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The Mark Hastings Experience

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Having always been a lover of both television and cinema since he was a child, Mark has spent his entire life marvelling at the wonder of the worlds, the characters, and the stories of both "the silver screen" and "the small screen" in films and TV shows from all around the world. Mark is a lover of… read more

283 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Episode #3: "Django Unchained" (2012 film)

August 3rd, 2021

1:02:53

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2012 American revisionist Western film "Django Unchained" written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo …

Episode #2: "Quentin Tarantino - A Tribute"

July 30th, 2021

45:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite film writers and directors: "Quentin Tarantino" - whose films he is currently in the process of rewatching the films of.

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Episode #1: "For the love of it"

July 29th, 2021

31:05

In the first episode of "Season 3" of The Mark Hastings Experience podcast Mark talks about writing, his writing process, and he recites his new poem "For the love of it". Check out Mark's poem "For the love of it" @

Episode #208: "Dexter" (TV series) - S1, E3: "Popping Cherry" + Revival series talk

July 28th, 2021

30:38

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from one of his favourite TV shows: "Dexter" - Season 1, Episode 3: "Popping Cherry". And Mark talks about the upcoming revival series "Dexter: New Blood" …

Episode #207: "True Romance" (1993 film)

July 27th, 2021

54:00

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1993 American romantic crime film "True Romance" directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater, Patricia …

Episode #206: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #13: "Infested"

July 26th, 2021

31:01

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the animated Disney+ TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #13: "Infested".

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Episode #205: "The Purge" (2013 film)

July 22nd, 2021

52:45

In this episode Mark talks about the 2013 dystopian action-thriller film "The Purge" written and directed by James DeMonaco. The film stars Ethan …

Episode #204: "First Man" (2018 Film)

July 20th, 2021

58:19

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2018 American biographical drama film "First Man" directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the 2005 book "First Man: The Life of …

Episode #203: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episodes 11 & 12: "Devil's Deal" & "Rescue on Ryloth"

July 17th, 2021

47:40

In this episode Mark talks about two of the latest episodes of the animated "Star Wars" Disney+ TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episodes 11 & 12: "Devil's Deal" & "Rescue on Ryloth".

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Episode #202: "Star Trek: Voyager" (TV series) - S3, E23: "Distant Origin"

July 16th, 2021

1:03:12

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from the "Star Trek" TV series "Star Trek: Voyager" - Season 3, Episode 23: "Distant …

Episode #201: "Loki" (TV series) - S1, E6: "For All Time. Always", a review

July 14th, 2021

39:09

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the season finale episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Season 1, Episode 6: "For All Time. Always".

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Episode #200: "Black Widow" (2021 film)

July 13th, 2021

1:03:42

In this episode Mark talks about and does a spoiler review of the 2021 American superhero film "Black Widow" directed by Cate Shortland, the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films. Starring Scarlett …

Episode #199: "The Breakfast Club" (1985 Film)

July 12th, 2021

58:15

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1985 teen coming-of-age comedy-drama film "The Breakfast Club" written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Emilio Estevez as Andrew …

Episode #198: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode #5: "Journey into Mystery"

July 9th, 2021

37:50

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode #5: "Journey into Mystery".

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Episode #197: "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 3, Episode 9: "Defiant"

July 7th, 2021

1:13:15

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite episodes from the American science fiction TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" - Season 3, Episode 9: "Defiant" which first aired November 21, 1994. The episode …

Episode #196: "Arrival" (2016 Film)

July 6th, 2021

1:00:29

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2016 American science fiction drama film "Arrival" directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heiserrer, based on the 1998 short story "Story of …

Episode #195: "The Tomorrow War" (2021 Film)

July 5th, 2021

56:43

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the 2021 American military science fiction film "The Tomorrow War" directed by Chris McKay. The films …

Episode #194: "Independence Day" (1996 Film)

July 4th, 2021

59:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1996 American science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland …

Episode #193: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #10: "Common Ground", a review

July 3rd, 2021

31:25

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Disney+ animated "Star Wars" TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #10: "Common Ground".

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Episode #192: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode 4: "The Nexus Event"

July 1st, 2021

30:26

In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 4: "The Nexus Event". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" …

Episode #191: "Sister Act" (1992 Film)

June 30th, 2021

59:32

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 American comedy film "Sister Act" directed by Emile Ardolino and written by …

Episode #190: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - S3, Ep 15: "Yesterday's Enterprise"

June 29th, 2021

59:35

In this episode Mark talks about one his favourite episodes of television and a universally considered fan-favourite episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Season 3, Episode 15: "Yesterday's Enterprise", which …

Episode #189: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 9: "Bounty Lost", a review

June 26th, 2021

39:32

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 9: "Bounty Lost". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your support for the …

Episode #188: "Loki" (TV series) - Episode 3: "Lamentis", a review

June 25th, 2021

28:46

In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 3: "Lamentis". Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" merchandise and show your …

Episode #187: "Drive" (2011 Film)

June 24th, 2021

1:02:30

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2011 neo-noir action drama and crime film "Drive" directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, …

Episode #186: "Shaun of the Dead" (2004 Film)

June 23rd, 2021

41:01

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2004 horror comedy film "Shaun of the Dead" directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg as Shaun, Nick Frost as Ed, Kate Ashfield as Liz, Lucy Davis as …

Episode #185: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #8: "Reunion", a review

June 21st, 2021

19:45

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #8: "Reunion".

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Episode #184: "Psycho" (1960 Film)

June 20th, 2021

1:01:03

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1960 American psychological horror thriller "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, …

Episode #183: "Loki" - Episode 2: "The Variant" *Spoiler* review

June 17th, 2021

35:38

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the latest episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" - Episode 2: "The Variant".

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Episode #182: "A Quiet Place" (2018 film)

June 16th, 2021

45:37

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2018 American horror film "A Quiet Place" directed by John Krasinski and written by …

Episode #181: "Moon" (2009 film)

June 14th, 2021

38:42

In this episode Mark talks about the 2009 British-American science fiction film "Moon" directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker, starring Sam Rockwell. Get yourself a piece of "The Mark Hastings Experience" …

Episode #180: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 7: "Battle Scars" *Spoiler Review*

June 12th, 2021

32:13

In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 7, "Battle Scars", and Mark also briefly talks about the events of the previous two episodes, Episode 5, "Rampage", and Episode …

Episode #179: "Loki" (TV Series) - Episode #1: "Glorious Purpose", a review

June 10th, 2021

41:58

In this episode Mark does a review of the first episode of the limited Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ TV series "Loki" created by Michael Waldron, starring Tom Hiddelston as Loki, the "God of Mischief" - but a …

Episode #178: "Alien Resurrection" (1997 Film)

June 9th, 2021

54:09

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1997 science fiction horror film "Alien Resurrection" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Joss Whedon, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, …

Episode #177: "Thor: Ragnorok" (2017 Film)

June 8th, 2021

49:16

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and also his favourite film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far: the 2017 American superhero film "Thor: Ragnorok", directed by Taika Waititi. The …

Episode #176: "Alien 3" (1992 Film)

June 5th, 2021

1:02:18

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 science fiction horror film "Alien 3" directed by David Fincher - the third installment in the Alien franchise - starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles …

Episode #175: "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979 Film)

June 2nd, 2021

55:11

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1979 American prison action film "Escape from Alcatraz" directed by Don Siegel. Adapted from the 1963 non-fiction book of the same name by J. Campbell …

Episode #174: "Blade Runner 2049" (2017 Film)

June 1st, 2021

1:17:10

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2017 American neo-noir science fiction film "Blade Runner 2049" directed by Denis Villeneuve. The direct sequel to the 1982 film "Blade Runner", the film …

Episode #173: "Lucifer" - Season 5B (a spoilery review)

May 30th, 2021

38:03

In this episode Mark does a review of the eight concluding episodes of Season 5B, or Season 5 part 2, of one of his favourite TV series: "Lucifer" - starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, …

Episode #172: "Star Wars: The Sequel Trilogy - a critique"

May 27th, 2021

1:03:46

In this episode Mark critiques the so called "Star Wars Sequel Trilogy" of films, Episode VII, VIII, and IX - "The Force Awakens", "The Last Jedi", and "The Rise of Skywalker" - and he gives a frank opinion about what …

Episode #171: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015 Film)

May 26th, 2021

55:27

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2015 Australian post-apocalyptic action film "Mad Max: Fury Road" co-written, co-produced, and directed by George Miller. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert …

Episode #170: "Sneakers" (1992 Film)

May 24th, 2021

56:07

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1992 American crime comedy "Sneakers" directed by Phil Alden Robinson, starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, …

Episode #169: "Army of the Dead" (2021 Film)

May 22nd, 2021

28:00

In this episode Mark talks about the American zombie heist film "Army of the Dead" directed by Zack Snyder, starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, …

Episode #168: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #4: "Cornered" Review *Spoilers*

May 21st, 2021

18:20

In this episode Mark does a *spoiler* review of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #4: "Cornered" and he talks about what he liked about the most recent episode.

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Episode #167: "The Eternal Boy: Staying Hopeful, Optimistic, and Motivated"

May 21st, 2021

47:24

In this episode Mark talks about what keeps him hopeful, optimistic, and motivated - no matter what he is going through in life. And Mark recites a …

Episode #166: "War of the Worlds" (2005 Film)

May 20th, 2021

57:47

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2005 American science fiction action film "War of the Worlds" directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda …

Episode #165: "Aliens" (1986 Film)

May 19th, 2021

1:27:46

In this film Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 American science fiction action film "Aliens" directed by James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver.

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Episode #164: "Star Trek Beyond" (2016 Film)

May 18th, 2021

1:09:18

In this episode Mark talks about the 2016 "Star Trek" film: "Star Trek Beyond" directed by Justin Lin, and written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The thirteeth film in the "Star Trek" film franchise and the third film set …

Episode #163: "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013 Film)

May 17th, 2021

1:29:18

In this episode Mark talks about the 2013 "Star Trek" film "Star Trek Into Darkness" directed by J.J. Abrams. The story of the film sees Chris Pine …

Episode #162: "Star Trek" (2009 Film)

May 16th, 2021

1:26:19

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films, and the eleventh film in the "Star Trek" film franchise: the 2009 film "Star Trek" directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. A …

Episode #161: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode 3: "Replacements"

May 15th, 2021

26:35

In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of the American animated TV series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #3: "Replacements".

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Episode #160: "Star Trek: Nemesis" (2002 Film)

May 15th, 2021

1:03:49

In this episode Mark talks about the tenth film in the "Star Trek" film franchise: the 2002 American science fiction film "Star Trek: Nemesis". The fourth film, as well as the final film, to feature the cast of "Star …

Episode #159: "Star Trek: Insurrection" (1998 Film)

May 14th, 2021

1:02:15

In this episode Mark talks about the ninth film in the "Star Trek" film franchise: the 1998 science fiction film "Star Trek: Insurrection" directed by Jonathan Frakes. Featuring the entire cast of the "Star Trek: The …

Episode #158: "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996 Film)

May 13th, 2021

1:26:02

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and one of the best films of the "Star Trek" film franchise: the 1996 film "Star Trek: First Contact" directed by Jonathan Frakes. Set in the 24th Century, …

Episode #157: "Star Trek: Generations" (1994 Film)

May 12th, 2021

1:19:32

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and one of his favourite films within the "Star Trek" franchise of films: "Star Trek: Generations" directed by David Carson. The story of the film, which …

Episode #156: "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991 Film)

May 11th, 2021

1:03:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and one the best films of the "Star Trek" film franchise: "Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered …

Episode #155: "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989 Film)

May 10th, 2021

1:03:42

In this episode Mark talks about the fifth installment in the "Star Trek" film series: "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" directed by William Shatner. The story of the film concerns the crew of the USS Enterprise …

Episode #154: "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986 Film)

May 9th, 2021

1:20:24

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and one of the films most widely considered to be the favourite film of fans and non-fans alike of the "Star Trek" motion picture franchise: "Star Trek IV: The …

Episode #153: "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984 Film)

May 8th, 2021

1:03:51

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" directed by Leonard Nimoy - which is the second movie in a three film arc within the "Star Trek" motion picture …

Episode #152: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #2: "Cut and Run"

May 7th, 2021

31:10

In this episode Mark talks about the latest episode of the American animated series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #2: "Cut and Run".

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Episode #151: "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982 Film)

May 7th, 2021

1:10:05

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite "Star Trek" films, and one of his favourite films of all time: the 1982 American science …

Episode #150: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979 Film)

May 6th, 2021

50:32

In this episode Mark talks about the first film of his favourite film franchise: the 1979 American science fiction film "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" directed by Robert Wise - based upon and a direct continuation of …

Episode #149: "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - Episode #1: "Aftermath" - spoiler review

May 5th, 2021

36:21

In this episode Mark does a spoiler review of the first episode of the newly released "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" animated TV series - Episode #1: "Aftermath" - which is an animated TV series on Disney+ that is a direct …

Episode #148: "Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - May the Forth Be With You"

May 4th, 2021

32:51

In this episode Mark celebrates May the Forth, also known as "Star Wars", by talking about one of his favourite film, television, novel, comic book, and computer game franchises - the world wide phenomenon that is "Star …

Episode #147: "Monday, 3 May, 2021 - A Shot In The Arm"

May 3rd, 2021

33:16

In this episode Mark talks about his upcoming Coronavirus vaccination... Mark talks about watching the hilarious 2009 film "Fanboys" directed by Kyle …

Episode #146: "Contact" (1997 Film)

May 2nd, 2021

1:00:16

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1997 American science fiction drama film "Contact" directed by Robert Zemeckis. Adapted from the 1985 film of the same name by Carl Sagan, the film tells …

Episode #145: "Saturday, 1 May, 2021 - Return to Normality"

May 1st, 2021

40:18

In this episode Mark talks about life... the ongoing vaccination roll out to combat the Coronavirus pandemic... the slow opening up and the …

Episode #144: "Nomadland" (2020 Film)

April 30th, 2021

39:58

In this episode Mark talks about the 2020 Academy Award-winning American drama film "Nomadland" based upon the 2017 non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century" by Jessica Bruder. Written, …

Episode #143: "Minority Report" (2002 Film)

April 29th, 2021

38:12

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2002 American science fiction action film "Minority Report" directed by Steven Spielberg. Loosely based on the 1956 short story "The Minority Report", set …

Episode #142: "Con Air" (1997 Film)

April 28th, 2021

36:55

In this episode Mark talks about the 1997 action thriller film "Con Air" directed by Simon West, written by Scott Rosenberg and produced by Jerry …

Episode #141: "Tuesday, 27 April, 2021 - Entertained"

April 27th, 2021

40:20

In this episode Mark talks about the thrill that he gets whenever he walks into a bookstore or a library anywhere in the world, or whenever he attends a convention and he is surrounded by people with similar interests …

Episode #140: "Forrest Gump" (1994 Film) + 2021 Oscar Winners

April 26th, 2021

38:00

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1994 Academy Award winning American comedy-drama film "Forrest Gump" directed by Robert Zemeckis - starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti …

Episode #139: "In memory of Ernest Eugene Lamb, Aug 6, 1931 - Apr 23, 2021"

April 25th, 2021

16:16

In memory of Ernest Eugene Lamb, Aug 6, 1931 - Apr 23, 2021. May he rest in peace.

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Episode #138: "Saturday, 24 April, 2021 - Everybody needs a hero"

April 24th, 2021

46:33

In this episode Mark wishes the late great William Shakespeare - one of the most renowned poets and playwrights there has ever been, who inspired Mark to become a poet - a belated Happy Birthday... Mark talks about the …

Episode #137: "Friday, 23 April, 2021 - It's good to be alive"

April 23rd, 2021

37:54

In this episode Mark talks about the progress he is making of his rewatch of the TV series "Homeland"... Mark talks about life... and Mark also talks about the ongoing vaccination program that is slowly but surely …

Episode #136: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991 Film)

April 22nd, 2021

58:51

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1991 American science fiction action film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron. A direct sequel to the 1984 …

Episode #135: "Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 - Happy Birthday to Me!"

April 21st, 2021

40:06

In this episode Mark celebrates his fortieth birthday by talking about what life means to him and what he has learned over the last forty years. And Mark also recites his poem "Forty" which he wrote to commemorate his …

Episode #134: "Promising Young Woman" (2020 Film) Review

April 20th, 2021

39:43

In this episode Mark does a review of the 2020 film "Promising Young Woman" directed by Emerald Fennell, starring Carey Mulligan as Cassandra …

Episode #133: "Monday, 19 April, 2021 - another beautiful day"

April 19th, 2021

36:05

In this episode Mark talks about the beautiful weather... Mark talks about his ongoing "Homeland" TV series rewatch... Mark talks about the Disney+ …

Episode #132: "Sunday, 18 April, 2021 - morning thoughts"

April 18th, 2021

36:35

In this episode Mark talks about everything from the moving funeral of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh... watching The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values films... an article in today's The Sunday Times …

Episode #131: "Saturday, 17 April, 2021 - Weekly Update"

April 17th, 2021

39:26

In this episode Mark gives an update on what he has been watching, listening, doing, and experiencing over the last week: including rewatching of the TV series "Homeland", the film "Guardians of the Galaxy", and the …

Episode #130: "Book to Film/Television adaptations: The Good, The Bad, and The Unbelievable"

April 16th, 2021

1:03:58

In the final episode of the podcast Mark talks about his opinion on Book to Film/Television adaptations: the Good, the Bad, and those that in Mark's …

Episode #129: "Short Circuit" (1986 Film)

April 16th, 2021

35:12

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 American comedy science fiction film "Short Circuit" directed by John Badham starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin …

Episode #128: "An American Werewolf in London" (1981 Film)

April 16th, 2021

48:17

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1981 horror black comedy film "An American Werewolf in London" directed by John …

Episode #127: "VEGA - The Vampire King" (My New Book)

April 15th, 2021

1:04:17

In this episode Mark talks about his new book "VEGA - The Vampire King" and his his new book's connection to his previous books. Mark also talks about his writing process and about what it takes to get a story …

Episode #126: "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989 Film)

April 14th, 2021

56:49

In this episode Mark talks about one of my favourite films: the 1989 American comic science fiction film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" directed by Joe Johnston. Starring Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, the inventor of an …

Episode #125: "Flight of the Navigator" (1986 Film)

April 13th, 2021

47:16

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 American science fiction adventure film "Flight of the Navigator" directed by Randal Kleiser. The film stars Joey Cramer as David Freeman, a …

Episode #124: "Truly, Madly, Deeply" (1990 Film)

April 12th, 2021

43:07

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 British fantasy drama film "Truly, Madly, Deeply", written and produced by …

Episode #123: "Twin Peaks" (TV series)

April 9th, 2021

1:01:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American mystery/horror/drama television series "Twin Peaks" created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. Premiering on April 8, 1990, and running for two …

Episode #122: "The King's Speech" (2010 Film)

April 8th, 2021

58:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2010 British historical drama film "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Inspired by actual events, the films stars …

Episode #121: "Big" (1988 Film)

April 7th, 2021

51:35

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1988 American fantasy comedy-drama "Big" directed by Penny Marshall. The story of …

Episode #120: "Falling Down" (1993 Film)

April 6th, 2021

1:03:26

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1993 American crime-thriller film "Falling Down" directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas as William …

Episode #119: "The Iron Giant" (1999 Film)

April 5th, 2021

52:47

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1999 American animated science fiction action film "The Iron Giant" directed by Brad Bird. Based on the 1968 novel 'The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, the story …

Episode #118: "Field of Dreams" (1989 Film)

April 3rd, 2021

54:04

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1989 American sports supernatural drama film "Field of Dreams" written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Adapted from the 1982 novel "Shoeless Joe" by …

Episode #117: "American Gods" (Season 3 *Hot Take* review) + Series Cancellation

April 2nd, 2021

34:30

In this episode Mark does a *Hot Take* review on Season 3 of "American Gods", one of his favourite TV shows, inspired by the novel of the same name by Mark's favourite author Neil Gaiman + Mark discusses the recently …

Episode #116: "Cocoon" (1985 Film)

April 2nd, 2021

56:20

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1985 American science-fiction comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard. The story of …

Episode #115: "Bruce Almighty" (2003 Film)

April 1st, 2021

51:09

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2003 American religious comedy film "Bruce Almighty" directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk. The film stars …

Episode #114: "The Fast and the Furious" (2001 Film)

March 31st, 2021

52:22

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2001 action film "The Fast and the Furious" directed by Rob Cohen and written by Gary Scott Thompson and David Ayer. The first installment in the "Fast …

Episode #113: "The Time Traveler's Wife" (2009 Film)

March 30th, 2021

51:12

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2009 American romantic science fiction film "The Time Traveler's Wife" directed by Robert Schwentke, based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Audrey …

Episode #112: "Quantum Leap" (TV series)

March 29th, 2021

54:03

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American science-fiction television series "Quantum Leap", created by Donald P. …

Episode #111: "The Office" (British TV Series)

March 26th, 2021

1:00:23

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series: the British television mockumentary sitcom "The Office" created, written, and …

Episode #110: "Innerspace" (1987 Film)

March 25th, 2021

55:14

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1987 science fiction comedy film "Innerspace" directed by Joe Dante. Produced by …

Episode #109: "Predator" (1987 Film)

March 24th, 2021

47:11

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1987 science fiction action horror film "Predator" directed by John McTiernan. The …

Episode #108: "Kill Bill: Volume 1"

March 23rd, 2021

51:10

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2003 American martial arts film "Kill Bill: Volume 1" written and directed by …

Episode #107: "Cast Away" (2000 Film)

March 22nd, 2021

49:44

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2000 American survival drama film "Cast Away" directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film …

Episode #106: "Zack Snyder's Justice League" (2021 Film)

March 19th, 2021

1:12:10

In this episode Mark talks about "Zack Snyder's Justice League", the four hour long, 2021 directors cut of the 2017 American superhero film "Justice League" - featuring the DC Comics superhero team the Justice League, …

Episode #105: "Inception" (2010 Film)

March 18th, 2021

1:03:40

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2010 science fiction action film "Inception" written and directed by Christopher …

Episode #104: "500 Days of Summer" (2009 Film)

March 17th, 2021

1:03:43

In this episode Mark talks about the 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film "500 Days of Summer" directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Scott …

Episode #103: "Good Will Hunting" (1997 Film)

March 16th, 2021

53:32

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1997 American drama film "Good Will Hunting" directed by Gus Van Sant. Written and …

Episode #102: "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991 Film)

March 15th, 2021

54:13

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1991 American action adventure film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" directed by …

Episode #101: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014 Film)

March 12th, 2021

47:51

In this episode Mark talks about the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. The …

Episode #100: "Derek" (TV Series)

March 11th, 2021

49:36

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series: the British comedy-drama television series "Derek" starring, written by, and directed by Ricky Gervais. The premise of this heart-warming series that …

Episode #99: "Crimson Tide" (1995 Film)

March 10th, 2021

1:01:59

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1995 American submarine film "Crimson Tide" directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The premise of the film concerns the …

Episode #98: "The Adjustment Bureau" (2011 Film)

March 9th, 2021

52:58

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2011 American science fiction romantic thriller "The Adjustment Bureau" written and …

Episode #97: "WandaVision" (TV Series)

March 8th, 2021

1:03:51

In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American television miniseries "WandaVision" created by Jac Schaeffer for the Disney+ streaming service. Set within the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series …

Episode #96: "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987 Film)

March 5th, 2021

53:32

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "Good Morning, Vietnam", which is a 1987 American war comedy-drama film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, …

Episode #95: "Ex Machina" (2014 Film)

March 4th, 2021

58:47

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2014 science fiction psychological thriller "Ex Machina" written and directed by …

Episode #94: "Battlestar Galactica" (2003-2009 TV Series)

March 3rd, 2021

1:04:17

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series: the award-winning 2003-2009 American military science fiction television series "Battlestar Galactica". A re-imagining of the 1978 "Battlestar Galactica" …

Episode #93: "John Wick" (2014 Film)

March 2nd, 2021

48:36

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2014 American action-thriller "John Wick" directed by Chad Stahelski and David …

Episode #92: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016 Film)

March 1st, 2021

57:30

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite Star Wars films: the 2016 film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" directed by Gareth Edwards - with extensive reshoots undertaken by Tony Gilroy, who cowrote the …

Episode #91: "Thor: The Dark World" (2013 Film)

February 26th, 2021

44:45

In another Marvel Cinematic Universe themed episode, Mark talks about the 2013 American superhero film "Thor: The Dark World" directed by Alan Taylor. The sequel to the 2011 film "Thor" and the 2012 "The Avengers", the …

Episode #90: "Big Eyes" (2014 Film)

February 25th, 2021

48:13

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2014 American biographical comedy-drama "Big Eyes" directed by Tim Burton. The story of the film depicts the life of American artist Margaret Keane …

Episode #89: "Whiplash" (2014 Film)

February 24th, 2021

42:21

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2014 American drama film "Whiplash", written and directed by Damien Chazelle, about the relationship between an ambitious and talented jazz drummer, …

Episode #88: "The Martian" (2015 Film)

February 23rd, 2021

59:20

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the inspirational 2015 science fiction film "The Martian" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Adapted by Drew Goddard from the 2011 novel "The …

Episode #87: "Better Call Saul" (TV series)

February 22nd, 2021

1:03:45

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American crime drama television series "Better Call Saul" created by Vince …

Episode #86: "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" (2021 Film)

February 19th, 2021

42:49

In this episode Mark talks about the charming 2021 American science fiction romantic comedy-drama film "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" directed by Ian Samuels, from a screenplay and short story by Lev Grossman. The …

Episode #85: "Uncle Buck" (1989 Film)

February 18th, 2021

54:31

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the hilarious, family favourite, 1989 American comedy film "Uncle Buck" written and directed by John Hughes. The film stars John Candy as the unemployed, …

Episode #84: "Doctor Who" (TV series)

February 17th, 2021

1:03:14

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows that he has been watching since he was a child: the British science fiction television series "Doctor Who". First premiering on November 23, 1963, with its …

Episode #83: "Rocky" (1976 Film)

February 16th, 2021

53:24

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the inspirational 1976 American sports drama film "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen, which was written and stars Sylvester Stallone. The premise of the …

Episode #82: "Hannibal" (TV series)

February 15th, 2021

58:29

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American psychological horror-thriller "Hannibal" developed by Excutive Producer …

Episode #81: "Greenland" (2020 Film)

February 14th, 2021

1:00:03

In this episode Mark talks about the 2020 American disaster film "Greenland" directed by Richard Roman Waugh. The film was produced by and stars Gerard Butler as John Garrity, a structural engineer living in Atlanta, …

Episode #80: "The X-Files" (TV series)

February 12th, 2021

1:03:17

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American science fiction drama television series "The X-Files" created by Chris …

Episode #79: "Planet of the Apes" (1968 Film)

February 10th, 2021

1:03:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1968 American science fiction film "Planet of the Apes" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and written by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling. Loosely based …

Episode #78: "Iron Man 3" (2013 Film)

February 8th, 2021

1:02:33

In another Marvel Cinematic Universe themed episode Mark does a review of the 2013 American superhero film "Iron Man 3" directed by Shane Black. A …

Mark The Poet - The Podcast: Episode #70: "Preciousness"

February 7th, 2021

32:49

In this episode Mark recites three of the most recent poems that he has written: "Naturally Reflective", "Every New Someone", "Loyal Companion", and he reflects upon who he is, what he misses, and why life and the time …

Episode #77: "The Crow" (1994 Film)

February 6th, 2021

50:26

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films, the 1994 American superhero film "The Crow" directed by Alex Proyas, and Mark also pays tribute to the sadly missed Brandon Lee. Brandon Lee plays the …

Episode #76: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977 film)

February 4th, 2021

1:03:59

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1977 American science fiction film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", written and …

Episode #75: "Groundhog Day" (1993 Film)

February 2nd, 2021

1:01:17

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1993 American fantasy comedy film "Groundhog Day" directed by Harold Ramis and …

Episode #74: "Her" (2013 Film)

February 1st, 2021

1:13:45

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2013 American science-fiction romantic drama film "Her" - written, directed and …

Episode #73: "The Terminator" (1984 Film)

January 29th, 2021

1:50:59

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1984 American science fiction film "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron. …

Mark The Poet - Episode #69: "Life As We Know It"

January 27th, 2021

34:02

In this episode Mark reads three of his most recent poems: "It's A Boy!", "Frozen Tears", and "Always". Mark also attempts to share a message of hope for those who like most of the world are struggling with living their …

Episode #72: "Batman" (1989 Film)

January 25th, 2021

1:16:27

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and the first film that he remembers seeing in a cinema as a child: the 1989 film "Batman" directed by Tim Burton. Based upon the DC Comics character of the …

Episode #71: "Superman: The Movie" (1978 Film)

January 23rd, 2021

1:33:42

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1978 superhero film "Superman: The Movie" directed by Richard Donner - written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton - based upon …

Episode #70: "Stand by Me" (1986 Film)

January 21st, 2021

57:41

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1986 coming-of-age film "Stand by Me" directed by Rob Reiner, based on Stephen King's 1982 novella 'The Body'. Starring Wil Wheaton as Gordie LaChance …

Episode #69: "The Avengers" (2012 Film)

January 19th, 2021

1:03:08

In this Marvel Cinematic Universe themed episode Mark talks about the 2012 American superhero film "The Avengers" (also known as "Avengers Assemble" in the UK) - written and directed by Joss Whedon. In this ensemble …

Episode #68: "Black Mirror" (TV series)

January 17th, 2021

1:13:07

In this episode Mark talks about the British dystopian science fiction anthology TV series "Black Mirror" created by Charlie Brooker. Made up of …

Episode #67: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019 Film)

January 15th, 2021

1:03:57

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films of the last few years: the 2019 comedy-drama film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" written …

Episode #66: "Black Swan" (2010 Film)

January 13th, 2021

51:22

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: 2010 American psychological horror thriller film "Black Swan" directed by Darren …

Episode #65: "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011 Film)

January 11th, 2021

1:03:54

In this Marvel themed episode Mark talks about the 2011 American Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero film "Captain America: The First Avenger" directed by Joe Johnston and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen …

Episode #64: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020 TV series)

January 8th, 2021

56:24

In this episode Mark talks about the 2020 American coming-of-age period drama "The Queen's Gambit" created for Netflix by Scott Frank and Allan Scott, based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Trevis. Set in …

Episode #63: "The Godfather" (Film Trilogy)

January 5th, 2021

1:06:18

In this episode Mark talks about one of the most acclaimed trilogies in motion picture history: "The Godfather trilogy", directed by Francis Ford …

Episode #62: "Cobra Kai" (TV series) - Season 3 Review

January 2nd, 2021

1:00:51

In this episode Mark does a review of the third season of the exceptional American martial arts comedy drama television series "Cobra Kai" and he highlights some of the events that take place within the 10 episodes of …

Episode #61: "E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982 Film)

December 31st, 2020

59:03

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1982 science fiction film "E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial" produced and directed by …

Episode #60: "Soul" (2020 Film)

December 28th, 2020

1:03:33

In this episode Mark talks about the 2020 American computer-animated fantasy comedy-drama Pixar film "Soul", directed by Pete Docter and co-directed …

Episode #59: "Playing God - The Man In Red" (short story)

December 23rd, 2020

1:08:05

In this episode Mark recites his Christmas themed short story "The Man in Red" from his 2018 book "Playing God" - which centres around a protagonist known for being a "man in black" and who is also known for helping as …

Episode #58: "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983 Film)

December 22nd, 2020

1:05:31

In another Star Wars themed episode Mark talks about the 1983 epic science-fiction/fantasy film: "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" directed by Richard Marquand and written by Lawrence Kasdan George Lucas. The …

Episode #57: "Gladiator" (2000 Film)

December 21st, 2020

1:04:47

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the epic 2000 historical drama film "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and written by …

Episode #56: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 8: "The Rescue"

December 19th, 2020

57:16

In this episode Mark does a review of the Season Finale of "The Mandalorian" - Season 2, Episode 8: "The Rescue" - in which there is a rescue attempted to save Grogu (The Child) from Moff Gideon (played Giancarlo …

Episode #55: "Home Alone" (1990 Film)

December 17th, 2020

1:04:32

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and one of his favourite films to watch at Christmas: the 1990 American Christmas family …

Episode #54: "Thor" (2011 Film)

December 15th, 2020

59:42

In this episode Mark talks about the 2011 Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Thor" directed by Kenneth Branaugh and starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Anthony …

Episode #53: "Room" (2015 film)

December 14th, 2020

1:05:30

In this episode Mark talks about the 2015 film "Room" directed Lenny Abrahamsom and written by Emma Donoghue, based upon her novel of the same name. …

Episode #52: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 7: "The Believer"

December 12th, 2020

56:40

In this episode Mark does a review of the latest episode of "The Mandalorian" - Season 2, Episode 7: "The Believer", in which we follow Din Jarin …

Episode #51: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980 Film)

December 11th, 2020

1:01:19

In another "Star Wars" themed episode Mark talks about one of his favourite "Star Wars" films: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" - directed by Irvin Kershner and written by Leigh Blackett and Lawrence …

Episode #50: "Monk" (TV series)

December 10th, 2020

1:00:23

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: the American comedy-drama detective mystery television series "Monk", created by Andy Breckman, starring Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk who is a former …

Episode #49: "Alien" (1979 Film)

December 8th, 2020

1:03:30

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1979 science fiction horror film "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott. The premise of …

Episode #48: "Iron Man 2" (2010 Film)

December 7th, 2020

56:43

In this episode Mark talks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Iron Man 2" - the 2010 sequel to the 2008 "Iron Man" - which once again stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man facing off against a new threat …

Episode #47: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 6: "The Tragedy"

December 5th, 2020

45:22

In this episode Mark does a review of the latest episode of "The Mandalorian": Season 2, Episode 6: "The Tragedy" - in which a fan-favorite returns, The Child is put in mortal danger, everything is thrown in chaos, and …

Episode #46: "City of Angels" (1998 Film)

December 4th, 2020

45:09

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1998 American romantic fantasy "City of Angels", directed Brad Silberling and …

Episode #45: "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977 Film)

December 3rd, 2020

1:04:57

In this Star Wars themed episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and the film that began the cultural phenomenon and franchise that is …

Episode #44: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968 Film)

December 2nd, 2020

1:04:47

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1968 epic science fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick who also produced and co-wrote the screenplay of the film with Arthur …

Episode #43: "Blade Runner" (1982 Film)

December 1st, 2020

1:03:30

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1982 science fiction film "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott and written by Hampton Fancier and David Peoples, based upon the 1968 novel "Do …

Episode #42: "Iron Man" (2008 Film)

November 30th, 2020

56:59

In this episode Mark talks about the 2008 American superhero film "Iron Man", directed by Jon Favreau, based upon the Marvel comics character of the same name. "Iron Man" was the first film in what has over time become …

Episode #41: "Goodfellas" (1990 Film)

November 28th, 2020

1:01:11

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 American crime film "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese - which is an …

Episode #40: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 5: "The Jedi"

November 27th, 2020

32:54

In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the new episode of The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 5: "The Jedi" - which sees The Mandalorian finally come face to face with a fan favourite character from the Star …

Episode #39: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" (2005 Film)

November 26th, 2020

1:01:36

In another Star Wars-themed episode Mark talks about the 2005 "Star Wars" film "Star Wars: Episode III - "Revenge of the Sith", written and directed by George Lucas. The conclusive film in the so called "Prequel …

Episode #38: "Jaws" (1975 Film)

November 25th, 2020

1:05:49

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1975 American thriller "Jaws", directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Peter Brenchley. In the film, a man-eating …

Episode #37: "Lucifer" (TV series)

November 24th, 2020

56:59

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series: "Lucifer" - which is an American urban fantasy television series developed by Tom Kapinos based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam …

Episode #36: "Jurassic Park" (1993 Film)

November 23rd, 2020

50:12

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the critically-aclaimed 1993 American science fiction adventure film "Jurassic Park", directed by Stephen Spielberg. "Jurassic Park" is a film adaptation of …

Episode #35: "Boyhood" (2014 Film)

November 22nd, 2020

1:01:17

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: the American coming-of-age drama film "Boyhood", written and directed by Richard …

Episode #34: "Joker" (2019 Film)

November 21st, 2020

1:02:54

In this episode Mark talks about the 2019 American psychological thriller film "Joker" - directed, produced and co-written by Todd Philips - which is …

Episode #33: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 4: "The Siege"

November 20th, 2020

26:49

In this episode Mark reviews the newest episode of The Mandalorian TV series: Season 2, Episode 4 (Chapter 12): "The Siege" - and Mark talks about the premise of the episode, the characters, and what moments stood out …

Episode #32: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002 Film)

November 19th, 2020

58:00

In another Star Wars-themed episode, Mark talks about the 2002 Star Wars film "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" - which was written and directed by George Lucas, and which was the second installment in the …

Episode #31: "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993 Film)

November 18th, 2020

49:28

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and a family favourite film of many: "Mrs. Doubtfire" - which is a 1993 American …

Episode #30: "Donnie Darko" (2001 Film)

November 17th, 2020

1:03:57

In this episode Mark talks about the 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film "Donnie Darko", written and directed by Richard Kelly …

Episode #29: "Firefly" (2002 TV series) & "Serenity" (2005 Film)

November 16th, 2020

1:03:46

In this episode Mark talks about both the TV series "Firefly", which premiered in U.S. on the Fox network on September 20, 2002 - which unfortunately was cancelled after only 11 of the 14 produced episodes were aired - …

Episode #28: "Lost In Translation" (2003 Film)

November 15th, 2020

1:02:13

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "Lost In Translation" - which is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by …

Episode #27: The Mandalorian (TV series) Season 2, Episode 3: "The Heiress"

November 13th, 2020

26:21

In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the latest episode of The Mandalorian TV series: Season 2, Episode 3 (Chapter 11): "The Heiress" - in which we see the return of a character that some Star Wars fans may …

Episode #26: Star Wars - Episode 1: "The Phantom Menace" (1999 Film)

November 12th, 2020

1:02:38

In another Star Wars-themed episode Mark talks about "Star Wars - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace", which premiered in 1999 and which was the first film in the "Prequel Trilogy" of Star Wars movies, written and created by …

Episode #25: "American Gods" (TV series) Seasons 1-2, a review

November 11th, 2020

1:00:03

In this episode Mark talks about one of favourite TV series, adapted from one of his favourite books by one of his favourite authors, Neil Gaiman: "American Gods". Mark talks about the premise of both the novel …

Episode #24: "Baby Driver" (2017 Film)

November 10th, 2020

48:36

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: the 2017 action film "Baby Driver" - which was written and directed by Edgar Wright. "Baby Driver" stars Ansel Elgort, as the gateway driver "Baby" who is …

Episode #23: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 2: "The Passenger"

November 8th, 2020

51:22

In this episode Mark reviews the latest episode of "The Mandalorian" - Season 2, Episode 2 - Chapter 10: "The Passenger". Mark discusses the events of the episode and he talks about what he liked about the episode. Mark …

Episode #22: "The West Wing" (TV series)

November 7th, 2020

43:46

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'The West Wing' - which is an American serialised political drama that was created by …

Episode #21: "V for Vendetta" (2006 Film)

November 5th, 2020

49:19

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "V for Vendetta" - the 2006 dystopian political action film directed by James McTeigue …

Episode #20: "District 9" (2009 Film)

November 3rd, 2020

55:21

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: "District 9", directed by Neil Blomkamp - which is an enthralling 2009 science-fiction action film that deals with such subjects as xenophobia, racism, …

Episode #19: "The Hunt For Red October" (1990 Film)

November 2nd, 2020

44:26

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 submarine spy-thriller film "The Hunt For Red October", based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy, which was directed by John McTiernan and …

Episode #18: "Ready Player One" (2018 Film)

November 1st, 2020

56:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films, and one of his favourite book adaptations: "Ready Player One" - which came out in 2018 and which was directed by Steven Spielberg, based upon the novel of the …

Episode #17: "Halloween: Stories & Poetry"

October 31st, 2020

22:10

In this Special Halloween-themed episode, Mark recites some Halloween/supernatural short-stories and poems that he has written over the years about this time of the year: including his short-story/poem "The …

Episode #16: The Mandalorian (TV series) - Season 2, Episode 1: "The Marshal"

October 30th, 2020

34:35

In this episode, Mark does a *Spoilery* review of The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 1: "The Marshal"; and Mark talks about what he liked about the episode, what characters stood out for him, and he also discusses how …

Episode #15: "Ghostbusters" (1984 film)

October 30th, 2020

42:20

In this epsiode Mark talks about another of his favourite movie franchises: "Ghostbusters"! Mark does a deep-dive into the premise of the original 1984 "Ghostbusters" film and the actors who portray the iconic …

Episode #14: "The Matrix Trilogy" (Films)

October 29th, 2020

56:29

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite movie trilogies: "The Matrix Trilogy" - which consists of 'The Matrix' (1999), 'The Matrix: …

Episode #13: "Halloween" (1978 & 2018 films)

October 28th, 2020

44:39

In this episode Mark talks about one of the most celebrated horror movie franchises: John Carpenters' Halloween films. Mark talks about the main premise of most of the Halloween films, and he also talks about their main …

Episode #12: "Cobra Kai" (TV series) Seasons 1-2, a review

October 27th, 2020

34:31

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series at the moment: "Cobra Kai" - which is a sequel television series to the critically-acclaimed 'The Karate Kid' film series, which stars Ralph Macchio as …

Episode #11: "Supernatural" (TV series)

October 26th, 2020

35:53

In this Halloween/Supernatural-themed episode, Mark talks about another of his favourite TV shows: 'Supernatural' - in which he talks about the central premise of the series, as well as the main characters - Dean and …

Episode #10: My book "The Wolf In You"

October 25th, 2020

43:10

In this episode Mark discusses both his 2017 novel 'The Wolf In Me' and its sequel novel 'The Wolf In You' which came out in 2019 - which, when …

Episode #9: "Back To The Future, part I" (Film)

October 24th, 2020

41:34

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films, from one of his favourite trilogy of movies: 'Back To The Future'. Mark does a step-by-step run-through of the story of 'Back To The Future, part I' and …

Episode #8: "The Mandalorian" (TV series) - Season One, review

October 23rd, 2020

40:48

In this episode Mark discusses the first season of the first live-action Star Wars television series 'The Mandalorian' - which has been streaming on the Disney+ streaming service for almost a year now, and the second …

Episode #7: "LOST" (TV series)

October 22nd, 2020

56:28

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: LOST - and he discusses the mysterious premise of the series that engaged and enthralled millions of enthusiastic viewers from all around the world - Mark …

Episode #6: "Poetry of the City"

October 21st, 2020

31:26

In this episode Mark talks about the inspiration and the poetry that he sees, hears, and experiences when walking around a city - and Mark explains why he believes cities are vital hives of diversity, change, language, …

Episode #5: "The Shining" (1980 Film)

October 20th, 2020

53:56

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "The Shining" by Stanley Kubrick, based upon the book of the same name by Stephen King. Mark talks about the story of the film, the characters, and why he has …

Episode #4: "Mr. Robot" (TV series)

October 19th, 2020

39:44

In this episode Mark discusses another favourite TV show of his: Mr. Robot - during which Mark discusses the multi-dimensional premise of the TV …

Episode #3: "Breaking Bad" (TV series)

October 18th, 2020

47:56

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'Breaking Bad' - and Mark does an in-depth breakdown of the story of 'Breaking Bad', its characters and their motivations, and he explains why he thinks …

Episode #2: "Dexter" (TV series)

October 16th, 2020

47:12

In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite TV shows: "Dexter". Mark talks about the compelling, the complex, the multi-dimensional …

Episode #1: "The Sopranos" (TV series)

October 15th, 2020

39:11

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'The Sopranos' created by David Chase - whose cast starred many great actors over its …

Mark The Poet - Episode #68: "A World of Poetry"

October 14th, 2020

1:00:42

In this episode Mark talks about the world of poetry that we all live in and are constantly surrounded by at all hours of the day - but Mark explains that for him there are exact places and there are exact times when …

Mark The Poet - Episode #67: "The Teacher and The Student"

October 14th, 2020

56:17

In this episode Mark talks about the experience of being a teacher, the experience of being a student, and subsequently then seeing those who teach pass on what you have taught them to others in a constantly repeating …

Special Announcement: "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" is now "The Mark Hastings Experience"

October 14th, 2020

4:33

In this Special Announcement Episode, Mark makes an announcement that "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" is transitioning to become "The Mark Hastings Experience". Mark announces that the podcast will now include Mark's …

Mark The Poet - Episode #66: "All Things Supernatural"

October 14th, 2020

55:05

In this supernatural themed episode Mark talks about his obsession with all things supernatural - especially when it comes to the stories that he writes and tells in the books that he publishes. Mark explains why he …

Mark The Poet - Episode #65: "The Ocean of Inspiration"

October 13th, 2020

50:24

In this episode Mark talks about the process of being on the surface of the "ocean of inspiration" - the analogy that Mark likes to use when attempting to describe what it like to be a poet, a writer, an artist, in the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #64: "The Importance of Colour"

October 12th, 2020

47:20

In this episode Mark talks about the importance of colour in our daily lives and what colour means to different people at different times in their …

Mark The Poet - Episode #63: "Vincent van Gogh"

October 10th, 2020

48:38

This episode is dedicated to Mark's favourite artist: Vincent van Gogh - who he was, what he was, the incredible art that he created, the profound gift that he had as an artist, and how he was able to see and highlight …

Mark The Poet - Episode #62: "Star Wars"

October 9th, 2020

59:41

In this episode Mark talks about the epic space-opera, world wide cultural phenomenon, science fiction/fantasy franchise and universe of films, TV …

Mark The Poet - Episode #61: "Norse Mythology"

October 8th, 2020

55:34

In this episode Mark talks about one of the most interesting mythologies the world has ever known, which contains some of the most recognisable Gods …

Mark The Poet - Episode #60: "The Wolf In Me"

October 7th, 2020

1:01:35

In this episode Mark talks about his first novel 'The Wolf In Me', which was published in 2017, and he explains in-depth about why he was inspired to …

Mark The Poet - Episode #59: "Change"

October 6th, 2020

44:38

In this episode Mark heralds the start of the month of October and the beginning of the hallowed season that so many people look forward to at this time of the year, by reciting his poem "October"; and by reciting his …

Mark The Poet - Episode #58: "The Truman Show"

October 5th, 2020

47:04

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films 'The Truman Show' - and by using this profound, inspirational, and thoroughly enjoyable film as a guide Mark talks about the concepts of reality, identity, …

Mark The Poet - Episode #57: "Mobile World"

October 4th, 2020

48:29

In this episode Mark talks about the "mobile world" that we all now live in: a world in which anybody and everybody can connect to one another, instantaneously, at a speed and in ways like never before in human history. …

Mark The Poet - Episode #56: "In Retrospect: September 2019"

October 3rd, 2020

39:16

In this episode Mark looks back on September 2019 - a month and a year that Mark has mixed feelings about, because at the beginning of September 2019 Mark and his family had to contend with the harrowing reality that …

Mark The Poet - Episode #55: "Johnny Cash"

October 2nd, 2020

47:32

This episode is dedicated to the "Man in Black" himself... the one and the only Mr. Johnny Cash! In this episode Mark talks about how much he loves and has been inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, and how he has …

Mark The Poet - Episode #54: "Starbucks"

October 1st, 2020

43:48

In this episode Mark talks about his favourite coffee shop chain - which he has visited many different stores of all around the world, and where and when on almost every occasion he has been inspired to write a poem, or …

Mark The Poet - Episode #53: "The Saw Lady"

September 30th, 2020

45:08

In this episode Mark talks about his incredibly talented and amazing friend Natalia Paruz a.k.a. "The Saw Lady". Mark was lucky to be able to meet, …

Mark The Poet - Episode #52: "The Freedom of Expression"

September 29th, 2020

40:49

In this episode Mark talks about the power that people have when they have the right to freely express themselves through their art - from writers, to painters, to musicians, to comedians - and how much depth certain …

Mark The Poet - Episode #51: "Space Talk"

September 28th, 2020

50:57

In this episode once again Mark talks about his fascination with all things space and he discusses the potential of life on other planets - such as Venus, Mars, or the moon of Jupiter Europa. Mark talks about the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #50: "The Shawshank Redemption"

September 27th, 2020

45:44

In this episode Mark talks about his film favourite of all time: 'The Shawshank Redemption' - and Mark describes in great depth the story of the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #49: "Truly Madly Deeply"

September 26th, 2020

36:31

This episode is dedicated to the power of love - specifically the love that Mark shares with his fiancé Melissa. In this episode Mark recites some poems that were inspired by the love that Mark feels for, and the love …

Mark The Poet - Episode #48: "Autumn"

September 25th, 2020

39:52

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite seasons of nature: the beautiful and the respedant Autumn. Mark explains what he loves the most …

Mark The Poet - Episode #47: "Stephen Hawking"

September 24th, 2020

42:43

This episode is dedicated to the renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who unfortunately died in 2018. Stephen Hawking was an …

Mark The Poet - Episode #46: "Birds"

September 23rd, 2020

36:26

This episode has an ornithological theme to it, because this episode is all about Mark's immense fascination with birds of ever kind, species, size, …

Mark The Poet - Episode #45: "Contemplating the Potential of Humanity"

September 22nd, 2020

41:48

In this episode Mark discusses the potential of humanity - while also reviewing some of the poems that he has written over the past six months which …

Mark The Poet - Episode #44: "Time Travel"

September 21st, 2020

46:29

In this episode Mark discusses one his favourite science fiction story types and themes in films, in TV shows, and in literature: time travel. Mark discusses some of his favourite depictions of Time Travel in …

Mark The Poet - Episode #43: "The Thinker"

September 20th, 2020

46:11

In this episode Mark talks about his preoccupation with the art of procrastination and Mark talks about the time that he has spent sitting, staring, thinking, imagining, and writing all of the creations of his own …

Mark The Poet - Episode #42: "Ever The Optimist"

September 19th, 2020

44:39

In this episode Mark talks about the importance of being a hopeful optimist, especially when faced with times in our lives when things seem out of …

Mark The Poet - Episode #41: "The Environmentalist"

September 18th, 2020

31:58

In this episode Mark recites his poems "Dusk", "Woodland", "The Golden Season", and "The Ancient Ones" - and Mark discusses and explains his love of …

Mark The Poet - Episode #40: "Playing God"

September 17th, 2020

58:26

In this episode Mark takes a deep-dive into his 2018 book "Playing God", and he reveals the hidden identity of the enigmatic and mysterious protagonist of the seven stories within: "The Man in Black". Mark reveals why …

Mark The Poet - Episode #39: "What have I been writing recently?"

September 16th, 2020

35:08

In this episode Mark recites some of the poems that he has recently written and shared: his poems "The Dark Horse", "Liberty will not fall", "Strange New World", and "The Nervous System" - and Mark discusses what …

Mark The Poet - Episode #38: "The Human Condition"

September 15th, 2020

33:10

In this episode Mark discusses humanity, life, and he explains why he thinks it is important now more than ever for people from all around the world …

Mark The Poet - Episode #37: "Good Morning"

September 14th, 2020

35:17

In this epsiode Mark talks about the daily routines and rituals that some people have, that he has, and that everybody has, that aids in giving …

Mark The Poet - Episode #36: "Our Nature"

September 13th, 2020

37:39

In this episode Mark talks about his love of the natural world and he shares his concerns about the ongoing, often destructive, influence that humanity has, and has had, upon Earth's environment and his hope that …

Mark The Poet - Episode #35: "The Sun"

September 12th, 2020

28:40

In this poem Mark talks about the light, the energy, the heat, and the inspiration that he and everyone who is lucky enough to be able to can enjoy because of our closest star: the sun. Mark also recites his …

Mark The Poet - Episode #34: "September 11th, 2001"

September 11th, 2020

28:04

This epsiode is dedicated to the innocent men, women, and children who tragically lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and also to all the family members of those who daily suffer the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #33: "R&R"

September 10th, 2020

37:51

In this episode Mark dives deep into what people from all around the world choose to do to get some "R&R" - some "Rest & Relaxation" - and what some people do for fun in order to remove themselves from the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #32: "Podcasts"

September 9th, 2020

37:54

In this episode Mark talks about podcasting and he shares some recommendations of the podcasts that he listens to on a weekly basis. Mark discusses the importance of communication and why he enjoys delving into the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #31: "Roses in December"

September 8th, 2020

31:25

In this episode Mark discusses the symbolism of flowers, and how roses in particular have come to embody life and the slow march of time in many …

Mark The Poet - Episode #30: "Live Long and Prosper"

September 7th, 2020

44:16

This episode is dedicated to Mark's favourite television series and his favourite Science Fiction franchise: Star Trek! Mark discusses his long history of being a "Trekkie" and what Star Trek, which first premiered on …

Mark The Poet - Episode #29: "Everything Happens For A Reason"

September 6th, 2020

41:36

In this episode Mark discusses his person ethos and motto, "everything happens for a reason", and the serendipitous events that occasionally transpire throughout life, the connections that people from all around the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #28: "The Photography of Memory"

September 5th, 2020

36:03

In this episode Mark discusses the power of memories and experiences that stay with people - moments that seem to last an infinite amount of time, …

Mark The Poet - Episode #27: "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations"

September 4th, 2020

39:11

In this episode Mark discusses the importance of embracing the infinite diversity that exists in the and why he thinks might benefit from learning to be understanding of other people and who they choose to be rather …

Mark The Poet - Episode #26: "Imagination & Inspiration"

September 3rd, 2020

40:41

In this episode Mark discusses the power of imagination and inspiration and why he believes that everybody is gifted with the gift of imagination and inspiration to be able to do anything that they put their mind to - …

Mark The Poet - Episode #25: "Family"

September 2nd, 2020

35:41

In this episode Mark discusses the importance of family and what his own family means to him through the recitation of his poems "Family", "Big Brother", "Mum", and "My Dad".

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Mark The Poet - Episode #24: "Sherlock"

September 1st, 2020

35:09

In this episode Mark discusses one of his favourite fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and some of the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #23: "Too Close To The Sun"

August 31st, 2020

48:49

In this episode Mark does a deep-dive into his 2016 book of short-stories and poetry "Too Close To The Sun" and he explains the reasons why he wrote the "edgy" stories that he included within and what he was attempting …

Mark The Poet - Episode #22: "What's Your Language?"

August 30th, 2020

28:40

In this episode Mark talks about his love and fascination with language, in all it's forms, and he explains how he uses the language of poetry to …

Mark The Poet - Episode #21: "An Early Bird Special"

August 28th, 2020

28:41

In this episode Mark discusses what it is like to be an "early bird" - someone who gets out of bed sometimes even before the sunrise - and Mark recounts some of the many times when he has awoken early in the morning and …

Mark The Poet - Episode #20: "The Tenet of Cinema"

August 27th, 2020

35:45

In this episode Mark gives his first hand review of film Director Christopher Nolan's new mind-blowing and time-bending movie, "Tenet", and he talks …

Mark The Poet - Episode #19: "Magic"

August 26th, 2020

32:15

In this magic-themed episode Mark discusses all things magical - including what it was like for him to be in the audience to see the amazing illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown perform his stage show 'Miracle' back …

Mark The Poet - Episode #18: "The wonderful randomness of life"

August 25th, 2020

29:35

In this episode Mark discusses the wonderful randomness of life and the beautiful and inspiring things that can arise from life when people least …

Mark The Poet - Episode #17: "All About The Art"

August 24th, 2020

29:33

In this episode Mark discusses his love of Art in all its forms, and Mark discusses some of his favourite artists - from Vincent Van Gogh to Banksy. Mark also recites his art inspired poems "Where Art Endows", and "Mark …

Mark The Poet - Episode #16: "Motivation"

August 23rd, 2020

28:43

In this episode Mark talks about what motivates him and why it is important for people to have something in their life that gives them motivation in all avenues of their life. Mark also recites his poems "Your Thing", …

Mark The Poet - Episode #15: "God Bless the N.H.S."

August 22nd, 2020

31:20

In this episode Mark discusses one the most amazing institutions in the world: the great British National Health Service - one of the wonders of the modern age - and the people of the N.H.S. who have cared for and who …

Mark The Poet - Episode #14: "Author to Author"

August 21st, 2020

31:06

In this episode Mark recounts the profound experience that he had of meeting one of his favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, at a book-signing back in 2014, and he recounts that give a copy of his book "Poet of the Sphere" …

Mark The Poet - Episode #13: "Poet of the Sphere"

August 20th, 2020

30:09

In this episode Mark goes all the way to the beginning of his journey as a writer and an author, and he explains where, who, what, when, and why he became a poet and an author. Mark also recites the first poem from his …

Mark The Poet - Episode #12: "N.Y.C."

August 19th, 2020

32:07

In this episode Mark talks about his experiences, his love, and his unbreakable connection with the one and the only New York City - which he visited in September, 2013. Mark also recites some poems inspired by New York …

Mark The Poet - Episode #11: "Space"

August 18th, 2020

31:49

In this episode Mark focuses his attention towards all things Space... "the final frontier" - which Mark has always been fascinated by and drawn to the wonders of, which he has always been inspired by, and he discusses …

Mark The Poet - Episode #10: "Yesterday"

August 17th, 2020

28:46

In this episode Mark does a film review for the 2019 movie 'Yesterday', directed by Danny Boyle, and discusses the connection that he and his family have to the music of The Beatles. Mark recites his poem "Dear John …

Mark The Poet - Episode #9: "The Rambler"

August 16th, 2020

24:16

In this podcast Mark takes a deep dive into his most recent book, 'The Rambler', which came out in June 2020, and he explains what the poems of his …

Mark The Poet - Episode #8: "Ukulele"

August 15th, 2020

24:03

This episode features a special musical demonstration of Mark's new DIY ukulele, as well as a discussion about the importance of music and the …

Mark The Poet - Episode #7: "Robin"

August 14th, 2020

27:36

This episode is dedicated to the sadly missed Robin Williams, one of the greatest and the most profound actors, comedians, and sources of hope and joy the world has ever known. In this episode Mark recites his poem …

Mark The Poet - Episode #6: "Now That's What I Call Inspiration!"

August 13th, 2020

16:26

In this episode Mark recites two brand new poems that he wrote, one after the other, on the same morning - "Painting by Numbers" and "Bask". And Mark discusses how he writes, what he writes, why he writes, when he …

Mark The Poet - Episode #5: "Reading is Believing"

August 12th, 2020

23:02

In this episode Mark discusses the importance of libraries, bookstores, stories, and books in general on people and on the world. Mark also discusses his love of the book 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury and its 1966 …

Mark The Poet - Episode #4: "The Feeling"

August 11th, 2020

16:50

In this episode Mark discusses his writing process - including where he writes and why. And Mark also recites a poem from his 2015 book "The Dreamer and the Dream", 'The Feeling', and also one of his most recent poem …

Mark The Poet - Episode #3: "Blessed"

August 10th, 2020

18:29

In this episode Mark reads the introduction from his book of poetry "The Dream and the Dream" which was published in 2015, and he recites the first poem that he ever wrote, "Blessed". Mark also reads a poem from his …

Mark The Poet - Episode #2: "The Sound of Poetry, The Poetry of Sound"

August 9th, 2020

16:00

In this episode Mark discusses his collaboration with Seen, an independent electronic artist from the U.S., and the journey that a simple poem that …

Mark The Poet - Episode #1: "A Summer Like No Other"

August 8th, 2020

15:04

In the premiere episode of his podcast, poet, writer, author, Mark Hastings, discusses what is important to him and why it is important to stay …

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