Curb Your Enthusiasm

Clear History, Thor 2, Hunger Games and much more Upodcast

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.

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EP 30 Captain America (1990), not the first avenger…

In the words of Janice from Friends(a very popular series in the 90’s-Ed)…”oh, My, GAWD!”, do we have a show and a half for you this week. The Upod tri…erm…pod, was hyperactive like never before; it’s almost easier to tell you about what we didn’t talk about than what we did!

We kick-off with the great and not so good of current TV and movies. Has Ahmed been transformed by the final installment of Michael Bay‘s robotganza, or just bored without la Fox? Green Lantern gets the treatment next and is swiftly followed by Bridesmaids and by Bad Teacher. Cameron (Diaz NOT James) is free to spank me anytime – I’m the naughty pupil that needs teaching. (easy tiger! Ed)

Next up, two of our favourites. Newly Emmy nominated Louis CK and his “let me take you to a dark place and leave you there” humour and comedy GOAT Larry David‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm, season 8 curtain raiser. After 7 seasons, we surely know where the jokes are going to go, but we are still powerless to stop the inevitable hilarious and of course slightly uncomfortable outcome.

We somehow take a pause for breath whilst we look forward to December and review the trailer for MI:4 Ghost Protocol. And that’s not something we thought was possible from a Tom Cruise action film featuring an Eminem theme song.

Finally, we get in the mood for the next big summer blockbuster – and possible saviour of comic book films this year – Captain America. Much as we’d like to have had a world exclusive secret screening, we haven’t and had to content ourselves with Albert Pyun‘s 1990 marvel instead. It’s got Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in support roles so it has all the potential for an underrated classic. We let you know where to start with the Captain America franchise!

 

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