89 episodes

Hi. I'm Em. I love movies. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...

Join me on my journey through the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

Verbal Dioram‪a‬ Verbal Diorama

    • Film History
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Hi. I'm Em. I love movies. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...

Join me on my journey through the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

    Hook

    Hook

    Hook Hook, show us the Hook!
    Verbal Diorama is a podcast known for its very good form, and was given three days to learn to fly, fight and crow and become The Pan. I like to think I'm more of a Rufio (Rufio, Ru-Fi-Ohhhhhhh!) actually.
    Hook is one of my childhood favourites. It's my favourite Peter Pan movie by far, and honestly it pains me that most people don't like it, let alone love it. Yes, it has problems; the fact Peter doesn't become Peter Pan for over an hour and a half is one I'll acknowledge off the bat, but it also has really high highs. Literal flying being one! Robin Williams being another and the importance of finding your happy thoughts as adults.
    The message might be saccharin sweet, but it's an important one. Don't forget the innocence of childhood, keep your imagination flowing and, mostly importantly, play with your children. Keep your children young for as long as possible. Don't make them grow up too fast.
    Quite simply, I think Hook is Bangarang, despite what Steven Spielberg himself says.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Hook!
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    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
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    Laurel and Derek from The Midnight Myth for their Patron thoughts. You can find their bangarang episode on Hook https://www.midnightmyth.com/episodes/2020/5/19/episode-150-bangarang-hook-1991-psychoanalysis-amp-piracy (right here) and follow them https://twitter.com/TheMidnightMyth (@TheMidnightMyth) on Twitter.
    Andy and Mike from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for their Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 50 min
    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Why don't we appreciate Samantha Caine and Charly Baltimore the same way we appreciate Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley?
    Why do we choose Die Hard at Christmas instead of The Long Kiss Goodnight?
    What is explosions, if not Renny Harlin persevering?
    I have so many questions about why we, as a movie-going public, don't appreciate The Long Kiss Goodnight enough. Geena Davis is an absolute standout, playing two complex, interesting protagonists with different personalities and skillsets. Samuel L Jackson's wardrobe is the sharpest it's ever looked, and the chemistry between Davis and Jackson is top notch.
    It's a damn fine Shane Black script, with all the wit and humour you'd expect and a damn fine Renny Harlin action movie, with all the high octane explosions and lack of physics you'd expect.
    It's the best action movie you've probably never seen, but you should.
    The British Medical Journals referenced in the episode:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC535990/ (Memories aren't made of this: amnesia at the movies) by Sallie Baxendale
    https://mh.bmj.com/content/27/1/26 (The butler(s) DID it - dissociative identity disorder in cinema) by Peter Byrne
    I would love to hear your thoughts on The Long Kiss Goodnight!
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    Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama (patreon.com/verbaldiorama)
    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
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    EPISODE THANKS TO....
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    Andy from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 47 min
    Josie and the Pussycats

    Josie and the Pussycats

    Hello, I'm Em. And yes, I'm a podcast host. No, I said cappuccino. I'm here to talk to you about something very important. And no, it's not about me or my podcast. I'm here to talk about subliminal messages in rock and roll music. Or as it's simply known in some cultures, 'rock music'.
    You see, for years the government has been wisely coercing teenagers to buy products they normally wouldn't want, just to get their money.
    Fact! Kids don't have bills to pay. Fact! They don't pay taxes. But! They do babysit and hold minimum wage jobs that earn them wads of cash as substantial as, well, my body of work.
    But kids today aren't dumb. They're not gonna buy just anything. That's why the government has been planting small subliminal advertising suggestions in today's rock music. The results? We can now get these kids to buy just about anything. We can have them chasing a new trend every week. And that is good for the economy. And what's good for the economy... is good for the country. So God bless the United States Of America - the most ass-kickin' country... in the world!
    And god bless Josie and the Pussycats!
    (Let's hope this episode isn't a "take the Chevy to the levy" situation. Du Jour means seat belts! Du Jour means crash positions!)
    Ross Burlingame's IndieGoGo for Best Movie Ever: A Totally Jerkin' Book, an oral history of Josie and the Pussycats can be found https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/best-movie-ever-a-totally-jerkin-book#/ (here)
    Jess and I would love to hear your thoughts on Josie and the Pussycats!
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    Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama (patreon.com/verbaldiorama)
    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
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    EPISODE THANKS TO....
    Jess, for the short time she stuck around for the recording!
    Most excellent Patrons
    Andy from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
    Laurel from https://www.midnightmyth.com/ (The Midnight Myth) for her Patron thoughts. You can find The Midnight Myth https://twitter.com/TheMidnightMyth (@themidnightmyth) on Twitter
    The Vern from https://www.cinemarecall.net (Cinema Recall) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Cinema Recall https://twitter.com/cinema_recall (@cinema_recall) on Twitter and their Josie and the Pussycats episode https://www.cinemarecall.net/2020/05/josie-and-pussycats-2001.html?m=1 (here)
    and
    Luke for his Patron thoughts. He's https://twitter.com/lukeraddy (@lukeraddy) on Twitter
    Subscribe, follow and listen to Geek Salad, The Midnight Myth and Cinema Recall in your app of choice!
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    @CFeverDreams
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    And Jenni Holtz's article can be found https://flipscreened.com/2021/03/12/nostalgia-week-josie-and-the-pussycats2001-is-a-feminist-text/ (here)
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compo

    • 51 min
    Krull

    Krull

    If you love the idea of Lord of the Rings meets Arthurian legend meets Star Wars meets Dungeons and Dragons, then Krull is right up your alley....
    While it's a movie with recognisable flaws, that doesn't mean my love for it is lessened in any way. Prince Colwyn's quest to save his Princess Lyssa from the evil Beast in the Black Fortress will always hold a very special place in my heart, despite the infanticide, the gruesome character deaths and the Slayers' brain worms.
    Seriously, those brain worms are nightmare fuel!
    Krull is a really special movie for me, it has a wonderful James Horner score, gorgeous special effects and character design, and ultimately the power of love will always defeat absolute evil. Who cares about script and character development?! Right?!
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Krull!
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    Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama (patreon.com/verbaldiorama)
    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
    Buy Merch! https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama (https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama)
    Tees, mugs, hoodies and totes are available!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
    Most excellent Patrons
    Andy from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
    Subscribe, follow and listen to Geek Salad in your app of choice!
    Twitter peeps
    @100thingspod
    @CherryBombsPod
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 48 min
    Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    In the first of March's look into cult movie classics, Big Trouble in Little China nowadays looks like a movie that should have been destined for success.
    It had the capable charismatic hero, and Kurt Russell playing the guy who thinks he's the hero. Throw in the damsels in distress, creepy villain, ancient sorcery, high-action martial arts choreography and Chinese mythology and mysticism, and it makes no sense that it flopped at the box office.
    Unlike most '80s movie where Chinese characters were cliched tropes, Big Trouble in Little China, with its primarily Asian cast, at least attempts to respect Chinese myths and legends.
    Just remember, if you need a green-eyed girl to break your centuries-old curse, don't be like David Lo Pan, get her consent before the marriage ceremony!
    The parody of Gangnam Style I mentioned is https://youtu.be/-xiAbDkXDgg (Lo Pan Style) and it's hilarious!
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Big Trouble in Little China!
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    Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama (patreon.com/verbaldiorama)
    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
    Buy Merch! https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama (https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama)
    Tees, mugs, hoodies and totes are available!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
    Most excellent Patrons
    Andy from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
    Mike, also from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad once again https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter and Mike is https://twitter.com/gundam_guyver (@gundam_guyver)
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    Facebook chums
    Erik
    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 36 min
    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Roald Dahl quite famously hated most of the film adaptations of his famous books, but I think he'd quite like this one. Wes Anderson takes his keen idiosyncratic eye and took Fantastic Mr. Fox and made it, well, fantastic!
    From the juddery stop-motion animation, to the anachronistic American sounding heroes, these anthropomorphic animals have hearts, minds and relatable insecurities.
    It's quote-unquote cussing fantastic.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Fantastic Mr. Fox!
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    Leave a 5-star rating/review: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/verbal-diorama/id1453296967?mt=2 (Apple Podcasts) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/verbal-diorama-803268 (Podchaser)
    Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama (patreon.com/verbaldiorama)
    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Matt, Trevor and Scott!
    Buy Merch! https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama (https://teespring.com/stores/verbaldiorama)
    Tees, mugs, hoodies and totes are available!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
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    Emily from https://idrinkyourpodcast.libsyn.com/ (I Drink Your Podcast) for her Patron thoughts. You can find I Drink Your Podcast https://twitter.com/IDYP_Podcast (@IDYP_podcast) on Twitter
    Andy from https://geeksalad.podbean.com/ (Geek Salad) for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad https://twitter.com/geeksaladradio (@geeksaladradio) on Twitter
    Subscribe, follow and listen to all these wonderful podcasts in your app of choice!
    Twitter peeps
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Dietrich From TSFTM ,

5 Stars

It may look like it's a one person movie review podcast but Em's enthusiasm and welcoming nature makes it feel like you are part of the podcast. The style of movies often changes so there's always something new to discover. My only bit of feedback is that her Yorkshire accent needs a bit of work! :D

ColinHayFan ,

What a pod!

I’m so glad I found Verbal Diorama. Em is so incredibly insightful in the way she dives into each film, you come away feeling like you’ve experienced the film without having even watched it. Her delivery is witty and charming, not to mention the badass theme tune! We would recommend this pod to everyone who loves films, WHICH IS EVERYONE! Enjoy!

- The SpyHards

El Monkeyachi ,

Fantastic Discovery

A brilliantly insightful movie podcast, led by the enthusiastic, engaging Em. Each episode is painstakingly researched and Em’s knowledge and love for the medium is clear to see. It is quickly becoming my podcast binge of choice.

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