On the last day of the year it’s our last show of the year, in our newer, longer format. Which means more time for movie discussion! This week I review David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, which may finally bag Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, and Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.
On this week’s show we spend much of the show discussing Legend, Brian Helgeland’s new film about the notorious 60s gangsters, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, both portrayed fantastically by Tom Hardy. But we do find time for a quick mention of Chris Evans’ directorial debut, Before We Go, and the gay rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, I was again gushing about the greatness of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road on Radio 3’s Morning Brew last Friday. I have now seen the film twice (in both 2D and 3D) and it is most definitely the action film to beat this year.
On this week’s dispatch I get more than a little enthusiastic about George Miller’s return to his hugely influential dystopian action franchise with Mad Max: Fury Road, then Fernando talks about Ana Lily Amirpour’s Iranian vampire drama, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Before that, we get into one of our regular rambling chats about walking, working and finding work-life balance as a freelancer.
00:00 – Theme Music
00:46 – Introduction
01:09 – Revisiting Singapore and Urban Walking
06:10 – Walking, working and freelancing
24:19 – Review of Mad Max:Fury Road
49:55 – Review of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Dark
66:36 – Final Thoughts, End Notes and Outro Music
67:58 – Brief Review Of Kingsman:The Secret Service
We start by having a fun look back at the original Mad Max films, discussing their role in Australian cinematic and cultural history, before looking forward to the newest instalment, Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Then we lift the lid on one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated blockbusters, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and consider how things are going in the cinematic universe of director Michael Bay.
You can also read James’ full review of Transformers: Age Of Extinction here.