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Oxide Film

Presented by tom saer and Mattie O’Donovan

Tuesdays 17:00-18:00

Oxide Film provides a conversation between two film fanatics. You’ll hear any vital film news of the past two weeks with each episode, an in-depth discussion of a new release, and, with that release as a springboard, a wider discussion on film ideas and expression.

To anyone who feels anything for film — this is for you!

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CW: discussion of on-screen death and racism. 

In our first episode, we review Steve McQueen's Widows (2018), and go on to discuss our top five favourite action heroines.
Spoilers for Widows (2018) from 15:15-31:02.

Widows (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4218572/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Hunger Games (2012): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951266/?ref_=nv_sr_3 
Terminator 2 - Judgement Day (1991): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064/?ref_=nv_sr_2 
Mad Max - Fury Road (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190/?ref_=nv_sr_2 
Kill Bill - Vol. 1 (2003): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Kill Bill - Vol. 2 (2004): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378194/?ref_=nv_sr_2 
Jackie Brown (1997): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119396/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Alien (1979): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Bechdel Test: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test

CW: very short discussion on autism; discussion of on-screen death and trauma.

In our second episode Mattie has taken polyjuice potion and turned into Aaron, a fellow Harry Potter fanatic. This has nothing to do with Mattie being too ill to broadcast...

This time round we're reviewing the new Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. No spoilers, so don't worry if you haven't seen it! We move on from there to some listener contributions on Harry Potter, and discuss the franchise's popularity and success.

Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4123430/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/?ref_=nv_sr_2

I recommend 'The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4kuR1gyOeQ 
And the video's creator, Pop Culture Detective, for discussions of masculinity on screen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHiwtz2tCEfS17N9A-WoSSw


CW: brief discussions of on-screen violence and sex. Minor spoilers for The Favourite: 27:30 to 30:15.

Happy New Year! Oxide Film is back in full force with Tom and Mattie. In this episode we review Yorgos Lanthimos' most grandiose film yet, The Favourite. From there we discuss our top picks from 2018, and what we're most excited for in 2019…

Mattie meant to say Abraham and Isaac, not Isaiah!

LFTS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCErSSa3CaP_GJxmFpdjG9Jw/ 
CinemaWins: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL8h3ri2WN_-IbviBlWtUcQ

The Favourite (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5083738/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Lady Bird (2017): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4633694/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
A Quiet Place (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Venom (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270797/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Eminem's... incredible Venom song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CdcCD5V-d8

CW: brief discussion of death.

In this episode we review Stan & Ollie, the new biopic on the legendary comic partners Laurel and Hardy. Inspired by the power of the pair we move on to discuss our personal favourite film duos, both on and off screen.

Apologies for some background audio in the last 20 minutes!

Retiring Pixar legend Lee Unkrich: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0881279/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Stan & Ollie (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3385524/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5788792/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
A Grand Day Out (1989): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104361/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
The Wrong Trousers (1993): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108598/?ref_=tt_rec_tt 
Easy Rider (1969): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064276/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The wonderful Wallace and Gromit theme tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIFE9DZM-cQ 
"Donnie Darko: Is It Deep or Dumb?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xksMpeMHbTE

CW: brief discussion of death and trauma.

Once again, we have a brand new mascot for this episode! He accompanies us as we go through the nominations for the biggest event in the Western film calendar: the Oscars (or Academy Awards). We examine in detail the most important categories, then mention some of our personal snubs.

Instead of reviewing a new release this week, we fill each other in on the films we've seen recently, the highlights being, for Mattie, High Fidelity, and for Tom, Burning.

Opening clip from the masterminds at ABC Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSe6tvfedb0

Full list of the 2019 Oscar nominations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/91st_Academy_Awards

High Fidelity (2000): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146882/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
Burning (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7282468/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Shrek 2 being a good sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nk7y6c1Tow 
Nando v Movies' channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf29Sq6-XxLQG_XuJwMHaFg

CW: extended discussion of racism.

Mattie committed the grave sin of not bringing a mascot this episode, but hopefully we make up for it with a good discussion of this year's Oscar-nominated Green Book, as well as our top picks for road trip movies (of every variety..!).

John Yorke's book on storytelling, Into the Woods: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-Woods-Stories-Work-Tell/dp/0141978104

Green Book (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6966692/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Mississippi Burning (1988): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095647/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Little Miss Sunshine (2006): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449059/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Duel (1971): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067023/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Zombieland (2009): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156398/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Human Traffic (1999): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0188674/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
The Machinist (2004): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361862/?ref_=nv_sr_1

CW: Discussion of minor family conflict and emotional development.

We ended up going to separate screenings for The Lego Movie 2 this weekend, but despite desperately missing each other's company we both managed to have a wonderful time watching it. Inspired by the film's animated finesse we go on to talk about what makes beloved animated films so great.

Spoilers for The Lego Movie 2 from 14:40 to 31:00.

Lessons From The Screenplay's new podcast: https://anchor.fm/beyondthescreenplay

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3513498/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Snowman (1982): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084701/?ref_=nv_sr_3 
The Incredibles (2004): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Iron Giant (1999): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129167/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Red Turtle (2016): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3666024/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Inside Out (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096673/?ref_=nv_sr_1

VOLUME WARNING: Significantly louder audio during the second interview.

CW: discussion of death scenes; strong language.

By far our most exciting episode yet: as part of recording Nightline's first Echo event at the Oxford Town Hall, we had the immense privilege of having private interviews with both podcast extraordinaire Adam Buxton, and screenwriting legend Armando Iannucci (of The Thick of It and Alan Partridge fame)! We were amazingly lucky to have this opportunity.

Apologies for the audio quality of the Armando Iannucci interview; some tech troubles on the day. 

Visual comedy of Edgar Wright: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag

Hot Fuzz (2007): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Death of Stalin (2017): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4686844/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
In The Loop (2009): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226774/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Malcolm Tucker's greatest insults (NSFW!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVoPdnZzKbM


CW: short discussions on death and loss, PTSD, and body image.


We return to discuss arguably the largest film ever made: Avengers - Endgame. Mattie is a true fanatic of the MCU, so it was a pleasure hearing him declare his love for the franchise.

Avengers: Endgame (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Us (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857112/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Shazam (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448115/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083851/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Tyrannosaur (2011): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1204340/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

CW: discussion of loss of a parent.

An adorable Bulbasaur joins us as our mascot as we dive into a review of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Tom and Mattie battle with opposing opinions about the movie (we should have added some background fight music...) 
We then have a brief chat about the age-old problem: can a video game movie ever work, or is the media-meshing formula doomed to fail from the start?

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5884052/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Prince of Persia: The Sands of time (2010): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473075/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146316/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
A Most Violent Year (2014): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2937898/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2 
Crash (2004): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375679/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

The questionable Sonic trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvZaBf9QQI

Volume warning for Aretha's loud and proud voice (!): 25:00-31:00

Mattie and Tom felt the true joy of Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace -- the film of the 1972 gospel album that is at last available to us.

We are greatly indebted to The Phoenix Picturehouse for providing us with complimentary tickets for our reviewed film this week.

Odie Henderson's review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/amazing-grace-2018

Amazing Grace (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4935462/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
A Star is Born (2018): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Amy (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2870648/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2 
Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4229236/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
United Passions (2014): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2814362/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Drive (2011): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780504/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

CW: Short discussions on PTSD, family dysfunction, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicide.

Elton John's giant personality meant that Tom and Mattie couldn't talk about much more than the new biopic, Rocketman, which charts Elton's rise to fame and his personal struggles.

We are greatly indebted to The Phoenix Picturehouse for providing us with complimentary tickets for our reviewed film this week. Become a member now! https://www.picturehouses.com/Picturehouse_Membership

Rocketman (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2066051/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Sunshine on Leith (2013): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2481198/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Shaft (1971): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067741/?ref_=nv_sr_3?ref_=nv_sr_3 
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6146586/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Taron Egerton accompanied by Elton John: https://youtu.be/rzWSEtahHus

CW: Discussion of sexuality, sexual orientation, and representation in media; drug use.

Tom and Mattie were reminded of their own wild high school days by Booksmart, a satisfyingly unconventional high school romp. We were also incredibly fortunate to have an exclusive interview with archival producer Stephen Slater, who has done fantastic work on the upcoming documentary Apollo 11.

We are greatly indebted to The Phoenix Picturehouse for providing us with complimentary tickets for our reviewed film this week. Become a member now! https://www.picturehouses.com/Picturehouse_Membership

Booksmart (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489887/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
TRON: Legacy (2010): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Perfume Genius' Slip Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EVhFTw4igw 
Stephen Slater: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3936744/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Apollo 11 (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8760684/?ref_=nm_knf_t1 
Woodstock (1970: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066580/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2 
2001: A Space Odyssey (1969): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

CW: Parkinsons'; minority representation in the workplace.

Emma Thompson brings her warmth even when acting a cynical show host in Late Night, a film that provided ground for Tom and Mattie for an engaging conversation on comedy and politics. Spoilers from 22:50 to 28:00!

We are greatly indebted to The Phoenix Picturehouse for providing us with complimentary tickets for our reviewed film this week. Become a member now! https://www.picturehouses.com/Picturehouse_Membership

The AV Club's review of Late Night: https://film.avclub.com/tough-talk-and-wish-fulfillment-struggle-for-control-of-1835141408

Late Night (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6107548/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Funny People (2006): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201167/?ref_=nv_sr_3?ref_=nv_sr_3 
Boyz n the Hood (1991): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101507/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 
Dark Phoenix (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6565702/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Pop Culture Detective's video on the Big Bang Theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3-hOigoxHs