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The CIA and Hollywood 15 - SALT

The CIA and Hollywood 15 – SALT

Rounding off this second season we take a look at SALT, the 2010 action thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian sleeper agent.  We chart the development of the film, from its origins as an attempt to recreate the Bourne franchise, through Amy Pascal ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 14 - Zero Dark Thirty

The CIA and Hollywood 14 – Zero Dark Thirty

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is - somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 13 - Race to Witch Mountain

The CIA and Hollywood 13 – Race to Witch Mountain

James Evan Pilato is our latest guest as we dissect the 2009 Disney UFO adventure Race to Witch Mountain.  We start off looking at Disney as a corporation - its long standing interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, the connections to government agencies and their recent takeover of the fantasy genre.  ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 12 - American Ultra

The CIA and Hollywood 12 – American Ultra

Adam from Themes and Memes is our guest to talk about the 2015 action comedy American Ultra.  We start by trying to define this film, which is an intense mixture of cartoonish ultra violence, CIA covert operations, romance, comedy and horror, looking at the dissociating nature of this blend.  The ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 11 - The Men Who Stare at Goats

The CIA and Hollywood 11 – The Men Who Stare at Goats

Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name.  It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war.  The ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 10 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The CIA and Hollywood 10 – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Aaron Franz joins us to discuss the 2002 biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which tells the story of game show producer and host Chuck Barris.  Barris claims that while becoming a TV star he was recruited by and worked for the CIA as an assassin, killing a total of ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 09 - Good Night, and Good Luck

The CIA and Hollywood 09 – Good Night, and Good Luck

We welcome Ed Opperman to the series and discuss the 2005 docudrama Good Night, and Good Luck which retells the story of the 1954 confrontation between senator Joe McCarthy and television journalist Ed Murrow of CBS.  McCarthy was pursuing Communists within the State Department and other government agencies and innocent ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 08 - The Quiet American

The CIA and Hollywood 08 – The Quiet American

In this first episode of the new season Pearse and I discuss the 1958 spy drama The Quiet American, adapted from the novel by Graham Greene.  We focus in on the role of Air Force and CIA officer Ed Lansdale's relationship with the film-maker Joseph Mankiewicz, and how the CIA ...
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