March 9, 2018
Sam talks to writer and director Lynne Ramsay about her new film, You Were Never Really Here. In cinemas now.
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov
Duration: 95 min
Joaquin Phoenix echoes Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle in his performance as Gulf War veteran turned brutal hitman Joe in Lynne Ramsay’s award-winning psychological thriller. Radicalised by the habitual brutality he has witnessed, Joe is given a new commission: recover young girl Nina (Samsonov) – daughter of an ambitious young politician – from a sex-trafficking ring. When he and Nina are swept into a violent conspiracy in the aftermath, both their lives are put at risk. Tensions build and the hitman’s nightmares steadily take hold of his waking life. Will the murky world of ‘private security’ and dirty dealings be his death trip or cause his awakening? You Were Never Really Here sets out to bare the soul of its hammer-wielding anti-hero.
February 14, 2018
Real-life superhero producer Nate Moore chats to Corrina Antrobus for the Picturehouse Podcast. As well as earning his stripes on blockbusters Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Nate's now made history with one of the most anticipated superhero movies of a lifetime Black Panther. Here he talks working with Ryan Coogler, discovering Latishia Wright and the importance of positive representation on film.
February 2, 2018
Phantom Thread star Vicky Krieps pops by to talk about working with Paul Thomas Anderson on her new film. In cinemas now - including a special 70mm presentation at Picturehouse Central.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps
This tale of obsession and self-doubt features what Daniel Day-Lewis has claimed will be his final film appearance. Celebrated couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of the 1950s London fashion world, dressing royalty, film stars, heiresses and debutants with the distinct style of the House of Woodcock. But despite the many women in his life Woodcock remains a confirmed bachelor, seeking only companionship and inspiration for his work, and all under the protective eye of Cyril. That’s until he meets hotel waitress Alma (Krieps) who, young and determined, will turn his carefully tailored life upside down. In his second collaboration with Day-Lewis, director Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey and the women who keep his world running.
January 25, 2018
Corrina Antrobus joins the podteam to talk to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson about Disney Pixar's latest film, Coco. In cinemas now.
Director: Adrian Molina Lee Unkrich
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez
Duration: 105 min
With big dreams of becoming a musician, 12-year-old guitarist Miguel (Gonzalez) sets out to solve the mystery behind his family’s age-old ban on music. His adventures take him and his trusty dog Dante to the dazzlingly colourful Land of the Dead. Here, the young hero is met by a trickster skeleton Héctor (Bernal), and together they work hard to lift the musical curse. But will Miguel manage to make it back to the real world intact and will he solve the ancestral mystery? Pixar brings us another stunning family animation, masterfully directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. This time it’s Day of the Dead-themed and packed with magical skeletons, vibrant Mexican tradition, mischievous dogs and raucous celebrations. A truly captivating coming-of-age film with the family and a sense of humour at its heart.
January 25, 2018
Sam spoke to Hong Chau, star of Alexander Payne's Downsizing about her role in the new film.
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Duration: 135 min
Having wittily addressed the social consequences of an aging population in Nebraska, writer-director Alexander Payne now turns his wry gaze on global overpopulation. A financially stretched couple (Wiig and Damon) decide to take the plunge when a team of Norwegian scientists discover a way to shrink humans down to six inches tall and ensconce them in utopian villages. Not only does this new Lilliputian community consume far less of the world’s resources, but their money is worth so much more. However, downsizing has unexpected downsides. Besides its breathtaking technical achievement, the film gives an entirely fresh perspective on fundamental human norms. Co-stars Damon and Wiig are wonderfully supported by Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz, who plays the couple’s small but sleazy playboy neighbour with uproarious zeal.
January 14, 2018
Sam is joined by writer-director Martin Mcdonagh to talk about his new film. In cinemas now.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Duration: 115 min
Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are at their best in this blistering pitch-black comedy from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). McDormand stars as the foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother whose frustration boils over when the local police allow her daughter’s murder case to go cold. She publicly shames the town’s revered sheriff, William Willoughby (Harrelson), with three disused billboards, a sequence of bright red reminders that justice has not been served. The move stokes the ire of Willoughby’s thuggish, bigoted deputy (Rockwell), and so begins a violent, vicious circle of anger and revenge. From there, Three Billboards hurtles along an unpredictable but hugely rewarding narrative arc, veering between riotous laughter and sobering drama throughout. Sharply scripted and wonderfully acted, it’s one of the most accomplished contenders in this year’s awards race.
December 21, 2017
Sam and Simon return for a festive end of year chat about their favourite films of 2017. The boys also discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi and are joined by writer-director Rian Johnson. They wrap up with a look at some of the big new releases coming to cinemas in early 2018.
Special thank you to fellow podcasters: Dave & Cathy from the Cinemile, Kobi from FlixWatcher and Tess from You Had Us At Hello.
And a HUGE thank you to everyone who has listened in 2017. Have a happy new year and we'll see you in 2018. Merry Christmas!
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.