comedy feature The Bez Felcher Show. Listen in to here our thoughts on those. I also interviewed Michael Stevenson and George Siougas about their short film The One Note Man.

Our "Nostalgia Pick" - a film from the past we revisit - was the 1984 version of Dune. Directed by David Lynch and starring Kyle Machlachan. Without spoiling our podcast review, let's just say we are really looking forward to Dune Part 2!


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