Episode 3: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Edge of Seventeen, and the Coen Brothers

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Welcome to the third 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 – 02:45
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (David Yates): 02:46 – 33:46
  • The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig): 33:47 – 0:56:34
  • Favorite Coen Brothers films:  0:56:35 – 1:40:19
    • The Big Lebowski: 1:04:28 – 1:18:50
    • A Serious Man: 1:18:51 – 1:37:59
  • Wrap-Up: 1:40:20 – 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.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – David Yates

As the Harry Potter universe has become a key feature of theme parks around the world, and recently expanded into the world of theater, it was inevitable that the world of wizarding would make its big screen return sooner or later.

It arrives in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a script adapted by J.K. Rowling from her book of the same name. Directed by David Yates, veteran of the Potter world, it tells the story of Newt Scamander, an English wizard in New York in the 1920s.

With a cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Catherine Waterston and an A-lister who we won’t mention to avoid a major spoiler, Fantastic Beasts comes with the trademark Harry Potter sheen to it. But is there enough here to justify the multiple sequels that have already been green-lit?

The Edge of Seventeen (2016) – Kelly Fremon Craig

Having broken out as a 13-year-old playing the endearing Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld has now reached the point in time where she’s starring in high school, coming-of-age films. If that’s even what The Edge of Seventeen is.

Written and directed as the first feature film from Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen is razor sharp in places, crude and dripping with authentic dialog, even if some of the characters seem completely unrelatable.

Woody Harrelson steals the show as a sarcastic, quick-witted high school English teacher, in a film that has a lot more to say than it probably even realizes. Not your standard moody-teenager fare, as bigger issues boil over throughout the story.

Joel and Ethan Coen

BRITAIN PREMIERE

From distinctive voices of a quirky independent film movement in the U.S. through the late 80s and 90s, to the freedom and finances that are now afforded to them, Joel and Ethan Coen never fail to be anything other than some of the most fascinating filmmakers around.

With a back catalog packed with classics, what do Andrew and I see as our favorite Coen Brothers films, though?

Andrew’s Pick: The Big Lebowski (1998)

Starring Jeff Bridges as the legendary “Dude”, The Big Lebowski mixes all of the best elements of screwball, stoner comedies and classic crime capers to make a film that stands out to this very day. Boasting an insanely talented cast and some of the most quotable moments of recent cinema history, Lebowski is a cult classic.

Adam’s Pick: A Serious Man (2009)

Perhaps, one of the Coens’ lesser known films, A Serious Man is also the pair’s most personal. Asking questions about Judaism, superstition and mysticism against the backdrop of the struggles and compromises of suburban middle America, A Serious Man is often hilariously funny and constantly thought provoking.

Don’t believe me? Let the rabbi tell you a story about the Goy’s teeth.

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