Episode 4: Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals, trailers for Live by Night, La La Land

 

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Welcome to the fourth 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 – 02:16
  • Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie): 02:17 – 25:52
  • Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford): 25:53 – 1:12:36
    • Ending Interpretations (SPOILERS!): 51:48 – 1:04:55
  • Trailers
    • Live By Night (Ben Affleck): (1:04:56 – 1:21:34)
    • La La Land (Damien Chazelle): (1:21:35 – 1:35:34)
  • Wrap-Up: 1:35:35 – 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.

Hell Or High Water (2016) – David Mackenzie

A slow-burning western/heist movie that provides some of the biggest thrills of the year, David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water may be a surprise contender come awards season as an elegantly crafted story, compounded by beautiful visuals and knockout performances.

In the story of two brothers turned bank robbers (played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster) looking to make enough money to prevent foreclosure on their late mother’s house, the lines between good and bad are often blurred.

Funny, shocking and provocative in equal measure, Hell or High Water has something important to say about greed (both personal and institutional) and selfishness, all set against an unforgiving Texas backdrop. If that wasn’t enough, Jeff Bridges is on top form as the deputy trying to track down the bandits.

Nocturnal Animals (2016) – Tom Ford

The second feature film from renowned fashion director Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals acts as a dark, twisted and shocking tale of revenge and psychological warfare that constantly evokes memories of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock’s best work.

Walking a fine line in narratives within two worlds, we follow Susan (played by Amy Adams) as she deals with the superficial banality of her own life among the LA elites as an artist, against the stark contrast of a novel written by her ex-husband that has unexpectedly surfaced at her door.

As Susan falls deeper and deeper into the novel, we learn more about her past, and the parallels between both storylines become as clear as day. With great performances from the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals is a film that packs as much power as it does beauty (and horror). Whether you love it or hate it, it can’t be described as boring.
 

Trailers

Live By Night (2017) – Ben Affleck

The fourth directorial turn from Ben Affleck, Live by Night sees Batman return to the works of prolific Boston author Dennis Lehane for his latest adaptation. Set against the backdrop of prohibition, an all-star cast tells the story of those who danced from one side of the law to the other in order to get what they needed.

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

The highly anticipated follow-up to Whiplash from director Damien Chazelle, La La Land marks the return of the glossy, traditional Hollywood musical. Against the backdrop of an idyllic version of Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone respectively play a struggling musician and actress who were destined to fall in love. In other words, soak up the clichés and prepare to break out in song.

Make sure to check back with us next week for a Star Wars special where we’ll review Rogue One and talk about much more from the rest of the saga too.

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