Month: October 2011

Ep 41 Misfits Season 3 premiere and QandA with Cast and Creators at BFI

One of the very best British things around right now, Channel 4‘s Misfits makes a welcome return to E4.  Asim and Martin were fortunate enough to see a preview screening of the first episode from season 3, at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

Not only a preview screening, but an intro from the producer, plus Q&A with creator Howard Overman and cast members AND a sneak peak trailer for episode 2.  Joining Howard Overman on stage were Lauren Socha (Kelly ), Iwan Rheon (Simon), Nathan Stewart-Jarret & Robert Sheehan replacement, Joseph Gilgun (Rudy).  Ahead of the Q&A the audience was told “whatever you ask, just make sure it’s not about what superpower we’d like to have if we could choose one!”  The cast must get this question so often it’s like an IV drip.

Season 3 opens with the gang almost all back together and with new powers.  Nathan, we are told is “in Las Vegas” and we are left to really get to know the replacement, Rudy, played absolutely perfectly, by Joseph Gilgun.  Sadly Robert, Rudy’s character is fantastic and we’re just not going to miss Nathan at all!

Without divulging too much, the show’s a cracker – slightly-comical death and sexual return to our screens – and by the time we’ve been introduced to Rudy’s new character the gang are back doing community service in the safe hands of the same probabtion officer from the previous episodes.

Set your Tivo for 10pm Sundays on E4 and find out who the real Heroes are.

Beware: The Episode contains spoilers as usual.


@martincawley

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Ep 40 Pan Am TV Show Bonus Episode

Upod goes flying for its next podcast; a one-off special with guest reviewer Reena Mumbai, aka Mumbai Mango from twomanoges.com or @r2the from twitter (you can also catch her on her blog at Reena.Me)

Unfortunately, this episode comes with a warning of some turbulence so you’ll have to fasten your ears into their seatbelts for some bumpy audio.

The latest US show to ape the look and feel of the early sixties, Pan-Am focuses on the airline of the day: Pan American world Airways.  In the decade when business class was economy and first class was first class the show seeks to blend a bit of women’s liberation with cold war espionage.  All the while looking supremely glossy.

Produced by Sony TV and aired by ABC in the US, Pan-Am has some heavyweight names attached to it: writer Jack Orman of ER fame and director Thomas Schlamme of The West Wing behind the scenes, and Christina Ricci (’nuff said) and Margot Robbie from, erm, Aussie soap Neighbours.

So is it worth paying the airfare?  We flew Pan-Am for 2 to 3 episodes so you can find out and episode 6 airs this Sunday.  Wait, how did I get this far and not mention Mad Men?

Listen to the podcast below!

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Ep 39 Part 2 Recent- Bodyguard, MBKD, Force, Mausam- and Upcoming Releases in Bollywood (Ra.One vs Don2) with FilmiGirl

Part 2 of our massive Episode 39 and of course we can’t have Filmigirl as a guest and not dedicate a whole episode on Bollywood!

Put your Snark Helmet as Filmigirl and Asim take a swing and dissect the late summer and early fall releases of this year.

Starting with one of the biggest hits of the year Bodyguard, we ask the question did it deserve it’s success? We quickly takie a detour to find Mere Brother Ki Dulhan– the movie where the hero is actually the heroine and will there ever be an serum invented to protect audiences from Ali Zafar‘s infectious charm?

Father and Song duo put everything they had into Mausam but what the hell went wrong with that movie (or did it even?) and  is John Abraham after his recent success a Force to be reckoned with  or did Vidyut Jamwal run away with the accolades?

We finish off with what else is there to look forward to? Rockstar? Desi Boys? Or will it only be about Ra.One vs Don2? We finally come clean about our issues with ShahRukh Khan, so if you ever wanted to hear what we really feel, listen to the episode below!

 

Of course we would love to hear form you so please do leave a comment!

For more of FilmiGirl, you can check out her blog or catch her on twitter!

@asimburney

 

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Ep 39 pt1 Red State, Drive, Homeland, The Good wife, Archer, Super, SuperHeroes

This episode is in 2 parts due to it’s massive nature! Part 2 we only talk Bollywood!

I just don’t get it.  It’s like Upod just stashes a load of great stuff away, keeping all of the good stuff for bumper episodes.  Our latest show covers music, movies and TV…and what’s more, we even bring you a guest to enlighten us and show us the error of our ways.

 

Martin talks about some new music courtesy of AdultSwim & ScionAV.  A compilation featuring artists and producers such as Kode9, Burial and a boatload more, Unclassified is a must for anyone interested in bass music and can be downloaded for free, here.

 

Obviously, references to comic books / superheroes are never far from Upod and we talk about two films that look at both sides of the coin: documentary Superheroes, which takes a look at the rise of the real life superhero and Super, Rainn Wilson‘s new movie about an ordinary guy who becomes a superhero.

 

Personally, I think most superheroes would meet their match if they ever met Archer, the obnoxious super-spy who has returned to our screens for a 3rd series.  After this, we debate the finer points of The Good Wife and something new, starring Claire Danes: Homeland.  Keeping the British end up is Damian Lewis, so fingers crossed he hasn’t been cast as the bad guy.

 

To wrap up with, we talk about the good stuff from Kevin Smith – Red State – and from Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive.  A return to form from the director who brought us Chasing Amy, Clerks and Dogma?  You’ll need to listen to find out, but I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that there are no such questions to be answered about Drive – it’s a quality effort indeed.  That said, are all of those people who REALLY want one of those jackets going to be thinking a quilted, silk bomber jacket with a golden scorpion on the back, is cool in say 7 ½ months time?

Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comment section below!

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Azaan Preview

I’ ve been quite intrigued with Azaan since I first came across the trailer but been so busy lately that didn’t have the chance to post it, we havent been able to review the latest Bollywood releases either but will be releasing a podcast where we catch up and talk about Bodyguard, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Force and all the forthcoming releases with Bollywood diva and great buddy of ours FilmiGirl. Keep your eyes out for that episode or subscribe to iTunes so you dont miss any episodes of Upodcast which are frankly pretty amazing.

So tomorrow sees the release of Azaan, the Indian International espionage thriller by new comer Sachin Joshi and ad filmmaker Prashant Chadha ;who previously directed Aap Ka Suroor with Himesh Reshamiya avec casquette , but we shouldnt hold that against him (or should we?). I was quite reluctant as commercial directors making a movie just make everything kinda look the same, very slick and clean where as a spy thriller needs a bit of dirt and grime in my mind.

Although surrounded by controvery in India at the moment, but then again isnt every other movie release surrounded by some sort of controvery? It’s seems to be part of the marketing mix now. Maybe mixing religious iconography, lyrics and playboy bikini models might not have been the best way to do things? But when you are a business tycoon financing your own debut, who is anyone to say what you should or shouldn’t do?

I do appreciate the fact that Sachin Joshi is going for a non conventional movie debut and the spy thriller hasnt been seen too much in Bollywood except those few horrible movies Mani Shankar made a few years ago and I imagine Saif Ali Khan‘s next release Agent Vinod is going to be in the same mould.

Azaan’s also been shot in a gajillion countries which might be a double edges sword as almost no indian director has ever been able to succesfully direct a non indian cast, you can quote me on that.

The soundtrack of the movie is pretty amazing too with Rahat Ali Khan and quite a few other big names, I’ve added some tracks I liked and some stills from the movie after the trailer.

The subject does make me nervous and I hope they handle it with some sensitivity but can it really be any worse than Ajay Devgan’s- The Rock remake- Zameen City Under Threat. And I do hope that although inspired by the Bourne Series, that the director is able to hold the camera still so we can see the action.

Here is the synopsis from the press release:


Synopsis: ‘Aazaan Khan’ (Sachiin J Joshi) – a young, upright army officer working for RAW (India’s Research and Analysis Wing) with a mixed lineage of Afghan and Indian parents, as part of his duties, gets drawn in to the murky world of espionage only to find his younger brother a suspected terrorist. Torn between his love for his country and his brother, Aazaan embarks on his mission of unravelling a conspiracy of science and technology, which turns uglier when he realises that it stands to threaten the 1.2 billion population of one of the largest developing nations in the world – India. What unfolds is a fast paced story of one man’s determination to save his country against all odds of human defiance. Strengthening him in achieving his mission is his relationship with Afreen – a beautiful Moroccan girl who grounds him with human love and emotion to help him reach his goal.

A harsh and hard-hitting portrayal of an issue that continues to plague the modern world, ‘Aazaan’ is a captivating story that delves into the global issue of terror, presented on screen by one of the key influencers among the new generation of pioneering Indian filmmakers, Prashant Chadha. Touted to be Bollywood’s biggest espionage thriller ever, ‘Aazaan’ is set in one of the world’s now top five economies, India, but travels to international territories as far afield as Germany, Morocco, France, Poland, Thailand, China and South Africa, highlighting how a single seed of hatred can spread so rapidly across the world.

 

Here is the trailer:

 

The Awesome Rahat Ali Khan:

 

 

Azaan releases tomorrow in UK theatres.

 

There’s quite a few goodies on their website and Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know if you are looking forward to Azaan in the comment section below.

 

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Avengers Trailer!

I won’t waste too much words as I’m sure most of you will skip and jump to the trailer anyway. A movie we have been waiting for probably since the first Iron Man came out and we had that awesome Samuel L Jackson Cameo. The trailer has just debuted online and clealy Robert Downey Jr has the best lines from the rest of the gang, I think I he pwned Cap and Hulk.

The movie releases next year but here is the first proper trailer! (4th of May in the UK)

 

Are you excited as we are?

The Avengers is directed by Josh Whedon and stars

Chris Hemsworth
Scarlett Johansson
Chris Evans
Jeremy Renner
Robert Downey Jr.
Cobie Smulders
Tom Hiddleston
Samuel L. Jackson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Mark Ruffalo
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All the influences in the Matrix- Everything is a Remix

We’ve featured the work of video artists Kirby Ferguson’s and editor Rob G Wilson before in the post for Episode 31 (remakes, adaptations and straight lifts in Bollywood)  where he dissected all the influences of Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill.

This time they are back with another video showing us where all the juice from the first Matrix movie comes from the still respected chapter from the much maligned Wachowski’s Sci Fi Trilogy.

Everything is a remix is an ongoing project and tha artist use crowdsourcing to get these videos made, which makes them even more awesome.

The influences from the Matrix were always clear to anyone who was aware of martial arts movies and japanese Anime but seeing a shot by shot comparision is still amazing.

 

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

 

Let us know what you thought of the video in the comment section below and here is a list of all the films:

FILMS:
0:27 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:38 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:44 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:48 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:53 – Drunken Master (1978)
1:02 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:09 – The Killer (1989)
1:19 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:21 – Iron Monkey (1993)
1:31 – Once Upon A Time In China (1991)
1:36 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:41 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
1:45 – Philip K. Dick Speech (youtube.com/​watch?v=jXeVgEs4sOo&feature=related) (1977)
2:18 – Strange Days (1995)
2:24 – Akira (1988)
2:30 – Total Recall (1990)
3:24 – Alice In Wonderland (1951)
3:42 – The Killer (1989)
3:53 – A Better Tomorrow (1986)
4:05 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)
4:32 – Akira (1998)
4:39 – Koyannisqatsi (1982)
4:49 – Dr. Who: The Deadly Assassin (1976)
5:10 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)

 

you can find more on by going to their awesome blog

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The Empire Strikes Back as a Silent Movie

I know you’re supposed to hate George Lucas for raping our collective childhood by making the Ewoks blink and other such nonsense but unfortunately I can’t do that. I still love the Star Wars trilogy and maybe don’t even hate the prequels as much as everyone else did. You are very much welcome  revoke my geek membership.

Since it’s a slow news day I thought I would post this clip of one of the most epic scenes in film history, as a silent movie.

It still works amazingly well and doesn’t it want to revisit the trilogy?

You can see a lot of George Lucas’ influences a lot clearer when watching it in black and white.

Source: OpenCulture

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Ep 38 RDB Interview with Kuly for Sheera Di Kaum

We had a chance to speak with Kuly, one third of the biggest Bhangra band of the moment RDB or Rhythm Bhangra Dhol known for their massive songs, international collaborations with acclaimed rappers like Snoop Dogg and Ludacris and their total domination of the Bollywood charts since working with Akshay Kumar on movies like Namaste London, Singh Is King, Kambakth Ishq and now Speedy Singhs/Breakaway.

Now Upodcast is not well versed in music ( unlike or friends The CurrySmugglers who are back with an amazing season!) but we had a chance to ask some interesting questions about the state of bhangra, the new found international audience and some behind the scenes gossip on how the industry works.

Above all Kuly was a very nice guy to speak with and although he was in the backseat of a car, he really took the time to answer all of our questions.

It’s a fun listen, check it out below and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

Here are some of the tracks RDB is famous for

You can find more info on their website and also their forthcoming album WorldWide.

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