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The Other Woman: An Unlikely Trio featurette

Bringing together a very promising cast of Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka the King Slayer) and actor- writer- director Nic Cassavetes, The Other Woman might just be one of those movies that rises above the formulaic studio comedy by just having awesomely likeable people on screen.

 

The Other Woman is in UK Theaters, the 23rd of April.

 

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New Gravity Poster for Imax

I feel I haven’t professed my love enough for Gravity probably because when I got around to actually watching it, it was already in the last days of it’s theatrical run, and it seemed that I wouldn’t have anything else to add to the all round acclaim the movie has received.

Now that it’s been nomimated for a ton of academy awards and has a new run in Imax theatres, the producers have come up with a new poster  which looks pretty cool, it does have a bit of a nod to Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey but then again so does the movie.

Since opening in October 2013, the film has become the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013, both domestically and globally. It’s also the 3rd most popular IMAX DMR® film of all time worldwide.

Defintley worth another rewatch in Imax, if you can get your hands on some tickets!

 

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Sherlock Season 3 and American Hustle Review Upodcast

The game is on..!  Upodcast returns for 2014 with a TV and movie doubleheader.  First up we celebrate the return of Sherlock to our screens.  The long overdue (in our opinion) resolution of the “how did he die but live?” question was so tantalising, more than 9 million Brits tuned-in to the first episode of the 3rd series.  To be fair, both the leads have been off being hobits and Julian Assange so we can excuse the wait, but what of the rest?  We’ll talk you through the last 3 episodes, highs and lows alike and give a little glimpse into the future for those who couldn’t watch the final episode.

Moviewise and making its way to an awards ceremony near you, right now, we have American Hustle.  On the face of it, this has winner written all over it.  Late 70s aesthetic – check, brilliant extended cast – check, based on real-life events – check, story of corruption, betrayal & redemption – check.  So does it deliver?  It does indeed, although not without its flaws.  Let us guide you through one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2014.  Upod sort of doesn’t do the Oscars if we’re honest, but we can see American Hustle in a 1-on-1 fight with 12 Years a Slave for the Best Film award this year.  And if you’ve ever wondered what Batman with a beer-belly and a very creative comb-over looks like, then the opening scene won’t disappoint.

Listen/download the episode below or subscribe to iTunes and never miss a show

 

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Beat Girl Review

Releasing this week is the movie adaptation of Beat Girl a novel by Jasmine Kallay, about young Heather Jennings (played by Louise Dylan known to some form BBC’s Jane Austin’s Emma) who after the passing of her mother has to move in with her father and step- brother who she really doesn’t know or have any stable relationship with. She wants to earn a scholarship to Juliard as she’s quite the piano prodigy but along the way stumbles into underground Dj’ing and is torn between what she thought she wanted and the new enticing world that has opened up to her.

Beat Girl is an British independent feature produced by beActive but what’s interesting is that it’s simultaneously being released as a book, game, web series and of course the movie itself. We always want to support new initiatives and release strategies even though the target audience of the movie is women between 18 -35.

 

Or at least that’s what’s intended; unfortunately the real audience is probably a bit younger.

Struggling with a small budget and a very young cast, Beat Girl has its heart in the right place and delivers a few earnest performances especially from Louise Dylan and Percell Ascot (playing her younger brother). That was the main story line that I connected with most and I appreciated how casually a multi race family issue was dealt with. Unfortunately that story line gets side tracked by a romantic plot with Craig Daniels (playing Toby, the DJ Yoda), which lacks any semblance of chemistry.

The overall story of Heather being stuck between being a classical pianist or a DJ is just half baked and never really makes the viewer believe she has the skill or drive to be either.

The direction, cinematography and music are at the level of a day time soap or a TV movie for young teens that lack any sense of irony, I just don’t know if those teens exist, as I doubt people like Heather or Craig do either.

 

Although it has it’s heart in the right place, and an innovative way of releasing a project but unfortunately Beat Girl just misses the beat.

 

@asimburney

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LFF 2012: Dreams for sale / Yume Uru Futari

Their dreams are for sale

A young and in-love couple Kanya (Sadawo Abe) and Satoko (Takako Matsu) see their restaurant burn down in an accident and their savings are wiped out by a compensation claim. Not knowing where to turn or what to do. Kanya has a drunken one-night stand with a woman he meets on the subway, and emerges from it with a cash windfall. Once she’s able to forgive her husband, Satoko sees a solution: she pushes Kanya into feigning marriage proposals to a series of vulnerable women, fuelling them with hard-luck stories which persuade them to part with their savings…

First off, I really liked this film. Not having seen any of Miwa Nishikawa’s other 3 movies I can’t say where this one ranks, but it makes me want to watch them. Gentle accoustic guitar accompanies the opening shots, showing domestic bliss, boredom and banalities. This shot is echoed much later in the film once the whole episode has unfolded and played out. If like me you look at the scenario above and think “bloody hell, this cannot possibly work out well” then you’d be right. And you’d also be wrong.

Dreams for sale addresses themes of love, marriage, revenge, growing up, what it means to be in a relationship and how easy it is to be hurt by someone, especially when you love them – and with much skill. I will put this down to great performances from Sadawo Abe and Takaku Matsu, in conjunction with a great script. There are some seriously telling lines and scenes. Sadawo brings so much to Kanya’s character; moments of joy, comedy, terror, helplessness and slapstick (literally). And with Satako, Matsu shows us cunning, loyalty, despair, leadership and forgiveness. At the heart of the movie however is love between the couple and no matter what the hair-brained, ill-thought schemes, both Sato and Kanya are clearly in love with one another, despite a couple of wobbles along the way.

As the film draws to a close and the inevitable conclusion of their fraud is revealed, yet more sacrifice is required to save their relationship. I can’t really say much more than that without spoiling the thing – just trust me. With a running time of 137 minutes, this doesn’t technically qualify as a gem of a film and if I was being harsh I’d say a few minutes less would serve it well…but that is being picky. It’s set at pretty much a perfect pace and it suits the character of the film. Not one for switching-off to, but wonderful in any case, it left me feeling just a little bit heart broken.

Director-Screenwriter Miwa Nishikawa
Producer Kayo Yoshida, Matsuda Hiroko, Nishikawa Asako
With Sadawo Abe, Takako Matsu, Lena Tanaka
Japan 2012
137 mins

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Community Returns Trailer

If there is a somber gloom over our faces recently, it’s because one of our favorite shows, NBC’s Community, had been put on hiatus before Xmas. With it’s uncertain future dangling between the fingers of US corporate overlords twitter prayers and online campaigns were being started everywhere with the “Six Seasons and A Movie” Battle Cry being heard in every corner of the interwebz. But we can all take a sigh of relieve as the hiatus is coming to an end and Community fans are rallying to get newbies to watch the show.

The Trailer is frankly amazing and made me laugh more than anything since Community left our screens and just re-inforced why I love this show so much. And show creator, Dan Harmon,  mentioned that it was a different experience writing and shooting the episodes in a bubble disconnected with the rest of the world and getting constant feedback from the fans that love the show. Looking at some of the shots in the trailer, we can see that the team has gone all out.

 

Community is back on screens March 15th and get your friends and family to watch it, bribe them , annoy them, blackmail them, I don’care, just do it!

#SixSeasonsAndAMovie

@asimburney

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Green Lantern for Newbies

 

One of the major reasons it can be daunting for casual comic book fans to get back into comics or start reading a new character is just the ton of back story and continuity you have to be aware of. Honestly that´s one for the reasons I havent´t gotten back into the Flash even though I hear Geoff Jons has done some great work with the character.

Since there are more and more superhero movies releasing, viewers could end up with the same problem. Some know Superman, some know Batman, but not everyone might know the ins and outs of Green Lantern. So in anticipation of the upcoming movie release Warner Bros. has released a video  for Newbies. Giving us the low down of the characters, the superpowers and what makes the Lantern corp so special.

For fans there are quite a few shots from the movie nothing you havent already seen in the trailer but always interesting to see how they adapted a lof of the sometimes hard to grasp concept.

For the ladies (and some fellas) I guess there is quite a bit of Ryan Reynolds so still worth a watch. And better to be prepared when the nerdier part of the couple starts geeking out after dragginf you to the movies as the release of this much anticipated movie is just around the corner.

Via Moviefone

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A list of black actors on Friends

Pretty hilarious video that start a bit slow but the beat kicks in around the 37 sec mark! Before watching though give it a think, how many black actors were there in Friends?

I could only come up with Charlie (Aisha Tyler) and that was in the final seasons. Check out the clip after the jump!

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TV Special: Fall US TV Preview

The Big Podcast for the small screen! This week we catch up with all of our favorite TV shows. The gang previews some of the new shows on the block  (Boardwalk Empire, Outsourced, Nikita) , we catch up with some of the regulars returning for another season( Mad Men, Dexter, 3o Rock,…) and we finish off discussing some of our favorites, and especially how the Shows that debuted last year are holding up ( Community, Glee, Modern Family). Listen to the full episode after the jump!

You can always drop us a mail with thoughts if you agree or disagree or show theme idea’s on feedback@upodcasting.com

And of course you can follow us on Twitter/Upodcast or Facebook/Upod Cast!

Listen or download the podcast by clicking below!

The music featured in our show is Steve Porter’s Community Remix.

One of our favorite shows!

We Review/Preview the following shows- let us know if you have a favorite that we forgot!

Nikita, Community, Boardwalk Empire, Outsourced, Running Wild,  30 Rock, The Office, Dexter, Bones, Castle, Sherlock, Modern Family, Community, Glee, How I met your mother!

The show is jam packed!

We discuss the awesomeness of Community and why it hasn’t crossed the atlantic yet! ( Update Community is now showing in the UK on Viva-YAY!)

We bash Outsourced for being lazy and re-enforcing cultural stereotypes.

We also discuss possible replacements for Steve Carrell in The Office and some surprising names!

and Martin rants about US shows going on for too long!

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

 

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UpodCast Dabanng Special

Like Salman Khan, UpodCast walks it’s own beat. This week we dissect the phenomenon of Dabanng joined by friends of the show Filmigirl and Anandini. We extensively review the movie, ask ourselves if you need to be a Salman Khan fan to enjoy Dabanng to the fullest, debate the return to massala entertainment,  rave about Sonakshi Sinha and also discusss what a potential sequel could look like.  Oh, if that wasn’t enough to salivate your earbuds,  we also discuss the  forthcoming releases for the rest of the year! For all this and much much more, Listen to the episode after the jump!

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Inception: The Musical and Strutting Leo

A bit of Friday fun what if Nolan’s second best movie was adapted to a campy/broadway musical? I am sure we all agree this would be a horrible idea. Have you seen Strutting Leo? It’s a new internet meme doing the rounds. Check out the video and some of the best strutting Leo’s after the jump! Read More

Gameswipe: Charlie Brooker’s done it again

Occasionally, channel surfing throws up something quite interesting. And not in the “oh I didn’t know fruit bats actually ate fruit” kind of way. This was certainly the case with Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe, re-screened by the Beeb last week and something I chanced uopn.

If you’re not familiar with Charlie Brooker, he usually fronts a show called Newswipe where he exposes the inner workings of news media, or Screenwipe where he exposes the inner workings and agenda of the television in general.

Gameswipe doesn’t quite follow in this trend, but his usual deadpan, sardonic and vaguely acerbic delivery remained. As someone who doesn’t play games, apart from Street Fighter and Angry Birds on the iPhone I loved the potted history of videogames and the demonstration of different videogames genres via a man in a black lycra suit (think Charlie from Sunny in Philadelphia playing Green Man, but in black and you get the picture).

Brooker also showed us how videogames have been presented in the media – mainly either in a patronising way or in shock at the fact you can beat someone senseless in the GTA series (for example and not exclusively) of games. What was enlightening however, was that Brooker, as a keen gamer and videogames journalist in a prior life, laid some of the blame for this perception at the failure of gamers in general to convey their hobby to a wider audience. To be fair, he did then talk about games such as Mad World on the Wii…

So, as far as “videogames” shows go and despite it being a one-off, Gameswipe is cracking good fun and as I saw, we have come a long way from Patrick Moore being Gamesmaster (and not really having a clue what he was doing – he’s an astronomer after all) and dishing out tips to spotty teenagers or Craig Charles hosting a show where yet more spotty teenagers battle each other on Street Fighter, on TV.

Check out a clip here or try BBC iPlayer!

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Danny & Annie: A 27 year long ‘Love Story’

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen. Check out this heartwarming animated video after the Jump! Read More

Cee Lo Green and 50 Cent say ” F*ck You”

Cee Lo has been dropping awesome tracks his entire career but his profile really got a boost since he started working with DJ Danger Mouse and created Gnarls Barkley. Together they dropped the massively succesfull album “ST Elsewhere”. His latest track from the forthcoming album has even more of that jazzy upbeat sound. And now 50 Cent has dropped a remix version. Check out both versions of Upodcast’s favorite track at the moment after the jump! Read More

Michael Cera between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

In honor of the US release of Scott Pilgrim vs The World this week, I thought I’d dig up this hilarious video of Michael Cera with Zach Galifianakis at funnyordie!

Check out the video after the jump if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Episode 14 UpodCast Mid Year Wrap Up 2010/ Sci-Fi Review Timecrimes

The Upodcast team takes a look back at the first half of 2010. We go over our favorite flicks, our biggest dissapointments and take a look ahead on what’s yet to come. We also review the Spanish SciFi TimeTravel movie TimesCrimes (Los Cronocri­menes-2007) directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Check out the full episode after the jump!

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FilmBlog: L´Arnacoeur (HeartBreaker)

L’arnacouer
is a French movie with a
mistranslated English title
starring French Heart throb and box office golden boy Romain Duris and the lovely singer-actress
Vanessa Paradis. It tells the story of a Alex
Lippi, playboy for hire specializing in breaking up relationships where the
woman is unhappy or in a relationship with someone who isn´t worthy of her.
Usually this happens at the behest of a family member who feels someone needs
to just “open their eyes” and Alex does this eye opening through the
power of seduction, setting up elaborate romantic scenarios aided by his sister
played by Julie Ferrier, recently seen as an acrobat in Mic Macs, and
Brother-in-law Marc, played by the hilarious Francois Damiens (JCVD).

Alex is coerced into taking on a most recent
assignment to break up Juliete Van Den Bergh, daughter of an all round
influential and shady crime boss, who is about to marry her seemingly perfect
English fiancee. You can guess pretty much what happens next but the true
strength of this movie is how it has handled a storyline which would be hackneyed
in anyone except Laurent Zeitoun and Jeremy Doner script. Like Zeitoun’s
previous effort “Prete-moi ta main”, he is able to add a lot of zing
to the usual Rom-com. Check out our full review after the jump!

What’s
too bon?

Well, it really is the treatment, At the start of the movie Alex narrates in a snappy
voice-over that he has a certain set of rules when doing his business. You know
he’s going to break every single one of those rules. You know Alex and Juliete
will fall in love eventually even after most of Alex’s set ups back fire in the
most painfully cringe worthy ways. We know there will be a weepy feel good
ending but the way this movie get’s to that is so refreshing and zippy that you
applaud the scriptwriters.

Romain Duris has been a critics favorite since “The Beat My Heart Skipped”
which I found highly overrated (listen to my rant on director Jacques Audiard
in Episode 4 of Upodcast with special guest Loops)
but here he is the main star and the movie is pretty much stand on his
shoulders. Alex is a character that fails in front of our eyes many times and
that’s why we find him appealing. He also manages to shake a leg although he is
nowhere ready to take on our Bollywood heroes or even Patrick Swayze ( known for throat ripping in Road House).

He is also supported by a hilarious cast of comedic side-kicks with special
mention to the beautiful Héléna Noguerra playing the ditzy and slightly slutty
best friend of Vanessa Paradis’ character and as mentioned above the Francois
Damiens
who manages to pull off some of the most insane accents and
get ups in this movie. Both actors are Belgians which is kinda weird when you
think about it as they do bring most of the laughs.

What’s pas si bon?

First the character of Juliete Van Den Bergh played by songstress Vanessa Paradis is
never properly sketched out. Mrs Jonny Depp is a very proficient actress as we
have seen in “Les Noces Blanches” and the heartbreaking
“Eliza”, with the ever watchable Gerard Depardieu,but unfortunately
she is never able to rise above the aloofness and distance her character
creates. You never truely understand her motivations for loving one man and
then the other. And overall she is actually quite selfish for no good reason. I
have to add I am a huge fan of Vanessa Paradis and I have taken much shit for
making this claim boldly and openly but she manages to hypnotize me and maybe
her bare back yoga pose in 90’s International pop-hit “Be My Baby”
was part of my journey of self-discovery as a bouyant heterosexual male. So
every frame she was in, I was glued to although I never really understood what
Juliete was all about and why these men love her.

I think most of the blame lies with the director who honestly doesn’t shine as
much as his script. Although the locations are beautiful and so are the stars, Francois
Damiens
never delivers on the promise to the audience. He has
assisted Luc Besson on a few of his films but is mostly
known for TV work. His is a name I will not be looking up although now that the
movie is finding an International audience (Picked up by IFC)  he is getting most of the praise.

Verdict Finale

If you are looking for a rom-com that manages to offer something fresh, is
breezily paced packed with laughs and beautiful stars and locations go watch
this movie.

It will offer you something new in a genre that usually isn’t the most refreshing.
Another good reason to watch this now in French is that it probably will get
remade in one way or the other. It’s just is that kind of movie.

For our Bollywood fans there are 2 scenes in this movie that are very reminiscent
of Dil hai ke Manta Nahin
and Kites, do let us know if you pick up on them in the comments section below!

I am off to watch screenshots of Vanessa Paradis now and listen to Be My baby,
what can i say I love the crooning!

 

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Momentos by Nuno Rocha

Beautiful short film by Portugese Director Nuno Rocha commisioned by LG. I have one of their TV‘s and am very satisfied (so LG throw some money the Upodcast way) and besides that the short film is beautiful. But then again , I have a heart that beats hard and fast. Keep a tissue handy for any tears and check out these achingly moving 6 minutes of cinema after the jump:

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Animated Parkour

Since I saw a small newsreel about a new form of entertainment created in the banlieue’s of Paris, I have pretty much been obsessed with Free Running or Parkour. Then came Yamakasi and both of the District B-13 movies (Banlieue 13)

A past-time for bored kids that has slowly turned into a global phenomenon partly because of the Bourne movies and the James Bond reboot, Casino Royale. Check out a Parkour video after the jump as you have never seen it before.

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Handsome Men’s Club

Jimmy Kimmel has launched a handsome men’s club, obvisously the Upodcast team was the first to receive an invitation. Jimmy presents a late night entertainment show and altough he may not be as well known as his rivals Jay Leno, David Letterman and previously Conan ‘O Brian but he is a lot younger and has been better at creating a few viral campaign that have generated quite a lot of buzz. First there was the “F*cking Matt Damon” with Sarah Silverman, and his celebrity appearance laden retort “F*cking Ben Affleck“. This time he takes it up a notch. Check out the hilarious clip after the jump! Read More

Soundtrack to our lives: IAM, Gods of French Rap

 

In this new segment to our site we will highlight some of the Music Albums or Artists that had a major impact on our lives.

Imperial Asiatiques Men or Invasion Arrivée de Mars was known to most French rap fans as IAM. They first formed in 1989 but after a few minor hits like Bad Boys de Marseille and Je dans le Mia they hit the big time and gained international recognition with Ecole du Micro d’argent an album inspired by the unique mix of Asian Martial arts, Islamic teachings, Egyptian history and Star Wars which went on to become one of the best selling French albums ever.

IAM has always been very vocal in their criticism of French government and their treatment of immigrants and the racism and socio political challenges they face because of  that they had a die-hard following of fans of which I am one espcially growing up. Since the days IAM and NTM (their contemporary rivals) the face of Hip Hop has changed and I do sometimes wonder what the state of Nicolas Sarkozy‘s France would be if IAM had the force behind them as they earlier in their career.

Like their American counterpart the Wu-tang Clan the group the individual members of the group were able to etch out solo careers with varying degree of success with Akhenaton and Shurik’n standing out. (Although you can never dismiss the rest of the gang most notably Freeman and DJ KheopsSad Hill)

But the real magic happened whenever they came back together as a group. They’re latest album was Saison 5 which you can listen to on their official website. IAM went on to have a huge influence on fashion , language and music production in France and Europe. There hasn’t been influential, intelligent and politically aware  group like them since.

In the words of Trevor Nelson IAM: The Upodcast team salutes you!

Demain C’est Loin: sheer poetry, especially Akhenaton final verse

Bad boys de marseille: Their first breakout hit

Ecole du micro d’argent

Samourai, Shurik’ns massive solo Track 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BilFJB3H10s 

This one wasn’t an IAM track but was produced by Akhenaton for his movie Comme un Aimant

What were some of your favorite IAM tracks? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Episode 9 SciFi Classic – Soylent Green

The Upodcast team visits the 70’s for the first time on the show and enjoys watching the one and only Mr. Charlton Heston!

Check out the podcast, the Soylent Green trailer and the full show notes after the jump!

The underwhelming trinity of this week is:

Ahmed discovers a very troubling leaflet about 80% of Belgium’s being stressed out, plus hear how he makes Asim and Martin his medical guinea pigs ,it will leave you laughing your heads off!

Stats of the week teaches us how Burger King too weird, McDonalds not honest, both could learn a thing or two from White Castle.

This week’s Genre is the 70’s SCi Fi Legend: Soylent Green. Directed by Richard Fleischer mostly know for his ACADEMY AWARD WINNER! Best documentary of 1947 in Design for Death and Doctor Dolittle (1967) . Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section

Here is the trailer:

Don’t forget to check out our new buddies on http://currysmugglers.com/ you’ll definetly have a blast with these guys!

You can send us your mails with suggestions on feedback@upodcasting.com and spread the word on UPODCAST!

As usual the music for this episode is provided by our good friend DJ Iron

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Episode 8 The 80’s Classics – The Secret of My Success

The Upodcast team revisits the 80’s for the second time after our Midnight Run episode this time accompanied by THE 80’s star par excellence, the evergreen Michael J Fox.

Check out the trailer and the full show notes after the jump!

Marty and Asim discuss the pointlessness of statistics in Stat of the WEEK whilst Ahmed puts his sexy Flu voice on.

The underwhelming trinity of this week is:

  • Ahmed discusses the Zeal optics Ski Googles and why you can’t find colored people on ski slopes.
  • Martin explains the difference in Extended takes and tracking shots and confuses the hell out out of Asim.
  • Asim talks about potential casting choices for the upcoming Captain America movie and why this movie will be a tough task to accomplish.

This weeks Genre is the 80’s classics: The secret of my success. Directed by Herbert Ross mostly know from Footloose. We all loved this movie and were dying to revisit it. Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section

Here is the trailer:

You can send us your mails with suggestions on feedback@upodcasting.com and spread the word on UPODCAST!

As usual the music for this episode is provided by our good friend DJ Iron

 

 

 

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Filmblog: Review MicMacs

Jean Pierre Jeunet’s long awaited follow up to A Long Engagement (his second and oscar nominated Audrey Tatou movie after Amelie) has finally arrived after a hiatus of 5 years. And for me it has been a long wait as I love his work ever since I saw City of Lost Children. You can clearly see all the hard work that goes into his movies so it’s understandable that it takes Jeunet a few years to build up his world but every frame of his movies is so well constructed, so rich and well-thought out that the effect of watching his movies lasts with you for a until you see something new of his hand.

Watching this movie I was forced to think of Wes Anderson and that other French creative Michel Gondry especially as they are all adept at creating a whimsical world that is probably translated frame by frame exactly how it was first conceived in their minds. But the best comparision I can make for Jeunet has to be Terry Gilliam. Not only do both of theses artists/directors (and not the otherway around) have an abundance of creativity which they manage to cram into to every free inch of the screen. They are at heart still clearly children although they are not scared to do show us the darker side within those fantasy.  Making me think of the fariytales you used to hear before Disney’ got his corporate hands on everything and soiled our collective chilhood memories with dancing bears and benevolent rabbits. the final similarity between the both of them is that they have been eyeing the (International) mainstream for a while without finding complete acceptance.

MicMacs (complete title Micmacs à tire-larigot) tells the story of good-natured but not the sharpest tool Bazil played by Danny Boon who looses his father and part of his cerebrum to 2 neighbouring Arms companies. Together with his rag tag bunch of down on their luck inventors, writers, contortionists all living in an underground scrap yard (surrounded by contraptions that Data from the Goonies invented before he moved to India to help out Dr.Jones) he decides to throw some gasoline flaming the fire between the companies 2 CEO’s who probably have a long standing feud (imagine the intro scene in Duplicity where Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti duke it out on an Airplane field being the backstory).

Micmacs is basically Jeunet’s take on “Yojimbo” or “Fistful of Dollars”, there is an escalation of a game of one-upmanship  but instead of swords and six shooters we have the scene in Amelie where Audrey Tatou takes revenge on her evil grocery shop owner Mr Collignon drawn out for the entirety of this movie. The cast is filled up with Jeunet’s regulars are extremely competent unfortunately Danny Boon doesn’t have the charm that Tatou had forcing the audience to get enchanted. He does his simpleton act very well even reminding me of Charlie Chaplin to certain degrees and special mention to his West Flemish accent fakery which is pretty spot on! There are lots of visual gags and MicMacs is shot in the trademark Jeunet style. Dark but beatiful.

I would really recommend catching this movie, it just released in the UK and other countries are sure to follow. It’s great to see a French movie that doesn’t revolve around characters having discussion around a dinner table and ending in people getting divorced. And anything that Jeunet puts his hand on becomes magical gold! (even if there is no Audrey Tatou or Marion Cotillard in this one)

Here’s the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYVGkjgNEU8

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Episode 6 Battle of the Remakes: Thomas Crown Affair

Hey all and welcome to one more episode with the gang! Tonight we will be battling it out with The Thomas Crown Affair, so pretty much who prevails between Pierce 007 Brosnan versus Steve McQueen, who will win!!!!

Here are both trailers to check out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b_jZ_2g9lg

Now it’s time for our underwhelming trinity, so here’s a rundown of our weekly crazy internet findings!

Asim will be talking not about one topic, but THREE! First let’s go to Germany, where guys find it hard to break up their relationship so they resort to a professional to do it for them guilt free, stress free!! Breaking up is hard to do, so pay someone else! Go or no go, please let us know what you think?!

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College Humour: Lost writers need your help!

I’m fully on board of the Lost– train whilst it breezes by to it’s (probably unstatisfying) conclusion. I’m not used to watching a show  episode as I just can’t muster up the patience. So I usually just wait for the whole season to end and watch it in one go.
 
But Lost is that one exception.
Since I am up to speed with season 6, I am also rewatching from season 3 just after season 2 which for me was where most people fell off.
Whilst watching season 3 I have learnt to live with the idea that there is now way Lost will answer all of our questions.
But whatever happens, it’s going to be a interesting ride.
 
I came across this pretty funny clip from the guys at College Humour.

 

Do NOT contact the UPODCAST team to redeem your prizes!

Related Articles:

  • I am also following this blog by a guy watching season 6 who has never seen Lost before.Click here
  • Check out Adam Quiqley‘s from /Film podcast about the ending of Lost by clicking here.

 

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Episode 5 funf UPODCAST The Counterfeiters!

Hallo alle,

Today the gang and I will be reviewing one of Germany’s best! The Counterfeiters or should I call it Die Falscher, which is a true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936.

Check out the trailer:

 

And now, along the words Robbie Willams let me underwhelm you!

 

MEL GIBSON’S APOCALYPTO FEATURING RAHAT ALI KHAN

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Bonus episode: a post-apocalyptic Postman!(and a discussion about Futuristic Movies)

OK folks, roll up roll up!  Time to tide you over with a Bonus episode! Join the Upodcast team go mainstream and worship at the altar of one Kevin Costner…  Postman style.

The gang discusses the demise of Kevin Costner’s career and our top Post Apolcalyptic and/or Dystopian Future Movies. And why The Postman deserves it’s place in Pajiba‘s list of most cheesy movie moments!

You can also find the trailer here, although a trailer for this 3 hour film can’t do it justice 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQWbz5CNwHQ&feature=player_embedded

You can send us your thoughts on feedback@upodcasting.com and you can also follow us on Twitter!

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Friday rant part three: Two and a half men

ANother Friday, another chance for American TV to get it in the neck from me…

This time and with due consideration that this is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel I have chosen two and a half men.

Tag line = Two adults. One kid. No grown-ups. Yeah, we’re rolling on the floor with laughter already. The description then goes on…

A hedonistic jingle writer‘s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

…no. No it doesn’t. It’s always difficult to sustain a show based on a kids/adults relationship theme and this is why films like Home Alone or 3 men and a baby or Look Who’s Talking are short-lived successes, but ultimately fail to charm as time passes. In the end, we’re adults, not kids.

I know the whole “plot” doesn’t involve the adult / child interaction; but to return to my point above, there’s no real problem wth this type of thing, but why oh why does this show get 7+ seasons and pay its stars so much ($500k per episode)? Again, further proof that for every Scrubs, Dexter or 6 feet under; there is of course a TV exec willing to wantonly ignore the notion of good quality TV entertainment.

More in next week’s rant, where I may veer away from cursing US tv and start with other non-tv matters!

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Movies to look forward to in 2010

With the release of the Last Airbender trailer during the Superbowl (The SuperBowl has something to do with American Football a game no non-american can ever understand, but the also have cool movie trailers and Janet Jackson Nip Slip so wholesome family entertainment for young and old), I have now been able to see snippets of the 3 movies that I am most looking forward to this year.

Here is a run down:

The Last Airbender

I still want to call this movie Avatar but I guess M.Night had to change the name to The Last Airbender after James Cameron achieving cinematic history. I’m probably one of the last Shyamalan apologists left after The Happening and Lady in the Water but I still look forward to his movies. He’s always had an amazing eye for visuals and drama and he is so very talented. And now since he’s adapting one of my favorite animated saga’s (Close second to Knights of the Zodiac and Dragonball) I am waving my little Shyamalan Flag.

I hope he get’s to make all 3 chapters of the movie like the animated show but he will have to battle the onslaught of geek hate and prove the detractors of his last few flicks. Plus he made Unbreakable which is one of the best superhero movies ever made…

Here is the full trailer

The Expendables

Early reviews are appearing on the interweb and it seems that this is going to be a triple whammy for Stallone after Rocky Balboa and Rambo. It’s the perfect timing for these kind of re-imagined 80’s action thriller and Sly is able to tap into those feelings of nostalgia of 20-30 year old who grew up with that RamboII poster where he’s holding a Rocket Launcher. Personally the more control Stallone has the more be it directing or writing, the more I seem to enjoy his movies.

The cast is for this movie is a once in a life time experience and we can keep bitching about Jean Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan or Steven Seagal not being part… but where is the Michael Dudikoff fan club? Shouldn’t he be included too??

This is probably not the official trailer but it hits the sweet spot. The Expendables has a planned release date for August.

Inception

I have no clue what this movie is about or what this trailer means but I just need one name to go from a Pas de Bouree  followed by a Grand Jetee and that name is Christopher Nolan. To me he is one of the most exciting director since Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s had a perfect record (ok, maybe Insomnia I liked a little bit less but Pacino made up for it by being Pacino and Robin Williams was very creepy but not One Hour Photo creepy which is the perfect level of creepiness).

I’m not a fan of Leo but with Nolan behind the camera, I know I dont need to worry. and the trailer is freaking amazing!

Runners up:

The A Team

Iron Man 2


There are a few more movies coming out that excite me but the trailer of those are not out yet. ( eg Black Swan, Looper, Tron Legacy)

What movies are you looking forward to this year?

Let us know on feedback@upodcasting.com

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Filmblog: Review Brothers

A story in my book is effective if it makes you feel something that you have no first hand experience with.
Indiana Jones puts you in peril and makes you feel the advernture of being a hero (and a life long urge to wear dirty shirts and learning how to use a whip), Annie Hall puzzles you with the heartbreak of a relationship that was never supposed to have “a happily ever after” and you reflect on your failed attempts at finding love.
To me Brothers succeeds in it’s way it makes me feel how it must be to have a brother.

A bittersweet mix of trust, competition, love, jealousy and an unbreakable bond that you can only understand if you have one, and if you dont you realise that this is something you have been missing.
Looking at this Jim Sheridan directed family portrait of the effects of war and the attrocities inflicted on the soldiers and families stars Spiderman, the little girl from Leon and Donnie Darko, not a cast you would expect to deliver the kind of performances you see in this movie.
In a way you could say this reminds me of an alternate take on The Hurt Locker, If Jeremy Renner had stayed home and he had had a brother and Queen Amidala as his sweater wearing wife.
Tobey Mcquire’s character plays a Soldier caught and tortured during his mission to Iraq, his family thinking he is dead, reluctanlty decides to continue with life… But how do you deal with the reopening a closed chapter, how you deal with guilt and if anyone ever does return from War or have we lost these soldiers for ever as soon as they are captured.
The movie succeed for me as it avoids most of the melodrama that you might expects reading the synopsis and avoids most of the clichés associated with love traingles (which this movie really isn’t), the cast is amazing (special mention Bailee Madison playing the black sheep daugther in the final dinner scene, her tears are heartbreaking) and the direction is measured and restrained.
There are many subplots that aren’t explored to their fullest but that adds greatly to making these character feels real.

This movie was on the best of list 2009 for many film critics most notably Adam Kempenaar from Filmspotting.
I caught up with it only know because I think the failure of this movie ultimately is the inability to market it properly.
It’s not what you think but what it is is gripping and makes you revisit this world and characters many times.

Check it out as this movie will pass under most people’s radar and currently only has a 58% Rotten Tomatoes score.
I would urge you to trust in the ability of Jim Sheridan to tell a gripping story and a chance for the cast to rise above their image.

Here’s the trailer that in my mind doesnt give the movie it’s right due.

Let us know what you thought of Brothers on feedback@upodcasting.com

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Favorite Movies of 2009

A happy 2010 to everyone!

This period of the year when we are curled up on our couches under a cozy blanket and a cup of soup, we start to reminisce about the year gone by. How we wish we had been able to change certain things for the better and how we could have avoided some mistakes that in hindsight should have had predictable outcomes.

But it is also a period where we are forced to stay inside hiding from Mr.Freeze ( I’ m not talking about Arnie in his career defining performance) and read other people’s thoughts about what the best movies were for 2009.

So here are my picks.

Just a few caveats:

  1. I had to have seen this movies in 2009 ( hence I managed to sneak in Up in the Air and not A serious Man or The Lovely Bones)
  2. Clearly these are the picks I enjoyed the most and not perfect movies or critically acclaimed movies in any sense ( altough reading some of my favorite online critics at /Film I do see some comparisions)
  3. I did not rank , neither did i sort it

So in the immortal words of Lando Carlissian: here goes nothing:

Inglorious Basterds: Tarantino can do no wrong in my book, this was my favorite movie of the year. Hans Landa is a character that will stay with me till my dying day.

Avatar: I thought for a long time to put Star Trek on the list instead since it is a tighter story but Cameron’s achievement with Avatar are groundbreaking and Pandora is a world I want to keep revisiting.

The Brothers Bloom: A severly underrated movie that I would urge people to seek out. This has been stuck on repeat and the one movie I have tried to make all my friends watch

500 days of Summer: As they say in french, this is my “coup de coeur” the one movie that stuck closest to my heart this year. I’m adding the trailer because it says it all… this is not a love story.

 

District9: This gem came out of nowhere, with a considerably small budget and and unknown cast and director, thanks to the support of Peter Jackson, this was the breakout of the year.

Where the Wild things Are: Hauntingly beautiful

Moon: I think you can see from my list that I’m a pretty big sci-fi fan. But this small UK funded movie surprised me in so many ways. Sam Rockwell in a towering one man show.

Up: Everything is magic in this movie starting from the Cloud short at the beginning. Specialmetnion also to the first ten minutes silent movie that chronicles the couple life… haven’t cried as much since Bambi’s mom got shot by 50 Cent.

Up in the Air: Snuck in my top ten, it’s the kinda movie that sticks to you and like Where the Wild Things are has a hypnotic beauty to it.

Watchmen the Director’s Cut: I loved the comic and loved the movie. It might not be the movie we wanted but it was the movie we deserved.

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Episode 1 Bollywood – Kaminey!

The Under Promise Over Deliver Podcast- a weekly dose of small ticket entertainment!

A podcast with 3 distinctly different voices:

Ahmed -PopCorn- K loves his blockbuster entertainers Michael Bay , animated movies and anything with big explosions

Party Marty C has a more discerning taste raning from Ingmar Bergman to a deep love of everything Bond related

And Asim hasnt come across many movies he hasn’t liked in his life: from Kurosawa, to the latest Bollywood movies. He has only walked out or turned off 2 movies EVER in his life.

 

The first ONE – Kaminey!

Welcome everyone and let’s get started!

So, for our UPOD casting first episode with Ahmed, Asim and Marty we will be kicking it with Kaminey!

You can always check out the Kaminey’s trailer!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh0yCd5z77A

 

But before we get into that, let me take you away from the movie scene and introduce you to a little something that we call the Underwhelming Trinity, each of us will talk to you guys about something new, forgotten about or simply something that is kick ass!

Are you ready to get underwhelmed!!

This week, Asim will be discussing an interesting point of view on laugh tracks in sitcoms and how much they annoy him!

Party Marty will be talking about some of the best absinthe-films of snowboarding around; check it out!

And last by not least, I will be talking about the new Nokia 4G concept prototypes!

You can always e-mail us at feedback@upodcasting.com or on Ahmed, Asim or Martin’s mail. Join us next week for a brands new episode and an underwhelming experience!

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