Welcome to the 12th episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This week’s episode sees us look at two films generating some awards buzz in the run-up to the Oscars: Jackie and Hacksaw Ridge.
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!
Intro: 0:00 – 02:00
Jackie: 02:01 -35:57
Hacksaw Ridge: 35:58 – 1:18:06
Wrap-Up: 1:18:07 – End
Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subject of this week’s main segments.
Jackie (2016) – Pablo Larrain
Coming from acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain, Natalie Portman stars as the iconic Jackie Kennedy in a glossy, but unsettling biopic that has placed her toward the front of the Best Actress Oscar race.
Packed with excellent supporting turns, Jackie is still undoubtedly Portman’s film, as she gives a memorable portrayal of Kennedy in the days after JFK’s assasination.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) – Mel Gibson
The directorial return of Mel Gibson tackles a lesser known US hero from the Second World War. Pacifist Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, flies against all common convention of US war heroes but in his defiance and good-nature owns a deserved place among the greatest of all.
This story of a medic who refused to bear arms and still managed to save 75 soldiers in a particularly gruesome battle at Hacksaw Ridge is bolstered by impressive (and surprising) supporting performances, and some of the most horrific yet beautiful war scenes ever filmed.
Be sure to return next week when we discuss the films of John Carney
If you like what you see and hear, be sure to follow us on Soundcloud and on Twitter to get a further helping of Leftover Popcorn next week. Also, subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher to make sure you never miss an episode in the future.
Let us hear your thoughts and comments below!