December 9, 2017
We've rereleased our 2015 Star Wars marathon episode in anticipation of the 8th installment in the series; Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In cinemas from 14 December. This was originally recoreded ahead of the release of episode 7; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Sam and Simon cram for the imminent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by watching all six original Star Wars films back to back in this special edition of the Picturehouse Podcast.
The boys watch the films in narrative order (Episode 1 to Episode 6) and give their two cents on each instalment before moving onto the next. Perfect if you want a little refresh before watching Episode 7. Please note, there are no The Force Awakens spoilers in this show, but the plot of original six films are discussed in detail.
We'll be back with our thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi later in December.
November 24, 2017
Sam is joined by directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to talk about their new film, Battle Of The Sexes. In cinemas now.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men’s number one and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell) became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. As their rivalry intensified in the media glare, both King and Riggs fought complex battles in their private lives: while she championed equality, the fiercely private King struggled to come to terms with her sexuality; at the same time, Riggs wrestled with his gambling demons at the expense of his family. Together, they served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions that continue to reverberate today.
November 21, 2017
Sam talks to Josh Safdie about his new film, Good Time. Now available to watch in cinemas and on VOD platforms.
November 14, 2017
Sam talks to director Yorgos Lanthimos and actor Barry Keoghan about their collaboration on The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan. UK/Ireland 2017. 121 mins.
Black humour, horror and classical tragedy collide in the second English-language feature from absurdist Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Colin Farrell stars as Steven, a successful cardiac surgeon who enjoys a happy, healthy and affluent life in suburbia with his wife (Kidman) and two children. When he befriends a young man (Keoghan, Dunkirk) and takes him under his wing, a fatal mistake he once made on the operating table comes back to haunt him and his family in terrifying fashion. Inspired by the Greek myth of King Agamemnon, who was ordered to sacrifice his daughter after accidentally killing a sacred deer, Lanthimos’s enthralling, darkly comic horror unfolds with a carefully crafted sense of unease, and features excellent performances from its three leads.
November 12, 2017
Sam talks to writer and director Sean Baker about The Florida Project, in cinemas now.
Director: Sean Baker.
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto. USA 2017. 111 mins.
Movies starring children can veer between mawkish and improbable, but so far Sean Baker has focussed on making youthful friendship a central theme in his highly engaging, no-budget work (the much acclaimed Tangerine was shot on iPhones). This time, however, he has attracted substantial funding for his latest, The Florida Project, which will go down as one of the truly great movies about childhood. It stars two gifted if not precocious amateur six-year-olds, Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto, who play best friends living below the poverty line, the former with her feckless mum (Bria Vinaite, also a gifted first-timer) in a tacky tourist motel managed by a caring but sharp-witted (and never better) Willem Dafoe. The girls’ infectious lust for life is free of moral and economic consequences, although these become apparent as the heady action careens joyously along. Simply wonderful.
November 12, 2017
Sam talks to co-writer and director Paul King about his new film Paddington 2, in cinemas now.
Director: Paul King.
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi. UK/France 2017. 103 mins.
The wholehearted, accident-prone bear from deepest, darkest Peru returns with a second helping of his endearing brand of good-natured mischief. Happily settled in Windsor Gardens, Paddington takes on a variety of odd jobs to raise enough money to buy a very special book for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But when the precious book is stolen, Paddington and the Browns have to track down the culprit. Ben Wishaw again voices the lovable if hapless furry character, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles as his surrogate parents, Mr and Mrs Brown. Director/co-writer Paul King returns to ensure consistent appeal, and even adds some new characters to the fun, including Hugh Grant as a vain, fading actor and Brendan Gleeson’s fearsome safecracker.
September 4, 2017
Sam and Simon return to talk Logan Lucky and God's Own Country. The boys also go through the top 5 films at Picturehouse Cinemas and Simon tells us just how many times he's seen Dunkirk at the cinema this summer.
September 3, 2017
Acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews talks to Sam about his feature film debut, Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn.
September 3, 2017
We're delighted to be joined by God's Own Country writer-director Francis Less and one of the film's stars, Alec Secareanu, at the Members' Bar in Picturehoue Central to talk about their recent collaboration.
Director: Francis Lee.
Starring: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart. UK 2017. 105 mins.
Johnny Saxby (O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself dealing with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship forms – one that could change Johnny’s life forever. Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country is the award-winning debut feature from writer-director Francis Lee. Set in the heart of rural Yorkshire, this is a bracingly openhearted romantic story marked by stunning lead performances.
August 25, 2017
Sam talks to director Steven Soderbergh about his new movie Logan Lucky and a whole lot more.
Director: Steven Soderbergh.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough. USA 2017. 119 mins.
Having announced his retirement from movie-making after 2013’s Side Effects, maverick director Steven Soderbergh felt compelled to re-enter the fray after reading Rebecca Blunt’s script about the ill-fated Logan brothers, Jimmy (Tatum) and Clyde (Driver), who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Referencing his highly successful heist franchise, Soderbergh describes it as an “inversion of an Ocean’s movie” – and there are certainly some wonderfully comedic moments and wild-card twists, not least when the redneck siblings’ lack of experience leads them to spring safe-cracking supremo Joe Bang (Craig) from jail. Seth McFarlane (as a bumptious racing driver), Hilary Swank (as a suspicious cop) and Katie Holmes (as Jimmy’s antsy ex-wife) add to the very considerable fun.
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