Bonus Episode 5: 2014 Oscars Recap

Bonus Episode 5: 2014 Oscars RecapYou probably haven’t heard this, but the Oscars happened. Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in. There were tears, laughter, selfies and Bill Murray. Listen to our scientific analysis here. Cos you can never have too much of rich, beautiful people falling over themselves to congratulate one another. FACT.

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Episode 66: Nebraska, All Is Lost

NebraskaIt’s time to BRING THE PAYNE! Alexander Payne’s latest Nebraska finally arrives and we take a road trip with the boys. The Robert Redford-on-a-boat movie All Is Lost gets a look in, as does everyone’s favourite multi-hyphenate Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon. We also find out what stuffy white people enjoyed in 1933 with Best Picture Winner: Cavalcade! You are not alone in never hearing of it. Listen! Stream! Subscribe!

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Dallas Buyers Club lacks the strength of its convictions

Dallas Buyers Club purports to tell the story of the homosexual community’s struggle with the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, but does so through the perspective of that oh-so-marketable demographic: the straight white male.

After being diagnosed with the AIDS virus and given 30 days to live, Ron Woodroof sets about acquiring any medicine he can that may help him, even drugs that were not legal to sell in the US in 1985. He soon sees a hole in the market that can be filled by members of the gay community stricken by the epidemic and establishes the Dallas Buyers Club.

The Academy will no doubt give themselves a collective pat on the back for recognising this film, as they did when they rewarded Tom Hanks for his ‘brave’ performance as a gay man in 1993’s Philadelphia. Another film which skirts around the issue at hand whilst refusing to completely engage with it. Continue reading →