Unless you’ve been stranded in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you’ve probably heard that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a badass feminist action movie. It is that, and so much more. Strap yourselves in, and watch out for flame-throwing guitars.
The Barden Bellas are back, and it’s aca-awkward as they fall from greatness after a mishap on live TV. Beca is about to graduate, so acapella isn’t her first priority, while Chloe just can’t let go. Still, there’s the world championships to win, against the finely tuned Teutonic magnificence of Das Sound Machine.
And now for something completely different, we talk GIRLHOOD (BANDE DE FILLES), which recently screened as part of the French Film Festival. It’s a gritty, slice-of-life drama centred on a 16 year-old girl called Marieme, who lives in the tough outer suburbs of Paris.
Joss Whedon’s 2012 superhero team-up became an instant nerd classic upon its release, but we didn’t have a podcast back then. In celebration of our 100th episode, and the imminent release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we revisit one of our favourites to talk science bros, doritos and cognitive recalibration.
Margaret Keane was a talented artist with the misfortune to marry a con-man who took credit for her paintings. In Big Eyes, her story gets a loving and satisfying telling from Tim Burton in more subdued form.
The fast-driving, ‘splosion-loving gang are back for a seventh outing. It’s all fun and games and scientific improbabilities right up until it hits you in the feels. Universal’s superhero franchise is doing just fine.
It’s the second instalment of the Divergent series, and things don’t get better. It’s a cynical cash-grab movie adaptation of a cynical cash-grab book series, and not even a mostly great cast can overcome the dodgy source material.
Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn, the team behind Kick-Ass, re-team for this hyper-violent, mean-spirited homage to spy movies featuring image conscious secret agents shaken up by the introduction of a working class boy called Eggs.
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne act their hearts out in this biopic based on Jane Hawking’s not-so-flattering portrait of her former husband Stephen Hawking. While the movie is thinly-veiled Oscar bait (congratulations Eddie; we love you!), we think it’s lacking something.