34: Fucking Funny as Fuck


This week: it’s the first film episode of the year to deal with new releases, and we have a metric fuckton to get through between the remnants of awards season and this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, with new work from such major names as Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Lars von Trier, Steve McQueen, Spike Jonze, Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch. Continue reading

32: Best of 2013 – Film


This week: Chris and Josh each count down their favourite films that saw their first UK release in 2013, along with the most disappointing, the most outright hateful and the films that caused the biggest gulf between what they thought and what everyone else thought. Click through the highlighted titles for our original reviews of the films in question.

[N.B. We have a couple of problems with the source audio for this episode that couldn’t be fixed in the mix, so apologies for any sudden bumps, clatters or general interference]

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30: Bruce Dern’s Hair, Spectacular as Always



This week: Chris and Josh plunge headlong into the busiest time of any cinephile’s year, touching on Gravity, Captain Phillips, Short Term 12 and Leviathan before going longer on Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s too-weird-for-mass-consumption The Counsellor and Alexander Payne’s triumphant return to the American Midwest, Nebraska. Elsewhere, this month’s classic is Robert Altman’s seasonally appropriate masterpiece McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Josh finds common ground between three French films about teenagers coming of age and Chris assures you Spike Lee’s Oldboy isn’t as bad as you’ve heard. Continue reading

28: If You Have A Creepy Abandoned Carnival I Am So Fucking On Board


Carnival of Souls

This week: It’s Hallowe’en. THRILL! At our considered opinions of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. SCREAM! As we lay out reasonable points about why we wish Filth was better. RECOIL IN HORROR! As we recommend other things we’ve been watching from the past month. And DO WHATEVER! As we excavate Herk Harvey’s one of a kind, legitimately unnerving horror classic Carnival of Souls.

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26: From Murderous Southern Hick to Nixon


upstream color

This week: Attempts to adequately describe the sensory overload of Upstream Color, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? inaugurates our classics slot, Chris unexpectedly loves The Paperboy and really, really hates The Impossible while Josh classes up the joint with Plein Soleil, The Big City and Je, tu, il, elle. Continue reading

‘I just got the homogenised blues!’: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Randall office dance

Starting with the film podcast that should hopefully be with you by the end of this week, we’re introducing a new feature to both film and music episodes, wherein having dealt with one or two of the month’s big new releases we then give a predetermined classic the same level of attention. Besides talking about them on the podcast I’m hoping to get blog posts about these classic films and albums up on here, at least for my own choices, as a kind of introduction for anyone who isn’t familiar with the subject at hand in advance of the podcast – liner notes, if you like, to guide you through a first time viewing or hearing and prep you for the subsequent discussion. First up: Frank Tashlin’s incredible 1957 comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Continue reading

24: Too Deliberate to be Accidental


This week: Paul Thomas Anderson bookends the episode, with talk first of his new video for Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” and last of the revelation of watching the extras on his earliest DVDs. In between: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s The World’s End and two epics that, respectively, nearly and actually brought down major studios. Continue reading

22: Minutely Detailed Details



This week: In a break with the usual format of the show, Chris and Josh look exclusively at a stacked deck of new releases, casting a kinder eye than some over Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, joining the chorus of praise for Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight and abandoning all critical faculties in the face of This is the End‘s barrage of dick jokes and demonslaying. Continue reading

20: Vulgar That Shit Up


Cría cuervos

This week: Everywhere you look there’s privileged kids acting out and making some kind of political point, as Chris and Josh experience two very different takes on disaffected youth courtesy of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby and Olivier Assayas’ semi-autobiographical look back at teenage life in France post-May 1968 Something in the Air. Josh also plunges further into Assayas’ back catalogue with his similarly themed 1994 film Cold Water, whilst Chris waxes lyrical about the cinema of a different Franco than usual as he discovers Carlos Saura’s Spanish classic Cría cuervos. Continue reading

18: The Notorious Rhyming and Whatnot



Iron Man Three

This week: Another month, another Marvel production, but at least this one sees the re-emergence of Shane Black, as Chris and Josh talk over Iron Man Three. In other happenings, Josh watches Michael Mann’s massively underappreciated Ali, Chris waxes rhapsodic about the Universal Monsters Blu-Ray coffin and there’s doin’s a-transpirin’ down at the ol’ A.V. Club. Continue reading