Back in the chair for Upod we have a varied episode, covering a multitude of films.
Heavy duty stuff to begin with as Asim and Martin have been watching documentaries. Utopia, the latest from John Pilger, takes its name from a region of Australia’s Northern Territories. Home to many aborigines the reality is that Utopia is far from being that for the indigenous population and in the eyes of the film maker, is proof that apartheid is sadly alive in a modern, prosperous, 21st century democracy. The good vibes continue with Martin’s documentary, How to Survive a Plague. It tells the story of how the gay community in New York fought back against the lack of HIV & AIDS healthcare provision in the face of people dying in their droves. How to Survive a Plague is notable not only for the story it tells, but also for its almost exclusive use of archive and library footage. Two absolutely affecting films that are well worth watching.
Lightening the mood somewhat, we then talk about the two current sequel movies – Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2. No, of course they won’t be up for Oscars but bloody hell they are good fun and perhaps more importantly, build on the first instalments. Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be difficult to better the first Hunger Games.
The main event and provided by someone close to Upod’s hearts, is Clear History. The HBO produced and Larry David written movie takes us into familiar Larry territory, but is there more to this than an extended episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm? We talk you through most, but not all of the huge cast (Michael Keaton, where have you been all these years?) and a few of the gags. The transition from the small to the big screen is not easy pull off, but if anyone can accept the challenge, it’s of course Larry David…looking like a cross between a hippy and a caveman.