Month: August 2017

Eavesdropping at the Movies – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Can an action film that goes through Coventry be any good? Is it important that action scenes are funny? Is Gary Oldman a whore? All valuable questions. All answered in our chat about The Hitman’s Bodyguard. I think.

The podcast can be listened to in the player above or at this link.

With José Arroyo of First Impressions.

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Eavesdropping at the Movies – The Dark Tower

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is a lovely big fresh movie hoping to become a lovely big lucrative franchise. Does it have what it takes? Can we possibly agree on Idris Elba? Is Matthew McConaughey showing his chest off or keeping his shirt on more than usual? What of 4DX, the silly thing where the seats move and poke you and blow air in your ears? And who has better eyebrows than Cara Delevingne?

The podcast can be listened to in the player above or at this link.

With José Arroyo of First Impressions.

We’re starting a podcast: Eavesdropping on Mike and José After a Movie

Together with José Arroyo of First Impressions, I’m starting a podcast. It’s tentatively called Eavesdropping on Mike and José After a Movie. I agree. The title is on the clunky side. But it can be slimmed down, and it’s growing on me. In fact, I won’t rest until the phrase “Eavesdrop and chill” is on everybody’s lips.

José explains in fabulous detail his ambitions for the podcast here. Two friends chatting after a movie, he says. What are our impressions, what struck us, what bored us? The cinema is a social space. We don’t just view movies there, we discuss them too. We all love movies, that’s why we’re there. Sometimes we listen in on others, sometimes we butt in. Sometimes they listen to us. Sometimes they can’t help but overhear. It’s the magic of the foyer.

He’s an old romantic. Me, I just like the sound of my own voice.

Anyway, our first (trial) podcast is out now. It’s about Girls Trip. Please do give it a listen and tell us what you thought. Is the title any good, do we sound sexy enough, what’s missing or excessive? How far did you make it before turning off? No feedback is bad feedback, except the bad feedback, which you should keep to yourself.

Source: Eavesdropping on Mike and José After a Movie

Dunkirk

Dunkirk Poster

Released 2017. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh.

Spoilers follow.

No film has ever left me speechless. I’ve sometimes said, “I’m speechless”, but those words have always emerged fully formed.

As the credits rolled and the lights came up after Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II blockbuster, I didn’t know what I felt. I didn’t know if I felt anything. I wondered whether I’d missed something. But when I opened my mouth to speak, I had to hold my tongue because I felt my jaw quivering and my eyes welling up. It took me several moments before I could utter a coherent sentence. I’ve sobbed at the ends of films before, but this was something different. This was shell shock.

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