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A podcast for cinephiles of all stripes. Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.

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A podcast for cinephiles of all stripes. Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) & Loneliness

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) & Loneliness

    This week our focus is he 2017 live-action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. After some…contrasting reviews, we talk about how this film is a lot darker and more serious than the original, how it has a lot more to it (both good and bad), and how it might be a different sort of fairy tale to the 1991 film.

    Next Time
    Next in line for our Disney focus is he 1992 version of ALADDIN.

    Recent Media
    HORTON HEARS A WHO! (2008): Theodor Seuss Geisel, Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
    X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX (2019): Simon Kinberg, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
    SNOWPIERCER (2020–): Jacques Lob, Josh Friedman, Jennifer Connelly
    THE TOWN (2010): Chuck Hogan, Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall

    Recommendations
    COLOSSAL (2016): Nacho Vigalondo, Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudekis
    FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013): Justin Lin, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
    A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (1997): Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz
    MR HOLMES (2015): Bill Condon, Mitch Cullin, Ian McKellen

    Footnotes
    This is an interesting presentation on one of the ideas Rob mentions early on: prezi.com/tovwsqhae1zq/the-art-of-metacommentary. Here’s more about the character of LeFou (including his name): villains.fandom.com/wiki/LeFou. And here’s more on the openly gay take on this character, including a very interesting idea from the director himself about one possible allegorical interpretation of the film: people.com/movies/beauty-and-the-beast-disney-first-openly-gay-character-lefou. And here’s a good response from Josh Gad to some negative criticism of LeFou: edition.cnn.com/2017/03/07/movies/josh-gad-gay-beauty-and-the-beast-character/index.html. And the final line of this short piece is particularly good: www.vulture.com/2017/03/heres-the-exclusively-gay-moment-in-beauty-and-the-beast.html. (Can you tell I went down an ‘internet hole’ reading about LeFou’s modern incarnation??) Finally, Rob may not have especially warmed to the result, but this was a really interesting article about the CGI transformation of Dan Stevens: www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/beauty-and-the-best-movie-dan-stevens-special-effects.

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    • 37 мин.
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) & The Outsider

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) & The Outsider

    This week’s film is one of Rob’s favourite Disney films (so no pressure, there) 1991’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. After some plot summarising and a little light reviewing, we talk about the distinctive way this film looks, its place as a subversive text, and the fact that this is actually two films in one — in a good way, promise.

    Next Time
    The next movie in our Disney animation/live action sub-season is the 2017 remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

    Recent Media


    LUPIN (2021): George Kay, François Uzan, Omar Sy
    6 UNDERGROUND (2019): Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent
    THE OLD GUARD (2020): Gina Prince-Bythewood, Greg Rucka, Charlize Theron
    THE HUNT (2020): Craig Zobel, Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank

    Recommendations


    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946): Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day
    UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (1992): Roland Emmerich, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren
    BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971): Robert Stevenson, Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson
    JUMANJI (1995): Joe Johnston, Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst

    Footnotes
    Firstly, this article definitely chimes with what Rob was saying about Gaston: medium.com/@sjmyles79/can-we-have-movie-heroism-without-the-sexism-please-776bc291c65c. Here’s a little introduction to Busby Berkeley, to whom there are obvious references in the big song and dance numbers: filmschoolrejects.com/beginners-guide-to-busby-berkeley. While we’re talking about big beautiful film sequences, this article discusses the ballroom scene’s CGI: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/25-years-ago-cg-secrets-ballroom-sequence-beauty-beast-145174.html. Finally, here are a couple of enjoyable responses to the film: www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/the-enchantress-was-fcked-up and www.bustle.com/articles/195847-35-questions-i-still-have-about-beauty-the-beast.


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    THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) & Individuality

    THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) & Individuality

    This week’s film is the Jon Favreau live action/CGI remake of the 1967 film. After some opening reviews (and Sam admitting that he might have given the film too much credit), we talk — in one of our more cerebral chats — about selfishness, understanding, and change, particularly in our reading of the end of the film.

    Next Time
    Our next film is Rob’s favourite Disney film, which Sam (gasp) hasn’t seen: 1991’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

    Recent Media
    FIRST COW (2019): Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond, John Magaro
    ALL OR NOTHING: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2020): Anthony Phillipson, Tom Hardy, José Mourinho

    Recommendations
    IRON MAN (2008): Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr.
    SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993): Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley
    PACIFIC RIM (2013): Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam
    CLUELESS (1995): Amy Heckerling, Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash

    Footnotes
    Firstly, here’s an article on the art of playing the pantomime villain: www.thesimplethings.com/blog/panto-villains; I know Shere Khan in the 1967 film wasn’t one of these in the strictest sense, but he was something of a more risible stereotype figure certainly than Idris Elba’s incarnation. Rob mentions the POV shot at the beginning of the film, and there’s more on this idea here: www.premiumbeat.com/blog/power-point-view-pov-shots. This short response to a trailer from the film focuses on a particular moment of comparison between the two films: www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/jungle-book-2016-new-trailer-recreates-scene-where-kaa-tries-eat-mowgli-a6936251.html. When I was looking for content on the idea of individuality, I came across this video (not at all relevant to the film, but I can’t resist a TED video…): www.ted.com/talks/margot_amoyual_individuality_an_identical_twin_perspective. Finally, in another link that’s not entirely relevant...we mentioned the idea of transgression on screen, in talking about Mowgli and Shere Khan; this is a list of transgressive movies (see? I told you it wasn’t relevant…): whatculture.com/film/10-transgressive-movies-that-went-beyond-the-boundaries.

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    Top 5 of 2020

    Top 5 of 2020

    The Best Of The Pandemic Year

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    • 34 мин.
    THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967) & Fatherhood

    THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967) & Fatherhood

    The first film in our final mini-season of Season 4 (we’re getting old!) is the 1967 Disney animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. Our discussion ranges from animation styles to PAW PATROL, and anthropomorphism to racial stereotyping; overall, though, we spend the most time thinking about how much this film is about the familial, paternal relationships in evidence here.

    Next Time
    It’s déjà vu! Next time we look at Jon Favreau’s 2016 version of THE JUNGLE BOOK.

    Recent Media
    THE MANDALORIAN (2019–): Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers
    DA 5 BLOODS (2020): Spike Lee, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors
    ENOLA HOLMES (2020): Harry Bradbeer, Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown

    Recommendations
    ROBIN HOOD (1973): Wolfgang Reithermann, Brian Bedford, Phil Harris
    ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951): Clyde Geronomi, Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn
    THE VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960): Wolf Rilla, George Sanders, Barbara Shelley
    ROAD TRIP (2000): Todd Phillips, Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott

    Footnotes
    Firstly, as this mini-season is all about adaptations of Disney animations, this article is a good place to start: ohmy.disney.com/insider/2016/01/05/10-disney-movie-moments-that-changed-animation. And this take on technology and animation is interesting, too: memeburn.com/2013/06/how-technology-has-changed-animation-a-brief-history. (Then I got into a Google Hole [which is definitely what it’s called] finding out more about animation: 3d-ace.com/press-room/articles/twelve-animation-styles-you-should-know-about, www.bloopanimation.com/types-of-animation, blog.threadless.com/disneys-art-style-through-the-decades.) For the rest of this week’s Footnotes, I just want to list things to read about facial representation and literature and India, starting with this article: litreactor.com/columns/are-the-jungle-books-racist-or-not-and-why-you-should-read-them-either-way For balance, here’s the opposing view (although, to be honest, lots of this seems pretty far-fetched): sites.williams.edu/f18-engl117-01/uncategorized/i-wanna-be-like-you-racial-coding-in-disneys-the-jungle-book/#:~:text=Especially%20in%20The%20Jungle%20Book%2C%20animals%20depict%20different,forest%20in%20search%20of%20Mowgli%2C%20the%20man%20cub.) Anne McClintock’s book on imperialism is great: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imperial_Leather.html?id=OurtAAAAMAAJ, as is Kumkum Sangari’s: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Politics_of_the_Possible.html?id=t5eX8VRhSgEC&redir_esc=y. Benedict Anderson is still worth reading: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imagined_Communities.html?id=4mmoZFtCpuoC&redir_esc=y; and there’s always the father (pun intended) of all ideas about postcolonialism, Edward Said: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Orientalism.html?id=66sIHa2VTmoC. Finally, though I haven’t read it, this looks good: books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=kOzFBQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT22&dq=postcolonial+cinema&ots=fUVkBx_Wxd&sig=qvdoebSS9nQpoL8LTTPE2eqlDxE&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=postcolonial%20cinema&f=false

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    WIDOWS (2018) & Loss

    WIDOWS (2018) & Loss

    The final film in our mini-season of heist film’s is Steve McQueen’s 2018 movie WIDOWS. After (ultimately, to be expected) differing reviews, we talk about ways in which this film deals with a number of different manifestations of loss — doing so even through the cinematography — and ultimately shows a certain amount of escape or relief in the endings of some of the characters.

    Next Time
    Our next mini-season will be looking at Disney animations and their recent live-action adaptations, and we begin with the 1967 classic THE JUNGLE BOOK (‘I wanna be like yoo-oo-oou…’).

    Recent Media
    MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003): Peter Weir, Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany
    GET DUKED! (2019): Ninian Doff, Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie
    THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (2020): Walter Tevis, Scott Frank, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Recommendations
    12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013): Solomon Northrup, Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015): Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
    GET OUT (2017): Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams
    S.W.A.T. (2003): Clark Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell
    BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018): Drew Goddard, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Footnotes
    This is a good place to start, for facts about the director of this film: www.britannica.com/biography/Steve-McQueen-British-director-screenwriter-and-artist. Rob talks about the 7 stages of grief, and this is a good primer: www.medicinenet.com/loss_grief_and_bereavement/article.htm#:~:text=The%20seven%20emotional%20stages%20of%20grief%20are%20usually,be%20emotional%2C%20physical%2C%20social%2C%20or%20religious%20in%20nature. We don’t dwell on the awfulness of the killing of Marcus much, but this is a powerful interactive tool on police killings in the US: interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html. Looking for articles about 'moving on’ in cinema, as all the women have to do, I came across this list (not quite relevant, but it was interesting enough to include!): www.pajiba.com/guides/15-movies-about-moving-and-moving-on.php. Finally, here’s a link to our episode about a film which — as Sam discussed — shares a number of similarities with WIDOWS: www.kaiju.fm/prestige/3-17-21-grams-change-and-grief.


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    • 38 мин.

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