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.
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.