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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

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 30 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.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    I'd wager that if you ask anyone at random what their favourite Avengers movie, Age of Ultron would rarely be the first choice. The middle child of the franchise, this was the one that had the most riding on it, and it suffered for its great ambitions.
    Because Age of Ultron, retrospectively, isn't a bad movie. It's trying to tell a horror story, in the vein of Frankenstein, and the themes of creator vs creation, and Gods and Monsters, is rampant throughout. It feels more disjointed and less confident than its predecessor, probably because Joss Whedon was under an incredible amount of pressure, from both Marvel Studios and fans, to deliver.
    It was an impossible task in many ways.
    Age of Ultron missteps a fair bit, especially in its treatment of Black Widow, but manages to introduce new characters who take the franchise to bigger and better things in future. Wanda and Vision are real highlights for me. And then there's Pietro, who suffers the Joss Whedon character death, but for good reason due to a shared rights deal with Fox.
    Give Age of Ultron another chance. I did, and I'm glad. I enjoyed it more as a horror movie than a superhero movie, and it's not often I say that!
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron!
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe Facebook)
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    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 53 min
    The Avengers (2012)

    The Avengers (2012)

    I am Em of Verbal Diorama, and I am burdened with glorious purpose. Because really, aren't we all here for Loki, God of Mischief, the wonderful Tom Hiddleston just chewing every inch of CG scenery?
    But he's not the only highlight of this movie, because pretty much everything about The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble as it was marketed here in the UK, don't worry though, it's still The Avengers to most of us!) is pure unadulterated brilliance. Nick Fury's quote about "an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people" relates to both on and off screen.
    While you can date character team-up duos back to the 1940s, no other movie has successfully brought together multiple characters from their own (very different) film franchises and teamed them up to fight together against a common foe.
    The Avengers was a huge risk, but paid off in buckets. Iron Man had been a success, but The Avengers was filming even before Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor was released; there was every chance those movies would bomb.
    Many other studios have tried to replicate the formula Marvel have succeeded with, but while this movie's team can claim "We have a Hulk", Marvel Studios can claim "We have Kevin Feige".
    I would love to hear your thoughts on The Avengers (no, not the spy one!)
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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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Monster Squad

    The Monster Squad

    In 1987, Fred Dekker made a little movie that did so badly it was pulled from US theatres after just two weeks....
    Like all cult classics though, The Monster Squad showed it had nards, and only grew in audiences estimations through VHS and TV screenings, through to DVD and Blu-ray, and to sold-out fan screenings and events.
    While attempts have been made to reboot The Monster Squad, and in the shadow of Universal's attempt at a Dark Universe, something like The Monster Squad would be the perfect showcase for all their classic cinematic monsters..... but let's not talk about the fact they wanted nothing to do with this movie, nor were they interested in resurrecting their classic monsters in the late '80s. Times sure do change.
    What doesn't is a fresh, funny script by Fred Dekker and Shane Black (aka Black and Dekker!), endearing child actors, incredible make-up and creature effects and some seriously emotional beats that, yes, still make me cry.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on The Monster Squad!
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    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 44 min
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    "We're men. We're men in tights. We roam around the forest looking for fights. We're men. We're men in tiiiiiights. We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right!"
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights isn't here to be fine art, this is no Criterion Collection inductee. It's the simple story you know of the outlaw who robs the rich to feed the poor, except unlike some other Robin Hoods', he can speak with an English accent.
    As a fellow English accent speaker, I feel completely qualified to take on Mel Brooks' 1992 Robin Hood parody with as much aplomb as Robin taking on Little John to pass a tiny bridge over 2 cm of water.
    I shoot an arrow bullseye into a target with this, as I explain the roots of Robin Hood: Men in Tights from a TV show cancelled in 1975, as well as Michael Jackson's links to the screenplay.
    Simply put, I love this movie and it never fails to make me laugh.
    Hey Blinkin! Did you say Abe Lincoln?
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Robin Hood: Men in Tights!
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    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.

    • 41 min
    Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    All you need to do to summon him is say his name three times....
    Beetlejuice!
    Beetlejuice!
    Beetlejuice!
    For many, this is one of Tim Burton's greatest moments as a director. The sharp, macabre, funny story of Adam and Barbara Maitland, a recently deceased couple who find the living are haunting their house. They struggle to get rid of Charles and Delia Deetz through normal means, and so enlist the help of "bio-exorcist" Betelgeuse - a madcap frenzied perverse Ghost with the Most, with a scene-stealing 90% ad-libbed performance by Michael Keaton.
    But Beetlejuice originally started as a serious horror movie, so how did it become a horror comedy with "B-movie visual effects" (Tim Burton's words, not mine!) that takes a serious look at death, the afterlife and identity?
    It's showtime!
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Beetlejuice!
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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.

    • 49 min
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a true phenomenon, in all senses of the word. To coin a phrase from its sequel, it found the Holy Grail of filmmaking for being not only a commercial smash hit, but also became a critical darling and received multiple awards recognition.
    With the juggernaut pairing of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg at the helm, you'd think Raiders of the Lost Ark would have had it easy coming to the big screen.... but it really didn't. Plagued with on-set troubles, sickness, time and budget constraints meant that perfectionist Spielberg learned to like takes instead of love them.
    But that lean approach to filmmaking gave Raiders of the Lost Ark the same amount of raw grit and determination that Indiana Jones himself possessed, and an icon rolled into cinemas, where it stayed for an incredibly long time too.....!
    And it influenced The Mummy (1999), which is probably its greatest achievement. I jest of course.... or do I?
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Raiders of the Lost Ark!
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
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    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

FilmFloggers ,

A verbal delight!

Em is constantly putting FilmFloggers trivia corner to shame! Each episode is exceptionally well researched, and the show has such a brilliant and wide-ranging set of films. If you want a deep dive into the movies and their history behind the camera, this is for you!!

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!

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