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The new home of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. They’re back, and it’s bigger, and better and larger-er and more-er.

Film reviews, TV reviews, and all your conversation around movie and non-movie related stuff. Plus a whole bunch of recommendations to watch in cinemas, on all streaming services and on physical media.

As well as the film and TV reviews, Mark and Simon will be talking about anything and everything. Punctuation, Thunderbirds, obscure German pop music, fax machines, subtitles, MRI scans, magic, school assemblies, Scandinavia, and don’t forget the dad jokes.

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Kermode & Mayo’s Take The Take

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 215 Ratings

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The new home of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. They’re back, and it’s bigger, and better and larger-er and more-er.

Film reviews, TV reviews, and all your conversation around movie and non-movie related stuff. Plus a whole bunch of recommendations to watch in cinemas, on all streaming services and on physical media.

As well as the film and TV reviews, Mark and Simon will be talking about anything and everything. Punctuation, Thunderbirds, obscure German pop music, fax machines, subtitles, MRI scans, magic, school assemblies, Scandinavia, and don’t forget the dad jokes.

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    ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’S “Taystee”: Adoption, Child States and Attachment Theory – SHRINK THE BOX

    ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’S “Taystee”: Adoption, Child States and Attachment Theory – SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone discuss Tasha Jefferson, aka Taystee, from Orange is the New Black. We get fascinating insights into child states and how difficult they are to escape; attachment theory and why prison can be a better alternative to living in the outside world. Expect to laugh and cry while reliving one of the early bingeable series on Netflix. And if you’re interested in looking further into issues of adoption and racism, check out our episode on The Queen’s Gambit, from Season 1. 

     

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 

     

    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here  

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2) 

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1) 

    Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek (Season 1) 

    Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99 (selected episodes)  

    Jackson Lamb, Slow Horses (Season 1) 

    Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City (selected episodes) 

     

    CREDITS 

    We used clips from Season 1 of Orange is the New Black. It’s available to watch on Netflix. 

    Starring: 

    Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman 

    Laura Prepon as Alex Vause,  

    Michael Harney as Sam Healy 

    Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage 

    Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov 

    Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom 

    Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 

    Danielle Brooks as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson 

    Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols 

    Taryn Manning as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett 

    Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza 

    Adrienne C. Moore as Cynthia "Black Cindy" Hayes 

    Dascha Polanco as Dayanara "Daya" Diaz 

    Created by: 

    Jenji Kohan 

    Directed by: 

    Michael Trim 

    Andrew McCarthy 

    Uta Briesewitz 

    Jodie Foster 

    Matthew Penn 

    Produced by: 

    Jenji Kohan 

    Sara Hess 

    Tara Herrmann 

    Lisa Vinnecour 

    Neri Kyle Tannenbaum 

    Mark A. Burley 

     

    We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 

     

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    • 49 min
    Forrest Gump (30th Anniversary), Best Weather-based Disaster Movies & Question Schmestions

    Forrest Gump (30th Anniversary), Best Weather-based Disaster Movies & Question Schmestions

    Mark gives a considered take on ‘Forrest Gump’, the Tom Hanks/Robert Zemeckis classic about a man with a low IQ, who recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historic events. The film has received the re-issue treatment to celebrate its 30th anniversary – don’t you feel old?

    This week’s One Frame Back is the best weather-based disaster movies inspired by the release of ‘Twister’.

    Mark and Simon help us decide what to watch, and what to avoid, this weekend.

    Plus, they answer a few of your Questions (film-related) and Schmestions (non-film related), from the films they’ve enjoyed that no-one else seems to have, to their favourite scenes in which characters unexpectedly start singing.

    Timecodes:
    13.06 Forrest Gump Review
    30.36 One Frame Back: Best Weather-based Disaster Movies
    43.17 Weekend Watchlist / Weekend Notlist
    47.53 Questions Schmestions

    Watchlist films this week:
    Mulholland Dr. – Film4, Sat 20 July, 12.45am
    Assault on Precinct 13 – Legend, Sat 20 July, 12.55am
    Capricorn One – Legend, Sat 20 July, 5.25pm
    Hamburger Hill – GREAT! Action, Mon 15 July, 9pm
    The Devil Wears Prada – Film4, Sun 21 July, 6.50pm
    Notlist films this week:

    Missing in Action – GREAT! Action, Thurs 18 July, 9pm
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Channel 4, Sat 20 July
    Maid in Manhattan – Film4, Sat 20 July

    You can contact the show by emailing correspondence@kermodeandmayo.com or you can find us on social media, @KermodeandMayo

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    Does EVERYONE love Twisters… except Mark?

    Does EVERYONE love Twisters… except Mark?

    Another guestless week but that just means more musings, fun and general nonsense from your favourite Good Doctors.



    Mark gives his thoughts on various new releases, including ‘Blur: To The End’, a documentary depicting the comeback of the classic Britpop band; ‘Thelma’, a June Squibb-starring comedy about a 93-year-old who gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, prompting her to set out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her; ‘Chuck Chuck Baby’, an emotionally charged musical drama in which a chicken factory worker sees her dreary life interrupted when her schoolgirl crush arrives back in town; and ‘Twisters’, a sequel to the 1996 Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton-starring disaster film, which sees a retired tornado-chaser and meteorologist persuaded to return to Oklahoma to work with a new team and new technologies.



    A packed-out week of new movies and takes for your listening pleasure!



    Timecodes (relevant only for the Vanguard - who are also ad-free!): 

    11:44 - Blur: To The End Review 

    16:48 - BO10 

    28:58 - Thelma Review 

    36:26 - Chuck Chuck Baby Review 

    44:52 - Twisters Review 

     

    You can contact the show by emailing correspondence@kermodeandmayo.com or you can find us on social media, @KermodeandMayo  



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    • 58 min
    REESE WITHERSPOON and JENNIFER ANISTON’s Alex and Bradley tackle sexism and false selves on The Morning Show - SHRINK THE BOX

    REESE WITHERSPOON and JENNIFER ANISTON’s Alex and Bradley tackle sexism and false selves on The Morning Show - SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone put Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s The Morning Show characters, Alex and Bradley, on the couch. We ask how a person creates a false self at work, what makes Bradley break the mould and find out how Alex could ever have respect for her male boss in the middle of a #MeToo scandal. Stay tuned for more on false selves in our upcoming episodes on Jackson Lamb and Polly Shelby too!

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2)

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2)

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1)

    Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek (Season 1)

    Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99 (selected episodes)

    Jackson Lamb, Slow Horses (Season 1)



    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 of The Morning Show. It’s available to watch on AppleTV+.

    Starring:

    Jennifer Aniston as Alexandra "Alex" Levy

    Reese Witherspoon as Bradley Jackson

    Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison

    Mark Duplass as Charlie "Chip" Black

    Néstor Carbonell as Yanko Flores

    Karen Pittman as Mia Jordan

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Hannah Shoenfeld

    Bel Powley as Claire Conway

    Desean Terry as Daniel Henderson

    Jack Davenport as Jason Craig

    Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler

    Created by:

    Jay Carson

    Directed by:

    David Frankel

    Lynn Shelton

    Roxann Dawson

    Tucker Gates

    Produced by:

    Jennifer Aniston

    Reese Witherspoon

    Kerry Ehrin

    Michael Ellenberg

    Mimi Leder



    We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



    A Sony Music Entertainment production.

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    • 48 min
    In a Violent Nature, Best Nicolas Cage Performances & Question Schmestions

    In a Violent Nature, Best Nicolas Cage Performances & Question Schmestions

    Mark gives his take on ‘In a Violent Nature’, a horror which sees a group of teens take a locket from a collapsed fire tower in the woods, unwittingly resurrecting the corpse of a vengeful spirit spurred on by a horrific 60-year-old crime in the process.

    This week’s One Frame Back is the best Nicolas Cage performances inspired by his serial killing turn in the horror-thriller ‘Longlegs’.
    Mark and Simon help us decide what to watch, and what to avoid, this weekend.

    Plus, they answer a few of your Questions (film-related) and Schmestions (non-film related), from whether they have been at the heart of the action during a news story to their candidates for films with the worst names – and what they would rename them.

    Timecodes:
    13.26 In a Violent Nature Review
    30.09 One Frame Back: Best Nicolas Cage Performances
    41.47 Weekend Watchlist / Weekend Notlist
    50.52 Questions Schmestions

    Watchlist films this week:
    Manhunter – BBC Two, Sat 13 July, 12.05am
    Law of Tehran – BBC Two, Sun 14 July, 1am
    First Man – Channel 4, Sun 14 July, 1.30am
    Oklahoma! – Sky Arts, Sun 14 July, 4pm
    Point Break – BBC One, Sun 14 July, 11pm
    Notlist films this week:
    Independence Day: Resurgence – Channel 4, Sat 13 July, 6.45pm
    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde – ITV2, Sun 14 July, 7pm
    Terminator: Dark Fate – E4, Fri 12 July, 9pm

    You can contact the show by emailing correspondence@kermodeandmayo.com or you can find us on social media, @KermodeandMayo

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    Fly Me to the Moon, Hundreds of Beavers, Longlegs & Despicable Me 4

    Fly Me to the Moon, Hundreds of Beavers, Longlegs & Despicable Me 4

    No guest this week, but that just means more from your favourite professional witterers – and a whole load of reviews!

    Mark gives his thoughts on various new releases including ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, a romantic comedy-drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, which sees sparks fly between a marketing executive and a NASA official as he makes preparations for the Apollo 11 moon landing; ‘Hundreds of Beavers’, a zany slapstick comedy in which a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero to become North America’s greatest fur trapper by defeating, you guessed it, hundreds of beavers; and ‘Longlegs’, a serial killer horror in which Nicolas Cage plays the eponymous homicidal maniac.

    Mark also gives his take on ‘Despicable Me 4’, the fourth instalment of the animated comedy franchise, replete with his beloved minions, which, this time, sees Gru, having just welcomed a new member to the family, have his peaceful existence threatened when criminal mastermind Maxime Le Mal escapes from prison and vows revenge against him.

    A chocka-block week, indeed!



    Timecodes (relevant only for the Vanguard - who are also ad-free!):

    08:19 – Hundreds Of Beavers Review

    11:56 – Box Office Top Ten

    29:33 – Fly Me To The Moon Review

    37:30 – Longlegs Review

    48:44 – Despicable Me 4 Review



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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

Fionacorona ,

A toasty cuddle of wit and charm… and a side of the best reviews around

I am a sarcy native of the UK’s shores living with the “oh so pleased with themselves” techarati in Silicon Valley and this is hands down my favourite listening of the week. Feels like two old friends sitting at my kitchen table with a suitable beverage making me laugh, shout, disagree and learn in the same debate, question the nonsense but celebrate the really talented, creative stories and people we have in this choppy world. Cheers to you both - for a naturally optimistic soul with a grumpy gene like me, I feel like I have my tribe with me three times a week!!

ThistleTat ,

What I Can’t Take

Love the show. Love the banter and the bickering and Mark’s occasional off the rails rants. The interviews are always illuminating. I can handle the commercials, which is why I haven’t made the fairly robust financial commitment to become a vanguardista. What I would like to suggest is another tier of support. I would pay to be able to listen to the show without the Laughter Lift. I despise that segment. For a time, it seemed like it might have met its demise, as everyone, especially the super subs, groaned and protested. But Mark has been scarily cheery about it lately. Who likes these lame “jokes?” Is it only Simon Paul, like as an exercise in seeing what he can get Simon to do? Is it because Simon’s child is a comedy writer? Like, what even is the purpose? It doesn’t have anything to do with film. It never used to be part of the show. Ugh. Anyway, that’s how you will get me to part with my money. Offer a Laughter Lift Free edition, and I am in. No rimshot necessary. Hello to Jason, who seems to feel the same as I do about said segment.

sloshadile ,

Love the show, Steve

The only film reviews I’ve listened to for 20 years. I would never have watched The Exorcist without Mark’s advocacy; I still haven’t watched Amadeus. Cured my ingrown toenail.

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