Episode 21: Shane Carruth – Primer, Upstream Color


Welcome to the 21st episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This week’s episode sees us discuss the films of independent filmmaker Shane Carruth.

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 – 02:02
The Cinema of Shane Carruth: 02:03 – 11:02
Primer: 11:03 – 52:54
Upstream Color: 52:55 – 1:25:31
Wrap-Up: 1:25:32 – End

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

Primer (2004) – Shane Carruth

Carruth’s debut film which was made with a skeleton cast and crew on a budget of $7,000, Primer tackles the most high concept subject matter with an effective, minimalist aesthetic.

The film centers around two entrepreneurs and inventors who accidentally discover time travel, and looks at how quickly their discovery and the ethical obligations it creates spirals out of their control.

Upstream Color (2013) – Shane Carruth

Nine years later, Carruth returned with a glossier look to his work, and a dreamlike quality that complemented the existential nature of his new film.

Upstream Color is an exploration of the cyclical nature of existence, the idea of a greater power, inter-connectedness and shared experience, all told through the prism of worms, humans, pigs and orchids.

Be sure to return next week when we’ll talk about HBO’s Big Little Lies, and some new trailers including Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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