Sean Baker on The Florida Project | Picturehouse Podcast

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.

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Paul King on Paddington 2 | Picturehouse Podcast

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.

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Logan Lucky and God’s Own Country | Picturehouse Podcast

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. 

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Benedict Andrews on Una | Picturehouse Podcast

September 3, 2017

Acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews talks to Sam about his feature film debut, Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. 

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Francis Lee and Alec Secareanu on God’s Own Country | Picturehouse Podcast

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.

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Steven Soderbergh on Logan Lucky | Picturehouse Podcast

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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Stanley Tucci on The Final Portrait | Picturehouse Podcast

August 21, 2017

The legendary Stanley Tucci met us at the Tate Modern Members' Bar to talk about his latest project as a writer and director: The Final Portrait. In cinemas now! 

Director: Stanley Tucci. 
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy. UK 2017. 90 mins.
 

Stanley Tucci sketches the frustrations of creative genius with a fascinating and witty glimpse into the workshop and personality of Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (Rush). In Paris in 1964, Giacometti bumps into an old friend, American writer and art-lover James Lord (Hammer), and invites him to sit for a portrait. Assured that it would take half a day at most, Lord accepts. A half-day turns into days. Days turn into weeks. Giacometti rages at the canvas, unconvinced of his talent. Both flattered and frustrated, Lord cancels a series of flights home. With no end in sight, he’s a prisoner to the artist’s whims. But as the brushstrokes ebb and flow, Lord ultimately sees logic in the chaos, and painter and subject develop an unusual bond.

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David Lowery on A Ghost Story | Picturehouse Podcast

August 14, 2017

Filmmaker David Lowery pops by to talk about his new film A Ghost Story. In cinemas now. 

Director: David Lowery. Starring: Casey Affleck. Rooney Mara. USA 2017. 92 mins. 

The latest film from acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies SaintsPete’s Dragon) is a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. A white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An audacious, unforgettable meditation on the passage of time, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll. 

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Dunkirk, The Big Sick, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets | Picturehouse Podcast

July 30, 2017

Sam and Simon return to talk about some of the biggest films in UK cinemas including Spider-man: Homecoming, The Beguiled, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, The Big Sick and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The boys take a look at the top 5 films at Picturehouse Cinemas and pick out a couple of exciting one-off events coming to the big screen in August. 

Sam and Simon also appeared as guests on The Cinemile Podcast to talk about War For The Planet Of The Apes. You can listen here: http://www.thecinemile.com/home-1/2017/7/23/episode-61-war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes

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Matt Reeves on War For The Planet Of The Apes | Picturehouse Podcast

July 16, 2017

Writer-director Matt Reeves escapes the ape-pocalypse to drop by for a chat about his new film, War For The Planet Of The Apes, starring Andry Serkis and Woody Harrelson.

In the third instalment of the rebooted Planet Of The Apes franchise, a new threat looms over the peaceful simian civilisation built among the redwood trees: an army of humans led by the ruthless Colonel (Harrelson), who believes he is mankind’s last hope. After a battle in which the apes suffer devastating losses, Caesar (Serkis), their noble, hyper-intelligent leader, fears he may have to abandon the path of mercy he has so far shown to humans. Wrestling with his darker instincts, Caesar embarks on a quest to avenge his kind that brings him face to face with the Colonel in the ultimate battle for dominion over Earth. Director Matt Reeves raises the stakes with his second film in the critically acclaimed franchise, blending spectacular graphics and emotion to thrilling effect.

In cinemas now. #WFTPOTA

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