Episode 10: La La Land, Manchester By The Sea


Welcome to the 10th episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This week’s episode is a particularly special one as we talk about two very special films, that are understandably generating a lot of awards buzz.

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.

Warning: This podcast contains spoilers!

Running Order:

Intro: 0:00 – 02:49
La La Land: 02:50 – 35:23
La La Land (with spoilers): 35:24 – 1:08:04
Manchester By The Sea: 1:08:05 – 1:20:39
Manchester By The Sea (with spoilers): 1:20:40 – 1:46:34
Wrap-Up: 1:46:35 – End

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

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

A sweeping, epic musical of the likes Hollywood hasn’t seen in decades, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land mixes classic elements with a very contemporary story about two young dreamers trying to realize their ambitions in Los Angeles.

Anchored by strong performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, striking visuals, elaborate set-pieces and genuine emotional nuance; its 14 Oscar nominations arrived as no real surprise.

Manchester By The Sea (2016) – Kenneth Lonergan

A film that can’t be compared to La La Land in terms of practical scale, Manchester By The Sea certainly matches or surpasses it with an emotional punch. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, Casey Affleck stars as a man whose life is turned upside down after the death of his brother, and is forced to confront his demons upon returning to his former hometown to care for his nephew.

Startlingly authentic in its portrayal of grief and the kind of interactions that are a staple of such difficult times, Manchester By The Sea also possesses a remarkable humor, and boasts some of the best performances of recent years from the powerhouse trio of Affleck, Michelle Williams and relative newcomer Lucas Hedges.

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