Sunday, 24 January 2010

The Simon and Jo Show Podcast: 24/01/2010

Finally, Simon and Jo watch Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker' and discuss it. Then we rip apart the Golden Globes disastrous outcome and the potentially exciting outcomes of the BAFTAS. Finally, the Sundance Film Festival has started this week and we consider what it has to offer...

The music used is from 'The Hurt Locker' and is composed by Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders.


  1. Bangor Rep says the best 'Angry Dad' movie would be with the obvious choice of Robert De Niro! Why hasnt it been done yet?

    Just you watch, you heard it here first..

    Bangor Rep

  2. Rhys Bendix-Lewis25 January, 2010 22:52

    Hi guys,

    As usual a good podcast. A couple of comments: Firstly, despite the fact you talked about The Hurt Locker for a while, I still don't know what you really thought about it. You only seemed to compare it to Avatar and other award nominated films rather than the most important comparison -- to other war films. Reading between the lines of what you said, you both seemed a little disappointed by it. I am right?

    Secondly, I'm liking the news section in the front. However it seems unnecessary at the end of the show to talk about films coming out next week, when next week you'll talk about those films again. A quick summary would be good at the end of what's coming out, but nothing more than that as you'll just end up repeating yourselves.

    Finally, Jo, I'm working on my top 10 list and should have it together in a couple of weeks, once I've seen a couple more films I missed at the cinema.

  3. Yes, I can't wait to see the trailers for Angry Dad and mock it roundly. What an excellently terrible idea for a movie. Simplicity in advertising!

    The question about buying movies vs. waiting - I'll just say this: I've bought much worse films sight unseen than The Hurt Locker. Granted, it was for the equivalent of probably a pound or two and not 20, but if you really want to see it, and are relatively certain you're going to enjoy it/watch it again, I say go for it. If all else fails, eBay is your friend, as is re-gifting. ;)

    Woo - I heard my name. Bangor, since Simon and Jo weren't kind enough to share your Book of Eli thoughts, you'll just have to spill here instead...

  4. Urm, I think I’m commenting on the podcast from the week before but have recently done some podcast-catchup and thought I’d just comment on the most recent podcast as to not get bogged down in the past. I caught your discussion on the new Karate Kid; my initial impression after watching the trailer was the importance of the mythic subversion at play here as Mr Miyagi is no longer the cultural other in the US but rather, it is the American kid as the cultural other in China. It is precisely this kind of subtle mythic evolution that causes remakes to be worth it.

    This also leads me onto the Spider-Man reboot. There is little point. The Batman series yes, as the original series of films were in a distinctly pre-9/11 socio-cultural but the new series is the definitive post 9/11 superhero movie if not the definitive post 9/11 movie full stop. The current series of Spider-Man only just preceded the world changing event. If memory serves me correctly it was made before but released after as the trailer that contained the twin towers had to be scrapped completely. The new Spider-Man myth could have grown up along with the American consciousness in a post 9/11 world, making sense of itself – what a waste. Or on the other hand maybe it is evidence of the societal will to start things anew. Wiping the noughties from recollection, hmmm.


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