Episode 1 – Arrival, Easy, Space Jam

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Welcome to the very first episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast!

Leftover Popcorn is a weekly podcast dedicated to the world of moving pictures. Co-hosts Adam McGee (that’s me) and Andrew Snyder share a passion for everything, both weird and wonderful, from the world of television and cinema, and as such they’ll be discussing an eclectic mix of topics in the weeks and months to come.

The podcast itself is built with a very simple structure, with the hosting duties shared, each episode will be built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments will rotate from week to week leaving discussion open to new releases in film and or TV, classics from both the big and small screen, broader discussions on influential figures and their work, previews of upcoming releases, and more.

Each segment is named after a quote from a movie or TV show that will feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully they will all become familiar to you in time.

Anyway, that’s enough of an overview, let’s move on to what we have in store for you this week.

Running Order:

  • Intro: 0:00 – 06:45
  • “That’s So Fetch” – Arrival: (06:46 – 50:27)
  • “Sell The Sizzle” – Easy: (50:28 – 1:17:44)
  • “We Have To Go Back!” – Space Jam: (1:17:45 – 1:52:12)
  • Wrap-Up: 1:52:13 – End

Warning: This podcast includes spoilers!

Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subjects of this week’s three main segments.

Arrival (2016) – Denis Villeneuve

Arrival marks Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s return following the success of his 2015 film, Sicario, and promises to be no less popular than its predecessor.

Having managed to walk the tightrope between critical and commercial success with his recent efforts, Villeneuve showed little fear in changing to an entirely new genre to adapt Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life.

Still, even working within what initially appear to be the relatively standard parameters of sci-fi, Villeneuve finds a way to produce a story that is both cerebral and thrilling for the audience. With standout performances from Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, boosted by strong supporting turns from the likes of Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, this acts as much more than the tried and tested first contact story that many less talented collaborators would have created.

Instead, Arrival is a film grounded in human emotion that provides reason to resonate with everyone who watches it.

Easy (2016) – Joe Swanberg

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Love, Master of None and Flaked, Easy is just the latest in a series of intriguing Netflix produced comedy-drama series that have managed to stand out over the past 12 months.

Although those aforementioned shows stood out in terms of on and off screen talent in their own right, it doesn’t seem unfair to say that none can boast the pedigree of those involved in Easy.

The brainchild of mumblecore stalwart Joe Swanberg, who wrote and directed all eight episodes, Easy shines a light on the city of Chicago and the nature of the relationships of many of those who live there.

With each episode acting as something close to a standalone vignette, recognizable names and faces such as Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Emily Ratajkowski, Dave Franco and Jake Johnson, come together to tell stories focusing on the intricacies of every day communication with the ones we love most.

Funny, touching and thought provoking in equal measure.

Space Jam (1996) – Joe Pytka

Having started out as little more than a studio’s attempts to capitalize on a successful SuperBowl commercial that featured the most famous athlete and cartoon character on the planet, Space Jam has emerged as something of a cult classic as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release in the past week.

Although it found and maintained a captive audience, all these years later, what is Space Jam as a movie, though?

Is it only still relevant for purposes of nostalgia, or is there something surprisingly more important at the heart of it?

We revisit Michael Jordan’s encounter with the Looney Tunes to identify what made it important at a time of change for animation, reflect on how its writing is better and funnier than you likely even imagine and, of course, to admire some inspired casting decisions. Add one of the best soundtracks of the 1990s into the mix too, and it’s not so hard to realize what made it one of the more surprising studio successes of its time.

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