If I lived in London, and were capable of working in a cinema without having an existential crisis or eventually hating movies, I would want to work at the Picturehouse Central. I was first introduced to it this time last year, and immediately went on about just how taken I was by the venue in that day’s article, but it bears repeating, since I fell in love all over again yesterday when I turned up for the day’s screenings. Multiplexes are all largely-samey corporatized efficiency-machines, designed to put the film in front of your eyes in as impersonal and cost-effective way as is humanly-possible, whilst the (very) few independent-ish cinemas in my nearby (50-mile radius) area try their best to replicate that multiplex feel because they don’t have the budget available to do anything else.
Welcome to this week’s episode of the Failed Critics Podcast, with your hosts … erm … Stan? Stuart? Stephen? Steve, Steve Norman, that’s the fella, and Owen Hopkins– I mean, Hughes. They’re joined by Andrew Brooker to review, look at, discuss, scratch their heads and generally mull over the latest Fox-driven superhero movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Before all of that, the trio run through the latest film news to cross their paths; namely the trailers for Ghostbusters (and why it might be OK to not like it), Star Trek Beyond, The Purge: Election Year and Independence Day: Resurgence. There’s also room for a discussion about Nicolas Winding Refn’s plans to remake Witchfinder General, as well as an astonished glance towards the impressive cast list of Thor: Ragnarok, boasting the likes of Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum.
As ever, the ongoing, never ending quiz battle between Owen and Steve rages on, this week pitting the latter against Brooker as they try to work out which X-Men names are real and which Owen has simply made up. In What We’ve Been Watching: Steve revisits a the first and the most recent of the X-Men movies prior to his trip to see Apocalypse; Brooker MC’s over Magic Mike XXL; and Owen gushes over cult zombie classic The Return of the Living Dead.
Join us again next week for a special movie-star triple bill episode.
It lasts for hours, is achingly smug and self satisfied, and features drunk people making fools of themselves. But enough about the Failed Critics Podcast – this week we’re talking about the Oscars. Who deserved it, who can count themselves very lucky, and should any of us even care?
We’ll also be offering our advice to the Academy on how to fix the Oscars (as in mend it, not ensure that tripe like Crash never wins again), and even find time to review the new Liam Neeson film, Non-Stop.
We’re back next week at the normal time with reviews of Grand Budapest Hotel and 300: Rise of an Empire.
We review the outrageous new Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, the outrageously boring Runner Runner, and outrageously only spend a few moments on Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. James also talks about his love of the ‘body-swap comedy’ genre. Owen and Steve try to argue that no such genre exists.
Don’t get used to this breakneck pace though, as we’ll be back to our chin-strokingly epic lengths next week with our reviews of The Fifth Estate and Machete Kills.