Episode 11: Split, The Good Place, and reaction to Oscar nominations

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Welcome to the 11th episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This week’s episode sees us look at a new release from box office phenomenon M. Night Shyamalan, a TV show from the creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the Oscar nominations.

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 – 02:13
Split: 02:14 – 26:53
Split (with spoilers): 26:54 –44:51
The Good Place: 44:52 – 1:01:47
The Good Place (with spoilers): 1:01:48 – 1:20:52
Oscar Nominations: 1:20:53 – 1:32:44
Wrap-Up: 1:32:35 – End

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

Split (2017) – M. Night Shyamalan

The kind of strange and ambitious fare that cinema-goers have come to expect from M. Night Shyamalan, Split leaves the audience mixed up in a kidnap by a central character who is said to have 23 split personalities.

Audacious and, more often not, misguided, Split delivers some of the stranger moments that James McAvoy is likely to ever record on screen while delivering a big twist that Shyamalan is known for (even if it comes after the film itself in this case).

The Good Place (2016) – Michael Schur

A new addition to the world of TV sitcoms arriving on NBC in late 2016 and returning after a break to conclude its debut season in recent weeks, The Good Place mixes an original concept and some familiar faces to create a show unlike anything you’ve likely seen before.

Created by network comedy genius Michael Schur, the show takes place in the afterlife where the idea of uniquely good and bad end destinations (see: heaven, hell) leads to a host of funny setups and surprising turns.

(NOTE: The Good Place has been renewed for a second season since the podcast was recorded)

This week’s episode wrapped up with talk of the Oscar nominations too.

Be sure to return next week when Hacksaw Ridge and Jackie will be up for discussion!

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