OTB Movie Podcast 10: The Social Podcast

OTBpoddy210Jez and Jamie tackle this week’s news, trailers and reviews (as well as catching up on two from last week) and take a look at what’s hot and what’s not at The London Film Festival.

We get greedy with Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 2, go looking for undersea monsters with a horse, an indian and a cowboy in A Town Call Panic, cackle with machiavellian glee during Despicable Me, threaten to poke everyone mercilessly unless they go see The Social Network and cry for the death of cinema during Vampires Suck.

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00.13 – Matt Damon will not be in Bourne 4
02.19 – Napoleon Dynamite the animation? Gosh! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jamie’s childhood trauma at the hands of The Goonies. Mac And Me and product placement. The worst product mascots ever.
07.18 – Rhys Ifans to be a Spider-Man villain.
10.57 – The sad demise of MGM studios.

13.29 – I Am Number Four – Teenage aliens with superpowers. Produced by Michael “Gratuitous Explosions” Bay and Stephen Spielberg and worryingly written by James Frey. Looks generic and familiar but will probably be inevitably popular.
17.59 – Burke & Hare – A black comedy starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis and directed by John Landis. Great credentials but the trailer doesn’t give much away.

20.24 – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – Rather toothless, overlong and dull sequel to the 80s classic featuring Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Carey Mulligan.
25.04 – A Town Called Panic – Gleefully anarchic animation by the same guys that did the Cravendale adverts. Imaginative, fun and utterly brilliant. A new golden age of animation?
30.30 – Despicable Me – Fun animated film about evil geniuses. All good fun but ultimately unsatisfying. “Cuteness” as a device.
34.54 – The Social Network – Easily one of the best films of the year. Sharply written, brilliantly acted, modern and relevant. A must see.
39.07 – Vampires Suck – Witless, charmless and pretty much every other adjective ending in “-less” spoof of the Twilight films.

43.30 – The American – George Clooney plays a retiring arms dealers. Slow, minimalist and beautifully shot but unsatisfying.
44.51 – A Screaming Man – The relationship between a father and son set in Chad. Slow paced but extremely moving. Highly recommended.
46.18 – Meek’s Cutoff – A western about a group of settlers on the Oregon trail in the 1800s led by frontiersman Meek. Well shot and open to multiple interpretations but not enteraining. Not for everyone.
49.06 – Hands Up. The story of an illegal immigrant from Romania living in Paris. A great comment on the political situation in France and one that captures the essence of childhood.
50.04 – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – It won the Palm D’Or at Cannes but has the highest “WTF” factor of any movie. Glacial pace, featuring supernatural elements and unshamedly avant garde. More about tone and feeling than plot. For select audiences only.
53.59 – Blue Valentine – Drama about the breakup of a marriage starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. One of the best things Jez has seen at the Festival. Highly recommended, Oscar nominations wouldn’t be surprising.
56.06 – Howl – Drama-doc about the famous Allen Ginsberg poem. Enjoyable but the genius of Ginnsberg is what makes it great, not anything specific about the film. A good performance from James Franco.
58.48 – Never Let Me Go – The opening film of the LFF starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. Brilliantly acted by all parties, beautifully shot and well worth seeing.
1.02.18 – Let Me In – English Language remake of Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In. A competent movie in its own right if far less subtle than the original. Recommended.

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