Episode 2: Rocky, Black Mirror, trailers for Silence, Jackie, and Ghost in the Shell

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Welcome to the second 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 we’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 is built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments 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 feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully will 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 – 02:27
  • Rocky (John G. Avildsen): 02:28 – 35:45
  • Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker): 35:46 – 1:04:22
  • Jackie [trailer] (Pablo Larrain) 1:04:23 – 1:12:58
  • Ghost in the Shell [trailer] (Rupert Sanders) 1:12:59 – 1:20:03
  • Silence [trailer] (Martin Scorsese) 1:20:04 – 1:29:04
  • Wrap-Up: 1:29:05 – 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 main segments.

Rocky (1976) – John G. Avildsen

Forty years after its premiere, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky remains one of the most loved films in modern Hollywood history.

A film that many feels captures the quintessential appeal of the underdog and the American dream better than most in the time since, it acts as a testament to the outsider, with not just the story on screen but the history of the film’s genesis too.

As a bumbling, but loveable oaf, Stallone made himself a star and won the hearts of cinema-goers across the world, but how does Rocky hold up four decades on?

While many of Rocky‘s standout moments remain just as enthralling and uplifting as ever, there’s also a seedier undertone to the world in which its set and the characters who inhabit it. We assessed all that’s good and bad about one of the most notable sports films of all-time, and what makes it still worth talking about all these years later.

Black Mirror (2016) – Charlie Brooker

A satirical exploration of technology’s increasingly pervasive role in modern life, anthology series Black Mirror first arrived to thrill and disgust British TV audiences in 2011.

Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror features a mix of vignettes set in different times and places, often including recognizable faces or made by notable directors, that highlight the increasing reliance people have on technology, and the resulting lack of control that creates.

Ranging from touching to macabre, the series has shown a great range of emotions and styles in its run to date. Becoming a Netflix original production for its third series, suddenly, the stories are more polished than ever too.

We give a brief overview of the show overall, before diving into two of our favorite episodes from season three.

Jackie (2016) – Pablo Larrain

For the Hollywood system’s endless regurgitation of the JFK assassination over the years, a closer look at the first lady of that time has remained a strangely untapped focus. That’s all about to change though, as in Jackie, Chilean director Pablo Larrain tackles the story of the legendary Jackie Kennedy in the days after her husband’s assassination. Natalie Portman stars in the titular role.

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Rupert Sanders

Something of a media phenomenon in Asia, Ghost in the Shell started out as a manga before eventually developing into an acclaimed anime classic released in 1995. Unsurprisingly, the time has come for Ghost in the Shell to get the Hollywood remake treatment. Rupert Sanders is at the helm, while Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyborg protector of the peace.

Silence (2016) – Martin Scorsese

Talked about and highly anticipated for the best part of the last 20 years, Silence, a passion project from the legendary Martin Scorsese is finally ready to see the day of light. Starring Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield as Jesuit priests who are forced to track down a colleague of waning faith, played by Liam Neeson, in 17th century Japan, will it prove to be worth the wait?

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