Ep 216: Spectral Upodcast Review

We recorded this episode during the holidays but never got a chance to post it, so with this UPOD brings you a belated festive cheer!  Returning with a Santa’s sack of new TV to consider Ahmed talks about Hulu Original Shut Eye, Shooter on Netflix and the pilot of the McGyver reboot.( As usual Martin and Asim are generally ignorant about these shows).

Bringing this back to cinema Martin talks about John Carpenter and also the upcoming season of Martin Scorcese films at London’s BFI. (for more information about the Martin Scorcese season head over to the BFI website)

The main event however belongs to a Netflix original: Spectral, which we discuss at length and alsodebate the merits of providing original content via the “new” disruptive players in the marketplace.

Spectral is available on Netflix globally, and here’s the trailer if you have missed out:

Happy 2017!

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Narcos and Irrational Man Upodcast Review

This episode we talk about the new Woody Allen movie, an Irrational Man and the  Netflix Original Series, Narcos.

Of course, Woody isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Asim has a strange relationship with the director (OK, it’s not THAT strange) – preferring the films that don’t win critical approval to those that do.  Case in point:  Blue Jasmine = yes from Martin but no from Asim, Magic in the Moonlight = yes from Asim, but no from Martin.  We will set the record straight however

Narcos on the other hand, is an entirely different beast.  Drawing on the life and times of perhaps the world’s most infamous drug dealer – Pablo Escobar – of all time (he was so good, dealer just doesn’t do him justice) Narcos gives a pretty unsensationalist depiction of the rise and ultimately fall of the modern drug lord archetype.  Great use of library footage, mixed with original script and solid performances all round really gives the three of us something to talk about.

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Daredevil – suit close-ups

MARVEL'S DAREDEVILAs long as you’ve not been living under a rock recently, you’ll know Daredevil has started on Netflix. Or quite possibly you’ll know exactly that and also have watched all of the first series by now!

Whilst the show builds up a genuine pace and the body count rises inexorably, one thing we as viewers are deprived of, is a proper good look at the suit. But as we can see from these lovely close-ups, it’s quite a beauty.


This really is a gritty, grounded, authentic, suspenseful and edgy action drama featuring a great cast that includes:

  • Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil
  • Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk
  • Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
  • Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
  • Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson
Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich
Scott Glenn as Stick
  • Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna
  • Bob Gunton and Leland Owlsey
  • Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley


For those needing bit of background, this is a great kick-off point:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Daredevil is one of the best known characters among the street level heroes and is in fact – fingers crossed we hit the same levels of production budget, script etc – the first of four epic live-action adventure series (A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) that delves into the backstory of how Matt Murdock evolves into Daredevil.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix has quite some serious pedigree behind the scenes: Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer“, “Angel” ) and Drew Goddard ( “Cabin in the Woods ,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes of Daredevil), along with Jeph Loeb ( “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

John Wick and Focus Review Upodcast

The latest Upod is a busy one and we are back in familiar territory to start with!  2015 is a pretty impressive year with its line-up of films, so with the newest James Bond trailer released, we had no choice but to SPECTRE-ulate about what we can ex-SPECTRE from Daniel Craig’s latest collaboration with Sam Mendes.  You can find more of our Bond musings here!
Another franchise movie showcasing its wares recently, but only a baby relatively speaking – with a lowly 5 outings to Bond’s 20 or so – Mission Impossible 5 looks like it should be an absolute winner.  We talk about what MI5 can bring to a now 20 year old series.  Just don’t ask Martin to re-watch MI2 or MI4…
Next up for review we talk about Netflix original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and we focus on Focus, Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s new con-artist flick.  The con movie is another sub-genre we’ve previously visited as it happens and we’re certainly fans.
Last up and something that we know Ahmed likes, martial arts-revenge-assasination romp John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves and whole heap of others stars.
Stop by next time where we’ll be chatting all things Dare Devil and Fast and Furious among others…