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Verbal Diorama

A show and tell show about movies

Hi. I'm Em. I love movies and tv. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...Join me on my journey through the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Latest Episode
2019-12-5

Passengers

Season 1, Ep. 24

2016's Passengers, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Hollywood heartthrob Chris Pratt should have had an easy journey to sci-fi greatness. Its script was championed in the 2007 Hollywood Black List, it enticed an Oscar nominated director and Sony believed in it so much they upped the budget to $120 million. There was a lot riding on the success of the Starship Avalon's 120-year voyage to Homestead II.


The problem is..... it's meant to be romantic, but just ends up feeling, well, really creepy.


Passengers is a movie with a lot of promise. It wants to be a cautionary tale on our reliance on technology and trusting of big corporations, the social and class divide between the rich and the poor, for us to ask questions about moral quandaries, to empathise with a character’s isolation and loneliness and the broader implications of artificial intelligence but it kinda takes all these interesting and rich discussions and bookends them with “yeah, but they’re both really hot” and never really satisfactorily answers any of the moral questions it asks of itself. 


It's a shame. The thing is, it could very easily be fixed with a few choice edits....


I would love to hear your thoughts on Passengers! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


Thank you to our Patreon Producer Sade, and also our new patrons Simon and Jardiel for supporting Verbal Diorama! To support the show on Patreon from just $2 a month, have a look over at https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama and choose your Keanu.....


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

@BlkGirlsDoStuff

@capunderstands

@SYIMS_Podcast

@BTipplers

@MoviesWork

@iused2watchthis

@alwayscriticpod

@RoleplayRetcon

@robinhoodpod

@kolbytoldme

@core_xtra

@cwordpod

@CuylerisGreen

@litgamingarena

@reeltroublepod

@agentcoop007

@RobynandDani

@Wizard_Matt

@JasonKruppa


Instagram folk

@contrarianprime

@eatcrime


Facebook buds

Erik Carlson


Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

2019-12-5

Passengers

Season 1, Ep. 24

2016's Passengers, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Hollywood heartthrob Chris Pratt should have had an easy journey to sci-fi greatness. Its script was championed in the 2007 Hollywood Black List, it enticed an Oscar nominated director and Sony believed in it so much they upped the budget to $120 million. There was a lot riding on the success of the Starship Avalon's 120-year voyage to Homestead II.


The problem is..... it's meant to be romantic, but just ends up feeling, well, really creepy.


Passengers is a movie with a lot of promise. It wants to be a cautionary tale on our reliance on technology and trusting of big corporations, the social and class divide between the rich and the poor, for us to ask questions about moral quandaries, to empathise with a character’s isolation and loneliness and the broader implications of artificial intelligence but it kinda takes all these interesting and rich discussions and bookends them with “yeah, but they’re both really hot” and never really satisfactorily answers any of the moral questions it asks of itself. 


It's a shame. The thing is, it could very easily be fixed with a few choice edits....


I would love to hear your thoughts on Passengers! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


Thank you to our Patreon Producer Sade, and also our new patrons Simon and Jardiel for supporting Verbal Diorama! To support the show on Patreon from just $2 a month, have a look over at https://www.patreon.com/verbaldiorama and choose your Keanu.....


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

@BlkGirlsDoStuff

@capunderstands

@SYIMS_Podcast

@BTipplers

@MoviesWork

@iused2watchthis

@alwayscriticpod

@RoleplayRetcon

@robinhoodpod

@kolbytoldme

@core_xtra

@cwordpod

@CuylerisGreen

@litgamingarena

@reeltroublepod

@agentcoop007

@RobynandDani

@Wizard_Matt

@JasonKruppa


Instagram folk

@contrarianprime

@eatcrime


Facebook buds

Erik Carlson


Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

2019-11-14

Mystery Men (ft Andy from Geek Salad)

Season 1, Ep. 23

"When you doubt your powers, you give power to your doubts."


I'm joined by the mysterious and manly Andy from Geek Salad to discuss whoever smelled it dealt it, disco not being dead and clouds of radically fluctuating deviant chaotrons.


With a huge and established cast of great 90s comedians and character actors as the Six Very Nearly Dead Guys With a Temporary Reprieve, 1999's Mystery Men had everything going for it. It was smart, daft and funny, it commented on capitalism and superhero cynicism but also came out well before the superhero genre boomed. In many ways, it was a movie before its time. Roughly 15 years before its time.


It also had the unfortunate experience of coming out in the same day in America as The Sixth Sense, which dominated the box office, leaving Mystery Men feeling like the Invisible Boy at most cinemas. It also feels very reminiscent of Joel Schumacher's Batman movies, with a bright colour palette and vibrant neon CG cityscapes. Not the most pleasant comparison in the world to make, but a comparison it is.


In the modern era of superhero movies dominating the box office, as well as all the merchandising and branding, it's refreshing to see a movie tackle the "other guys" and the fact that they are just everyday normal people, trying their best to be exceptional and to do the right thing. Everyone loves an underdog story. These are the forking biggest underdogs. No need to Shovel it in your face. I don't want to make you Furious.


Will we ever find out if Lance Hunt and Captain Amazing are the same person? Lance Hunt wears glasses you see, and Captain Amazing doesn't, so it's really tricky to tell if those rumours are true....


Slight mistake in the episode: Janeane Garofalo's character is called Carol, not Karen! Ooops. Don't set Carmine the Bowler on me, please!


I would love to hear your thoughts on Mystery Men! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Andy, from Geek Salad, obviously! He can be found over @geeksaladradio on Twitter and he's an absolute joy!


Twitter peeps

@BlkGirlsDoStuff

@capunderstands

@MoviesWork

@ThefilmB

@ContrarianPrime

@FilmbustersPaul

@trivia_chic

@LatteThunder

@FriendsNFlayers

@ColbsBulbs

@filmcellar

@Hoovalicious84

@Anotherfilmnerd


Instagram folk

@moviesatthematt


Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

2019-10-27

Legally Blonde

Season 1, Ep. 21

Never judge a book by its cover.


We're told that as children and throughout life, and yet we all still do it. We all revert to those tired stereotypes that blondes are dumb, ice-cold or overtly sexual bombshells who steal husbands.


The truth is, although those tropes have been around in movies since the 1930s, change is coming. And whilst that change didn't start with Legally Blonde, it was definitely a massive catalyst for Hollywood to change its way of thinking, and also us... the viewing public.


Reese Witherspoon gives us a smart, funny, kind and thoughtful Elle Woods who just happens to be super popular and President of her sorority. Whoever you are, you can root for and find common ground with Elle. She's the feminist hero you never knew you needed, but we all need a bit more Elle in our lives.


Getting into Harvard Law..... what, like it's hard?!

It's really not, actually.


I would love to hear your thoughts on Legally Blonde! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

@TheMidnightMyth

@BlkGirlsDoStuff


Instagram folk

@moviesatthematt

@_unexceptionals

@lorraine_purdon_


Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

2019-10-17

Edge of Tomorrow

Season 1, Ep. 20

Edge of Tomorrow is not just your typical action sci-fi


Edge of Tomorrow is not just your typical Tom Cruise action sci-fi


Edge of Tomorrow is not just your typical Tom Cruise action sci-fi with time loops


Edge of Tomorrow is not just your typical Tom Cruise action sci-fi with time loops where he dies spectacularly and hilariously every single time.


Edge of Tomorrow is an Emily Blunt action sci-fi; because whilst Tom Cruise headlines the movie, Emily Blunt is the star and so is her character Rita Vrataski.


So, forewarning, this episode contains strong feelings towards Emily Blunt.... but to be fair I am nice about Tom Cruise too. This Cruise is my favourite Cruise and this movie is all the better for his performance....


...but mainly because of Emily Blunt.


I would love to hear your thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

Andy from @geeksaladradio

@capunderstands

@robinhoodpod

@NerdsWithFriend

@CookinWithGrief

@Dreamofdragons

@trevorcarlee

@kevin_thecritic

@30Podcast

@jonboy274


Instagram folk

@shuffleonline

@fuelled_funny

@tfgifpodcast

@moviesatthematt

@vegimorph



Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.


2019-10-6

Logan

Season 1, Ep. 19

Hugh Jackman's swansong as Wolverine is nothing like any superhero comic book movie ever. It's a brutal, gory, painful look at the life of an ageing hero, a man whose life consists of numbing his pain with booze whilst caring for a frail, elderly, dementia suffering Charles Xavier. You feel every inch of their suffering and vulnerability in a world where mutants are no longer born and where Charles is so unpredictable they've declared his brain a weapon of mass destruction.....


And so we meet Laura - a young mutant very much like Logan, a young mutant who brings Charles joy and gives Logan a reason to not walk away from this fight.


Fox Studios could have made a standard CGI-filled world-ending standard superhero movie. The fact they chose to make something so personal, so character-driven and so emotionally-weighted with real world stakes was such a massive risk.


It paid off. Critically, commercially and, most importantly, for characters we've known and loved since 2000.


We need to see more studios make more movies like this.


I would love to hear your thoughts on Logan! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com (I always forget to say it in the episode!)


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

Andy from @geeksaladradio

@capunderstands

@trivia_chic

@derekjones198

@MoviesWork

@robinhoodpod

@cinema_recall

@kevin_thecritic

@GenuineChitChat

@SSOUITSpodcast

@gtthpod



Instagram folk

@thosemovieguyspodcast

@moviesatthematt



Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

2019-9-15

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Season 1, Ep. 18

Have you seen that movie by Edgar Wright?

Shaun of the Dead? I love that movie.

No, the other one.

Hot Fuzz - I always quote it!

No, neither of those, the one with the young lad as the lead

Baby Driver! Oh my god, such a cool movie, great soundtrack

None of those! The other other other other Edgar Wright movie!

The World's End?

Get out!


If this conversation has happened to you, you're not alone. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is actually brilliant, but so are all of Edgar Wright's other movies, and so poor Scott Pilgrim tends to be forgotten.


I want to change that. Scott Pilgrim has a phenomenal cast, great music, brilliant fight choreography and more video game references than all video games combined (probably). It about heart, strength, character and defeating your new loves' evil exes. What's more relateable than that?


Most importantly, I've found a new ringtone and a way to swear on the podcast without actually swearing - all thanks to this movie!


I would love to hear your thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs The World! You can get in touch on

Twitter @verbaldiorama

Instagram @verbaldiorama

Facebook @verbaldiorama

YouTube @verbaldiorama

Letterboxd @verbaldiorama


or you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:

verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com


You can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!


My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com (I always forget to say it in the episode!)


Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:


Twitter peeps

@capunderstands

@Le_Meanderthals

@Wyattrocks

@PulpCereal

@trivia_chic

@foodhistorypod

@thedcabrera

@TroytlePower


Instagram folk

@contrarianprime

@thethirstpod

@thereal_johng



Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song

Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)


Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.