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Ep 232 Blade Runner 2049 Review

Denis Villeneuve has made enough better than decent films for Upod to give him his own episode, but what better opportunity than Blade Runner 2049 to get the ball rolling?!

Much has been made of the original and its many iterations and influence, so with 2017’s extension, we weigh in on:

Ryan Gosling and his acting
Harrison Ford’s presence
Oh my God this movie looks immense!
What’s with the run time?
What’s happening when critics can’t get enough of this movie but it’s lagging at the box office?!

You can find Shah Shahid‘s Blade Runner review on his blog by going here.

If you want to hear Asim talk more Bollywood, you can check out the Judwaa 2 Review on Bollywood is for Lovers by going here.

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Ep 217: Sherlock- The Final Problem and La La Land Review

The guys, joined by Sujoy aka @9e3k , get stuck into the season finale of the BBC’s Sherlock and there is much afoot!
Firstly a quick intro talking about Ben Affleck and his new film, Live by Night.  And then a battle between La La Land and all of Bollywood.

Sherlock, the final problem.  Upod travels down these roads:

– Are the writers taking the piss at the viewers’ expense?
– Why is Moriarty so prominent, after his death?
– Eurus…generally speaking, wtf?
– Concerns with believability

– A slight excursion sideways into Art Malik and his appearance in Mirzya, a recent Bollywood movie!

– And then the “The tasks of Sherlock”
– Horror themes throughout the episode
– The confusing, convoluted ending
– Where next for our intrepid detectives, Holmes & Watson

Check out more of Sujoy‘s work at OneKnighStand and Bollypop!

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The Nice Guys Review Upodcast

Releasing this week in the UK, The Nice Guys stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in a retro 70’s buddy action comedy like they used to make when Shai Hussain, our guest of this week, and I used to be a young men. Does Shane Black capture some of the magic of movies like Another 48 hours and Lethal Weapon?  Will the movie be able to find an audience squeezed between superhero franchises?

All that and more (like the guys that would make Shai question his sexuality) in this week’s episode of Upodcast.

Here’s the trailer and synopsis:

“The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.”

In UK Cinemas June 3, 2016

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Drive – quite possibly movie of the year

A star is born

Having heard a lot about The Pusher and having seen Bronson, I’m not sure why I was quite as surprised as I was by how damned fine the film is.  It’s a pretty easy plot – stunt driver in the movies has a sideline at night driving getaway cars, falls in love with his neighbour and pulls one last, ill-fated job – but this sets expectations so low against what is delivered – Nicolas Winding Refn has really delivered with this movie.  First off, it would be remiss to not talk about the violence and there are some supremely bloody scenes in the film; really quite explicit and graphic but not gratuitous.  This is balanced by a very tender relationship between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan which is not expressed in the conventional manner: there is but one kiss that is shared throughout the film.  For more on Refn’s observations about love and violence, see the clip from BBC Breakfast…  

So, Drive is a truly original film; a tremendous re-imagining of the “man with no name” concept and not easy to pigeon-hole.  That we don’t know any back-story about “Driver” makes this all the more compelling.  For that I guess we have to read the James Sallis novel upon which the film is based. 

Everything else aside, what else makes this such a winner (literally as Refn won Best Director at Cannes earlier this year for Drive)?  Well for a start, LA at night is shot wonderfully (as it is during the day too).  There are some great performances from the whole ensemble cast; standout from Gosling and I thought notably from Bryan Cranston who, not having seen Breaking Bad, for me will forever be Hal, the father in Malcolm in the Middle.  What will stay with me most I think will be the soundtrack; almost an ever-present in the movie and the most perfect complement to the visuals and story.  I was reminded both of the Scarface and Heat soundtracks – a brilliant blend of electro-pop-synth and moody atmospherics, particularly in the opening sequence.  A modern day noir, Drive gets the Upod thumbs-up, so treat yourselves and check it out as soon as you can.  A clip is below just in case you need more encouragement.

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