Podcast: Quite Franco My Dear I Don’t Give A Hamm

podcast.jpgMark Davidson, Laura Croft, Steve O’Hara and Dave Wark are joined by special guest Dr. Andy Stothers. He joins them to give his opinion on The Wire, having been challenged by Mark to see if it lives up to the hype. They also discuss Mad Men, and Breaking Bad in a television-centric Just Been Watching section. They go on to talk about some recent film news, their experiences at Glasgow Film Festival, as well as give their opinions on the recently announced changes to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Finally, in the Best Worst Movie section they talk about their experience of watching their favourite bad movie Troll 2 on the big screen.

Among the highlights include the point at which one of us accuses another of racism; Laura is forced to confront the fact James Franco may not be as perfect as she had previously thought; and the gasps of Steve as he gets distracted by the goings on of a certain football game he’s watching in the background:

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Special Features

As a gift to people who read the blog, as oppose to just subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, here’s some stuff on the interweb relating to this month’s podcast:

Submarine trailer:

Troll 2 trailer:

Best Worst Movie Trailer:

Running Order:

Total Duration: 51 Minutes

Just Been Watching
The Wire
Mad Men
Breaking Bad

Film News
Oscars Ceremony
Submarine at Glasgow Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival Changes

Best Worst Movie
Best Worst Movie/Troll 2 double bill on the big screen.

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2 responses to “Podcast: Quite Franco My Dear I Don’t Give A Hamm

  1. I will be back after I’ve listened to it, but … “Best Worst Movie” made me really think about the quiet tragedy behind genuinely bad films. It was driven by the stubborn vision of a director who lives in a cruel delusion! Not to mention how some of the actors/actresses ended up.

  2. Oh you lovely lot! Your foray into criminology has forced me to hop off the fence and on to the comments board. I can totally understand why the hype put Andy off, because over the years since it was released it’s really gone from being perceived as a Charlie Brooker-championed piece of unnoticed genius to the show most likely to be mentioned by someone if they wanted to instantly portray that they were liberal and cultured in less than a minute “Have you seen today’s Guardian? Sorry I’m a Vegetarian. Wasn’t it a shame that Arrested Development was cancelled? HAVE YOU SEEN THE WIRE?” Yes, this describes me and yes, it’s sickening, but the best thing anyone who is new to The Wire can do (I fear it’s too late for Andy) is separate The Wire from Wire fans because as you guys said the characters are really well constructed and sympathetic despite their natural bad-guy roles, and it is genuinely funny at a lot of points.

    But for me, the element of The Wire which places it above most of the best TV shows at the moment, is that it is perhaps the first piece of accessible media (beyond dense social research) to fully communicate the nuance behind the multi-layered causes of crime and social deprivation, along with how this is forcefully contingent on political structures. I would argue that The Wire goes beyond a simple ‘Baltimore is terrible’ social realism to give us insight into the emotional responses and political constraints faced by key players at every level of the process; we see the changing values of the once incorruptible Mayor and we understand the shady motives of the number-fudging police officers, but we also see the human consequences of those who are failed by this system. What I’m saying is Stringer Bell wasn’t born bad and didn’t grow up to be a bad guy, nor did the American Dream bring out the bad in him through capitalist greed, rather The Wire goes beyond most TV dramas to show us that decisions made by these flawed officials at all levels under a corruptible system, created a world in which Stringer Bell could choose the path of drug dealer and could manipulate these gross levels of poverty.

    What The Wire ultimately does is force us to confront why some people end up at the bottom-rung of our society and this is a worthy aim that is sold to us with humour and skilful writing and can force even the most cynical of us to become a vomit-inducing, diatribe-writing (trying to be self-reflexive here),banner-waving, sheeeeeeeeeet-saying Wire fan (with too much time). X

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