It’s the inaugural broadcast from our urine-filled, post-nuclear bunker. For those of you that have survived the aftermath, or mutated beyond the Homo sapien species, we update our thoughts on Rian Johnson’s ‘The Last Jedi’. We also review two Netflix films, the sport doping documentary, ‘Icarus’ (Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov, Dick Pound), and the National Lampoon semi-biopic, ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ (Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wain, Emmy Rossum). We question our normality, talk bird, and annoy the living hell out of each other. Please. It’s very important. Dick Pound is a real guy’s name.
It’s a bit of a dry spell this week, but we still head to the banks of the river of film, and sift for them nuggets of gold. We talk the Hulu doc, ‘Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show’ (Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel), and the world’s first completely oil painted feature, ‘Loving Vincent’ (Douglas Booth, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan). We shout ‘Deneuve’, get giddy over shark poop, and lose an ear for the second week in a row. Darren gets the tweet of a lifetime, and we add a little more to our review of ‘The Post’. From Vincent van Gogh, to holes that blow, we’re still, strictly, a movie podcast.
It’s an entire episode of biopics all set in the 1970's. Three, in fact! ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ The Paul McGuigan biopic about old Hollywood film star Gloria Grahame and her relationship with a much younger actor (Annette Bening, Jamie Bell ,Julie Walters). Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ (Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks) - about the famous ‘Pentagon Papers’ leak and the Washington Post’s brave decision to print at a time when freedom of speech and the role of the media was under threat by the White House. Sound familiar? Finally we check out ‘All the Money In The World’ (Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer) - the Ridley Scott directed biopic about the kidnapping of 16 year old John Paul Getty III and the attempt to get his billionaire Grandfather to pay a ransom for his life. Plus, an infamous but banished Hollywood outcast tries to get some air time.
We’re back from break with two films by a couple of Hollywood’s biggest creators; Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ (Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville). We talk greatest PTA/Philip Seymour Hoffman breakdowns, the seemingly ruthless determination of winter olympians, and we both get involved in a traumatic movie going experience. Darren forces himself to focus on Anthony’s longwinded musings.
Did you think we'd ignore you? Who do you think we are? We got you, fam! Here's a little tidbit of extra sauce for your brand-spankin' 2018. Thanks for an amazing year and here's to another year of amazing movies.