Monthly Archives: January 2014

KCL Reel Talk Episode 15 – “ANGRY!”

This week, I get a little mad about movie advertising, so I apologise if the middle of the podcast is a little swear-laden. A combination of frustration at poor business practice and hate for the marginalisation of art within mediums co-opted by marketing triggered a rant I didn’t realise was happening until I was halfway through it.

Aside from that though, it’s business as usual on Reel Talk! We kick it off with some trailer-based talk of Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film Zero Theorem, continue into discussion of short film Gregory Go Boom (and the career of Michael Cera), and top it all off with a group review of the Coen Bro’s latest film Inside Llewyn Davis. Mmm that’s some good listenin’!

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Reel Talk Episode 14 – You Never Grow Out of Killing Jared Leto

Reviewing Wolf of Wall Street! That’s the main thing, but this is not a show to focus on but one…or two…or even four topic/s alone. As such, listeners should also prepare themselves for:

  • News-discussion! Featuring Tarantino, Romantic Dystopias and the sadness that is I, Frankenstein.
  • Features! This week, the Talkers discuss villains that they like/find interesting! Involving Dredd, Ratatouille and Die Another Day.
  • Random Shit! …apparently we talk about cats? The internet man. It’s contagious.

There should be something for anyone in that mess, so, without further ado…listen and enjoy! (or subscribe on iTunes)

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Reel Talk Episode 13 – Peter Flynn and the Fifth Element Noobs

Honestly, I’m not sure where Pete gets his titles from these days…

So the Great Narrative Debate was fought once again on Reel Talk over Fifth Element, Pete reviews a vampire movie where the vampires just wander about being shallow and snobby which sounds AWESOME (no sarcasm – I love those sorts of stories), Zhana talks about We Steal Secrets and being enlightened, Steven Moffat’s misogyny and TV shows are discussed and Brick is a fantastic movie.

Seriously, if you haven’t seen Brick, find it and watch it. It is pure delight, an ostentatious splurge of cinematic adventuring with pumping powerful Energy Legs laid over flawed-yet-sympathetic characters and a thoroughly competent piece of mystery storytelling. Rian Johnson may not be as larger-than-life as Edgar Wright or Quentin Tarantino, but he deserves recognition as one of modern culture’s most accomplished, and interesting, directors.

Oh and there’s a bit about horses and wearing peoples’ skin, but you needn’t be too worried about it.

Give it a listen!

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Reel Talk Episode 12 – Movie Review Double Dip!

12 Years A Slave is a film that sees the worst of all possible human societies, built and sustained by systematic dehumanisation, through the impact of that society on those who live in it. Every character is so well-written that they might sustain a narrative on their own, and Steve McQueen, by bringing them together, builds a world where every detail, rather than being a piece of descriptive lore, is instead grounded in emotional human experience. Through 12 Years, the audience is brought to live within the minds of those subjected to slaver society, and witness how humanity struggles, sometimes rising, sometimes dying, but always oppressed by a mass opinion that denies its existence.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is, according to my friends who put themselves through it, a rough assemblage of blandly inspirational music videos. I have not seen it, so I cannot tell you what it is for certain. But, relying on the opinions of those I trust, it sounds like a mixture of crass commercialism and the bland insipidities that come from mimicking the form of moral philosophy, while not actually saying anything insightful.

…say what you like, our podcasts have variety. So take a listen!


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Review – The Fungi That Talk Softly

– An example of truly horrifying beauty

Fungal imagery lends itself very well to stories of obsession and madness. There is something fascinating and slightly hypnotic about the sight of gross decay, even when you only ‘see’ it with your mind. The Fungi That Talk Softly holds attention, gently, but firmly, without demanding that its words be consumed. It generates a black mood. Not a morbid one, for all that brightness drains out of the story as Rostislav Kazakchie descends into ever greater obsession with the mystical nature of fungus. Morbid is too lifeless a word for this reading experience, too grey, too final. ‘Fungal’ is a white word, a blooming word. It carries with it a sense of growth and life, though both are slow and seeping. The black mood is slothful, not hopeless and it is appropriate then that the fungi of the story take such pride in the softness of their speech. It is also appropriate that they are the basis of Rostislav’s madness, as madness is an upset of order, and fungi, blooms of eerie beauty amidst repellent decay, are a contradictory sight. Harry Markov understands the emotional impact of her imagery. He uses it well, weaving the vision into a well-paced account of a man obsessed with mould, and crafting a tale gross, yet attractive, gripping, yet gentle, and fascinated with the life amidst decay.


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